Mass Effect 2 romance guide

As in the first game, Mass Effect 2 gives you the opportunity to pursue romantic relationships with your teammates. The gender of your character determines which crew members are potential love interests. Given time and attention, your relationship can blossom into a full-fledged love affair. But these things don’t just happen, you’ll have to put in some effort.

For starters, you’ll have to undertake your muse’s personal quest. Check in with him/her after every mission and soon you’ll start to see dialog options that indicate you want to be more than friends. Progress the relationship far enough, and you’ll be treated to an interstellar booty call just before the start of the suicide mission. If your relationship is on track to get physical, be sure to check with Mordin. He may have some important advice for you.

If your love connection isn't maxed out on someone when you start the suicide mission, you'll mope alone in your quarters, staring wistfully at a picture of your lover from the first game. Pathetic, right? Lucky for you, there are plenty of options for commanders on the rebound. Read on to learn about Mass Effect 2’s potential love interests for both genders. If you just want to watch each love scene, hit the link.

If your Shepard is male…

Option 1: Miranda

Beneath her chilly ice queen façade, Miranda actually does have feelings. Be supportive as she opens up to you about her family and her past. If you want to romance her, be sure to take her side in any conflicts with the crew (she and Jack particularly don’t get along). Keep her happy and Miranda will offer to lube your piston in the engine room just before the final mission. 

Option 2: Jack

Jack and Miranda don’t get along, so you won’t be able to play both sides of the fence for long. In fact, they’ll have open arguments in which you’ll be asked to take sides. Be sure to take the side of the one you’re romancing (duhvs). There are two relationship options with Jack for a male Shepard. The Renegade option is to have a one-time fling with her, which negates the opportunity for further intimate encounters as you’ve proven to be just another man slag and not relationship material.

The Paragon choice is to wait for a more sentimental experience just before the suicide mission, during which she’ll weep tenderly as you mount her. The implication being that you’ve helped her heal old wounds and are now Committed.

Option 3: Tali

Many were disappointed that Tali wasn’t a romance option in the first game, and begrudgingly went after the asari Liara instead. Mass Effect 2 gives you the chance to remedy that situation, but you’ll still be left wondering what she looks like under the helmet. Oh, the tease!

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  • melissa-n-brame - November 13, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    They need tip get with the times lesbians play a lot of video games and they never give us the option too be one ugh so frustrated but I love the games just got ME3 I love it.... Just step it up for ME4
  • AjanShadow94 - April 27, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    When ur trying to start up a relationship with Garrus, there's one part where you ask if he has a minute, and he says, "Definately! I still think wer're crazy for... blowing off steam. But I want to do it. I want one moment with you before we go and blow ourselves up for the good of the galaxy." I couldn't remember exactly what was said but that's the gist of it. But my question is, you have the option to say "I want to be friends" which is in the spot relatively good answers are, upper right corner, or, "I want that too," which is in the generally neutral spot, right middle. So I'm confused. I want a relationship with Garrus in the game, and I don't want it to be considered cheap (which is what Female Shepard says if you say i want to be friends) but i do want to continue the relationship. If I say i wnat to be friends, is that keeping us just friends? or is it just one of those 'bump in the road' type things that can continue later with a more meaningful relationship between Shepard and Garrus? Just wondering. Anyone who can help would be greatly appreciated
  • carrieann-miller - April 26, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    Garrus was mine for me. <3 Soo adorable. Black hair, grey blue eyes, and black lips, and well....neutral standards between rengade and paragon? who could go wrong?
  • damakisbac - February 19, 2012 5:16 p.m.

    it is possible (as a male Shepard) to hook up with: Jack, Miranda, Tali, and Kelly in the same playthrough! I did it during my renegade one :) unfortunately--apparently I didnt hook up with Liara during my ME1 so I couldnt do anything with her at the end of the shadow broker dlc, but... Jack, Miranda, Tali, and that's a true Renegade playthrough lol!
  • simon-newton - January 27, 2012 7:06 p.m.

