Mass Effect is undoubtedly one of the best space game franchises, if not the best. Captain Shepard and his partners are real gaming celebrities, and probably, every gamer knows which store of the Citadel Captain Shepard prefers. But even Mass Effect games have an ending. I have collected a list of games very similar to Mass Effect for those who want to take on the role of a space paratrooper again, explore new planets, and conquer endless space. Enjoy.
Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy
Game Features: Dynamic Firefights, Charismatic Characters, Humor
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is an adventure computer game developed by Eidos Montreal in cooperation with Marvel Games and published by Square Enix. The game is based on the Marvel Comics series Guardians of the Galaxy. The game was released on October 26, 2021, for Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.
In Guardians of the Galaxy, the player takes control of a character named Peter Quill (Star-Lord). The player can use weapons to defeat enemies and fly in the air using his jet boots. Other team members — Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Drax the Destroyer — are not directly playable, as they are controlled by artificial intelligence, but players can give them commands during combat. Each character has its own unique skills and abilities, which can be combined to cause more damage to enemies.
The Outer Worlds
Game Features: Deep RPG, Own Spacecraft, Companion System
The Outer Worlds is a first-person computer role-playing game developed by American company Obsidian Entertainment for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The game was released on October 25, 2019. It was published by Private Division, a division of Take-Two Interactive, responsible for supporting independent developers.
The game is set in the future, in a fictional sci-fi universe. The player takes on the role of a passenger awakened from cryosleep on a spaceship sent to the newly founded Halcyon colony on the outskirts of the galaxy. As it turns out upon awakening, the colony has long been developed by mankind, while the game character, like his unfortunate companions, has been frozen for 70 years. A local resident who rescued him promises to save the other colonists, but the player can either cooperate with him in this matter or hand over the savior to the evil Halcyon Corporation for a reward.
Dragon Age 4
Game Features: Huge World, Character Development, Relationships with Characters, Your Own Faction
Dragon Age is a series of computer role-playing fantasy games developed by Canadian studio BioWare and published by American company Electronic Arts. The first game in the series, Dragon Age: Origins, was released in November 2009. The latest installment in the series, Dragon Age: Inquisition, was released in November 2014.
All the games in the series are set in the conditional late Middle Ages, on the continent of Thedas, which lies in the southern hemisphere of an unnamed planet. Thedas is inhabited by many races, mainly humans, elves, dwarves, and Qunari. The whole territory of the continent is divided into several independent states ruled by humans, the main ones being Orlais and Ferelden in the south, and Tevinter Imperium, Anderfels, and Nevarra in the north. In the southeast, there are many independent city-states collectively called the Free Marches.
Dragon Age: Origins
Game Features: Classic RPG, Great Story, Intelligent Gameplay
Dragon Age: Origins is a computer role-playing game developed by Canadian studio BioWare and released by Electronic Arts for Windows, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and macOS in 2009. It is the first game in the Dragon Age series. The developers at BioWare described the game as a “dark heroic fantasy” and called it the spiritual successor to the Baldur’s Gate series.
Dragon Age: Origins is a third-person computer role-playing game. In the beginning, the player has to create a character by selecting its gender, race (human, elf, or dwarf), and class (warrior, mage, or rogue). The player can customize the appearance of the character as he sees fit. The combination of race and class determines which of six possible backstories will be used at the start of the game. Characters with different backstories start the game in different locations, and non-playable characters react differently to characters with different backstories.
Game Features: Lots of Shooting, Tons of Guns
Anthem is an Action/RPG computer game and open-world multiplayer third-person shooter. The game was developed by BioWare Edmonton and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The release date is February 22, 2019.
In this open world, squads of up to four players embark on expeditions outside the fortress of Fort Tarsis to encounter and discover many hidden secrets and unforeseen dangers. Using a Javelin exosuit, Freelancers can explore uncharted locations from the air, on the ground, and underwater, with each suit being unique, having its own style and combat role. While exploring the outside world, Freelancers can participate in large-scale world events, such as the Shaper Storms, or encounter unforeseen dangers, such as wild beasts and ruthless marauders.
Game Features: Horror in Space, Atmosphere
Dead Space is a sci-fi computer game in the survival horror and third-person shooter genres developed by EA Redwood Shores and released by Electronic Arts for Windows PCs and PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles in 2008. The first game in the Dead Space series. A remake was announced at the EA Play Live event in 2021 and is scheduled for release on January 27, 2023.
The player controls the game’s main character, Isaac Clarke, from a third-person perspective. The game does not allow you to make usual jumps or get off cliffs or ledges in any way; it is partially possible in places with no gravity. Also, there are practically no splash screens in the game – all the cutscenes are interactive. The game is notable for its unusual user interface – all of its elements are integrated into the game world. On the back of Isaac’s spacesuit are “health” and stasis charge indicators, and an oxygen tank reserve indicator appears when you enter airless space.
Game Features: Deep Story, Great Shooter
BioShock is a first-person shooter computer game with elements of RPG and science fiction. It was developed by 2K Boston (later Irrational Games) and published by 2K Games for Windows and Xbox 360 in 2007. Its version for PlayStation 3 was released in 2008, and an OS X port of the game, developed by Feral Interactive, was released in 2009.
The player controls the main character named Jack. In 1960, Jack finds himself the sole surviving passenger of an airliner that goes down in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, near the secret entrance to Rapture. Jack has no choice but to swim up to the entrance, which is a tall lighthouse, and descend in a bathysphere into the city. When he arrives at the unknown place, he is contacted by Atlas over the radio. He offers to help and becomes Jack’s only lifeline in the place.
Game Features: Own Spaceship, MMO, Realistic Spaceships
Humanity has ventured into deep space, inhabiting many planets within the known galaxy. As new regions were explored, other civilizations were encountered, some of which managed to establish trade and diplomatic relations (Xi’an), while others ended up only in military clashes (Vanduul). Most of humanity is gathered under the banner of the United Empire of Earth, which, by the time the game begins, is on the verge of disintegrating into at least two parts, with centers on the planets Earth and Terra.
The player sees the world from the first-person perspective, getting the necessary information on the glass of his helmet. He can move around the terrain, communicate with other characters, and interact with his surroundings, from minor object manipulation to piloting spaceships. In general, he can choose to explore the galaxy, trade, or fight by becoming a fighter pilot, pirate, merchant, or savior.