Mass Effect Articles RSS Feed | Mass Effect RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Mass Effect Legendary Edition June Update Fixes a Number of Issues Tue, 08 Jun 2021 16:39:54 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Mass Effect Legendary Edition June 7 update is live now on all platforms, bringing a handful of fixes, including a resolution to the Mass Effect Xbox launcher problem, and some new features. Using a wireless headset will no longer conflict with the Xbox launcher.

A few other notable bug fixes include inaccessible Spectre Master gear in the first Mass Effect and problems that kept trophies connected to Paramour achievements from activating.

You can now choose subtitle languages different from the spoken dialogue language, PC performance is improved, and some cutscenes received a visual boost following a problem the previous update introduced.

If you're hoping to start Mass Effect 2 as a very rich space commander, however, BioWare has some bad news. The maximum number of credits you can transfer is now capped at 100,000 to help keep the game balanced.

A handful of bugs and issues aside, Mass Effect Legendary Edition captured us the same as the trilogy first did over a decade ago.

[Source: EA]

Mass Effect Memory Core Puzzle Solution Fri, 21 May 2021 17:15:13 -0400 Josh Broadwell

If you’re tackling the Mass Effect Noveria mission, then you’ve likely come across the Mass Effect memory core puzzle. It’s a tedious puzzle where Shepard has to move several “boxes” around to restore Mira VI and proceed with their mission.

The easy way around it is just to spend 100 omni-gel and be done with it, but unless you’re an Engineer or Infiltrator, you’ll want to save that omni-gel for other containers and locks later on. Lucky for you, our Mass Effect memory core puzzle solution guide has the answer you need so you don’t have to bust your own data cells.

Mass Effect Memory Core Puzzle Rules

If you want to try and figure out the puzzle yourself, the memory core puzzle has a few distinct rules to follow:

  • You can only move one box to another stack at a time
  • When you pick a stack box up, it automatically picks up the top box and replaces it in the top-most slot when you set it down
  • You can’t transfer any box to a slot where there’s a blue box above it
  • You can only pick up one box at a time

Mass Effect Memory Core Puzzle Solution

The puzzle is as annoying as it sounds, so we really don’t recommend trying it on your own.

The sequence to follow is long, and while the basic pattern is the same whatever platform you’re playing Mass Effect on, the buttons you’ll press are different.

Memory Core Puzzle Solution PlayStation

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Memory Core Puzzle Solution Xbox

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Memory Core Puzzle Solution PC

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With that out of the way, Mira VI comes back online and asks which challenge you want to take on first, Reconnect Landlines or Reactor Repair. It doesn’t matter what you choose, so you’re free to pick whatever.

That’s everything you need to know about the Mass Effect memory core puzzle solution, but be sure to check out our other Mass Effect Legendary Edition guides for more tips and space tricks.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition: X57 Balak Choice Guide Fri, 21 May 2021 10:45:06 -0400 Sergey_3847

One of many big dilemmas that players encounter in Mass Effect Legendary Edition is connected with the "Bring Down the Sky" quest, involving the Asteroid X57 and a villain named Balak. You should make sure that your choices are correct, since this quest will influence the storylines in both Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.

Our guide will help you make the right decisions during the X57 Balak quest in Mass Effect Legendary Edition. The quest itself is quite straightforward and all you need is to follow our step-by-step instructions below to finish it the way you'd ideally like for this playthrough.

Mass Effect: How to Complete Bring Down the Sky Quest

In order to start the Balak quest you need to follow these steps:

  1. Travel to the Exodus Cluster
  2. Select the Asgard system
  3. Select Asteroid X57

There you will be contacted by the human engineer Kate Bowman, who will ask you to shut off three fusion torches that can make the asteroid collide with the Terra Nova planet, which is an evil plan of the Batarian leader Balak.

Disable the First Fusion Torch

  1. Follow the marker on the map and enter the building of the base
  2. Deal with Batarian mercenaries and go upstairs
  3. Disable the first fusion torch

Disable the Second Fusion Torch

  1. Talk to Simon to reveal the location of the second torch
  2. Head to the second base marked on the map
  3. Disarm the blasting caps at the entrance door
  4. Deal with Batarians inside the base
  5. Head upstairs and disable the second fusion torch

Disable the Third Fusion Torch

  1. Watch Kate Bowman being taken hostage
  2. Head to the third base
  3. Destroy turrets outside of the base
  4. Go upstairs and disable the third fusion torch

Mass Effect: Balak Standoff Choices

Once all three fusion torches are disabled, you will face the army of Charn, the second-in-command of Batarians after Balak. You have to defeat him in the fight in order to get the location of the main base, where Balak resides with a group of hostages, including Kate Bowman.

After reaching his base, you will have to confront more of his troops before entering the base and speaking with Balak himself. This is where you will have to make the choice that will define the rest of the storyline.

Kill Balak and Let Hostages Die

If you decide to kill Balak, then you will have to fight with the following enemies:

  • Ka'hairal Balak
  • 2x Batarian Bodyguard
  • 2x Batarian War Beast
  • 2x Defense Drone

This is going to be a difficult fight, and if you succeed, then the hostages will die as well.

You will receive one of the following rewards for the completion of this mission:

  • Quarian Armor
  • Light/Medium/Heavy Human Armor
  • Simon Atwell's Omni-Tool

This option will have the following consequences in Mass Effect 2:

  • You will be able to see the news broadcast of celebration on planet Terra Nova
  • You will see another broadcast of Reverend Bowman holding a prayer for all the deceased hostages

The Mass Effect 3 storyline will include the new Batarian leader taking over Balak's armies, which basically means that your choice of killing Balak changed nothing.

Release Balak and the Hostages

Releasing Balak also saves the lives of the hostages, but you will still need to deal with:

  • 2x Defense Drone
  • 3x Explosive Charge

The first charge can be found in the lower level of the base, the second one on the medical bay, and the third one on the second level.

Once all three explosive charges are disarmed, the hostages will be released and free to go. At the end of the mission you will recieve one of the three rewards mentioned above.

If you've made the decision to release Balak and the hostages, then you will experience the following events in Mass  Effect 2:

  • You will see the news broadcast of celebration on planet Terra Nova
  • You will learn that Kate Bowman will give speech during this celebration
  • You will receive an e-mail of gratitude from Kate Bowman
  • You will see the news broadcast mentioning that Balak has escaped

Finally, you will meet Balak in Mass Effect 3 during the Citadel: Batarian Codes mission, where you can finally defeat him for good.

This decision is much more appropriate and satisfactory, as you save the hostages, and later on you will be able to catch Balak without risking anybody's lives.

Hopefully, this guide helped you make the right decision during the X57 Balak quest in Mass Effect Legendary Edition, and don't forget to read our official review of Mass Effect Legendary Edition right here.

Mass Effect Face Codes Guide: How to Import Faces Thu, 20 May 2021 10:06:40 -0400 Sergey_3847

With the release of Mass Effect Legendary Edition many players started wondering if it's possible to transfer the original look of your Shepard character from the old Mass Effect games. It turns out that this option is featured in the new edition of the game, but you need to have access to your old save files.

Once you have those available, follow our guide for all the tips on how to import faces in Mass Effect Legendary Edition using face codes. These 36-digit numbers bring back to life your original character design exactly as it looked back in the days.

You can also use this feature to import community-shared faces, for that perfect Shepard look.

How to Import Faces in Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Mass Effect 2/3 Face Codes

If you have access to Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 save files, then all you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to either of the game's main menu
  2. Select the "Squad" tab
  3. Look at the top left corner of the screen
  4. Copy the "Identity Code" number found there

Mass Effect Legendary Edition: How to Input Face Codes

When you have the 36-digit number copied, follow these steps to import the code into Mass Effect Legendary Edition:

  1. Start a New Game
  2. Select "Enter New ID" option
  3. Choose the same gender for your Shepard character as before
  4. Enter the "Character Appearance" menu
  5. Paste the Identity Code into the "Code" field

If you've done everything right, then you should be looking at the face you've chosen to input the code for. Do be aware that some older faces may not look exactly as they originally did, which is something Bioware is aware of.

Mass Effect 1 Face Codes

If you have access to old save files only for Mass Effect 1, then it's going to be a bit more difficult. But you can still import faces from that version of the game into the Legendary Edition by following these steps:

  1. Start Mass Effect 2 game
  2. Select "Import ME1 Character" in the main menu
  3. Choose to upload the old save file from Mass Effect 1
  4. Copy the "Identity Code" number from the customization screen

Once you have the face code from Mass Effect 1, you can repeat the same steps to import it into the Legendary Edition of the game as listed above.

