3rd person RPG set in outer space. It is the first in the trilogy by BioWare. For questions about the series, use the mass-effect-series tag.

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Are there story elements in Mass Effect 3 which are directly influenced by actions in the first game?

Since ME1 never came out on the PS3, the PS3 version of ME2 made up for the inability to import ME1 saves by including an interactive comic DLC (Mass Effect: Genesis) that makes up for the "missing" ...
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Will playing Mass Effect 3 first spoil the previous games in the series?

I haven't played Mass Effect 1 or 2 yet, am I going to ruin the previous games' stories by playing Mass Effect 3 first? I know the games let you continue the plot basically between games but I'm ...
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How long would it take to beat Mass Effect 1 & 2 [duplicate]

I am trying to get ready for ME 3, assuming I played to win, and not for completion. However I have never played the earlier two games before, nor do I have a strategy guide. How long would it ...
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How does Electronics work for repairing the Mako if more than one person has it?

I currently have 2 members in my party with the Electronics skill (Garrus and Liara), which, in addition to its other functions, also serves as the baseline for hull repair of the Mako. Every point in ...
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How do I get Tali's companion quest?

I have the personal assignments from Garrus and Wrex, which activated through extended conversations with them. However, I've explored the whole conversation tree with Tali, and I still have not ...
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What's required to save Captain Kirrahe on Virmire?

I was reading the ME3 entry in the Mass Effect Wiki when I read that Captain Kirrahe would return in some fashion if he survived the assault on Saren's base on Virmire. Now maybe I missed something ...
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Can I change class/stats between playthroughs in Mass Effect 1?

I was wondering if I start a new game and carry over my Shepard from my first playthrough, can I switch up stats and my class? This isn't moving from Mass Effect 1 to Mass Effect 2, strictly in Mass ...
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Finished Mass Effect 1. Now how can I play the BDtS DLC?

The most recent Mass Effect saves I got are from within the Citadel (attacked @ end game). I'm losing 2 hours of gameplay if I load the last save where I was in control of the Normandy. You lose the ...
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How to beat Matriarch Benezia with little health?

I am playing as an infiltrator and I've just beaten the first wave of commandos Benezia sends after you in Mass Effect. The game automatically saved and after the conversation ends and I am meant to ...
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Are any of the Mass Effect 1 DLCs relevant to the story in Mass Effect 2?

I'm asking here because I don't want spoilers. Just yes or no answers. In case of "yes", please, tell me what DLC should I play and in what order.
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I'm missing 2 Salarian Medallions in Mass Effect 1 and I already got to Ilos: will I get the chance to find them?

No spoilers please. Are there any other new planets to explore after Ilos? Because I actually found a 9th medallion today, after loading from an older save. But I'd rather continue playing on Ilos and ...
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How do I enter combat in Mass Effect?

I am playing Mass Effect as an Infiltrator with the Sole Survivor background. It seems every time I try to enter combat I get killed, instantly. I managed to make it past the railway station (where ...
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To what extent do your choices in Mass Effect influence the story in Mass Effect 2?

I am about to start the first game and would like to know how much Mass Effect 2 relies on choices made in the first game. Is the story rather set in stone and just little things are influenced, or ...
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Best dialogue options during citadel departure speech?

In Mass Effect when Shepard takes over the Normandy and they prepare to leave the Citadel, Shepard can give a long speech. What are the dialogue options that yield the most Paragon and Renegade points ...
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How to improve sniping on Mass Effect?

I found myself needing the sniper more and more as I get into Mass Effect, taking out targets from fairly far ranges. How can I reduce my sway when zoomed in, and efficiently take out my targets with ...
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Activate Mass Effect 1 on Steam

I bought ME1 from retail (years ago), before it was released on Steam, so it's currently not linked to my Steam account. Is it possible to activate it yet?
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Mass Effect - custom character creation

Just starting Mass Effect. Given how much I've read about 'John Shepard', I'm wondering if it is worth creating a custom character (which I would normally do), or if it is best to go with the ...
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Why can I not raise certain skills?

