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Mass Effect 2 Cheats, Codes & Guides

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Mass Effect 2 Cheats

  • Faster Planet Mineral Scanning

    For a faster way to scan the planets move cursor to the left or the right of the planet you're scanning and point both analog sticks the same direction. It will double the spin speed of the planet and allow finding resources on that grid line even faster.
    Submitted by Alkaliv2
  • How to Be Sure You and Your Squad Survive *SPOILERS*

    *SPOILERS*
    Your choices during the Final part of the game are largely irrelevant so long as who you choose for each role makes sense. For example when you need a powerful biotic don't use someone who is a split specialization. Otherwise make sure you buy the shields, armor, and weapon upgrades for the Normandy or you won't last long. Also make sure you complete all of your squads personal quests by talking to them, then completing the mission. This way they are more loyal to you and will be willing to work harder to complete the mission.
    On one last note if you complete any side missions after "additional captives" are taken after you collect your squad you will not be in time to save all of them.
    Submitted by The Fox
  • Planet Resource List

    Mass Effect 2 Planet List
    Planets w/anamolies:
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    •Caleston Rift, Solveig, Sinmara
    •Caleston Rift, Talava, Taitus

    •Crescent Nebula, Lusarn, Tarith
    •Crescent Nebula, Zelene, Helyme

    •Eagle Nebula, Amun, Neith
    •Eagle Nebula, Strabo, Jarrahe Station

    •Hades Nexus, Sheol, Gei Hin

    •Hourglass Nebula, Faryar, Daratar
    •Hourglass Nebula, Ploitari, Zanethu

    •Minos Wasteland, Fortis, Aequitas

    •Omega Nebula, Ariniarkan, MSV Strontium Mule
    •Omega Nebula, Fathar, Lorek

    •Pylos Nebula, Dirada, Canalus
    •Pylos Nebula, Nariph, MSV Broken Arrow

    •Rosetta Nebula, Enoch, Joab

    •The Shrike Nebula, Xe Cha, Zada Ban

    •Sigurd's Cradle, Decoris, Sanctum
    •Sigurd's Cradle, Skepsis, Franklin

    •Titan Nebula, Haskins, Capek

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    Element Zero:
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    Hint: Finding Element Zero
    Below is a list of the planets where you can mine the ultra-rare Element Zero. The systems for each Zero-laden planet are listed below, followed by the star and planet names.

    Calestone Rift
    •Aysur, Arvuna - Moderate
    •Balor, Calestone - Moderate

    Crescent Nebula
    •Lusam, Tarith - Rich
    •Zelene, Helyme - Moderate

    Eagle Nebula
    •Amun, Anthur - Rich
    •Amun, Sekhmet - Moderate
    •Relic, Preying Mouth - Rich

    Far Rim
    •Dholen, Gotha - Moderate

    Hades Nexus
    •Hekate, Asteria - Poor
    •Hekate, Bothros - Poor
    •Pamyat, Dobrovolski - Moderate
    •Sheol, Gel Hinnom - Moderate

    Hawking Eta
    •Schwarzschild, Etamis - Rich

    Hourglass Nebula
    •Faryar, Daratar - Rich
    •Osun, Erinle - Rich
    •Ploitari, Thegan - Moderate

    Krogan DMZ
    •Nith, Mantun - Moderate

    Minos Wasteland
    •Caestus, Invictus - Moderate

    Nubian Expanse
    •Kalabasha, Yamm - Moderate

    Omega
    •Batalla, Nearog - Moderate
    •Batalla, Thunawanuro - Rich

    The Phoenix Massing
    •Salahiel, Ekuna - Moderate

    Pylos Nebula
    •Dirada, Siano - Moderate
    •Satent, Boro - Rich
    •Raisaris - Rich

    Rosetta Nebula
    •Alpha Draconis, 2175 Aeia - Moderate
    •Enoch, Joab - Rich
    •Enoch, Laban - Moderate
    •Enoch, Mizraim - Rich

