Mass Effect Andromeda - PC
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- Chart your own course in a dangerous new galaxy. Unravel the mysteries of the Andromeda galaxy as you discover rich, alien worlds in the search for humanity's new home
- Battle like never before. New additions like destructible environments, boosted jumps for added verticality, and all new weapons and Biotics make combat more thrilling than ever
- With amazing weapons, powers and tech, and much more flexible skill and weapon progression tree you can replicate your play style to make you unstoppable against new, powerful alien enemies
- iscDownload only, No disc included
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Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players to the Andromeda galaxy, far beyond the Milky Way. There, players will lead our fight for a new home in hostile territory as the Pathfinder a leader of military trained explorers. This is the story of humanity's next chapter, and player choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival.
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I've played all of the Mass Effect series, and had high hopes for this one.
This one is tangentially related to the previous ME games, so your choices in previous games don't really affect the storyline.
The game gives you a lot to do, in several open worlds. Each world isn't necessarily very large, but put together, it's a very large playable area. If you're a completionist, you'll like this game (except for the bug that crashes the game on multiple platforms when you enter a certain area).
I have the graphics settings set to Automatic. The graphics are pretty good, but I get a lot of weird artifacts in various areas.
One of the major complaints with this game are the character faces. The female main character is downright goofy looking. You have options during character creation, but none of them are really very good. The Asari NPCs are also pretty goofy looking, especially compared to the Asari characters in the three previous ME games. Apparently they did this on purpose, something to do with unrealistic female body images. It's a game people. They certainly didn't make the male main characters purposefully goofy looking.
The voice acting in this game is also subpar from previous games in the series. Maybe they were trying to save some money, who knows.
This game also suffers from the same things many other games do. Weapons are really no different from modern weapons. You have the same weapon classifications as today: Pistol, Assault Rifle, SMG, Shotgun, and Sniper Rifle. Such things display a serious lack of vision. You'd think that in the future, one weapon would serve any small arms role.
They also show serious lack of vision with other technologies in the game. For example: The main character has an AI implant which can communicate with the character over light years of open space, instantly. Yet if you want to read your email you have to go to a few specific terminals. Really? I can get my email wherever I am, on my phone. Hello!?
This game also suffers from a major, IMHO, issue where all the female characters walk just like the male characters. It's not as bad in Andromeda as it was in all three of the first ones, but you'd think they could figure this out after 3 tries. My guess is that they just couldn't be bothered to do a different walk animation for female characters. Lazy.
I usually play a game through several times over a couple years. But I just don't know if I'll want to play this one again. Maybe the multiplayer is better, haven't tried it yet.
I wouldn't buy this game unless you can get it for $20 or less.
There are, however, a few problems, which might not have been a problem for a new standalone game, but when you are the sequel to the greatest RPG of all time (yes, that is my opinion of ME), then the bar is really high, and Andromeda does not match up well to its predecessor.
The primary enemy, the Kett are pretty feeble. The mainline quests against them are pretty easy to win, and we do not really learn enough about them. Also, except for a few of the leaders of the Kett, they are cookie cutter and do not offer any sort of, for want of a better term, humanity. We expected the minions of the Reapers to be mindless automatons, because it fit with the nature of the Reapers. But, the Kett lower ranks feel just the same and there is little reason for this, given what we learn about the Kett.
The second problem is that a lot of the secondary missions are a bit cookie cutter. You will get tired of the game after a few playthroughs.
And, ME:A has it's equivalent of the Protheans, in the Remnant. In some ways, this is better as we learn a good deal about the Remnant, but that story is never finished and now we don't know if we will ever learn the rest of the story.
The best advice that I can give you comes in two parts.
1. This is not as good as any of the ME games.
2. Go in thinking it is a standalone game, because we may never see a sequel
This review does not cover ever little thing about the game that I disliked, but it covers the big ones. I did like the game.
It is plagued by technical issues; I struggled through crashes and major performance problems early on until I made a number of adjustments. I still saw stuttering throughout the game, especially during conversation scenes, which are arguably the most important part of Mass Effect.
The animations for human and asari characters are, regrettably, still unforgivably bad even after Patch 1.05. Numerous sound glitches heard throughout the game, with sounds dropping out and popping in frequently. It was not uncommon to see scenes with misplaced models, and in one case, Ryder's model was missing entirely from a bigger cutscene.
Combat is okay. Doesn't feel like it should but it' at least challenging and you're given a lot of freedom. I had less fun overall than in 3.
I can put up with a lot if the writing is good - sadly, Andromeda pales in comparison to ME1, 2, or 3. It feels like a C-grade rip-off at the worst, with stilted dialog, terrible pacing issues, and a plot that tried but doesn't make it.
That being said it is still, at times, Mass Effect. There are things - characters, worlds, little stories, lore - to enjoy, but it can't hold up against numerous game issues.
But I am nothing if not optimistic, so I will wait for the next big patch and then replay. With a better understanding of how to manage the pacing and what to look for regarding the main story, I anticipate finding more to enjoy in time.
I hope Bioware/EA take these reviews to heart. It sucks that we waited with such anticipation for years, and this is the product they produced. Here's to a better future for Mass Effect.
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Voice acting is fairly good and now that they have updated the lip sync it fits a lot better. However, I hope they update the game so that when you are talking to someone you can actually look at them. Very often you get stuck looking in the wrong direction when someone is talking to you.
Visual effects are stunning, especially at 4K. When they are working properly this is one of the areas that mass effect Andromeda really shines. Note you will need at least a gtx 1080 to run 4K at 30 FPS + constantly on high settings.
Multiplayer is fun and similar to mass effect 3 but the servers have again been very unreliable and as a result has made for a frustrating user experience.
Sadly, they set it up to have a sequel and it's never going to happen now. A few loose ends will never be tied up, unless you read the comics.