Mass Effect: Andromeda gets chaotic with new combat trailer

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Mass Effect: Andromeda is just a few weeks away from launch, so it’s about time BioWare starts delving deep into some of the more nuanced features for its highly anticipated sequel. Andromeda is about conversations and role-playing, but in this first of many video diaries we’re looking at the most base instinct of all its races: to shoot everything else in the face. Combat is a core pillar of Andromeda, and it’s taking hints from the previous three games in varying doses.

For example, you’ll still only have access to three types of weapons, ranging from Pistols to Shotguns to Rifles. Those weapons are broken down into sub classes, with certain ones using normal ammo while others use an energy system similar to the first game. Your Pathfinder isn’t locked down to any one type of weapon though (again like the first Mass Effect), allowing you to change you role in the fight with a simple inventory or radial wheel change.

Combat itself seems fast, and Biotics and Tech only enhance this further. Biotics will still help you feel like a Jedi in the Mass Effect universe, allowing you to pull enemies towards you, have them float in mid-air and decimate shields. Tech, on the other hand, bestow you with some neat gadgets that let you bring down defences and hide from enemies. It’s not at all new for returning fans, but I’m interested to see how they’ve been tweaked to support the new fast, open pace of fire fights.

Better still are the small looks at both weapon and skill management, which looks to give you a lot more freedom in actually role-playing than Mass Effect 3 ever did. If I had to pin it down, these systems alone make Andromeda look like the proper love child of both Mass Effect 1 and 2. A strong emphasis on action, but with an equally strong support of stat watching and balancing.

There’s more videos on the way that will surely deal with your squad’s abilities and narrative aspects of the game, as we gear up for a new adventure near the end of March.

Last Updated: February 21, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Much hype such wow.

  • konfab

    You should probably tell everyone about the lack of a level cap as well.

    http://gamingbolt.com/mass-effect-andromeda-will-not-have-level-cap-and-body-customization

    • Original Heretic

      Ugh, I hope they don’t Fallout 4 it….

  • I need new pants.

  • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

    I really hope Bioware come to their senses and redo the female character’s faces and make them look less derpy or masculine. I don’t see how you can’t be a sexy smoking young lady AND kick ass! You should be able to do both! I mean ladies in the IDF are smoking hot AND they can kick ass!

    • HairyEwok

      That’s facist! Saying female faces need to be made a certain way. Shame on you! But I do agree 😛

      • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

        Muahahahaha!!

  • GooseZA

    Oh my…

  • Viper_ZA

    Do I need to play the previous three to get going with this? May consider when it hits a more palatable price.

    • HairyEwok

      This is based 700 years after the last ME game (ME3). I would say it isn’t a necessity but if you want to have background on the ME universe and its people I would say get ME1 and ME2.

      • Viper_ZA

        Really did try getting in the previous games, but couldn’t. This does seem very decent however and may be what I need to get into it 🙂

      • Yondaime

        Gona start ME 1 today!..when i get home from work and after i buy groceries and cook dinner of course.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    March 21 couldn’t come any sooner !!!

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