    Shadow Sea
    •Iera, Prospect - Poor

    The Shrike Abyssal
    •Urla Rast, Talis Fia - Moderate
    •Xe Cha, Tosal Nym - Rich
    •Xe Cha, Zada Ban - Rich

    Sigurd's Cradle
    •Decoris, Sanctum - Moderate
    •Skepsis, Watson - Rich

    Titan Nebula
    •Haskins, Capek - Moderate

    Valhallan Threshold
    •Micah, Farlas - Moderate
    •Micah, Israfel - Moderate
    •Micah, Kakabel - Moderate
    •Paz, Garvug - Rich
    Submitted by Darth Payne

Mass Effect 2 Easter Eggs

  • Elevators Reference

    If you travel around with Tali and Garrus the recurring party members, eventually they will have a conservation about the elevators. Garrus will remember it fondly remembering the interesting conservations they had about Quarrians. While Tali gets very upset about to the point of threatening Garrus with her shotgun to stop.
    Submitted by The Fox
  • Uranus Jokes

    If you travel to Sol (our solar system) you can still mine planets. You'll notice that Uranus is already depleated, but if you "Probe Uranus" anyway EDI will have a few special comments for you.
    Submitted by The Fox
  • Baldurs Gate refference

    When her combat drone is summoned, Tali will occasionally shout, "Go for the optics! Go for the optics!" This may be a reference to Baldur's Gate 2's Minsc, who shouted, "Go for the eyes, Boo! Go for the eyes!" Tali's combat drone is named Chikktika, another subtle reference to Baldur's Gate 2. Chikktika Fastpaws is the loyal raccoon familiar of Baervan Wildwanderer, a gnomish deity worshipped by Aerie.
    Submitted by The Fox
  • Legion doing the Robot

    If you visit Legion in the AI core, and don't talk to him, after a short time he will start doing the Robot dance.
    Submitted by The Fox
  • Another Elevators Refference

    During Miranda's loyalty mission, after getting on a very slow elevator with the first game's music, she hacks the elevator to move faster. This is a reference to the fan dislike of the first game's slow elevator rides.
    Submitted by The Fox
  • Mortal Combat Reference

    When Jacob uses Pull, he will sometimes yell "Get over here!" This is a reference to Mortal Kombat's Scorpion, who yells the same thing when pulling enemies towards him.
    Submitted by The Fox
  • Sci-Fi Movie Reference *SPOILERS*

    When EDI suggests giving her control of the ship to escape the Collectors', Joker refuses, screaming "If you start singing 'Daisy Bell' I'm done!" This references in last moments of the homicidal HAL computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Before he connects EDI to the control systems, he says "Great, this is where it starts, and when we're all just organic batteries, guess who they'll blame?" referring to The Matrix.
    Submitted by The Fox
  • Video Game Salesman

    Entry location: citadel
    The video game salesman on the citadel makes references to GTA, Halo 3, Gamestop and Call of Duty. He uses different names for the games but its obvious what he's talking about.
    Submitted by CheneysGotAGun
  • Romance Reference

    Entry location: Citadel
    In Zakera Ward 28 there's on of those personalized advertisements. The third advertisement will mention whoever you're romancing
    Submitted by Radblaster62
  • Mass Effect Novel references

    Entry location: Citadel,Zakera Cafe
    On the citadel in Zakera cafe,There are two novels you can buy,Ascension and Revelations,both written Drew Karpyshyn.These are actual novels,Revelations explaining Anderson's time with Saren,and Ascension explaining the story of how a woman is trying to protect a biotic child from Cerberus.
    Submitted by xXDa LippyXx
  • Dragon Age Origins Reference

    Entry location: Kasumi DLC
    During part of the new mission you'll find yourself in an art gallery. In the back right corner of the room is statue of an ogre from Dragon Age, you can activate it and Kaumi will comment about it.
    Submitted by The Fox
  • Bartender Joke

