Mass Effect: Andromeda - PlayStation 4 [Digital]

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Overview

What's Included


  • Mass Effect: Andromeda

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
84% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (775 out of 927)

Product Details


  • Developer: BioWare
  • Publisher: EA
  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Genre: Action and Adventure|Role Playing
  • Release Date: 03/21/2017

Synopsis


Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players far beyond the boundaries of the Milky Way into the depths of the Andromeda galaxy. Become the Pathfinder and lead humanity's search for a new home in this uncharted and unforgiving region of space. Discover the secrets of a vast galaxy, battle hostile alien threats, build your crew and tap into deep progression and customization systems to make them your own. This is the story of humanity’s next chapter, and your choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival and place in the Andromeda Galaxy. As you unravel the mysteries of Andromeda – with the future of our species resting on your shoulders – you must ask yourself… How far will you go?

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Features


Enter a new era of storytelling as the power of the critically-acclaimed Frostbite engine brings the visuals, action, emotion, and worlds of Mass Effect Andromeda to life like never before

Embark on a mission beyond the borders of our known universe. Navigate the uncharted reaches of the Andromeda Galaxy to unravel its mysteries, discover vivid alien worlds, and lead the charge to find humanity a new home among the stars

Customize yourself and your squad with a deep and flexible progression system

Master third-person shooter combat that combines advanced weaponry and special abilities

build and modify weapons and gear to match your unique play style with deep crafting system



Overall customer rating

4.1
84%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A Black eye for the franchise

    Posted
    MassEffectFan75
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    I was very excited hearing that this was coming out and from the trailers it looked fantastic, sporting 4K graphics and an awesome story. However, this was not the case. My third day into it I've pretty much put it on the shelf. The graphics are not impressive for 4K at all and is more like the graphics from ME2. This in itself is disapointing considering how long it's been since ME2. The charicters in the game are very poorly animated and many of the NPC characters have the exact same faces. Not a lot of difference between the Asari faces or even the Salarian faces. The animation was done by someone who has never done game animation before and it shows. Now on to the game play. The missions are very slow and repetative to say the least. While the story is very rich and compelling, the battle mechanics are a big sloppy. The enemy AI has perfect aim at you and ignores your team members with perfect accuracy, even on Normal difficulty you will find some of the enemies impossible to defeat. There were many times when I was killed and reloaded from the last checkpoint it would lock up for nearly 20 minutes and then get a crash notification from the PS4. Maybe things will change if they patch it, but you definitely won't get better animation or graphics. It was very obvious that this was a new team making this game and EA was doing their usual business practice of rushing a game without truly doing any QA. I would not recommend this to any hard core ME fans and even the casual fan will find it very frustrating. Wait a few weeks and buy a used copy if you really want to try it out. I would definitely not pay full price for something that feels more like an add-on for ME2 or ME3.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    The Good, the bad and the really ugly.

    Posted
    Matrixasiseefit
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    [I really would give this game a 2.5, if I could] The Good: Planet exploration and the single-player combat action has taken a considerable jump forward from the previous Mass Effects. I find myself wanting to go from planet to planet, seeing what treasures and dangers await me in these gorgeous new worlds. The Bad: The writing in my opinion is fairly poor, but I do understand how some will find it enjoyable. It's not that I don't like campy dialog here and there, but Mass Effect seems to be very tone-deaf at times where the character dialog and responses do not match the situation. The absence of Renegade or Paragon responses made the character dialog feel very limited most times. What made the previous games special to me is that I could add many aspects of my own personality to Shepard through the vast dialog options. In Andromeda I feel like I'm locked into being either nice or snarky and it's very predictable and sometimes straight-out boring. The Really Ugly: The character animations and in-game bugs are the worst of any AAA game I have purchased in last 5 years. I don't even of room to write the large list of bugs I have encountered in Andromeda that has cost me hours of gameplay. Some players are willing to give Bioware and EA a "pass" on these issues - I absolutely will not. ** If you are on the fence about purchasing this game and reading my review, I highly suggest you wait and see what Bioware does to address these issues. If you love Bioware and don't care about bugs or terrible character animations you probably already own this game. LOL.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not as Bad as its Reputation

