Mass Effect: Andromeda Review – Uncanny Galaxy

$40 million and five years, etcetera…

Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Format: PC, PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One
Released: March 21, 2017
Copy purchased
Contains microtransactions

Before we begin, let’s get the important detail out of the way – this is my first time back in the Mass Effect universe since the first one. You can use that to dismiss my review if you wish, though given the degraded launch state of Mass Effect: Andromeda, I feel pretty confident in being able to assess this one without having experienced everything in between.

Indeed, Andromeda is in part designed for folks such as I, taking the “soft reboot” approach popular in Hollywood to reuse a brand name without alienating potential new audiences.

Taking place in a sexy fresh galaxy 600 years away from Commander Shepard, any of the series’ main plot threads are conveniently shelved so we can play Pathfinder Ryder of The Initiative – a group of colonists who traveled to Andromeda after discovering viable planetary environments and arrived to find the whole thing’s a mess of cancerous tendrils, glorified Genestealer cults, and other assorted horrors.

When playing this game for the first time, you get a good idea of how those colonists feel, waking up after a long sleep to find everything’s gone to hell.

Andromeda leaves a terrible first impression. Almost immediately the buggy, easily broken, sometimes eldritch character animations make themselves known, backed up by dialog that would be better written by fanfiction authors than professionals. Characters don’t just move like they’re made of wood, they speak like it too.

Facial animations are by far the worst, providing horrifying glimpses into what a game developer thinks human faces might look like in a world where human faces are replaced by independently shifting flesh masks that gurn and snarl at whatever dares look their way.

As far as bugs go, I refuse to agree with those who claim they’re “not as bad as the Internet makes them out to be.” At least playing on PS4, I can safely say the bugs are as bad as the Internet quite rightly described. Not a single session has occurred in which I didn’t deal with some sort of bemusing technical problem.

Such glitches include but are not limited to:

  • Allied characters merging into one nightmarish gestalt entity during cutscenes.
  • NPCs creating duplicates of themselves after dialog.
  • Ryder’s legs breaking and causing her to hobble around like her tendons have been cut.
  • Character models blurring during dialog scenes, appearing as if behind a veil of vaseline.
  • Enemies and allies alike spawning mid-air and dropping to the ground in frozen stock poses.
  • Missing transitory animations leading to certain attacks displacing or awkwardly teleporting characters.
  • Enemies and allies alike spawning mid-air and refusing to drop the ground.
  • Ryder speaking with her voice distorted as if wearing a helmet, even when she isn’t.


This image of Season Six Cersei Lannister chatting with Ryder is a real screenshot. The rough edges and JPEG-style artifacting is all part of the original image – I can tell you it looked even worse in motion.

Fortunately, the vast majority of these bugs are more amusing than destructive. The lack of professional quality for a project of this size and budget is simply staggering, don’t get me wrong – I’m just merrily surprised the game only crashed once, which is less than a few better made games on PS4 have managed.

Nevertheless, Mass Effect: Andromeda is a shitshow on the technical level, and it’s not just the weird animations and humorous defects. Graphically, the whole thing looks well below par and certainly below what BioWare and EA themselves showed of the game in promotional material.

Textures are flat and often pop-in dramatically. Cutscenes are sometimes still trying to fully render someone’s face while they’re speaking. Whole sections of the map may be missing as the player arrives and will have to snap desperately into existence. Andromeda is littered with the distinct hallmarks of an underdeveloped project rushed to completion.

Such an assumption isn’t exactly hard to make, given BioWare itself has indirectly admitted as much by promising the fix the game “over time.” Releasing an unfinished game and updating it over time is something Early Access exists for, but I suppose Origin doesn’t have that feature yet.

As a note, the first patch came out just before this review was ready to publish. The list of fixes addresses nothing of what I’ve spoken about so far.

Frustratingly, Mass Effect: Andromeda really isn’t all that horrible a game. The writing improves after the initial hours, introducing a villain who is at least interesting even if he isn’t particularly complex and a few plot twists that do a good job of surprising the audience. Side missions range from awful to exhilarating, with bigger loyalty missions tending toward genuinely great writing and additional tasks coming off as the afterthought they clearly were.

Perhaps the most stunning bit of bad narrative (inconsequential spoilers incoming) came up during an early side quest in which you try to determine the fate of a Turian accused of murder. It turns out the victim was actually shot by Kett – the Andromeda Galaxy’s obligatory baddies – but the Turian did fire a shot and thought he’d hit.

