18 Games Like Mass Effect

Games Like Mass EffectThis curation of games like Mass Effect features great role playing experiences with science fiction themes, party mechanics and a focus on story driven by player choice.

The Mass Effect series blends science fiction with deep role playing mechanics (character development and story) to create a potent party based RPG. The games follow the adventures of Commander Shepard across the galaxy as he attempts to save it from the Reapers (a mechanical race) while building his party and driving the story direction.

Along the way players have plenty of opportunities to jump into Commander Shepard’s shoes to make vital and game changing decisions that alter both your story, the universe around you and many other elements of the game. The result is a potential completely different experience between playthroughs and players.

Gameplay in Mass Effect uses a third person perspective in general while combat uses a tactical shooter system with players entering into battle with a number of squad members that the player has chosen to form their ships crew. Outside of combat players will also engage in dialogue decisions, mini-games and the normal slew of role playing elements that most games offer to customise your experience and craft your own story across the galaxy.

The games like Mass Effect here offer a mixture of great role playing games and titles from the science fiction genre so players can choose a game that leans towards their favourite aspect of the Mass Effect series.
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) is an RPG developed by BioWare that was released in 2003 and takes place in the Star Wars universe. The game was originally released for Windows and the Xbox (backwards compatible with the 360) but was re-released for iOS devices in May of 2013. The game has obvious appeals to fans of Star Wars with the game having plenty of lore and history. KOTOR takes place several thousand years before the Star Wars movies but there are still plenty of recognisa...[Read Review]

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Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn

Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn is a sequel that is closely tied to the events of the original Baldur’s Gate with similar gameplay mechanics also present. Like the original, the game was given a rebirth through an Enhanced Edition (released in 2013). The game takes players south of your original adventure in the land of Amn, a small country that is known for its merchants. Much of the game focuses around the capital city of Athkatla which is home to a number of guilds, councils and organisation...[Read Review]

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is the sequel to the popular action role playing game and is available on Windows, Mac and the Xbox 360. An Enhanced Edition was released in the following year which added tonnes of new content along with a number of important bug fixes and tweaks. The game is loosely based on the book series with the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski. One of the few games to come out of a book has proven to be a very successful venture with countless reviews citing the mature and ...[Read Review]

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Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas offers an action role playing game that is packed full of content with a large open world filled with enemies, NPCs and countless side quests. The game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and released in 2010. Since it’s original release Fallout: New Vegas has since seen many downloadable content releases which have built on the core gameplay with new areas, weapons, quests and enemies. These extra bits of content have been combined into an ‘Ultimate Edition’ which i...[Read Review]

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II continues where the original left off. The game was released in 2004 for the Xbox platform with a Windows release a year later. The game is a solid RPG experience but not at the same level of the original. Unlike the first game development was fronted by Obsidian Entertainment and not BioWare but the game still plays in a very similar manner with gameplay only receiving a few tweaks and changes. The game setting puts you into the thick of things and is s...[Read Review]

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Skyrim

Skyrim is the fifth game in the Elder Scrolls franchise and continues building on the success of the previous games with a large open world, sharp gameplay and plenty of customisation. The storyline of Skyrim has very few links to the previous games and mostly uses game references that won’t take away from the experience if you haven’t previously loaded up an Elder Scrolls game. This choice by the developer ensures that newcomers to the franchise don’t feel left out and can experience what...[Read Review]

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt takes an already impressive franchise and takes it to a whole new level of action role playing as you explore the sprawling open landscapes, make decisions, engage in combat and investigate countless side missions on horseback. Completing the story arc of Geralt of Rivia the game continues shortly after the events of The Witcher 2 as Geralt moves on with his life and takes the next step in his personal mission. The story elements are as strong as ever and with the huge o...[Read Review]

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The Witcher

The Witcher is a role playing game set in a dark fantasy world. The game is based on the book series of Polish author Anrzej Sapkowski and features a world filled with grey moral choices. Players taken on the role of Geralt who belongs to the dying breed of Witchers that possess special powers. These witchers act as mercenaries for hire and focus their attention on hunting down evil and dark monsters. Combat in The Witcher definitely has a focus on fast pace and flowing actions with combat being...[Read Review]

