'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Release In March Features More Close-Up Combats, Craftable Melee Weapons; Rated In Australia For Violence?

By Ben Lindon , Updated Jan 23, 2017 09:41 PM EST

"Mass Effect: Andromeda" will allow  hand-to-hand players to build and equip their dedicated melee weapons, more than just the starter omni-blade. This could mean a major change, given the fact that during the Shepard's day, the players are required to use their bright orange holographic knife when they want to put aside their gun and opt for a hand-to-hand attack.

"Mass Effect: Andromeda" System Will Be Different According To Game Designer

The new combat and crafting details in "Mass Effect: Andromeda" were announced by the game's lead designer Ian S. Frazier via Twitter. According to Frazier, the game system in "Mass Effect: Andromeda" will be different from BioWare's previous game, "Dragon Age: Inquisition", although it also allows players to craft weapons and other equipment.

It should be noted that the first Mass Effect trilogy had a few close-combat focused classes and abilities, yet with minimal support for the actual melee brawling. This means that the players would be placed at some tactical disadvantage given that they have to run up to someone to swing their space-axe at while they are being filled with futuristic bullets. That said, there are speculations that "Mass Effect: Andromeda" will not encourage melee-exclusive characters, GamesRadar reported.

"Mass Effect: Andromeda" In Australia Was Rated For Violence, Sex Scenes

"Mass Effect: Andromeda" in Australia has been  given a rating of MA15+, which means that the game is geared towards adult given the content added to it. As stated in the consumer advice, the game has strong sex scenes and violence.

The "Mass Effect: Andromeda" rating goes even further, suggesting that the game has moderate impact of violence, nudity, language and drug use.  The sex scenes are, in fact, noted to have a strong impact.

"Mass Effect: Andromeda" will be released in North America on Mar. 21 and in Europe on Mar. 23. The game will be available on PS4, Xbox One and the PC, according to JPS.

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