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Once you gain access to the Normandy SR-2, take a peek around Shepard's personal quarters. If you had a love interest in Mass Effect 1, Shep will have a framed picture of them on zer desk. If you then go on to romance someone else, Shep will tactfully... place the picture face down.


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Here's a useful flowchart that shows what ending you'll get based on your choices in the game. (Click for full-sized version)


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They do a pretty good job of introducing the world and story in ME2, if you have not played ME1. That being said, I feel that picking up ME1 for $20 is well worth it and will definitely enhance your ME2 experience. For example. certain characters will not appear in ME2 if you did not play ME1. Make sure you get ME1 and ME2 on the same platform too. You ...


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IMO, you definitely want to import your Mass Effect 1 character into Mass Effect 2. All of the major choices that you made in Mass Effect 1 will be reflected. The same is true for the side quests, to a lesser extent. However most of these only have the follow up in the form of an e-mail to your private terminal on the Normandy, but it's still cool to know ...


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Yes, with one major caveat: You can only "consummate" a single romantic interest before the Suicide Mission, though you can dead-end yourself (I.e., prevent further romance) with all of the characters before this. To observe all romantic interactions within a single playthrough, simply play the game, as normal, until you complete the suicide mission. You ...


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Took me ~2 hours, but I worked it out on my own. For anyone else wondering. Firstly, check out this post on the Bioware forums: http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/105/index/2933016 All of the information used in this post is drawn from there. Given Parameters: Minimum of 8 Squadmates to unlock Omega-4 mission. Squad includes loyal Kasumi. Squad ...


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Yes, it's possible. You need to finish all loyalty missions (except for Legion's) before going to the derelict Reaper. After getting back from the derelict Reaper, you are allowed time for exactly one mission before the Collectors invade Normandy (which should be Legion's loyalty mission). Once they've been removed from the ship, you must go directly to the ...


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The Mass Effect wiki suggests you need to feed them after every mission (although you can get your PA to feed them if you flirt with her and take her to dinner - I suspect this only works for male Shepherds - I don't remember being offered the option). They are a bit silly, really. http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Fish


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How Long To Beat has cross-platform averages for Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, shown below (although I would I consider these to be a bit high, it's all very dependant on the player, obviously): Main Main Plus Completionist Mass Effect 17:11:56 30:44:28 48:26:54 Mass Effect 2 26:09:34 36:48:34 47:19:13 Main ...


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Yes, there are some side quests that are not marked. If you scan a planet and find an anomaly there, this means there is a mission on that planet. They are pretty short, but somewhat more varied than the side missions of Mass Effect 1. According to the Mass Effect 2 wiki there are 38 anomalies that each represent a side mission (don't follow the link if ...


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Maybe you were 'locked-in' with a different character without realizing it. Here are the dialogue options from the wiki For a male Shepard, a love interest is "locked in" once you express interest at the following dialogue points: Jack: "I want to talk about us." To prevent locking-in, say "Never mind". Tali: "I want to talk about you." ...


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Yes, it is possible to save all of the crew. You need to recruit and perform Legion's loyalty mission last, after completing everybody else's loyalty mission, as well as upgrading your ship's armor, shielding and main weapon, so that you go through the Omega 4 Relay as soon as the crew is abducted. The suicide mission has 3 parts: Infiltration, The Long ...


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It's an Easter Egg of sorts. Blasto the Jellyfish is a popular action hero in the Mass Effect universe. He's the first Hanar SPECTRE, and was featured in a commercial in Mass Effect 2, which makes extensive use of lines from Dirty Harry: ...


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Kasumi, Zaeed, Shadowbroker, Overlord, and Arrival all tie into Mass Effect 3. The character DLC Kasumi and Zaeed, introduce new characters that have minor story arcs in the 3rd installment, with multiple outcomes based on decisions taken in Mass Effect 2. The Shadowbroker, Overlord, and Arrival DLCs include stories and events that are referenced in ...


