When BioWare added all sorts of new challenges, modes, and enemies to Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode yesterday, they also added a new stat-tracking page that tells you, among other things, how many hours of your life you have spent shooting down enemy waves. It is a number that I kind of wish I hadn't seen... and it just keeps going up.
The Retaliation DLC—like all other multiplayer DLC for the game so far, free of charge—doesn't just add some new maps and content, but also fundamentally changes the philosophical approach to the multiplayer. Where its original sense of safety and low barrier to entry led me to develop a mild addiction to the game earlier this year, its new aspect is more competitive, more aggressive, and more challenging. I don't know if I would have felt comfortable leaping into public matches at the start, had every detail of my squad's actions been so carefully accounted for at the time. As a veteran player, though, the additions in Retaliation are exciting.