The logical assumption is to charge the Turian with attempted murder, a crime you can be charged of because it’s real and happens and almost every adult knows about it. Maybe they don’t have that in Canada, because Mass Effect: Andromeda lets you choose to proclaim him innocent or see him found guilty of murder. Nothing in between, no nuance. He’s guilty or he’s innocent.

Neither option represented justice, but the idea of changing the charge isn’t even floated by Ryder or her associates. It’s an infantile all-or-nothing scenario.

Good writing could have done something with the inherent lack of real justice, turned it into a plot point rather than plot hole. This is not what BioWare did here. In fact, not one clue hints that they even figured this storyline was completely fucked up.

It’s but one example of the glaring oversights present in this game’s script, but it perfectly encapsulates how illogical and downright abstract one’s options can be.

Loyalty missions and other larger side quests are much better, often containing moments of genuine humor and some decent character building for those few party members who have character.

Giving Ryder four dialog options that provide no clue as to what she’ll actually say is something cribbed from Fallout 4. There, it was mildly exasperating sometimes, but here they went to effing town. When given dialog options, you kind of have to guess what Ryder’s tone will be – sometimes the text choices don’t even reflect what finally comes out of her mouth.

The overall premise of Andromeda is a fascinating one, and that fascination is stoked when attempting to locate the rest of the Initiative. Each species traveled to Andromeda aboard an “Ark” but the fleet was scattered across the galaxy. When Ryder locates each of the lost races, they have their own horrifying backstories attached that really help solidify what a mess the Andromeda Initiative turned into.

Andromeda is all over the place, tonally and in terms of quality. Fleshed out characters are fantastic but others are completely one-dimensional. A lot of love was put into the Ark missions, and yet nobody thought to perhaps make the Angara – an all-new race for the Mass Effect universe – a bit more freaked out over encountering five new alien species at once.

I’ve spent most of the review damning Andromeda with faint praise while predominantly savaging it, but I should stress that I didn’t have a terrible time playing it. There was enough – just enough – story to keep me at least attached to the main campaign, while the combat was surprisingly fun.

Though players may switch classes for some reason and active skills are limited to a mere three, the cover-based shooting mechanics found in Andromeda are, to be quite fair, better than what you find in a lot of sci-fi action-RPGs. Fast-paced with just the right amount of chaos, even small scale battles feel like intense shootouts against relentless opponents.

Weapons pack a satisfying punch and can of course be crafted and modded with all sorts of cool stuff. However, while Ryder does need backup to draw enemy fire and deal with the sheer volume of opponents faced, party balancing really doesn’t feel important at all. Ryder’s skills and weaponry are enough to where her allies are more meat shields than carefully tuned supporters making up for any weaknesses in a player’s build.

No matter who I had in my party, I felt just as effective the whole way through, and I felt particularly effective.

This isn’t an issue if you’re just looking to shoot things. Andromeda does shooting really quite decently. It is not, perhaps, what BioWare fans typically want first and foremost, however. For me, it provided reasonably enjoyable shooter with some RPG elements, and I can totally understand any disappointment from those who wanted an enjoyable RPG with shooter elements.

My thoughts on the game have fluctuated much. I’ve been thrilled by some of the larger fights and story missions. I’ve been bored to tears to by monotonous planet scanning and repetitive recycled boss encounters. I’ve been laughing my head off at the game’s selection of ghoulish, sub-Bethesda glitches. I’ve been burying my face in my hands at some of the terrible writing, and nodding with impressed curiosity at some of the great writing.

It’s also got multiplayer I guess. It has microtransactions and stuff. Whatever.

Andromeda is an undeniable mess, one that is now being hurriedly fixed after it already “enjoyed” its most effective sales period. The state it released in – considering the money and publisher behind it – is hard to conceive, let alone forgive, but a game can be a buggy mess and remain fun.

Andromeda is fun… sometimes.

Other times it’s a dreary slog through recycled cutscenes, infantile character interactions, and a lot of badly masked loading screens.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is so full of ups and downs it might as well be my trousers at All You Can Fuck Buffet.

