Mass Effect: Andromeda is about your quest through the galaxy as Ryder, but that's not all it's about, as there's also a multiplayer component that requires a different set of skills to be successful in. We've compiled a guide to help you make the most of your multiplayer experience, then.
Choose a class that compliments your playstyle
There are six classes to choose from as you start playing Mass Effect: Andromeda's multiplayer, all in human male or female variations, and more are unlocked by opening packs. The classes themselves are derived from the previous games, and a good starting class is the soldier, as it plays fairly straight forward and can quickly be levelled up a bit for improved survivability. Once you've learned the basics, however, we suggest you move on to one of the more fun classes that make use of biotics and/or tech abilities. The Adept and the Infiltrator are two of our favourites, as well as the unlockable class, the Turian Havoc Trooper, which allows for some alternative strategies that have to do mainly with being able to hover without taking as much damage.
Overall, you'll want to pick a class that complements your playstyle. If you want to be up close and personal, for instance, you may want to go for a soldier with a shotgun and strong melee. If you want to play stealthier and use tech abilities, though, the Infiltrator is your choice (you can also turn this into a strong melee class). You may want to play a couple of games with each class to get a feel for them and level them up a bit, even if we must say that certain classes take longer to warm up to. You'll also want to pay attention to the global perk each class feeds into, as it's a long road to level up these traits (that give bonuses across the board to all characters once levelled up).
Also consider the weight of the weaponry you bring to battle. While there's no benefit to carrying less than what you can, if you bring too much hardware (say an assualt rifle and a shotgun) early before levelling up, then you likely will have a longer recharge for your powers. Choose one main weapon and bring a pistol as a sidearm, and if need be you can always use an ammo pack for your primary weapon.
Use your melee attacks
Certain enemies are very susceptible to melee attacks and you shouldn't be afraid to swing left and right as things get crowded. Taking out Adhis with punches is very satisfying, and if you choose a class that allows you to up the potency of your melee attacks, that's a great option. It may not work against say an Ascended, but most enemies you'll face are weak against melee attacks. Another great thing about melee attacks is that if you propel yourself into the air and slam down with a punch you deal area of effect damage, which is excellent when you're cornered and there's no cooldown to consider.
Boost your strengths with boosters
Using boosters can really make a ton of difference, and you should naturally try and boost your best abilities and weapons with these "burn cards" of sorts. It's a great way of stacking extra damage to something like melee attacks for a character that's already very good in this regard, or for strengthening your primary weapon further (this can also be done with mods).
Save your items until the last waves
The early waves are fairly easy, and you should avoid wasting your health pack, ammo pack, revive, or RPG if you can, as these are better used in later waves or when you have special missions such as hacking or elimination. The Cobra RPGs in particular can deal devastating damage to larger enemies and are key make your life a whole lot easier if put to good use. Make sure you stock up on items between matches, too, as there's nothing worse than going into a game without the ability to revive yourself.
Always stock up on ammo and power cells
This is pretty much self-explanatory, but if you're making a stand close to an ammo depo, you can always top up your ammo and cells during the round as well. Make sure you always know where your closest ammo box is at all times.
Save your credits for expensive packs
Our strategy when buying packs was to buy cheap supply packs to stock up on one time items and boosters, and save the rest of the credits to buy the more expensive packs that allow for a chance to receive an ultra rare character. That's if you're playing to unlock the ultra rare classes. You'll also earn mission points and you should make sure only to spend these on equipment, not consumables, as you're much better off buying consumables with the supply packs.
Complete Apex missions
Hidden away under Strike Team in the multiplayer menu is the option you should spend most of your time on. Here you'll find Apex missions that'll bring you mission credits and also bring rewards into the single-player side of the game. For those who don't want to play themselves there's the option to send out a strike team, and you should also note that these missions come with specific twists. For instance, there may be a debuff to all powers, which means you may want to choose a build that's focused on weapons and a booster to the same effect.
The jetpacks in Mass Effect: Andromeda are cool, and they open up a more vertical style of gameplay, and it's always good to gain higher ground as you'll be able to shoot enemies in cover and also gain a good tactical overview. You should also take advantage of the hover ability (left trigger) as it can give you a brief advantage. Watch out though, as you're a bit of a sitting duck as you hover. Boosting and sliding don't only allow you to gain higher ground, but they also allow you to close distance, which is key if you're going for a melee build or if you're wielding a shotgun. This is also true the other way around, as you can boost-dash your way out of danger. The infiltrator, for instance, goes invisible for a brief moment when dashing, which can be a lifesaver.
Play the objective
There's always the lure to play a bit selfishly in Mass Effect: Andromeda co-op. This is because most of the points you earn aren't necessarilly for teamplay (apart from the big chunk of points you receive upon extraction), but rather for kills. Sure, completing special objectives such as hacking, elmination, or devices does give you a neat bonus tally, but reviving someone earns you very little compared to the risk you may be taking. Nevertheless, you'll want to finish the mission and get extracted, and to achieve this it's best to play together and boost each other's chances of survival. That being said, don't be surprised to see more skilled players opting to let you bleed out as they farm points from the remaining enemies.
For the most part you don't have to think too much while playing these missions, but on the harder difficulties you'll be well advised to switch up your strategies against certain enemies. Make sure you focus on their shields first for example, then deal damage, or discover the combo effects certain tech and biotic powers have. If you're playing with the same group of people you can make sure you have powers that combine well too, then all that remains is to coordinate your attacks in the heat of the moment, something that's easier said than done.
Did we miss any tips out? What are your plans for the multiplayer side of Mass Effect: Andromeda. Let us know below!
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