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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: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Mar 20, 2017
    95
    Without any doubt, Mass Effect: Andromeda is nearly everything the fans were waiting for. A great story told just as only BioWare knows, set on incomparable alien worlds and surrounded by charismatic characters that are tough to forget. Unfortunately it fails on technical aspects, but the gameplay balances it out.
  2. Mar 20, 2017
    90
    Mass Effect: Andromeda is simply an amazing game. It renews the franchise yet manages to feel really familiar for fans. Unfortunately, the game suffers from some technical problems, but they hardly impact the gameplay.
  3. Apr 20, 2017
    82
    Overall, despite its shortcomings Mass Effect: Andromeda was an enjoyable experience for me. The first few hours feel like a grind, but you will be rewarded for sticking with it. The game is dragged down a bit by all of the reading that must be done and some overly long conversations, but this is rather typical for the genre. The game really shines when you're exploring an alien world and battling the local fauna, and when you get down to it that's what you really want out of a space-based RPG.
  4. Mar 20, 2017
    80
    You might initially turn your nose up at Mass Effect: Andromeda, but stick with it and you'll be richly rewarded with a vast space opera that gets better and better. It has problems, but they pale into insignificance once you're swept up in the exploits of Mass Effect: Andromeda's Pathfinder.
  5. Apr 3, 2017
    75
    Mass Effect: Andromeda at times captures the essence of the Mass Effect trilogy but doesn’t quite live up to its potential. The story and its lovable cast of characters stand as solid starting blocks in an expansive universe. Performance issues, bugs, and design flaws hurt an otherwise commendable role-playing game.
  6. Mar 22, 2017
    70
    This is by far the least optimized, most buggy entry in the series. The sheer volume of glitches, animation problems, frame rate issues, and weird hitching lag plagues the entire experience, and it's a damn shame.
  7. Mar 20, 2017
    50
    Mass Effect Andromeda is the anticipated sequel to the hit space trilogy that, sadly enough, doesn’t deliver. Sketchy animations, uninspiring characters and uneven story make this one a space-adventure to quickly forget.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 71 out of 230
  1. Mar 21, 2017
    10
    Characterdevelopment is great with many choices and skills. Rather than having a class system you can create your own class now. The world isCharacterdevelopment is great with many choices and skills. Rather than having a class system you can create your own class now. The world is beautiful and actualy visualy reflects your progress in main and side story in the form of outposts and the new citadel, which actualy grow and develop. The battle system is fluid and fun. The new vehicle is a lot fun and controls a lot better than the one in Mass Effect 1.
    However the game has its flaws aswell. The face animations are pretty bad. After a few hours it didnt realy bother me anymore, but it has to be said. The story is interesting and very different. I like to compare it to a more anime like story where the characters are funny and cool, sometimes in an exaggerated but funny matter. Of course there are also plenty of serious moments in the game.

    The game is great and a lot of fun. It is not perfect but it is a solid 8 out of 10. The 10 rating is supposed to counter the clownes who gave 0-4. Most haters just dont like Biowares political opinion. Dont miss out on such a great game.
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  2. May 1, 2019
    10
    I'm playing this game only now and I regret it. I was angry with EA and Bioware for ME3, I didn't empathize with Default Ryder's face, so II'm playing this game only now and I regret it. I was angry with EA and Bioware for ME3, I didn't empathize with Default Ryder's face, so I didn't buy it. Then the bad reviews kept me from playing it for a long time, even after the patch release. I started playing it because I had nothing else that caught my interest, and it took a lot of hours gameplay to actually fall in love with the game. I'm not afraid to call it a masterpiece now. Sure it needed more time to be polished, everybody have the same faces and that's annoying, but once you get used to it and focus on the story and characters, gameplay and fighting, it's awesome. I didn't expect mature explicit sex scenes, and this game treats you like an adult, finally. Jaal romance is just breathtaking.
    P.S. finished the game. Too many things left unexplained and the ending felt a bit rushed and confused. But I stick to my 10 because there are too many undeserved bad reviews. The Angara and Jaal are the best things in this game.