About the best thing I can do is just split the difference, so…

5/10
Mediocre

Se7en_Th1rt3en
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Se7en_Th1rt3en
I have to say some of the fixes the patch provided are quite good. They fixed the eye textures and adjusted the lip syncing which helps the dialogue scenes immensely (visually. just visually). I am currently in New game+1 and have yet to see if the worst scenes are ok now. The review is as usually very well written, I just think that the PS4 version must be worse because while my first playthrough had some of the mentioned bugs (like the helmet voice without helmet and multiple Dracks on board) I haven’t seen the others. Yet? Sadly I can’t… Read more »
Jlv2017
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Jlv2017

Has Jim ever given a good score?

SpearmintTea
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SpearmintTea

He’s given a ton of 9s and 10s this year already.

Jlv2017
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Jlv2017

ok, I don’t follow him much. only the controversial ones like BOTW.

SpearmintTea
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SpearmintTea

Haha, that’s exactly what he wants you to do I suspect.

Matthew Johnson
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Matthew Johnson

His BotW score isn’t even that bad; 7/10 *should* be for a solid yet still flawed game; yet the fucking Four Point Scale has made it mean that it’s one step above shit, which really fucking sucks.

Marzgamingmaster
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Marzgamingmaster

Then I gotta ask, if you’ve only tuned in for the controversially low scores, why are you then surprised that all you’ve seen him give is low scores? You’ve only come to the site to see the games he doesn’t like, so how could you then expect to see the ones he does?

Jlv2017
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Jlv2017

Not enough controversy on this one. I’m out.

SpearmintTea
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SpearmintTea

Haha! I dig the honesty.

Jay_Shepard
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Jay_Shepard

Well, there’s your problem. Jim saves high scores for games he believes have earned them, that’s all. I respect him for that.

Nathan Aldana
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Nathan Aldana

He gave Horizon and Nier and Nioh great scores. and via Laura gave persona 5 a great one too that still somehow caused a controversy.

Nemrex
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Nemrex

Undertale, Witcher 3, Fallout 4, ect.

Cerebralbore101
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Cerebralbore101

Jim tends to like games that play like old school PC titles. Things like Fallout 4, Nioh, Diablo. He hates games that come from Japan Persona, Zelda, TLG. Hilariously enough, this is a game that he should have loved, which means it’s really bad.

Nemrex
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Nemrex
Nathan Aldana
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Nathan Aldana

yeah, he hates persona so much that he hired a writer who loves persona games and still got pilloried for daring to let her give it a great score and not a perfect one. *eyeroll*

09philj
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09philj

…The fuck are you smoking?

RuRiK_87
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RuRiK_87

He hates Japanese titles so much that he gave Nier: Automata a 9/10

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

And said it was one of the most important games ever. Truly the hatred on display is pornographic.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Yeah he hates Japanese games. Hasn’t ever stated he considers Final Fantasy 9 to be a personal favourite. Never used any of it’s music as a backing track for early Jimquisition videos for several years. Utterly hates Dynasty Warriors and makes a special effort to point out how much he loathes that series. Has never expressed enjoyment for any of the Zelda games or JRPGs

Jim Sterling
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I’ve given an unprecedented number of high scores in such a short amount of time this year and it’s only April.

The real question is this – do shitposts ever see the wood for the trees?

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Any plans to review Ghost Recon Wildlands and Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3?

Dream gazer
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Dream gazer

Or Hollow Knight or Night in the Woods (two amazing indie games that could use more coverage after being drowned by the March-April release wave)

Anton
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Anton

He can also cover the giant shit I took this morning.

It would score higher than those two combined.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Not too likely, it’s not like Jim is predisposed to hate either game, I believe he said he might do Wildlands in the summer.

Nemrex
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Nemrex

Mass Effect: Andromeda is so full of ups and downs it might as well be my trousers at All You Can Fuck Buffet.

About the best thing I can do is just split the difference, so…

5/10

*shrugs*
https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5f6ffb84ef6bb1a23b75d3718c1f1d4c72e84495d58c5141273e8c3a58188f21.gif

*Goes back to play Andromeda*

LapnLook
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LapnLook

Yup, that’s my reaction too. But to be fair, all of Jim’s criticisms are fair, the game DOES have a lot of flaws. I think it’s just that my bullshit-tolerance level is fairly high, so I still enjoy Andromeda a fair bit.