Now, you can easily transfer faces of your old characters from the old Mass Effect games into the Mass Effect Legendary Edition. Also, be sure to read our official review of Mass Effect Legendary Edition right here.

Mass Effect 2 Legion: How to Get the Geth Companion & Gain Their Loyalty Tue, 18 May 2021 13:31:26 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Recruiting all of the Mass Effect characters gives you the best chance of surviving in the trilogy’s two toughest moments, but one of the trickiest to deal with is Mass Effect 2 Legion. It’s not just how to find Legion, though, since they're part of Mass Effect 2’s penultimate mission. It’s the timing.

Finding Legion in Mass Effect 2 and securing their loyalty before initiating the Omega Relay sequence can make a significant difference in your crew surviving the suicide mission and how much Effective Military Strength you amass in Mass Effect 3. Here's how to get Legion in ME2 and when you should complete their loyalty mission.

How to Get Legion in Mass Effect 2

You won’t come across Legion until Mass Effect 2’s last mission before the suicide mission. Legion is on board the derelict Reaper and helps Shepard deal with the threats there before the crew locates the IFF and enters the relay. 

However, there are some things to keep in mind before exploring the derelict Reaper. After the mission ends, you’ll only have time to take on one more quest before you have to enter the Relay (if you don’t, then your crew starts dying). 

Securing the crew’s loyalty before this point gives everyone a better chance of staying alive during the suicide mission, which is required for seeing Mass Effect 2’s good ending. Make sure you do everyone else’s loyalty mission before exploring the derelict Reaper.

During Tali’s mission, you should choose not to present evidence of her father’s work.

Mass Effect 2 Legion Loyalty Mission and Tali Confrontation

Once you arrive back on the Normandy with Legion and go through some conversations, you’ll be prompted to start the Legion loyalty mission. What you choose during the Legion loyalty mission affects your EMS in Mass Effect 3, so you’ll want to rewrite the heretics during the mission and make peace with them and the Geth in ME3.

After you finish Legion’s mission, and if you did the right thing in Tali’s, you’ll arrive back on the Normandy to find a conflict between Legion and Tali.

Legion and Tali Confrontation

There are a few ways to handle the Tali and Legion confrontation. The first is if your Paragon or Renegade percentage is high enough (80% for either), which lets you calm them both down and avoid losing anyone's loyalty.

If not, you can actually side with Tali, then approach Legion and tell them you lied to keep Tali happy. That restores Legion’s confidence in you without damaging Tali’s relationship.

If you side with Legion during the confrontation, however, there’s no way to restore Tali’s loyalty.

As for the suicide mission itself, you can use Legion as the technical specialist in phase one. That’s all they’re suited for, though, and they might die if put in another capacity.

That's all you need to know about Mass Effect 2 Legion, but be sure to check out our other Mass Effect Legendary Edition guides for more tips on making the most of the classic space saga.

EA Announces Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Release Date, Improvements Tue, 02 Feb 2021 11:59:08 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition releases May 14 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam, with free next-gen upgrades at some point later on. According to IGN, there are no plans as of now to bring the Legendary Edition to PS5 or Xbox Series X|S in a "dedicated" way.

EA made the announcement alongside a new ME: Legendary Edition trailer and, courtesy of Video Games Chronicle, a list of what players can expect from the remasters.

The remaster collection comes with more than 40 pieces of DLC, including story DLC and promotional weapons, and Mass Effect 3's extended cut ending DLC with additional epilogues. It will not include Mass Effect multiplayer, however.

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is more than a standard remaster, despite still running on Unreal Engine 3.

In addition to 60fps support on Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, and next-gen systems, EA said the Legendary Edition includes "tens of thousands" of improved textures, as well as improved lighting, shaders, and models. 


Legendary Edition

Mass Effect 3's "Femshep" is playable in Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2, and all three games have expanded customization options. Class-based weapon restrictions are no more, enemy AI gets a boost, there are more autosave points, and control schemes are streamlined across all three games.

Legendary Edition developers worked the trilogy's combat improvements back through the older games. All this is most noticeable in the original Mass Effect, which saw several of its environments and wonkier gameplay mechanics overhauled. 

Mass Effect Legendary Edition releases May 14, but it's not the only Mass Effect in store. Late in 2020, BioWare teased a brand-new Mass Effect from a "veteran" development team.

[Source: Video Games Chronicle]

The Best Xbox RPGs You Can Play on Xbox Series X|S Mon, 28 Dec 2020 10:43:31 -0500 George Yang


Red Dead Redemption 1 and 2


This cowboy epic is some of the best storytelling to come out of games in recent memory. Red Dead Redemption 2 is hailed as one of the best games of the last generation, and through the Series X hardware, boasts some technical improvements including faster loading times.


In Red Dead Redemption 2, you follow the story of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang. As the age of cowboys and the Wild West decline, Arthur must come to terms with where he's at in the world. The game explores themes such as mortality, friendship, and loyalty. It's a must play title for any gamer.


The first Red Dead Redemption on Xbox 360 is also playable on Series X|S through backwards compatibility as well! It's also important to note that Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to the first game, despite having the number 2 in the title.


Are there any other RPGs you think should be included in this list? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!


Dead Space 1, 2, and 3


One of the most iconic horror franchises of all time, all three Dead Space games can be played on Xbox Series X|S through backwards compatibility. Not many other games match Dead Space's incredibly creepy atmosphere, frightening enemies, and fascinating lore.


As Isaac, you explore the futuristic 23rd century when Earth's natural resources have mostly dried up. When scientists discover an alien artifact called the Marker, they think that it could sustain Earth with unlimited energy. But little do they know, something more sinister is afoot.


The Dead Space series is absolutely fantastic, and it's a shame that there aren't any signs of a new entry coming at all. However, the three games are available to play and are regularly on sale for cheap.


BioShock: The Collection


Three fantastic games in one package, BioShock: The Collection offers some great first-person shooter combat with fantastic narratives to boot. BioShock 1 and 2 take place in the underwater city of Rapture, while BioShock Infinite's setting in the floating city of Columbia.


You can enjoy the BioShock series either through the remastered collection mentioned above, or if you have the original copies on Xbox 360, they are also playable on Xbox Series X|S through backwards compatibility.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition


This is one of the best open world games of all time, and it's basically on every modern platform available. As the Dragonborn, you are on your quest to destroy Alduin The World Eater. You can customize your own character and explore Skyrim. Enhance your skills, engage in combat, and take on quests throughout the world. Truly, the world is at your fingertips here.


In the off chance you haven't played Skyrim yet, it is available on Xbox Game Pass. Or maybe you want to go back to playing this game again. It's really that good.


Code Vein


This game is aptly described as "anime Dark Souls" and it's easy to see why. Code Vein's gameplay is inspired by it, and it's gritty atmosphere certainly reminds someone of the Dark Souls series.


However, it definitely has some things that make it stand out. Firstly, it has it's own anime aesthetic, complete with a more vampiric inspiration rather than a gothic look. Secondly, it's storytelling is much more in line with a typical JRPG, with exposition everywhere. Whereas in Dark Souls, the storytelling is much more environmental.


Either way, if you like anime and Dark Souls, give this a shot. Given that both categories have fans with specific tastes, Code Vein may not resonate with everyone, but with it recently being added to Game Pass, there's no harm in checking it out.


Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3


This is one of the best trilogies of all time. Spanning three games, Mass Effect provides an epic space-faring adventure to take down the Reapers, an ancient alien race that's bent on destroying all life in the universe.


As Commander Shepard, you'll recruit many different characters throughout the three games, and you'll come to love each and every one of them. Even starting from the first game, the choices you make have ramifications on playthroughs of Mass Effect 2 and 3.


The game has been approved through each subsequent title, and the cast of characters remain solid throughout. Luckily, all three titles are playable via backwards compatibility on modern Xbox consoles. Additionally, a remaster of the trilogy, called Mass Effect Legendary Edition, is scheduled to release in 2021. 


If you don't want to wait, the trilogy was also made available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers recently through Microsoft's partnership with EA Play. 


Blue Dragon


This is another one of Xbox 360's JRPG exclusives. Blue Dragon's art style is very reminiscent of Dragon Quest's, and offers similar turn-based gameplay. 


Blue Dragon follows Shu and his friends, Jiro, Kluke, Zola, and Marumaro. With the evil ruler Nene watching over the Gran Kingdom, it's up to Shu and his comrades to find a way to take him down.


