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It seems that, unlike the first game, Mass Effect 2 (inexplicably) has a save limit. I currently have 50 full save slots and the game will not let me make any others. In ME1, there was a PC tweak where you could edit a .ini file in order to increase the number of allowed saves. However, I can't find anything in the ME2 PC tweaks that will let you do the same, maybe because the configuration files are in a different format for this game.

Is there any way for me to increase the number of allowed saves without endangering my save file(s) for import to ME3?

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I was going to say "yay for crap console ports", but 50 doesn't seem like a traditional console limit. Yay for developers who do stuff for no good reason? –  Matthew Read Feb 27 '12 at 22:41
I agree that this is stupid and hope there's a workaround, but I still have to ask - why do you need 50+ save files anyway? You're not seriously going to play through ME3 50+ times, right? –  Shinrai Feb 27 '12 at 23:28
@Shinrai The limitation is on a per-character basis, so it you actually could have 50+ ME2 imports. But I think she just meant she didn't want to accidentally blow any old saves away. And ME3 aside, one reason you might do it is if you're saving at every major decision point. –  Sterno Feb 27 '12 at 23:33
@Matthew It's especially baffling because a limit this low didn't exist in ME1, and you could, in fact, turn off save limiting altogether. –  FAE Feb 28 '12 at 0:22
@Shinrai I had over 130+ saves at the end of my ME1 playthrough. I'm one of those people who saves before every major decisions/purchases/dialogue choices, at the beginning of worlds, after mission wrapups, before leveling a companion, etc. Sometimes, I do it just before cinematics that I'd like to go back and watch again or before bits of dialogue so I can see what the options in the other tree are. Also, if I decide to go back and change a decision, I don't necessarily have to do the entire game again. –  FAE Feb 28 '12 at 0:23

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Well, hopefully you'll find a better answer, but one workaround is to simply back up some of your older saves to another directory.

On Windows 7, my saves are stored in

C:\Users\MyUserName\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 2\Save\John_12_Soldier_260110

That last bit differs on a character-by-character basis. You could grab the .pcsav files from there and move them to a backup directory. Now you've got some archived saves and free slots. If you want to restore them later, you just drop them back in (though you probably need to make sure you aren't bringing the total over 50 if you do).

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After doing some research, it looks like this is the only option for ME2. –  SickHippie Feb 28 '12 at 0:51
There's at least one mod out there for this but I can't get it to work so I can't verify its functionality, so accepting this one as it's the only way to get around it for now. I'm at 110 saves on just my first playthrough! Agh! –  FAE Feb 29 '12 at 1:21

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