Plus it’s a really really pretty game 😀

Snschl
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Snschl
Agreed. I was spared practically all of the jank, so I enjoyed a pretty smooth 80-hour playthrough. Then I suddenly encountered every glitch imaginable. It’s like the Andromeda train plowed straight through Bethesda station. Still, it came too late to ruin my time with the game. I bought into the premise, I liked the slow pace, and I thought the squadmates were hilarious and likeable. The main plot is about as workmanlike and pedestrian as the Collectors fiasco in ME2, but the loyalty missions are more fun and more focused on character development than they were in ME2. Oh, and… Read more »
circularlogic88
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circularlogic88

I’ll pick it up on sale. Preowned. I’m not rewarding EA with $60 for this mediocrity. Way too many technical glitches and foibles for me.

SpearmintTea
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SpearmintTea

Or just wait til EA gives it away effectively for free through something like Humble Bundle, a make good (see Sim City), as a bonus for signing up with Origin, or something like that.

EA is always quick to give away Mass Effect games for free, which tells you a bit about what they think the franchise is worth IMO.

circularlogic88
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circularlogic88

I understand I can get it through EA’s official channels through bundles and incentives, but I feel like that sends the wrong message that I tolerate and accept the condition they released the game. I’m not rewarding the publisher for patching up a game that should have baked for another few months to smooth out these launch issues I’d expect from lesser publishers.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

Yeah, I figure like a year from now, maybe sooner if they do it for Christmas, there will be the inevitable ‘game of the year’ edition or whatever they end up calling it that will have some DLC bundled in and be cheaper than the original release. It might be worth picking up then. That was how I ended up getting Dragon Age 2 and I enjoyed it like that.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

i’ll happily give them my money

circularlogic88
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circularlogic88

I’m happy you’re happy with mediocrity.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

It may be “mediocrity” to you but it clearly is not to many other people, just cause you don’t like something does not make it factually mediocre.

circularlogic88
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circularlogic88

I’m well aware. That’s why my OP specified how based on my preferences I agreed with the review and found the state it was released in was not acceptable to justify a purchase. You’re not gonna make me feel bad because I don’t agree with what the general consensus of the fan base says.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

never said anything about trying to make you “feel bad”

circularlogic88
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circularlogic88
lol, your rhetoric doesn’t match up with your passive agressive confrontational replies. You wouldn’t be informing me of other people’s opinions if you weren’t trying to persuade me through pathos. Now you’re backpedaling and implying that we were having a friendly discourse this whole time? You’re just sad. I literally said my piece on why I didn’t like it and you just butt in with your contrarian nonsense, saying nothing other than people who aren’t me like the game. Rock on with your bad self. But don’t for an instant play innocent when I call you out for talking down… Read more »
darksteel6
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darksteel6

Dead wrong there, sounds like you’re way overreaching, not trying to make you “feel bad” at all, if you were misinterpreting my post that’s your problem, not mine. i’m just saying your opinions are not facts like you seem to believe they are.

My posts are not “contrarian nonsense” dumbfuck, not “playing innocent” at all here, but you sure as fuck are.

You weren’t “calling me out” for anything, you were just being a moron and I was not “parroting” anything.

Not “backpedaling” at all dumbfuck.

circularlogic88
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circularlogic88

lol you posted nothing of value and still haven’t proven your point. You really are just sad. Just quit while you’re behind and enjoy your mediocre game. Honestly, can’t be that engaging if you’re on websites staunchly defending the honor of a buggy mess of a game.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Wow you are a dumbfuck.

circularlogic88
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circularlogic88

Ah, childish insults. You really don’t have anything of worth to say.

RoanarTheFruitiful
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RoanarTheFruitiful

I bought this game after being persuaded and…….it’s safe to say, like anyone can guess. Jim was right.

In fact I was probably more disappointed than Jim playing the game. I’ve had a bad experience playing this with the bugs and glitches and it really impacted my experience so much that I took the game out the system and went straight to a shop to sell it. Something I haven’t done in over a decade. No joke. Because I physically could not have this in my games cabinet

Camilo Fernández
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Camilo Fernández

So… is this the begining of the end of Bioware by EA?
I mean, it has to happen eventually.

Nemrex
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Nemrex

I don’t see how middling-average scores is the end of either companies.

Camilo Fernández
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Camilo Fernández

Oh, it’s not THE END. It might be the BEGINING of the end. As we all know, every developer working for EA is on countdown to termination. It’s just a matter of time.

