A 2012 sci-fi role-playing third-person shooter by BioWare, and the third installment of Mass Effect series. Commander Shepard's ongoing battle against the Reapers comes to a conclusion in this final chapter of the N7/Spectre operative story.

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How do I establish peace between the Geth and the Quarians?

Legion is cool. Tali is also cool. I don't want to pick between them. In ME2, I told the Quarians to not go to war, but they did so anyway. It seems that it's not possible to stop the war from ...
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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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How many endings are there and what will it take to see them all?

With all the possible permutations between choices in ME3 and in previous ME games, how many different endings are there in the game and what is the most effective playthrough method to see all the ...
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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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How do you get the last paragon/renegade dialogue option towards the end of the game?

So I finally get to meet the Illusive Man, but the final 2 renegade/paragon option are greyed out! Here are my stats: War Readiness > 5000 Max Reputation (90% Paragon, 10% Renegade) However I ...
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Who can you romance in Mass Effect 3?

Unfortunately, the Romance article on the Mass Effect Wikia doesn't have the options listed yet, and I'm a little paranoid about digging deeper on google for fear of running into major story spoilers (...
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How does Reputation work in Mass Effect 3?

The change to the Paragon/Renegade system between Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 was pretty significant. In the first game, you could eventually unlock the entire Charm / Intimidate trees, and ...
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How do I modify my weapons?

So I've found several weapon mods that sound pretty awesome, like a scope for my SMG, and improvements for my Shotgun. Rad. And I've found a 'Weapon Bench' which, when I go to alter my loadout, also ...
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What's the backstory if you don't import a save?

In Mass Effect 2, if you created your Shepard from scratch, the game assumed you'd mostly made Renegade choices in the first game. I'm wondering what the lay of the land looks like for Mass Effect 3 ...
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Are Spectre or Veteran packs more cost effective?

I've seen the list of items in the packs. What I want to know is that, if I want to build up my inventory of characters, weapons, and upgrades, which of the packs is more cost effective? I want to ...
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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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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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Are there any important points of no return?

Very often in a game like this, you hit certain landmarks in the plot beyond which a large portion of the content becomes locked out. In Mass Effect 1, there was a sort of dual one when unlocking ...
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What can I find in the uncommon and rare item packs?

I'm getting destroyed in multiplayer and I'm trying to decide whether or not I should buy some of the cheap 5000 credit packs just so I can hopefully get some new weapons, or if I should save up for ...
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How can I edit coalesced.bin so that I can use cheats and graphics tweaks?

I've seen that I can tweak my game by editing files like bioinput.ini and bioengine.ini, but I couldn't find these files anywhere. They seem to be part of another file called coalesced.bin, and I don'...
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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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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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How fast does Galactic Readiness decay?

I've read that the Galactic Readiness, the multiplicator you get for the multiplayer part of Mass Effect 3, decays in real time. So if you don't play the game for a few days, this multiplicator ...
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How can I counter enemies with Riot Shields in Mass Effect 3

What are the best ways to deal with enemies using full body shields in Mass Effect 3? I've resorted to grenades, but are there any good powers to get these guys off balance?
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Is there a new game plus for Mass Effect 3?

Is there a new game plus mode for Mass Effect 3? If so, what gets carried over?
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Assuming everyone survived in Mass Effect 2, where and how do they make an appearance?

I want to know what interactions I'll miss by having started a fresh game. Assuming everyone survived, where do they appear and what importance does everyone's cameo have? I'm looking for a ...
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How many skill points will I have at max level?

What is the maximum level in Mass Effect 3? How many skill points will Shepard have at max level? If NPC companions earn a different number of skill points than Shepard, what's the number they'll ...
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How does weight affect the cooldown of my abilties?

I know that carrying more guns around increases the cooldown times on my skills, but what is the exact relationship? Does it influence every skill the exact same way or are some more susceptible to ...
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Can I change the Galactic Readiness in my game by editing the configuration?

Is it possible to increase Galactic effectiveness in Mass Effect 3 by editing the coalesced.bin? If it is, how can I do this?
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Why is Anderson not a councilor?

In both my ME1 and ME2 savefile I had anderson as a councilor. I just never liked Udina. Yet this choice seems to have been ignored when importing my save. Is this an error, or is the choice ...
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What are the differences between the races in multiplayer?