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Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins is the first game in the Dragon Age series and is available on Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is played with a third-person aspect and takes place in a fictional fantasy game world. In Dragon Age: Origins players take control of their own mage, warrior or rogue and explore the kingdom of Ferelden. Players can choose to have a human, dwarven or elven background giving you some customisation as you mix and match your options. This customisation is extended visual...[Read Review]

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning offers similar gameplay to the Elder Scrolls series but also incorporates a number of combat quick events that players will recognise from the popular God of War series. The game is a single player focused action RPG released in 2012 that is available on multiple platforms (Windows, Xbox 360 and PS3). Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning offers a good amount of game customisation with 4 unique races for the player to choose from. Like other games in the genre these races h...[Read Review]

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Baldur’s Gate

Baldur’s Gate takes place in a fantasy setting and is one of the many role playing games developed by BioWare. Released back in 1998 the game saw new life in 2012 when an Enhanced Edition of the game was released. In the game players will explore a world of cities, ruins, forests, mountains and dungeons. Along the way you’ll discover the past of your own character while also investigating the origins of a sinister plot. This story is mostly told through the use of journals and dialogue but the h...[Read Review]

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the third and long awaited game in the series. The game is a prequel and is set 25 years before the first Deus Ex game, this allows newcomers to the series to easily pick up the story even if they haven’t played the other games. In Human Revolution you’ll play as Adam Jensen, a leading member of the security team at Sarif Industries (one of the many growing firms dealing with biotechnology). This biotechnology has the power to reinvent the human body by replacing par...[Read Review]

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Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition continues the legacy of the Dragon Age franchise with a breathtaking game world full of locations, romance, activities and plenty of combat. Available on the new generation of consoles (Xbox One and PS4) along with the old it’s available to a large range of gamers. With the third game offering a vast range of improvements over the second game in the franchise, the Dragon Age series is back to the level of quality it is capable of achieving and places it firmly atop ...[Read Review]

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Fallout 3

Fallout 3 is an action RPG that has players exploring a massive wasteland in a post-apocalyptic game world. The game was developed by Bethesda Game Studios and released in 2008 for multiple platforms. There are a total of 5 pieces of downloadable content available for Fallout 3 that each adds new locations, features, enemies and an increased level cap. All of these additional content packs are available in the Fallout 3 Game of The Year Edition which is available (and recommended) on all platfor...[Read Review]

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Fallout 4

The bombs have dropped and Fallout 4 is climbing out of the rubble allowing you to explore a devastated Boston landscape in the year 2287 over two centuries after the world was taken to the edge by nuclear war. Released on Windows, Xbox One and PS4 as the fifth major game in the Fallout franchise Fallout 4 has everything you’ve come to expect from the post nuclear war series. For the first time though players will be able to experience the day that the bombs were dropped around the world w...[Read Review]

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Alpha Protocol

Alpha Protocol combines action, stealth and role playing together in a fun mixture as you play field agent Michael Thorton. The game was released in 2010 with availability on Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game follows you’re customised agent Michael Thorton as he deals with all the usual underground crime rings, corrupt government bodies and terrorists. This journey takes you across the globe and has plenty of opportunities for you to push the story down a particular path. There is de...[Read Review]

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Jade Empire

Jade Empire is an action RPG originally released for Xbox and Windows but has more recently been added to the Xbox Marketplace for Xbox 360. The game takes place in ancient China, a setting that is rarely touched by most games which makes it quite a unique experience. Jade Empire is set in a fictional kingdom where players take on the role of a martial art student under one of the masters in the school. The game starts when the player and their martial art school is attacked by a mysterious forc...[Read Review]

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Dragon Age II

Dragon Age II is the second game in the hit Dragon Age series developed by BioWare and continues the fantasy adventure with a number of new features. The game was released in 2011 and is available across the big platforms including Mac, Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. While Dragon Age II is tied with the original game the stories are distant enough that players won’t have to play the original for the full experience but it is definitely recommended. In Dragon Age II you will play as Hawke w...[Read Review]

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