Metabombed: Mass Effect: Andromeda Is ‘Pure SJW Propaganda’

It’s a new Mass Effect, so you know what means – it’s time for everyone to behave like it’s 28 Days Later!

Yes, Mass Effect: Andromeda is the latest game from BioWare, a studio with a ton of fans who seem to be angry all of the time. This latest installment has certainly given rise to some outrage, with poor dialog, unpopular gameplay mechanics, and character animations that range from hilarious to ghastly.

Also, apparently “liberalism” is the reason this happened? What a time to be alive!

Do you think this game got Metabombed? Oh friend, they’re Metabombing the shit out of this one!

Both the PC and PS4 versions have the same user review score average of 4.3 while the Xbox One comes in at 4.2 with significantly less reviews than either competing platform. More users reviewed the PS4 version, with 1369 ratings at the time of writing.

As always, I’ve compiled the most provocative, fascinating, and downright amusing reviews for your salacious enjoyment – uncut and uncorrected. Whether you agree or disagree with the reaction to Andromeda, this selection of salt ought to sizzle your beef!

Mitya J kicks things off, already pissed that Dragon Age was somehow killed not once but twice! And here I thought we were sick of zombie games…

Just. Horible.
This is not Mass Effect game. This is not what the fans were waiting for, nor “just a good game for newcomers”. Sure, you’ve killed Dragon Age, for two times ina row now, but good god, the latest ME game was already not very good, and then you’re giving us this peace of space junk? Pffsht. Nope.
EA, please, stop killing good companies and franchises. Just stop. (0/10)

YendorNostrebor has a rather high rating for a Metabomb article, but I had to include it for the sheer tragic poetry of their review.

Art is not a democracy. It is a tyranny. We bow down before Shakespeare, Nina Simone, and Margaret Atwood because they are absolute monarchs of their craft and art. Please Bioware, hire the best.

It is breaking my heart to write this. (5/10)

I think I need to add “X is dead” to my list of familiar phrases we see during Metabombs. It can join “a joke” and “a slap in the face.” Anyway, here’s ez_ho.

Well i was so disappointed about this game, so i had to create an account here to just warn those guys who want to buy and play this “game”. There is nothing familiar with mass effect universe except may be music. Animation in dialogues is disgusting, story line is so bad you don’t wanna wait for the end. Garbage. Do not waste your money. Bioware is dead. (0/10)

I love the last line of mikehettfield’s review.

After 8 hours I can certanlly say that this games was Rushed, the gampleplay is the best in the series, but the story doesnt’t make sense, the planets are deserts, I got bored at the 3rd hour, when are we going to learn space stuff is not ready yet? don’t waste your money on nerd’s games. (4/10)

You know, I’ve just realized how many times an angry user review can read exactly like one of Donald Trump’s tweets.

Absolute garbage and waste of my money, very bad game. Full of glitches and bugs, boring gameplay and terrible story and animations. Poorly optimized, everything about this game is an epic failure, how could this have happened? (0/10)

Oh masterchief247, I admire your revolutionary spirit, but I think you’re gonna need to poll for a consensus before you nail this declaration to any church doors.

Sorry, but if game is released that is buggy, incomplete, broken, or otherwise not worthy of retail release, I give it a zero. None of this partial credit garbage. When a AAA franchise game gets released with some of the most basic issues with animation, design, programming, clipping, poor textures, etc, a zero to me means it isn’t even worthy of a score. It has obviously not been sent through QA and polished beforehand. Let this be a warning to all the developers out there. We the gaming community will no longer pay full retail for a broken game, AND will no longer act as your free QA team to report all the problems for you AFTER we’ve purchased it just so you can patch it after release and save a buck not having to hire your own QA personnel. WE DON”T WORK FOR YOU. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE WORKING FOR US!!! YOUR CUSTOMERS!! (0/10)

If any of you would be surprised to learn that “SJWs” are being blamed for ruining games again, you ain’t lived through a BioWare release before. Ain’t that right, DonMega?