    Entry location: Ilium
    Go to the bar in Ilium, talk to the bartender and get a good look at her face. ASk her for a drink and she'll open the kiosk for you. Buy the mystery drink, and it will produce a drunk effect. Now try talking to the bartender again, notice something different?
    Submitted by The Fox

Mass Effect 2 Glitches

  • Infinite Paragon / Renegade

    During the game you unlock training to redistribute skill points. The Talent Mastery unlock adds a certain percentage to your paragon / renegade. Respec your character and distribute into your mastery over and over until paragon and renegade are full.
    Submitted by CheatPlanet
  • Unlock Secret Geth Pulse Rifle

    Before starting Tali's recruitment misson change the difficulty to either hardcore or insanity. Now play through the mission all the way to the room where you find Tali, without changing the difficulty. There you will find a new assault rifle.
    Submitted by The Fox

Mass Effect 2 Hints

  • All Squad Members Survive *SPOILERS*

    Entry location: Suicide Mission
    First for the tech expert at the first part use Legion the geth 2nd use miranda as team two leader. Next part use Grunt as an escort and use samara as the person to make a kinetic barrier. WARNING do not take jack with you at this part exiting she will be cuaght by seeker swarms. Take miranda and Tali.
    Submitted by HostileGunner
  • Shredder Ammo HELPS A LOT

    Entry location: *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*Shredder Ammo is a extreme help on every enemy except geth and mechs.Most extra loyalty moves you can get dont compare to shredder ammo except slam and armor piercing ammo.Shredder Ammo works great against all the living things,including collectors.During the suicide mission this helps you out a great deal because the collectors are living,and Shredder Ammo rips them apart.With a fully upgraded gun and shredder,no living thing can compare to you.
    Submitted by gagelee6
  • 300 refference

    During Tali's recruitment, when told the sun will overload their shields Grunt will defiantly say: "Then we will fight in the shade... but no hiding!".
    Submitted by The Fox

Mass Effect 2 Unlockables

  • Achievements

    Missing in Action (5)- Save your crew from an overwhelming attack
    Very Elusive (10)- Return to active duty
    The Convict (10)- Successfully recruit the biotic Convict
    The Krogan (10)-Successfully recruit the krogan
    The Archangel (10)-Successfully recruit Archangel
    The Professor (10)-
    Successfully recruit the Professor
    The Quarian (10)-Successfully recruit the quarian
    The Justicar (10)-Successfully recruit the Justicar
    The Assassin (10)-Successfully recruit the Assassin
    Friend or Foe (10)-Obtain geth technology
    Colony Defense (25)-Defend a human colony from attack
    The Prodigal (10)-Gain the loyalty of the Cerberus Officer
    Ghost of the Father (10)-Gain the loyalty of the Cerberus Operative
    Catharsis (10)-Gain the loyalty of the biotic Convict
    Battlemaster (10)-Gain the loyalty of the krogan
    Fade Away (10)-Gain the loyalty of Archangel
    The Cure (10)-Gain the loyalty of the Professor
    Treason (10)-Gain the loyalty of the quarian
    Doppelganger (10)-Help the Justicar resolve her mission
    Cat's in the Cradle (10)-Gain the loyalty of the Assassin
    A House Divided (10)-Hack a geth collective
    Ghost Ship (25)-Complete the investigation of a derelict alien vessel
    Suicide Mission (50)-Use the Omega 4 Relay
    Mission Accomplished (125)-Save humanity throughout the galaxy from certain annihilation
    Against All Odds (15)-Survive suicide mission
    Insanity (75)-Complete the game on the "Insanity" difficulty level without changing the setting
    No One Left Behind (75)-Keep your team alive through the suicide mission
    Long Service Medal (75)-Complete Mass Effect 2 twice, or complete it once with a character imported from Mass Effect 1
    Paramour (50)-Successfully pursue a relationship with a teammate
    Head Hunter (10)-Perform 30 headshot kills with any weapon on humanoid targets
    Brawler (10)-Shoot and kill 20 enemies while they're knocked back by a punch
    Big Game Hunter (10)-Thresher Maw defeated
    Tactician (10)-Hit 20 different targets with multiple biotic powers to combine the effects
    Master at Arms (15)-Kill enemies with 5 different heavy weapons during the game
    Merciless (10)-Make 20 enemies scream as they fall or are set on fire
    Overload Specialist (15)-Disrupt the shields of 25 enemies
    Warp Specialist (15)-Warp the barriers of 25 enemies
    Incineration Specialist (15)-Incinerate the armor of 25 enemies
    Operative (15)-Complete a mission discovered by scanning an unexplored world
    Agent (50)-Complete 5 missions discovered by scanning unexplored worlds
    Prospector (5)-Retrieve mineral resources by scanning and probing a planet in the galaxy map
    Explorer (10)-Visit 100 percent of the planets in an unexplored cluster
    Power Gamer (10)-Reach Level 30 with one character
    Scholar (15)-Unlock 15 new Mass Effect 2 codex entries
    Technician (15)-Obtain 10 technology upgrades
    Weapon Specialist (15)-Fully upgrade a weapon
    Scientist (10)-Complete any research project in the Normandy's laboratory
    Fashionista (5)-Personalize your armor in your quarters on the Normandy
    Power Full (15)-Evolve any power
    Highly Trained (15)-View all advanced combat training videos at Shepard's private terminal.
    Submitted by Mass Effect 2
  • Bonus 25% Experience

