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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. Sep 8, 2017
    10
    **note: I wrote this like 2 months ago, and I do not want to re-write it, but I now know that unfortunately we won’t get any DLC**

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    **note: I wrote this like 2 months ago, and I do not want to re-write it, but I now know that unfortunately we won’t get any DLC**

    This game doesn't really deserve a 10, but it didn't deserve all those 0 and 1 too, so I feel like I should balance them somehow: the real score would be a 6.

    Single player:
    The gameplay is fluid and fun, even if sometimes laggy (but hey, looks like my friends didn't get half the bug that I got, so maybe I pushed my PS too far). I HATE open worlds, so I didn't like that aspect, but exploring was funnier than in Dragon Age: Inquisition. I didn't like the random side quests (quests where you have to find a notepad, a corpse, etc., spawned at a random place on the map- Remnant's sites, Roakar sites, etc-.), they're even more boring if you play them after-ending; I probably should've played 'em during the main and the other side quests. The majority of the cutscenes is definitely unpolished and rough, but the important ones are **sometimes** amazing. Some planets are gorgeous, while other are kinda boring- but nothing like those horrible maps in Dragon Age II: you can see that Bioware didn't get enough time to work on this (just read the whole story on Kotaku). Sometimes while talking with NPC they wait too much before going to the next sentence, but I've seen some videos online and that doesn't happen that often on pc version. Wish it had voice acting in my language, but EA probably decided to cut some features- unfortunately sometimes the translation was wrong and plain bad. Unfortunately, NPC don’t usually speak about interesting or personal stuff like they used to do in the other Mass Effect games.
    I didn't expected anything from this game because people talked trash about it, but I've kinda appreciated it anyway. So many reviewers all over the net say that this game is bad because of "ugly characters", but every video/article trash-talk different characters (Cora, Peebee, Suvi, mainly women), so maybe they aren't ugly but particular, and that's something nice. ...I would've appreciated a super hot asari like Samara anyway. Don’t trust any review that talks about “SJW **** because that’s nonsense. I didn’t get an “anti-white” feel from this: I’m white and I hate racism (also towards non-POC)- I don’t really understand where some saw it.
    The character creator is terrible. It is getting better with updates, but it's nothing like Dragon Age Inquisition's one, and this is pretty sad.
    Wish the story was more…new. The concept looks old. Remnants are like Protheans, but looks like they could become something different in the next game…if a next game will be made. There are choices and they are kinda important, especially in the long term (as in a sequel), don’t know what others are talking about. Of course the changes are not immediate and not everything is important, but there are definitely some choices. I have played the game only once (and I do not plan to replay it, I don’t like the idea of more Ryder or more Shepard, I wanna have this as my story), but I think that you can be "renegade"- you won’t see it in this game, but in the next one, as it happened in Mass Effect 1.
    It's not a Shepard saga's game, but it's interesting anyway, and I hope that they'll release the DLCs one day.

    Multiplayer:
    Boring and based on items that you should buy, and people never save you when you need help. I don't like playing online anyway, so I don't really care.
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  3. Mar 4, 2020
    9
    Не так она и плоха как все пишут... Наиграл в нее больше чем в того же ведьмака.
  4. Apr 24, 2017
    6
    Looked at in the context of other games on the market, Mass Effect Andromeda could be forgiven for awkward writing, forgettable story, endlessLooked at in the context of other games on the market, Mass Effect Andromeda could be forgiven for awkward writing, forgettable story, endless filler and weird design choices. But for buyers expecting Mass Effect 4, most of the time spent playing this game may very well prove uncomfortable. That's not to say I haven't enjoyed parts of this game. It is stunningly beautiful, there are some great technical achievements and most of the gameplay is quite solid. The talent and effort on display has to be given credit. however I just wish it was all driven in the right direction and these issues were recognised and addressed earlier in production. Expand
  5. May 23, 2017
    4
    What could've been a great game has been crippled by some of the worst incompetence I've ever experienced, baring STALKER: Clear Skies whichWhat could've been a great game has been crippled by some of the worst incompetence I've ever experienced, baring STALKER: Clear Skies which was so bug-riddled as to be unplayable when it was released. Leaving aside the fact that all everyone in MSA looks as if they're trying to star in a really crap teen movie, including unfortunately the lead, the dialogue is laughable and the plot compared to the other MS games is Justin Bieber up against the Rolling Stones. All that I could forgive, and there are some real positives hence the score, but not the bugs. Worst of all is the save game bug, and no its not just when you're topped fighting. Having saved the game last night, standing perfectly still on Eos and not looking at anything in a hostile way just in case, today I've gone through the previous 5 saves, including two manual, and can't get any of them to load. This is a total shambles of a game. Expand
  6. May 14, 2017
    2
    A short list of bugs I've encountered...

    2 different missions I can't complete because of bugged doors that didn't open when they were
    A short list of bugs I've encountered...

    2 different missions I can't complete because of bugged doors that didn't open when they were supposed to.
    1 mission I couldn't complete because I used a sniper rifle and killed the enemies before I got close, a mission that is a companion quest that unlocks the final tier of skills for Cora. Lose progress or lose Cora's abilities, good times.
    A half dozen or so missions I had to reload my game because NPCs wouldn't talk to me until I did.
    Try to talk to a merchant and just stand there infinitely, unable to move, access menus or do anything but alt+F4 and lose my progress. That only happened to meonce, once is one too many times.
    Got stuck in a death loop (because I fell into water because of the awful movement mechanics) that wiped all my autosaves inside of a vault, had to use my last manual save and lost hours of progress.
    Merchants had no items when I hit Tier VII. No items at all, none.
    And my absolute favorite bug...sometimes the game decides there's too many effects and now every time you kill something the game should freeze for 20 or so seconds. Of course this happens mid-combat and on missions where you can't save so you have to endure the freezing til you get to a save point, or restart and lose progress.

    Now add all these bugs to the uninteresting gunplay and the average storyline and you get...garbage. I've been forcing myself to play the game because I hate having things unfinished, but I've been tempted to just uninstall this game since the first planet.
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  7. May 26, 2021
    0
    Good graphics, gameplay and... and... and thats it.

    The game feels like a kids show, characters keep joking and joking and show no
    Good graphics, gameplay and... and... and thats it.

    The game feels like a kids show, characters keep joking and joking and show no interesting conversation at all. Most planet designs are so lame with no imagination, planets are so bland. Story ongoing is terrible, they filled the game with puzzles and boring openworld walking. Mass Effect was amazing with everything. This game is a disappointment, they had budget, they had time, they could do better.
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