Mass Effect is one of the best sci-fi RPGs ever created. XCOM 2 is one of the best tactical sci-fi strategy games ever made. What’s the only thing that’s better than playing them separately?
Playing them together, of course!
Almost four weeks after XCOM 2’s release, the XCOM community has already created some great mods that let you fight the alien invasion with Commander Shepard and friends. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s currently available.
Mass Effect Voicepacks
There are over 120,000 voice clips in the Mass Effect games, and a few enterprising modders have combed through them to bring us voicepacks for use in the character pool.
Steam users illequine and Emmote have teamed up to create voicepacks for 15 Mass Effect supporting characters so far, including: James Vega, Mordin Solus, Grunt, Urdnot Wrex, Joker, EDI, Liara T’Soni, Kasumi Goto, Thane Krios, Zaeed Messani, Tali Zorah, Legion and Garrus Vakarian. No Ashley Williams, Jacob Taylor, or even Samara yet, sadly, but hopefully they’ll be added soon.
You can subscribe to all the voicepacks or just cherry-pick the ones you want via the Mass Effect Voicepack collection on Steam.
If you want to give voice to John or Jane Shepard in XCOM 2, though, you’ll need to download a separate mod by steam user MJpoland.
Now you can hear Shepard say “This is my favorite shop in the Citadel” while hunting Advent through deserted mini-marts.
Jack Appearance Pack
You can recreate Mass Effect characters via the Character Pool, but it’s still a little difficult to make realistic versions of ME’s alien characters like Grunt, Tali and Garrus. (Hopefully someone will add Mass Effect-style helmets soon to help with that, and in the meantime you can at least download this mod to give you more skin color options so you can make your Liara blue.)
Fortunately, Steam user Seth Norris has at least made it very easy to create a very realistic Jack. With these hairstyle, earrings and tattoos provided, you can recreate Subject Zero in XCOM 2 down to the last detail. You can even choose between early Jack, or later long-haired Jack.
Armor and Camo Pack
Norris also created a Mass Effect Customization Pack to ramp up the immersion. The camouflage included in this pack includes Qurian, Cerberus Officer Hex Camo, and N7 Armor Fabric Camo. The armor options include male and female Plated Armor Arms with N7 Stripe, and Plated Armor Torso with N7 Logo.
Mass Effect Flags and Tattoos
Steam user Platoon created a mod that adds nine Mass Effect-themed tattoos to the game: Renegade, Neutral, Paragon, Alliance, Cerberus, Reaper, Spectre, C-Sec and N7. You can get it on Steam and on Nexus.
That’s it for now-but XCOM 2 has only been out for a month. I can’t wait to see what other great Mass Effect-themed mods are still to come!