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Mass Effect 3 romance guide

Steve Cortez


Above: There’s no tool in this box that can fix my broken heart...

Race: Human

Role: Lieutenant

Preference: Males only

Personality: Dedicated, professional

Steve Cortez serves as Shepard’s insanely brave shuttle pilot. When he’s not piloting a glorified tin can between missiles salvos, he’s usually down in Normany’s shuttle dock joking around with James or mourning his dead husband. While the latter activity prevents Shepard from making early advances, you can eventually help Cortez overcome his loss and move on to someone better - like the savior of the entire freakin’ galaxy.


Romance walkthrough

Cortez can always be found down in the armory/shuttle dock. Pay him a visit early in the game to get the introductions out of the way, then ask personal questions. After this first encounter, you can speak to him again as early as the Tuchanka missions to learn about the death of his husband. After a mission has passed, speak to him again. You must convince him to take a break from his work next time the Normandy docks at the Citadel.

Note that you do not have to do the above as quickly as we’ve laid out. You can let multiple missions pass between these conversations.

Should Cortez agree to take some time off, you can visit him any time after that at the Normandy dock on the Citadel. He’ll be leaning against the railing, looking out the window. Make sure to maintain agreeable responses.

Soon after the Geth Dreadnought mission, you can find Cortez at the Citadel’s loading docks, near the memorial wall. Support him here, and you’ll have nearly completed the romance arc.


Closing the Deal

If you’ve been following along up this point, Cortez should send you a private message near the end of the game inviting you to meet him at the Purgatory bar on the Citadel. It is here where you can confirm the relationship or back out.


The real reason you’re here:

Like the other romance options, Cortez will automatically come to your cabin the night before the game’s final missions.

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35 comments

  • 11eviathan - March 9, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    Absolutely loving that picture! Thank you for the laugh as always Gamesradar.
  • db1331 - March 9, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    I love how the husk looks all clingy and Shep looks like she just wants to get out of there. I told Diana to get lost from the get go. I think Chobot is attractive irl, but they made her look hideous in the game. She looks like she has Droopy Dog's face. It was all a bit too much uncanny-valley for me to have her on my ship.
  • ObliqueZombie - March 9, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    I hear that. Her cheeks look like she just had an allergic reaction to peanuts.
  • Al_Capwn - March 9, 2012 3:15 p.m.

    she looks like snooki
  • SentientSquidMachine - March 10, 2012 11:27 a.m.

    Agreed!
  • Person5 - March 14, 2012 6:15 p.m.

    Shame I couldn't punch her when I rejected her, My Shep just hates reporters and people who lick video game controllers
  • DevonOO7 - March 9, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    I just beat the game.
  • JMarsella09 - March 9, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    Wow... Samantha's scene is terrible.
  • sutrebla15 - March 9, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    No Miranda Lawson in this game? :(
  • GhostbustTyler - March 9, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    She's in the game and you can have a relationship with her, but it's a long distance one, and I'm not sure if there is a romance scene. All I know is that you need to have a ME 2 save where you have a relationship with her.
  • SentientSquidMachine - March 10, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    They made up for it with Ashely...visually, still wanted to punch her in the face a couple of times though. And Jack's hot now.
  • majorsuave - March 11, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    Mini spoiler about Jack ------ Jack's hot as hell now... When I talked to her at Grissom Academy she said "You want to pin me against the wall of the cargo bay again?" Which my Carlos Sheppard did in ME2 before romancing Tali.
  • Al_Capwn - March 9, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    i stayed home from work tuesday to punish liara it was anal sex night on the normandy
  • agrizzl - March 28, 2012 5:28 p.m.

    Man.. That is the funniest thing iv ever heard
  • LEGOMatrix - March 10, 2012 4:14 a.m.

    That image is hlarious! I wish your love interest got turned into a husk at some point in ME3 now, but you could still "complete the romance"!
  • inkyspot - March 10, 2012 4:19 a.m.

    I romanced Miranda Lawson, so I guess I don't get to bang before the final mission, (Sad) That dude who takes care of the ships in the cardo bay tried to romance me in the club (what gives?) Needless to say, while I was flatered my male Shepard kindly turned him down ... lol
  • dakingzmen - March 10, 2012 6:38 a.m.

    ashley williams guide, 2nd paragraph: "Both new and imported female Shepards can romance Ashley, but actions you took in previous games can complicate things." I assume this is just a typo, or is it possible to romance ash as a femshep??
  • Matt Hughes - March 10, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    Oops, definitely a typo, thanks for the catch :)
  • Mishmonster - March 15, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    They finally made a FemShep, but they still didn't improve the romance options for her. They're crap! Three females, some not human; one human male that possibly didn't make it thru ME1; and a Turian? WTF??
  • Stegga - March 21, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    Has anyone actually kept Kaidan alive all the way through? Of all the people I know not a single one kept him alive in ME1. Although for my second playthrough I really don't want Ashley as a squad member, she's such a moany bitch

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