You know what I liked to do in the previous mass effect games? I liked to plan out fights, slow down the combat. I also liked giving orders and commands to my ai partners. I liked giving one partner a sniper rifle and setting him up in a sniper position and ordering other characters to use specific skills during a fight.
ME: A has none of that. The AI are empty shells that look like mannequins without a soul. The SJW crowd ruined another game with their anti white drivel. I was trying to make an all white character only to be able to choose slightly tanned skin color. 2 male gay characters and 3 lesbians are basically your crew. A black character that sounds like TUPAC 220 years into the future. This game is brutal and a disgrace to the wonderful trilogy and yes I kinda liked mass effect 3. (0/10)

Let’s compound that last review with the considered words of jameswh.

Bioware have made a complete dud with this game. Yes it will appeal to your average Kotaku/Ploygon reading bleeding-heart liberal, but for the huge amount of us that don’t fit into that category, it’s a mess. Lets forget about the boring space-shooter gameplay, or the dull object scanning, or the awful “collect X amount of these things please Jeeves!” side-missions. Lets instead focus on what this game is all about… being a virtual romancing sim for nerds. Well, it can’t even do this right. With animimations that look on par with a 10 year old game, childish dialogue (that’s probably an insult to children) wasting the time and effort voice actors put in (I’d be pretty damn angry at Bioware for that)… you’d be forgiven for thinking this game was some elaborate hoax. No its just another lazy game from Bioware, another cut n’ paste RPG churned out for the rabid “do no wrong” fanbase. The average reviews should tell you everything you need to know… this game, and indeed this company, are not worth your time or money. (0/10)

the_cringe just has a really nice story for us.

I¨m a big fan of ME1 and 2 so I called in sick for work and prepared to spend the whole week playing ME: Andromeda. Never mind that, a few hours in and already felt sorely disappointed. Called my boss and said it must have been food poisoning and I already feel better. He is a gamer too and knew immediately what was up and laughed his ass off at me for looking forward to this “mess”. (3/10)

Don’t know about you, but I’d like to hear from MIxaylo now.

Mass Effect 1 have beater face animations, and is 10 years old game. Voice acting is terrible. And the sedest part game is boring. I’m gonna play first two game again. If they dont patch this game, don’t waist money and time (1/10)

crackajaxx is here with things to say as well!

Kind of lacking those 9/10’s 10/10 perfect reviews aren’t you EAware? maybe you should have paid those reviewers like you did last time then this wouldn’t have happened. But I’m going to do my part and bomb this **** game like it deserves

After ME3 I didn’t expect these clowns to come back with another mass effect. of course I was wrong, and its the **** sandwich you can come to expect from these losers

-Flat out bad writing, well of course can’t have a biowarEA game without that
-worse animations than games from 2001. **** timesplitters had better animations than this **** I’m not even lying
-Forgettable characters at best
-locked at thirty (30) FPS, and it looks dated doesn’t even look good

buying this game and continuing to feed this cancer just makes you part of the problem. Don’t buy **** from these jokers (0/10)

thebigbawk isn’t happy about Mass Effect: Andromeda, which was released this week for consoles and PC.

Abosolutely an abomination. Pathetic excuse for a Mass Effect game and EA should be thoroughly ashamed. Please take you money else where, or go back and play ME 1 and 2. (1/10)

SofaTrooper continues the brave fight against the liberals who apparently made this game suck. I’d say I need to catch up on my anti-social justice rhetoric because I’m lost… but I might be happier ignoring this latest round of “blame the boogeymen.”

This is the result of allowing SJW’s and liberal progressives to dictate your game design. . By pandering to feminism all the women now look like caricatures of Jay Leno. The facial animations are terrible with women that look too comical to be believed.

The majority of people like looking at sexy people, its a fact of life get over it. Hilarious walking animations and many other cliches to numerous to bother mentioning. I can’t even be bothered to finish it, worst game of the year so far. Commander shepherd is rolling in his grave, Sad. (0/10)

Now this review from a user known simply as ke? I kinda dug this one. Succinct and a little bit witty.

If you like to laugh about bugs you will love this garbage.
The emotional face animations let you laugh so hard that your character will fall through the ground. (1/10)

2ofCups continues this theory that The Lib’rulz turned Andromeda into a monstrosity.

Bioware can suck it! Propaganda at it’s finest. They should just change thier name to SocialWare, since the main premise of this game is all about how many snowfakes you can pack onto this sorry excuse of a snowman. (0/10)

Seriously, are all these comments coming from Fake Nerd Boys who have never actually played a BioWare game before? Why are “fans” always so shocked when one of the more progressive companies in the industry does progressive things? I’m very confused about what these “fans” think BioWare’s work consists of.

