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  • Summary: The story opens after a 600-year journey to the Andromeda galaxy, as the crew begins searching for a new home for humanity. The dreams of easy settlement are quickly shattered, as worlds expected to be paradises are instead wastelands, and the Pathfinder discovers that not all inhabitants ofThe story opens after a 600-year journey to the Andromeda galaxy, as the crew begins searching for a new home for humanity. The dreams of easy settlement are quickly shattered, as worlds expected to be paradises are instead wastelands, and the Pathfinder discovers that not all inhabitants of the galaxy welcome humanity. Terrifying enemies will challenge players and their crew, forcing them to utilize destructible environments, vertical movement through boosted jumps, customizable weapons, Biotics and other tools in their arsenal to even the playing field in a combat system and character progression that is more thrilling and open than ever. Mass Effect: Andromeda also features a separate team-based online multiplayer mode where players can engage in fast, fluid and frenetic combat to work together and achieve success. Utilizing combat skills, strategies, weapons and abilities gained from the field, players must coordinate to take down overwhelming forces. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. Mar 20, 2017
    90
    Mass Effect: Andromeda is a great project by BioWare, and it is a stunning experience. Amazing narrative and plot, a true feeling of exploration and a very dynamic combat system. Even though its animations may not be the best, this game offers hours and hours of action and entertainment.
  2. Mar 20, 2017
    80
    Mass Effect: Andromeda is an enormous game that will keep the player engaged for tons of hours of gameplay. The combat system is probably the best thing about the entire project: it's fast and rewarding. Sadly it has a bunch of flaws starting from the animation department to the big landscapes full of secondary, boring quests. And above all it lacks the epic tone of the previous installments.
  3. May 11, 2017
    80
    Enough of the classic Mass Effect, with enough new mechanics to keep the game fresh. [Hollingworth; Issue#261, p.55]
  4. Mar 22, 2017
    74
    Mass Effect: Andromeda manages to feel both overloaded with content and spread too thin. There are great battles to be won, puzzles to solve, and satisfying social interactions, but they're hidden behind layers of presentation problems and tedious travel times.
  5. Apr 5, 2017
    70
    Seven out of ten, barely. In the genre of narrative sandbox are now many better fresh games and I have no choice but to ask – has BioWare lost good writers, or does it hope that the players will simply be satisfied with a silly story and uninteresting characters, accompanied by a good combat system? For me, both options are quite sad.
  6. 70
    Andromeda is robust and delivers effectively on the key elements it advertises, and then goes above and beyond regarding play style tailoring and experienceable customization. That said, the characters look more at home in the Sims 3 era, and the dialog fails to be more than lackluster - cringe-worthy at times. Nevertheless, while Mass Effect: Andromeda proves a quality example of its genres, diehard fans of the Mass Effect universe and its original story should wait until BioWare patches the technical bugs, and the price point lowers.
  7. Apr 10, 2017
    35
    BioWare has often shown more willingness than most triple-A developers to respond to community criticisms and they’re already pushing patches to rectify Andromeda’s many issues, so I’m not pronouncing the Mass Effect series dead just yet. But speaking as someone who owns multiple pieces of N7 apparel and has read the Mass Effect books – the freaking books – I hate Andromeda. Maybe this is karmic balance for all of the recent big-name releases that have actually lived up to my expectations, but it’s been a long time since a game left me feeling as deflated as this one.

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  1. Mar 21, 2017
    10
    I can't say enough good things about this game. The gameplay itself is very much what I've come to expect from other Mass Effect games.I can't say enough good things about this game. The gameplay itself is very much what I've come to expect from other Mass Effect games. Graphics are good, animation is tolerable (but maybe they'll fix that), combat is fun, dialog is compelling, and story is amazing.

    I say the story is amazing because I really feel like it captures the loneliness, fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and wonder of being thrown into another galaxy where we know very little about it. The story feels similar to Stargate Universe (which was actually my favorite Stargate series). Plus the events that unfold when you arrive add a sense of mystery to the overarching story.

    I also like that the characters that become a part of your crew are mostly regular people with pretty normal backstories, and that doesn't mean they don't have character depth or development. On the contrary they have a large depth to them if you continue talking to them and you find out more about their personalities. It's refreshing that these characters don't have some kind of "special" backstory that make them exceptional people because that happens in nearly every game (including previous Mass Effect games) and it gets old. Having normal people with good personalities around you is refreshing and it adds to the realism of the story of these people starting a new life in a new place far away from our System.

    There are some tech issues in the game, but no show stoppers. Overall I'm very happy, and I'll leave you with this: I was playing several games when this came out: Ghost Recon Wildlands, and NieR: Automata and now Mass Effect Andromeda has pulled me in enough to drop the both of them and finish it first before returning to them. I consider that a win!
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  2. Aug 18, 2019
    10
    This game is excellent. I'm don't understand why all people hate this. All of them write about awful animation but in my opinion, it's good.This game is excellent. I'm don't understand why all people hate this. All of them write about awful animation but in my opinion, it's good. After completing the game I'm got upset because it's over :(. If ever will be a sequel for this I immediately pre-order this. Thank BioWare for such a good game. Expand
  3. Mar 29, 2018
    9
    I purchased the game on sale back in Jan 2018 and I am pleased I did.

    I had fun with the first 3 instalment of Mass Effect and in truth,
    I purchased the game on sale back in Jan 2018 and I am pleased I did.

