The holiday season is quickly approaching and with the numerous games of varying genres being released, there’s a bit of everything for everyone. However, if you’re the economical, or cheap, type then dipping back into the earlier releases this year will yield some excellent choices at a much lower price. Mass Effect 2 will most likely be in a lot of stockings this year and if you’re a newcomer to the series, there’s a lot of content to explore and with the plethora of missions and assignments, some are easily missed. Below are a few examples and how to complete them.
None of the following pertain to the main storyline or loyalty missions and are considered side assignments. I’ve missed these all myself at some point, and that’s even after completing the game four times. Most can also be accessed after completing the storyline, unless Shepard dies of course, which would create more pressing issues for the universe.
1. Batarian Bartender
Why you may have missed it: There are two reasons you would’ve missed this special interspecies moment. First, alcohol plays little role in Mass Effect 2 other than if you’re hardcore role-playing and giving Commander Shepard a drinking issue that gives him/her the shakes and needs to park the billion-credit ship at every floating space platform for their strangely-colored drink. If so, you’re truly getting into the minutia of Commander Shepard’s character. Once you’ve been to a bar and gotten over the, “Oh ho ho, look Shepard’s drunk and is passed out in the bathroom!” there’s really no reason to partake in the sauce and stop at every bar you see. Secondly, this takes place in the lower section of Omega which has little purpose outside of a few side-quests and Mass Effect 1 character meetings.
What to do: Talk to the Batarian bartender in the lower level of Omega.
Why it’s worth it: It’s a cool little moment where you appreciate the little stories Bioware crafts in its games. Plus it’s one where Renegade and Paragon paths take different avenues to reach the same point so you’ll gain points but still feel satisfied with the end result.
2. Krogan reciting Poetry
Why you may have missed it: The Asari planet of Illium is as busy as Reading Terminal during lunch hours and only slightly friendlier. Walking through the small sliver of area, Shepard is bombarded by conversations, some like the Asari attempting to find a lost locket and a Salarian frantically looking for lost data, both with assignments tagged to them. Both of those can be missed, but since they’re on the main pathways for the main quests and each item is practically given to you during each storyline recruitment mission, they’re easy to complete. It’s the Krogan reciting poetry, or Blue Rose of Illium assignment, that is easily missed. The Memories of Illium kiosk sells model ships so if you’ve been ignoring Shepard’s toy collection, than interacting with the store and Asari shopkeeper is easily ignorable.
What to do: Observe the John Keats of Krogan reciting poetry and interact with the Asari shopkeeper to initiate the assignment.
Why it’s worth it: Other than receiving a discount at the toy ship shop, there’s not much else besides playing matchmaker in a relationship. There is a paragon/renegade option to take, but otherwise I wouldn’t expect the love-struck Krogan and disinterested Asari to make into Mass Effect 3.
3. Forged ID
Why you may have missed it: Much like Illium, there are a ton of side-conversations occurring on the Citadel including a video game salesman taking a dig at trading in games for a lesser value. Included assignments are assisting an accused Quarian and finding fish for a Krogan. This particular assignment is tricky since it won’t be available on the initial visit and it’s in between levels 26 and 27, which is pointless since insta-traveling is much faster. During Garrus loyalty mission, before confronting the information broker, there’s forged IDs left in the room before the last battle, which initiates the assignment, but can be missed since you’ll be worried about getting some sweet Turian revenge then finding random objects.
What to do: After picking up the forged IDs, travel between the 26 and 27 level of the Citadel where two Asari women are conversing and speak with them to deliver the needed IDs. It’s only available after Thane’s loyalty mission, which you can talk with them before getting the IDs as well to start the assignment.
Why it’s worth it: There are a few of these assignments where you find objects during the course of a mission that deliver easy experience and credits; this is an example of one of those assignments. Just a warning if you have any pride as a human, it may be tough to listen to the Asari’s xenophobic rant.
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