Mass Effect: Andromeda takes you to the Andromeda galaxy, far beyond the Milky Way. There, you'll lead our fight for a new home in hostile territory - where WE are the aliens.
Play as the Pathfinder - a leader of a squad of military-trained explorers - with deep progression and customisation systems. This is the story of humanity’s next chapter, and your choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival in the Andromeda Galaxy.
As you unfold the mysteries of the Andromeda Galaxy and the hope for humanity lies on your shoulders – You must ask yourself… How far will you go?
Be the Pathfinder. Chart your own course in a dangerous new galaxy. Unravel the mysteries of the Andromeda galaxy as you discover rich, alien worlds in the search for humanity’s new home.
Return to the Mass Effect universe you love. Lead the first humans in Andromeda on a desperate search for our new home. In this new chapter of Mass Effect, meet and recruit all-new, interesting characters caught up in an epic space saga filled with mystery and galactic conflict.
Battle like never before. New additions like destructible cover, boosted jumps for added verticality, and all-new weapons and Biotics make combat more thrilling than ever.
Play your way. Build a formidable hero with amazing weapons, powers and tech. With a much more flexible skill and weapon progression tree, you can replicate your play style to make you unstoppable against powerful alien enemies.
Join the APEX Forces. Multiplayer in Mass Effect Andromeda places you into a class-based, 4-player co-op fire-team experience. Team up with three of your friends to take on the enemy threat and protect the interests of the Andromeda Initiative.
As a passionate yet lapsed lover of Bioware's planet-hopping, alien-romancing Sci-Fi RPG franchise, I had very high hopes for Andromeda. I wanted adventure, I wanted discovery, I wanted stunning otherworldly environments full of promise. I wanted zappy guns, a nippy spaceship with a cool name on the side and an attractive, brightly-coloured extraterrestrial to warm my bed.
I was not disappointed on any of these counts.
This game's protagonist, Ryder, like the original trilogy's Shepard, can be male or female and has the hero's mantle thrust upon them early - in this case, when they are unexpectedly elevated to the role of Pathfinder: the gun-toting explorer in charge of settling new worlds in the Andromeda galaxy.
It soon becomes clear that the Andromeda Initiative - a huge colonization fleet of Humans and other Milky Way-dwellers that set out on its 600-year journey after the events of Mass Effect 2 - has not turned out as planned.
The habitable "golden worlds" they expected are not as they seemed. Hostile dark energy fields pervade the galaxy. Mysterious warlike aliens known as Kett are everywhere, and they are not at all pleased to welcome you to the neighbourhood.
All of which means you're in for a fight - which is good news, since the combat is light-years ahead of the last game for sheer action, speed and intensity.
There's more of Destiny here than Knights of The Old Republic; the well-balanced jetpack jumps and boosts give you the tools to flank the enemy (before they flank you) and, although the new Smart Cover system is slick, if you try to hide and take pot-shots instead of keeping moving, expect to be flushed out and blasted to atoms by some seriously aggressive AI enemies.
Off the battlefield, MEA has all the vital Mass Effect ingredients in place. Fully-voiced cast of characters with rich backstories and a relationship with Ryder that you can develop into a friendship, even a love affair, or absolutely trash with soap-opera consequences? Check.
A blanket of shiny new star systems to explore, mine, settle and fill with bullet-holes and empty thermal clips? Check.
A brand-new, top-of-the-line starship with room for all your space-faring buddies, a shelf for collectible spaceship models and a garage for your two-door planetary buggy, the NOMAD? Checkity.
Completely new, fascinating alien species to make first contact with (and ideally not declare war on)? You betcha.
That amazing sense of exploration, of landing on a planet, seeing an alien landscape and setting off to find out what's behind that massive purple crystal or that field of glowing hairy orange plants shaped like question marks? Oh yes.
This is without even going into the new, improved APEX multiplayer, which expands on ME3's co-op horde mode, offering a whole load of new options as well as feeding rewards from multiplayer activity back into single player. Spoilers: it's pretty damn cool.
So, the elephant in the room: let's talk about *those* reviews. I got seriously worried when I heard the controversy over this stuff and saw some of the more...shall we say...emotional criticisms online. I considered sitting this game out. I'm so, so glad I didn't.
Yeah, some of the faces are weird. While the actual textures are great, the facial animations often look stiff and odd, a far cry from the smooth, fluid and vibrant character and attack animations you see elsewhere in Andromeda. But, to be honest, I quickly stopped noticing. They're not *that* bad. They're really not. And if I missed out on the awesomeness of this game because of them, I'd kick myself. Really hard.