    I had fun with the first 3 instalment of Mass Effect and in truth, can't remember which one I preferred and why but in my opinion, it's still as much fun today with mass effect Andromeda.

    I have sunk tons of hours and now level 46 and soon ready to complete the latest main mission. I'll complete the game for sure but thought I had enough to write a review and believe it deserves it.

    What I liked is that:
    - it's big and somehow the main story, side missions and fighting keeps me interested all along
    - love the jetpack & various options to dispatch of the enemies, for me it does not get repetitive.
    - lots of choices at various mission with outcome you care and still enjoying the romance options
    - lots ( one could say almost too much ) dialogue & voice over ( though I should mention I went for the French version as I am bilingual) -> I don't listen to it all but I still enjoyed
    - graphic & science fiction setting are as good as ever.

    I decided to purchase it on the PS4 as I was afraid my computer would not run it well and I had to adjust the TV resolution to 720dp and enable the zoom to make it comfortable to read and it's too bad they did not release a patch to allow to increase the font size but after a while I got used to it and it did not bother me as much. ( just zoomed in on occasion)

    You could obviously expect more polish but considering the negative reviews, I was expecting a lot worse and was surprised to have so much fun. The glitch and weird animation that pops up just made me smile instead of Grinch -> no game breaking bug so far.

    All in all, I say give it a chance on sale if you enjoyed the genre or previous mass effect games.
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  4. Oct 31, 2017
    6
    1/2- sound - weapons, vehicles, abilities, and other sound effects but characters can be hit or miss
    1/2- visuals - characters are pretty bad
    1/2- sound - weapons, vehicles, abilities, and other sound effects but characters can be hit or miss
    1/2- visuals - characters are pretty bad but the enviroments can look amazing
    2/2- gamplay - awesome combat and exploration
    0.5/2- story - pretty pathetic compared to rest of series
    2/2- enjoyability -

    pros
    - very few loading screens
    - gameplay
    - planet enviroments
    - ending halo-like drive
    - sound effects
    - insanity is way meant to be played

    cons
    - character animation
    - inventory screens
    - no squad control
    - had to deal with two broken quests first playthrough
    - character creator
    - non-customizable squadies
    - story

    Even tho its being recieved as the worst mass effect i dont believe this to be true in my opionion. my personal rank is me2, meA, me3, me1. Mass effect 2 is at the top for a superb story, interesting charaxters, much improved combat, great DLC, and great replayability due to actual consequential choices. Mass effect andromeda is number 2 in my opionion because it features the best exploration in the series, and the most refined combat experience. which to me makes it more replayable than me3 and me1.
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  5. Oct 20, 2017
    4
    Starts off pretty interesting but the acting is juvenile and the mission structure and missions are incredibly boring after you get the secondStarts off pretty interesting but the acting is juvenile and the mission structure and missions are incredibly boring after you get the second planet. Can't believe this is a Mass Effect game, it's so boring. No structure, no pacing, missions are scan-a-thons/collect-a-thons, etc. Haven't found an interesting character yet. Also, main character is like playing as a 15 year kid and the plot, oh wait, is there a plot? I've played over 10 hours and there's not a story to be found. Shame when the story writers, gameplay developers, and designers all drop the ball. Additionally, for some reason all the female characters are kinda unattractive both physically and personality wise. Not sure why, but something is very off with them. I don' t really care if they're superhero comic hot but to make them all unappealing is weird.

    It saddens me to give this game a 4/10 but even free, it's not worth your time.

    PROS:

    Graphics are nice at times. But nothing special given the pretty bad character/environment design.
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  6. Mar 21, 2017
    1
    What do you get when you mix a team of politically minded developers with a high-profile game series? Andromeda apparently. Characters whoWhat do you get when you mix a team of politically minded developers with a high-profile game series? Andromeda apparently. Characters who present their Religion, Sexuality, and Politics first and foremost, in a game where none of it matters, shatter immersion for anyone who has sour history with the subjects. Couple this with often times utterly non-existent facial animation (saving spotty Lip Sync which are completely separate files that are used universally) and broken animations (arm twists that create an effect that reduces a characters arm to paper, or guns being held backwards) and you have a broken product.

    The only and I mean only redeeming quality of this game as a returning fan of the series is the Gameplay, which is supposed to be a secondary consideration for a BioWare game.

    What happened to the titans of the genre? They fled the studio four-five years ago and left it to the vultures is what.

    Pile on the controversies surrounding developers (Manveer and Aliie) and the Studio's Leadership eagerness to lie, and protect one deplorable human being and another incompetent animator and its a wonder how this game reached golden. It is golden write -- released? I'm not playing a Steam Early Access Game right?
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  7. Oct 27, 2017
    0
    Én főleg ezeket a felvonulásokat nem értem. Minek? Betegség ellen szoktak ilyesmit csinálni. Ha szerintük ez természetes, akkor minek művelik?Én főleg ezeket a felvonulásokat nem értem. Minek? Betegség ellen szoktak ilyesmit csinálni. Ha szerintük ez természetes, akkor minek művelik? A heterók sem csinálnak ilyet, mondván hadd tudja meg a világ, hogy mi heterók vagyunk. Szóval igen, már a csapból is ez folyik, és ez szerintem nagyon fölösleges. Még az időjárás jelentésben is benyögik folyton, hogy melegfront várható. Expand

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