Mass Effect

Mass Effect Achievements

Long Service Medal

Complete 2 Mass Effect Playthroughs on any setting    

After finishing your Casual, or any play through, select new career and existing ID. Make sure to change the settings in the main menu, difficulty to Hardcore.

WARNING: Whe you start the game in the Normandy, check the setting again and make sure it is set to Hardcore to get these at the same time! If you land on Eden Prime and it wasn't set right, you will not get the achievement for Hardcore.

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Comment #1 by Dey93
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 07:11:32 PM

Completed this game twice now, didn't pop up anyone got any ideas why ?

Comment #2 by I GameMaster l
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 @ 02:26:53 AM

I'm about to start the 2nd play through, I hope that doesn't happen to me.

Comment #3 by One Winged Joker
Sunday, February 26, 2012 @ 11:48:35 AM

Just for the record, it's required to complete the game for the second time using the same character you used the first time you did it.

Comment #4 by sunstorm99
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 07:16:09 PM

at Comment 3 - Can you change the Difficulty Setting?

Comment #5 by ShakenMike38
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 05:10:43 PM

Can't change difficulty when playing for the second time through.

Comment #6 by grendel4289
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 01:26:17 AM

I believe you can on a 2nd playthrough from an existing character. I played on normal 1st time and when I started the Game+, I had options of Veteran and Hardcore available and chose Hardcore since I need that one. I even made sure BEFORE and AFTER landing on Eden Prime and difficulty had never changed.

Comment #7 by Kyren11
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 11:42:18 AM

The best way to get all the achievements as quickly as possible and get all the class specific achievements, (with the least amount of downtime) AND get the Long Service Medals is the following:

1st Playthrough: Normal Difficulty. Recommended class: Soldier. Ashley and Kaiden as Allies. Play through the game paying specific attention to the codex achievement and developing a romance. You'll earn the majority of the achievements on your first play through. I earned 30 my first time through. Use all your weapons, focus on having as much shields as you can (For Tactician). And max out your charm/intimidate and paragon/renegade score. This will be your main character you'll carry throughout the series and future playthroughs.

Comment #8 by Kyren11
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 11:44:25 AM

Special Quickplays: Normal Difficulty. Recommended Class: Adept/Engineer. Choose your bonus ability as Adrenalin Rush (that you earned from your time with Ashley the previous playthrough). Any allies (it doesn't matter). Level up as quickly as possible. Most people recommend level 6 but the higher you can get the better because you can spend more points on skills the decrease the cooldown on your abilities.

Then for the Adept spam the Transfer terminals and Engineer spam the Mako. Using Adrenalin rush to reset your cooldowns and making this even quicker. No joke I got to level 8 with both classes and all the specialist achievements in one night about 3-4 hours watching YouTube the whole time
:-). Once you finish with the adept restart as an engineer and do it again. or Vice Versa.

Comment #9 by Kyren11
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 11:45:51 AM

2nd Playthrough: Veteran Difficulty. Use same character as 1st Playthrough. If you have Barrier as a bonus ability I recommend getting it but Adrenalin Rush works well too. Use two allies you haven't used before. Max out Paragon or Renegade that you didn't do the first time and you'll probably get a 50th level character if not a 60th level character by the time your done. This will make your last playthrough much easier. I recommend getting both the Bring Down the Sky DLC as well as Pinnacle Station. I got all of my Ally achievements well before Ilos because I played through both DLCs and they popped I thought pretty early.

Comment #10 by Kyren11
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 11:47:54 AM

3rd Playthrough: Hardcore Difficulty. Recommended class: same as 1st two playthroughs (not your special playthroughs). You should be level 60 if not really close. Last two allies and BAM! You got a perfect game on one the best series ever released. With only minimal amount of spamming/grinding for achievements. Hope this helps!

Comment #11 by stajko
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 05:59:33 AM

thanks Kyren 11

Comment #12 by Knaussenheimer
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 12:37:27 AM

I actually think I enjoyed the game more on my second play through than my first.
PS #4 I think you can cuz i wanted to do it on hardcore then about halfway through Eden prime i realized I was terrible and switched to normal and i still got it. Should be noted that I was playing as the same character. I'm level 58 at the end of my second play though. really bioware? really?

Comment #13 by Neme6ben
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 07:38:25 PM

I just got this achievement, by starting a new game, I didn't use my previous character!

Comment #14 by LadyNym23
Sunday, March 01, 2015 @ 05:40:15 AM

Pretty suren #3 Is right, I played several playthroughs with different characters and it didn't pop. I only got it when I went through my hardcore playthrough with an existing character.

Not sure if difficulty actually counts in this though.

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Game Info


US November 20, 2007
Europe November 23, 2007

ESRB: Mature
Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
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