Hello fellow space explorers and RPG lovers! There are few franchises in the realm of video games that have been as impactful and memorable as Mass Effect. With its intricate narrative arcs, complex character relationships, and the vast, explorable universe it offers, Mass Effect has left an indelible mark on the hearts of countless players around the globe.
Yet, after you’ve experienced the epic journey of Commander Shepard and explored the farthest reaches of the universe, you may find yourself yearning for more adventures that offer the same immersive, narrative-driven experience. You might be seeking new worlds to explore, more characters to form deep connections with, and more choices to make that echo across the storyline.
Fear not, dear reader, for your quest is far from over. We’ve compiled a list of games that capture the essence of what made Mass Effect such an extraordinary journey. From high fantasy worlds to cyberpunk futures, these games embody the spirit of decision-based narratives, rich character development, and immersive world-building that are reminiscent of Mass Effect. Strap in and prepare for a thrilling ride through galaxies of gaming goodness!
The Witcher 3
While The Witcher is set in a fantasy world rather than a sci-fi one, its story-driven approach, complex characters, and consequential decision-making make it a compelling choice for fans of Mass Effect.
The Outer Worlds
Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, Outer Worlds is a first-person RPG set in an alternate future where mega-corporations colonize space. With its engaging storyline, player choices that affect the game world, and a companion system, it hits many of the same notes as Mass Effect.
Dragon Age Series
This series is another masterpiece from BioWare, the same developers who created Mass Effect. While the setting is a high-fantasy world instead of space, the Dragon Age games also involve player-driven narratives, relationship-building, and choices that have significant impacts.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Also developed by BioWare, KOTOR is a legendary RPG set in the Star Wars universe. With a rich, branching story, deep character interactions, and a morality system that affects gameplay, it offers a narrative experience quite similar to Mass Effect.
Despite its controversial launch, this title offers deep character customization, a sprawling city to explore, and branching narratives based on player choices. It's an excellent choice for anyone seeking the decision-based storytelling found in Mass Effect.
The Fallout games in general have some ties with the Mass Effect games, mainly due to the fact that they are both RPGs. Fallout 4 in particular reminded me a lot of Mass Effect when the Institute came into the mix. Its more of a nuclear apocalypse version of Mass Effect.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
These games offer a blend of RPG and FPS gameplay set in a cyberpunk future. With choice-driven narratives, intricate world-building, and moral dilemmas, the Deus Ex games offer an experience quite like Mass Effect.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords
Back before EA got their money grubbing hands on the franchise there were some good story driven Star Wars Game. The connection between Mass Effect and Star Wars is fairly obvious, so even if you are not a big fan of the movies, you will probably still like this game.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
The Dragon Age games are set in a fantasy world, but they are made by the same developer. You wont have any guns or space ships, but they are good games with the same moral approach to the story telling.