Mass Effect: Andromeda Video Delves Into Exploration and the Nomad

This is the third in a series of gameplay videos leading up to the game's launch on March 21.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda tells the tale of mankind heading out to find a new home for humanity somewhere in the vast reaches of the universe. A new video in the game's ongoing gameplay series looks at exploration in space and on the ground using the new Nomad vehicle.

The video discusses traversing the Helios system using the Tempest and its galaxy map navigation system. Anything you come across during this phase of travel will be visible outside the windows of the spacecraft in real time, including more than 100 planets. 

A "handful" of those planets can be landed on, and each will have their own story, characters and unique creatures. The Nomad is the new Mako, a ground all-terrain vehicle for exploration. It gets some good screen time in the video, showing some of the upgrades that be acquired and used to make exploration easier. There will also be new locations called forward stations, which will act as fast travel points, and allow you to change loadouts or call the Nomad if it gets lost or destroyed.

There is some footage of a mission on one of the planets that is for those desperate enough to live there - or the Krogan. It goes into a bit of the story and some dialogue trees where staying on the good side of the Krogan is key.

It is an interesting look at the additional features coming to the game, and a good supplement to the combat and character videos that were previously released.

Mass Effect: Andromeda has gone gold, and will be launching on March 21 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. If you were looking forward to the planned multiplayer tech test, it has unfortunately been cancelled, but BioWare says multiplayer will be available at its booth at PAX East later this month.

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    March 3, 2017 10:30 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Mass Effect: Andromeda Video Delves Into Exploration and the Nomad

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      March 3, 2017 10:53 AM

      best video so far. this looks really good.

      i hope the colonization aspect isn't too shallow because it sounds like it'd be fun to dive into given the premise.

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      March 3, 2017 11:40 AM

      Holy shit! This looks amazing so there is really no point to Star Citizen anymore if you ignore the MMO portion of it and the space ship focus.

      Huh this looks so good I can't wait to play it, I knew it was going to own.

      Man this may end up being the best space Sci-Fi game made to date.

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        March 3, 2017 1:07 PM

        Look,I'm really digging what I'm seeing of Andromeda and can't wait for it too(and I'm not a Mass Effect fan either),but Star Citizen is it's own beast. Don't fool yourself into thinking it's not.

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          March 3, 2017 9:34 PM

          Yeah Andromeda is actually shipping in a reasonable amount of time which is something that Star Citizen can't seem to accomplish.

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      March 3, 2017 5:58 PM

      Looks amazing

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      March 3, 2017 8:21 PM

      They didnt really show much of anything here, I'm kinda worried it will be as shallow as peebee's mission. Press x to colonize.

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        March 3, 2017 8:39 PM

        Dude, they showed a ton. Did you watch the whole thing? They showed more of the sub systems than ever before. I will say I now see some of the similarities it will have with DA:I. The forward bass stuff sounds like the encampment feature. But where the DA:I regions seemed limited and closed off the worlds of ME:A seem far larger and open.

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          March 3, 2017 9:36 PM

          Yeah. A lot of those features look like reskinned Inquisition choices. Like choosing who to wake up = war table perks.

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            March 3, 2017 9:52 PM

            Exactly, you go kill a few mobs, and a second later an entire camp spawns. DAI was kinda tedious. They mention needing to use skills such as exploration navigation and puzzle solving, but it looked super linear from the previous mission along side being spoonfed how to solve puzzles, not to mention pretty weak sounding dialogue. I dunno, I'm just super skeptical of bioware since the dynamic Dr duo left. Anyway, sorry to abrasion this thread up. I only bitch because I care :(

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      March 3, 2017 8:30 PM

      My god, that galaxy map looks fucking amazing! The game is going to be visually breath taking. I hope the story and gameplay can match it.