I'm preparing a Mass Effect 2 save to import to Mass Effect 3, and I'd like to ensure I avoid starting a relationship as a male Shepard while still keeping things friendly with my crewmates.

In Mass Effect, there were particular dialogue choices you could take to achieve this - are there similar choices in Mass Effect 2?

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If you're not interested in romancing a character, there's a simple solution - never talk to them.

More helpfully, you can never "accidentally" commit to a relationship. You always have a choice. Most of these relationships can be kept "open" (i.e., still possible, the next time you speak with them) with the exception of Miranda. Yvonne Strahovski doesn't like being lead on, apparently. Here's a quote from the Mass Effect Wikia. Male shepherd only, unfortunately.

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." at the point where she beckons you toward the drive core. To prevent locking-in, say "So you're not interested?" followed by "I need to think about this."

Miranda: "Can we talk?" at the point where she says "I don't know what this is, if it's just stress, or blowing off steam, or..." you can not opt out; every option results in either becoming locked-in, or the relationship being broken off permanently. Hope you saved before the conversation!

  • Thanks for the input. For completion's sake, is there any information on avoiding becoming "locked in" for female Shepards?
    – Teryx
    Commented Feb 28, 2012 at 19:15
  • @Teryx - I didn't see it when browsing the ME wiki, and I'm not in a position to be able to test in my own games. If someone else has access to that info, however, I'll gladly add it in. Commented Feb 28, 2012 at 20:05

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