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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. Mar 1, 2019
    10
    I've been playing this for the first time recently and I am in love with this game so far. I am not coming into this with having played theI've been playing this for the first time recently and I am in love with this game so far. I am not coming into this with having played the original trilogy. I only played Mass Effect 1, the other 2 are on my "to play" list. If you look and play this as a separate entity of the other games you will enjoy it more I think. This is more about being an explorer and diplomat from another galaxy coming to colonize a new home for mankind. Not a run and gun soldier even though you will need to fight at times. It's like a Star Trek + No Mans Sky all in one. I really hope we get a sequel. It deserves one. I don't think it is fair to compare this game to the original trilogy. There were 3 games there to build upon, gameplay and story wise. The original Mass Effect had it's problems also. It was the 2nd game that from what I have read really pushed it further. I believe this game needs it's part 2 and 3 also to expand the story etc...
    Final Verdict... Go play the game. it's awesome!
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  3. Mar 23, 2017
    8
    Let me start out that ME:A is not a bad game at all. But, you have to give it a little bit of time to grow on you and not all the negativityLet me start out that ME:A is not a bad game at all. But, you have to give it a little bit of time to grow on you and not all the negativity is completely untrue. It is a game that is Mass Effect, but when you are used to being the kick-ass Shepard, fighting for the survival of all life - Andromeda starts out weird.

    Let me tackle the bad first. So that we have done that.
    The character generation is a joke. Period. While they done a pretty good job at it with Dragon Age Inquisition, BioWare has completely missed it in this game. Not a single moment do you have the idea that you are playing with a character that you created all by yourself.

    The character facial animations missed the mark completely. Expressions are too overdone. Take it a step back and I certainly hope that they will be toned down a little bit. It is a serious story that is being told, but it just doesn't come across like it. And if BioWare would simply update the textures of the eyes, I think the characters would look a lot less cartoony.

    The setting doesn't really make sense. I still don't get why Andromeda is chosen for the new place to settle human life, while we have the whole Milky Way. Now, true, I haven't finished the game yet, who knows this is explained in the story - but right now; it sounds like overkill to populate another galaxy while there are enough planets in our own.

    But to be honest, that is where I am with the 'bad'. The writing is often mentioned. Sure, the quality varies a lot, maybe more than other BioWare games. But I didn't find it so much of a problem. I don't think it is actually that bad.

    It is a bit weird that after playing a strong character like Shepard for so many hours, that Ryder feels simply too much a newbie. That is a game design choice that clearly states that we are going to push this character to greatness all by ourselves, and not have a complete history dumped on us right from the beginning. I did not enjoy my character so much right from the start... but grew to like her a lot.

    The good.

    I love the music. It is new, and still feels like a 90's sci-fi soundtrack in every good way.

    The planet design is fantastic. There is a lot of attention to detail in the visuals here. Which makes it weird; the planets are so realistic, which makes it stand in contrast to the characters.

    The game-play is pretty awesome. Sure, the interface in the menus is not that well designed as it has been done before by BioWare, but the in-game interface is great. The fighting is a real challenge, especially when the enemy is swarming you from all sides. The fighting never feels overwhelming though.

    The game is big, and sure there is a lot of filler, which is exactly just that; you don't have to follow up on it. But if you are a person who wants to do everything, well, that is what you can do. Now, true, you can do filler a lot better if you just take a look at the Witcher 3 - which did a marvellous job in creating excellent filler material.
    The size of the game is in no way a bad thing here. It really is about discovering new areas, and that feeling is well portrayed.
    Still, if they kept it in the Milky Way, it would have made more sense.

    I do have the feeling that BioWare has been force-fed the Frostbite engine, as EA has been doing with most of their studios. And I don't get why. Personally, although I do enjoy the large open-world like areas of both ME:A and DA:I - I think this type of engine would have worked better as a new IP. Not as a sequel to Dragon Age or Mass Effect.

    But all in all, this is not a bad game at all, but get through the beginning - get out to your first real planet: EOS and once you have been driving around, start solving some puzzles and get a bit more story-line fed - the feeling of a real Mass Effect game starts to get to you. But until that time, yes, you will have to get used to a couple of changes. Some bad, most of them good.

    But this is a game you would like to play - there is, after all - a complete galaxy to explore.
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  4. Apr 8, 2017
    6
    A slightly above average space opera wearing the skin of a mass effect title. Perhaps the games largest flaw is it's inability to show theA slightly above average space opera wearing the skin of a mass effect title. Perhaps the games largest flaw is it's inability to show the player its best parts. Compelling quests are hidden behind wall or poor UI, fetch quests, bugs, and stilted dialogue. Unfortunately, Andromeda cowers in the shadow of its contemporaries, and is hard to recommend to anyone who isn't heavily invested in the series. Expand
  5. Mar 27, 2017
    4
    Would have given it a 7 but had to go 4 to balance out all the 10 reviews. I checked a few of the users who gave it 10 and they are accountsWould have given it a 7 but had to go 4 to balance out all the 10 reviews. I checked a few of the users who gave it 10 and they are accounts created just to rate ME:A

    No big review needed here, all the points in the negative reviews are very valid to any masseffect/bioware fans.
    Writing left alot to be desired, your choices and relationships are very bland for a Bioware title.
    Definite PC culture presence here.
    Gameplay was very boring. Found myself rushing through the game towards the end just to beat it and get it over with.
    Hopefully they make a comeback with the next one.... hopefully.
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  6. Mar 21, 2017
    1
    Эта игра из серии''пробежал и забыл''.Убого практически все,начиная от дикой анимации и заканчивая сюжетной линией.Можно исправить ошибки иЭта игра из серии''пробежал и забыл''.Убого практически все,начиная от дикой анимации и заканчивая сюжетной линией.Можно исправить ошибки и подтянуть анимацию,но от этого она интересней не станет,так и останется убогой пародией на те игры к которым мы привыкли.Игре не хватает оригинальности,той интриги которые мы ощущали в прошлых сериях.Я уверен,что если бы игру делали разработчики первого состава Biowar,то это действительно бы было достойное продолжение масс эффекта.А на данный момент имеем просто громкое название на огромной куче навоза. Expand
  7. Apr 5, 2020
    0
    I’ve played for something like 12 h and stopped because this game is such a piece of s*** that causes me headache!! No dubbing in Italian (I’mI’ve played for something like 12 h and stopped because this game is such a piece of s*** that causes me headache!! No dubbing in Italian (I’m italian) and that’s the first mess. The technical sector sucks, I don’t like the location, it has constantly framerate problems, too many same characters. It’s boring. I will definitely not buy a Game from EA and BioWare for a while from now. Really bad job guys!!!! Expand

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