This game is pure SJW propaganda, it’s not worth your money! Plus, the graphics are bad and the animations are sh*t. The story is bad too. Therefore, the “”””game”””” is not worth any money. (0/10)

More of this stuff via speedyzia.

A faulty product where everything is half-baked, with the exception of normal and facial animations which are just in class of its own when it comes to utter failure. Not to mention Male Ryder only has 1 human female option, which is just dumb, SJW propaganda is strong with this one. (0/10)

And DNWA.

Bioware and EA just stop feeding us some garbage product for full praise. Stop supporting feminism and stupid well-sold game conceptions. Start making good games! (0/10)

Steide56 provides our obligatory “slap” moment, but at least has criticism rooted in the game itself and not in paranoid delusions.

God damn it, what a failure of a game and what a slap in the face to the rest of this beautiful franchise. I was actually getting rather excited before the release of the game having high hopes. Lets round of this beautiful month of march which has given us gems like nier: automata, horizon zero dawn and of course breath of the wild. Yeah it has some fun combat and ok art direction here and there but besides terrible story, terrible and annoying characters, facial animations that belong in the year 2005 and performance issues this game deserves its 0 purely for the lack of SOUL. Clearly not made out of any aspiration to tell a great story or explore new ideas but rather “hey we have this beloved franchise that many people hold in high regards how about we take a huge **** on it and then sell it to the people for 60$ + DLC. Disgusting (0/10)

bacchus_plays may play, but bacchus_plays doesn’t understand how fiction – especially science fiction – works. They’d be shocked at how political sci-fi has always been… to say nothing of Mass Effect itself.

What a way to ruin a franchise by bad animation, bad acting, bad story, bugs, etc. Stop indoctrinating fiction with political and liberal bs. They seem to be doing this across the board with many franchises and even classic fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast. Stop polluting fictional work and make a proper science fiction game. Example. Remember Aliens? Not a game but part of the entertainment world.. James Cameron said Sigourney asked a lot of questions why she has to use guns in it, that she actually loves the alien. etc. Even James Cameron had to say no to those liberal ideas.. that’s not how the story of Ripley works and bringing in current political views doesn’t make for a good story. We all know how those ideas turned out in Alien Resurrection. (0/10)

It’s time for JohnRedPepper to do his thing!

Words can’t describe just how disappointing this is, how the heck does a game with so many bugs and glitches get released, easily a year or so early, so once again the majority of the public basically get ripped off, but this time by greedy liberal progressive c grade devs and publishers. My kids 5th grade drama class could produce a better script then this absolute dribble they coughed up, I’ve heard cats fighting at 3am that sound better then the voice acting, a d grade performance at best. It will take a lot to beat this mass fail of epic proportions for 2017. (0/10)

Harsh, onetwotry. Harsh.

You can see that there are several positive reviews 🙂
Don’t miss your opportunity to chat with developers, designers and their friends & family who have no idea how to do a computer game and in a complete denial as truth is hard for them.

Say hello to Bioware and EA. Hey guys! It would be nice to see you bankrupt in next 15 years. (0/10)

I think that’ll do it. There’s more. SO much more, but it all pretty much starts looking the same.

Hopefully we’ll have an Andromeda review on the site in the near future, unless I get too bored and something better comes out, which is not unlikely at all!

BuzzInLazerBeam
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I don’t know, I’ve put about 350 hours into each game in the series, multiple playthroughs. Went into Andromeda with moderate expectations and am genuinely enjoying myself and am very impressed by my time with it. Yes, Bioware was probably a bit too ambitious and the menus and UI are a little clunky. Haven’t had any animation bugs, maybe a background NPC or two walking a little strange. But my Shepard always ran like a child with an ear full of seawater…

It’s just a solid 7.5/10 game that i’m thoroughly enjoying. I don’t get the drama.

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

+1

The Interloper
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The Interloper

How could “liberalism” have killed Mass Effect/Bioware only NOW when they’ve always been a fairly progressive studio to my knowledge? Liberalism must be a very very slow killing disease. Gotta check if I’ve got any of the symptoms: bad writing (uh oh), bad animation quality (uh oh), annoying characters (fuck me, I’m dead)…

Tommy Sweeney
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Tommy Sweeney

I can’t believe DA ES JAY DUBYOOS have ruined the game by making gay characters. WHAT DO YA MEAN THE PREVIOUS GAMES ENTIRE CAST WAS BASICALLY BI

The Interloper
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The Interloper

WHAT?! How could that be true, a game series where you can romance basically every character, how can there possibly be gay/bi characters in that?! Must be the SJews (yes, there are people stupid enough to have made the portmanteau “SJew”) ruining everything!

