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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Why can't I see all my powers in the HUD bar in Mass Effect 1 PC

So basically I'm playing as a Vanguard and I unlocked Marksman for the pistols and shotguns along with Unity and some other skills. I didn't quick-slot them at first and now, after unlocking another ...
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What is the number near Mako's shield/hull indicator

The question is straight forward. Is there for any use, like repair points or something? And how do I use it?
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How often do party members update their dialogue?

In Mass Effect 1, your party members have new stuff to say every now and then when we are on the Normandy. Is it updated on a regular basis or only when you do story based missions and progress ...
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I downloaded the 4 dlc in Mass Effect 3, and now i cant find any players

When I played Mass Effect 3 on PS3 before, without the free dlcs I could always find other players online. Then I saw a post in google about free dlcs and I downloaded them. Online pass ...
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Stuck on a lift on Noveria!

I appear to be stuck on a lift. After re-establishing landline communications, I got back into the lift to return back inside the facility, and after the lift came to a stop and the doors open I ...
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Mass Effect 1 and Sniper Rifles

I'm looking for some guidance here before I decide that he Mass Effect trilogy is not worth playing because of the poor combat system. I love playing a sniper build in most games, so I went ...
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Order squad mates to activate electronics skill in Mass Effect 1

I'm playing through the first Mass effect game and I'm the vanguard class which isn't good at using the electronics skill. I got to a part where there was the option to activate a plasma containment ...
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Is there a canon order for the main missions in Mass Effect?

Playing Mass Effect i found that some parts of the story in the Main Missions didn't seem to make sense in terms of logic. ie. on Feros Shepard having no idea about Sovereign's Indoctrination even ...
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Why is my damage so different?

I'm playing Mass Effect 1 for the second time with an imported character (Infiltrator, level 45). Sometimes I one-shot every enemy that is in line of sight, but sometimes only their shield lightens ...
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Why did one of my squad members disappear?

So, I'm playing the original Mass Effect for the first time (don't ask), and I was doing the Rogue VI mission on Luna. I decided to throw Kaidan a bone and took him and Garrus with me. I just ...
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Is it possible to turn down Ashley without being rude? [closed]

I just did my first play through of the first Mass Effect. I tried to play through as I think I really would in real life, so I was really polite and compassionate to everyone, but also wasn't afraid ...
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What are the combat behaviors of Thresher Maws?

In the first Mass Effect, I've had several times where I heard the rumbling and screaming of a Thresher Maw appearing, but when I wheeled around my Mako and got ready to fight, there was simply ...
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Defend against Biotic Attack in Mass Effect 1

The most infuriating aspect of this game is a biotic attack. You get hit by one, and Shep goes all limp and starts rolling around on the floor, completely at the mercy of every assault rifle within a ...
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What do the statues on Ilos represent?

In my first play-through of Mass Effect, I thought these might be statues of the Protheans. I've played through all of the Trilogy, though I haven't played some of the DLC. Is there some point ...
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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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Can I skip Mass Effect 1 and go to Mass Effect 2 [duplicate]

I have mass effect 1 on the Xbox 360, recently got myself a high end gaming PC and have been looking at the three game collection. Have been told that the second one is much better than the first, ...
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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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One Still Missing Engineer

I am playing Bringing Down the Sky DLC for Mass Effect a second time. In this DLC we have to locate missing engineers. I enabled the transmission tower, showed me the locations of all three survey ...
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Is there a downside to not be all Renegade or Paragon?

As in many games with moral choice, the best way (game wise) is to go all out on either. This often puts you in a situation where you turn out to be either Mother Teresa or Vlad the Impaler. Staying ...
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How can I enable audio when window is out of focus

Lately when playing Mass Effect, I often find myself attempting to multitask between playing the game and doing something else like chatting with a friend. When I alt tab over to my friend's window, ...
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Krogans regenerate health superfast

I'm playing through ME1 on Veteran difficulty. So far, every Krogan I've fought, battlemaster or not, regenerates health up to full in two or three seconds when they are knocked down and nearly dead. ...
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How can I restart the VI core on Noveria?

On my previous playthroughs I have essentially 'skipped' this puzzle by using 100 omni-gel; on this playthrough however I do not have 100 omni-gel so I need to solve the puzzle. The on screen ...
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What is the function of these Armature repair stations in Mass Effect?