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  3. Apr 10, 2017
    9
    I just finished Mass Effect: Andromeda last night and it was an awesome ride! Problems first: I did notice a couple animation glitches atI just finished Mass Effect: Andromeda last night and it was an awesome ride! Problems first: I did notice a couple animation glitches at certain less important moments in the game, but those can be patched so I don't see it as a serious problem. My more legitimate complaint is with a certain aspect of the combat: I didn't like how I didn't have as much control over my squad mates in combat like in previous games. You can tell them where to move and who to shoot at, but you can't tell what powers to use or even when to use them often times. Other than that, I don't have any complaints really. Most of the characters are incredibly interesting and enjoyable to be around. The main story path, while simple on paper, has so much more depth and interesting ideas and potential behind it. Of course, the main appeal is always what you get to do with all the characters and their loyalty missions and opportunities to hang out with them is what makes the game shine most. I also really dig how dialogue options aren't morally binary like the original trilogy and how choices and fialogue are much more about what YOU think is the best thing to do.

    I think we all know that Metacritic users score averages are slanted as hell by people who just want to hate. Almost all the people giving 1s and 0s either didn't play the game and just want to ruin it for us, or we're already against it because of how ME3 ended or because it was a departure from the trilogy. Not saying we need to say there are no problems with the game, but we should point them out as constructive criticism to be built upon so that the game becomes closer to what we want. Not to be used as an indictment of the entire game and the people who built it. Don't forget that this studio hasn't made a Mass Effect game before and that most of the team were originally fans of the original games. They want to make an awesome game and more games after this, so we should help them succeed because we all succeed.
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  4. Oct 23, 2017
    8
    Just finished a 90 hour (80%) playthrough. I can only give a personal view, I like the exploring, talking to NPCs and driving around, so theJust finished a 90 hour (80%) playthrough. I can only give a personal view, I like the exploring, talking to NPCs and driving around, so the open world is working for me much more than some. The characters and plot is solid and the animations are much better with patch 1.05. It's a solid game that touches great in places and so I feel the kicking it got at launch went well beyond what the game deserved. Not as good as the trilogy entries but serviceable and enjoyable to play. Expand
  5. Aug 14, 2020
    6
    •The main story is good. These missions are tied for the parts I enjoyed the most in the game. As far as gameplay goes, they’re undoubtedly•The main story is good. These missions are tied for the parts I enjoyed the most in the game. As far as gameplay goes, they’re undoubtedly the most well thought out. But I actually enjoyed the plot elements more. I think it’s pretty well written, but not great, and the lore of this new galaxy turns out to be interesting sometimes. I also think there’s good potential here for a sequel. I think there are some things that could’ve definitely been improved but for what it is, I like it.
    •The thing tied for what I liked most is the relationships you have with the crew. I really enjoyed just talking and getting closer to them. Once again, they could be written better, as I wasn’t as deeply engaged as I’d have liked, but I felt some attachment to nearly everyone.
    •Dialogue in general is something I’m a bit neutral on. As I’ve said writing could be improved, but being able to choose what you say so often is kinda impressive in retrospect. Ryder does have his own character, whether you decide to make him more serious or not, and I like him (or her, I guess, though I didn’t play as Sara). Voice acting is quite good from everyone as well, not just Ryder. But there aren’t exactly any moments where they have to act their heart out.
    •The main part of gameplay is the combat. And it’s good. Would be better if it didn’t get so repetitive. The enemy variation slows down dramatically as time goes on, and I don’t think even that would’ve saved it for me. I never absolutely hated fighting, because all things considered it’s sort of well designed. You’ve got a lot of different abilities you can use and upgrade, it’s nice to have squadmates, and you’ve gotta take somewhat different approaches per the enemy you’re facing. But none of it is ever very satisfying and I can’t place my finger on why that is.
