I am unsure which of the following save files I should be using for the extended cut DLC:

  • Before the attack on the Cerberus base (i.e. last possible place with galactic wide access)
  • Before the attack on earth
  • Before the last cutscene on earth (right after fighting the last banshee group)

Which one will allow me to access all the new DLC content?

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What save game should I load to play the Extended Cut?

After completing Mass Effect 3, a 'Legend' save is created prior to assaulting the Cerberus Base. To experience the Extended Cut DLC, load this save game and play through to the end of the game. The Extended Cut endings will differ depending on choices made throughout the Mass Effect series, so multiple playthroughs with a variety of different decisions will be required to experience the variety of possibilities offered by the new content.

This is from the official Mass Effect website. It essentially says that no single save will give you all of the endings and indicates that you may need to play the whole series multiple times to get them all.

It is important to note, however, that BioWare stresses on its official Extended Cut FAQ that:

The Extended Cut is an expansion of the original endings to Mass Effect 3. It does not fundamentally change the endings, but rather it expands on the meaning of the original endings, and reveals greater detail on the impact of player decisions.


Having played through the Extended Cut just now, starting from the attack on the Cerburus base, "Before the last cutscene on Earth" seems to be the correct answer. Things started changing immediately as you make your way down the hill, but before then nothing was different when compared to my memories of the first time through.

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