This post is very similar to the one I made last night but I just a found out that my friend has never played a mass effect game so I'm going to make him play through the first 3 but I want somebody to choose what he'll play as gender, class, and background
What about the war story Ruthless, war hero, or sole survivor?
I always like Sole Survivor as the other two feel like they're pigeon-holing you into one morality path or the other I.e. Ruthless = Renegade and War Hero = Paragon.
Same, I've always felt that when I play as a war hero it's just harder to make yourself a renegade
Mainly in mass effect 3
Exactly. So Sole Survivor is that nice middle ground. He can make his Shepard whatever he likes.
Due to his tech skills, he can Sabotage and Overload everyone, including Saren and Colossi.... making killing them so much easier as they do not shoot back.
And you can pick up 2 biotics along with you, say Liara and /Wrex/Kaidan, for lift, throw and warp the big buddies into oblivion (e.g. Krogan will charge at you if sabotaged, so lift-throw them out of the map for insta kill).
ME2... you control the battlefield... drones, AI Hacking, Incinerate and Overload, if playing on normal the cryo blast is perfect against husks, barriers... well pick a Squaddie with Concussive Shot or Warp... there's plenty of them.
ME3 is even more awesome, due to Sabotage, Turret and stuff. Cerberus will hate you, as you control Atlasses and turrets as you like..... even the Rannoch Geth Prime Fight is a piece of cake with the engineer.
And a Sabotaged Banshee (Rank 6 Tech Vulnerability) will have it's strong barrier removed with a single maxed out Overload, even on Insanity, just finished a said playthrough.
He is not meant for the frontline (if you are skilled enough it's fun too), so stay in cover and let your techs/squad do the job.
Earthborn Sole Survivor is a good combination aswell.
One thing worth of notice. If his computer can handle (like not some weak laptop or something like that) get texture mod for ME1 from modDB. That'll transform game entirely from really old to quite modern looking and it will support very high resolutions while normal ME1 supported puny 4:3 1280x1024 at most.
As for background I usually pick Colonist. It has best, honest assignment of all in ME1. For a first time I would definitely vote for Soldier class. It'll be the easiest equipment wise. For a first timer without any achievements and unlocked bonuses, yeah Soldier.
^Good point if your friend likes the game and wants to collect bonus powers and achievements. You can unlock most weapons and the soldier heals over time without the need of an armor med upgrade, unlike the other classes. Don't bother powers, just point and shoot.
Piece of Advice:
You cannot reset the Anility points you've spent. The game's a bit oldschool here.
On lower difficulties it doesn't matter. Medicine feels like a waste, spectre only until rank 1 to get unity. I unlock armor quite early, but to each his own.
Okay male Shepard soldier or infultatior.( you get a sniper if your an infultatior) and in the future when he plays ME2 make him romance Tali DO NOT MAKE HIM GAY!!!!😀. Oh and do NOT let GARRUS DIE!!!!
Liara all the way.. Hahaha!
What do you think?