The Hype: Mass Effect Andromeda

This one’s a tough one, since I’ve no intention of playing this.  I’ve always seen Mass Effect Andromeda as bait. Yes, I’m still salty with Mass Effect 3. I literally stopped playing the game when I found out about the 3 endings that really had nothing to do with your choices. After I had played the original trilogy across 2 consoles (first on Xbox 360, then PS3), the fact I own a copy of Mass Effect 2 on both aforementioned  consoles AND the N7 edition for Mass Effect 3 (PS3)… I’m allowed to be salty!Anywho, I’ve been watching Claire Siobhan’s gameplay on YouTube and I’ll give it some credit. They improved on the combat, there really are some stunning  graphics, and I’m slightly intrigued with the story…

…but as a game tester and a human being with eyes, I’m ticked off with the questionable facial animations, crazy eyes and just the general WTF-ness of some of the QA bugs I’ve seen on the internet. Sara Ryder scares the hell out of me, they should have mocapped. They obviously rushed the title and probably ignored their QA Team. Character creation is important in RPG, you don’t mess that up.

It would appear the $40 million budget & 5 year development cycle were (obviously) not enough, it’s just odd since we expect better from BioWare – they did do the previous trilogy, they know their stuff! There are not some indie company that got shoved with a task too big…**coughs** Iron Galaxy’s handling of Batman: Arkham Knight (PC) **coughs**

Onto the professional reviews, this appears to be a 7/10 game with some ME fans being disappointed with the final product.

IGN: 7.7
Polygon: 7.5
Metacritic: 75% (PC), 70% (PS4), 77% (Xbox One). If you clicked on the links, you’ll notice that the user’s scores were less kind  – 4.8, 4.7 and 4.7 respectively.
Destructoid: 6.5
Lowest score:
PC World: 50%
Giant Bomb: 40% (PS4)
M3: 50% (Xbox One). NB: Not in English.

I wonder what the YouTube community have to offer…

During my YouTube research, I came across a rather informative video, he actually takes his time to patiently explain.

With my friends,  haven’t really gotten  lot of feedback, some are waiting for it to go on sale, others are just okay with it. Looks like BioWare are trying to patch as much as they can, but they shouldn’t have messed up in the first place.

As usual, I will leave you with gameranx’s Before You Buy and my verdict.

Verdict:

The Hype is Not

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4 thoughts on “The Hype: Mass Effect Andromeda”

  1. Bioware has a lengthy road ahead to fix many of the issues that folk are having with the game, but I’d say they’re off to a good start. The project definitely would have benefited from being delayed for 6 more month though.

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      1. I wouldn’t so much blame the devs as I would the publisher. EA rarely ever misses a deadline or delays a product, so I can see them pressuring BioWare into releasing when they weren’t ready.

        That said, would you like to share your articles in our FB group? We’re a growing community of gaming bloggers and we’re always looking for more writers to share their work and discuss all things gaming. Just search for “Game Bloggers United” on Facebook.

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      2. True, but when we have incidents like Street Fighter V, it does get rather grating.

        I’ve had a quick look at the Facebook group, I’ll definitely join.

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