The Illusive Man’s Guide to Mass Effect 2: The Classes

The Illusive Man wanted me to tell you that you suck at Mass Effect 2.  Those are his exact words, so don’t take any anger out on me, I’m simply the messenger.  But worry not, dear reader, as the Illusive Man and I have teamed up to form a database of awesome, a duo of vast knowledge if you will, a tag team of intelligence and alien kickassery.  We’re here to help you out with Mass Effect 2 and we promise by the time you’ve finished getting your learn on, you’ll be (almost) as amazing as we are at BioWare’s newest RPG.  We’ll begin with each of the game’s six classes, so strap in and get ready to have you mind filled with everything you need to know to maximize the potential of the class you choose.

Maximizing Your Class 101

The Adept: This class is basically the game’s answer to the familiar sorcerer or wizard class in fantasy RPGs.  This class is a powerhouse of biotic prowess, unmatched by any other class.  They have the ability to use Throw, Pull, Warp, Singularity, Shockwave, and Biotic Mastery.  Because of their amazing Biotic powers they are limited to using only Heavy Pistols and Submachine Guns, but who cares about that when you have the ability to fling your foes around the room?

The Engineer: Similar to the Adept, this class focuses on a single area of expertise, this time its tech.  They have the ability to use Overload, Incinerate, Combat Drone, Cryo Blast, AI Hacking, and Tech Mastery.  So if you’re the type of person who likes to mess with their prey before taking them down, this is a good class for you since you’ll be able to blow stuff up and hack enemy robots.  Like the previous class they also only have the use of Heavy Pistols and Submachine Guns.

The Soldier: As its name implies, having little tech and biotic ability the soldier uses weapons as their primary offense.  This means they are trained in the use of Shotguns, Sniper Rifles, Heavy Pistols, and Assault Rifles so if you’re a fan of shooters this is probably the best class for you.  They’re also the only class that can use every type of special ammo, including Incendiary, Cryo, and Disruptor ammo types.  Their powers include Adrenaline Rush, Concussive Shot, and Combat Mastery, all of which make this class great for close or long ranged combat.

The Infiltrator: What could also be the perfect name for a well endowed porn star doubles as the class who specializes in both tech and weapon training.  They have the unique ability to cloak giving them the chance to really surprise and flank their enemies, and they also have the use of Cryo and Distruptor ammo types.  When those abilities get boring you can always fall back on the Incinerate or AI Hacking skills, and this class can also use Heavy Pistols, Sniper Rifles, and Submachine Guns (the power and accuracy of which can be boosted using the Operative talent).  If you like having tech powers at your disposal but also like to empty a clip into an enemy’s head from afar this is the perfect class to suite both tastes.

The Vanguard: Akin to the Infiltrator, this class takes a little bit of two and mixes them together, this time from the Adept and Soldier classes.  This means they have a good knowledge base of biotics as well as increased weapons training.  They can use Heavy Pistols, Shotguns, and Submachine Guns, and mix that with their Pull, Charge and Shockwave talents and they become the best class for the up close and personal approach to combat.  They also have full use of both the Cryo and Incendiary ammo types, and the power of all of these skills can be boosted with their Assault Mastery talent.

The Sentinel: My personal favorite, this class includes the best of both the biotic and tech worlds but are limited by basic weapon training allowing them to use only the Heavy Pistol and Submachine Gun.  They have the Throw and Warp biotic powers as well as the Overload and Cryo Blast tech skills.  But by far their most valuable skill is the Tech Armor, which allows the Sentinel another shield (that’s both helpful and looks totally badass) that when destroyed emits a powerful shockwave sending enemies to their butts.  They also have the Defender talent that boosts the Paragon and Renegade scores as well as the power of their talents.  If you want a little of everything, this is the class for you.

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