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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A Black eye for the franchise

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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: 2 out of 5 stars

    A far cry from the original Trilogy

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    Sharkey
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    Andromeda is an OK game that feels incredibly unpolished in its current state. Compared to the original trilogy, the writing is poor, animations stink, character models are underwhelming or straight up ugly, dialogue is cringey, voice acting is questionable, inventory management is ME1 bad, crafting is overly complex with numerous amount of materials to keep track of, terrible menus to navigate, and an overall jankiness feel to the game. What the game does well is a sense of exploration that goes beyond any of the original ME games, and the combat feels quite good, except for the fact that there is no power wheel option for yourself or squadmates. The game gives you 3 powers to use up front, if you want to use anything else you have to go into the skill menu and reassign powers. Did I mention that you can't choose squadmate skills to use in combat? You just point and click to tell them what to attack or where to move, quite disappointing. Overall, the game is ok and hopefully can be improved in the future on the technical side, but you can't fix flawed core design and story writing. It's a decent game, but you'd be better off replaying the original trilogy for a far grander experience.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Masterwork

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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Extremely addictive!

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    Boat72
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    I've played all three games in the Mass Effect series including Andromeda. I am big on graphics and although it does not live up to the hype like it was touted to be, it is still an incredible game! The storyline is interesting although it does feel really detached from the original series. The only thing I can think of that really bugs me is the combat. With the directional pad you can direct your squad to certain points where they should be. When you do this you naturally assume that they will defend their position and attack those coming at you. I can't count the times where I directed them to be at a certain point and they just let the enemy right by without even firing a shot and I got killed while trying to hack a terminal or whatnot. That gets to be very frustrating. Other than that, the game is simply huge and is going to take forever. I continually stumble upon missions and the list grows longer and longer. There are times I feel completely overwhelmed because I don't know even where to start. This game easily met and has even exceeded some of my expectations. It's a no-brainer...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    An overall downgrade compared to the first three

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    CitizenErased
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    Mass Effect Andromeda is a below average game generally and an overall downgrade if you compare it to the first three games in the series. The good: -The Tempest is easy to get around in, no more long elevator loading screens between levels. You can get from one end of the ship to the other in less than a minute. Transitions from one floor to the other are quick. -The Nomad (the Mako/Hammerhead replacement) is sturdy, and makes getting around the planets easier since it is more maneuverable than the Maki -Biotics, Tech, and Combat powers really come into their own with all new skills and sweet combos. The combat is fast paced and mostly enjoyable. The Bad: - This game feels like it should still be in a Beta stage, it reeks of lack of polish and screams poor play testing. Glitches abound, quests glitch out, companions glitch out, the floor glitches out, I could go on. - The writing is AWFUL, the story is bland and the characters are mostly forgettable. I'd recommend this only to the most hardcore mass effect fans or for someone who knows what they're getting into.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great videogane

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    Oscar85Cedeno
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    This is my firs Mass Effect game. I didn't know what I was getting into, especially based upon all of the bad reviews. However, I've been quite happy with how fun this game actually is. Yes, I did notice the animation and character designs were a little rough, at first, but that disappointment disappeared after about five hours of game play. This game really opens up and becomes fascinating. I've not completed the game yet, and the worlds I've experienced so far are beautiful and interesting. I was amazed at how big one of the ice planets was and how much fun it is to explore and do side quests. This game has a ton of content and will likely take many, many hours to complete. The game is not perfect. Sometimes there's too much dialog to wade through and sometimes there's frame drops and freezing (Playing on a PS4 Pro), but none of those things have ruined the experience for me. Overall, I'm very happy with this game and look forward to playing it each night.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid effort

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    PHOONGDAN
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    This game has received mixed reviews, but with about 25 hours of play time in, I'm really enjoying the game. I suppose graphics and environments could be better, so (-1 star). I've played the first two games and this one has a similar feel. The game is deep, with 25 hours in I've still got a long way to go to complete the main story. Like the other previous games, there are countless side missions, so u really get your $$$ worth! Missions are fun and the familiar storyline is developed and engaging. I do miss some of the earlier crew members that aren't available in this game, like Ashley and Tali, but Cora is a nice edition. I haven't experienced any significant glitches in this game and I havent gotten stuck in the Nomad as I sometimes did in the first two games, so that's a plus! All in all a very enjoyable game that I definitely recommend to both fans of the series and those new to it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good campaign story!!!! Good graphics and sound!!