Like Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon is another great Japanese title that deserves another chance. Fans and newcomers can still enjoy the game on modern Xbox consoles through its fantastic backwards compatibility function.


Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection


Can Xbox's most iconic franchise be considered an RPG? Well, you certainly play the role of Master Chief, as he goes around shooting aliens. Spanning multiple entries, Halo is the definitive franchise that people think of when they think of Xbox, so it'd be remiss not to include it on this list.


Halo is a pioneer of first person-shooter gunplay on consoles, and it's memorable stories, characters, and multiplayer make it one of the most recognizable franchises in gaming history.


While Halo 5's story got a mixed reception, its multiplayer is still incredibly fun. If you're itching for the classic Halo games, they're available through Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The first four games, in addition to Reach and ODST, are included in this single package. Overall, there are seven incredible Halo titles available on Xbox Game Pass while we wait for the release of Halo Infinite in 2021.


Lost Odyssey


Speaking of JRPGs, the Xbox 360 had several exclusive ones, including the excellent Lost Odyssey. This turn-based game follows Kaim as he navigates the world going through a magical industrial revolution. There are several nations at war with each other, and Kaim's journey will have him crossing paths with many different characters that join him.


Lost Odyssey has been loved by many fans. While it looks like we won't be seeing a sequel to this game any time soon, it is playable on modern Xbox consoles through backwards compatibility.




Remedy's latest game is a mindbending, gravity-defying adventure. Take control of Jesse Faden as she explores the Oldest House in search of her brother and uncover its dark secrets within. Filled with paranormal creatures called the Hiss, Jesse must face them while using her abnormal powers such as telekinesis and levitation.


Control is certainly an interesting premise, and it's third-person combat is definitely fun as you go around picking up objects to throw at enemies. The lore is fascinating as well as you learn more about the Oldest House.


The regular version of Control is available on Xbox Game Pass. There are also two DLC story expansions: The Foundation and AWE. If you end up enjoying Control, definitely consider purchasing the extra content!


Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice


One of the studios that Microsoft purchased back in 2018 was Ninja Theory, the team behind Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. The narrative revolves around Senua, and delves into themes like psychological horror and is a metaphor of psychosis. While the combat isn't anything to write home about, the dread filled atmosphere really sells the game.


And yes, you're seeing a PlayStation trailer on an Xbox article! This is most likely the first, last, and only time players will see Senua on a PlayStation platform.


Microsoft announced a sequel, Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, back in 2019 for Xbox Series X|S. You can play Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice on Xbox Game Pass while waiting for the future sequel!


Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition


Let's be honest, Xbox hasn't really been known for Japanese games. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't any on the platform. Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition is one of the very few titles in the Tales series that is available on Xbox. You play as Yuri Lowell, who ventures out in the world of Terca Lumireis as he explores the world, gains new companions, and eventually saves the planet.


Tales of Vesperia was actually an Xbox 360 exclusive in the west back in 2008. An updated version of the game was released, but never made its way outside of Japan until it was ported to modern consoles in 2019.


This is a classic JRPG through and through. With its exciting real-time combat and fun cast of characters, Vesperia is a grand adventure. It's also available on Xbox Game Pass!


Gears 5


The latest entry in the fantastic Gears series, Gears 5 made some fresh changes to the formula by adding open world sections, as well as providing us with a new perspective and story focusing on Kat Diaz. The game is a complete package: smooth third person shooting gameplay, a fantastic narrative-driven campaign, and robust multiplayer modes.


Now, Gears 5 has received some additional single-player story content in the form of Hivebusters. The new Xbox hardware also boosts the game's framerates and visuals, and Hivebusters is a great way to get back into the title. As with all of Microsoft's first party titles, Gears 5 is available on Game Pass.


Fallout 3 & 4


Speaking of Bethesda, another one of its iconic franchises is Fallout. In Fallout 4, explore Boston, Massachusetts in a post-apocalyptic setting called "The Commonwealth", set 10 years after the events of Fallout 3.


You play as the "Sole Survivor" who has been frozen and asleep in Vault 111. You search for missing son after seeing your spouse killed, and The Commonwealth has many places for you to explore and quests to take on. You can manage settlements and craft items to help you along your journey.


Fallout 4 was available on Game Pass in the past, but has since left the subscription service. Hopefully, along with 2016's DOOM, Fallout 4 could also be added back sometime in the future. Fallout 3 is backwards compatible with modern Xbox consoles, so that's a great title to play as well.


DOOM Eternal/DOOM (2016)


Microsoft dropped the incredible news earlier this year that it would be acquiring Zenimax Media, which also includes developer Bethesda. The studio's biggest release this year, Doom Eternal, also launched on Xbox Game Pass only several months later.


Undoubtedly one of the most ambitious games of 2020, the sequel to 2016's DOOM is one hell of a time. Play as the Doomslayer as he rips through demonic hordes of enemies.


While the 2016 game left the Xbox Game Pass service a while ago, hopefully the new acquisition means that it could come back sometime in the future. If you've already played it, now is a great time to try it out on Microsoft's game subscription service.


Over the past few years, Microsoft has made Xbox the best place to play in terms of backwards compatibility. During the middle of last generation, Xbox put more effort into that initiative, allowing us to play new games while also being able to enjoy old favorites without always having to bring out an older console. Thus, many classic Xbox 360 and even original Xbox titles are playable on the new Xbox Series X|S.


Many of these games include RPGs, and with Microsoft's other programs such as Xbox Game Pass, you can enjoy many of them for a low monthly price. This is by no means a complete list, but these are 15 great RPGs you can play on Xbox.

BioWare Finally Announces Mass Effect Remaster Collection Sat, 07 Nov 2020 17:42:50 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is bringing a polished Mass Effect Trilogy to consoles and PC in spring 2021, Casey Hudson, BioWare's General Manager, announced as part of N7 Day celebrations.

The remaster collection is intended for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, though Hudson said it's compatible with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X with "targeted enhancements."

Mass Effect Legendary Edition includes the three numbered Mass Effect games, all single-player DLC from those games, plus promo weapons, armor, and packs.

Hudson said the goal was never remaking the Mass Effect Trilogy. BioWare wanted to "modernize the experience so that fans and new players can experience the original work in its best possible form."

What that means for ME Legendary Edition is better framerates, improved visuals, and 4K HD support.

Hudson also said a brand-new Mass Effect game is in the works. It's still early in development, but Hudson said a "veteran team" is working on the new installment.

The Mass Effect Legendary Edition was rated in Korea in October and rumored to be announced that month. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Mass Effect news as it develops.

[Source: BioWare]

Mass Effect Legendary Edition Rated in Korea Wed, 14 Oct 2020 10:59:32 -0400 GS_Staff

Mass Effect fans have been hoping for remasters of the series' first three games for what feels like an eternity. Nearly eight years after the release of the original Mass Effect Trilogy, it doesn't seem right that the already classic RPGs haven't received the remaster treatment.

Rumors of a remastered trilogy have swirled for some time, gaining more and more traction over the past several months. EA is reportedly set to announce the trilogy this month (October) with a release later this month, according to Jeff Grub of GamesBeat. Grubb has also said that the rumored trilogy would, in fact, be called the Legendary Edition

Now, it seems the October timeframe could be possible. According to Gematsu, a remastered Mass Effect trilogy, called Mass Effect Legendary Edition, has been rated in Korea.

As we know, the XCOM 2 Collection and Catherine Full Body were rated in Korea just ahead of their respective releases, and the PS5 remake of Demon's Souls was also rated in Korea about a month before its official release date reveal. With that in mind, we could be on the cusp of an official confirmation, but we'll have to wait and see. 

Right now, it's unclear what game or games are actually in the Legendary Edition. It could simply be a remaster of Mass Effect, but all signs and credible rumors squarely point to it being the entire trilogy, including Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3.

There is currently no firm release date for the Legendary Edition. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news as we learn, which will hopefully be very soon.

5 RPG/MMORPGs That Should Have 4X RTS Counterparts Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:40:07 -0500 Alberto C.


The games mentioned in this article possess an additional benefit in addition to their uniqueness and well developed lore: their popularity. With the exception of Guild Wars, ever other RPG/MMORPG are some of the best known games in the videogame industry as a whole. Put into the hands of an experienced 4X studio, it practically sounds like a guaranteed recipe for success. But more importantly they would allow us to experience their worlds from a perspective we haven't seen before.


If you have any ideas of other RPGs that would do well in the 4X genre, mention them in the comments below!


