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I've been playing through Mass Effect, and my character has gone into combat a couple of times now without his helmet on. It seems like it's because I was automatically not wearing it while walking in the Citadel, and when I went into combat it stayed off.

On the inventory screen you can make your character wear his helmet or take it off while in combat in non-hazardous areas. Does this have any effect on damage? For instance, would a headshot be more effective against me if I did not have my helmet on?

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In the first Mass Effect game, the helmet is a purely visual affectation. Feel free to choose whatever you think looks better.

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