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20
PermalinkMass Effect Andromeda
People who know me well, know I am massive fan of Mass Effect. I am not a shamed to admit I am a massive fan boy, and would most likely say that people who don't like the games are fools!wink I am such a fan boy of the series that I still don't get why the ending of Mass Effect 3 caused such a problem for people back in the dayroll

When they announced that they was working on Mass Effect Andromeda, I was so buzzing with excitement. Over the next year or so, I have avoided all articles and trailers because I wanting to go into the game knowing nothing about its story, Characters etc... In fact it was only a month ago I became aware that it was being released this week.

As you can guess, for the last seven days I have been really excited. Last Thursday I noticed a lot of people was playing the game before release. It didn't click with me until Saturday that EA access members get a 10 hour trial of the game, for god sake... I have EA Access!!! I quickly downloaded the 43GB game (Thank god for my super fast internetwink). Unfortunately our team in the GTASC was currently at that time working towards earning a bonus, and I was only allowed to earn 2 more achievements for the period.... so I had so wait 30 odd hours to have a proper sit down with the game.

As of now, I have 8 hours clocked on Mass Effect Andromeda. First things first, there is a good game in Mass Effect Andromeda..... but I cant feel a little let down.

Why did they change the planetary scanning mechanics? Now you enter systems, and when you move from planet to planet in any given system, you are tortured with this little cut scene thingy, that you cant skip. Its not a big deal, but rather annoying!

My biggest issues are, facial expressions & characters models. Seriously Bioware, what the hell happened? I actually think that facial expressions & characters models in the original Mass Effect are far better.... and the original Mass Effect is almost 10 years old!shock

Ok let me clear this up a bit for you. Alien characters are fine in Mass Effect Andromeda, humans are where the problems lay. Humans in Mass Effect Andromeda look too plastic and have little facial expressions when interacting in dialog..... and what's with all the smiling/smirking???! Something bad happens.. your character turns and says with a smile '' that's awful, worst day ever'' FFS Bioware! Also the dialog is kind of poor from what I have already played, and add in the bad facial expressions, I have come to the conclusion that all human looking characters are indeed robotslaugh

Normally I can deal with these problems and plough on with it, but I keep getting distracted by the wooden expressions during story driven dialogangry Also I have noticed that some times characters tend to crouch slightly during cut scenes/conversations. Gun battles have improved, story seems interesting and the planets look sexy.

I wish Bioware stuck to using the Unreal Engine, Mass Effect Andromeda using Frostbite 3 doesn't sit right with me.... or perhaps Bioware are just are not familiar working with Frostbite 3.

Don't get me wrong, I have played enough to deicide that I will still pick myself a copy up on release day... but that might just be because of the fan boy deep in side me.
Posted by SPACE ODDITY on 20 March 17 at 07:09 | Last edited on 20 March 17 at 07:12
UK360 COMMANDO Nice one WIll. I know how much you love the games and it seems like you are making excuses for them as you want to love this new one when really it has let you down.

I love Mass Effect too but I feel that 3 let me down at the end. It was like I had sunk all those hours in to a great adventure and then suddenly the game changed in to some completely different thing. Looking at it in reverse, had the end of 3 been the beginning of any Mass Effect game then I wouldn't have carried on with it.

I can totally imagine what you mean when you say about the poor cutscenes etc. So many games have got that wrong.

I hope the game is decent and manages to draw you back in and enjoy it toast
Posted by UK360 COMMANDO on 20 Mar at 08:57
SPACE ODDITY You are totally right Commando, Bioware have let me downcry Mass Effect Andromeda was become a bit of a internet joke when it comes to its Facial expressions. I have also noticed that when running around, some times you character runs while slightly crouched.... I cant help think ''ohh he has shit him self again''laugh

Luckily the story seems interesting, and already got me asking questions I would like to play on and find the answers.

There is a good game deep in there, but unfortunately the games issues are always standing out, literally in your face.
Posted by SPACE ODDITY on 20 Mar at 17:35