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Mass Effect 2 Walkthrough and Guide: Choosing a Background and the Paragade Question

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This part of my Mass Effect 2 walkthrough and guide deals with the relevance of backgrounds and being a paragon, renegade or ? paragade? character. While you can still play the game without minding choices that much, or not paying attention to the story, you?re missing out on the best part? of the game. Choosing a background you like and roleplaying a certain kind of Shepard can add richer detail to the game.

At the start of your game, you?re asked to choose a background. Here they are:

1. Spacer:?Both of your parents were in the Alliance military. Your childhood was spent on ships and stations as they transferred from posting to posting, never staying in one location for more than a few years. Following in your parents’ footsteps, you enlisted at the age of eighteen.

This background lets you get an extra mission involving Shepard?s mother in ME 1 and a short conversation in Mass Effect 3.

2. Earthborn:?You were an orphan raised on the streets of the great megatropolises covering Earth. You escaped the life of petty crime and underworld gangs by enlisting with the Alliance military when you turned eighteen.

Your extra mission comes out in Mass Effect 1 where you help a fellow gang member get away from a Turian in a bar.

3. Colonist:?You were born and raised on?Mindoir, a small border colony in the?Attican Traverse. When you were sixteen slavers raided Mindoir, slaughtering your family and friends. You were saved by a passing Alliance patrol, and you enlisted with the military a few years later.

The extra mission in Mass Effect 1 involves you talking down a survivor of the same tragedy as you.

After your background, you get to choose a psychological profile. This is where you choose your Shepard?s personality and determine how many bonus paragon or renegade points you get at the start of the game:

  • Sole Survivor:?On a mission to Akuze, a very hostile planter, you mission went wrong and a thresher maw took out your whole unit with you left as a survivor.
    • Sole Survivors begin the game with both bonus?Paragon?and bonus?Renegade?points.
  • War Hero:?On Elysium, you put your life on the line to save civilians and your team when Batarian slavers tried to take you down. You?ve gotten several medals and honors and have been called a hero in all military circles.
    • War Heroes begin the game with bonus?Paragon?points.
  • Ruthless:?You?re known for sending more than half your team to their deaths just to get the job done. When a troop of Batarians surrendered to you, you gunned them down. Humans have always been at war with Batarians, of course, so no one really got mad at you. But you?ve built up a reputation of being cold, ruthless and calculating.
    • Ruthless characters begin the game with bonus?Renegade?points.

Some story detail comes out during the course of the game that pertains to your background and reputation. Some NPCs know of your deeds and taunt you with them. But how about the Paragon and Renegade points? What are they for?

Essentially, your Paragon and Renegade points are for unlocking special dialogue options (you can be more compassionate and violent) depending on your personality. If you have more Renegade points, your facial scars don?t fade and get worse and you get access to options like punching someone you don?t like or speaking more harshly to NPCs. Paragon points let you get out of some encounters with dialogue and even unlock achievements and story details.

So which background and profile did you choose? I hope this part of my Mass Effect 2 walkthrough and guide helped you out!

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