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Games Like Mass Effect You’ll Sink Hundreds of Hours Into

Games Like Mass Effect

Mass Effect is one of those series that felt like it’d never fall off, starting from the first game down to ME 3, with each of them topping the other one in quality. Then came Andromeda, and boy, were we humbled. That leaves a lot to be desired, though, and if you’re one of the people looking to get the Mass Effect bug out of your system, here are ten games that’ll help you do just that! To start us off, we have:

1. Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

This is almost the perfect segue into an alternative that supersedes Mass Effect. Almost. Admittedly, you won’t get the super existential-crisis kind of space exploration adventure that Mass Effect gives you, but you will get a different, also really fun sci-fi alternative!

Cyberpunk started off bumpy but since then has gotten a lot of patches and much-needed work that have made it the game that it is today, which is a fully-fleshed out proper AAA, as we all expected it launch. The gameplay lets you do everything from sleeping to shooting people to stealing or buying the car you’ve always wanted.

Coming from Mass Effect, the best part of this game for you will be the sci-fi shooting action mixed with the choice-based story that makes the game truly yours. But if you’re looking to climb into a spaceship and find out just how many stars you can reach in your lifetime, you’re gonna need to look at a different game. To play Cyberpunk, you’ll need a PlayStation, Xbox, or PC.

2. Deus Ex

Deus Ex

Deus Ex is like that brainy kid in class who shows up with a Latin name, walking around like they’re some god from another dimension. And you know what, I’ll give it to him ‘cause he’s got the badassery to back it up!

This is definitely one of the older titles on this list, but it’s still really good. Deus Ex is a first-person action role-playing game series known for its open-ended gameplay and emphasis on player choice. It takes place in a dystopian cyberpunk world, typically set in the near future, where players assume the role of a protagonist who possesses various cybernetic augmentations.

Trying this game out after Mass Effect; while Deus Ex might have some cool philosophical vibes, you won’t find a lot of the cosmic spacetime continuum kind of stuff, you know? It’s definitely its own thing, but if you’re looking to expand your horizons, it’s perfect – available on PlayStation and PC.

3. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II

This is a classic game by every meaning of the word, but why is this game loved by so many, and will it be your cup of blue milk if you’re a Mass Effect fab? First off, KOTOR 2 is all about that deep, captivating storytelling. It’s like immersing yourself in a cinematic space opera, and your choices matter as much as every mechanical aspect of the game, like a full-fledged RPG.

KOTOR 2, as it’s often called, has you embark on a journey where moral dilemmas and the struggle between light and dark take center stage. It’s like a galactic rollercoaster of emotions, and you’re the one calling the shots instead of just being a helpless passenger! If you’re looking for some classic RPG mechanics with the iconic Star Wars universe and don’t mind some dated graphics, this game will be an absolute treat for you on Xbox, PC, Switch, or even Phone.

4. The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

I think this game is probably one of the closest to Mass Effect when it comes to setting. You won’t be hopping from planet to planet like an intergalactic travel agent in Mass Effect, though. Instead, you’ll explore different nooks and crannies within a single-star system called Halcyon, and you’ll have a bunch of dysfunctional companions to go along with you!

The Outer Worlds is all about choice and consequence. You’ll be making decisions that can have more twists and turns than an F-16 at an airshow. Basically, you’re stuck between siding with a corporate suit or a rebellious space hippie, and the choices are definitely not easy. The best part of this game has to be the humor, though, because, in all this dread, you’ll still somehow be laughing your butt off right in the middle!

You’ll uncover bizarre weapons, meet outrageous characters, and navigate through a twisted future filled with satire and social commentary – The Outer Worlds is on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC.

5. Prey

Prey

Ah yes, every gamer’s ultimate fantasy is to be hunted like Prey by an otherworldly predator! Not so fast, though, because in this game, you won’t be some helpless prey getting devoured by hungry alien critters. Nope, you get to step into the shoes of Morgan Yu, who finds themselves stuck on a space station with a Typhon infestation. It’s like being the star of your own intergalactic horror movie, but with a sci-fi twist.

Prey lets you play mind games with those sneaky Typhon in the most creative of ways. You’ll have special abilities that let you mimic objects and even turn into a Typhon yourself. You’re supposed to be the prey, except now you’re hiding as the monster, waiting to jump out and give those aliens a taste of their own medicine!

