Take the 2-minute tour ×
Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I've not played Mass Effect 1 or 2, and during character creation in Mass Effect 3 I'm asked to choose what experience of combat loss I have. This makes little sense to me, I don't know who the people mentioned are. What difference does it make to the game?

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer 1

up vote 2 down vote accepted

Several decisions made during Mass Effect 1 and 2 have outcomes that affect the story in Mass Effect 3 -- in particular, it's entirely possible to finish Mass Effect 2 while losing almost your entire crew, including your party members.

This Mass Effect Wiki page contains a complete summary - or at least, we think it's mostly complete.

The "combat loss" it's alluding to is a shorthand way of asking whether you want a fabricated ME1/ME2 backstory where none, some, most or all of your crew survived.

It'll still assume suboptimal outcomes for various side missions and/or DLC that you never played, though; the only way to get those is to play through ME1 and ME2 yourself and complete them.

share|improve this answer
    
All of your crew survived is not an option. You have to choose Ashley, Kaidan, or multiple losses. –  bwarner Mar 12 '12 at 13:09
    
Ah. Personally, I had a preserved 1->2->3 save lying around so I didn't run into the option. –  Shadur Mar 12 '12 at 14:33
    
Yeah, if you remember, you have to sacrifice either Kaiden or Ashley on Virmire in ME1, so at least one of them will be dead. –  RESPAWN Mar 12 '12 at 15:05
    
Yeah, I remember. It's been more than a few years, though. –  Shadur Mar 12 '12 at 15:14
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.