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Games Like 'Mass Effect' to Play Next

Whether you're looking for another cover-based shooter or another galactic adventure, here are 10 games like 'Mass Effect' to play next.

Jon Bitner
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Mass Effect

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The Mass Effect series is home to some of the best games in BioWare's catalog. Offering hundreds of player customization options, branching dialogue and storylines, and fun cover-based shooting mechanics, Mass Effect titles continue to rank as some of the best BioWare games of all time.

BioWare recently launched the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, bundling Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 into a single package — and modernizing the experience for a new generation of players. The games now support 4K resolutions, use reworked textures, and upgrade a variety of bothersome gameplay mechanics.

The Legendary Edition is arguably the best way to experience the action, as it doesn't aim to modify the core experience. Instead, it leaves everything great about the franchise intact while making quality-of-life changes to small problems that lingered throughout the series' history. It's also great to see the action running in 4K, as the environmental design and art style of Mass Effect are at the top of their class.

What sets Mass Effect apart from others in the genre is its ensemble of well-written characters, engaging combat, and player-driven story. Whether you're chatting with crew mates or gunning down hostiles from another planet, Mass Effect is always engrossing. Few games have managed to capture a similar essence, but certain elements of the sci-fi epic can be found in hundreds of other titles. Whether you're looking for another cover-based shooter or another galactic adventure, there's bound to be something that catches your eye.

Here are 10 games like Mass Effect to play next, listed by Metascore.


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Grand Theft Auto V

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Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)

Metascore: 97
Best for: Fans of open-world chaos
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Also available on: PC, PS3, PS5, XB360, XB1, XBX

If you don't mind being contained to a single planet, Grand Theft Auto V actually shares a lot in common with Mass Effect. Rockstar knows how to craft a compelling narrative, and you'll be treated to incredible voice-acting, believable characters, and a winding storyline that begs you to keep playing. Combat is also covered-based, with you ducking behind walls and peeking around corners to pick off your targets. If its lengthy single-player campaign isn't enough, you'll find a robust online mode that has continued to grow (and thrive) in the years since launch.

"Rockstar has managed to harmonize the different trends in the saga, managing to create an unforgettable experience that will be enjoyed for a long time to come." — Meristation


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Dead Space 2

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Dead Space 2 (XB360)

Metascore: 90
Best for: Fans of horror games
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Also available on: PC, PS3

Dead Space 2 continues the story of Isaac Clarke, a systems engineer aboard the USG Ishimura spacecraft when it's attacked by a hostile alien species. This installment takes place several years after the original, although you'll still be using makeshift weapons to dismember and destroy anything that pops out of the dark. Isaac eventually finds his way to a new space station (the Sprawl), which is filled with dark corridors, jump scares, and nightmarish creatures in every room. It's not for the faint of heart, but fans of visceral combat and sci-fi stories would be hard-pressed to find a more compelling horror game.

"Nightmarishly freaky adventure oozing with scares and epic moments. A horror masterpiece." — Games Master UK


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Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

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Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (PS5)

Metascore: 89
Best for: Fans of incredible storytelling
Where to buy: PlayStation Store
Also available on: iOS, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, XB1, XBX

Disco Elysium is an RPG that throws you into the shoes of a detective in charge of solving a recent murder. But instead of roaming around and getting in tense shootouts, you'll be engaging in tense dialogue with citizens (and criminals) in the city. What you say and choose to do will determine the outcome of the game, and it's not always clear which decision is "right." The Final Cut is the definitive version of Disco Elysium, offering voice acting, fast travel, a bunch of new quests, and more. You'll also benefit from 4K support, which breathes new life into the oil painting visuals.

"A unique blend of noir-detective fiction, traditional pen-and-paper RPGs, and a large helping of existentialist theory." — IGN


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Cyberpunk 2077

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Cyberpunk 2077 (PC)

Metascore: 86
Best for: Fans of stunning graphics and Keanu Reeves
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Also available on: PS4, PS5, Stadia, XB1, XBX

Set in the futuristic, dystopian Night City, you'll play as V, a customizable character that gets caught up in a scheme to locate an implant that grants immortality. Along the way, you'll be joined by an incredible supporting cast (including Reeves, who plays the enigmatic rocker Johnny Silverhand) that pass out lengthy side quests or help flesh out the narrative. When you're not roaming its open-world city on motorcycles or superpowered cars, you'll engage in FPS combat to accrue experience points that can be spent to upgrade your stats. Dozens of patches have only improved Cyberpunk 2077, and it's a better game today than ever before.