Nemrex
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Nemrex

Yeah, I don’t see this one flub-up with the game spells doom for Bioware Montreal.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

EA cares about sales and Andromeda is selling pretty damn well, so I would not worry about Bioware.

Bryan John Sauriol
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Bryan John Sauriol

People have been declaring Bioware dead since at least Dragon Age 2.

Theclaw Yaww
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Theclaw Yaww

1 bad game dosent mean the end. They have made 5 great games with EA

Jan Leer
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Jan Leer

might be the end of bioware montreal, though as you sort of point out nobody cares, so bioware will take the hit enterely (probably), maybe a decline would be safer to say

Otherhand
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Otherhand
It would be a mistake to close any Montreal branch unless they absolutely have to. That city is the western hub of console games creation right now: the local education system is churning out thousands of highly qualified games designers every year, and the provincial and national government provide all sorts of benefits to games producers making their products there. This alone will make Bioware Montreal very resilient. The EA and Ubisoft buildings are gigantic corporate offices, and they’re pretty much there to stay. Also the film industry: a ridiculous amount of outdoor scenes that you assume are in the… Read more »
Jim Sterling
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I still think they’re gonna axe Visceral first.

09philj
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09philj

Visceral have lasted much longer than I expected.

Nemrex
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Nemrex

Plus they got Amy Hennig to help lead a Star Wars game. While there have been examples of publishers cutting loose with top talent (leers at Konami), I have reserved doubts that EA wants to abandon that golden egg.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

If she worked on Dead Space ( I don’t know who works for who)… can you imagine a horror-themed Star Wars game in the vein of Dead Space 1 or 2? My god.

Nemrex
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Nemrex

1. A horror-themed Star Wars game would be awesome.

and

2. She’s best known as the lead director and writer for the Uncharted series 1-3, until leaving Naughty Dog to work with Visceral.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I appreciate your response.

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Nemrex
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Nemrex
Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

I would stab someone in the eye for a Death Troopers game. For those not in the know – it’s a novel with Han and Chewie vs. Zombies (with a crappy prequel; who knew!).

Anton
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Anton

Thought that was a fanfic.

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

Nah. Unless they sprung for a sick ass cover and sold it in Waterstones…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ce944068045e2e7c80cd2341c8ed919107e38ef0f5537648901f9e7ed76d92ab.jpg

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I’d play that.

Anton
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Anton

They’ll make Dead Space 4 first, though, and it’ll be just as good as the first one and fix the godawful endpoint of 3, right?….. RIGHT?!?!?!

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Nah, this game is selling like crazy.

galactix100
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galactix100

Doubt it, this was Bioware Montreal, they’re normally a support studio who do grunt work. My guess is that EA have the main Bioware studio doing something Star Wars related or maybe (but I think this is far less likely) a new IP.

MaelstromBurst9
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MaelstromBurst9
I’m kind of the opinion that EA just didn’t want to succeed with this title. In the first place EA forced out a lot of the original staff that had worked on the original series and only a few members of the original staff stayed on to work on it. Not only that but from a lot of the reports that are circulating around the internet it really seems like Bioware’s current management was trying to turn the game into a rush job. Its just kind of sad because the title had so much potential and just really doesn’t live… Read more »
darksteel6
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darksteel6

EA loves money so they do want to succeed with all their titles.

Andromeda was not developed by the same Bioware that made the first three games, this Bioware studio has never done a full game before.

faraday
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faraday

Ex-Bioware employees left long ago for other things, and others are working on at Bioware Edmonton, the REAL Bioware. Saying that “EA just didn’t want to succeed with this title” is ridiculous.

SpearmintTea
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SpearmintTea

I like Ryder’s derpy face. The ME trilogy was cool, but I never bought it as this Star Wars like property that you could do a lot more with.

Bryan John Sauriol
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Bryan John Sauriol

I really like Andromeda. Does this mean I have to start calling Jim a shill and trying organize DDOS attacks? Or is it cool if I just go on enjoying a game I like even if Jim didn’t?

LegendaryFrog
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LegendaryFrog

It’s the internet so clearly the former.

galactix100
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galactix100
Your time needs to be spent at at least a 7:1 ratio between throwing a tantrum here and doing the same but on twitter or something. After a minimum time of 2 days you may decide to do something else but must check for updates at least every 3 hours for a further 2 days before moving on to intermittently whine about Jim in general on neogaf. Next, get unreasonably angry again, at whatever the next score you see that upsets you for no justifiable reason. During the ensuing rant feel free to reference Jim’s obviously incorrect and stupid opinion… Read more »
gay egg
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gay egg

You can give yourself a big old pat on the back for not actively being a bad person. Gosh, isn’t that something.

melancholicthug
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melancholicthug

No, as per law, you can’t enjoy it anymore. Sorry about that bro.

