So I just started playing the original Mass Effect a week or so ago, and I'm not even 10 hours in. What DLC over the course of the 3 games is essential to get the best version of the ME story? Can one get the majority of the story through the base game alone? I heard the original ending is carp (no need for anyone to expand on that... I get it), so is there a better ending in one of the DLCs? I'm looking to spend as little as possible, but I'm not opposed to a purchase or 3 if it makes the game more complete.
None for ME 1.
ME 2: Lair of the Shadow Broker is well-done and highly-recommended. Arrival is also a good segue from ME 2 to ME 3.
ME 3: From Ashes is good but not essential. Really none of the ME 3 DLCs are essential, IMO. Regarding the ending, the Extended Cut adds some stuff that's supposed to clarify points surrounding it (and should be free), but I really don't know much about what it does because I didn't play the game until after it was released.
Edited by warreni, 26 August 2013 - 02:51 PM.