Mass Effect Legendary Edition includes the entire BioWare trilogy in its most usable form yet, as well as the option to play individual games.
Maybe all you want to do is play Mass Effect 3? Perhaps you’d prefer to start with ME2 and skip ME1’s Mako, as the series develops its cast of characters.
All of this, of course, plays into the major finale of the trilogy, as it always has. To avoid spoilers, keep in mind that whatever Shepard’s personal choices are, they are influenced by how many War Assets you have accumulated throughout the trilogy.
Players with saves from ME1 and ME2 have often been recognised with items they may have achieved or collected in those games. It was also previously possible for ME2’s multiplayer mode, which is not included in the Legendary Edition, to affect your preparations for the finale – your Galactic Readiness.
BioWare has adjusted the weighting of different War Assets to better balance it, while still ensuring that you can still hit the highest tier of Galactic Readiness even though you miss both ME1 and ME2 and just play ME3.
But, as BioWare has said, if you just want to play ME3, you’ll have to play it all the way through.
“The Galactic Readiness scale has been rebalanced and now is solely influenced by the content you complete across the entire trilogy,” BioWare said in a note provided with review copies of Legendary Edition. “If you jump straight into Mass Effect 3, you’ll need to complete almost all of the content available if you’re aiming for an ending that saves the most lives.”
I’m not sure why you wouldn’t do this in the first place, but after speaking with Martin this week, who blew through ME3 in 15 hours and killed everyone, I think it’s worth the PSA.
Finally, Microsoft will allow save roaming between generations (Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S), while Sony will not support it between PS4 and PS5.