As for the writing, I'd say Andromeda's dialogue lives up to my beloved original trilogy, building up connections to characters through pulpy Sci-Fi melodrama in exactly the same way. Just like Mass Effects 1-3, some lines are rousing and epic, nuanced and characterful – and others fall embarrassingly flat. That's show business, baby. I still end up spending ages on the Tempest chatting to my shipmates while a galaxy full of secrets waits for me.
In the final calculation, ME:A still captures that Bioware magic in a major way. You're humanity's first pioneer in a new galaxy where every step is a discovery. You've got your own ship, your own crew, a big pile of guns, thousands of lines of dialogue, a mysterious cosmic force to investigate and hordes of hostile aliens to shoot. What's not to love? Now, if you'll excuse me, I have planets to colonise.
I like this one more than any of the other 3 ME. I feel this one closer to Dragon Age, which I always preferred more than ME. The saddest thing is that I almost not buy this game because of the bad review from this magazine, which, up to now, for more than 13 years that I'm following, I thought they were pretty accurate but his time it's gone out of control. I have spent for now 40+ hours single player and 12+ multiplayer. Combat is a blast. So many different classes and powers to try. I'm having fun exploring and with the missions. Multiplayer is very addictive though it could use a bit more of variety from the type of missions. The variety comes from the opportunity it gives you to try out all the classes and powers. That's when it shines. It is the first game I play in PC (apart fro WOW) in years and from the technical point of view I feel it could be more polished (but I do not know if this impression is from coming from the console word to the PC one) If you like Dragon Age, and if you ever liked ME this game is pretty good .
Ahhh... I had received a key for Mass Effect: Andromeda two weeks ago from the Loot Boxes, and activated the game even though I'm not that big of a fan of the Mass Effect series (and generally Sci-Fi games, but there are some exceptions). At the very first days it was released it had a few issues, like a few bugs or the characters models had those well known "eye issues", but it got fixed with a patch immediately. Leaving that aside, Andromeda is a big game, with big opportunities, a lot of quests/side quests, a lot of exploration due to Open-World situations, solid combat/shooting mechanics, amazing graphics, and a lot of effort made by BioWare to deliver a satisfying Mass Effect game. It isn't the best in the series for me, as I prefer Mass Effect 1 & 2, but for sure a tremendous journey. I was hyped by how good it looked, spent hours doing quests and exploring various locations the game lead me to. It was better than expected, was pleasant & not boring. EA's strongest Mass Effect game is probably Mass Effect 2, but Andromeda I'm sure can live up to the expectations most people would have. If not, you still can't deny that this is a very good game, really fun, and that EA handled it really well with the DLC thing (we all know how greedy EA is, and how many DLC's they release these days). 4 out of 5 stars for me, because it was very good.
I was really excited for this game to come out because I love all of the other installments in this series. This game failed to meet my expectations (which were not even THAT high in the first place). The voice-acting and writing is terrible; and even if it was better, the facial animations are super distracting. The combat is OK, but the get repetitive, so it doesn't make up for any of its shortcomings.
I have 52 hours into it and have not beat the game yet. I have had such a up and down time with this game. The way I am playing is that I cannot move onto another planet till I have a 100% vitality and I have beaten the remnant architect. I am on my 5th and what I assume is my last planet Elaaden. I am also completing all the loyalty quest as soon as I can. Once I have all that done I will complete the main story line. The range in quality is staggering. There are times when the game just looks terrible and starts bugging out. The transitions from planet to ship and ship to planet can be very janky and some of the facial animations are laughable but.....Then you get to the loyalty missions and are like wow they really did a great job. Those missions span across huge portions of the game and have multiple locations and interesting story's. These missions are more of a structured linear cinematic experience vs. the typical quest in the game of go flip this switch or go grab these medical supplies or go scan this machine in the open world... If only all the quest in the game were given the same amount of care as the Loyalty Missions. Anyways I am having fun with the game. It is not as good as I had hoped for but it is definitely a game that I am happy to play. Right now I'm teetering between a 7.5 and a 8.
First Mass Effect was amazing, even if it felt a little like a rehash of KOTOR. It was epic, it had great characters and engaging story. Only thing I didn't like was stiff combat and decisions, that at the end of trilogy didn't really matter. Andromeda from the start feels like a spin-off. Sure, there's new threat that puts whole galaxy in danger, but somehow it manages to feel very low-key. There's a villain, but we don't hate him as much as we hated Saren. Decisions...what decisions? Writing? Coming from New Vegas it does nothing but make me laugh. Animations? Whatever. Aforementioned New Vegas had almost non-existent animations and still made me CARE. Seems like I hate Andromeda, but it's such a difficult game to rate, mostly because...I had fun with it. Yes, in a Hollywoody, turn-your-brain-off way. Oh, and planets you get to explore are gorgeous. Prepare to take lots of screenshots!
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