Mass Effect Andromeda was... not quite up to the standard of the original trilogy of sci-fi RPGs from BioWare. While it wasn't a completely awful game by any means, there was a clear drop off from the adventures of Commander Shephard and his band of attractive and hilarious squadmates. There were definitely parts about the game that could have been improved but where the developers and publisher EA dropped the ball, the fans were happy to pick it up in the form of mod support for the PC version. Here are 10 mods for Mass Effect: Andromeda that make the game much more playable.
10 Romance Knows No Limits
Technically you could play the entire Mass Effect series without romancing a single person. but why in the world would you want that! Some of the best moments in this franchise are achieved from becoming, ahem, intimate with your partners in battle. Unfortunately, there are some squadmates who are only romanceable via a male or female protagonist.
That's where this mod from user Atherisz comes in. With this mod, your character is not only able to romance any of your squadmates who have a romance path, but you can also have multiple romances going on at the same time. Polygamy for the win in this mod!
9 SAM Audio Limited
Following the common trope of video game "helpers" who are more trouble than they're worth, your artificial intelligence this epic is SAM. While he is important to the story and can provide you with some useful tips, there are also times where SAM will tell you things that are blatantly obvious which you don't need to be pointed out. Yes I know I will die if I don't get in the Nomad quickly SAM, but I really need this assault rifle so get off my back!
Thankfully, there's a mod from user watafuzz which cuts out a lot of SAM's unnecessary comments about radiation, temperature and life support levels which are already visible on-screen. The game already gives you enough information, we don't need redundant info from our A.I as well.
8 Squad Is Actually Useful
A core problem which players had in this Mass Effect title was that your squad just couldn't hold a candle to your former teammates back in the Milky Way galaxy with Commander Shephard. Names like Liam, Vetra, and Jaal can't compete with the likes of Garrus, Tali, and Liara. This applies from a gameplay perspective as well as a narrative one. While modders can't do much on a narrative level, they can help in the gameplay department.
With this mod from user Forkinator, your squadmates are much more powerful and balanced according to their characters than they are in the main game. With these changes, the Krogan known as Drack is a melee powerhouse as most Krogan and Cora hits like an Asari Commando trained human would hit. Now you won't have to babysit your squadmates and can focus on having fun.
7 A Better Nomad
One of the few things that Andromeda improved on from the original trilogy was its primary vehicle: the Nomad. Compared to the original series' Mako and Hammerhead vehicles, this thing was leaps and bounds superior. However, it wasn't a perfect vehicle as there was still some things which could be improved. The good thing for players is that one modder agreed and decided to do something about it.
With this mod from user Watafuzz, some tweaks are made to the game's six-wheel powerhouse engine. For one, the damage inflicted to enemies via running them over scales with your level ensuring that crushing them with the Nomad is always effective. Also, the vehicle's top speed, mobility and jump boosters all get an upgrade ensuring that this thing can go anywhere at any time.
6 Make Materials Easy To Buy/Sell
With all the shops and merchants you have to visit in RPGs, it's always a nice addition when a modder comes in and simplifies all this micromanaging and traveling for the player. For this, we have to bless our conquering hero user tabbed.
In this mod, all crafting materials are now available on your main spaceship the Tempest. This cuts a bunch of time that you would otherwise have to spend going to different planets in order to get the materials you want to make that special suit of armor you had your eyes on. Not only that, but the materials are all in quantities of 100 000. Good luck clearing through all that in one playthrough.
5 Increased Inventory Size
Show of hands, who actually likes having to manage their inventory in any game they ever played? While we can't actually see you, we're going to assume not a single person raised a hand. If only there was a way to have unlimited inventory space and not have to worry about any of that again...
Oh wait, thanks to user Coockoo, we actually don't have to with this game on PC. With this mod, the item inventory limit is spiked up to 99 999. With this mod, you effectively become Hermione Granger in the final Harry Potter movie with that magical bag that holds everything you ever needed. Oh, by the way, a Harry Potter/Mass Effect crossover? Somebody make it so.
4 Reduced Evade Cooldown
Sometimes it's the little things that make gameplay that much more enjoyable. Who would have guessed that a simple button press that makes you jolt in any direction could have added so much to the firefights in Mass Effect? Thankfully the developers did and in Andromeda, you are able to press the evade button which moves your character via jetpack or biotic abilities in a quick burst. But what if you wanted to do it... all the time?
There's a mod from user watafuzz that allows you to do just that. This mod takes away the cooldown time from performing an evade which lets you do to your heart's content. If an enemy manages to finish you off now, then you just gotta admit that you're not good at the game my friend.
3 Hyper Mobility (Sprint Jump Extra)
Elsewhere in this article, we talk of a mod that brings your squadmates' power levels more up to scale with your own character's. On the other side of the spectrum if you wanted a mod that just makes you totally outclass your squad in terms of mobility even further, here we go.
The Hyper Mobility mod from User Deltatype7 improved on another mod by user Wavebend to bring us something which effectively turns your character into even more of a superhero than they already were. With this, your character's sprint speed is increased (especially useful in hub worlds), and your jump height is increased. Speaking of superheroes, you might find another mod that makes you feel like a certain Avenger elsewhere on the list.
2 Iron Man Mod
Some fans have taken to calling the latest game released by BioWare Anthem to really be an Iron Man simulator. While we can definitely see how that is the case, it's worth noting that courtesy of this mod, Mass Effect Andromeda can easily turn into an Iron Man simulator of its own.
While the creator Wavebend has renamed it from Iron Man mod to simply "Flying Mod", we're sure most would rather call it by its former name. With this installed, you can take to the skies with a couple of button presses and fly around the map as your heart desires. Sure your squad may be wondering why they can't do that but screw it. You're now a billionaire, playboy, genius, and philanthropist. They are not.
1 Tempest Cinematic Shortened
While the Tempest is a beautiful ship, we really don't need to admire for what feels like forever when playing Mass Effect Andromeda. The landing and departure cutscenes for this spacecraft take far too long for seemingly no reason in the base game. But with one mod, you can cut the time spent staring at your screen by a good 20 seconds.
User Forkinator has got us covered here. Compared to other mods on this list this doesn't seem like much but hey, we'll take shorter repetitive cutscenes over longer ones every time.