|This article is about the interactive comic originally in the Mass Effect 3: Special Edition. For the DLC interactive comic before Mass Effect 2, see Mass Effect: Genesis.|
Mass Effect: Genesis 2 is an "interactive backstory comic" produced by Dark Horse Comics for Mass Effect 3: Special Edition for Wii U, and is included on-disc. It is an updated version of Mass Effect: Genesis, which was originally created for the PlayStation 3 release of Mass Effect 2. Genesis 2 was released on April 2, 2013 for Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3.
Genesis 2 fills the role of Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 for new players to the series, introducing them to the story of the first two games in the Mass Effect trilogy and allowing them to make some of the major plot decisions that players could make by playing through the previous games (see Save File Transfer). The player is prompted to begin Genesis 2 after character creation, but using it is optional. There are two versions of the comic, one each for a male and female Commander Shepard.
Mass Effect: Genesis 2 allows players to make six choices from Mass Effect and six choices from Mass Effect 2.
Mass Effect Edit
- Who became Shepard's love interest?
- Should the Rachni Queen on Noveria be freed or destroyed?
- What is the fate of Urdnot Wrex on Virmire?
- Who is sacrificed on Virmire, Ashley Williams or Kaidan Alenko?
- What happens to the Citadel Council during the Battle of the Citadel?
- Who does Shepard endorse to represent humanity on the Council, David Anderson or Donnel Udina?
Mass Effect 2 Edit
- How many squadmates did Shepard recruit, all of them or only some?
- Did Shepard resolve or ignore the conflicts between some squadmates?
- Did Shepard stay true to friends from Mass Effect, or move on?
- Did Shepard immediately go through the Omega 4 Relay to rescue the crew, or improve the Normandy SR-2's weapons and armor first?
- Did Shepard start a new romance?
- Did Shepard choose to spare or destroy the Collector Base?
- Like Mass Effect: Genesis, Genesis 2 does not mention some events and subjects that were part of the games. Details from Mass Effect that are missing include the mission on Feros, and the geth and their overall involvement in the game. Details from Mass Effect 2 that are missing include squadmate recruitment and loyalty missions, other possible romance options, and some plot missions such as Horizon. Additionally, no assignments or events accessed through downloadable content for either game are explored. This means that Kasumi Goto and Zaeed Massani will not make appearances in Mass Effect 3 if Genesis was used to recall actions made in the first two games (people using PC clients may or may not be able to override the file that keeps Kasumi and Zaeed from appearing).
- Mass Effect: Genesis 2 cannot be used if the player imports a save file from Mass Effect 2 into Mass Effect 3.
- Romance options for Miranda Lawson and Jacob Taylor are locked away unless the player chooses to Move On instead of Staying True to Old Friends. Thane Krios and Jack are not available at all.
- Resolving squadmates conflicts implicitly resolves loyalty missions of all recruited squadmates. Tali'Zorah was not exiled, thereby having Admiral authority. To gain Legion's loyalty, Shepard had it destroy the geth heretics. It also implied that both Legion's and Tali's loyalty was preserved. The decision to resolve conflicts also means that Maelon's research data was destroyed to achieve Mordin's loyalty. Maelon also perished in that mission. Morinth was killed to have Samara's loyalty.
- Minor characters such as Conrad Verner and Jenna do not appear at all. Captain Kirrahe is considered dead in the events on Virmire. Ka'hairal Balak is alive though and will confront you on the Citadel.
- Mordin does not perform Gilbert and Sullivan. The comics decides that he was never asked to do so.
- The decision to prepare the ship or rescue the crew immediately determines whether Kelly Chambers, Kenneth Donnelly, and Gabriella Daniels appear.
- On Wii U, when reimporting a game cleared character, it is possible to use Mass Effect: Genesis 2 to change story decisions.
Suicide Mission Results Edit
|Resolve Conflicts||Ignore Conflicts|
|Save Crew Immediately||Prepare Ship and Team||Save Crew Immediately||Prepare Ship and Team|
|Garrus Vakarian||Loyal||Loyal||Not Loyal||Not Loyal|
|Tali'Zorah nar Rayya||Loyal||Loyal||Loyal||Loyal|
|Garrus Vakarian||Loyal||Loyal||Not Loyal||Not Loyal|
|Jacob Taylor||Loyal||Loyal||Dead||Not Loyal|
|Miranda Lawson||Loyal||Loyal||Not Loyal||Not Loyal|
|Samara||Not Recruited||Not Recruited||Not Recruited||Not Recruited|
|Tali'Zorah nar Rayya||Loyal||Loyal||Loyal||Dead|
Mass Effect: Genesis 2 is included on-disc in Mass Effect 3: Special Edition for Wii U. It is available for 320 BioWare Points on PC and $3.99 USD on XBox 360 and Playstation 3.
- ↑ http://blog.bioware.com/2012/11/05/melanie-faulknor-inside-mass-effect-3-special-edition-for-wii-u/
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhO_AV_ph18
- ↑ http://ps3.ign.com/articles/114/1140265p1.html
- ↑ http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/355/index/14988312/3
- ↑ http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/355/index/16595247/1
- ↑ http://social.bioware.com/forums/forum/1/topic/355/index/16637059/1
- ↑ http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/355/index/17120294/1
- ↑ http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Mass-Effect-Genesis-2/62446ba7-6e72-4be8-9785-9ac49f73d8f6
|Mass Effect 3 Downloadable Content|
|Promotional||AT-12 Raider • Chakram Launcher • Collector Rifle • M-55 Argus |
M-90 Indra • N7 Collector's Edition Pack • N7 Warfare Gear • Reckoner Knight Armor
|Single-Player||From Ashes • Extended Cut • Firefight Pack • Leviathan • Groundside Resistance Pack |
Alternate Appearance Pack 1 • Omega • Citadel • Genesis 2
|Multiplayer||Online Pass • Resurgence Pack • Rebellion Pack • Earth • Retaliation • Reckoning|