Every weekend, Windows Central livestreams an Xbox One or Steam game for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers! We call this show Saturday Game School, because learning about new games is always fun.
Tonight on Beam, we played Mass Effect: Andromeda, the latest epic sci-fi action-RPG from EA Bioware. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Five years after Mass Effect 3, the next Mass Effect game is finally here! The new game follows humanity's colonization efforts in the Andromeda galaxy. Players take on the role of Scott or Sara Ryder, a fresh military recruit who wakes up from cryosleep in Andromeda after a 600-year journey. Ryder soon becomes the Pathfinder, an individual trained to determine whether a planet is habitable and help prepare it for colonization.
In addition to an expansive campaign (let us not speak of the NPC facial animations), Andromeda features a cooperative multiplayer mode similar to those of Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Players will team up in groups of four and work together to complete objectives, eliminate targets, and survive until they can reach extraction. It's a real challenge, but addictive leveling and progression mechanics add serious replay value.
Watch us play Mass Effect: Andromeda's new and improved multiplayer mode, and prepare for the latest in third-person sci-fi shooting and roleplaying!
We streamed Mass Effect: Andromeda for ~90 minutes. During that time, we gave out a total of 12 prize codes:
- 1 Mass Effect: Andromeda for Xbox One
- 6 $10 Xbox Gift Card Code (US accounts only)
- 3 Clockwork Tales for PlayStation 4 (North American accounts only)
- 1 Crysis 2 for Origin (PC) – All Origins codes donated by loyal viewer PerfectZer0!
- 1 Dead Space for Origin (PC)
To enter, just follow us at Beam.pro/WindowsCentral (making sure to enable email notifications!) and tune in during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you need to actually participate in the stream chat to have a chance at winning. We'll contact winners via Beam message (PM) during the stream. No code begging!
Feel free to stick around in chat before and after the stream if you have any questions or just want to say hi. If you enjoy the stream, be sure to check our schedule and come back for more!
How to watch Beam livestreams
We're now streaming on Beam, Microsoft's interactive livestreaming platform. It provides some welcome improvements over Twitch, such as a cleaner website layout, built-in stream interactivity, and extremely low latency.
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Beam does not offer Xbox One or Windows Phone apps yet, so watching from the browser is the only option on Microsoft platforms. But Beam does offer apps on Android and iOS. Yes, that's a strange inequity. Native Xbox and Windows 10 support is coming though, so stick with us!
Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekend Beam programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):
- April 8: Trove from Trion Worlds. Watch us play this delightful free to play Minecraft-style MMO and win in-game currency codes worth $50 for Xbox One and premium item codes for PlayStation 4!!!
We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.
These viewers are ready to go to infinity and beyond!
Mass Effect: Andromeda for Xbox One
Xbox Gift Cards
Clockwork Tales for PlayStation 4
Crysis 2 for Origin
Dead Space for Origin
Tonight's prizes provided by Mobile Nations and PerfectZer0. Thanks also to our stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!