The Mass Effect series has been stalled for a while. In part, this is because Mass Effect 3 failed to provide a satisfactory conclusion to the initial trilogy. However, it should also be noted that Mass Effect: Andromeda failed to set up a second trilogy. However, it is clear that there is still life in the Mass Effect series, as shown by a couple of recent revelations. One, the initial trilogy is receiving a remaster. Two, there is a new Mass Effect title in the works, which seems as though it will be set in the Milky Way rather than in Andromeda. In any case, while people are waiting for these two titles to come out, they should consider checking out some of the other action games that can be found out there. Here are five action RPGs to check out for people who are fond of the Mass Effect series:
Deus Ex is a very 90s game. This is because it is soaked through and through with the conspiracy theories that were popular at the turn of the century, which have turned out to be surprisingly prescient in some respects. Regardless, Deus Ex is a first-person shooter that incorporates adventure, stealth, and RPG elements in a smooth, seamless manner, with the result that it is considered to be one of the best games ever made. Of course, Deux Ex came out in 2000, which can make it rather dated for interested individuals. If they can’t put up with that, well, it is worth mentioning that it has not one, not two, but three prequels that were released in 2011, 2013, and 2016.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Bioware is famous for its RPGs. As a result, if people are interested in the Mass Effect series, they should check out some of the other Bioware RPGs. One of the more recent examples would be Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is the third installment in the Dragon Age series. Based on the name, it should come as no surprise to learn that this game is set in a fantasy setting rather than a sci-fi setting. However, if people are more interested in the style of the story rather than the trappings of the story, that should be no real issue whatsoever. Having said that, if Dragon Age: Inquisition has one real issue, it is that it is too long in some places. Unfortunately, this perception isn’t based on the amount of content that has been packed into it, though that is considerable. Instead, it is the feeling that it has been artificially extended through player-unfriendly gimmicks such as time gates as well as the inability to just climb up not particularly challenging heights. Something that can be very frustrating for people who have been playing something like, say, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Fallout: New Vegas
The Fallout series has taken some hard hits in recent times. However, Fallout: New Vegas remains a classic even though it was released before it was fully fleshed-out. In any case, those who are unfamiliar with the Fallout setting should know that it is a future in which a nuclear war has caused the collapse of the Old World, though enough time has passed that New World civilizations are starting to spring up from what were once small, scattered bands of survivors. On top of this, it is very retrofuturistic in presentation, with the 1950s being a very important source of inspiration. As for the story of Fallout: New Vegas, the player is a courier who was ambushed for their package before being left for dead, with the result that they are now wandering Nevada in search of exactly what happened as well as why it happened. Along the way, they will be pulled into the struggle between the New California Republic and Caesar’s Legion, both of which are seeking to claim the region for its resources. However, if the player isn’t interested in that kind of thing, they are free to wander the post-apocalyptic wasteland, which is filled with sites of interest.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is considered to be one of the best RPGs to have been released in recent times. As a result, it is something that action RPG enthusiasts should check out sooner rather than latter. However, there are a couple of things that Mass Effect fans should keep in mind. One, while the setting was meant to be very modern-sounding in some respects, it is nonetheless much more comparable to early modern Europe with fantasy additions than a space opera future. Two, the protagonist is an established character with an established history, though it should be mentioned that the player can exercise a fair amount of control over his actions as well as his reasons for his actions. If neither one of these two things presents a problem, interested individuals should jump right on in.
Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines
Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines was one of those titles released before it was ready. As a result, it was “just” very good rather than amazing. Still, Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines is very much worth experiencing. For those who are curious, it is based on a tabletop RPG in the World of Darkness setting, which is very similar to the real world but is worse in a wide range of respects because of the secret existence of supernatural entities. The player-character is someone who has been turned into a vampire by their lover. Unfortunately, they will never know why because their lover is killed right away by the vampiric authorities for breaking their rules on creating more of their kind without permission. Thanks to this, the player-character is on very uncertain ground, meaning that they are forced to work as an expendable minion. Soon enough, it becomes very clear that the vampiric authorities are nowhere near as powerful as what they would like, thus creating plenty of opportunities for the player to break free, seek vengeance, and pursue other paths.