Sunday February 12, 2017

Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Side Content Takes Inspiration from Witcher 3

Addressing concerns that the new Mass Effect would borrow heavily from the company’s last outing, Dragon Age: Inquisition, BioWare has gone on record claiming that portions of Andromeda will actually play more like CD Projekt RED’s Witcher 3. As someone who is still barely 30 minutes into Inquisition and haven’t even touched the third Witcher installment yet, I can’t tell you exactly what that means or even why Inquisition is despised, but if I had to take a guess, I will assume that most of Mass Effect’s side missions will actually correlate with each other narratively and try to tie in with the main storyline, making them more meaningful than stuff like fetch quests.

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آ…a regrettably uncredited BioWare staffer said the developer is "approaching the completionist aspect very differently, because we’ve done and learned a lot from Inquisition". "But we’ve also observed what other games have been doing, like The Witcher. And it was very important for us that the quantity of scope doesn’t downgrade the quality of whatever you are doing there," they said. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt had stacks of side content, and a lot of it is great, with linking plot threads, interesting stories and proper cutscenes. Witcher Contracts might have less story but offered greater challenges and detective sequences; collection quests were tied to dungeons; and the smaller filler things like Monster Nests could be ticked off really quickly.

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