One of the best and most discussed features of the Mass Effect series, besides all the guns and blue boobs of course, is the ability of each game in the series to read your save from the last title and let you continue on with your own version of Shepard. By the time that you have completed the saga you could have potentially played upwards of 100 hours in the company of your very own character.
The PS3 wasn’t lucky enough to host the original game, so an ‘interactive comic’ was utilized to allow some form of interaction when carrying over the major decisions from the first Mass Effect title. Of course players on all three systems will be able to use their ME2 saves when the blockbuster third game arrives next year.
Bearing that in mind, and also the interminable wait for some more sexy space opera action, many gamers are replaying the prequels in order to obtain a ‘perfect save’ combining character looks, background and history, to take into the final battle for Earth. As fun as this may be, Casey Hudson the exec producer of the series has confirmed on Twitter that you will be able to tweak your imported character before playing the new game. He stopped short of confirming whether this would be just the look of your own personal Shepard, or whether this ‘tweaking’ also includes key mission specific decisions.
Personally I hope that this is restricted to changing the look of your character, I’m a big believer that your investment in the game overall shouldn’t be cheapened by letting you change your mind about who you sacrificed for the greater good 80 hours of gameplay ago. You can’t change your decisions in life, so be bold and stand by your choices soldier!
That’s the reason why I’m currently re-playing Mass Effect on my PC. I played the game when I owned a 360 a couple of years ago, but it felt like cheating to play the PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 as even with the new prologue, it still didn’t feel like my character would be a product of my time playing the first game. Because of that I’m currently 15 hours into a replay choosing EXACTLY the same options as when I played it two years ago, right down to what I can remember of the dialogue choices, all so I can then play ME2 and ME3 on my PC with the same character. Now that’s dedication!