Mass Effect: Andromeda will have more “meaningful” side-quests similar to The Witcher

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Good ol’ side-quests! Useful fluff when you need to grab a few levels in the upward direction before you continue a storyline, but also usually consisting of a narrative that has you skipping walls of text so that you can fast forward to the part where you need to murder something so that you can get some of that sweet sweet XP.

Back in 2015 however, The Witcher III raised the benchmark for such activities, with quests that felt like actual extensions of its story, optional missions that contributed to its narrative and had consequences for players. No stranger to side-quests itself, the latest chapter of Bioware’s space-adventure roleplaying game Mass Effect: Andromeda will also be looking to make such missions have actual value for players.

“We are approaching the completionist aspect very differently, because we’ve done and learned a lot from Inquisition,” Producer Fabrice Condominas said to PC Gamer (via DualShockers).

But we’ve also observed what other games have been doing, like The Witcher. And it was very important for us that the quantity of scope doesn’t downgrade the quality of whatever your are doing there.

Good plan. There’s a reason why The Witcher III is so beloved, and having quests that layered more rewards on top of other activities was just one of those reasons. If there’s one game that Bioware’s Mass Effect should emulate somewhat, I can’t think of any finer example than The Witcher. I’m particularly fond of the idea, that bigger isn’t always better. Quality over quantity I say.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda looks like it’ll be shaking up some of the core ideas that defined the series and the trilogy that launched it into hyperspace. With some pretty good sex this time as well apparently. It’ll be out soon in fact, on March 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Last Updated: February 13, 2017

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  • Captain JJ

    No. No it won’t. But it makes them sound impressive by comparing it to The Witcher.

  • Captain JJ

    I agree with quality over quantity, but with EA it gets you thinking what the extra quantity is going to cost you when you run out of things to do.

  • MonsterCheddar

    The more the merrier, fills a game out nicely if done properly.

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Oh that’s cool, will they stick to the standard colour coding or use new ones for the side quests?

  • Zoe Hawkins

    Cool when they say this, but even Witcher feels very samey with side quests by the time you get to Skellige (or is that just me?)

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I found Skellige to be the weakest part of the game as well, excluding the main story that took place there.

  • TJames47

    This or Horizon Zero Dawn? Aahhh cannot decide.

    • Ir0nseraph

      Tough choice, I went the ME route just because I love the series but Zero Dawn looks so good.

      • TJames47

        I did not play any of the 1st 3 mass effects but I only heard great stuff so went to watch a youtube recap video and that was magnificent.

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