Guild Wars


What Mass Effect achieved in creating a science fiction universe from scratch and with originality, Guild Wars achieved in the fantasy realm. A fantasy game without elves, ArenaNet created one the most memorable MMORPGs to date that at times didn't even seem like an MMO at all.


Although the second title in the series takes places thousands of years later, the first one made it clear that the world you were entering with your character was one riddled with conflict and distrust both in the present and in past. Be it the conflict between the Charr and Humans of Ascalon, or the the seemingly never ending war between the Kurzicks and the Luxons, a quest for world domination 4X style would be a fascinating one to the say the least.


Knights Of The Old Republic


One of the best Star Wars games ever made, KOTOR richness doesn't just come from its Star Wars universe, but especially from the timeline in which it takes place.


Set thousands of years before the Empire or the Galactic Republic that preceded it, KOTOR takes place in an era of a high political instability and turmoil, when the tentacles of galactic government control weren't nearly as strong as in the more familiar, later timelines. The Old Republic, the primary government entity at the time, had its fair share of conflict not just with the Sith Empire, but with the famous Mandalorians and Zygerrian Slave Empire.


The decades-old sci-fi universe has had so much content made based on it that it practically leaves every aspect relevant to the making of a 4X strategy game settled. Sources on economics, political systems and technology are so abundant about the Star Wars universe that the tough part will be deciding on what to leave out.


If you're really itching for some 4X Star Wars and can't wait, you might want to try Stellaris' SW: A Galaxy Divided mod. It's the closest (and really well fleshed-out) thing to the real deal.


The Lord of the Rings Online


One the richest and oldest fantasy universes ever created that essentially set the founding rules that other creators and writers followed decades later when creating their own. The most popular RPG of the series, the MMO The Lord of The Rings Online, makes it obvious that the franchise fulfills any requirement you could think of for a 4X game.


And if the MMO series weren't enough proof, just take a look at the various LOTR mods that the community has made for different Total War titles. The success of these mods speaks for themselves, and the most recent installments of the Total War series on the Warhammer universe exhibits that the 4X community was, and likely still is, craving for some good fantasy conquest.


Mass Effect


When the first Mass Effect came along back in 2007, it didn't come empty-handed in terms of the lore. The Codex, a feature accessible from the menu screen, was a collection of information about the universes of Mass Effect that had little significance for the missions at hand but added a lot of background knowledge to help immerse a player in the ME universe and understand why some things were the way players encountered them.


From the Rachni Wars to the Krogan Rebellions, all the way to the First Contact War between Humans and Turians, the world of ME not only offers detailed accounts of events and a clear historical path, but the Milky Way is clearly detailed when it comes to who controls what:



The variety in social and political traits that ME exemplifies through the different species-specific factions guarantees variety and different approaches to gameplay similar to what we can already see in games like Stellaris or Galactic Civilization III. An aspect of the game that can be complimented further with the numerous cross-species factions, rogue factions or the infamours Terminus Systems and their renegade behavior.


World of Warcraft


Yes, yes...we know Warcraft 4 is way ahead in line when it comes to the "Games that should have been made by now" list. Now that that's out of the way...


Few can deny the richness and well-developed lore of the Warcraft universe. Not only does the timeline span for thousands of years, but the now well-established factions of Horde and Alliance were once not as sound as they are now. Not only that, but there isn't just evidence of violence among races of the same faction, but among the same sub-factions within a race.


And what Horde or Alliance player wouldn't enjoy pillaging and razing Stormwind or Orgrimmar to the ground and enslave or execute their captives, Total War-style?


Defeating the big bad dragon might feel heroic, and destroying the enemy's base in the sector can feel like a great outcome after a hard battle. But few games offer you the chance of casting those pesky, short-lived accomplishments aside and give you the chance to take absolute control of the bigger picture, and all of those games belong to one genre: 4X.


4X has a relatively simple goals: eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate. These sort of games puts you in the shoes of the highest levels of command, to practice in the ultimate form of virtual statecraft in your quest for world (or galactic) domination.


The RPG and MMO world is known for having deeply developed lore as a necessary element, making them in many occasions ideal settings for a genre that is focused on the big picture, rather than individual journeys. From history, universe and factions, RPG and MMO games not only check the necessary boxes for 4X games, but they often go beyond them thanks to their depth.


Here are 5 RPGs we believe have not just the lore but would make great settings to base 4X strategy games on as well.

10 Sexiest Bachelors in the Gaming Universe Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:36:15 -0500 bazookajo94


So there you go. 10 different dudes with 10 different ways to steal my heart, whether that happens by being ruggedly handsome or by knowing their way around a weapon (wink). 


But this is but one girl's opinion. Maybe this list only reveals the dark recesses of my soul and shouldn't be taken seriously. Maybe you're thinking, "Well, she's got a type." 


Maybe you should tell me who you think the most eligible bachelor of all eligible bachelors is.


(And remember -- The Shape of Water is popular right now ....)


Jason Brody from Far Cry 3


One of my favorite tropes is when a renowned player, an exuberant party-goer, a rich son of a bitch, has a fall from grace and learns what it's like to live on the other side. The movie Overboard? Sign me tf up. 


Jason Brody goes through this transformation, but instead of learning to sympathize with peasants, he turns into a stone-cold killer. And honestly, he is the main man in my heart. I don't know why everyone talks about Vaas when Brody is the real crazy one. 


He goes from not knowing how to sympathize with another human being to sympathizing with other human beings and being a badass survivalist at the same time. He hunts tigers, fights pirates, burns fields of marijuana, all while saving everyone's lives. 


Like, damn, Jason Brody. Hardcore. 


Mike Munroe from Until Dawn


All right, let's step back from the older gentlemen now (I refuse to use the word you're all expecting me to say). 


Let's showcase my boy Mike Munroe, who's kind of a dick, kind of funny, and a whole lotta douche. Half of the people who play this game hate him, and the other half hate themselves for liking him. 


But there's something to say about a guy who chops off his own fingers with a machete just so he doesn't lose the machete -- because anyone who balls that hard in a survival game deserves a place on this list.


Professor Sycamore from Pokemon X & Y


I thought it would be funny if I added Professor Sycamore to this list, and I was right. I'm cackling as I prepare to write about the merits of this professor, all the while lamenting that people expected to see the shirtless wonder of Kuikui here, even though he's married and I can't bend the rules for him like I did for Marston (who's dead).


Most everyone's love for Sycamore seems to be purely material: he's got a cute face, luscious hair, and a popped collar. What could be more sexy? (I hate that I just used the word "sexy" in relation to a Pokemon character.)


Alas, people's love for Sycamore knows no bounds. Here's a Buzzfeed article professing love for this lovable professor -- and I honestly can't tell if it's a satire or not. 


John Marston from Red Dead Redemption


I know that, technically, John Marston is married and wouldn't be considered a bachelor, but that's not going to stop me from adding him to this list of "Gruff, bearded men with dark hair and guns who are considered sexy by at least one writer."


There are only a few times I've seen a character supposedly considered an "expert" at guns actually live up to their reputation. And darned if Marston doesn't live up to his. I actually believe that he could hit a target with both eyes closed, and that belief has got me all twitterpated.


Who cares if he's not technically a bachelor? If you want to get really technical, then nobody gets to love John Marston because he's dead.  


Joel from The Last of Us


Joel and Booker have a lot in common: a lost daughter, a surrogate daughter, and the voice of Troy Baker. 


Setting aside his tragic backstory and road to retribution, Joel also has keen survival instincts and a commanding presence that cause people to turn to him when they need help. 


Even though he's kind of an ass, his heart has the capacity to love, and as soon as he does, people don't want him to stop loving. Everyone is rooting for Joel; everyone loves Joel; and everyone is a sucker for a gruff, bearded man in flannel. 


Booker DeWitt from BioShock Infinite


You know what else makes a woman weak in the knees? A tragic back story (and the voice of Troy Baker). 


Booker DeWitt is man with past mistakes and a never-ending guilt, leaving people with a desire to see him earn his retribution. 


Maybe it's the fact that DeWitt has a personality (as opposed to the other BioShock protagonists); maybe it's because of his interactions with Elizabeth; maybe it's the clothes. 


One things for sure, though: if you know how to handle a gun and you have a voice like Troy Baker, then you've got a place on this list (and in my heart).


Leon from Resident Evil


All right, all right. I'll step back from the monstrous suitors by introducing one who kills monsters instead. 


And what sort of list of sexiest video bachelors wouldn't include the original: Leon Scott Kennedy. 


Talk about a lady killer. And a zombie killer. And an all-around killer in general. 


