I have an ME1 save, but no longer have access to the game itself. I wish to start a new game in ME2 (Xbox 360) based on this save in preparation for ME3.

I haven't started the playthrough yet and am wondering how I can tell who I had a romance with in ME1? This will determine how I will make my romantic decisions in both ME2 and ME3.

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    The eternal question
    – Zelda
    Commented Mar 25, 2012 at 22:20
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    I have this problem all the time. What I normally do is- Oh, wait, you're talking about Mass Effect. Never mind.
    – SaintWacko
    Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 16:58

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Once you gain access to the Normandy SR-2, take a peek around Shepard's personal quarters.

If you had a love interest in Mass Effect 1, Shep will have a framed picture of them on zer desk.

If you then go on to romance someone else, Shep will tactfully... place the picture face down.

  • If you do that twice, in ME3 will you have two face-down pictures and one normal one?
    – Zelda
    Commented Mar 25, 2012 at 22:43
  • @BenBrocka Nah. No one in ME3 particularly cares if you go separate ways. Commented Mar 25, 2012 at 22:44
  • Very good solution :D. Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 1:05
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    @RavenDreamer Thon is the best gender-neutral pronoun! Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 20:20
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    @Callum Zer is in the same vein as singular their and eir -- it's a gender-neutral pronoun. Unlike singular their, however, it's not widely accepted.
    – Schism
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 14:43

If you haven't started the playthrough yet, it should tell you on the import screen (along with the other major decisions that you made.

Otherwise, as Raven Dreamer said, you can always look at the picture.

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    Is it mentioned on the ME2 import? I thought it was just in ME3, but I might be wrong. Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 2:44

You could always poke around the save file with a save-game editor.

As a bonus, this will let you change who you romanced, if you want to.

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    I didn't mention that this is the x360 version :) Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 7:39
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    @JamesJiao There's a save editor for the xbox aswell Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 9:16
  • @Serge Really? Where do I find it and how do I install it... if you don't mind me being nosy? Commented Mar 27, 2012 at 23:11
  • @James Jiao - You need a device that lets you read the xbox save files on a computer (I'm not sure how they work). Anyways, get the software here
    – Fake Name
    Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 1:29
  • i want to add though it only works for mass effect 2 save files. So you should import your mass effect 1 save file first and then save the game as soon as you can and open/edit it with the editor. Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 11:09

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