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If you're a fan of the original Mass Effect trilogy and find the blistering speed with which BioWare departed its setting and set sky-sail for the planets of Andromeda a bit jarring, you're not alone. Being thrown into the depths of this enormous game can be a little overwhelming—even if the opening hours are a serious drag—and as you adjust, a lot of stuff may pass you by.

So we thought we could bring a few things to your attention regarding Mass Effect: Andromeda.

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Helpful Tips And Tricks That 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Doesn't Tell You

Check out Natalie Dormer in Mass Effect: Andromeda in the trailer below:

Mass Effect: Andromeda boasts the biggest open worlds that BioWare have ever created. It's a deeply complicated game, with more systems, voice lines, characters and mechanics than you can throw a Krogan at. But with these tips and tricks, conquering this quadrant of space should be a lot easier from the get go. Here are all the things that Mass Effect: Andromeda fails to tell you from the beginning.

Ryder's Personality (In The Menu)

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' [Credit: Electronic Arts]
'Mass Effect: Andromeda' [Credit: Electronic Arts]

Don't let Ryder's bizarre facial expressions fool you, she has a personality. A deep, meaningful personality. Which can be broken down by charts and sh*t. At any time during the game, you can check Ryder's personality in the Codex. Go to Journey So Far, Ryder, then read the Ongoing Psychological Profile: Pathfinder Ryder. This little menu gives you a handy breakdown on how Ryder feels about her squadmates and the general mission at large. This way, if you're, say, trying to get some aliens into bed, you can monitor how the protagonist feels about said alien. Handy!

Scanning Is SO Important

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' [Credit: Electronic Arts]
'Mass Effect: Andromeda' [Credit: Electronic Arts]

The game most certainly teaches you how to scan things in the environment, but it doesn't put enough effort into explaining how vital this is in Andromeda. If you're looking to craft custom, powerful weapons and armor, you'll need Research Data. This stuff can be obtained by quickly scanning weapons, minerals, dead guys, technology or exotic plants.

This is so important to do from the beginning because a lot of the areas you're in can't be revisited. There are so many more scannable items in the first areas of Andromeda, so make a concerted effort to scan everything. Within reason.

Search Planets From The Get-Go

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' [Credit: Electronic Arts]
'Mass Effect: Andromeda' [Credit: Electronic Arts]

Once you find yourself in your lovely new Tempest, get ready to search some planets. This'll take a while, but you should try and check out all of the planets in the systems available once the Galaxy Map presents itself. This can grant you a lot of XP early on, which should give you a big boost once you return to side missions and the campaign.

You Can Jump Into Multiplayer At Any Time

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' [Credit: Electronic Arts]
'Mass Effect: Andromeda' [Credit: Electronic Arts]

Getting tired of singleplayer and looking to jump straight into some online fun? You won't have to exit your game to do so. Simply hop into the menu, head over to Game Settings and the option to kick off multiplayer will be there waiting. And, in case you were wondering, it's actually a lot of fun!

Beam Me Up, Alien Lifeform (Nomad Extraction)

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' [Credit: Electronic Arts]
'Mass Effect: Andromeda' [Credit: Electronic Arts]

Just like some kind of sci-fi movie (or game), Mass Effect: Andromeda has a pretty cool and streamlined way of returning to your ship while you're out scouring various planets for space stuff. If you hold the Y or Triangle button while Ryder is in the Nomad, she can be instantly extracted from exploring and zipped back onto the ship. It makes things SO much easier when you've gotten yourself lost in the expanses of these worlds and means you don't have to trek across country to find the Nomad's location.

Learn When To Stop Side-Missioning

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' [Credit: Electronic Arts]
'Mass Effect: Andromeda' [Credit: Electronic Arts]

There are so many side-missions in Mass Effect: Andromeda. However, the order in which to complete them can be a little confusing. When you boot up the game—as many of us are inclined to do—it's possible that you'll simply ignore the main quest and just dart around Andromeda taking part in some random sh*t. This can be dangerous.

There are a ton of side-missions in this game that assume you already know certain things that the main quest teaches you. So you may find yourself in a situation that makes no sense. Therefore, it's recommended that you really think about what you're doing during those side-quests. Keep an eye out for this stuff to ensure you're not in a bad place:

  • Confusion: If the quest you're on isn't making any sense, it's possible that you've gone too far. Consider revisiting the main missions and advancing the story a little so that you don't become completely lost in space.
  • Tough enemies: If the alien races you're up against are handing you your ass a little more than usual, you may have stumbled upon a side-quest that you're simply not ready for. Advance that plot and develop those muscles.

Have any other tips for Mass Effect: Andromeda you'd like to pass on? Let us know in the comments!


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