Tips for Playing Mass Effect – A Guide for the Aspiring Commander

Tania Dzibuk

2021-06-15

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Mass Effect is a sci-fi RPG game that takes place in a futuristic universe. It is also known for its amazing storyline and great RPG elements. The game is pretty fun and highly addictive. However, it is a fairly difficult game, and it can be quite confusing at times. 

This guide was designed to help you get the most out of the game by giving you some tips, tricks, and strategies for playing the game.

Tip 1: Play the Tutorial and the Prologue

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Just like any game, Mass Effect starts out a bit slow. You can speed this up by skipping through the cutscenes, but I think you should watch them, at least until you finish the first mission. The tutorial will give you a feel for the controls and some of the basic concepts of combat and interface. 

Don't worry if you don't get it all the first time around. The tutorial is actually rather lengthy and, if you're like me, you may need to play it a few times to get everything. 

The prologue mission will introduce you to the primary characters you'll be working with in the game. While it's not necessary to pay close attention to the story here, it is, in my opinion, important to get a feel for each character. Knowing their personalities and backstories will help you decide how to use them in combat.

Tip 2: Note the Choices and Their Consequences

One of the things that makes Mass Effect special is that your choices in the game have consequences. This is something that's more common in RPGs and not seen in most shooters. The choices you make have an impact on the story and how the game plays out. 

There's nothing wrong with choosing the easy way if that's what you want, but the game is more interesting if you try to be a "good guy" and stick to your guns.

Tip 3: Listen and Overhear

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In Mass Effect, there are several side-quests that can't be found by just running around. In fact, a lot of these missions are revealed by listening to conversations or overhearing other characters. The more you listen, the more you'll know about the world and its inhabitants. Sometimes, you'll get hints about quests or other things you'd otherwise miss.

Tip 4: Save Often and Be Prepared to Reload

Mass Effect is a very complex game with many layers of gameplay. You can spend hours just talking to other characters and exploring the world. While this is fun and all, there's a certain amount of tension in the game as well. 

In order to reach the end of the story, you'll have to fight off a lot of enemies. If you save your game and then make a mistake, you'll have to reload. Since there are many layers of gameplay, you may end up having to do a lot of reloading.

Tip 5: Use the Galaxy Map

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If you're trying to get from one place to another quickly, the galaxy map is the way to go. It shows you where you are, where you can go, and where you need to go. It also shows you the various star systems and how big they are. This will help you choose the best path to take.

Tip 6: General Advice

If you're playing solo, use the squad command wheel to issue orders to your squad members. If you're playing co-op, be sure to check the in-game starting tips for tips on how to manage your squad members.

Final Word 

So that's it for my Mass Effect guide. I hope you have enjoyed some of my tips, and if you have any strategies of your own, please feel free to comment below.

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