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I just started my second playthrough of ME3 with a second ME2 imported character, and on Mars, I still didn't pass the rep check for The Illusive Man. My Paragon bar was basically full in ME2 (I passed the Morinth check). I started with total rep slightly below the first tick, which I assume is what's required to pass that rep check, and quickly surpassed it during my first visit to the Citadel. My question is how can I make up the difference before speaking with The Illusive Man, or is it even possible in my case? Is it only possible with an imported ME3 save?

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Its possible to do it with an imported ME2 save, I just did it recently on a new playthrough. I didn't check to see what my rep was at the time, but all I know is I was able to choose the paragon option.

Also, you may want to consider going back to redo this choice if you can:

In order to persuade the illusive man at the end of the game you'll need to have passed every paragon/renegade check in the game with him, this one also counts.

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I may just do that (which basically means completely starting over, but what ever). My FemShep doesn't look quite right anyway (stupid failed custom appearance import). –  MBraedley Mar 23 '12 at 12:15
    
@MBraedley yea, even if you imported the shepard, I found it better to install a new face –  z ' Mar 23 '12 at 12:19
    
This was after trying to get it close. It might partially be uncanny valley, but I still messed up on some of the facial features. –  MBraedley Mar 23 '12 at 12:24
    
@MBraedley yea, the uncanny valley is a big issue with this game, the little boy in the game and the girl in the trailer just does not look normal –  z ' Mar 23 '12 at 12:28

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