What's the best way to make money in Mass Effect?

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  1. Prowl

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    I wanted to post in the Mass Effect thread, but I was worried about seeing spoilers, as I am still in the middle of the game.

    I know, I'm slow, but I'm the kinda gamer that starts a game, gets disctracted, then comes back at a later date and plays again.

    That said, Mass Effect is still everything I hoped it would be and more... except for that wierd pop up... I mean come on, some cinematics are almost over by the time that all the textures come in... hahaha, like when the Normandy takes off, you don't see the name pop in until it's almost out of the Citadel.

    Either way, that doesn't sway me from naming this one of my favorite RPGs ever.

    Ok, so what's the best way to make some extra cash in this game?
    I've been doing ok, selling things that I find on missions, but I always seem to come up short when wanting to buy new armor and weapons for my guys.

    Anyone find a good money-making scheme in the game?
     
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    try filming those lesbians and selling it on ebay.

    what?
     
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    Prowl Well-Known Member

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    hahah, and my character on ME is a female too. Named her after Alis from Phantasy Star and made her look like that bitch from Superman 2 (General Zod's woman).
     
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    At the point you're at, you should have max cash if you've been doing all the sidequests, getting all resources and artifacts on unexplored planets, etc. It's pretty easy to top out your gear, and then money is totally useless, because there's nothing to spend it on.
     
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    The best way to make money in Mass Effect is to not worry about making money.

    You come across obscene amounts of loot in that game -and most of it is useful. I hardly bought anything.

    I got the "Rich" achievement merely by selling my excess inventory so I had room to get new stuff.
     
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    ok but when I find shit on remote worlds, should I sell it? Is there a vendor that takes this stuff? I noticed that this weekend I picked up a lot of doubles of weapon and armor enhancements and I made about 20K, but then I went on a mission and found a decent assault gun for my bounty hunter, and a great pistol for Alis Shepard.

    I can't go on about how damn engulfing this crazy game is.
     
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    What "shit" are you talking about? The artifacts and such are just quest items - you can't do anything with them, but you get heaps of credit and xp for finding them. The higher your level, the more cash and experience you get. As far as weapons and armor go, if you're buying licenses when you come across them, eventually you'll be able to buy Spectre-grade weapons which are the best in the game. The armor you find gets better depending on your level, but again, the better your licenses, the better you can buy. Honestly, I never bought anything but licenses, health/grenade limit upgrades, and spectre weapons. Everything else you can find in the field.

    As far as selling stuff goes, if you have doubles, sell it. If you have a higher class, sell the lower one. Eventually you'll just have to convert your excess into omni-gel, since you can only have so much money, and even then it become useless towards the end.
     
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    In my playthrough I found that I never really needed money.

    When I was first on the Citadel and then the Noramdy I was like "ZOMG! It is how much for new armor?"
    I was very disappointed because it seemed like the money system was crazy.

    But on each mission I found useful weapons, armor, and upgrades.
    I didn't buy hardly anything until the "HK" master weapons became available and at that point I had plenty of money to buy them.

    As far as selling, here's what I did.
    Let's say you have seven sniper rifles, depending on your character's class you have two or three people on your team that can actually use them.
    Sell the four least powerful.
    Sell any armor that lowers the character's stats to equip it.

    About midway through the game I was on missions where I was converting everything to omnigel that I found because I just could not carry the loot.

    I would sell everything as soon as I could but quickly found myself needing to sell to free up inventory again.

    I don't mean for my answer to be vague, I just found money to be a nonissue when I hit level 25 or so.
    Like I said, I got the Rich achievement and didn't even know it was there!
    I was just trying to free up space so I could carry more stuff.

    Focus on upgrading your weapons and armor -pay attention to the fact that you might have a more powerful version of the same upgrade in your inventory (particularly ammunition).
    And definitely power up and use the Lift technique.

    Lift = Pwnage

    EDIT:
    Yeah -definitely buy the licenses so you can get the Specter grade equipment.
     
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    ok all of this helps a lot. I think one of the reasons I took a break from the game was because coming back into it after a while was overwhelming with how much micromanaging I needed to do, but the more I spent with it this weekend the smoother everything seemed to flow. And I did notice that I was starting to find better weapons on my missions. My cousin mentioned buying the licenses, so I will definitely start doing that.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Don't worry about money at ALL.

    I honestly had more than enough money just playing the game. I also tend to just empty out my inventory every once in a while. Other than what I have equipped..I really don't see point to keeping things I'm never going to use.
     
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    Just regularly go to your inventory and equip the stuff you want to use. All this stuff should have been picked up from battles and wotnot.

    Then go to the guy in your garage and sell everything else. But really, money isn't an issue, the only things you need to buy are the Spectre Master gear stuff (the X's not the VII's) but by the time you've leveled up enough to buy this stuff you should have enough money anyway.
     
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    Ok, so tonight I saw the light. I just came home from a mission to slaughter mercilessly (at least that's what Alis Shepard did),an old alliance member, Kyle, and I made so much money off the crap I sold, in addition to picking up some serious upgrades and a beautiful new sniper rifle.

    So now I think I get how you guys became rich.

    I know I keep gushing about this game, but damn, this one will be an RPG that many will be compared to.... What if these guys did a fantasy RPG in this style. Like Update their Baldur's Gate... Utter Droolage.
     
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    Ah, it sounds like you're still pretty early on in the game, which explains your lack of creds. I played a pretty moderate character the first time through. Second time? Total asshole. It's awesome, because depending on how you play, new scenarios open up, so there's a definite replay value (besides gamerscore points).

    Good luck.
     
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    yeah, Alis has been playing nice, except for some people that just annoy me, like that Kyle person.

    But when I play it again, I am definitely going to make her a bitch.

    edit: speaking of which, I don't play women on MMORs. I made Alis Shepard a woman because this is the last Sci Fi RPG I have played since Phantasy Star, and my hero in that game was Alis, so I thought I'd do a little nod to her.

    When Hello Kitty Online comes out, then I will start playing all female characters.... and Hit on Twin Twist.
     
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    Out of curiosity, what character class are you using? Personally, I'm a big fan of the middle-of-the-road vanguard since it's capable of almost anything.
     
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    Same here. Infiltrator. She kicks ass with the Sniper Rifle and Pistol, and she does some healing.
     
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    I never bothered with the Sniper Rifles - couldn't see the point. The pistols in Mass Effect are amazing...the assault rifles, not so much. My favorite tactic involves a powerful shotgun and the Lift ability. Skeet shooting, anyone?
     
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    Dragon Age.....
     
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    Yeah Lift + Shotgun + Carnage Technique = Viva La Bullet Pinata
     
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    Nah, I'll take the sniper rifle, especially the way it SOUNDS in this game. It sounds like you could blow a planet away with it. I've really honed her accuracy, so she is almost dead on everytime.
     

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