Mass Effect andromeda can be a little intimidating for anyone who isn’t familiar with the previous Mass Effect games, Here are a few beginner’s tips to help you start your Mass Effect: Andromeda playthrough in a strong way. Scan everything you see, You have a scanner, you can scan many things all over the world from plants to aliens to random tech. Scannable items are a darker orangey red when peering through the scanner interface, if you scan them you will gain Research Points.

Now, these research point will become very valuable as they can be used to purchase research toward blueprints that allow you to craft various weapons and armour from Milky Way tech to Andromeda and Helius Tech. Bioware have said that while you don’t have to scan things and can just play the game without going that route, some of the best items in the game can only be obtained through crafting, so it’s really worth getting those research points in early. You will periodically pick up salavage items, these can be found in the resources section of your inventory, These are only good for selling for credits, so be sure to sell them to the next vendor to keep from filling your bags before you know what to do with your loot. Combat works a little different in Andromeda compared to the previous trilogy.

A big change is taking cover. Ryder will automatically take cover behind anything where it is possible provided you have your weapon drawn, there is no crouching, it’s all automatic. This takes a little getting used to but it’s actually a very cool feature. Your health can only be restored through the ammo drops around the battlefields, there are no portable health packs, so similar to ammunition, you have to walk over them to restore your health and ammunition. You can tell if it is one that can restore health via a red square with a red circle within it. You cannot jump, but there is a jetpack boost function when you are wearing your armour, it gives you a quick and substantial boost jump, which is rather awesome and makes traversing battlefields more exciting.

But to use this to it’s full potential, when storming the enemy cover, you can pull moves of jumping above them and hold down the aim button to hover in mid air for a short time allowing you to surprise the enemy with face melting power from above. Take a good 20 minutes to look over the skills menu, within the skills menu is you and your team, here is where you can spend the skill points you gain from leveling up. Your team also gains skill points, you get to choose what points go where for you team aswell as yourself. Your team mates are a far more simplistic bunch with a small selection of skills to choose from.

You however are far more complex and have 3 main routes to go, Combat, Biotic and Tech. You don’t need to commit to anyone one and can pick and choose abilities and skills from each route, beyond that each skill has it’s own sub progression, they start off simple with more choices coming on later. Don’t worry if you accidentally select a skill, provided you have yet to confirm your choices for that round they won’t be in effect. And in general, Quests will give you experience at a more faster rate than simply grinding mobs, so get into the story, and get some better rewards along the way. That’s it for the super early tips, more advanced guides will be coming in the next days and weeks going into detail about every aspect of Mass Effect: Andromeda. Until then, earn those Research Points, Complete Those Quests, and explore far and wide with your Nomad as some of the best stuff is hidden out there waiting to be found.

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