Mass Effect 2 romance guide

If your Shepard is female…

Option 1: Jacob

The most obvious choice for a female Shepard is the human Cerberus operative Jacob. He’ll act coy at first and not want to step over the line with his commander, but keep showing interest and he’ll finally admit he’s into you. The only downside to courting Jacob is that if you sleep with him, Cerberus might wiretap your vagina (see Mordin’s wacky sex ed talk on page one).

Option 2: Garrus

Keep up the friendly dialog and personal questions between missions. Eventually, you'll have the option to ask him about how Turians prepare for high-stress assignments. Keep asking follow-up questions on the subject till you get the option to suggest that you blow off some steam together. He's caught off-guard, but then gets into the idea. You'll still have to convince him that the interspecies thing is cool with you, but be persistent and he'll drop by your quarters with a jug of wine just before the final mission.

Option 3: Thane

Explore his past as an assassin and chat about his family and religion. When he thanks you for being a good friend, tell him that “friends” is a good start. He'll be intrigued, and open up to flirty dialog in later scenes. You'll know your relationship is maxed out when he starts talking about what he wants to do after the final mission. When he turns up for the final love scene, be sure to tell him you’re worried about him or he’ll leave without smooching on you.

A note on Jack and the ladies

Jack will talk intimately with you and reveal that she has batted for both sides, but when you try to take it to the next level she says she doesn't want to be part of the "girls club." If you try to pursue it further, she'll accuse you of "just pissing around." Sorry, lesbian gamers: nothing to see here!

Next page: Subplots that swing both ways 


  • 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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