Svarthofde
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Svarthofde

My biggest problem with ME:A is that at the beginning that Addison [♪SKELETON WARRIORS♫] corrects me for not using “whom”. And 3 sentences later she uses “different” as an adverb instead of “differently”. This is literally the thing that pissed me off the most in 30h of play

sf2000
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And she sounds a lot like the early versions of Siri while doing that. Patching her eyes is one thing, but as long as they don’t teach her to do all her dialogue in sign language or record it again, that character will star in every This-is-how-Mass-Effect-died-video out there.

Tom Page
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Tom Page

Oh, EA. “The more you tighten your grip, the more developers will slip through your fingers.” Bioware made some of my favorite games ever. I even like this one alright enough. But now I feel compelled to wait however long for these grander fixes to be made so that I can play the game how it was meant to/should be experienced. Oh well, least I’ve got several more playthroughs with my favorite sexy androids to enjoy 😀

darksteel6
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darksteel6

This is a different Bioware though, not the same company that made the first three ME games, this Bioware has never made a full game before.

faraday
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faraday

This is Bioware’s mistake, not boogyman EA’s.

galactix100
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galactix100

It’s EA’s fault. They gave it to a studio that had never made a full game before and forced them to release it before they’d had time to properly polish the thing.

faraday
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faraday

EA offered them another delay, (it was already delayed once!) but they refused. And Bioware themselves decides who works on what, they have multiple studios that work on different things. Between their new IP and Dragon Age, it’s their own fault for giving Mass Effect the lowest priority.

galactix100
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galactix100

The only stuff I’ve seen regarding time allowance was from Bioware employees who’ve said they didn’t have time to polish animations etc. I’ve never seen anything regarding EA offering to give them more time. Given that EA allowed a 10 hour trial of the game pre-release, I’d have thought that if they were that bothered they’d have pushed the release back to fix the issues.

faraday
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faraday

vg247 dot com/2016/11/02/ea-will-merrily-delay-mass-effect-andromeda-by-as-much-as-5-months-if-it-feels-the-need-because-it-has-the-money-to-do-so/

I have a source for my claim. Where is yours about the Bioware employees?

galactix100
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galactix100

http://www (DOT) polygon (DOT) com/2017/3/23/15039926/mass-effect-andromeda-animation-what-happened-former-animator-speaks-out

Here’s my source, fucking calm it pal.

I made a slight mistake, the guy worked on previous ME games but not this one. Still has a wealth of experience and understanding of the issue.

There’s nothing said about offering a delay, it’s them showing off their financial strength to investors by saying that a delay wouldn’t hurt them too badly.
The fact that EA didn’t think the game needed a delay indicates that they’ve either no clue what they’re doing or were talking shite. Given EA’s history of talking absolute shite I know which one I’m betting on.

Ciaran O'Brien
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Ciaran O'Brien

Sounds consistent with what I’ve heard from friends. I might pick it up once it’s had a couple of updates, particularly if they add some excitement to the duller missions.

Masca
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I’m really enjoying the game, but the technical state is hard to defend. My experience has been better than what you describe (playing on PC), but still is quite a mess.

And I got the same reaction from the murderer quest. I was just like “Can’t we just charge him the real crime he committed? Instead of declaring him innocent or charge him a crime he didn’t commit?”. I mean it would have been easy… there’s no proper cutscene or anything, just a line of dialogue…

LegendaryFrog
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LegendaryFrog

“I’m really enjoying the game, but the technical state is hard to defend.”
This is the correct response. It is completely possible to like something that is broken or not perfect in every way. I love the Dynasty Warrior games even though I know they’re not technical marvels or Tolkien-esque in their writing. No reason for people to blow their lids because a game isn’t perfect.

