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Tutorial: How to Generate a Face Code for a Mass Effect 1 Character



If you want to recreate your ME1 character from scratch in ME2 by converting slider values into a ME2 face code, here's how to do it. It's very simple, but you need to know what the slider values were for your ME1 character.

Note 1: ME2 skips the letter 'O' when generating the face code, in other words when you bring the slider (e.g. neck thickness) to position 24, the game encodes it with the letter 'P' in the face code, instead of 'O' (e.g. M(22)->N(23)->P(24) ). The letter 'O' isn't used in the face code. Not sure why they did it this way, I'm just letting you know to prevent confusion.

Note 2: I have made an Excel spreadsheet that does this automatically which you can download from the link below and use it either with MS Excel or Google Docs (by importing it) and you can then use it to generate ME2 face code for your own characters. Simply fill in the slider values on white columns as in the examples given in the spreadsheet and ME2 face code will be generated automatically underneath that column, which you can then copy.

Link for the Excel spreadsheet:
Mass Effect Face Code Generator (ME1 to ME2).7z

By the way, in case you're wondering why one should bother with all this, the "imported" character in ME2 is not entirely the same as the one generated by using the face code or created from scratch by using the ME2 sliders. In other words, if you import the character from your ME1 saves, it'll be ever so slightly different than the one you create from scratch, because there are some differences in how these two games handle character assets and sliders.

Note 3: You probably won't need any of this for the "legendary" version for two reasons, first it already shows you the face code in ME1 and also, the new sliders are most likely incompatible with the original games, so I wouldn't bother trying if I were you.



Slider Value:         1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14    15    16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34
Face Code Value:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   A     B     C     D     E      F       G     H     I      J     K     L     M     N    P     Q    R     S     T      U     V     W    X     Y     Z











Below are the slider values and the corresponding face code values according to the conversion table given above. Note that * is the value for the scar slider which isn't supported in ME2.



7    5    3    11    ||    31    12    16    16    1    12    12    ||    1    10    15    16    16    1     1    ||    20    1    1    10    ||    10    1    1    16    16   ||    6    5    11    ||    4    9     16    4    ||    6    1    6

7    5    3     *     ||     W      C      G      G     1     C     C     ||    1     A      F      G      G     1     1   ||      K      1    1     A     ||    A     1    1     G     G    ||    6    5     B     ||     4    9      G    4    ||    6    1    6

Now let's put all these values into groups of three and add a dot between each group in order to form the face code, ignoring the value for the scar slider (*)...

ME2 Face Code:     753.WCG.G1C.C1A.FGG.11K.11A.A11.GG6.5B4.9G4.616

Here's how it looks like in ME2:




PS. If you want to get ME1 slider values from a ME2 face code (i.e. the opposite of the method described here) you can use this tool here.






Edited by bjornk
Changed category to Mass Effect

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