So my origin account has cloud saving enabled and it can't seem to import my ME1 character. I got the trilogy on origin PC and just finished ME1...

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You have to go to your ME2 files and use Mass Effect 2 Config. There you should find a menu asking for the location of your ME1 save files.

Remember that cloudsaving was not at all a 'thing' in 2010! Doublecheck that you have the correct savefiles in the correct local folder.

They should be in:

"DocumentsBioWareMass EffectSave"

( ":UsersDocumentsBioWareMass EffectSave" in Windows 7 )

There should be a Profile.MassEffectProfile file in there, as well as a 01_01.MassEffectSave file (the numbers can vary). IIRC that last one is necessary for ME2 to import from.


Like people said below, you have to use the Config tool. Frustrates the hell out of me that I need to do this every time, but at least it's a simple process. Basically the problem is that ME2 doesn't know where ME1 saved things.

General instructions for importing ME1 saves to ME2 using the configuration tool ('cause it ain't obvious):

If running the game with a disk, open Mass Effect 2 normally to get the pre-start menu and choose Configure. If running from Origin, find the binaries folder, probably at C:Program Files (x86)Origin GamesMass Effect 2Binaries, and run MassEffect2Config.exe

The Mass Effect 2 Configuration Utility should open up. In the menu on the left, choose Save Games and click the big button called 'Copy Mass Effect 1 Save Games'. This opens up a Windows directory. Navigate to the folder where your Mass Effect 1 saves are kept, probably C:UsersDocumentsBioWareMass EffectSave, and click OK. You can close the config utility now.

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Note: You can only import a finished ME1 save, where you've got to the end credits. If you have issues with the config tool, check whether you have this save file by looking in the ME1 Save folder, probably at C:UsersDocumentsBioWareMass EffectSave. The importable files look like: Char_-year-.MassEffectSave. The progress saves from during your playthrough look like: .MassEffectSave.