This guy knows what he's doing, what needs to be done, and when to do it. And just like with Dante, women like a man with confidence. 


With Leon's ever-constant presence in the Resident Evil games, he will have an ever-constant place in our hearts -- and lists about sexiest men. 


Dante from Devil May Cry


What's a girl to do when they can't pick between an angel and a devil? 


Pick Dante. 


Part devil, part angel, Dante has been stealing the hearts of women everywhere with his intense gaze, his open shirt, and his overwhelming confidence, all combined with a bad-ass attitude and strong desire to kill demons. And let's not forgot all the awesome powers he has. 


He's literally the full package of good and evil -- but mostly good.


Hancock from Fallout 4


I'll never forget my first step into Goodneighbor. My lingering resentment still strong from the revelation that Nick Valentine's epic buildup resulted in a 50's-style old-man detective, I take a step into this new environment, ready for my next mission, and suddenly a ghoul is shooting a man trying to kill me and telling me he runs the place. 


Needless to say, I fell in love immediately. 


Like Garrus, Hancock is another man looking for his place in life, looking for a friend, and eternally grateful that the sole survivor accepts him for who he is. 


You just have to overlook the massive addiction to drugs and violence. At least he's a nice guy, right? And he's a mayor. 


Garrus from Mass Effect


You can't take two steps into the Mass Effect fandom without seeing some Garrus/Shepard fanart. And with a face like that, who would blame someone for drawing what the fans want?


Some people can't understand why Garrus is so popular with the ladies, but, call us crazy, ladies like a guy who's nice. There's something undeniably adorable about a man who's awkward around a potential romantic conquest -- and not afraid to admit it. 


Not to mention he's known as the "Space Batman," and everyone knows how successful Batman is with the ladies...


When women have nowhere else to turn to find a decent man in their lives, they go for someone they always know will be there: fictional characters. Though it's easy to fangirl over book characters (all I need to say is "Mr. Darcy" and swoons are heard across the world), where are the good video game men? Where are the scruffy gaming guys, the nice dudes, the sexy?


Right here. This list. Top ten. Let's go. 


And with the popularity of del Toro's The Shape of Water spreading through the hearts of women everywhere, I probably shouldn't have to worry about putting someone like Bowser or Specter Knight on the list -- but, for the sake of all our dignities, I'll stick with the mostly human bachelors. 



These Are the Very Best Space Exploration Games You Can Play on Steam Today Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:00:02 -0400 Marc Hollinshead


Space travel isn't just a dream anymore. It's something we can all experience in the comfort of our own homes. We're rather spoiled for choice, but there's bound to be a title in this list that everyone will enjoy.


Which of the games in this list have you tried out? Are there any that weren't mentioned that you love to play? Let us know in the comments below!


Mass Effect


Price: $19.99
Buy it on Steam


Out of all the titles mentioned, this series is more than likely the one everyone has heard of, as well as the odd one out.


Rather than acting as a space simulation game like many of the previous mentions, Mass Effect creates an entire universe and story based on the technology and species that inhabit the galaxy. Exploring space both physically and through the lore in which the series is tied to is fascinating. It is the closest we, in this age, will ever get to experiencing the reality of galactic life, and while it is heavily influenced by the culture and anthropomorphism of the human race, it has enlightened many gamers on what could happen in hundreds or thousands of years.


While exploration itself is limited to roaming tiny pockets of the galaxy, each of these serve a story purpose of some kind, whether it’s major plot points or small portions of dialogue. It’s this story that has caused Mass Effect to gain such a huge following, and if you’re yet to try them out, it is one such series that acts as a great starting point on your intergalactic journey.


Space Engineers


Price: $24.99
Buy it on Steam


Another early access title, Space Engineers combines a multitude of space faring and adventuring aspects into one game.


After building your own spacecraft, your very own engineer will travel the stars in order to claim spots for outposts of different uses. Getting this far does have its dangers, though, as another facet of the game is survival. The engineer will face many trials and tribulations as they use their trusty jetpack to travel from A to B, but it’s the vessel with which you travel that will be your main means of defence.


Construction and resource gathering are of high importance in Space Engineers so they play a part in your success just as much, if not more than the spaceflight. Exploring space on foot is surprisingly enjoyable, but be careful not to let yourself be subject to an unfortunate death due to lack of oxygen or other fundamental resources. Considering it’s still in early access, the developers appear to be hard at work in adding as much as possible to the full game experience.


Kerbal Space Program


Price: $39.99
Buy it on Steam


Space exploration and simulation titles show off a lot of what we can actually do in the stars, but they often leave out how we got there in the first place. Kerbal Space Program works to solve that problem.


Using realistic physics and rocket building techniques, you are tasked with sufficiently leaving the atmosphere of Kerbin, the Kerbal home planet, to then reach the vastness of space. This is much easier said than done, however, as it can be extremely tricky to gain enough thrust to achieve safe orbit. A catastrophic crash landing is very possible, and there is no shame in saying that many of your failed rockets have experienced this.


An exploratory segment of the game is also available once you make it to space. Visiting various moons, setting up your own space station base, and going on the offensive on asteroids are all options -- among many, many others. But the game takes a more minimalist approach in this regard. It’s a game that may look insignificant and almost childish, but behind the facade lies an extremely in-depth and sophisticated title.


Starpoint Gemini 2


Price: $34.99
Buy it on Steam


Starpoint Gemini 2 manages to meld space exploration and RPG tropes into a game that awards progression and fulfills specific role requirements. Unlike other space exploration titles, this particular game is host to a campaign that follows a specific character, Adrian Faulkner, the son of the hero Gabriel Faulkner from the previous Gemini war. This option provides players a little extra context and purpose for their space travels, but the free-roam option still remains, alongside the campaign.


Versatile careers pander to wide range of player interests, and the focus on capital ships in free roam is a refreshing take on exploration instead of the smaller vessels that many players are used to controlling. The initial class that is picked upon character creation also adds that RPG depth, so similar to the campaign, gamers that satiated by clear progression, Starpoint Gemini 2 is a great starting point when delving into space exploration.


EVE Online


Price: Free to Play
Get it on Steam


EVE isn’t new by any means. As one of the most popular MMOs of all time, EVE Online has garnered a huge fanbase since its initial release -- and it has gained quite the reputation, too. 


EVE Online allows players to create their own unique character, play with friends, and head out into a hugely rich universe that is set thousands of years in the future. Five thousand star systems lie in wait for players of the MMO, each with plenty of possibilities. With the choice of many ships at a player’s disposal, natural advancement of skills, and an open, player-driven economy, this is an MMO that has been defined by its players.


However, be sure to be vigilant in the world of EVE Online, as every player essentially dwells within the same version of the world. Battle can commence at any given moment, so epic starship battle fantasies will no longer be well, fantasy. Underprepared players may have to face off against a battalion of vicious dreadnaughts. If you want to sink an abundance of time in a space-filled adventure, this is the game you want to seek.




Price: $24.99
Buy it on Steam


HELLION takes a different approach to space simulation and exploration and demands that you focus on survival above all else. As you begin to establish yourself as a space faring adventurer, dangerous hazards such as a decompression, temperature fluctuation, and the harsh vacuum of space will be quick to envelope you.

Many games denote the exploration of space as a constantly exciting and marginally safe affair – not HELLION. Watch your oxygen, keep one eye on your fuel, and look out for any hostile faces that may spare no expense in tossing into that deadly vacuum.


HELLION is also currently in early access, so the game’s developer is regularly engaging with the community for feedback as to where the game can and should go next. Many features are already in place, but plenty more, such as ship-to-ship combat, ship modification, asteroid mining, and gas giant harvesting, are in the works. It’s shaping up to be something interesting indeed.


Elite: Dangerous


Price: $29.99
Buy it on Steam


Elite has been around longer than some of us have even been alive, but its latest iteration has managed to recapture many wannabe astronauts’ imaginations.


The entirety of the Milky Way galaxy is opened up in Elite: Dangerousand you are free to explore it at your leisure. Of course, it is impossible for just one person to sail the stars, so one of the many attractive aspects of the title is the satisfaction gained from discovering a star system amongst billions -- and with friends. 


Along the way, you will engage in frightful space pirate battles, acquire new ships that will allow you to travel even further into the unknown, and eventually reach the center of the galaxy itself. There is much to be seen and discovered in Elite: Dangerous, and for those of you who are willing to take the time to tackle the game's steep learning curve, a rich experience most definitely awaits.


We insignificant humans crave to explore and discover the unknown. Things that are alien to us are just all the more tantalizing to our exploration-centric brings. In short, we are desperate to uncover the mysteries of what lies beyond.