    I REALLY think the relationships should get really imminent, and the the strippers too. like to have romance with (just an example) samara, like grab her chest and do it or whatever. Oh and show the sex or something. and make the strippers do more stuff.
  • danielle-natalie-mack - December 17, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Ok, I am a girl gamer, and very into the lesbian thing. I so wanted to hook up with Miranda. She was my first choice. Then I wanted to try hooking up with the Asari that becomes the new Shadow Broker, That never happened. So in a last ditch effort I tried Jack. Sill nothing. None of the guys really did it for me, except maybe Joker. Come on we lesbian gamers need some better options than what we are given.
  • Demona182 - September 1, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    Have you played mass effect 3 yet?
  • melissa-n-brame - November 13, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    Ikr Miranda was mine as well I don't like to be a dude finally a game where you can choose and they don't even give you an option...... And Kelly always dies in my games ugh so frustrating step it u
  • hannah-ritchie - September 23, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    I was so freaking disappointed when I learned you couldn't be with Jack as a chick. . . . I was forward to that. . . . and she seemed so . . . well.. .. . . Lesbian. I was so damn excited that I nearly cried when I read this
  • Darkhawk - July 27, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    The Morinth romance is hilarious. Screws you for Mass Effect 3 though.
  • Fusionmix - August 30, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    Why, Jack? WHY? Why must you be such a horrible teasing subversion with your buzz cut and tattoos and all-around attitude? There's a lot to see, just not a lot to do >_>.
  • bryanthelion - July 28, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    What!? I thought Thane was a boy option too!? LAME
  • katbrat - July 19, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    I'm disappointed I couldn't select to have a fling with other females being bifemale =) and then the choices of the men I'm restricted to is pretty limited ... hell, I'd have even went for Joker instead of the ones Bioware limited me to. Then again, all the females were a hell of alot more attractive than the men aboard the Normandy LOL! My husband had a blast selecting his choice, but I was barfing at mine!
  • BLOODmuffins - July 13, 2010 2:57 a.m.

    I wish you could romance Legion. Even Geth need some lovin'
  • pot - June 23, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    Few months late but thanks for the guide, I used it back then but forgot to say thanks. And only a teabagger would call Faux News the least bias news station LOL! Fox went to court just to prove they could lie in their news reports and the judge agreed, they could lie on their news reports. Look up the Montesanto and Fox case. And you are wrong. Fox was the only news station to go after Mass Effect and claim the first one was a porno. They also went after Modern Warfare 2 and said the game would make 8 year olds become terrorists. Hahahaha Faux news, we deceive, you believe! You clearly suffer from Obama Derangement Syndrome.
  • DarkHuntress - March 16, 2010 11:16 p.m.

    Great of BioWare to give us a choice! My Shepard is a very beautiful Black Female with deep blue eyes. Talk about EXOTIC!! Her heart beats for only Thane!! Since she is ruthless and all renegade, and he is a spiritual assassin. Their romance should cause Normandy shields to melt.
  • Darkhawk - February 23, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    I REALLY had to know what was under Tali's armour, so... Too bad after all my work I didn't get to see anything interesting.
  • richardpalmer - February 22, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    gotta tell u the fact that their were no lesbian options was a bit of a let down and the fact there was no way to continue a past relationship was a little upsetting and the Tali thing did piss me off(what does she look like)and whats up with Garrus we are visual people here. anyway all in all its better than the first one though vehicles would be nice just as long as its not as bad as the first one i just hope mass effect 3 can help satisfy most of our needs.
  • ranivus - February 8, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    Hey if you do everything right you can have sex with everyone in one playthrough w/o reloading and get to have kelly and your ME1 romance (Liara for me) at the end :) Thats the best end imho
  • Amatarasu - February 6, 2010 5:05 a.m.

    i personaly went for tali, if just to see what was behind the mask, never got to, bust learned about quarian medical conditions...and knowing is half the foreplay plus the thing she says later, "I have a fever, a headache, and my nose is filled with gastly green stuff...and it was all worth it" is just great

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