7 Things You Need To Know About Mass Effect: Andromeda
How many ways can you make sexy time with aliens? Important questions ANSWERED.
Five years after the third installment of their popular Mass Effect series ended with a VERY BIG BANG, BioWare studios are hoping to blow our minds for a fourth time with the release of Andromeda, their non follow-up follow-up that picks up over 600 years after the events of the third game, with new characters, new worlds to discover, and a new enemy that will most *definitely* put you off your dinner.
Here are 7 things you need to now about Mass Effect: Andromeda before you decide whether the video game sci fi blockbuster is worth your precious time and money...
1. The Story
After 600 years, the Ark Hyperion will conclude its long journey from the Milky Way to Andromeda; a new galaxy the last remains of humanity hopes to call home.
2. The Characters
The main protagonists in the game are human Pathfinder siblings Sara and Scott Ryder. Both characters exist within the story, so no matter which sibling you choose to play as, the other will join you later in the game.
Rounding out the main players in the Pathfinding squad; verteran Krogan badass Nakmor Drack, street-smart Turian Vetra Nyx, thrill-seeking daredevil Peebee, operations specialist Lieutenant Cora Harper, and crisis response specialist Liam Kosta.
And there's a celeb cameo! Asari doctor Lexi T'Perro, the first person to greet you when you wake from cryosleep, is voiced by Game of Thrones queen Natalie Dormer:
3. The Enemy
The main enemy you will come up against in Andromeda is the Kett. They're an alien race that has been invading the Heleus Cluster - where most of the action in Andromeda takes place - for over 80 years! Notable characteristic: Ugly af.
The fast-paced third person combat in Andromeda allows for more freedom of movement than past Mass Effect games, whilst the new dynamic cover system that allows you to use most objects for cover makes battling the enemy way more fun this time around.
In Mass Effect: Andromeda, there are four categories of firearms: pistols, shotguns, and sniper and assault rifles—plus a range of melee weapons for up-close combat. It’s up to you how close to the enemy you want to get, but with there being no class restrictions on weapons, trying something new is as easy as switching your loadout.
This handy video talks you through all the weapons available to you in the game:
In addition to weapons, you can also develop skills and abilities. Like the weapons, there are no restrictions on what skills you can choose, and each of the three main categories – Combat, Tech, and Biotics – is designed to facilitate a certain style of play.
Combat skills are useful if you want to focus on weapons, gear, and effieciency in battle.
Tech skills allow you to equip your Pathfinder with more experimental weaponry or focus on strategic improvements.
And last, but not least, your Pathfinder can control “dark energy” to manipulate the power of mass and gravity.
Your strategic use of different skills will determine your tactical advantage against your opponents, so its also important to bare in mind that whilst each skill can be upgraded to become increasingly more devastating to the enemy, your strengths may also work against you at certain points in the game.
6. Exploration AND CHILL
With over 100 planets to explore, Andromeda is as much about exploration and discovery as it is about blasting the Kett to shit with a Cryo Beam! Not that that doesn’t sound fun, but with Mass Effect’s popular Romance feature - which allows your Pathfinder to engage with other characters in a number of ways that would make a Sims character blush - now even more refined, taking a break from hand-to-hand combat to engage in a little hanky panky with an alien hottie has never been easier - or more fun!!
7. Multiplayer mode
Forming Strike Teams to battle the enemy will be another huge part of Andromeda, but the biggest difference compared to Mass Effect 3 is that whilst completing Strike Team missions in multiplayer mode will have positive repercussion’s on your single-player adventure, its not mandatory and can easily be skipped.
- By Portis Wasp @portiswasp