As gamers, space exploration games are the closest we are ever going to get to that dream of discovery. We may be in the comfort of our own homes, but there are some gems out there in gaming land that allow us to reach for the stars without our backside leaving that comfortable recliner.

If you’re after a space faring adventure on your PC, here are the best ones currently on offer.

Mass Effect Andromeda Guide: Fusion Mod Info and Locations Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:41:25 -0400 Synzer

Mass Effect: Andromeda has plenty of mods and other customization options you use do to make your character unique. One of these methods is adding a Fusion mod to your chest armor. These are unique mods that you can only get by completing certain things in the game, and you only get one of each.

Each of these mods gives a bonus to some area, and reduces another. Luckily, there is a Cryo Pod perk you can unlock that will reduce the negative effects by half. I'm going to list what each Fusion Mod does and where to get them.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Fusion Mods & How to Get Them

Vault and Misc. Mods

These are mods that you get by completing vaults on each planet, or completing something through a quest.

Mod of Shielding

  • +50% increased shields, but reduces health by 50%
  • Get it after completing the Eos vault.

Mod of Resistance

  • +20 damage resistance, but reduces health by 50 when you evade.
  • Get it after completing the Voeld vault.

Mod of Robotics

  • +25% increased Construct Health and Damage, but reduces shields by 50%.
  • Get it after completing the Havarl vault.

Mod of Adrenaline

  • Recharges powers when you get a kill, but reduces power recharge speed by 50% otherwise.
  • You need to complete A Dying Planet quest, then read Addison's email. Go to the Remnant console on the map to solve a puzzle.
    • This unlocks a gravity well that will take you to a room with the mod.

Mod of Rapid Deployment

  • +50% power recharge speed, but reduces weapon damage by 30%.
  • Get it after completing the Kadara vault.

Mod of Rupture

  • +25% headshot/weak point damage, but reduces weapon clip size by 70%.
  • Get it after completing the Elaaden vault.

Mod of Health

  • +100% health, but reduces shields by 50%.
  • Get it after defeating the Archon's Sword at the Remnant City.

mass effect andromeda fusion mod

Architect Mods & How To Get Them

These are mods you get by defeating Architects. Architects are huge remnants that you can find on each outpost planet. They require a quest to unlock them.

Mod of Biotic Mastery

  • +30% biotic power damage, but reduces all other damage by 20%.
  • Get it after defeating the Eos Architect.

Mod of Hovering

  • +100% hover duration, but reduces weapon damage by 30%.
  • Get it after defeating the Voeld Architect.

Mod of Battering

  • +30% melee damage, but reduces all other damage by 20%.
  • You get this one after defeating the Kadara Architect.

Mod of Tech Mastery

  • +30% tech power damage, but reduces all other damage by 20%.
  • Get it after defeating the Elaaden Architect.

That's all for my guide on all the fusion mods in Mass Effect :Andromeda. Let me know if you have any questions!

Mass Effect Andromeda Guide: How to Solve the Elaaden Vault Puzzle Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:41:54 -0400 Synzer

At this point in Mass Effect Andromeda, you know the vault on a planet is the key to restoring it and making it viable for an outpost. Each vault is different though, and there are 3 monoliths you need to solve before you can even step foot into the vault.

I'm going to go over everything you need to know about the monoliths and what to do when you get inside the Elaaden vault.

How to Solve the Elaaden Monolith Puzzles

Thankfully not every monolith has the long, complex sudoku puzzles that Voeld had -- but there is at least one. I'm going to list each monolith as North, South, and West, then go over what you need to do at each one. The header image above has each monolith circled, with the direction next to them.

North Monolith

This monolith has 3 glyphs that are easy to find by scanning. The challenge comes after finding all 3 glyphs. Once you go back to the console, you have to do a complex sudoku puzzle, similar to those on Voeld. If you are having trouble, check out the solution pictured below:

mass effect andromeda elaaden vault puzzle

West Monolith

This monolith has 3 glyphs, but thankfully no sudoku puzzle. The puzzle comes from reaching the 3 glyphs. Scanning will reveal where the glyphs are, but you won't be able to reach them at first. 

You will need to interact with another remnant console nearby -- separate from the main one -- to raise some platforms. These platforms will allow you to reach the glyphs so you can scan them.

After scanning all 3 glyphs, you can interact with the main console to activate the monolith.

South Monolith

This is very must like the West Monolith in that it does not have a puzzle other than finding the 3 glyphs.

The same concept applies here, but there are 2 different terminals you have to turn out this time. Multiple platforms will raise once you do this, and you will be able to reach the glyphs to scan them. After you have done that, go to the main console to activate the monolith.

Entering the Elaaden Vault

After you've activated all 3 monoliths, the vault will appear to the east of the West Monolith and near a Forward Station. I also have it marked on the header image.

When you enter the vault, you will need to activate the console above where you enter. After that you will see 5 consoles in front of the door, with beams coming from some of them.

1st Vault Puzzle

To open the door, you must get the beams to come from all 5 at once. Starting from left to right they are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Whenever you activate a console, it will turn off or turn on certain beams. To solve this puzzle, activate console 5, then console 4. Don't activate any of the others, and the door will open. 

mass effect andromeda elaaden vault puzzle

Continue through the vault, killing or sneaking past any remnant. Ignore the first console you see -- which just makes escaping harder -- and go until you get to another room with consoles. 

2nd Vault Puzzle

Drop down to the left first, then activate the console on the platform, which turns all the harmful bubbles into safe bubbles. Go to the farthest right bubble and activate the console to build part of the bridge in the middle.

Now, head back up to the center and activate the 2 consoles to raise the platforms to the right. Jump to each platform and activate the consoles. After that, jump back to the 2 consoles in the center and activate both again. This will cause 4 beams to go to 1 spot, which activates another platform with a console that will open the door ahead.

Now simply go through the door and walk all the way around until you reach another console. This will complete the bridge in the center room so you can reach the purification console.

Bonus Puzzles

If you go to the left side of the room and continue past the plant, you will find many Remnants, as well as a huge one. Defeat them all to gain access to a bonus room.

This room has a Sudoku puzzle -- the hardest one I had to complete so far. If you do it, you get skill points and access to the final puzzle. The solution is below:

mass effect andromeda elaaden vault puzzle

You will notice five consoles all around the room and most will have a light block next to them. There is one that does not -- activate that console. Continue to activate the consoles that do not have a light next to them until a 6th terminal appears. Activate this to unlock the door so you can escape through this room once the purification process begins. There is also a chest that you can pick up through the door during your escape.

Resetting the Vault

Go back to the center room, follow the bridge to the final console, then activate it. Now all you have to do is run back through the vault towards the room with the 6 consoles and sudoku puzzle, and activate the console to reset the vault.

That's all for my guide on the Elaaden Vault Puzzle in Mass Effect Andromeda. Let me know if you have any questions, and be sure to check back soon for more guides and tips!

Mass Effect Andromeda: Biotic Assassin Skills and Build Guide Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:41:10 -0400 Synzer

Mass Effect Andromeda gives you many options on how to build your character. Want to go in guns blazing and use grenades like a soldier? Go ahead. Want to stay back and snipe, or combine different Biotics for combos? That's fine by us. Maybe you want to try something different and mix certain abilities? You can do that too.

I call this build Biotic Assassin. It involves using Tactical Cloak to strengthen Charge and Melee attacks -- as well as Singularity to prime for detonations. I'll go over each ability I use in this build, as well as the weapons, armor and squad I usually have.

Biotic Assassin Skills and Profile in Mass Effect Andromeda

This is called Biotic Assassin because I use cloak to sneak up on enemies and do extra damage, but it also focuses on 2 biotic abilities. The Vanguard Profile is the best to use because of the extra melee damage and shields it provides.

