The highly anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda is out in SA this week, and we have your essential guide to the first few hours of the game. We have been playing it non stop, and want to share our first thoughts with you, as well as the important information you will need for the journey ahead.

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So what is Mass Effect: Andromeda, and how does it relate to the past games? Well so much has happened since the war at the end of Mass Effect 3. Humanity has now healed from the battle, and 600-years later they are searching for a new home in the Andromeda Galaxy. You take on the role of either Scott or Sara Ryder – Pathfinders on a mission to find a new home for humanity, also known as Earth II. Things go south when the team crashes into a dark storm, which leads them to search the closest planet for life. Well, what they find does not want to be found, and it leads to a chase through the galaxy between an unknown alien species and the group of Pathfinders.

Character Creation

Mass Effect Andromeda Tips

Like all awesome RPGs, the character creation could take a good hour or so. Mass Effect: Andromeda is no different here, and building your character should take time and patience. Sculpt the perfect face, choose the best training, which will give your character the skills you will use in the game at first, and make sure you are happy before you press “accept”. Your character is your person for the whole game, and you will have to look at them the entire time.

Mind Your Mouth

Mass Effect Andromeda Tips

In Mass Effect: Andromeda the game focuses heavily on a dialogue system, that is much more in-depth compared to the past games. Instead of a good and bad choice, Andromeda gives you different “tones” to choose from that will slowly develop your main character’s personality. These dialogue options include responses across different spectrums – Emotional, Logical, Casual, and Professional. In the game your character, and the way they handle certain situations, will all be impacted by these dialogue decisions.

Explore, Explore, And Explore Some More

Mass Effect Andromeda Tips

Maps in video games are there for one reason, and in Andromeda, each planet is bigger than any other in previous games. What this means is that you might get lost or miss a certain area of the planet that might hold new items. Make sure you always refer to the map to keep in tune with your surroundings, and that you don’t ever miss anything important.

Make Use Of Menus

There are layers upon layers of different menus in Mass Effect: Andromeda, so, explore them. Here you will find your Journal which will hold different tasks depending on what your objective is. Priority ops shows you your current task, Allies and Relationships will let you keep track of your teammates’ personal missions, and of course, Additional Tasks are all your side quests. If you are on a mission doing something, and you feel a little lost, your Journal will guide you.

Mass Effect Andromeda Tips

We also have the data pads that can be found in the game, these further expand the story of Mass Effect, and some of them *spoilers* touch on the past titles in the series too. If you are a lore junkie like we are, then make sure you collect these pads and go over them in your menu, so you can further enhance your knowledge of the Mass Effect Universes.

Scan Everything

Mass Effect Andromeda Tips

One of the most mundane activities in the game, is also the most important. Using your scanner in the game, you will be able to scan all sorts of items and creatures. These scans will give you research points which will unlock new weapons and gear as you progress through the game. If you want to be awesome in the game and have the best gear, then just scan everything okay!

Mass Effect: Andromeda launches on 23 March 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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