I've completed Mass Effect 3 and just started a second playthrough before learning that this patch was released.

How do I get my original Shep from 1 & 2? Do I need to start a new game with an ME2 import, or can I use the ME3 end-game import? I'm assuming the former, but would I then lose all my achievements and perks from the first playthrough?

  • You won't love achievement progress, that's tracked across careers and game modes. You will lose your ME3 perks though if you continue from ME2
    – Zelda
    Commented Apr 23, 2012 at 21:21
  • Ah Ok that's interesting. I think it might just have to be done, losing the achievements were what I was most worried about. But if I get to keep those, I may as well do it. Thanks mate. One more thing, my game updated, I'm assuming it updated with the patch? Commented Apr 23, 2012 at 21:57
  • I haven't played since the patch and I don't have an ME2 save so I don't actually know how that part works
    – Zelda
    Commented Apr 24, 2012 at 0:11

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How does the "face import patch work"?

Make sure the latest patch is installed. Import you ME2 character.

How you get your original Shep?

As per this convenient guide and my own experience to corroborate (bolding and grammar correction is mine):

During character creation stage, select the "Import ME2 Character" option to import your Mass Effect 2 character into Mass Effect 3...

You CANNOT import Mass Effect 1 files directly into Mass Effect 3. You can only use Mass Effect 2 characters.

Also note, that based on Shepard's actions and decisions in Mass Effect 2, there is a chance that Shepard died in ME2 and did not survive. If in your save game Shepard is dead, you will NOT be able to import Shepard into ME3.

After you have imported Shepard from Mass Effect 2, you will be allowed to make changes to Shepard's appearance...

You will also be allowed to change Shepard's class at this stage.

More info on what imports on the wiki.

You should note that "ME3 does support cloud saving for new or imported ME2 saves, but it does not support importing endgame saves directly from the cloud." as per the tutorial

Do you need to start a new game with the import or can you use the end-game import?

You need to start a new game with the import. Endgame import does not allow you to append in ME2 save data information. I don not believe it even takes you back to the character creation stage to find such an option.

What will you lose by starting over with an imported save?

You won't lose your achievements for restarting. You can have all your achievements reset on this game on your 360, but in this case it wouldn't be because you restarted as it is apparently some sort of Origin shenanigans.

I'm not sure which perks you're referring to, but if it was anything related to level, powers, reputation, weapons, armor, mods, credits or bonus power, then those aren't going to carry over as that information is going to be pulled from the ME2 save. So your perks will be lost.

  • Very, VERY much appreciated. I am now happy like this :D Thanks for your time. Commented Apr 24, 2012 at 8:51
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