  • Singularity: Deploys a gravity well at the location that primes enemies for combo detonations -- and lifts and damages unshielded/unarmored enemies.
    • This ability is mostly just here to setup detonations. It works well with Charge and can be detonated more than once.
  • Charge: This biotic ability makes you warp to an enemy with a strong attack. It restores 50% shields and detonated combos.
    • This can be upgraded to increase gun and melee damage for 3 seconds after charging.
    • It can also be upgraded to provide damage resistance for 5 seconds after and fully restore shields.

mass effect andromeda charge skill

  • Tactical Cloak: This makes you invisible for a short time and increases the damage of your next gun, melee, or power attack.
    • You can upgrade this to give a bigger damage increase, and keep the bonuses for 2 seconds after attacking.
    • This allows you to Charge while cloaked, and get another melee attack in for big damage bursts.
  • Team Support: This is a passive Tech skill tree that gives shields, regenerations, and damage resistances. 
  • Auxiliary Systems: This is a passive Tech skill tree that I just use for the longer Tech skill durations. 
  • Barrier: This is a passive Biotic skill tree that increases max shields and reduces Health/Shield regenerations delay.
    • You can also upgrade to give shields back after a Biotic kill.
  • Offensive Biotics: This is a passive skill tree that gives biotic damage, recharge speed, and detonation bonuses.
    • This is great for using Singularity more often and detonating it with Charge.
    • It also can be upgraded to provide a weapon and melee damage bonus for 3 seconds after using a Biotic ability.
  • Containment: This Biotic passive skill tree increases the duration of Biotic powers and damage against shields.
    • I mostly use this to keep Singularity up longer.
  • Combat Tools: This is a Combat passive skill tree that I use to increase melee damage and damage resistance when evading.
    • I also use the last upgrade that gives a stacking melee damage buff for each melee hit and kill.
  • Combat Fitness: This passive skill tree increases max health, shields, and regeneration.
    • It can also be upgraded to provide more equipped weapon slots for a total of 4. It will also increase max weapon weight capacity so you can carry more/heavier guns without affecting recharge times as much.

My typical fights start with throwing Singularity to set up a detonation. Then, I use Cloak before Charge, and finish with a melee. Tactical Cloak, Charge, and the Offensive Biotics passive gives a huge melee damage increase.

You can also Charge before using cloak, then quickly Cloak to get 2 melee hits in.


Vanguard is the best and only profile if you want to do as much melee damage as you can. If the melee damage isn't as big of a deal, Sentinel also works well because of the Tech Armor damage reduction.

Vanguard gives melee damage bonuses, reduces Biotic recharge speed, increases max shields, and makes your melee attacks restore shields. This has great synergy with Charge and melee attacks, and you should be able to keep your shields up most of the time.

Check out my guide to profiles and bonuses in Mass Effect Andromeda for more info, or if you think another Profile would work well.

Weapons, Armor, and Squad


I usually have a variety of weapons -- shotgun, pistol, and sniper -- just because you can do that without reducing recharge speeds by much if you take the Combat Fitness passive. 

I usually don't use them much, as I often Charge, cloak, and melee to take down most enemies. Shotguns are great to use because you will be close-range a lot, and can mod them to increase melee damage.

I am currently using the Kett Vakarsh, which does decent melee damage and causes extra Burn damage per second. An Asari Sword would also be good because of the high damage and teleport it gives you -- or a fast melee weapon to stack the bonus faster.


mass effect andromeda remnant armor

There are a few options, but I like the Remnant Armor the most for this build. The Remnant Armor gives damage resistance, health and shield regeneration, and reduces the health and shield regeneration delay. Since you will be in melee a lot and taking more damage, this is great.


I use different squad mates from time to time, but someone that can prime or detonate biotic combos can give you an extra increase, such as Cora or Peebee.

That's all for my Biotic Assassin build for Mass Effect Andromeda. Let me know if you have any questions!

Mass Effect Andromeda "Making an Impression" Quest Guide Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:06:34 -0400 Synzer

Mass Effect Andromeda has a ton of side quests, so it is easy to miss some or pass on doing some of them. The Eos radiation also makes doing certain quests impossible until later on. The "Making an Impression" quest is one everyone should do. Be warned that this guide will have spoilers and this quest has a big surprise at the end.

How to Get the "Making an Impression" Quest

This is a quest on the planet Eos, but it only available once the radiation has been cleared. Once you complete the story on Eos, and reset the vault, the radiation becomes less. This is not the end as you will need to come back later when all the radiation is cleared.

Leave the planet and continue on with the story. After a short time, you will be able to go back to Eos to see how it is improved. Kallo mentions going back at some point, so you will know for sure when it is safe.

Once you return, you will notice the atmosphere has significantly improved. There is no radiation and more of the map will be opened to you. You will also get more quests -- particularly the "Making an Impression quest" from the outpost Prodromos.

mass effect andromeda making an impression

Completing Making an Impression

This quests involves placing survey hammers at different locations to find out why there has been so many tremors on Eos. Simply go to the marked locations and defeat any enemies in your way.

After the second hammer, you will notice a nearby site. Talk to the person there to find out there are settlers living by themselves far away from Prodromos. This gives you the option to drill for Natural Gas, or Water.

Drilling for natural gas could hurt the atmosphere, but it will be many years into the future. Doing this will allow these settlers to trade with Prodromos and increase their survival.

Drilling for water will give Prodromos what they need, but doom the settlers because they need that water to remain separate.

I haven't seen the consequences of this choice yet, so it might be more about what kind of legacy you want to leave on Eos.

The Eos Architect

Once you make your decision, you will have to investigate a nearby Remnant site and boy are you in for a surprise when you do.

The remnant pieces in the ground turn out to be a colossal machine, called an Architect, that you must defeat. This is a very tough fight, but there are a few things you can do to make it easier.

Use Disruptor Ammo and skills that do extra damage to shield/synthetics like Overload

Remnant are synthetics, even this huge Architect, which means these will do more damage.

Aim for the weak spots on the legs

You will need to damage the legs enough to make the head vulnerable. Be sure to aim for the weak spots on the head when it appears. Sniper Rifles and long-range weapons are your friends.

mass effect andromeda eos architect

Be sure to stay in cover, and move across the lad to hit other legs

This enemy hits hard so you will want an escape plan at all times. You can also get hit while in certain cover, so be ready to move.

Be aware that there will also be smaller Remnant enemies that will spawn throughout the fight, so be sure to take them out.

After you defeat it, you will get a Fusion mod to use in chest armor. This one is called, "Mod of Biotic Mastery". It increases Biotic power damage by 30% and reduces all other damage by 20%.

That may seem like a big decrease, but there is a cryo pod unlock you can get that reduces the negative effects of Fusion Mods by half.

That's all you need to know about the Making an Impression quest in Mass Effect Andromeda. Let me know if you have any questions!

Mass Effect Andromeda Weapons Mod Guide Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:32:24 -0400 Synzer

Mods can add stats to your weapons, or slightly change how they work in Mass Effect Andromeda. There are a variety of them and they differ depending on the type of item you are modding. You also cannot craft mod and have to rely on finding or buying them.

I'm going to go over all of the types of mods you can get for each weapon, as well as how to apply them. 

How to Add Mods to Guns in Mass Effect Andromeda

When you get a mod, whether you buy or find it, you can't immediately put it in your gun. You will have to wait until you reach a loadout station. You can find these at Forward Operating Bases -- or a side room at the front of your ship, the Tempest.

You will also get the chance to modify your loadout when going to a new planet, or starting an important mission.

Weapon Mod Info and List

Below is a list of all available mods types for each gun and what they do. These are the base mods that increase 1 stat. There are also advanced mods that will increase 1 stat and lower another. The types of stats on these advanced mods are the same as the normal mods.

mass effect andromeda weapon mods

Assault Rifle
  • AR Barrel: Increases Base Weapon Damage
  • AR Magazine: Increases magazine size
  • AR Receiver: Increases penetration damage and distance, allowing you to shoot through solid objects.
  • AR Scope: Puts a scope on the weapon that lets you zoom in and increases weapon accuracy.
  • AR Stock: Increases base weapon stability, making it easier to control.
  • Pistol Barrel: Increases Base Weapon Damage
  • Pistol Magazine: Increases magazine size
  • Pistol Receiver: Increases penetration damage and distance, allowing you to shoot through solid objects.
  • Pistol Scope: Puts a scope on the weapon that lets you zoom in and increases weapon accuracy.
  • Pistol Melee Optimizer: Increases melee damage
  • Shotgun Barrel: Increases Base Weapon Damage
  • Shotgun Melee Optimizer: Increases melee damage
  • Shotgun Receiver: Increases penetration damage and distance, allowing you to shoot through solid objects.
  • Shotgun Smart Choke: Tightens bullet spread for increased accuracy
  • Shotgun Spare Clip: Increases spare ammo capacity. 
Sniper Rifle
  • SR Barrel: Increases Base Weapon Damage
  • SR Spare Thermal Clip: Increases spare ammo capacity.
  • SR Receiver: Increases penetration damage and distance, allowing you to shoot through solid objects.
  • SR Scope: Increases base weapon accuracy and stability while zoomed.
  • SR Ultralight Materials: Reduces sniper rifle's weight. This is useful if you don't have 100% power recharge so your powers can recharge faster.

