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Tips for 4th playthrough: Romances, QoL Mods, DLCs

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Tips for 4th playthrough: Romances, QoL Mods, DLCs

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Hi all

 

I completed ME trilogy 3 times already.

 

First one was with male-shep: Tali romance, all the way good/paragon (I loved this playthrough, because most of the choices I made felt right and the outcome of those choices also were satisfying).

 

Second one was with male-shep, as well: Screwed up some romances because I wasn't aware of the romance mechanics and how my romantic choices would translate to the sequels (for instance, how you have to be loyal to ME1 romance by denying all new romantic choices in ME2 in order to continue the ME1 romance in ME3... which still confuses me). This one was a mix of paragon and renegade. (this playthrough was more intuitive where I could be a bad guy and a good guy depending on my own mood). This was a dissapointing playthrough because of my high expectations to specific romance(s) that didn't come to fruition (wanted to romance Kaiden but I couldn't because I did something in ME2 that ruined it. Wanted to romance Jack but I couldn't because I screwed her). But still, in a way that dissapointment also felt kind of good because my character felt more alone, rejected and neglected.

 

Third playthrough was with fem-shep who was pure evil/renegade and this was really satisfying too. Romanced Thane, got rid of Mording. Felt good, too.

 

Even though the entire trilogy felt long, I didn't play any of those big DLCs that many people keep talking about. It was basically just a vanilla experience. So decided to buy all the DLC bundles and I just did (60% off) and I am looking forward to relive the epicness again, but with extra spices.

 

I have tons and tons of questions but I will start out simple by asking:

 

1). Can any of you recommend any good mods to improve quality of life? To skip the dull parts, to enhance the good parts? Mods that don't change too much of the original game? Mods that don't spoil anything big in the description.

 

2). All these DLCs that I have now can be confusing. Which DLCs should I play in what order so that it makes the most sense story-wise, chronologically? Which DLC are just meh.. and can be skipped? What about other DLCs like vanity things, weapons, etc - are they worth it?

 

3). Which romances do you think are most memorable and make sense? I really can't decide.

 

I wish there was a formula for a "perfect playthrough" for me.. but I know it's almost impossible. BioWare games tend to give me lots of OCD-madness because of their length and the missables. I want a smooth experience as possible, not constantly regretting my choices because I "might have made a mistake" or constantly worry that do that "wrong choice / reply".

 

Basically, I want to find a nice balance between:

 

a). Just jumping back into the game with both feet and not expecting too much and not overthinking or over-analyzing, what may happen, etc.. And:

 

b). To plan my big choices to a certain degree so that I know what to expect, and not get dissapointed because of one tiny "mistake".

 

Please help me out to decide, which path and choices to take in Mass Effect trilogy to (re)experience the aspects and parts of the game that BioWare has put the most love and passion in.

 

Thanks and merry X-mas!

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1). Can any of you recommend any good mods to improve quality of life? To skip the dull parts, to enhance the good parts? Mods that don't change too much of the original game? Mods that don't spoil anything big in the description.

 


It is hard to tell what you are looking for. You can look at the Nexus section for ME3. Maybe you find something.

 


aleq2000 wrote:

 

2). All these DLCs that I have now can be confusing. Which DLCs should I play in what order so that it makes the most sense story-wise, chronologically? Which DLC are just meh.. and can be skipped? What about other DLCs like vanity things, weapons, etc - are they worth it?

 


The first you should play is "From Ashes".

 

The "Extended Cut" comes at the end anyway, so that gives you no choice. 

 

"Omega and "Leviathan" can theoretical be played after the are available.

I personally wait until after "Priority: The Citadel II" to play them, but that is just a personal preference.

Omega is the weakest DLC imho, but still worth the time.

 

"Citadel" is a treasure. Imho you should play it late in the game.

(You can't play anymore after starting "Priority: Cerberus Headquarters".)

There are mods on the Nexus that even allow it to be played after the main mission, quasi as new ending. 

 

For the Weapon and gear DLCs, that is also hard to answer without knowing what you prefer.

 


@aleq2000 wrote:

 

3). Which romances do you think are most memorable and make sense? I really can't decide.

 


That is also very subjective. I personally think the Samantha Traynor romance is one of the best. 
But you can only romance her with a FemShep, and a pure Renegade FemShep will probably put some fun out of the story.

 

Overall, the game is fair, if you pay attention. (As the two predecessor where too.)

Someone or something will tell you when and if you are ready to do some stuff. Wink

 

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@Holger1405 I do it similar.

From Ashes first thing.
Leviathan early, usually just before/after the whole Krogan plot.
Omega EXTREMELY late. Last thing before final mission.
Citadel DLC, anytime after Sanctuary. Mainly because I want Miranda available. "Troubleshooting space divas"

Romances depend on who you like. Tali's is extremely sweet. Especially in Citadel DLC. Never cared for Ashley much after she brushed us off in ME2. Love how Liara always stuck by us. More of a best-friend tho.

Which mods? Best thing is to go to Nexus and see what's most popular.
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