The Mass Effect trilogy is often revered for its writing and memorable characters, each of whom the player could develop a unique, personal relationship with. But for some players, Mass Effect was nothing more than elaborate dating sim masked behind the imposing threat of an alien invasion. As a potential lover, Morinth talks a big game. The Asari warrior boasts that her previous partners have experienced a greater pleasure than any normal bonding can offer. Naturally curious, Shepard is promptly greeted with an untimely death for trying to get lucky.
Bioware has done a brilliant job managing the ripple effects of your decisions over three massive games, and your romance choices are certainly no exception. Depending on who your Shepard was close to in the first two games, you can choose to continue a romantic relationship or start a new one. Loyalty missions are a thing of the past, but there are missable opportunities to make or break your chances at romance. The following guide outlines the important moments for every potential love interest in Mass Effect 3 to help you do things the right way on your first playthrough, likely so you can do things differently on your second. Disclaimer 1: While we made sure to avoid them when possible, this guide may contain minor spoilers.
Commander Shepard has the option to pursue heterosexual romantic involvement with a human squad member — male Shepard with Ashley Williams , female Shepard with Kaidan Alenko — or xenophilic romance for either gender with the asari squad member, Liara T'Soni. Regardless of gender, Shepard can also have a sexual encounter with Sha'ira , an asari consort. Note: As part of a workaround for a programming issue, Mark Meer and Jennifer Hale voiced all of the lines for both human romances in Mass Effect even though the romances were intended to be exclusively heterosexual.