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I just completed Mass Effect 1's main storyline and I'm a bit confused. I'm reading that upon completion of the game, levels 51-60 are unlocked. But I don't see a way for me to resume the character as opposed to starting over.

Am I missing something?

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When you start a new game, in addition to the Default and Custom Shepard options for your character, you should have the option to "Use Existing ID". This will allow you to begin a new game with your existing character (and continue to level up to level 60).

It's a "new game plus" bonus, so the additional levels are unlocked to allow for character build progress in a second playthrough.

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Oh ho... That makes sense. Thanks. –  Paul Williams Mar 22 '12 at 17:53
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Just please tell me I don't have to search the galaxy for the gases, metals, and ID tags again :/ –  Paul Williams Mar 22 '12 at 18:02
    
Unfortunately, yes. Though you don't have to get everything, if you're not concerned about being a completionist on your second go around. –  Tim Stone Mar 22 '12 at 18:07
    
I don't need them for Mass Effect 2? –  Paul Williams Mar 22 '12 at 18:08
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I'd additionally like to point out that it will likely take you ~3+ playthroughs to reach level 60 depending on the difficulty level and side missions done. It might be wise to consider playing a quick "hardcore playthrough" and then concentrating on a completionist Insanity playthrough to prep your save for ME2. Thems be the breaks... –  tiddy Mar 22 '12 at 19:16
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