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Mass Effect 1's "Bring Down the Sky" has an effect in Mass Effect 2 and 3. The other available DLC, "Pinnacle Station", does not. You've asked to avoid spoilers, so I'll simply say that the default canon is that Bring Down the Sky ends with the Renegade ending. If you play it personally, you can alter this.


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The specific clothing option you're looking for is called 'Evening Wear' - it is only available as part of the Kasumi - Stolen Memories DLC. You can customise your armour and casual wear by using the armour locker aboard the Normandy SR-2 which is available on the CIC deck next to Jacob and (I believe) in the captain's quarters. Once you have activated the ...


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This is one of those annoying tutorial things. They want you to order him to use his biotics, so they keep sending guys. Eventually they will give up and let it continue, but you can speed things along by ordering him to slam one of the mechs.


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Character Loyalty is something specific to Mass Effect 2. Getting a character's loyalty involves completing their character-specific Loyalty Mission, after which the character becomes "Loyal", and one of their powers becomes available to Sheppard as a bonus talent. (Also unlocks a bonus outfit, I think?) Depending on your actions, you can also lose a ...


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ME2 has an independent storyline that can be understood without ME1, though many events will lack context and be somewhat less compelling as a result. The biggest problem with not importing a ME1 save game is that if you create a character in ME2 directly, the history assumes the least happy endings for all of the major events in ME1. You won't really have ...


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In ME1, the level cap for the first playthrough was 50, once you finished a playthrough it was bumped to 60 for all subsequent playthroughs. ME2 doesn't increase the level cap, once you hit 30 you're done.


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There are many small carry over effects from ME1->ME2, but here are the major ones: Depending on who you save on Virmire, that person will make an appearance in ME2 and be a squad member in ME3 (Your love interest may carry over as well, assuming you didn't cheat on them in ME2). If Wrex dies in ME1, then the state of the Krogans will be different in ME2. ...


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The Kasumi DLC starts from the Citadel, so as long as you can get to the Citadel you are able to start the DLC. No need to start over from the beginning to play it.


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Saving the base gives you 110 points towards your Galaxy at War score compared to 100 for destroying it. There is a rumour that the Illusive Man will be friendlier towards you in ME3 if you went his way in ME2 (saving the base) but that's unsubstantiated. The endings below 1750 or above 2800 effective military strength are the same, regardless of what ...


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Best available ME3 setup? You'll need to go all the way back to ME1. You can't have the ultimate Mass Effect play through without playing ME1. Beat ME 1 on Normal (This unlocks Hardcore and ups the level cap) Beat ME 1 on Hardcore (This unlocks Insanity) Beat ME 1 on Insanity with all DLC getting to max level completing every mission and quest. This ...


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I'd say yes. The story evolves over the course of the previous two games, and there's really no way to watch/play even the introduction sequence of this game without spoiling some of the major plot reveals of the first. Things that Shepard discovers in the first and second games are pretty much widely known at the beginning of the third, so the plot ...


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I used the below survival flowchart to determine the best strategy to ensure my entire squad survived the suicide mission at the end of Mass Effect 2: In the end it comes down to holding the line. Which will randomly kill your team if you lack loyality among them. As all of your team is loyal except Miranda just don't have her hold the line. As pointed ...


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1) Yes. In fact, doing anything other than lurch along the task at hand is likely to get you killed. 2) No.


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You don't need the game to purchase DLC, but you need it to play the downloaded content.


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The Collector Particle Beam has many advantages over other heavy weapons: No reload time No projectile travel time No delay before firing No self-damage Continuous, visible fire for adjusting aim and tracking moving targets Zero recoil It also has a +50% bonus against both armor and shields. The main downside is you're out in the open while firing, but ...


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The Paragon / Renegade system in Mass Effect 2 is a bit different than that of Mass Effect 1. In the earlier game, Renegade / Paragon actions were available explicitly based on your charm / intimidate score. Mass Effect 2 removed both alignment based skills, and instead calculates available dialog paths based on earned paragon/renegade points / total ...



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