I've searched all over the Mass Effect Wiki and can't find a page that has all the information I'm looking for. I was hoping to find something similar to the Playthrough 2 page on Borderlands Wiki but it seems no such page exists, or no such page is easily findable via the logical search terms I'm using.

I have several questions about how the replay system works in each of the Mass Effect games:

  1. How many times can you replay the same character?
  2. When you do replay, what parts of your character get carried over to the new playthrough?
    • Pre-service history?
    • Psychological profile?
    • Class?
    • Appearance?
    • Paragon/Renegade points?
    • Level?
    • Skills?
    • Inventory items and/or ship/weapon upgrades?
    • Cosmetic surgery?
    • In-game choices?
  3. If I've played a single character multiple times, and if I can change significant decisions in each playthrough, can I choose which playthrough I want to import to the next game? If so, can I import multiple instances (from different playthroughs of previous games) of the same character into separate, new games on the sequel(s)?
  4. What benefits do you get from replaying a character, that new characters don't get?
  • @fbueckert Thanks. I was just wondering if I should have used that tag, or if one even existed. – Iszi Jan 11 '13 at 16:59
  • No worries. :) Happy to help. – Frank Jan 11 '13 at 17:04
  • I would imagine cosmetics, your characters history and the like would stay the same (otherwise you might as well just make a new character), and upgrades you get throughout the game would not be in the second playthrough. Haven't played any games of the series in a little over a year though. – VanBuzzKill Jan 11 '13 at 18:43

1 - Pretty much as many times as you want. You essentially create a new character using the last one as a template. Certain things can be changed, see part 2 of this answer.

2 - Too numerous to mention in an answer here. This is the page on the wiki you want to check out. It's also dependent ongoing from 1->2, 2->2, 2->3, 3->3, or 1->2->3.

3 - You'll get to select any save games for a character from the last or current game, so long as the character completed the game(provided she didn't die at the end of ME2). The game treats replays as a new character instances. You can tell them apart by the character level and the date on the game completion.

4 - See 2. Though generally replays in 2 get you additional credits and resources, and 3 gets you war assets.

  • I think 2 was more about new game + playthroughs rather than safe file transfers – Ben Brocka Jan 11 '13 at 19:07
  • @BenBrocka - That article covers 2->2 and 3->3 as well. They are treated similarly to save file transfers. – CaulynDarr Jan 11 '13 at 19:08
  • Was there no same-character replay capability in 1? I've forgotten. – Iszi Jan 11 '13 at 19:21
  • @Iszi I can't recall, It's been at least a year since I played. I think that you can pick an existing character and that lets you just keep all the pre-game setup, but you are free to change any of it if you want. Any bonuses from achievements are free to any new characters. – CaulynDarr Jan 11 '13 at 19:23
  • You can replay ME1 with the same character, in fact that is the only way to reach level 60 (the first playthrough for a character has a max level of 50). I think you must keep the same class + background on the second playthrough, not completely positive though. – Adeese Feb 10 '13 at 22:52

You get the level you had on first play though, and your skills. Typically each play through you crank up the difficulty. Though they presupposed you'll do replay as same class, if you don't you only get level carry over.

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