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FAQ Mass Effect 2
From the Bioware Site( Chris Priestly)-
Can I play Mass Effect 2 if I didn't play Mass Effect?
Mass Effect 2 has been designed to be a standalone game. If you have played Mass Effect, you will benefit from the save game carry over and character knowledge. However the intense combat, intriguing storyline and the sheer beauty of the character and level design will ensure a great experience whether you have played the first game or not.
Is Shepard dead?
Commander Shepard is the main playable character in Mass Effect 2, however his death is a major part of the game.
Will my character carry over from ME1?
The choices you made in the first Mass Effect will have impact in the storyline of Mass Effect 2. Certain characters will carry over depending on the choices you made and the relationships you had with the characters from the previous game.
If my character from Mass Effect was at the maximum skill level how will I be able to restart a new game in Mass Effect 2? Will my skills or powers carry over?
The choices you made in the first Mass Effect will have impact in the storyline of Mass Effect 2. Certain characters will carry over depending on the choices you made and the relationships you had with the characters from the previous game. If you start with a save game from Mass Effect, your character's level will be appropriate to the difficulty level where you begin in Mass Effect 2.
Is Shepard still a specter? If so, why is he partnering with Cerberus?
Shepard is still a Spectre, but a lot of things have changed as of ME2 and why Shepard ends up working for Cerberus is itself an interesting part of the story that we don’t want to spoil for you.
How does Mass Effect 2 start if I have save games?
The beginning of Mass Effect 2 starts differently depending on how you played the first Mass Effect. The multiple ending possibilities, the bigger choices you made about characters, such as who lived or died are all decisions that had a long-term impact. And that's the real fun of playing from your saved game from Mass Effect 1 into Mass Effect 2 is that those choices you made are there. It's the world the way you left it.
Do the choices I make really affect the outcome of the story?
The choices you make will have a direct impact on how the story plays out. Your actions can have brutal consequences. Important characters can die.
Why is Mass Effect 2 a "darker second act"?
In Mass Effect, you repelled an invasion of Reapers – a race of ancient machines that want to harvest all organic civilization. But the Reapers are still out there. Humans are being abducted all over the galaxy, and you’re working with a shadowy pro-human group called Cerberus to find out why. This plot line and the intensity of the action naturally lends itself to a darker second chapter.
Why a trilogy? How are you going to maintain the story through all 3 chapters?
We wanted to tell an interactive story over the course of three games. So the choices you make can affect the broader story in the trilogy. There is a high level story arc that we will maintain through the trilogy and you control how the outcomes play out and who the lead characters will be.
How will the character I chose to be in Mass Effect, make my story in Mass Effect 2 different?
Depending on how you played the first Mass Effect, the way you start Mass Effect 2 will be different. How it ended, which morale path you chose, the characters you chose to kill, it all impacts your story.
Will there be a new cast of characters in Mass Effect 2?
Yes there will definitely be new species and new characters that you will meet. If the player chooses to use save data from the first Mass Effect, there will be some carry over with the characters that they chose to favor in the first game. That being said, if the player killed Wrex, then Wrex will not be in Mass Effect 2 etc. As well, the player is recruiting a new team for the crew and will be meeting a lot of unusual and sometimes threatening new party members throughout the story.
Will there be relationships in the game?
As with any BioWare title, Mass Effect 2 has the key features to create an emotional impact within any epic story with a mix of action, adventure, conflict and romance. Relationships will be built within party loyalty and the actions and decisions you make throughout your journey.
Why should I care if I have strong relationships in the game?
Without the party member’s loyalty, success is less likely. You need to develop a strong and loyal squad in order to be able to succeed. They can leave your party or be killed. With the loss of a team member the player will also lose unique skill sets storyline, and subplots.
CHARACTER/SPECIES AND PARTY Q&A
Are there new classes in Mass Effect 2? If so, what are they?
You will have the same classes as in ME1, but each class is now able to progress through a new set of abilities.
Is Saren really dead?
Yes Saren is dead and will not be in Mass Effect 2. The purpose of finishing the first Mass Effect was to defeat Saren. We didn't want to take away the glory of that victory. The threat in Mass Effect 2 is new…and even bigger.
Is Liara back as a playable character?
You will see Liara in Mass Effect 2, and in fact that’s her in the beginning of the demo. It’s an example of the impact of ME1 choices, because for the Shepard in the demo, Liara was his love interest in ME1. For someone else that had a different love interest, there would be someone else in that position.
Is Seth Green involved in the project again?
Joker will play a role in Mass Effect 2, so Seth Green will be doing voiceover work on the sequel.
Who are Nassana and her sister?
Nassana and her sister were characters from ME1. Nassana betrayed Shepard as part of a feud with her sister, and how you handled the situation will reflect on her reaction to you in ME2.
Who and what is Thane?
Thane is a deadly assassin who we want to join our crew for his unique abilities. Thane is part of a new species we are introducing, called the drell. We will be talking more about the drell in the future.
Can the Geth become Party Members?
We will be discussing more about the Geth’s role in the future.
Who is Grunt?
Grunt is a Krogan and a character we will be discussing him more in the future.
How many party members can be in your group at one time?
You can have 3 party members with you at any given time including yourself.
How many party members can you get total?
You’ll have more potential squad members than in ME1 but, what we can tell you is, you are developing a diverse, dangerous and rough crew that you will need to gain the loyalty and trust of to be able to succeed the final battle. Without the loyalty of your party, your chance for success is hindered.
TECHNOLOGY AND ADVANCEMENT
How does the Interrupt System work?
With the interrupt system in Mass Effect 2, you can physically seize control of a conversation and dramatically or even drastically change its outcome. There is a new interface icon on the bottom left side of the screen, when it appears the player can pull the trigger to reveal the sometimes shocking real-time outcomes of the decision.
Is the initial intro and tutorial system better?
In Mass Effect 2, you start the game with more guidance so learning the controls will be seamless and quick.
How have the Squad Controls been improved?
Players can now issue squad commands to each individual in their party. The player can map various powers and abilities, and issue “context sensitive” commands to the squad, all in real time. So for example if you are pointing at a spot on the ground, the D-pad will send a squad member there. If you are pointing at an enemy, the D pad will instead have that squad member launch a power at the enemy. Right side is one squad mate, left side is the other one.
How has the combat and cover systems been improved in Mass Effect 2?
The cover system in Mass Effect 2 is more dynamic, with the addition of new realistic animations, getting into and out of cover is smoother and more intuitive, and you can also mantle over objects.
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