In Mass Effect when Shepard is on Ilos he can find two Armature repair stations like this: I'm wondering whether they serve some purpose or not? If I use them they get activated but nothing else ...
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Console command for completing Valuable minerals quest

In Mass Effect is there a console command to add minerals to complete the Valuable Minerals quest?
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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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Having trouble at Veteran difficulty

I'm playin Infiltrator with Assault Rifle unlocked on Veteran difficulty. I'm currently 26 and having real trouble with pretty much any fight that contains more than three mobs. No matter what I do or ...
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Where can I purchase advanced biotic amps and omni tools?

In Mass Effect, Where can I purchase Biotic Amp Interface X category and Omni Tool X category? Or can I only find it on missions?
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Mass Effect 1 wont start

Just bought Mass Effect 1 from Origin on my new rig. Every time I try to start it, just stops working. I can't even get to the title screen. Running the game with Admin privileges doesn't help. All ...
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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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Skipping cutscenes

Is there any way to skip cutscenes in the first Mass Effect game? I read somewhere that you could press space repeatedly, but that is not working. I'm having trouble with a post-cutscene fight and I'm ...
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What determines a final outcome of an imported character?

Several actions in ME1 will have consequenses in ME2. If I do multiple playthroughs (as I plan to reach 60) and handle situations completely differently, what will be the final outcome? Example - ...
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Is there any special benefit in transfering a max level character?

Beeing rather late into the Mass Effect series, I'm still trying to get the hang of it. As I understand, maximum level in ME1 is 60 and is impossible to obtain in one playthrough, bar cheating. I'm ...
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How to view specialization class bonuses have been activated/applied?

I have chosen Commando specialization when prompted. How do I know the specialization bonuses have been activated or applied to my talents? My talent screen still looks the same. Still shows Soldier ...
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Mass Effect Upgrading Points for Sniper Rifles

I'm playing the first Mass Effect. I played it before but didn't complete it, and am going through it again. I enjoy playing games stealthily and attacking from distance if it's an option, so I chose ...
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How to reset squad points?

I am in my first play through of Mass Effect. I had set my squad to auto level up. But I am at the mission to retrieve Wrex's family armor. There is a box that says Decryption too low. I have Tali and ...
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Some menu screens have sides “cut off” on 4:3 screen resolutions in Mass Effect 1 (unreal engine 3)

Playing Mass Effect 1 on PC (v1.02 on steam). At 4:3 resolutions like 1200x1600 (useful for non-widescreen monitors and projectors), some menu screens display incorrectly: the left and right hand ...
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Where can I find all of the keepers?

At the start of Mass Effect, after your initial meeting with the Council, Ashley notices Chorban, who is crouching next to a keeper using an experimental medical device to scan them. Upon speaking to ...
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Is there a reliable source for Spectre equipment?

It looks to me like Spectre equipment is (as it should be) the best of the best. However, I've only so far been able to find enough to fully equip Shepard and one other squad member. Is there a store ...
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Is X the best there is?

I'm on my second play-through of Mass Effect. Since I decided to do this with the same character I had from the first play-through, I started off pretty high-level (I think around 50). In the ...
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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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How does decryption work?

I am playing Mass Effect and I only seem to have about 10% success decrypting locks, even "Easy Decryption" locks. I can't figure out what I am doing wrong, or what I am doing differently when it ...
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Does infiltrator get invisibility cloak in Mass Effect 1?

I played Mass Effect out of order. I started with ME2 (since that was the first one on the PS3 at the time), and now I'm going back to ME1 (since it is also available on PS3 now). In ME2 I chose ...
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How many worlds are in the galactic map?

The galactic map is large, and difficult to navigate quickly. Just looking for a summary of how many worlds I'd be hitting if I decided to see it all - are we talking dozens? Hundreds?
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Are there other character-specific sidequests except the ones of Garrus and Wrex?

Wrex wants me to find him his family armor, Garrus wants me to hunt down a Salarian scientist. Do any other crew members like Tali, Liara, Ashley and Kaidan feature their own sidequest? If so, how ...
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Is it possible to set borderless window mode?

I am playing Mass Effect again but there doesn't appear to be an option to enable a borderless window mode in either the game or the configuration utility, leaving the game running inside of a visible ...
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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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Broken achievements in Mass Effect 1

During my first (of three) playthrough of Mass Effect 1, I encountered a strange... bug? that has since prevented me from attaining a couple of achievements. To elaborate: during the final sequence - ...
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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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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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Virmire Bomb Site Rescue - Bugged?

I'm in the middle of the Virmire Assault quest. During the battle, I chose to go help my people at the bomb site. After clearing out the enemies, the game seems stalled now. I can wander between ...