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I know that the Mass Effect 2 ending varies depending on the choices you make. I have a few questions about a specific aspect of the ending:

The survival of your crew depends on whom you choose for certain parts of the suicide mission.

1. Only the doctor was saved from the Collector base. Was it possible to save the rest of the crew if I had reached there earlier? Like, not trying to complete the squad and heading there the moment the Omega 4 relay was open?

2. At the last bit of the suicide mission, where you go in to blow up the place, you can choose only two members to accompany you (as usual). The rest stay back to keep the bad guys out. For me, at the end of the game, Miranda and Thane hits the bucket. But who dies is different for different people. But what affects that? We dont get to choose who stays behind to provide cover. So why is it different for different people?

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its funny that both answers say Mordin has a high chance of dying. i've beaten ME2 four times and have never had him die. maybe i always pick him to accompany me in the final battle, i can not remember. FWIW, i do know that i always pick Samara to escort the crew and all of them always make it. –  Xantec Apr 6 '11 at 13:40
    
@ myself, reading the wikia link makes my above comment obvious now, thanks for the post –  Xantec Apr 6 '11 at 13:46
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Here's a useful flowchart that shows what ending you'll get based on your choices in the game. Flowchart (Click for full-sized version)

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This picture is perfect, and should be the accepted answer. –  Raven Dreamer Apr 8 '11 at 18:40
    
That's a brilliant graphic, Alex. Sums up the decisions perfectly. –  GShenanigan Jul 20 '11 at 7:19
  1. Yes, it is possible to save all of the crew. You need to recruit and perform Legion's loyalty mission last, after completing everybody else's loyalty mission, as well as upgrading your ship's armor, shielding and main weapon, so that you go through the Omega 4 Relay as soon as the crew is abducted.

  2. The suicide mission has 3 parts: Infiltration, The Long Walk and Final Battle. In order to have the best possible ending, you need to take the following choices:

Infiltration:

  • Specialist: Tali or Legion or Kasumi, if you have the DLC
  • Fire Team Leader: Garrus, Jacob, or Miranda
  • Your team: Anybody else

Long Walk:

  • Biotic: Samara/Morinth or Jack
  • Fire Team Leader: Garrus, Jacob, or Miranda
  • Escort: Mordin - if you do not send him back with the crew, there is a good chance he will die later on
  • Your Team: Anybody else (I usually go with Legion and Thane, but that's just my choice)

Final Battle:

  • Your team: Anybody who's loyal (I usually go with Legion and Miranda, 'cause I love seeing her give lip to The Illusive Man and Legion is just awesome)

If you have performed everything correctly (all your allies are loyal and went through the Omega 4 Relay the moment Shepherd returns to the ship after the crew is abducted) and made the correct companion choices in the Suicide mission, everybody will survive.

Good luck!

Reference

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You need to go after the Collectors immediately after they capture your crew to save them. If you do any other mission in between, you'll arrive to late. This means you should wait with the Legion mission until you've done everything else, and then after Legion joins your crew you need to immediately perform his loyalty mission.

There are several factors that need to be fulfilled in order for everyone to survive the suicide mission:

  • You need all upgrades for the Normandy
  • All crew members need to be loyal
  • You need to choose the right crew members for the tasks during the suicide mission
    • For the ducts: Tali, Legion or Kasumi
    • Fire team: Garrus, Jacob or Miranda
    • Biotic shield: Samara or Jack
    • Fire team 2: Garrus, Jacob or Miranda

You should let Mordin escort the saved crew back to the Normandy, he had a high chance of dying otherwise

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Thanks for the Wikia link. It explains things quite well. The upgrade deciding who will die. Interesting. Looks like I will have to go back a few save games :) –  Bobby Alexander Apr 6 '11 at 10:05
    
I have never had problems with Mordin dying in the Suicide run. But I like the hyper-kinetic dude, so he's often in my group. –  YuriPup Apr 6 '11 at 16:41
    
The danger is when he is not in your group. If I recall, complete loyalty is not a requirement, but they can not take any special roles without danger and will lower your survival score if left behind, which leads to weaker combat characters like Mordin having increased likelihood of dying. –  Joshua Shane Liberman Apr 7 '11 at 1:07
    
Yeah, if Mordin is in your group he is safe if loyal. However, he is the first to die if left defending. –  Adeese Apr 7 '11 at 2:49

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