When I'm in cover and I want to leave it (say when all enemies are dead and I need to move on) I often make a fool of myself - I usually end up rolling around or moving to another piece of cover while my squad-mates look on with withering distain (or that's how I see it). Often I find I'm 'stuck' in cover and I can only get out by jumping over the top of a barrier or rolling off the side when there's no more cover that way.

I'm assuming I'm missing something, what's the correct way to 'leave' cover and move around normally again?

  • In ME2, you could hit "F" to leave cover in the way you indicate, but unfortunately, they seem to have removed that in ME3. :/ – FAE Mar 12 '12 at 11:32
  • @FallenAngelEyes I believe that now tries to melee someone on that side of you now. It's for those frequent situations where you are on the same side of cover as the person you're fighting, I guess. – Dave McClelland Mar 12 '12 at 13:01
  • Your terminal on the Normandy should have a short tutorial video on using cover, I'm pretty sure that talks about a few of the ways to leave cover. – GAThrawn Mar 12 '12 at 16:24

Vaulting over the cover seems to be the most reliable way of leaving it, though that is not always what you want to do. The best way I found so far to leave cover without vaulting over it is to just walk backwards, usually this makes Shepard leave the cover. It doesn't always work, the cover system combined with the "One button to rule them all" choice of mapping nearly every action to one single button inevitably causes some situations where Shepard just doesn't do what you want him/her to do.

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  • Tapping back works well for me. – fredley Mar 12 '12 at 12:49

There is no "correct" way to leave cover. I personally prefer to pull away from cover (walk backwards) as that's what you had to do in ME1, but vaulting, rolling out, or simply hitting the A button (on 360, X on PS3, and I think space on PC) are all valid. Sometimes it's dependent on the situation as to which method will be the most effective.

My suggestion: learn and be comfortable with all the methods. Being able to effectively move from cover when you're not under fire will improve your skill at doing so while under fire.

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Personally, I opt to run ahead from cover when I can, and the direction I want to go is correct. Along the edge of cover, hold forward and press the action button. End up running right along to my next destination at top speed.

Or, as others have said, walking backward is also reliable, if less efficient in many cases.

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The way i do it mostly to advance is on the keyboard (but would probably work on a gamepad aswell) is press left and forward (or right and forward) and instead of jumping over or rolling to the other you flip around the barrier walking forward. You can see teh difference in the arrow on the cover object, Straight up is over, Straight left or right is rolling and around the object is rushing forward next to the cover object.

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