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Mass Effect: Andromeda: The Preview

Updated on February 17, 2017
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The Mass Effect series has been a tremendously popular one. It has also been on hold for five years, since the final showdown with the Reapers in Mass Effect 3. But Mass Effect is back with Mass Effect: Andromeda. What can we expect from the fourth main game in the series?

Goodbye Shepard, hello Ryder, a young explorer whom you'll be free to customize.
Goodbye Shepard, hello Ryder, a young explorer whom you'll be free to customize.

New Characters, New Galaxy, New Races

Mass Effect: Andromeda begins six hundred years after the last game. The advanced species of the Milky Way—human, turian, asari, quarian, krogan, and the rest—have been in cryogenic slumber on their way to the neighboring Andromeda galaxy.

While the details of the main plot are being kept hidden, we do know that you'll be playing a young pathfinder named Ryder. Your job as pathfinder is to find new, habitable worlds for humanity (And everyone else) aboard the Tempest. You will play a trailblazer, charting, exploring, discovering, fighting, and befriending your way through a brand new galaxy.

There will also be plenty of new races. While the player characters we've seen so far are all from familiar races, the Andromeda galaxy is full of native inhabitants. There are the Kett, a race similar to the turians in their hard exteriors and martial prowess.

What the crew of the Tempest will find in the uncharted Andromeda galaxy, however, is still a mystery.

The male and female versions of Ryder.
The male and female versions of Ryder.

Gameplay

For the most part, Mass Effect: Andromeda plays just like any other Mass Effect game. Navigating the world seems to be familiar. Even the combat interface has been left relatively untouched. Combat has certainly seen an upgrade; your character's ability to get around the battlefield has been thoroughly expanded. That's right: Mass Effect now has a jump button. It is, indeed, a brave new world.

One new feature is the the Nomad, a six-wheel all-terrain vehicle. While the last Mass Effect vehicle—the Mako—was poorly received, the Nomad looks to be an invaluable resource.

Previous Mass Effect games, while allowing you to fly your ship all over the galaxy map, offered fairly linear worlds, almost all of which happened to be inside. Since exploration will be such a focus in Andromeda, the developers have added larger, more varied worlds to explore.

Release Date

Mass: Effect Andromeda launches on March 21, 2017, on Windows, XBox One, and Playstation 4. If you want to play right at the stroke of midnight, click the Amazon link to the right.

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