Masca
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Yeah. It makes me a bit sad that the game was released in this state, because it will prevent many people from enjoying its good parts (which I think are really good). But there’s no point in getting mad at people that point out the (big) flaws of the game, or who refuse to play it. I get it. If it wasn’t my beloved Mass Effect I would probably avoid it until it was properly patched and cheaper. Saddest part is that if you think about it… it’s been 7 years since the last time Bioware released a game that… Read more »
LegendaryFrog
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LegendaryFrog

Dammit Jim. I love coming to this site, but if you keep giving these bad games low scores your site is going to keep going down. I don’t think there is enough Pepsi in the world to stop the fanbois from raging on you.

Jim Sterling
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I’m pleased to say we’re migrating hosts soon. I’m as sick of the site’s inability to handle traffic as everyone else.

We’re getting this fixed if it’ll fucking kill us.

Jamesworkshop
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Jamesworkshop

5/10
Mediocre

yep, called it.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

He said his score in a video yesterday, so I knew a few hours ago when I watched it.

Consuming all of the Jim has its perks at times.

Fionntan Conway
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Fionntan Conway

One does not simply consume all of Jim.

Goat Stealer
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Goat Stealer

You got a copy from EA? Thought they blacklisted you being a wild card and all.

Jim Sterling
Guest

Sorry, copy/paste oversight on my part. I purchased this.

09philj
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09philj

You’re such a wildcard even you have no idea what you’re doing.

Goat Stealer
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Goat Stealer

It’s okay. Just pleasantly surprised to be replied to by the batman of the industry

Aptonoth
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Aptonoth

I guess that makes ACG Spiderman.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

Jim is such a wildcard, sometimes he forgets he’s a wildcard! That’s why we love you.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

How is this better than Yooka Laylee while also being worse than Zelda and Uncharted 4 and MAH DICK

Srsly tho, good review.

Anton
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Anton

What did MAH DICK get on metacritic?

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

6/10
Wasn’t hard enough and too short.

Anton
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Anton

Hey, 6 is a perfectly acceptable average rating! They just have unreasonable expectations because of all those 8s and 9s on the internet.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

CORPARATE SHILLZ AND SJWS RUNNING MY SCOURES!

Anton
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Anton

“Did you just assume the gender of MAH DICK?”

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Yes. You are a man on the internet until you are not. Boob pics or GTFO.

Anton
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Anton

I think Peter Griffin’s Sideboob Hour proved the fallacy of that approach.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I mean yeah, but parody is a zero-sum game.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

101 – Would be dicked again.

Will
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Will

It’s sad to see such a beloved franchise take a step back. Mass Effect was a solid game, Mass Effect 2 is arguably a classic, and despite a controversial/disappointing ending, Mass Effect 3 was a solid game.

Jim, if you’ve got the time, you should give Mass Effect 2 a shot. Based on your review, on what you found lacking in Andromeda, I believe you’d really enjoy it.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

I sent him the ME trilogy on PC, so we’ll see if he ever wants to try them out.

Jonoridge
Guest

Think I’ll just buy a can of Pepsi instead and give this one a miss.

HelixShade
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HelixShade

Oh Jim, we don’t blame you for being late…

…We understand your face must be tired reviewing this game.

…I’m sorry.

09philj
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09philj

But Jim, this is an SJW game! That means you HAVE to like it, right?

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

If anybody loses their job at Bioware…It’s entirely on you, based purely on alternative science that i researched on neogaf while high. It has nothing to do with EA’s pistol grip around the slowly axphyxiating necks of developers, no…It’s 100% all your doing! Feeeeel that responsibility…Stroke that responsibility…Liiiiiick that responsibility… Yummies! (Haven’t played the game at all btw)

Wildcard?

needless15
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needless15

I want to lick Jim’s responsibility.

Spartan Prime ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
Guest

Jim you had the chance to end this with “This is my opinion, now have a fucking pepsi”. Overall, good review. Time to go, i’m late for my all you can fuck buffet tonight.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Heyyyy, why do you get a tick and a verification while i don’t? WHY AM I NOT VERIFIED??

*Sobs in damp corner of basement*

Spartan Prime ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
Guest

You can copy and paste that into your own name.

RickSanchez47
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RickSanchez47

All you can fuck buffet is brilliant.

Leon
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Leon

Who says it was $40 million? Are we just taking EAs word or are there sources elsewhere?

Jim Sterling
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I’m mostly just quoting the title of a rather famous glitch video as a lede.

Leon
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Leon

Yeah, I saw that. I was wondering if there was any proof, would be interesting…

Love The Videogame show what Ive done!

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