Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect Edit
On board the Normandy, Adams and Navigator Pressly maintain a good friendship with each other. Shepard overhears a conversation between them talking about the ship's communication system while going to meet Nihlus Kryik in the comm room. In their conversation, Pressly wonders about how strange it is to have a turian Spectre aboard the Normandy, but Adams tells Pressly to relax or he would cause himself to have an ulcer. Unlike Pressly, Adams is very calm and even-tempered, tending to accept things as they come. When Corporal Jenkins was killed in action on Eden Prime, Adams was sad to hear about his death and told Shepard that he is "sorry to hear about Jenkins".
Adams does not seem to have any problems with having non-human crew members aboard the Normandy. When Tali'Zorah nar Rayya comes aboard the Normandy, Engineer Adams is very impressed with her technical knowledge and skills and even approves of Tali, despite her being a quarian. Adams wishes that his engineering team was half as smart as her. He also mentions to Commander Shepard that if Tali was onboard for more than a month, she would know more about the engines then he does. Because of that Adams was quick to take her under his wing and made sure that she feels welcomed, especially in the engine room. The two of them often worked together dismantling any orbital probes or wreckage found during planetary surveys.
Unlike the rest of the crew, Adams was completely unperturbed when Shepard stole the Normandy and headed to Ilos. He heard that the Normandy SR-1 was heading to the Terminus Systems and assured Shepard they were ready for anything.
Mass Effect 2 Edit
Following the destruction of the SSV Normandy, Adams and most of the surviving crew were reassigned. Two years later, Dr. Chakwas and Joker joined the Normandy SR-2 crew as members of Cerberus but Adams did not. After joining the crew of the Normandy SR-2, Tali remarked that Adams' absence was proving difficult to get used to.
Mass Effect 3 Edit
Engineer Adams returns to his post aboard the Normandy SR-2 after it is turned over to the Alliance. He was the first to realize that EDI wasn't a VI, but an AI. Later on, Adams mentions that when Dr. Chakwas received the offer from Cerberus to assist in fighting the Collectors, she had invited him to accompany her on the Normandy, but Adams refused to go. He apologizes to Shepard about this at their first meeting.mission to extract the turian primarch from Palaven. With the core sealed and automated systems containing the fires that started within, Adams informs Shepard that he'll follow their lead. The core still has smoke and minor fires when they enter, and Adams blasts away with his handy extinguisher. From the fog emerges EDI in Eva Coré's body, claiming to have seized control of it. While Shepard converses with the AI, Adams walks to the side and begins checking the computers nearby.
If Mordin is not present, Adams contacts EDI on the comm after the mission on Sur'Kesh. He discusses the tests for the IFF upgrade, noting that EDI has a few million duplicate encryption keys. He's amazed when he finds out that the encryption keys "evolve" after EDI explains her actions, further getting the implication that all the copies must be made to seem like a living Reaper.
He goes back to the topic of refusing Shepard's call, discussing this with Dr. Chakwas or Dr. Michel, depending on whom Shepard recruited, in the crew quarters sometime later. If Dr. Michel is present, he says that because of the earlier run-ins with Cerberus in 2183, his feelings towards them were "far from amiable" and he did not believe that Shepard was back from the dead. He regrets his decision about not joining the Commander back then. Dr. Michel then proceeds to comfort him by saying that he is making up for that now and its his turn to help Shepard as Dr. Chakwas has moved onto the Crucible. Adams says that he misses working with Chakwas. If Dr. Chakwas is present, Adams blames himself for letting her and the Shepard down and wished that he had been there to help when the Collectors abducted the crew. Chakwas then assures him that he is the most loyal man she had ever known and tells him to stop dwelling on the past and focus on the current mission. Adams gives in and says that he will keep it together.
After the conversations in the crew quarters, Adams will ask to meet the Commander on the Engineering deck. He will explain that the Normandy's drive core system can be made safer by installing a GX12 thermal pipe, which will prevent the core venting into the Engineering compartment during heavy kinetic bombardment. If Engineers Kenneth Donnelly and/or Gabriella Daniels are present, they will comment on the specifics of the modifications. If the Commander purchases the thermal pipe, Adams says with confidence that the Normandy would explode long before the core ever vented into Engineering, to which Shepard will respond wondering whether that is a good thing.
After the mission to restart the reactors of a turian fuel depot on Cyone, Adams is found in the Mess Hall, chatting with either Dr. Michel or Dr. Chakwas (whoever is present). They argue about the fundamental characteristics of sentient life, with reference to the geth and the Reapers. Adams is open to the suggestion of new types of life and considers the geth to be equal to any other sapient organic species, as opposed to the more Luddite view of Dr. Michel/Dr. Chakwas. Shepard can offer an opinion.
If Kaidan is present, after the mission to Thessia, Adams is found talking with him in the Engineering Deck. They praise Liara's strength and will to deal with all of her losses, her mother and now, her homeworld. They also reminisce about her talks with them in 2183.
Nearing the final battle for Earth, Adams informs his Commander that the Normandy is as ready as she'll ever be, and if he has Donnelly and Daniels with him, he says they're doubly prepared for whatever is ahead. He closes with the standard words of military farewell: "It has been an honor and privilege to serve with you."
- Engineer Adams may be a nod to the Star Trek universe. In The Original Series episode Dagger of the Mind, Dr. Tristan Adams runs the Tantalus Penal Colony. Here, Adams oversees the Normandy's experimental Tantalus Drive Core.
- Roger Jackson, the voice of Engineer Adams, also provides the voice for Harkin in the Mass Effect franchise as well as Lord Yun in Jade Empire, another game by BioWare.