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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: 30 out of 61
  2. Negative: 1 out of 61
  1. Mar 20, 2017
    90
    BioWare doesn't take risks and reuses already known elements and mechanics and the result is a massive game with many hours of fun. Technical issues are obvious, although not so serious to burden five years of development work from a studio that has brought us great moments in the past and will keep doing it in the future. Andromeda exists to be thoroughly explored with that curiosity that fuels the Initiative. It's not perfect, but it's without a doubt enjoyable.
  2. Mar 20, 2017
    85
    If you could combine the story and memorable quests of the originals with the combat, visuals and scope of Andromeda, you would have the perfect video game, though I think what's offered here will satisfy most. Despite its issues, Andromeda is welcome return to one of my favorite fictional universes, and I am still not ready to let Mass Effect go. I'm not sure I ever will be.
  3. Apr 3, 2017
    80
    Opinions of Mass Effect: Andromeda will differ greatly based on expectations. The game still provides many hours of enjoyment and lots of the good things that fans have come to expect, but those hoping the series uses this opportunity to take another giant leap may find themselves brought back to Earth with a bump. For everything the development team has done right, there is a little misstep that holds it back, particularly when building the overall story. It's still a highly enjoyable game, but not as stellar as many might have hoped.
  4. Mar 20, 2017
    70
    Mass Effect: Andromeda is an unbalanced experience. It’s an incredibly ambitious game with a colossal scope, but it doesn’t always hit the right notes.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jul 7, 2017
    70
    While it’s underwhelming in places, there’s a lot to like as you venture into the weirder parts of Andromeda. Frequent technical issues hamper the experience a bit, as does an uninspiring main story. [June 2017, p66]
  6. Mar 20, 2017
    70
    Unfortunately, Mass Effect: Andromeda picked up some unwelcome visitors on its long journey to your gaming machine. Though it has some stellar moments, “Andromeda” tries to cram too many ideas into one package, turning its obsession with the bigness of space into a crutch for uncharacteristically shoddy workmanship.
  7. Apr 2, 2017
    40
    It's also an utter mess in a technical sense. There are a few enjoyable moments here and there, and over time you can see the skeletal framework of a better game start to emerge, but given the heights Mass Effect has reached in the past, it's hard to believe this is what we've been waiting five years for.

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  1. Mar 21, 2017
    10
    A game that is once again hit with the bandwagon of people who hate on a game because everyone else is. COD suffered from this last year. TheA game that is once again hit with the bandwagon of people who hate on a game because everyone else is. COD suffered from this last year. The game is truly mesmerising and outstanding. Played 10hrs+ and have had zero animation glitches. 9.5/10 from me. Truly a masterpiece. Expand
  2. Sep 12, 2018
    10
    The only REAL problem with this game is that it's not the OG trilogy and not DA O, The game is really good when you are not comparing it toThe only REAL problem with this game is that it's not the OG trilogy and not DA O, The game is really good when you are not comparing it to these game and has one of the best squads Bioware ever created! Also, we get a way better Family dynamic than the rest of their games. Not to mention it's also one hell off a looker. Expand
  3. Mar 25, 2017
    8
    If you enjoyed completing the past mass effect trilogy, you will enjoy this new chapter. The story is a little slow to begin but gainsIf you enjoyed completing the past mass effect trilogy, you will enjoy this new chapter. The story is a little slow to begin but gains momentum as you progress. The loyalty missions for your followers are where you will find some of the best the game has to offer. The combat is especially enjoyable if you are a fan of third person shooters such as Gears of War or The Division. There are some graphics issues that can be distracting at first but the game is still well worth playing. I look forward to additional chapters being added to the Andromeda universe in the future. Expand
  4. May 17, 2017
    6
    I am a Bioware supporter and I am a longtime and huge fan of this series even after the way Mass Effect 3 ended. I've given Bioware and EAI am a Bioware supporter and I am a longtime and huge fan of this series even after the way Mass Effect 3 ended. I've given Bioware and EA countless passes in the past but I can't do it this time, Andromeda is ambitious and the environments, combat and gaming mechanics are immersive but it stops there. Andromeda is not a bad game, its not a good game either. The sites, the exploration and the graphics are where the goods are in this game. The characters however, are hit-and-miss as I found Jaal, PeeBee, Cora and Drack to be the most interesting per say. Liam, Vetra, and the countless members of the initiative that you run into bring little to nothing to the table outside of combat. I would almost compare Liam to a Jacob Taylor, boring to chat with but OK when it comes to Combat and it almost seems like they tried to make Vetra like Garrus but even at her best, she pales in comparison. The writing is also really bad, probably the worst in the series but to be fair this game was headed by Mac Walters, the guy who wrote the ending of Mass Effect 3 (where 150-200 hours of gameplay, choices, decisions come to fruition) in 10 minutes. The game takes almost no risk, carefully dodging anything related to Mass Effect 3's ending or Commander Shepard. Ryder does enough though his voice acting is in need of drastic improvements going forward. You get the vibe, especially with male Ryder that he isn't taking any of this seriously and its just hard to get behind him/her as a character when they don't bring much to the table. The main enemy, The Kett are the laziest attempt at a villian I've seen in a while. Its almost as if they took The Collectors from Mass Effect 2, threw in some of the Reaper traits in regards to the harvesting and made them look like weird Collector knockoffs. The game as a whole carries no weight, no feel, you don't get the sense that this could lead to something bigger when in comparison you knew that in the original Mass Effect you knew there was a bigger threat out there than the Geth and Saren. Its a hallow shell of everything that makes Mass Effect so good and so beloved. All in all, Andromeda is solid or an OK game but it serves as another example of EA's involvement with Bioware destroying the quality of these games in comparison to what Mass Effect 1-3 were. This game is an ambitious but lazy, hallow and almost soulless entry into the series. Expand
  5. Apr 6, 2017
    4
    Big disappointment . Characters are flat and lifeless. This is more like a collection of side missions than a big engaging world story. IBig disappointment . Characters are flat and lifeless. This is more like a collection of side missions than a big engaging world story. I played it through because I kept hoping it would get better. It doesn't. I loved ME, ME2, and ME3 so it really hurts that ME4 is such a lifeless dog. The graphics haven't improved, the voice acting is worse, there are glitches here and there, and the writing is just below standard. It's like the universe has been sedated to the point that adventure and exploration is boring. Expand
  6. Mar 21, 2017
    1
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    The dialogue wheel and dialogue "choices". Since this topic hurts my very soul, I will go further punishing myself, with a question that
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    The dialogue wheel and dialogue "choices". Since this topic hurts my very soul, I will go further punishing myself, with a question that pretty much summarises what I think about it: "- Why did you even bother?"
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    The Combat/gameplay. Well, what can I say, other than it's no longer a Mass Effect game, thanks to the combat. The same thing that happened with DAI. Gone is the tactical/RPG/SQUAD based combat. There is no pause any more. There is no tactically using the abilities of your squadmates. THE VERY THING THAT MADE MASS EFFECT DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER GENERIC 3rd Person shooter. Yeah, we've lost that. It's gone.

