The third installment of BioWare's Mass Effect series, which concludes the story of N7/Spectre operative Commander Shepard's battle against the Reapers.

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Can I cure the Genophage without losing a Salarian?

I've just finished the mission: "The Shroud" which involves distributing the Krogan Genophage cure. Unfortunately, this mission ended with the loss of Salarian life Is there a way to complete this ...
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Are there time-limited objectives in the game?

When I left Earth, things were going... poorly. It doesn't seem like I have much time to rally the troops before the situation is completely hopeless. There's precedent in the series for giving you ...
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What's the difference between armor, barrier, and shields?

I can't keep straight what kind of weapons and ammo are good against what type of enemy. What's the difference between armor, barrier and shields? What weapons and tactics should I use against each? ...
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How do weapon upgrades work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I modify my weapons? I have found several weapon upgrades and a weapon upgrade bench. I presume that I add the upgrades to weapons I already have in my ...
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Where is the Kassa Fabrication shop on the citadel?

From my ship, I can purchase things that are available for purchase on the Citadel, but there is a 10% markup. Right now I can purchase from Sirta Supplies, Kassa Fabrication, and Spectre ...
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How can I tell when a power is ready to use?

I'm playing the PS3 version of Mass Effect 3 and for the life of me I can't find out whether my Tactical Cloak is ready or not without opening the Skill menu (hold R2) or just using the Cloak and ...
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Hanar quest broken [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do I go to investigate the Hanar Diplomat? I was doing the Hanar diplomat quest when somehow I got the first terminal then activated the specter thing now I can't ...
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How do you use cloak effectively?

I chose the infiltrator class and have maxed out the cloaking ability. Overall the class and their cloak ability still seems disappointing when compared to some of the other class abilities. So far I ...
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Is there a difficulty level above insanity?

Just curious. I never finished insanity on any of the previous games. Does a new difficulty level unlock when you complete insanity?
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At the end of the first mission on Mars, is it possible to catch the Cerberus agent?

At the end of the mission on Mars, a Cerberus agent is running away with the data about the Prothean device. I was unable to catch her. Is it possible to catch up with her before she reaches her ...
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How do I pick up this sniper rifle extended barrel?

I'm near the beginning of Mass Effect 3, and I noticed a Sniper Rifle Extended Barrel just outside of this barrier inside of the Mars Archives. I can walk very close to it, but the "pick up" action ...
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What specific Bonus/Loyalty powers are available?

I know that the concept of Bonus Powers earned from loyal squadmates to enhance Shepards abilities has been retained. But what I can't find any information on is what specific powers are availiable. ...
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What happens if I freeze and incinerate the same target?

I'm an Infiltrator and I notice I have skills to both Burn and Freeze targets; Incinerate and Cryo Ammo. What happens if I Incinerate a Frozen target or hit a Burned target with Cryo Ammo? Will the ...
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Does multi-player levelling count between games and across platforms in Mass Effect 3?

Obviously you're not playing as Shephard in ME3's multi-player but as one of many other soldiers in the war. Does this mean that multiplayer levelling and progress isn't linked to any specific ...
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Do ammo powers from different squad mates stack?

Powers like warp ammo and cryo ammo allow you to affect the entire squad with 50% effectiveness if you take the right upgrade path. If two squad members use such powers, will the effects stack? Does ...
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Do any classes benefit from Paragon/Renegade scores?

Do any classes benefit from a Paragon or Renegade reputation gameplay-wise? Reputation used to affect the Intimidation/Charm skills in previous games, so I'm wondering if there's any class-related ...
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What's the Kinect support in the Xbox 360 version used for?

Across the top of my copy of Mass Effect 3 is a purple "Works better with Kinect" banner. This seems relatively out of place in a 3rd person shooter. However, I do own a Kinect sensor, and I'm ...
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Are there optional squad members in Mass Effect 3?

By "optional" I mean "you can complete the game without hiring". In Mass Effect 2, you could finish the game without hiring Kasumi Goto (a DLC character), and I think Grunt and Legion are optional as ...
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Is the “default” story in Mass Effect 3 a direct continuation of the “default” from Mass Effect 2?

If I start a new game in Mass Effect 3, without importing a save file, will the default story continue on with the same decisions that the default story of Mass Effect 2 had. Obviously here I'm ...
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How do I use Medical Packs/Regain Health?

I've perused through the manual and can't figure out how to use medical packs to regain health. There was an on-screen tip, that I missed, that I think explained how. (I feel dumb for asking.)
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Can Steam be used to Launch Mass Effect 3?

I own Mass Effect 3 on Origin, but I very much prefer launching games from Steam (largely for the overlay, since I've got hundreds of Steam friends). I know that non-steam applications can be ...
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Does Conrad Verner make an appearance in Mass Effect 3?

Our favorite wanna-be Spectre Conrad annoyed us for two games straight, and I'm curious as to whether or not he's back for a third round to once again irritate Commander Shepard to death. If he does ...
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Are my romance options in ME3 limited if I cheated on my ME1 romance in ME2?

In Mass Effect 1, I was a male Shepard and romanced Liara. In Mass Effect 2 Liara was off brokering so I kinda fell for the rebel with a loving soul Jack. Question: Are my romance options limited ...
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At what point is the “Final Save” created for import to Mass Effect 3?

I'm assuming that the endgame save or final save or whatever you want to call it for Mass Effect 2 is created after your decision regarding the Collector Base. What I wish to know, is: will it ...
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Can I specify key decisions for non-imported characters?

