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written by Michael Finnigan; 2012-03-07 17:45 UTC

Yesterday the reaper invasion of earth began, but for many players the end of the world was marred by a game breaking bug that prevents gamers from importing their character from the first two games.

Bioware quickly released a statement regarding a fix: "We are aware that some players are having issues importing the faces of characters from Mass Effect 1 or Mass Effect 2 into Mass Effect 3. The issue is likely in how faces were detected when imported from Mass Effect 1 into Mass Effect 2, and we’re working on the best way to correct it for affected players."

Gamers were left with two options: Have a stab at recreating their character from memory – I tried and my character looked like a peroxide blonde Maori rather than the ethereally cool replicant from Blade Runner. The second option was to load up Mass Effect 2, start a new game and copy down the code and recreate the face in Mass Effect 3, losing all of your cool war scars in the process. I opted for the lesser known option 3, wait until they fix it. For me, seeing some imposter acting out the role of my Shepard would have ruined the game and I imagine there are thousands upon thousands of furious people unable to stop themselves from playing.

I find it incredible that Bioware have managed to miss this bug. Importation of your character across the three games is arguably the trilogy's biggest selling point and with further issues affecting importation of cloud saves on Xbox it really seems like Bioware have dropped the ball.

It’s just lucky that the story isn’t for real because if it were my Shepard, he would be getting facial reconstructive surgery to make sure he looked just right for the impending alien invasion.

Michael Finnigan is an avid games writer. He specialises in Xbox 360 games, Xbox games and new PC games. You can follow him on Twitter as @Finniruse.

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