(Alternate title: How can I float like a turian and sting like a drell)? I know that each race has different abilities available to it (eg. a human adept has different abilities than an asari adept), ...
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Can I resume a romance with Kelly Chambers?

I realize she's never quite counted as a legit romance, but I ran into her in ME3 and I'm told she'll show up again later. Is it possible to rekindle things with her, and are there any special ...
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Where do I go to investigate the Hanar Diplomat?

I'm currently investigating the possibility that one of the Hanar diplomats on the Citadel is indoctrinated. I scanned a terminal in the Embassies area, but all that turned up was a Hanar making large ...
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Can I use Mass Effect 3 DLC while offline?

Every time I open Mass Effect 3, it connects to the EA network with the message "Validating DLC". For something like the pre-order guns, I don't see this as being a big deal, but for something bigger, ...
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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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Does anyone step in to fill the holes in your roster?

I deliberately have not named names in the title to avoid spoilers, but in Mass Effect 2 it's possible for and it's very possible that your playable roster could be rather small. If you're ...
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Is there enough money in one playthrough to buy everything?

Assuming I wanted all mods, armor, model ships, and powers, etc. Is there enough credits in one play-through to buy everything? In other words, is there a source of credits in the game that's ...
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Will I be banned if I use a tweaked Coalesced.bin file in multiplayer?

Two answers here have involved tweaks to Mass Effect 3's ini files, and in particular Coalesced.bin. I've seen some unsubstantiated rumors that EA will ban players who use a tweaked .bin file in ...
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Do certain weapons do more damage to shields/barriers/armour?

In Mass Effect 2, some weapons did more damage to a certain type of defence (shields, barriers or armour). Is the same true in Mass Effect 3?
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How do I beat the Reaper on Rannoch?

I'm having trouble with the last of the Rannoch missions, where Shep wakes up and takes on a Reaper. Shepard has a targeting laser which will call in an orbital strike with the combined might of the ...
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Do your squad members have a weight limit?

If check your loadouts you see that Shepard has a weight limit - your power levels switch according to the amount of weight carried. However, there is no such thing on squad members. Do they also ...
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Where are my model ships?

I've been exploring the Normandy SR2, and I've been finding boxes squirreled away containing the model ships I purchased in Mass Effect 2. Where does each model ship end up (assuming you purchase it ...
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Cortez thinks I'm gay, will it affect my chances to date women?

My male Shepard has been trying to be a general nice guy to Steve Cortez, maybe a little too much, encouraging him to take shore leave "for me" and encouraging him to visit the refugee remembrance ...
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How can I upgrade my weapons to level 10?

The description of the Gunsmith achievement seems to indicate that you can upgrade your weapons to level 10. So far I can only upgrade my weapons to level 5, no higher upgrades are available to me. ...
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What sort of artifacts is Kannik looking for?

I'm trying to get General Oraka not killed. I've talked to Kannik in giving me the "top-of-the-line" weapons, but he expects artifacts from me. WHat sort of artifacts is he looking for & where can ...
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How do I keep my fish from dying?

Commander Shepard is a busy spectre. Running around the galaxy, shooting reaper scum, and trying to save the day. So I don't begrudge her buying some fish to at least make her quarters look a little ...
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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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Can you romance multiple people?

In Mass Effect 2, I remember there was a point in the game that you had to choose who to finally... close the deal with, and after you chose, the other romantic interests were not available (even ...
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How can I respec Shepard?

I've imported my Shepard from Mass Effect 2, and it looks like he starts at level 30 and has skill points already spent. They seem to match the skills I had on him in Mass Effect 2. Is there a way ...
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How does the Assault Rifle Piercing Mod work?

The Assault Rifle Piercing Mod I has the following description which I find somewhat confusing: Allows bullets to pierce 0.50-meter thick objects, but at 60% reduced damage. Ignores 25.00% of ...
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How do I save Miranda?

Miranda died in my game, how do I save her? Is it possible to do? I don't have any saves older than the one for the mission, am I screwed?
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Where does the From Ashes DLC mission start?

I haven't been able to actually play Mass Effect 3 too much yet and was wondering how to start the From Ashes DLC so when I jump back on I can. I've never actually been able to start DLCs on the the ...
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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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What alignment is Action Mode?

In Mass Effect 3, one of the options you have to play the game in is called "Action Mode." In this mode, you don't choose your conversation options, they're instead chosen for you, so the game plays ...
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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 "...