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Average User Score: 4.8Apr 1, 2017This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Wide as an ocean, but as deep as a puddle. That's how I would describe ME: Andromeda. There is a dizzying amount of content in this game, but very little of it is rewarding, fun or challenging. I absolutely adore the original trilogy, and it is probably one of my favorite game series of all time, and I really wanted to like Andromeda. But after 60+ hrs of gameplay, I just felt bored, uninterested and ultimately angry, because this didn't feel like a Mass Effect game at all. It felt like some bro-ey, fan fiction that tried and failed to replicate what made the original trilogy so amazing.
And this is ultimately where Andromeda falls flat on its face. The writing. The writing is, for lack of a better word, lackluster. The story is bland and uninspired, with boring two dimensional villains, a backstory that receives little to no further explanation, and characters who are completely forgettable. Near the end of the game I was actually skipping over cut-scenes because I was so thoroughly uninterested in the characters and their motivations. Your "choices" have little to no impact on the direction of the story, and there is no emotional weight behind anything that happens in Andromeda simply because it's hard to find any of it all that interesting. The loyalty missions are forgettable as well. The game also tries way too hard to be funny, and was way too generous with levity. Yes, there was humor in the original trilogy, but this was complemented by some very serious and emotional moments. It feels like nothing is taken seriously in Andromeda, so why do we care when anything important happens? The script is riddled with sarcasm that doesn't work. For instance, there is a pretty important moment near the beginning where Ryder loses a family member, and 2 minutes later he's making jokes and pretending like nothing bad happened. That is bad writing.
That is to say nothing of the horrendous character animations, the fact that all the alien races looking exactly the same (all of the asari and salarians have exactly the same faces, with different facial markings), and the subpar voice acting. I will give the game credit for its planet environments, which are stunningly gorgeous. Elaaden and Havarl in particular are incredibly beautiful. i also love the Tempest and how you can now look out the windows to see where you are in the galaxy. But exploration soon becomes tedious and repetitive, since you basically do exactly the same thing with every planet. The UI is also terrible. The gunplay is fun and fluid, and I definitely thought it was a step up from the original trilogy.
Unfortunately everything about this game reeks of laziness and lack of polish. It's like Bioware had no idea what made the original games so beloved, and tried to make a cheap imitation that has neither the soul or the depth. There are no amazing moments like Virmire, Tuchanka, Rannoch or the Suicide Mission. There are no moments where you have to reflect on your decisions. And because of this, the player has no emotional investment in the story or its characters. I got so bored near the end that I began skipping cut-scenes just to finish, because I didn't care anymore.
It's really unfortunate that Andromeda is so mediocre. EA was given an IP with so much potential, and they squandered it. Is Andromeda a bad game? Not necessarily. There is still some fun to be had, and I enjoyed exploring the galaxy in a way. But if you're a fan of the original games, you will probably be disappointed because this game fails to match up to them in almost every way. An RPG with a bad story and uninteresting characters is going to fall apart, and that's exactly what has happened here. Just going back and playing the original Mass Effect, listening to Vigil speak on Ilos... there just is nothing in Andromeda that matches it. It's hollow, cheaply made, uninspired, bland and revels in its own mediocrity.
What an absolute shame.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.8Mar 14, 2016First of all, this is not a complete game. It's one mission and some training tutorials, so if you want the full thing you need to wait untilFirst of all, this is not a complete game. It's one mission and some training tutorials, so if you want the full thing you need to wait until December when the game is fully released. It is quite possibly one of the strangest video game release decisions I have ever witnessed, because it literally makes no sense. Why are you releasing the game one mission at a time? I would rather just wait and have a complete game free of bugs than have it released in pieces. Regardless, the game itself, from what I played, is not that bad. It definitely goes back to its Blood Money routes, the location is gorgeous and there are lots of fun ways to kill your targets. So why the low rating?
- Always online DRM. Yes, after the whole SimCity debacle, companies are still implementing this **** useless feature that punishes the actual people who by the game legally and not the pirates. Absolutely awful idea, mainly because as of right now you can be kicked out of your game very often and have to reload from your last save point. What a stupid feature.
- Locked graphics options. If you don't have a 4 GB video card, you will not be able to play at certain resolutions or use higher resolution textures. I mean, the game doesn't work or run very well anyways, so I'm not sure why they are punishing PC players here. Another stupid decision.
- Poor performance overall. Another awful PC port with terrible frame rate drops, especially in crowds.
- No blood. Yeah, in a game where you kill people you would think that there would actually be blood decals, which they actually implemented in Blood Money, but for some reason that's too much work 10 years later. Killing people is like shooting a bag of sand. Also, people's bodies still collapse into ridiculously unnatural positions once they are killed.
Overall, I would wait until the game is fully released, and then I would only buy it once the punitive measure against PC players have been removed completely. As for now, the game is a mess on release, because AAA developers don't really seem to care anymore. The game itself is okay, but it is not complete, so I am not going to give it a score based on one mission alone.… Expand