Lost your Mass Effect 2 save files? This is what you can do

By on March 5, 2012

You don’t have to start all over again.

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BioWare’s idea was genius, something very rarely attempted before. In Mass Effect, you can import your save files and continue with the same character in the next installment. Your decisions and your love interest remains in intact. Your actions are carried over, having minor and major effects on the story as you continue your battle against the Reapers. It’s brilliant. It works. It is a continuation of  your version of the game.

But this requires players to lock their save files till the next game, which could be in the next five years (or more). And considering the fragile and delicate nature of the technology we host our save files on (aka hard drives), well, sh*t happens. It could be a virus, a hardware failure, a power out, or you just felt like smashing your PC after it hanged even though it’s never the hardware at fault.

You lost your Mass Effect 2 save files. It happens. But with Mass Effect 3 on the horizon, what do you do? Although the game will allow you to create a new character, provide basic story choices and give you a generic Shepard at your disposal, it will still not be your game, your Shepard, and your choices.

You could replay Mass Effect 2, and I know the most staunch fans will do it regardless, but with a backlog of games from last year and this, you just don’t have the time. What can do then is, download someone else’s save files. Once such place to download save files is this (or this). It’s a user maintained website, with a variety of save files for male and female Shepards.

There are more than hundred save files available, sorted by love interest and moral alignment (paragon, renegade, or mixed). Each save is precisely detailed, with information on the quests completed, who was killed, who survived, if the Council survived, who is the councilor (Udin or Anderson), if Rachni Queen was killed, etc. It even goes into minute details such as if the hostages in Mass Effect 2 were left to die or not.

Another alternative is to download a save file editor which allows you to create an entirely new character, feed it with resources, credits and powers, and even edit its appearance. It also features basic plot lines to choose from, as well. Once such software is Gibbed’s Mass Effect 2 Save Editor, and is available to download for free <a href="“>here.

While none of this will give off the personalized feeling of the Shepard you lost, it’s certainly better than going with a character your may not entirely relate to.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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