This is my guide on how to keep everyone alive in Mass Effect 2.
Recruit everyone you can and get them loyal BEFORE the derelict reaper mission (for the IFF). After wards you only have time before the attack on the ship for one more mission, you'll want to use this for Legion's loyal mission. After the attack on your ship you're given the opportunity to go straight to the Omega 4 Relay, DO NOT DELAY IN THIS , otherwise Kelly and some if not all of the crew die (melting was weird).
Here are the Squad recommendations for keeping everyone alive, you can choose other people who are equally as good at the task but this is who i used...
Have Legion as your Tech Specialist, have Garrus lead the strike team. As the biotic protector use Samara. To lead the strike team a 2nd time use Garrus again. To help the crew escape send grunt. Choose whoever you like for the final squad selection. Follow this and you should be able to keep everyone alive in Mass Effect 2.
4 comments for this Mass Effect 2 user guide
Comment by jbfrady
That wasn't necessarily true. It's most likely to work if you choose Miranda and Garrus rather than Grunt and Garrus. When you're off to fight the final boss, it factors in a defensive score to see if anyone dies. If you didn't leave enough "tough" party members to fight, then people die, starting with Mordin. Grunt is one of the best party members to leave for them.Oct. 22, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
Comment by OllyDeadMeatLange
Theres loads of combinations you can use to keep people alive, the irritating thing is, you have to have all the squad members friendly with you. if you say the wrong stuff in conversations throughout the game you can doom your team members. Morale of the story: Dont Piss About. (learned the hard way, i dont have the achievement yet!)Oct. 22, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
Comment by Raymond T. Kuhn II
There are many combos. The best way to pick your specialist is to think. Example I need a tech specialist... stop and think. "Tali is a tech specialist who's been hacking systems with me for a long time." "Can Miranda even pick a lock?" "Hmm, Legion can hack an entire Geth Network at once, he's a robot. And is quicker at Data adaptation then anyone probably except Tali." Or for instance the Squad Leader. "Miranda led the project that raised me up. Jacob was a great marine and a leader." "Zaeed started the blue sons buuut, it ended with all his loyalists dead and him getting a bullet through the..." Or the Diversion Leader. "Garrus held of 3 separate gangs out to kill him at the same time, pissing off the entire criminal underworld and living to tell about it." Think and rationalize the choices. Examples including Jack as the most powerful human biotic alive and Samara the old justicar vs not so biotically adept people. Or how to fortify the final team. Remember think about their records, backstory and the shit they have pulled that got them to where they are today. THAT will lead you to picking good combos if you pay attention to the clues!Oct. 22, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
Comment by BRIAN K. STEVENSON
I actually had one playthrough where I screwed up Zaeed's loyalty mission and had to choose Tali's focus over Legion's when they size eachother up. By telling Legion I lied to Tali and keeping Zaeed and Legion as my squad for the Collector Base, I kept every one alive...proof that you can still screw up and keep 'em all alive ;)Oct. 22, 2013, 10:30 a.m.