Since I’ve been replaying Mass Effect 2, it seems fitting that one of my weekly trophy tips be for a game that I basically know inside and out and at this point feels like I can play with my eyes closed. It’s taken a while to get to know this game as much as I do and it feels right to share that knowledge in case you may be struggling with some of the harder trophies for this game. So, let’s make sure no one gets left behind in your playthrough and you get this highly missable trophy.
Mass Effect 2 – No One Left Behind
Keep your team alive through the Suicide Mission – Gold
TIP: This trophy can be achieved on any difficulty level, so I would say to play on the difficulty that you feel most comfortable with. There’s no shame in playing this game on casual as it is one of the more difficult Mass Effects to play on Insanity. Anyway, the very first thing that you want to do is to make sure your Shepard is either a complete Paragon or Renegade. Playing both sides won’t help you in any way this time around as you need those Paragon or Renegade options to unlock in order to break up fights between your squad mates so that you aren’t choosing one of the other. Once you’ve decided how to play make sure you take every chance to make every single Paragon or Renegade move the game has to offer. I know playing as a Renegade you may be tempted to make the occasional Paragon choice, but don’t. You can do that in another playthrough when you’re not trying to save your whole team. I will say though that it’s easier to keep the whole team alive playing as a Paragon but it can be done playing as a Renegade as well since I’ve successfully kept my whole team alive playing as both.
The second thing you need to do is to make sure that you actually interact with each of your squad mates and do all of their loyalty missions. Doing this basically ensures that they make it through the suicide mission because they are loyal to you. Another thing that helps? Fully upgrading your ship no matter the cost. Yes it means that you have to probe a bunch of planets and it can feel like a huge waste of time, but it’s not. Without a fully upgraded ship, things will go wrong and it could mean the death of one of your squad mates.
Lastly, when you finally decide to go through the Omega 4 relay, you’ll have to assign certain team members to do certain things. Some of the team members cannot do the things you want them so it’s always smart to assign them correctly in order to assure they don’t die. Here’s a breakdown of who I choose for each task.
Collector Base Infiltration
• Tech Specialist – Tali
• Diversion Squad Leader – Jacob
The Long Walk
• Biotic Specialist – Samara
• Second Team – Garrus
• Escort for the Survivors – Grunt
This means that during the final battle I take into battle with me Miranda and Thane, but you can choose whoever you want as long as they aren’t already assigned to another mission. Follow these steps and you’ll look like a “Big Goddamn Hero” as Zaeed would put it when you’re whole team survives. I also want to comment that it makes you feel really good to when you do the impossible and bring everyone back from what was supposed to be a suicide mission.
Have anything additional to add to my tip? Let me know in the comments section below and I’ll add it in and give you credit. Need help with a specific trophy? I’m always looking for my next weeks tip so throw out some suggestions in the comments section. If I have the trophy I’ll post a tip on how to get it.