    Bonus 25% Experience: Once you beat the game on any difficulty all characters will gain an additional 25% experience bonus.
    Submitted by CheatPlanet
  • Unlock Alternate Costume Colors

    New Colors for Party Members: Complete a party member's loyalty mission.

    Unlock Loyalty Skills: Complete the Loyalty missions for each of your party members to unlock their individuals skills.
    Submitted by CheatPlanet
  • Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC Achivements

    Catching Up (25): Reminisce with Liara on the Normandy

    Detail Orientated (40): Use all information terminals in the Shadow Broker’s stronghold

    Heart of Darkness (50): Confront the Shadow Broker

    Most Dangerous Game (35): Defeat the Shadow Broker’s Assassin

    The Hard Way (50): Complete the Shadow Broker Mission pack on Hardcore or Insanity
    Submitted by CheatPlanet
  • Mass Effect 2 Trophies

    Entry location: Trophy List
    N7 Elite (Platinum)
    Acquire all trophies

    Highly Trained (Bronze)
    View all advanced combat training videos at Shepard's private terminal.

    Missing in Action (Bronze)
    Save your crew from an overwhelming attack

    Very Elusive (Bronze)
    Return to active duty

    The Convict (Bronze)
    Successfully recruit the biotic Convict

    The Krogan (Bronze)
    Successfully recruit the Krogan

    The Archangel (Bronze)
    Successfully recruit Archangel

    The Professor (Bronze)
    Successfully recruit the Professor

    The Quarian (Bronze)
    Successfully recruit the Quarian

    The Justicar (Bronze)
    Successfully recruit the Justicar

    The Assassin (Bronze)
    Successfully recruit the Assassin

    Colony Defense (Bronze)
    Defend a human colony from attack

    The Prodigal (Bronze)
    Gain the loyalty of the Cerberus Officer

    Ghost of the Father (Bronze)
    Gain the loyalty of the Cerberus Operative

    Catharsis (Bronze)
    Gain the loyalty of the biotic Convict

    Battlemaster (Bronze)
    Gain the loyalty of the krogan

    Fade Away (Bronze)
    Gain the loyalty of Archangel

    The Cure (Bronze)
    Gain the loyalty of the Professor

    Treason (Bronze)
    Gain the loyalty of the quarian

    Doppelganger (Bronze)
    Help the Justicar resolve her mission

    Cat's in the Cradle (Bronze)
    Gain the loyalty of the Assassin

    Friend or Foe (Bronze)
    Obtain geth technology

    A House Divided (Bronze)
    Hack a geth collective

    Ghost Ship (Bronze)
    Complete the investigation of a derelict alien vessel

    Suicide Mission (Bronze)
    Use the Omega 4 Relay

    Mission Accomplished (Silver)
    Save humanity throughout the galaxy from certain annihilation

    Against All Odds (Silver)
    Survive the suicide mission

    Insanity (Gold)
    Complete the game in the 'Insanity' difficulty level without changing the setting

    No One Left Behind (Gold)
    Keep your team alive through the suicide mission

    Long Service Medal (Silver)
