Mass Effect Andromeda leaves the spaceport tonight at midnight for US gamers, while the rest of us have to wait until Thursday for our chance to hop onboard the Nexus and find us a new home. The review embargo for the game lifted overnight, and reviews have been rather mixed, to say the least.
Anyone who knows me, and who has been following our coverage of Mass Effect Andromeda will know that I have been hesitant, pessimistic, and concerned over the past 6 or so months. Something about Andromeda just didn’t sit right for me. I wish I didn’t have to follow it as closely as I have, as I want to jump in as blind as possible and begin my adventures. However, in game journalism, you have to keep your eyes on the ball and sacrifice media blackouts for the sake of keeping your fans in the know.
Mass Effect Andromeda suffered in the news last week when word got out that the facial animations and dead eyes on the characters were sub-par. The voice acting has also been criticised, and even compared with what we experienced in the original Mass Effect, back in 2007. Somehow, a game releasing in 2017 fails to match what came before.
Further concerns were raised over the technical issues of the game, as if to suggest that the game just isn’t ready for release. Distracting issues, cringe-worthy dialogue, and reports that the game was developed by a ‘B Team’ at Bioware, considering most of those involved in the original trilogy over 5 years ago have long since departed the studio.
Some say that my negativity will cause me further upset by the time I get around to playing it. Is that true, or am I just being realistic at this point?
God is a Geek: 85
Trusted Reviews: 70
PlayStation Universe: 80
US Gamer: 60
Xbox Achievements: 80
Attack of the Fanboy: 80
PC Gamer: 80
The lowest so far is GamesBeat, giving it a 55. Their comment states “Games have to fit into our lives, and that’s not always fair. Mass Effect: Andromeda might’ve worked a decade ago on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but it doesn’t work in a world that is delivering games like Horizon: Zero Dawn, Nier: Automata, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In this reality, BioWare’s latest role-playing game is old, broken, and often boring. Worst of all, it’s going to disappoint fans of the Mass Effect series.”