After finishing the story of Mass Effect 2, we get the choice to continue to complete the different/unfinished missions throughout the game or to import our character and play through a new game at our current saved level and power stats. I have noticed that I do not level up at all during my new playthrough. I gain Paragon/Renegade points to help me with conversations but not at any stage have I leveled up. My powers and all characters no longer level up and gain power points. I only ask because I was able to play playthrough after playthrough in Mass Effect 1 and continued to level up; this is not happening in Mass Effect 2. If you know the answer, is that the way it is when you import your ME2 character after a playthrough or is my game/system messed up?

Thank you to anyone who can help me with this. I have searched elsewhere but have found no answers at all.

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    Have you reached the max level already (30)? Jan 4, 2011 at 2:50
  • What exactly is a "munter" ?
    – GnomeSlice
    Jan 4, 2011 at 2:53
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    Max level for Mass Effect 1 was 60, which made it more likely that you still had levels to go when starting over.
    – Adeese
    Jan 4, 2011 at 3:53
  • @gnomeslice: The only thing I know of is a melee-specced hunter in WoW. Term usually used with derision. Jan 4, 2011 at 22:49

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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.


The level cap is fixed at 30 for all playthroughs in ME2. From the ME2 wiki:

The new level cap is 30. Further advancing powers no longer is a simple point per power advancement system. Powers now cost an increasing number of points to advance and offer a specialization choice when maxed out. Since you can only max out five powers, this greatly affects play style of the characters. As such it is now possible to reset your advancement and reset your character in-game. However, your main character can gain new powers throughout the game, and unique powers can be unlocked for team mates through game play.

As was in Mass Effect, all party members gain experience and level up simultaneously regardless of their participation in missions or if/when they are recruited. Each time the party levels up, Shepard is awarded two additional squad points to spend on skill development. Other party members receive two squad points at each new level from levels 1 to 5 and two points every two levels from level 5 to 19. After level 19 party members receive only one squad point every two levels.

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