Before the flame wars commence, let’s start this list of the best classes in Mass Effect Legendary Edition with the following disclaimer: we’re ranking the classes based on which offers the best mix of fun and path of least resistance to completing the game. There is no bad class in Mass Effect, and all are perfectly viable and at the end of the day. You should just pick what seems more appealing to you.
If you’re a Mass Effect expert, you can make any class work on any difficulty, and perhaps, will have an easier time with some of the classes we have ranked last on this list. That said, if you’re a Mass Effect expert, it really doesn’t matter what we think, as they are all viable and you’ll crush it with whoever you pick. So who cares, right?
Finally, this list is weighted a bit more heavily towards Mass Effect 2 and 3, which have similar styles of gameplay and introduce the unique class powers. That said, you should find that our recommendations will still be helpful to you in Mass Effect 1 as well.
Best Class Mass Effect
Face it, the Solider is the most boring class to play in Mass Effect just because it’s the class where you shoot stuff. You have lots of guns, you can shoot them all really well, and your abilities make you shoot even stronger and better. There’s plenty of games that let you shoot all the things; Mass Effect lets you do so much more than just shoot things, but not if you pick Soldier.
But just because it’s boring, doesn’t mean it’s not effective, it’s just very one-note. Solider is extremely bulky, hits very hard when upgraded properly, has the widest array of weaponry, can pump out extremely high damage in a short amount of time, and in Mass Effect 2 and 3, gets access to all different kinds of ammo types to ensure that you’re able to keep the damage going regardless of what enemy you’re up against.
That said, you have no access to biotic or tech powers and will be relying on your squadmates entirely for that if you decide to go Soldier. They aren’t always the most reliable thanks to AI, so keep that in mind.