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Watch 5 minutes of Mass Effect: Andromeda combat

Watch 5 minutes of Mass Effect: Andromeda combat


And geek out over the new skill tree

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Mass Effect: Andromeda is just one month away from release, and publisher Electronic Arts and developer BioWare have started being more liberal with the amount of details and in-depth looks at gameplay they’re sharing online. The latest glimpse at Andromeda comes in the form of a five-minute YouTube video showing off the basics of combat and how the game lets players progress, upgrade weapons, and add new skills.

All the core Mass Effect staples are here, including Halo-style firefights and some badass, physics-bending skills straight out of science fiction.

But a big change players may notice is the elimination of specific classes in Andromeda. In previous entries in the series, players picked certain roles that restricted what skills and attributes they could attain, but that trade-off came with definitive strengths you could look forward to. Andromeda is favoring a more free-wheeling approach without specific classes. That means you’ll have to pick and choose when to prioritize combat over other skills, but can also blend a wider variety of attributes for a more balanced character.

Mass Effect: Andromeda comes out on March 21 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.