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I've searched all over the Mass Effect Wiki and can't find a page that has all the information I'm looking for. I was hoping to find something similar to the Playthrough 2 page on Borderlands Wiki but it seems no such page exists, or no such page is easily findable via the logical search terms I'm using.

I have several questions about how the replay system works in each of the Mass Effect games:

  1. How many times can you replay the same character?
  2. When you do replay, what parts of your character get carried over to the new playthrough?
    • Pre-service history?
    • Psychological profile?
    • Class?
    • Appearance?
    • Paragon/Renegade points?
    • Level?
    • Skills?
    • Inventory items and/or ship/weapon upgrades?
    • Cosmetic surgery?
    • In-game choices?
  3. If I've played a single character multiple times, and if I can change significant decisions in each playthrough, can I choose which playthrough I want to import to the next game? If so, can I import multiple instances (from different playthroughs of previous games) of the same character into separate, new games on the sequel(s)?
  4. What benefits do you get from replaying a character, that new characters don't get?
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@fbueckert Thanks. I was just wondering if I should have used that tag, or if one even existed. –  Iszi Jan 11 '13 at 16:59
    
No worries. :) Happy to help. –  Frank Jan 11 '13 at 17:04
    
I would imagine cosmetics, your characters history and the like would stay the same (otherwise you might as well just make a new character), and upgrades you get throughout the game would not be in the second playthrough. Haven't played any games of the series in a little over a year though. –  Katustrawfic Jan 11 '13 at 18:43
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1 - Pretty much as many times as you want. You essentially create a new character using the last one as a template. Certain things can be changed, see part 2 of this answer.

2 - Too numerous to mention in an answer here. This is the page on the wiki you want to check out. It's also dependent ongoing from 1->2, 2->2, 2->3, 3->3, or 1->2->3.

3 - You'll get to select any save games for a character from the last or current game, so long as the character completed the game(provided she didn't die at the end of ME2). The game treats replays as a new character instances. You can tell them apart by the character level and the date on the game completion.

4 - See 2. Though generally replays in 2 get you additional credits and resources, and 3 gets you war assets.

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I think 2 was more about new game + playthroughs rather than safe file transfers –  Prinny Brocka Jan 11 '13 at 19:07
    
@BenBrocka - That article covers 2->2 and 3->3 as well. They are treated similarly to save file transfers. –  CaulynDarr Jan 11 '13 at 19:08
    
Was there no same-character replay capability in 1? I've forgotten. –  Iszi Jan 11 '13 at 19:21
    
@Iszi I can't recall, It's been at least a year since I played. I think that you can pick an existing character and that lets you just keep all the pre-game setup, but you are free to change any of it if you want. Any bonuses from achievements are free to any new characters. –  CaulynDarr Jan 11 '13 at 19:23
    
You can replay ME1 with the same character, in fact that is the only way to reach level 60 (the first playthrough for a character has a max level of 50). I think you must keep the same class + background on the second playthrough, not completely positive though. –  Adeese Feb 10 '13 at 22:52
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