    Speaking of that, I am not going into the multiplayer, because It's not something I'm interested in, nor I care about.

    Also, the watering down of the "class" system, turning it into this "jack of all trades" skyrim type **** I will not go into details about my personal "hate" of these kinds of systems. The reason for this is the same as the reason we saw it in Skyrim - laziness. Because it takes all kinds of effort to balance different classes, and we know that with companies, "effort" means "costing more money".
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    The infamous animations. I won't say much about them, because they've already turned the game into the biggest meme-generator of 2017.
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    The writing. It's simply abysmal. It's very hard to get immersed in this supposedly story/character driven game, when the words that come out of everybody's "tired" faces are nonsensical and sometimes worse than fanfiction. What HAPPENED with the writing? Also, the whole setting/story is boring and uninspiring.
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    The characters. Well, I'm not going to go into them much, because I know that this could also be considered a subjective thing. For me though, they are terrible. "Bethesda-facepalm" level terrible.
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    The sound design, in particular some of the alien voices. It's like they didn't even try.
    Also, the "music" some times was atrocious. Like in the Vortex. So generic and annoying.
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    Bugs (some gamebreaking), glitches and overall lack of polish of nearly any aspect, which leads to the conclusion of a rushed product. A rushed 5-year-in-development product, if that is possible.
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    And then we get to the character creator. A very huge thing in these kinds of games. So what's going on with it? Well, basically it has been completely butcherred, to the point that for the most part it's non-existent. It's more like character "selector".
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    We are talking Ubisoft's The Division level of laziness here. You have 9 scanned heads for each gender, of wich you can pretty much change only the hair, make up (and the choices are ridiculous btw), and a very limited skin tone slider (more on that later). There is virtually NO customization of the faces. You know, one of THE BIGGEST things these games, creating your own avatar. People like me spend many hours in character creators, tweaking.

    We all know that the CC in the previous games were never that great. But at least you could create unique and different faces. Changing different fetaures like eye shape, nose shape, mouth shape, brow shape and so on. In andromeda, you can't do that. Since the heads are scanned (although as a character artist myself, I can think of several ways to create the system in a way, that this would be non-issue). Which is simply sad. They didn't put any effort into this very essential aspect of the game.

    To be honest, I did not expected this to happen. The last remaing RPG feature of this game, to simply be crapped on to such extend. It's honestly the deal breaker for me. Not to mention the fact that Bioware lied, when they said that they will not change the CC much from DAI. But I guess the only thing that they didn't change (or dumbed down), was the color wheel for some things like eye color and makeup.
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    Now I'm not going much into the obvious "Political Correctness" and SJW agendas, splashed all over this game, one of which is the uglification of the females. I can get geeky and nit picky with this one till we all get "asari" in the face, but I won't. There is more about it around the web.

    But the thing that goes too far, is the lack of white character presets for the females. Aside from most likely catering to regressive feminists like Sarkeesian, the fact there are purposefully no white presets is simply a disgrace.

    Not because I'm offended personally or whatever **** the apologists will throw at me, but because when you do something like that, you are intentionally igniting/creating racial tension amongst the community. This to me is so wrong, so sick and twisted, that I have no words for it. This thing alone is enough of a reason to boycott the studio and the publisher. And when you see things like this happening, some people like Manveer Heir start to make a whole lot more sense.
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    As a game that carries the "Mass Effect" name (to sell itself), and all the expectations that comes with that, it's a 1.
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  7. May 1, 2020
    0
    Bunch of scammers, milking a franchise that is already dead. Worst faces ever, a game dead on arrival with little to no decent gameplay, worstBunch of scammers, milking a franchise that is already dead. Worst faces ever, a game dead on arrival with little to no decent gameplay, worst characters ever. Who cares about Mass Effect anymore? I never liked a single game of the trilogy, and this is the final nail in the coffin, Bioware stopped being decent after the failure of Dragon Age II. **** Bioware anyway, The female characters are way too ugly (looking like feminists) full of sjw propaganda, and the whole plot is a complete joke, they keep milking a franchi$e taking advantage of a very small fan base that will pay $70 hard earned dollars for this trash, hope this is the lat MAss Effect game ever made, I never cared about that franchise anyway. Expand

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