Mass Effect Andromeda has recently received a very mixed reception since its early access on Ea and Origin Access. The early access look gave subscribers a 10-hour trial and the first few hours of the campaign. The complaints we’ve been hearing is animation issues, voice acting and many bugs. A few examples from player and critic experiences feature below:
Rock Paper Shotgun:
“The first few hours of Andromeda are a gruesome trudge through the most trite bilge of the previous three games, smeared out in a setting that’s horribly familiar, burdened with some outstandingly awful writing, buried beneath a UI that appears to have been designed to infuriate in every possible way.”
“I’m worried that Mass Effect: Andromeda won’t be paced properly and will give players too much freedom in certain ways so that immersion breaks down. In short, I’m worried ME: Andromeda will follow the same self-destructive and alienating cycle that Dragon Age: Inquisition did.”
While others are trying to reassure us that it will be absolutely fine below:
“Mass Effect Andromeda new Universe for a new generation. The new generation is a double meaning for me it’s the new console generation sure but a new generation Mass Effect expertise for new younger players.”
“This preview is going on quite a way, and each extra word is probably just a deeper indication of my Mass Effect fandom. I very much wanted this game to be good, and so after months of feeling nervous as all hell about the game’s quality it’s incredibly reassuring to be able to report that it seems like everything is going the right way. Some of the little foibles and quirks of old Mass Effect somehow persist, but things like dodgy facial animation didn’t hold those games back from greatness either.”
“For all of the ups and downs, the team making this game is still BioWare. This is the studio that made Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. It’s the same studio that brought some of the most immersive RPGs of our time to life, captured the attention of gamers worldwide and won countless awards”
Players are experiencing mixed playthroughs on Mass Effect Andromeda, as mentioned before, the animations, bugs and voice acting is popping up quite frequently. Unfortunately, a patch will not be provided on day one to fix the animation issues Bioware stated on twitter. While animations and voice acting may be worrying to some, others seem to be having a more positive experience. Others are showing their positive attitudes towards to new chat system, the combat is said to be better than the previous trilogy and that the game is absolutely full to the brim of content. The excitement for me is the exploration, Mass Effect 1 and 2 while both fantastic in its storyline it felt like this vibrant and beautiful universe was created but it lacked exploration, while we could explore a limited amount it wasn’t that great, Bioware are gifted in story telling and these planets while some of them were interesting there just wasn’t much of an incentive to go back after the side quest was complete, and even then you couldn’t really backtrack to them. With Andromeda, it looks like exploration is key in finding the humans a new home to settle in and the planets we’ve seen so far look beautiful. Below is a Video courtesy of Drew Peacock proving that a negative can be changed into a positive via the internet.
With a troubled development but some great gameplay footage shown and promises made by Bioware, who knows what the full game will really be like, all we have is an introduction, we’ll have to wait for reviews until then. We will be providing a review in the coming week after release. What are your opinions on the new Mass Effect Andromeda? Please drop us a comment we’d love to hear what you have to say.