New Player Help.

#1 Posted by Duffyside (885 posts) -

Hey all, just started this game a little while ago and I have a question that's bugging me; should I choose a specific path, renegade/paragon, or can I just pick whatever dialogue option I like the best in the moment? What is the benefit of choosing to go all the way one way or the other? Will I be missing out by staying somewhere int he middle or not getting all the way blue/red as quickly as I would otherwise?

Thanks in advance.

#2 Posted by RaikohBlade (593 posts) -
@Duffyside: I think it's better to stick with one and go all the way with it. Maxing out your speaking skills is pretty rewarding in this game, and focusing on either Paragon or Renegade is the best way to go. I wouldn't recommend staying in the middle.
#3 Posted by wemibelec90 (1568 posts) -

It is certainly possible if you want to go that route.  Both games can be a little weird with it being in the middle in a few cases but it doesn't break the game or anything.
#4 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

You can do both but i believe you get bonuses for 100% Paragon or Renegade...Although that might be Kotor. Just play the way you want to play it duder, it's an RPG game after all.

#5 Posted by BunkerBuster (1042 posts) -

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If I remember correctly anything less than 80 percent either way gets Wrex killed.
Why would you let that happen, you monster?

#6 Posted by Mike76x (555 posts) -

I always play Mass Effect 100% paragon, then 100% renegade that way I get the full experience of each side with all the stat  benefits.
After that when I play for missed achievements I mix it up.

#7 Posted by Red (5994 posts) -
@BunkerBuster: If you do his sidequest though, or have a high enough charm/intimidate skill, he survives, I'm pretty sure. The final charm/intimidate check in the game is the only thing I think really requires the full charm/intimidate to work.
 
But you do want to stick with one side if possible, because of the bonuses. However, my first playthrough I tried to do as renegade, but I ended up kinda splitting, as there are some tough choices in the game. I actually did fine, and some of the choices had a greater affect on me than if I was just playing through always picking the bottom choice. 
ME2 is where your Paragon/Renegade score really matters, as there is no longer a real charm/intimidate skill line.
#8 Posted by Alex_Murphy (1184 posts) -
@BunkerBuster said:
<SPOILER> If I remember correctly anything less than 80 percent either way gets Wrex killed.Why would you let that happen, you monster?
If you highlight some text and hit the red (!) button you can cover up the spoiler part of a post so you don't ruin things for people.
#9 Posted by MaFoLu (1858 posts) -

If you stay somewhere in between, there will be times where you can't choose a paragon or renegade dialogue choice, so for the first time through it's maybe best to focus on one path.
The bad thing about that is if you want to make a renegade choice at some point when playing paragon you can't do that and vice versa.
Still, I think focusing on one path is the best just so that you don't end up in a situation where you can't choose either.

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