If I import a Shepard from a game I just completed, will his story (e.g. decisions made et al.) be identical to a newly created Shepard? Is the only benefit of importing a ME3 Shepard his level?

edit: for clarity, I mean this option:

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    Are you asking about new-game-plus? I mean, are you asking about importing ME3 -> ME3?
    – Amy B
    Mar 18, 2012 at 18:46
  • Just to clarify, you mean if you import an ME2 Shepard into ME3, complete the game, and then import that ME3 shepard into a New Game+? Mar 18, 2012 at 18:47

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If I'm reading the question correctly, you're specifically asking about the New Game+ option of importing a Mass Effect 3 Shepard that has already completed the game to start over, is that correct?

If so, the answer is that it's the same as when you started the first time. If you started with an ME2 Shepard, imported it into ME3, beat the game, and then imported that ME3 completed Shepard to start over, the game still remembers all of the choices you made in ME1 and 2 and reflects those choices. There is no difference.

The benefit of importing an ME3 Shepard is his level, as well as all of your accumulated Armor, Weapons, Mods, Bonus Powers, Credits, Upgrades, and Intel Bonuses. Additionally, Weapons and Mods can be upgraded to a maximum level of 10 in a New Game+, versus a maximum rank of 5 in a standard game.

  • Ah, I didn't know it was called "New Game+", that is indeed what I was asking.
    – Resorath
    Mar 18, 2012 at 18:59

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