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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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  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. May 5, 2020
    10
    If you like the mass effect universe, this game ist great! Way bigger then the the prequels, good characters, good main and side missions. BadIf you like the mass effect universe, this game ist great! Way bigger then the the prequels, good characters, good main and side missions. Bad ratings probably mostly due the glitches when it was released (which were patched in the meantime). I played it with a new computer in 2020 and it's absolutely AMAZING. 70hs to finish it and worth every minute. Expand
  3. Mar 4, 2020
    9
    Не так она и плоха как все пишут... Наиграл в нее больше чем в того же ведьмака.
  4. Oct 2, 2018
    6
    This review comes after 48 hours of play, low expectations and a bunch of patches. The verdict? Andromeda is by no means an excellent game,This review comes after 48 hours of play, low expectations and a bunch of patches. The verdict? Andromeda is by no means an excellent game, but it's not terrible.

    The Pros
    -Except for some wonky animations (female faces in general), the game is beautiful.
    -Voice acting is generally strong.
    -Multiplayer is fun...in short doses.
    -Combat is excellent. They really nailed it.

    The Cons
    -Generally horrific level design. You blow hours scanning for glifs, trying to get over mountains or wondering "what the hell am I supposed to do next." Locations become repetitive fast. Whoever first equated "procedurally generated" with "fun" should be shot.
    -The map. Oh god the map. Terrible optimization that leads to plenty of mindless wandering.
    -The story. It's not all bad. Actually, I was quite drawn in by the first half of the game. But...the quests...are almost entirely miss-able. The end game content is dreadfully boring.
    -The fun factor. Or more specifically, the lack of it. Because of all of the above, there is just too much about Andromeda that isn't fun. Driving in circles for hours? Ughhhh. Lackluster quests? Meh. Lack of any real narrative? ...Why?

    I should say, for most of my experience, I was thinking..."this is a 7 game. I don't understand why it's getting so much hate." It wasn't until the entirely underwhelming endgame content that the "unfinished" quality of this game becomes unforgivable.

    I bought Andromeda for $30 and I don't regret it. Will I be playing it more than once?

    Meh. Doubt it.
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  5. Apr 13, 2017
    4
    The game is huge, but still feels empty and shallow. On every step, every corner I got the feeling the game was rushed and released unfinishedThe game is huge, but still feels empty and shallow. On every step, every corner I got the feeling the game was rushed and released unfinished (after 5 years??) and worse then that, I could literaly see how BW went one step forward, but always two back.

    Character creation is non existant, no point in whining about that. Your options are limited to width, height and depth, but never shape (brow, eyes, nose, mouth) and because of that, it is an insult to call it CC... with this in mind the lack of "white" skin, haircuts and ugly presets is just not worth thinking about.
    The story is "ok"... it could be better, but it could be worse. What bugged me most was the poor writing and the delivery... no suspension, no climax build up. The story starts "big" and the next step, first revelation is a major leap down, the next is good again, and the next after again major leap down... this constant flow of ups and downs is very annoying. The poor writing dows also effect the dialogues, they feel like interrogations/interviews more then ever. And while we were limited to paragon/renegade/neutral in previous game, it is now limited to emotional, logic, casual and professional... what a huge step forward and a difference. The problem herein is: the few words you see on the wheel often do not match what is delivered afterwards and way too often do not match the situation at all (Many people complain about bad voice acting. Well, the VA is actualy good, it fits the lines, it is not their fault it does not match the situation. Even great voice actors could not deliver specific lines better because of the bad writing.)
    The combat is not as good as people want us to think. Sure it is more fluent and fast (step forward) but on the other hand, when you are on the far right/left of cover, you have to switch shoulder cam MANUAL (huge step back). Truth be told, I would rather have ME3 combat back. The jetpack is fun, but your squadies keep using it all the time out of combat and the constant powerup of the jets gets annoying when the squad tries to catch up with you. Also a little fun: you try some of this "jump'n'run" puzzles and out of a sudden a squadie is there and pushes you down the ledge because there is not enough room...
    The intentory is back, but pointless. You need a loadout station anyway, you can not have the same mod more then once (so equiping more then one gun with the similar mod is not possible), all you do is to open the inv when it is full and deconstruct everything. Oh and you can not customize your squadmates, they are limited to default outfit and weapon, all the time.
    The squadmates are also shallow and uninteresting, sure it is hard to come up with a strong new Garrus or interesting like Joker, Tali or Thane, but hands down, MEA have nothing. The ship is full of Kaidan Alencos or Carths or... pick any other general dude from the other games.
    Ever heard the saying "less is more"? Well, that applies to squad banter when you are out exploring. They talk so much... annoying. On the other hand, Tempest feels more alive then anything before, as your crew is not limited to their space only.
    People also say you have no impact on the game. Actualy you have, it is not much, but you do shape the story a bit. On the other hand, there is no Ryder progression. Sure you start small and are forced into a role you are not trained for, but with what you experience, any normal person would be quite self-confident by the mid of game after all the stuff Ryder accomplishes. And even by the end of game Ryder does not command respect, it is frustrating.
    Exploration does not realy exist, the moment you land somewhere, you see a dozen navpoints and all the points of intereset already. There is realy little to discover. Especialy at the galaxy map. The systems have nothing to offer and the descriptions are blunt. The exploration of new worlds BW promised is not there.
    The research and crafting are lackluster... the tier system from ME is back, but thats all. You want a N7 Valkyrie AR? Well, research the 10 tiers and construct it. New designs? Nada, and with constructiong comes a major ME2 flaw that everyone loved: mining, but it is worse here. You got to drive the Nomad across a mining field and call a mining drone when there are ressources available...
    The fear of failing an outpost, as BW said, does not exist as well. You land and in no tme you got the planet to 100% and your outpost running, failure? No idea how that could be possible.

    I am heavily disappointed with MEA, even more then with DAI.
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  6. Dec 14, 2019
    2
    Till the end of one hour long prologue i counted around 20 unthinkable managment/surival/military/science errors, which would lead to completeTill the end of one hour long prologue i counted around 20 unthinkable managment/surival/military/science errors, which would lead to complete catastrophe of such mission in reality. What makes me fun i forgot all those errors after uninstallation, because my brain rejected to remember them... This game was literally pushing me out of it with every NPC sentence. For such production there should be some tag/genre called CrAAAp. I feel pity for all who bought it and all programmer, designers and modelers. Expand
  7. Feb 6, 2021
    0
    Was playing the game with a "meh" attitude. The game crashed for 4 times in 4 hours. Tried to return it to steam but they didn't accept. IfWas playing the game with a "meh" attitude. The game crashed for 4 times in 4 hours. Tried to return it to steam but they didn't accept. If you want to burn your money, just fire em, but don't buy this game. Expand

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