Like creating a "fresh" character in ME2, starting a non-imported character in ME3 has pre-defined decisions for the previous games already made for you. However, is there any other way to get around ...
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Can you import someone else's Mass Effect 1/2 Save Game? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I import someone else's Mass Effect 2 save on a PS3? Can I download and import someone else's ME1 or ME2 save file to my ME3 or is the user identity in some way ...
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Are Action Mode responses random?

Mass Effect 3 has an "Action Mode" where story responses are apparently picked between Paragon/Neutral/Renegade choices. Are the choices Action Mode makes randomly picked or will all Action Mode ...
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Can I import someone else's Mass Effect 2 save on a PS3?

This question about where to find a full Mass Effect 2 save file made me wonder, on the PS3 can I import ME2 save data from another person when I play Mass Effect 3? I know PS3 save files are tied to ...
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Can you lose an ending before you start playing Mass Effect 3?

Considering all the number of branches possible when starting ME3, are there any endings that are unattainable based on your imported saved game? That is, is it possible to eliminate one or more of ...
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What happens if Shepard died in Mass Effect 2?

Can you still import the save? If so what happens?
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Can I kill off squadmates?

James really annoys me. I think I'd like him more if he died heroically. It doesn't even have to be heroic, really. Any death will do. Bullets, knives, fire, plague, chin-up bar accident, EDI ...
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Do the Protheans make a significant appearance in Mass Effect 3?

Given that the Protheans are the historical nemesis to the Reapers but were "all but wiped out", do they make an appearance in ME3 to help us win for once and all?
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Can I jump low walls more effectively?

When I want to jump over a low (cover) wall directly, Shepard first takes cover, and then jumps if I continue to press the space bar and moving forward. Is there a way to do it directly? I want her ...
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What effect does the state of the Council have on the game?

In Mass Effect 1, you get several options regarding the composition of the Citadel Council - you can either save them from a certain doom, or allow them to perish and form a new council (either one of ...
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What effect does the ending of Mass Effect 2 have on Mass Effect 3?

At the end of Mass Effect 2 you have the option of either What effect on Mass Effect 3 (if any) does this decision have?
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Are there any casting changes in Mass Effect 3?

Are there any voice actors who did not come back for the finale? Are there any new or notable talents who have joined the cast?
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Does it matter where I hit enemies when shooting?

Should I aim for the head when firing to kill enemies faster or does this have no effect at all, and I shouldn't bother? Recent games like Skyrim do not have this differentiated damage system, so ...
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Does installing Mass Effect 3 on the Xbox 360 Hard Drive make the elevators faster?

I remember that in previous Mass Effect games, elevators were used for loading times, so I remember taking many rides on the slowest elevators in the world. In Mass Effect 3, I would like to reduce my ...
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What are the stats to the exclusive pre-order bonus DLC Weapons/Armor?

It's not guaranteed that EA/Bioware will release the pre-order/exclusive DLC in a pack later down the line for users who didn't acquire it launch week. What are the weapon and armor stats for the ...
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Are all “killable” characters from previous games alive if I don't import save data?

So lots of characters in Mass Effect can live or die and their status is imported if I have Mass Effect 2 save data. Are all of these characters "alive" if I start a fresh game in Mass Effect 3 ...
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Are there significant differences between the platform versions of Mass Effect 3?

Are there any significant gameplay differences between the PC/PS3/Xbox 360 versions of Mass Effect 3, or is the game/DLC all the same in all practical terms? I don't mean things like button ...
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Is Legion a playable character?

I know Legion is present in Mass Effect 3, provided he survived in the case of an imported save, but will he be a part of my squad or has he been reduced to a supporting character?
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What are all the ways to increase readiness?

What are all the ways to increase the readiness factor for the war with the Reapers?
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Where are the terminals for the Hanar Diplomat mission? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do I go to investigate the Hanar Diplomat? I'm currently doing the Hanar Diplomat mission. I have spoken to the Salarian Spectre and activated the necessary ...
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Does paragon/renegade/neutral morality affect the storyline or available missions?

Will focusing primarily on paragon or renegade (or neutral) affect the storyline in any major way (IIRC, in previous games it was mostly just dialogue options)? Will I miss out on anything, such as ...
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What modes of multiplayer are present in Mass Effect 3?

Reading through some of the questions popping up on this site, I'm starting to question if maybe there is more to Mass Effect 3's multiplayer than I originally thought. I had been under the impression ...
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Is there a major gameplay disadvantage if I don't import saves?

I lost my saves from Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2. I'm aware that there is a site that has several, but they just wouldn't feel as mine. What would I miss beside continuity in my actions? Is it ...
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What does it mean to “promote a multiplayer character”?

One of the ways to acquire the "Battle Scarred" achievement is to "Promote a multiplayer character to the Galaxy at War". What does this mean?
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Can I use a keyboard/mouse with Mass Effect 3 on PS3?

I've got a bluetooth mouse/keyboard set I use on my PS3. I know some (very few) games support keyboard/mouse use, and it seems like Mass Effect 2 did not support Keyboard/mouse on PS3. Can I use a ...
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Will I miss out on anything by not playing Mass Effect 3's multiplayer?

Following on from Does the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer component has any effect on the Single Player component and vice-versa? If I choose not to play the multi-player aspect of Mass Effect 3 and stick ...