I recently got Mass Effect 1 and started playing. I am an Infiltrator, so I primarily use snipers. (Probably not the easiest to start with). When I level up, the 'sniper rifle' level of skill points ...
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Can I pick up items in Mass Effect while in a vehicle?

I decided to get in to Mass Effect, since the series seems rather good. Currently, I'm on a side-quest, riding a vehicle on some planet. The area has "debris" and "anomally". When I'm near them, ...
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Can I get to level 60 in the first playthrough of Mass Effect?

Can I reasonably get to level 60 on the first playthrough of Mass Effect? I'm happy to complete all the non-renegade side missions. I don't want to grind through tasks that aren't mission related ...
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How to start a second playthrough with an existing character?

I completed my first playthrough without reaching level 50 or 60 (there are achievements for attaining both of those levels).
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How to melee attack in Mass Effect for Xbox 360?

I've run out of grenades against the colonists and cannot figure out how to melee attack. I was instructed to use non-lethal force (either grenades with the Anti-Thorian Gas mod or melee attack).
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Mass Effect story question

I recently played The Arrival and part of its storyline confused me: But isn't one of the central plot points of Mass Effect 1 the fact that: The two plot points seem in direct contradiction. ...
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Tips for defeating Benezia and her commandos at Noveria

With less than a year to finish Mass Effect and ME2, I've been grinding my way through. Right now, though, I'm having some trouble with Benezia. What are some strategies and associated tactics that ...
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Which class is the most powerful/useful in Mass Effect 1? [closed]

I am just starting Mass Effect 1 for the first time. I looked at the classes and the Biotics looked cool so I chose the class that does them. But now I am seeing that I only get a pistol and my ...
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Always getting “how to use this screen” dialog

When ever I enter dialogs for skill advancement or inventory, I get the "how to use this screen" notification which I've to approve always. It's not like I get it only the first time, but every time I ...
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What level is advised to play Mass Effect's Bring Down The Sky DLC?

Mass Effect's free DLC (on the PC at least) Bring Down the Sky, adds a new system right by the Citadel, Local System and the starter planets of Feros and Noverria. Is it possible/realistic to play ...
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Mass Effect: How to grind singularity?

I played through Mass Effect (1) as an Engineer. Bad choice, as it doesn't suit my play style. I want to play through again as a Vanguard with Singularity as his bonus and take that character through ...
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Should I continue one of my Mass Effect playthroughs in Mass Effect 2 or start afresh?

I loved the original Mass Effect. I've played through it multiple times: I have one character at level 60 (canonical, with which I played through thrice), another at level 50-something (female ...
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Do I need to have played Mass Effect to enjoy Mass Effect 2?

I have never played Mass Effect, but I hear that Mass Effect 2 is great. Do I need to play the first to understand the second? Will I be lost?
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In ME1 how do you skip a conversation, but not choose an answer?

I read the subtitles a whole lot faster than the people talk in Mass Effect 1, and I've played the game through once already. So I'm looking for a way to skip a cutscene without accidentally choosing ...
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Do Investigation Dialogue Choices Have Alignment Ramifications?

I just started playing Mass Effect 1 and I'm a little confused about the conversation system. I understand that during regular conversation, the top right spoke leans towards the paragon alignment and ...
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Is Mass Effect 1's final boss considered Synthetic or Organic?

I ask not in terms of classification semantics, but in regards to ammo. Tungsten Rounds inflict more damage to Synthetic enemies, while Shredder Rounds inflict more damage to organic enemies. Does ...
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Enemy Snipers 1-Shotting me in Mass Effect

I've been playing through Mass Effect 1 (ME) on the higher difficulties for achievements, and I keep running into sniper enemies who 1-shot me. Any hints to surviving and/or killing the snipers ...