"Despite a few flaws, Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most consistently astounding pieces of media I've ever had the pleasure of consuming." — God is a Geek


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Dragon Age: Origins

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Dragon Age: Origins (XB360)

Metascore: 86
Best for: Fans of tactical real-time combat
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Also available on: PC, PS3

Created by BioWare, it should come as no surprise that Dragon Age: Origins is another stellar RPG. Instead of sci-fi, interplanetary action, however, you'll be thrown into the fantastical world of Thedas. You'll put together a small band of adventurers before trekking across the map and putting a stop to the Darkspawn and their attempt to take control of the realm. Combat plays out in real-time, although you can pause the action to survey the battlefield and plan your next move. You'll also find dozens of side quests that make it easy to sink over 100 hours into this BioWare classic.

"A complete package. It offers true role-playing, a diverse and engaging story, plentiful customization options, humorous dialogue, deep gameplay, and lots of variety." — RPGamer


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Destiny 2

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Destiny 2 (PS4)

Metascore: 85
Best for: Fans looking for more sci-fi shooting
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Also available on: PC, PS5, XB1, XBX

Destiny 2 deftly merges tense FPS action with deep RPG systems. After picking a class, you'll set out on a planet-hopping quest that continues to grow largely (and slightly more convoluted) with each update. Multiple game modes are available, including content for solo players, cooperative dungeons, and competitive PvP. There's also Gambit, a multiplayer mode that sees you battling both NPC mobs and another team of Guardians. Bungie has big plans for Destiny 2, and now is a great time to join in on the sci-fi action.

"Evolved beyond what anyone imagined, Destiny 2 realizes the FPS-RPG dream with a richness, warmth, and player-minded benevolence that needs to be played to be truly understood." — GamesRadar+


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The Outer Worlds

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The Outer Worlds (PS4)

Metascore: 85
Best for: Satirical humor and deep customization
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Also available on: PC, Switch, XB1

Quirky, satirical humor and memorable characters are the highlights of The Outer World, which thrusts you into the middle of an interstellar conspiracy. Each quest and character are fully realized, and every location you visit is a visual feast, thanks to eye-catching designs and beautiful graphics. Action is every bit as enjoyable as the narrative, which sees you wielding overpowered guns and slowing down time to land critical hits. And with multiple endings and dozens of ways to build your character, dedicated players will have no problem jumping back in once the final credits roll.

"This action-RPG is a delightful sci-fi romp with razor-sharp writing, lashings of humor and enough content to entertain you for months." — Guardian


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Fallout: New Vegas

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Fallout: New Vegas (XB360)

Metascore: 84
Best for: Fans of player-driven narratives
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Also available on: PC, PS3

As far as player-driven RPGs are concerned, Fallout: New Vegas continues to be a fan favorite. You're initially tasked with a simple courier mission — before getting ambushed and left for dead out in the desert. What follows is more than a revenge tale, however, as you'll find yourself dealing with rival factions, exploring bustling post-apocalyptic cities, and ultimately deciding the fate of New Vegas. Branching dialogue and tactical, real-time combat helped Fallout: New Vegas earn its stellar Metascore, but its gigantic world and myriad of quests are the reason people are still playing more than a decade after its release.

"New Vegas is less a sandbox game than whole beach to play around in." — Guardian


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Gears 5

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Gears 5 (XB1)

Metascore: 84
Best for: Fans of visceral melee combat and cover-based shooting
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Also available on: PC, XBX

Gears 5 is a violent third-person shooter, where guns are equipped with chainsaws and chaotic battlefields quickly turn quiet. Kait Diaz steps into the lead role for this installment, which once again sees you facing off against the Locust in cover-based combat. After you work through its violent campaign, you can check out a variety of PvE and PvP modes. There's also the option to play through the main campaign with two other friends. Gears 5 is included in Xbox Game Pass, making it an affordable game to check out if you're already subbed to the service.

"Gears 5 has reinvented itself… blending what we loved about the franchise with a fresh story, personable protagonists, and some of the best visuals and shooting mechanics we've seen." — VGC


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The Division 2

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The Division 2 (PS4)

Metascore: 82
Best for: Fans of cover-based shooters
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Also available on: PC, Stadia, XB1

Despite launching in 2019, The Division 2 is still churning out new content. The MMO has you and a group of other players exploring a post-apocalyptic version of Washington D.C., which is dealing with the outbreak of a genetically modified virus. Its storyline is compelling enough to keep driving the action forward, but its treasure troves of loot and cover-based combat are the reason its community is still thriving. It's never difficult to find something to do in its sprawling world, and the ability to team up with other players only makes the tense action more enjoyable.

"The best loot shooter I've ever played. The cover shooting mechanics are refined, enemy AI is smart and punishing, and the mission design is varied and surprising." — Digital Trends