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    panitaboricua
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    Presentation/Availability: Product was well packaged with no broken/opened box. There were many available at the store. Performance/Gameplay: My review is for the PS4. If you like third-person shooter games, then you will definitely like this game. You don’t need experience in previous Mass Effect games to play Mass Effect: Andromeda. I like the weapons and accessories. Image resolution (gameplay and theatrical) is very good and the sound is good as well. Online playing is a 4-players team, is fast-paced and I love it!!!! I really recommend you use a good headset with this game if you want to hear every tiny sound on the game, especially when playing online. If you are not too serious about online playing, don’t go for the Deluxe Edition of the game, since those extra features (and extra money) are for online playing. Customer service: Very good customer service. I was greeted by an employee as soon as I walked through the door.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just What I Wanted

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    RoxxiR
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    This game is getting a lot of bad rap lately from people. This game is amazing. There are some game play problems. There are glitches, some screen tearing, and some graffic issues. It doesn't really kill the game. Some of the stuff is patchable. It feels like Mass effect 1. It has some issues, but the story and characters are absolutely wonderful. I love the concept and the world. The battle and build up systems are great. Again, there are a good amount of combat glitches, but it by no means makes the game unplayable. As a matter of fact, this being a very open world mass effect game, it is bound to be glitchy (look around Skyrim or Fallout 4). Also this is a newer team and their first next gen mass effect. None of this excuses some of the mistakes that were made (some facial animations and such) but every mass effect has had some problems. I took a star off for the glitches. The rest of the elements far make up for the problems it has.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    "Gamers" Are Wrong

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    ZyroXZ2
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    After putting in nearly 50 hours, I can solidly say that "gamers" have got this one all wrong. This game is not a zero or even a five out of ten. The hyperbole and angle that these "gamers" have tried to make popular do not actually represent the product: the Metacritic critic review score aggregate is far more accurate. It's a solid game universe with solid combat mechanics, and contains many enjoyable aspects from colonization to quests to loyalty missions with 1000s of lines of dialogue that range from cheesy to college humor. The characters grow on you, and there's a silver lining to the cheeseball humor in that it surprises you with little blurbs of character between squadmates YOU pick to take into the field with you! It has its shares of technical foibles, one cannot deny that, but barring the technical shortcomings and glitches, what's underneath has a big heart, one that "gamers" cannot appreciate behind their agenda.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good game set in space.

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    ThunderBird
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    From my personal experience, this game has a nice character creator and features good combat mechanisms as well as detailed cutscenes, but certain elements could of used more work during the developmental stages. Some examples include the recycled plot, mission glitches, limitations on game saves for multiple characters, and strange animations. Though this game tries to expand upon the Mass Effect universe, the original Mass Effect trilogy is a better space adventure game. With that said, this game is not entirely bad and does have its moments. However, you will probably require some time getting accustomed to it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fun but forgettable

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    Link8016
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    Bioware made major improvements to the gameplay for Andromeda, however everything else in the game feels like a downgrade compared to the original trilogy. The story is very forgettable and failed to invest me in any characters or conflicts. The open environments feel sparse and filled with meaningless side content. They’ve added a lot more RPG systems, like an inventory and crafting system, but it just feels like unnecessary clutter that bogs down the experience with more time spent in menus. However, playing the game itself is very enjoyable due to the improved combat. The game feels more mobile than ever thanks to the jetpack. There’s an incredibly flexible class/skill system that allows you to build your character however you want with no restrictions. I greatly appreciated these improvements, so it’s a shame that the rest of the game failed to capture my interest.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Exciting return to the Mass Effect Universe

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    AdBo
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    As of this review, there are still some glitches with the human face graphics. They're hilarious, yet kinda frustrating at the same time. Other than that, this game is a lot of fun. They customization is fantastic, the story seems to be heading somewhere massive and fun, and there is a lot of open world exploration. The only downfalls so far, are the supporting characters are all kind of bland. In the prior trilogy, it was difficult to choose characters whose skills most complimented my play-style, if they weren't the characters I enjoyed having with me. In this game, so far, nothing has happened yet to make me invested in a supporting character. I miss having something like the ending of Virmire, where you were immediately more drawn to the character you chose to save because of the direct impact on everything that decision had. Despite that, this game is a ton of fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting new realm

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    Jdickman89
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    I had some mixed feelings about this game's announcement. I liked the first one, the second one I liked a bit more, then the third one left me...well, a bit disappointed. The story is captivating, if not a bit too 'standard sci-fi' at times, and I was skeptical that the developers could simultaneously do the prior games justice and add enhancement to them. I was, for a good portion, wrong. The game picked up the pace and provided more than just the 'cover based tactical shooter' stalemate that the other games could become. It's faster paced. The story is still deep and has corners of the galaxy you can explore if the time spent suits you - and it should. For the most part, it's a good pick-up for the experience. Maybe not for everyone, but it's entertaining and action-packed: with grains of salt that can be taken with ease.

    I would recommend this to a friend