    Posted
    Saphoon
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    This game has gotten a bad rap since the day it was released. Those expecting the next evolution of the franchise, where the stellar (no pun intended) storytelling of the original series meets next generation hardware will be disappointed. The story, involving the first humans arriving in Andromeda galaxy, had potential, but too quickly degenerates into the familiar. Interesting elements, such as a mutiny on the spacecraft, and continuing shortages that are causing those in charge to delay the other people from being awakened from their cryo tubes should have been the main plot. Character-wise, Drack, a thousand year old krogan, works just as well as Wrex, and might even be better, as he has the irascibility of old age to add to the naturally surly nature of his race. I usually add him to my time just to hear his banter while traveling. On the other hand, funny and likeable Liam slides just fine into the same everyman slot that Kaiden occupied in the first game, and Jacob in the second. Cora is supposed to be a tough soldier type, but dishes out the toughness and likability in such even measure she comes across as wishy-washy. This is especially exemplified in how she is not nearly as upset as she should be considering how the Main Character, without sufficient experience or qualifications, steals the position she was trained and prepared for out from under her. The rest of the characters suffer even worse cases of blandness, lacking the standout qualities that made Mordin, Tali, Garrus, and Liara so memorable. That said, the plot and characters aren't terrible, just a disappointment when compared to the high standards set by the original games. The combat is a bright spot; probably the best yet, with jumping playing a large role. It plays more like Halo and Gears of War than the more methodical Advanced Warfighter model past games were built on, which can be good or bad, depending on how your preferences lie. At least classes (now called profiles) no longer restrict what powers are available to you. They only provide bonuses geared to certain play styles, and can be changed at any time. The game also abandons the corridor shooter route past games employed, and are now open world affairs, with a vehicle similar to ME1's Mako to get you from place to place. Anyone who wants to step into that universe again, and tempers their expectations accordingly, will find this a trip worth taking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My First Mass Effect Game & I'm Really Enjoying It

    Posted
    Avery97
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    I purchased Mass Effect: Andromeda for my PS4 Pro and it looks AMAZING in 4K HDR! I have currently put over 8 hours into this game that I purchased a few days ago and I've had a great time playing it! I had read reviews about facial animations being messed up at launch, but there was an update not too long ago that helped fix a-lot of the facial animations that weren't synced correctly with the voices. The faces of the characters could use a little more graphical advancements which I read is actually being worked on for a future update, but everything else looks gorgeous! The sound effects for this game are spot on and really help bring the Andromeda world to life! The story so far, in my opinion, has been very interesting, and has kept me coming back each day wanting to play more and learn more of the story. I saw that BioWare has acknowledged other reviewers comments and feedback, and they said that they will be working hard to fix as much as they can for future updates which is nice to hear. This is a comment BioWare made in a post on their website for Mass Effect... Over the next two months we’ll be rolling out additional patches which will go even deeper and look to improve several areas of the game: - More options and variety in the character creator - Improvements to hair and general appearance for characters - Ongoing improvements to cinematic scenes and animations - Improvements to male romance options for Scott Ryder - Adjustments to conversations with Hainly Abrams - These upcoming patches will also address performance and stability issues. We’re also looking at adding more cosmetic items to single player for free.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good game with some technical issues

