Mass Effect features four classes of conventional weapons, different types of grenades, and weapon and armor upgrades, such as bonus damage to shields. The player is also able to outfit their character and squad with various types of armor. All equipped items are visible on the characters; changing armor immediately changes the look of the character, whether adding a bulky helmet or switching to a sleek skin-tight suit of armor, and all weapons fold up into compact versions and are stored directly on the character. Weapons can be retrieved by using a weapon wheel similar to the talent wheel.
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