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I decided to get in to Mass Effect, since the series seems rather good.

Currently, I'm on a side-quest, riding a vehicle on some planet. The area has "debris" and "anomally".

When I'm near them, they get the little circle, like any interactive event. But I can't pick em up.

So, what's the point? Do I need ride over them? Or do I just need to go see them and can I then later do something from the ship?

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You really need to get the name of the planet. Some of the interactable objects are quest-related (if I remember correctly), and the only way to tell if that's the case in your case is by getting the name of the planet. –  Raven Dreamer May 13 '11 at 15:58
    
@Raven_Dreamer: The planet is Metgos. Still, there's no pop-up that indicated I could actually get out of the vehicle and nothing in the control configuration. Would that mean I'm not meant to get out or am I just missing something? –  KdgDev May 13 '11 at 17:54
    
Nevermind, solved –  KdgDev May 13 '11 at 20:10
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If you haven't changed the default controls, q will allow you to disembark (on the PC) while the (B) button on the XBox-360 handles disembarking on the 360 version.

As Fabian mentions, you need to exit the vehicle to interact with these objects.

With Metgos in particular, be very careful when outside the vehicle! The planet is classified as a level 2 Heat Hazard, which means as soon as you exit the vehicle, heat damage begins to accrue. When the heat damage bar becomes completely full, your squad will rapidly take damage until you die or get out of the heat (by re-entering the Mako or a building).

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yeah, I changed the default key, since I have an AZERTY keyboard, the QWSD navigation controls are different so I had to remap them. –  KdgDev May 13 '11 at 19:43
    
They really should've said this in their tooltip instructions. Thank god for google. –  user606723 Aug 27 '13 at 10:50
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You need to exit the Mako to interact with any object. You cannot do that from inside the vehicle.

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