10 Games to Play if You're a Fan of the 'Mass Effect' Series

Fans are anxiously waiting for the 2021 release of the trilogy remaster and more details of the rumored 'Mass Effect 4'. But how do you scratch that action-RPG story-rich itch? Give these games a try if you're a fan of the 'Mass Effect' series!

10 Games to Play if You're a Fan of the 'Mass Effect' Series

The Trilogy Remaster and Next Mass Effect

The Game Awards 2020 wrapped up a spectacular awards ceremony with a major announcement from BioWare. A teaser trailer indicating that a brand-new Mass Effect is currently in the works. In this extremely vague teaser trailer fans are left hanging a bit but the BioWare team has hidden a few clues for us to find that can shed some light on where and when the next chapter will take off, so watch closely! What we can tell is this is meant to be completely separate to the trilogy remaster that is set to launch in June 2021.

New Mass Effect Teaser Trailer | Credit: BioWare

Now what? The much anticipated Mass Effect Legendary Edition won't be released until June 2021 and it will be sometime before the next chapter is launched, so what game does a Mass Effect fan turn to next? What game could compare to the world lore, relationship=building, and epic story?

Well, you're in luck! Here's a game list that is stuffed with worthy time sinks like Mass Effect. Jump into something new and see if you can't discover the greatness lurking in these games as well.

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10) Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas | Credit: Bethesda 

Fallout: New Vegas brings the apocalypse home to Earth. Play as a character in what used to be California. Experience an open-world post-WWIII America, long after the nuclear bombs have exploded and wiped out most of society. You wake up after a run-in with one of the area's most notorious gangsters, hellbent on revenge for his attempt to murder you.

Level up and earn skills in this first-person shooter game. Similar to Mass Effect, there's a host of crafting and upgrading your armor and weapons in this installment of the Fallout series. Why not see what New California and all of its clans have to offer in this action RPG classic?

9) Dead Space

Dead Space | Credit: EA

If you loved the sci-fi vibe of Mass Effect, check out this spooky space story. Play as Isaac Clarke, an engineer who receives a distress signal from his scientist girlfriend from space. He rushes to her spaceship, only to find the vessel abandoned... by all human life forms, anyway.

Fight off aliens while trying to rescue the ship and find out what happened to Isaac's girlfriend. Use a variety of weapons and navigate the twisting, turning corridors. What gruesome secrets lurk among the Ishimura? Find out in this horror title from 2006.

8) Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition | Credit: EA

Maybe you enjoy the relationship-building in the Mass Effect series. The third in the Dragon Age series, will fix you right up! Play as an inquisitor, tasked with closing a mysterious rift in the sky called "The Breach."

Build a team with your character and three other party members, exploring the semi-open world through action-based, fluid combat. It's completely customizable, with subclasses and expertise training in the end-game.

Additionally, there are 12 major NPCs that you can develop relationships with through various interactions such as unique dialogue, gift-giving, and eventually romance. Make your story truly your own by choosing everything from your relationship to your fighting style.

7) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim | Credit Bethesda

Who doesn't want to slay dragons? Skyrim is a must-play for anyone who loves Mass Effect. Play as the Dragonborn, and a folk hero returned to destroy the ancient dragon Alduin. Use your voice, along with magic and weapons, to explore and eventually save this massive open world from certain doom.

6) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic | Credit: BioWare

Star Wars: KOTR follows the story of a blossoming force user. Choose between Light and Dark as you tread on your path, unlocking skills, and abilities based on your alliance. Discover your true identity while wielding epic, classic force weapons like lightsabers and mind tricks. This action-based game from 2003 might be an oldie, but it's definitely a goodie!

5) Anthem

Anthem | EA

Say that social games are more your speed. We dropped in Anthem, the futuristic action MMO from Bioware. Play as a freelancer, an adventurer decked out in a powerful exosuit, on a distant space planet. Team up with friends or go it alone.

The main story consists of an evil entity known as the Monitor. It's hellbent on taking control of the rare and precious artifacts of your faction guards. Collect weapons and level up, unlocking new parts and skills for four different exosuits, also called Javelins. Explore the world, unlocking secrets and special quests along with millions of other players worldwide.

4) Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 | Credit: 2K

If the planet-hopping gun-toting world of Mass Effect was what you loved, then this is the game for you! Borderlands 3 is the first-person loot and shoot from the 2K development team. Experience a fast-paced shoot 'em up style while gathering tons, and we mean TONS of sweet loot.

Play as a Vault Hunter, which is basically an intergalactic treasure hunter. However, you're forced into the middle of a war between a group of Sirens, which are magic-wielding Vault Hunters. The ensuing fight for the freedom of the galaxy will not only introduce you to memorable characters like the infamous psycho robot, CL4PTR4P!

3) Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided | Credit: SQUARE ENIX

Like Mass Effect, this action stealth game takes place in a somewhat dystopian future. However, humanity is its own worst enemy in this conspiracy-laden title. The world's been split into two groups in the future: those who are 100% biological and those who have some augmentation-- called augs in-game.

Follow the story of what happens when there really are dark forces that control the world. Play as Adam Jensen, an augmented ex-cop who takes the weight of the world on his shoulders after discovering that his company, Sarif Industries, might not be everything that they seem.

2) Bioshock: Infinite

Bioshock: Infinite | Credit: 2K

For fans of sci-fi, Bioshock: Infinite is an action-packed journey. Follow Booker and his ward Elizabeth, who team up while trying to escape the clutches of a religious and political madman known as Comstock.

Explore a city hidden among the clouds, built on zeppelins in a fantastic alternate reality. Play as Booker in this first-person shooter, while Elizabeth acts as a companion of sorts, running around the battlefield. She helps by tossing you useful items. Learn the secrets behind Comstock, following the winding and dramatic story of bonding between the two main characters!

If you love Bioshock: Infinite, you'll be thrilled to hear that 2K has completely confirmed a Bioshock 4! They created a brand new studio for its development, and have stated that they are as excited as gamers to see what direction Bioshock 4 takes with its "powerful narrative and icon, first-person shooter gameplay"!

1) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt | Credit: CD Projekt RED

If you're a fan of the Mass Effect story, then strap in and check out The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It's a complex tale of Geralt, an outcast who is doomed to hunt and destroy monsters in his world. Many years have passed since the previous games, though, and he's an old man now.

Explore a vast, harsh world that's full of fighting factions. Who you side with will have vast consequences. Choose your traveling companions and party make-up several times throughout the game.

The combat is action-based, with Geralt relying heavily on his trusted swords as well as some magic and even traps or poisons. Since how you play is up to you, this chapter in Geralt's story ends a little differently for everyone.