That's all for my guide on the weapon mods in Mass Effect Andromeda. Let me know if you have any questions!

Mass Effect Andromeda Solving the Voeld Monolith Puzzles Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:55:57 -0400 Synzer

The Voeld Monolith puzzles in Mass Effect Andromeda are the key to opening the vault and restoring the planet. The icy planet of Voeld certainly has harsh living conditions, but resetting the vault will make it much more hospitable.

Unlike before, this is not part of the main storyline and comes from a side mission called, "Restoring a World". I will go over everything you need to unlock the planet's vault so you can place an outpost there.

How to Solve the Voeld Monolith Puzzles

There are 3 monolith's located in a triangle formation near the southern part of the map. The header image shows each location, and I will list them as North, East, and West.

To unlock the vault, you must go to all 3 of these monoliths and solve the Sudoku-like puzzle at each of them. Before you can so that, you will need to find the missing glyphs around each monolith.

Be sure to scan each glyph to add it to your database, or you can't complete the puzzles.

North Monolith

You will need to find 3 glyphs before you can solve the puzzle. You can find 2 of them on the pillars above the console if you use your scanner. The last is on a platform behind 1 of the pillars.

mass effect andromeda north voeld monolith puzzle

East Monolith

This monolith also has 3 glyphs to find. There is 1 underground where the console is located, which you can find by scanning. The other 2 are actually above ground on a block. They are both on the same one, so just move around to find the other.

mass effect andromeda east voeld monolith puzzle

West Monolith

This monolith only requires 2 glyphs. You can find 1 of them on top of 1 of the pillars by scanning, and the other is on a block on the ground.

mass effect andromeda west voeld monolith puzzle

Now that you have solved all 3 monoliths, the vault will appear in the center between them. Just head down into the vault and fight your way through to reset the vault and make the planet viable again.

That's all for my guide on unlock Voeld Vault and finding the Voeld Monolith puzzles in Mass Effect Andromeda. Let me know if you have any questions!

(Thanks IGN wiki for the puzzle solution images. I had already completed the puzzles, and ME:A wouldn't let me go back to view them afterwards.)

Mass Effect Andromeda Crafting Guide Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:25:12 -0400 Synzer

Mass Effect Andromeda has a detailed crafting system that involves researching blueprints, then crafting from them. You will gather materials and research points for certain categories to craft weapons, armor, and more.

I'm going to explain the basics of this crafting system and everything you need to know to get started on making the best gear you can.

This guide will go over the basics of crafting in Mass Effect Andromeda including:

  • How to Craft - The basics on what you need to craft.
  • Blueprints and Levels - How blueprints work, the different things you can craft, and the different levels of gear you can make.
  • Augmentations - How these affect crafting and what you can add.

How to Craft

To start crafting, you need to go to a Research Center terminal. The easiest location is in the middle of the Tempest, but you might find them on planets where you have established outposts.

You get 2 choices when you activate the terminal -- Research or Development. Research will unlock new Blueprints so that you can craft them in the Development section. 

Research Data

There are 3 categories of research: Milky Way, Heleus, and Remnant.

As you scan and discover new things in the game, you will get data for any of these 3 categories. Each blueprint costs a certain amount of Research Data unlock.

Development (aka Crafting)

When you have the blueprint you want to craft, choose the Development section to bring up your list of craftable items. The first tab, Ready to Develop, shows everything you can craft that you have the materials for already.

mass effect andromeda crafting weapons

You can scroll through the other tabs to see everything, even those you don't have enough materials for. You can switch between the stats and the requirements to see what you still need and even view each material to get examples of how to find them.


You can get these materials by mining, finding them in nodes on planets, or scanning in space. You can also choose certain Cryo Pod perks to give you materials over periods of time.

Blueprints and Levels

Weapon and Armor blueprints have different levels you can craft. Each level increases the stats of an item, so you ideally want to craft the highest possible.

At first, there is a max of 5 levels, and the first 2 levels have no requirement. Levels 3-5 require you to be level 10, 20, and 30 respectively. You also need to research the previous level before you can research the next.

Once you learn the level 5 blueprint. you unlock the Advanced version. This goes all the way to rank 10.

Other Items

Besides weapons and armor, you can craft Augmentations and Noman enhancements. You don't need to research any Nomad enhancement -- just go to development, then the nomad tab to view all available upgrades.

When you craft a Nomad enhancement, it is automatically added the next time you use the Nomad.


mass effect andromeda crafting augmentations

These are special enhancements to a piece of gear that you can add during the development process. These are not the same as mods, because you can't add them or take them away after the item is crafted. You also only get one when you research a mod, and can only get more by finding them randomly in the field -- you can't craft them.

These can greatly change how an item works, such as changing a gun to use no ammo and overheat instead. Augmentations can also change depending on which item you put them in. Check the details of each one to see which items you can put them in and what each one does.


You can destroy a piece of gear to get some of the materials back to help craft other items. If you destroy a crafted piece of gear, you will get back any Augmentations you used to craft it.

That's all you need to know to get started with crafting in Mass Effect Andromeda. Let me know if you have any questions!

Why Mass Effect’s Citadel is One of the Best Hub Worlds Ever Made Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:47:20 -0400 Marc Hollinshead

In an attempt to curb the feeling of desperation to play Mass Effect: Andromeda after what has felt like eons, I booted up the original Mass Effect so the wait wasn’t quite as agonizing. As a lover of the achievement and trophy systems, the Mass Effect series is my only exception when it comes to returning to an already completed title. Those games never lose their charm, no matter how many times I come back to them. And after picking them up once again, I quickly rediscovered one very special reason why -- the Citadel.  

The Citadel of Mass Effect is the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Not literally, but politically. The humongous space station is where all races come together to create the galactic community that we see throughout the series. In its most basic form, it acts as the first game’s main hub world, and it is arguably one of the best hub worlds to ever grace a game.

Upon entering the Citadel for the first time, you soon realize that this visit won’t be a quick one.

Questing aside, walking around the Presidium and the Wards can take up a couple of hours just on its own. But when you start to engage in conversations with different people and complete various tasks, the Citadel becomes much more than a glorified shopping mall and safe haven.

The reason that the Citadel is such an enticing hub world is that it possesses a soul.

The empty and lifeless hubs we see so regularly in other games may have you stay for a few minutes at time. But when I was finally ready to get back to the Normandy, 4-5 hours had passed. BioWare had to create something that oozed mystery and that sci-fi feeling, and triumphed in that regard.

Every detail that went into creating the Citadel meld into one brilliantly designed area. The music is an excellent example. While essentially a small part of the gaming experience, fits perfectly with the specific area in which it plays. The lofty and sophisticated tune of the Presidium is juxtaposed with the brooding and mysterious ambience of the Wards. This always sticks with you as you travel through these areas.

When a game hub world becomes less of a hub and more of a realistic snippet of humanity years and years down the line, it’s something truly special.

The game always gives you a reason to come back to the Citadel as well.

Whether that’s through side quests, the main story, or simply to have a break from Saren and the Geth, there’s always something to call you back to this hub world. This is difficult to accomplish for any area in a game -- making it like it’s alive and moving on as each in-game day passes. But the Citadel manages to achieve that.

As you approach the end of your time in Mass Effect, the Citadel feels like it has seen its fair share of events, just like Shepard has throughout the game. So it isn’t simply stuck in an unchangeable loop, but an evolving world that reflects the journey you've taken. It’s somewhere that you feel invested in -- not just a means to an end.

It's big enough to let your imagination take over.

The Citadel feels alive, it sets a truly astonishing sci-fi mood, and it has a ridiculously large amount of lore to hold it together. And not to mention that it's huge. The area harbors millions of citizens and weighs billions of tons.

While we never see the full extent of the Citadel as an explorable area, specific views from the Presidium and Wards give you the chance to look out at the vast expanse of the station and get a glimpse into the sheer scope of it. A little bit of imagination may be needed, but it doesn’t take much to be amazed by the tales that are being told across those outstretched metallic arms. So even though that part of the ancient station can never be explored in full, we are given just enough to let our minds run wild with excitement.  

As a hub, the Citadel does its job. As an explorable space that creates a sense of intrigue and genuine desire to soak in absolutely everything, it does it brilliantly. Whereas other hubs eventually outstay their welcome once you’ve completed your various objectives, the Citadel entices you to stay just that little bit longer. Out of every world, city, town, camp and location of any size I’ve been to in my time as a gamer, the Citadel is the one that I will remember most of all.