Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay Video Explores the Weapons & Skills

February 17, 2017Written by Jason Dunning

In the first video of Mass Effect Andromeda’s Official Gameplay Series, BioWare spends five minutes discussing the weapons and skills you’ll use in combat. If you just want to see some gameplay, skip ahead to 3:40.

“Welcome to the Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay series,” BioWare says. “In this video, learn all about combat. Battle with weaponry from an alien galaxy, outmaneuver enemies with your jump-jet, and unlock the power of Biotics. In Mass Effect Andromeda, you are on a mission to find a new home for humanity. How far will you go?”

In a new blog post, BioWare explained what to expect from the movement in Andromeda:

The action in Mass Effect Andromeda is built around fluid, fast-paced, third-person combat. You’ll experience freedom of movement with the use of a jump-jet that allows you to jump, evade, and hover in the midst of battle. You’ll also discover a dynamic new cover system that enables you to seamlessly use almost anything, including your own vehicle, for cover. Using your jump-jet and the cover system, you’ll be able to approach each battle in a way that suits your gameplay style.

As for weapons, there are four categories of firearms – pistols, shotguns, sniper rifle, and assault rifle – in addition to a range of melee weapons that vary in both damage and speed. Since there are no class restrictions on weapons, you can try something new just by switching your loadout.

Skills, meanwhile, fall into three main categories – Combat (focuses on weapons, gear, and efficiency in battle), Tech (allows you to equip more experimental weaponry, or focus on strategic improvements for yourself and your squad), and Biotics (allows you to control dark energy to manipulate the power of mass and gravity).

Upcoming videos will detail profiles (to give you an added boost in combat), favorites (which allow you immediate access to your sets of powers so you can change up on the fly), and squad skills and commands.

Mass Effect Andromeda will be available on March 21 in North America and March 23 in Europe for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

[Source: Mass Effect]