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8 Best Role-playing Games like Mass Effect

8 Best Role-playing Games like Mass Effect

If one wants to live out a virtual life with an impressive virtual avatar then RPGs are a great platform to hone and build decision-making and character building skills. This article lists out best role-playing games like Mass Effect to develop your skills online.
Mary Anthony
The BioShock Series storyline was inspired by the history of the Rockefeller Center near the GE building, and the in-game rich tycoon character of Andrew Ryan is loosely based on the real life of John D. Rockefeller.

RPGs (role-playing games) are defined as games that require an individual to build a specific character in a virtual game world and complete the given tasks on basis of a central storyline.

Mass Effect is one such game developed by BioWare, it's a trilogy science fiction action role-playing third person shooter video game series based on the storyline of Commander Shepherd, the game hero fighting against the antagonist Saren Arterius and a multitude of mechanical beings called Reapers. The game unfolds in a trilogy series with Commander Shepherd battling the alien race and preventing them from returning into the Milky Way. This game is critically praised and has set a standard in RPG gaming world for its depiction of characters, story, and well-crafted galaxy. Listed below are games similar to mass effect that are bound to give you the thrill of virtual gaming reality.

Alpha Protocol
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
OnLive
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment

In this action role-playing stealth game the player gets to don the role of a covert agent for the government and kill potential terror agents. There are basically three missions and you can choose to complete them in any order, the course of action for the future missions will change with the chosen mission. During each task the agent has to hide in a safehouse where he can refuel himself and his machinery, players can also buy and sell weapons in the safehouse. Along with the action-packed game sequence players can earn 'advancement points' which can be used to develop the agent's weapon skills. The game boosts of great narration and conversation features, if you want the feel of playing Jason Bourne in the virtual world then this game will surely get you hooked.


Dark Souls
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Developer: From Software

Rooted heavily in mythology this game has an open environment feature and is an action-packed role-playing game, the player gets to play the role of a cursed human in the mythical kingdom of Lordran. He tries to find his destiny in the mysterious portal of the undead. Players require to piece the puzzles together to get the storyline by deciphering the dialogs and the sequence of the game, in order to survive the harsh in-game situations. The player has to kill monsters and potential threat enemies to gain 'souls' which act like the game currency and level points. The game has 'bonfires' or hubs which act like safe zones for repairing weapons and taking rest. This game received lot of attention due to its combating style and challenging aspect, and if you wish to be a reaper of souls then this dark underworld welcomes you!


BioShock Series
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, OS X, Cloud (OnLive),[6][7] iOS
Developer: 2K Boston, 2K Australia

This sole survivor first-person shooter role-playing game takes place in the bio-hazard world of Rapture an underwater city that was built by a rich tycoon Andrew Ryan for the elite, but soon is inhabited by plasmid ADAM infected humans with super-human powers due to alteration in their DNA structure. The player lands in this bio-zone as a plane crash survivor and has to fight his way through these modified creatures. The player can alternate between one active plasmid and one active weapon at a time, and also collect a variety of them. Plasmids require EVE syringes collected by the player to survive, the player has to restock on the health meter with medical kits found in the game. In-game currency is collected from the bodies of the defeated enemies which in turn can be used to stock weapons. The game was critically lauded and received 'Game of the Year' award from BAFTA, it's an engaging bio-span game especially for bionics fans.


Red Dead Redemption
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, OS X, Cloud (OnLive),[6][7] iOS
Developer: Rockstar San Diego

If you can fancy playing a gun wielding Mexican outlaw complete with Wild West setting, then this open world game is the one for you. The player gets to choose from a variety of horse breeds that determines the course of the game on horseback in the virtual world, the player gets to witness public hangings, encounter ambush, ride-by shootings and animal attacks within the game to receive bonus and honor. The player can also opt for the multi-player mode and engage in gaming with 16 players at a time, the game boosts of cover system that allows the player to hide behind objects and shoot at the adversaries. The setting is an amalgamation of old and new Wild West life with an interesting storyline that captures the player till the end.


Dragon Age: Origins
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, OS X
Developer: BioWare

An excellent RPG adventure that takes place in the dark fantasy world where a player can experience 'free marches', variation with the characters, choose between races and class that will alter the storyline of the game, and combination of fantasy spells that might be discovered by accident or clues. Choices of the character can be done through Human Noble (for Human Warriors or Rogues), Magi (for Elven or Human Mages), Dalish Elf or City Elf (for Elven Warriors or Rogues), Dwarf Commoner or Dwarf Noble (for Dwarven Warrior or Rogue). Choosing a particular race gives the player all its unique combat features and characteristics to complete the game quests. The game world metamorphoses according to the decisions taken by the player and helps him gain experience rewards. If battling dragons and mythical creatures of the dark is your forte then this game has equal amounts of thrills and chills.


Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls Series
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

This compelling first-person open world environment game enables the player to battle out monsters in a dungeon and also defeat the world eater Dragon Alduin, who is destined to doom the world. The gamer can use fast-paced horses or unique travel system to travel through the game world, skills can be acquired through experience from eighteen different skill trees and variety of character races. Ancient language is encrypted to make the storyline interesting and the player can absorb the souls of dragons to gain extra powers. If you are interested in plenty of game content then this game surely won't fail you.


Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
OnLive
OS X
PlayStation 3
Wii U
Xbox 360
Developer: Eidos Montreal

A near-future action-packed first-person game, the player follows the game story as Adam Jensen a prosthetic creation of a biotechnology firm who is embroiled in a government conspiracy. The player can opt to augment the character to increase its combat skills, the character requires energy and health recharges through medical supplies and beverages throughout the game. One can choose from various playstyles like fighting, hacking, and sneaking to complete the missions. Various augmentations can be unlocked with the advancement of the level of the game to aid in the play style. If you fancy being a future modified being with artificial body parts then this game has all the right elements to keep you in the virtual zone.


Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Developer: Big Huge Games and 38 Studios

Caught between the battles of mortal and immortal beings in the fantasy world of Faelands, one of the Kingdoms of Amalur, the player can experience the thrill of completing engaging quests, combating in five distinct regions with four playable races, three class trees and with 22 abilities per tree. The abilities are unlocked when the player gains experience through the battles along with 'destinies' that change the storyline of the game. Critically praised for its combating style this game sets in as a button-mashing emprise.


RPGs enhance the analytical skills, can make one a better problem-solver, and improve one's strategies as a team player not only in the virtual gaming world, but also in the reality.