There are very few games out there that can rival the legacy of ‘Mass Effect’ and ever since fans of the game series were disappointed with the latest installment in the series, we were looking out for games that are similar to Mass Effect. Now we wanted to keep these games strictly based on the play style of the ‘Mass Effect’ trilogy and not include every single action adventure RPG out there. We wanted to keep the setting more or less centered around sci-fi themes because that’s where the ‘Mass Effect’ series shines; however, you might find a couple of other themes in this list as well. Now it is extremely hard to find a game that plays exactly similar to that of ‘Mass Effect’ and we were surprised to find this gaping hole when it comes to action adventure RPGs set around space exploration for modern consoles. So, here is the list of video games similar to ‘Mass Effect’ that are our recommendations. You can play these games like ‘Mass Effect’ on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, iPhone, Android, mac or even online.
9. Anachronox (2001)
‘Anachronox’ is a single player role playing game developed by Ion Storm and directed by Tom Hall and is widely regarded as many as one of Ion Storm’s best works. The game was originally planned to be released in the year 1998 but faced a lot of issues during development and was eventually delayed until 2001. Critics praised the game for its original game design and various new mechanics that set the game apart from other games of that time. The game is centered on a private investigator and follows his eventual adventure to an abandoned planet at the edge of the universe where he unravels mysterious events that can prove fatal for the whole universe.
The developers felt that the story for the game couldn’t be told through a single game alone and planned for future releases but soon lost the license to the Anachronox universe and all release plans had to be scrapped. The developers have since then stated around 2010 that if they do not receive express rights to the game in the following ten years, then he would write down the rest of the story in his own web blog and publish it for the fans. The game has not aged well but definitely is one game you should check out if you liked the ‘Mass Effect’ games, especially since it has so much history tied to it.
8. Fallout 76 (2018)
‘Fallout 76’ is the series’ first ever online only multiplayer instalment and also happens to be the latest one in the series. The game has generated a lot of hype online and it received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics on launch. Set in 2102, Appalachia is a brilliant depiction of West Virginia with the game developers taking express interest in recreating the various points of interest in the location. The world has experienced a nuclear war and people are making their last stand in fallout shelters that protect them from harmful radiation. Life in Appalachia is tough and you have the option of bringing along three other friends in order to traverse the hostile environment of a post apocalyptic war.