    Posted
    Cheski
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    I have been a long time Mass Effect gamer, and was definitely excited for this one. I got it delivered on launch day from Best Buy, and have been playing it since. There are some technical issues for sure, and I hope it gets updated in a future patch. There is the frame rate occasional slow down and texture pop-in that can be annoying at times. The animations leave a bit to be desired, but they are nowhere near as bad as the internet would have you think. The gameplay itself is great, and a natural evolution to the third person gameplay the series is known for. Combat feels much more fluid. The jetpack gives you freedom to explore and makes the combat dynamic. Instead of hunkering down behind the same wall, I find myself moving around and trying to flush out enemies. The powers and abilities are also a step up in the way they are handled. You have the freedom to really customize your character to your play style, and swap out abilities on the fly. Weapon and armor upgrading and crafting can be a good way to gain powerful equipment. Lastly, the story. The story finds you far and away from the events of the original trilogy in the Andromeda galaxy, 600 years later. A contingent of Milky Way species left the Milky Way in search of a new home in Andromeda. You take on the role of a human tasked with finding suitable places to call home. The characters so far have been great. Both the returning and new species make for an experience that feels fresh without changing too much. While I didn't care for several of the squadmates initially, they have grown on me over time. Overall, I would recommend this both for returning Mass Effect fans, and newcomers to the franchise. Be aware of some technical issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An enjoyable experience despite it's faults

    Posted
    Sway4829
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    I'm a huge fan of the original Mass Effect Trilogy and had myself convinced I would hate Andromeda. I just wanted another entry in the trilogy with all the characters I already loved. None of the footage and news I saw before launch sold me on Andromeda. Well I'm here to say I was wrong. Andromeda gets off to a slow start so I think you really need to be willing to give it a bit to grow on you. Don't be afraid to advance the story a bit in the beginning and get to know the characters before deciding if you like the game or not. It took me about 10-15 hours before I was willing to admit that this was actually a pretty enjoyable game. Most of the characters that gave me a bad first impression I actually started to like. This is a big game and there's lots to do. The story line is probably about on par in length with the previous games in the series, but there's tons more side content to get lost in. If you do everything I'd wager you could spend more time cleaning up everything in this game than it would take you to do absolutely everything in all the games in the original trilogy combined. There are some glaring issues though. The facial animations are rather inconsistent, some scenes people look fine and others you get the weird facial expressions we've all seen in gifs across the internet. It seems to get better later in the game (or maybe I just got used to it). The PS4 version has some texture pop in and frame rate issues in certain areas. The UI and inventory system could use some tweaking. Overall I say there's more good than bad and it's worth a playthrough.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but not great

    Posted
    Estrian
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    On the whole, Mass Effect: Andromeda was a good but not great game. The combat was very fun. It is fast paced, with an improved AI, three dimensional​ and play the style (cover based or run and gun) as you want. Very enjoyable. I would have liked to be able to have greater control over squad power usage and had the ability to rapidly switch between profiles as needed; however, the absence of these do not ruin the experience. (4/5 stars) I enjoyed the exploration of the worlds, which were beautifully rendered, though not world scale the mission areas were large and unique. That being said, I would have liked to be able to have a greater degree of impact on the zones as you progress through them, driving the enemy back from their outposts as you claim more territory. The addition of random dialogue bits between you and the squad, as found in the Dragon Age games, were a welcome addition. (3.5/5 stars) As much as I enjoyed the game, and the hours I dedicated to finishing the main story and other side quests/loyalty missions I did find the story to be a few notches below where I had hoped. There is promise; however, it could have been better. That being said, I did not mind playing through it. (3/5 stars)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Masterwork

    Posted
    Lillian

    Bioware delivered. And I will say again: they delivered. This game is beautiful, immersive, and very well thought-out. It does have a different feel than the more linear vision of the original Trilogy, but it would have been a mistake to try and repeat too closely Andromeda's predecessors. The open world exploration, vast cast of characters, and a memorable crew are among the brightest highlights of Andromeda. I genuinely enjoyed the story-line, and it sets us up for another Mass Effect installment in the near future. I loved the freedom of exploration and ability to do as many side-quests as you desired. The technical aspects of the game are great as well, with smooth combat and menus that are easy to navigate. In the end, I loved this game and where Bioware took Mass Effect. They did something different with Andromeda, a direction that some people found unappealing, but I believe those people had unrealistic expectations and held too tightly to the structure of the original games. Mass Effect Andromeda is a marvelous, fun, and engaging adventure, and I can't wait for the next one!

    I would recommend this to a friend


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