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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does it have an impact on the game whether I check “Investigate” options or not?

I played through Mass Effect in the past and I know what dialogues a lot of the "Investigate" options hold in conversations. I was wondering whether they have an impact on the future dialogue options ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Does your helmet protect you?

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How often do party members update thier dialogue?

In ME1, 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 futher into the ...
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Can I get a save for PS3 that alters Mass Effect 1 decisions?

As I can't seem to find Mass Effect 1 on PS3 and have been informed that it was made for 360 only, is there any way to get a save for PS3 to make the changes in ME3 based on decisions made in it, or ...
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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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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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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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In Mass Effect, where is the small station that sells special items?

I beat Mass Effect on the Xbox a few years ago, and now I'm replaying it on PC so I can carry my save over to ME2. I remember from my previous playthrough that I found a little station with a guy on ...