- Any video game purchase of $19.99 or greater on Amazon.com will qualify you to receive an Amazon promotional code that will grant you three exclusive pieces of DLC for Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood! Codes will be sent within 48 hours of purchase. Here's how (restrictions apply)
Select items for an Amazon Gift Card
Get free shipping with fast payment.
We are unable to process your trade-in order.
About the product
- PRE-LOAD: Download the game now! Game will be playable on 3/20/17 at 9pm Pacific Time.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Special offers and product promotions
Supported OS: Windows
Origin account required for game activation and installation
Top Customer Reviews
Letting you know, ordering a physical copy for PC is basically pointless. I would have been far happier if they included a Blu-Ray disc with the original installer like they did for ME3, but no, just a serial number in a DVD case.
After installing the game, I emplore you to do two things. First, if you're not on an SSD, defrag your hard disk. For real, my loading times were sky high until I did, and it was on a drive with plenty of empty space. Second, figure out your key bindings, because the defaults are terrible, especially if you've freshly played the other ME games. I found it much easier to set the 'jump' command to the 'forward' button on my Logitech mouse and highly recommend this config.
Now, let's talk gameplay: it's definitely not bad, but I'd call most of the changes 'lateral moves' over 'improvements'. No more classes, just lots of points to spend wherever you want...but you can only load three skills at a time, and then have to switch "profiles". Weapon crafting is something that other games do, and I'm not a fan of it...because invariably you have to remember which planet has that one guy that sells that one thing you need to finish crafting it...but then there's "research" and "development", which I still find confusing because half the time I end up with two guns and no way to recycle them back into their original resources. And the fetch quests...holy crap the fetch quests...get plants, get drinks, get rocks, get those white memory thingies...can't I send one or two of my other crew members to go grocery shopping? Then again, they managed to somehow make mining *worse* than ME2, zipping between planets is beautiful but tedious due to the animations, if you hate sudoku you're going to have a tough time terraforming, and I've yet to come across an armor that wasn't ugly.
Now that I've gotten *those* complaints out of the way...Peebee had massive shoes to fill as I invariably romanced Liara in the original games. I didn't like her at first, but she grew on me and is easily my favorite squadmate. The story regarding some of the challenges faced in the early days of the totally-not-the-Citadel space station was well placed and well executed. While the fetch quests are annoying, at least one side mission where I was investigating a murder was excellent. Dealing with protesters on the station was an interesting dynamic. The planets and areas are more than a little bit lifted from Star Wars (so far I've been to not-Tattooine, not-Hoth, not-Dagobah, and not-Coruscant), but they're invariably scenic. The new vehicle is the answer to every criticism that was ever levied against the Mako or the Hammerhead. Though picking which three powers to use is annoying, the ability to have two biotic abilities and a tech ability while also carrying two sniper rifles and two shotguns is a whole lot of fun.
I agree with the number of criticisms being levied against the open-world vibe here - Mass Effect isn't at its best when it's trying to be Sci-Fi Skyrim, and the openness is a liability in the first few hours of super-slow gameplay that are almost a chore. But, at some point, the game hits its stride and galavanting around the galaxy is fun again...as long as you're okay with the main story itself being more of a 'really big side quest' rather than the centerpiece of the game.
Oh, and no, I didn't touch multiplayer, because I didn't play multiplayer, because this is Mass Effect, not Unreal Tournament.
6/10, would ultimately recommend, but was seriously hoping for more story-driven gameplay than is offered.
The conversation system also appears to have taken a step back, it is not very clear whether your conversation decisions have any real impact on the overarching narrative. I have been waiting for a new addition to the Mass Effect series for some time and what BioWare released was a disappointment to say the least. Please save yourself money and do not buy this game.
However, the one caveat is that I think that this game would be decent if it were not a Mass Effect and were the first entry in a new franchise. However, as a Mass Effect game, there is a great deal missing. The stakes in this game do not feel particularly high, when in ME 3 there was a palpable feeling that a poor decision could make a huge difference in the war effort.
In short, this game is disappointing. Wait until it is significantly discounted before buying.
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.