Mass Effect 3: What to Expect if You Don’t Import from ME2
The Mass Effect series features plenty of choice, and Bioware wants you to experience the consequences of your actions in Mass Effect 3. But, not everyone has played the previous games in the series, kept their save file, or switched systems to try Mass Effect on a new platform. Because of that, Mass Effect 3 starts with a set of default, generic, choices to get you started fast in Mass Effect 3. Sadly, these default choices won’t lead to some of the most interesting tidbits in Mass Effect 3, so another reply of Mass Effect 2 might be in order.
If you’re switching from 360 to PC, you’re in luck! Check out our guide to transferring save files from X-box to PC. Otherwise, check out our huge text and video walkthrough for Mass Effect 3 here.
Beware: MASSIVE MASS EFFECT 1 & 2 SPOILERS AHEAD
Mass Effect 1 Default Choices
- Characters Recruited: Garrus, Wrex
- No DLC or sidequests are counted.
- The Asari Shiala is killed by the Thorian.
- The Rachni Queen is killed.
- The colony on Feros is not saved.
- Wrex is killed on Virmire.
- Shepard does not enter into any romantic relationships.
- The Council is killed, with the ship the Destiny Ascension, during the attack on the Citadel.
- Udina is appointed Counselor.
Mass Effect 2 Default Choices
- No DLC, sidequests or Loyalty Missions are counted toward Mass Effect 3. This includes two DLC exclusive characters, Zaeed and Kasumi, who count as never being recruited.
- Tali is exiled from the Migrant Fleet.
- Shepard does not enter into any romantic relationships. Again.
- Grunt is not recruited.
- Legion is not recruited, and no choice is made for the Geth.
- Samara is never recruited. She is killed by Morinth trying to escape from Ilium.
- Suicide Mission Survivors: Mordin, Jacob, Garrus, Tali and Miranda.
- Suicide Mission Survivors (Normandy Crew): Joker and Chakwas. All other crew members are considered killed.
- Suicide Mission Deaths: Jack, and Thane.
- The Collector Base is destroyed.
- Although the DLC is not considered completed by Shepard, the events still occured. The Batarian System is destroyed, and Liara is the Shadow Broker.
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