    Complete Mass Effect 2 twice, or experience the interactive backstory (Cerberus Pack downloadable content) and complete Mass Effect 2

    Paramour (Silver)
    Successfully pursue a relationship with a teammate

    Head Hunter (Bronze)
    Perform 30 headshot kills with any weapon on humanoid targets

    Brawler (Bronze)
    Shoot and kill 20 enemies while they're knocked back by a punch

    Big Game Hunter (Bronze)
    Thresher Maw defeated

    Tactician (Bronze)
    Hit 20 different targets with multiple biotic powers to combine the effects

    Master at Arms (Bronze)
    Kill enemies with 5 different heavy weapons during the game

    Merciless (Bronze)
    Make 20 enemies scream as they fall or are set on fire

    Overload Specialist (Bronze)
    Disrupt the shields of 25 enemies

    Warp Specialist (Bronze)
    Warp the barriers of 25 enemies

    Incineration Specialist (Bronze)
    Incinerate the armor of 25 enemies

    Operative (Bronze)
    Complete a mission discovered by scanning an unexplored world

    Agent (Bronze)
    Complete 5 missions discovered by scanning unexplored worlds

    Prospector (Bronze)
    Retrieve mineral resources by scanning and probing a planet in the galaxy map

    Explorer (Bronze)
    Visit 100% of the planets in an unexplored cluster

    Power Gamer (Silver)
    Reach Level 30 with one character

    Scholar (Bronze)
    Unlock 15 new Mass Effect 2 codex entries

    Technician (Bronze)
    Obtain 10 technology upgrades

    Weapon Specialist (Bronze)
    Fully upgrade a weapon

    Scientist (Bronze)
    Complete any research project in the Normandy's laboratory

    Fashionista (Bronze)
    Personalize your armor

    Power Full (Bronze)
    Evolve any power

    Heart of Darkness (Silver)
    Confront the Shadow Broker

    Broke, Blind and Bedlam (Bronze)
    Gain the loyalty of the thief

    Data Hound (Bronze)
    Collect 6 Cerberus data packets scattered across Aite

    Digital Exorcist (Bronze)
    Successfully shut down the rogue VI in Project Overlord

    Revenge! (Bronze)
    Gain the loyalty of the mercenary ('Cerberus Pack' downloadable content)

    Ultimate Sacrifice (Bronze)
    Complete the Arrival DLC ('Arrival' downloadable content)

    Last Stand (Bronze)
    Complete all 5 waves in the battle for Object Roh ('Arrival' downloadable content)

    Covert Action (Bronze)
    Rescue Dr. Amanda Kenson without attracting hostile attention ('Arrival' downloadable content)
    Submitted by GamesRadar

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More Info

Release date: Jan 26 2010 - Xbox 360, PC (US)
Jan 29 2010 - Xbox 360, PC (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Genre: Role Playing
Published by: Electronic Arts
Developed by: BioWare
Franchise: Mass Effect
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood, Drug Reference, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence
PEGI Rating:
16+

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