Prey is definitely super sci-fi, but I’ll admit that it isn’t a like-for-like alternative to Mass Effect, so you’ll be in for a unique experience! To try it out, you’ll need a PlayStation, Xbox, or PC.

6. Bioshock 2

Bioshock 2

Bioshock 2 is like the middle child of the Bioshock series. It may not have claimed the crown of ultimate popularity, but it still holds its own underwater charm! As you’ve probably guessed, this game takes you on a different kind of aquatic adventure. Instead of commanding a spaceship and saving the galaxy like you’re used to from Mass Effect, you’ll be wearing a snazzy Big Daddy suit, roaming around an underwater city called Rapture.

So, you’ve traded your space adventures for the sea, but at what cost? Well, as far as I’m concerned, nothing at all! This game is for those of us who’re into first-person shooters with a side of atmospheric exploration and moral dilemmas, and Bioshock 2 does it better than most – playable on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

7. ELEX

ELEX

ELEX is kind of a little-known game where knights with laser swords and mutants with a (questionable) sense of fashion roam around a post-apocalyptic world. It’s like witnessing a cosmic collision between dragons and spaceships, and the results are something to behold!

In the gameplay, you’ll venture through a vast open world, encountering strange creatures and factions that probably skipped a few too many sanity checks. Oh, and like any good RPG, your choices have consequences that hit harder than the chorus to Love Story by Taylor Swift!

This is definitely not your run-of-the-mill Mass Effect substitute (is anything really?) because it brings its own quirkiness as well as its own unique setting along with it, which means a space-dino jam! If this sounds like it floats your boat, you can play ELEX on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

At this point, we all know at least a little bit about Skyrim – immersive exploration, epic quests, and getting lost in a vast, open world where swords, magic, and shouting at dragons are the name of the game. It really is a lot like living out your medieval fantasy of swords and slaying!

Okay, so those of you who already know about it are probably confused because this doesn’t sound a lot like Mass Effect, and you’re right. But – think of it as a really, really good RPG, and now you’ve got the most important similarity to Mass Effect right here! While both games offer expansive worlds and immersive experiences, they cater to different cravings, and Skyrim makes sure that it matches and even surpasses Mass Effect in some areas. To find out just what I mean, you can play Skyrim on PlayStation, Xbox, or PC (and make sure to get lots of mods if you’re on PC).

9. Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition

In Dragon Age: Inquisition, you’ll embark on an epic journey filled with mythical creatures, feuding factions, and more drama than a medieval soap opera (yes, they had those!). Hands down, one of the most unique things about this game (and what I loved most) was the actual dragons! They are as rare as they are mythical, and the feeling of finally finding one and slaying it is just incomparable to anything!

Sure, the setting may be different, trading high-tech spaceships for castles and swords, but BioWare’s signature storytelling and captivating characters are still in full swing. That makes this game not just objectively fun but also especially great for us Mass Effect enjoyers!

You might find yourself in foreign waters, given the setting of this game, but trust me; you’ll love every bit of it! Dragon Age: Inquisition is playable on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

10. Warframe

Warframe

First off, both Warframe and Mass Effect involve exploring vast sci-fi universes, so we’re in familiar territory here! In Warframe, you’ll zip around as a space ninja with the best drip anyone has on the server, all while you’re constantly engaged in high-octane combat and traversing landscapes as mystical as they are treacherous. That’s a lot to take in at first, but the learning curve is what makes it so fun!

Also, just like Mass Effect, Warframe offers a deep lore and a rich universe to uncover. You’ll uncover the mysteries of ancient civilizations, encounter unique alien races, and delve into complex narratives that unfold as you progress. One disclaimer that I have to give out right now, though, is that this is an MMO, so you’re probably gonna be locked in for the loot grind. That’s not to say you can’t play it casually though, but let’s face it, you can’t have fun in a game unless you make it your entire life! (/s). To try out Warframe, you can download it for free on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

And that’s all for this one! It’s not the longest list of games, but I wanted to make sure there’s quality over quantity, and these games are definitely the best you can get coming from a series as legendary as Mass Effect. With that said, I’m signing off, and I’ll see you in the next one!

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