    •I do not like the exploration. The places you can go to are pretty. Environments are really nice to look at. It does not save how nearly every single location you can journey to on a planet is the exact same. Same structures every time, same driving to do across planets, same everything. I should mention, driving is the best part of this because of the conversations your squadmates have every once in a while. It’s a saving grace from the monotony. However, all this could be forgiven if not for two things: the side missions and the loading screens. The majority of side missions in this game are bad. There is literally not a good reason to do them aside from the xp. Anything relating to your squadmates is worth the time, especially the loyalty missions, and usually the missions for settling a planet are ok enough, but other than that I cannot think of even three that should be tended to. If the stories that were being told were interesting, I’d say go for it, but not when they’re this uninteresting and uninspired. Added to the reason they’re so bad is the loading screens. Which aren’t that short. But the amount of screens you’ve got to go through is ludicrous. The fact that there isn’t just one map to fast travel creates an incredibly tedious process. Having to go from your ship from wherever you’re at, to the star map, wait to transport to the new system, then wait to transport to the planet, then wait for the same cutscene for the planet every time as you land on the planet, then have to fast travel to wherever you want to go on that planet, is such awful game design I don’t have any idea how it happened.
    •Game’s got some puzzles, some platforming sections. Neither are good. Ever. Not awful, like I don’t mind sudoku that much, but not good.
    •There’s some miscellaneous things you can do like crafting and sending out teams for missions that I barely paid attention to. I got through the whole game just fine with the things I picked up along the way.
    •The codex is fine. “The Journey So Far” section is cool, I liked retreading the things I’d done. Otherwise there’s some good bits here and there for the lore but most of it is boring to the point I skipped through it.
    •The animation is mediocre in nearly every instance. Facial animations as well. Cutscenes do look nice though.

    Overall: It’s a good game. I like it. But there’s so many issues that ruined what could’ve been a very good or even great experience. So much oversight, so many mistakes in the design of nearly everything. I’d say it would’ve been a much, much better experience had I only done about half of what I did. That being said, I really hope there’s a sequel for this one day. I hope the issues with this one are cleaned up so the story can be continued and so I can see the characters I liked so much again. There was potential here, but they missed the mark.
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  6. Mar 29, 2017
    4
    This game is a massive disappointment. I am a huge Mass Effect fan, having played the first 3 games multiple times and in comparison AndromedaThis game is a massive disappointment. I am a huge Mass Effect fan, having played the first 3 games multiple times and in comparison Andromeda falls woefully short. First, the combat is smoother and faster but they have removed direct control and customization for squad members. The facial animations are HORRENDOUS and really take you out of the game, but the environments are done pretty well. The writing is also mediocre at best, given that Mass Effect writing hasn't always been high literature but at least it was funny, charming and enough to get you invested in the story. I'm already 25 hours into Andromeda and i just cant get myself to care about the stories and the characters. My biggest disappointment were the mundane fetch quests that just littered the game. It seemed like a majority of the quests were a simple go here find 3 of these and sent you off to all corners of the map, and it got really old really fast. Which is really sad because there is a good game in here somewhere, the areas are massive and there is plenty to explore. Expand
  7. Oct 28, 2017
    0
    я могу простить все,но пока они не вернут себе адекватных сценаристов,так и будут продолжать клепать подобное гмо типо андромеды и даи,70%я могу простить все,но пока они не вернут себе адекватных сценаристов,так и будут продолжать клепать подобное гмо типо андромеды и даи,70% заданий принеси-подай,сюжет для 5 летних детей,2 новые расы и обе человека подобные (прям полет мысли зашкаливает),дохерище картинок различных планет,которые ПРОСТО НЕ НУЖНЫ,вы там ничего не можете сделать,даже в 1 me больше планет где можно высадиться,А ВЫ ТУТ ПЕРВОПРОХОДЕЦ,тупость всех персонажей,абсолютно всех,одна Пиби адекватная в какой то степени,в общем это и игрой назвать нельзя,хотя те кто любит книжки от данцовой и подобных "великих писателей",явно оценят этот шлак Expand

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