Wolfie
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Wolfie

Fucking super Jews! They control the gaming industry!

The Interloper
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The Interloper

They’re going to take us and put us in hobbit homes, I tell ya!

Utritum
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Utritum

I think I’ve only ever seen “SJew” used ironically.

Jonah Stephen Swersey
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Jonah Stephen Swersey

I tried to put myself in the headspace of those who would blame feminism and “SJWs” for this. Then I had to stop, because before I had noticed it I was reaching for a knife to slit my own sorry, depressed, lonely throat. That’s a scary fucking mindset there.

Alexander Yordanov
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Alexander Yordanov

Typical American/Console BS : Animations.
Seriously, I notice this all the time. Console gamers and people from the US place an extreme emphasis on animation quality. They believe good animation is above Dynamic lighting and Shadows, texture quality… actual world detail…

That is why they then say “Well TLOU looks great!1” or “Uncharted 4 is best looking!” and it is really silly.

Loona Chan
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Loona Chan
I notice texture quality but I couldn’t care less about shadows. Lighting is one of the easier things to take care of using modern game engines, there’s not a lot of cases of modern games having totally shit lighting. Animations, especially in the current gen, are quite important as textures become more high-res. Bioware animations went from simply looking a little robotic and janky to looking downright… otherworldly. Facial animations that never look natural, along with the same robotics we’ve been dealing with forever. It wouldn’t be such a problem if half the games weren’t staring at someone’s face and… Read more »
Alexander Yordanov
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Alexander Yordanov
It is not. There is a reason why Battlefield 1 and Mass Effect Andromeda have a limit to the number of dynamic shadows in a scene. There is a reason why lighting in maps is prebaked (like in 2001) rather than fully dynamic sun cast shadows. That reason is – lighting, done well, is VERY expensive. The Witcher 3 itself TOO has a LOT of issues with lighting and it has little in the way of grass shadows, flawed ambient occlusion and ONLY up to 8 (at best, only in a few areas in the entire game) dynamically cast shadows… Read more »
The Interloper
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The Interloper
Animation quality is more important in certain games, predominantly with sprite-based games such as Owlboy. Smooth pixel art animations play a big role in making those games look better. In an action game like God of War, animations are also important because you want them to look very bombastic and slick. The reboot Splatterhouse had poor animation quality and it was laughable for what should have been a fun grindhouse sort of game. I’d rather have lower quality world detail but better animations in a game like Splatterhouse. I do agree that something like Crysis looks better depending on its… Read more »
Loona Chan
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Loona Chan

It’s not a cultural thing, it’s the fact that in Bioware games, you’re literally looking at someone’s face and watching them talk for a loooong time.

Lighting and shadows aren’t “easy”, no, nothing is when it comes to modern games, but they aren’t the hardest thing ever. The reason why games have limits are for the same reason they have limits on everything, it’s about what your video card can handle and what it can’t. More dynamic and high-res shadows and lighting would not have made Dragon Age Inquisition an appreciably better game. Better facial animations would have.

Alexander Yordanov
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Alexander Yordanov

It is a cultural thing. Look at Eastern Europe and what it places emphasis on, almost never animations. Only exception is Witcher 3 and even then ethnographic detail got more love.

This is what Ultra settings are for. Ultra should be unplayable with modern GPUs and future proof a game. Add dynamic lighting and shadows everywhere, I dislike seeing unrealistic both. More than bad faces (as I see more of the environment IRL than people).

MJC
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MJC

I can’t even tell if Uncharted 4 had good animations, because any time anything starts moving, it gets smeared with so much motion blur that I can’t make anything out on screen anymore.

I’ll have to wait for the PS5 and Bluepoint’s Uncharted 4 remaster that runs at 60 FPS and lets us turn off the motion blur before I can finally see these great animations people are talking about.

Although WTF are you going on about with that “people from the US” bullshit. Massive citation needed on that.

Sapphire Crook
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Sapphire Crook

Jim, this has made me afraid of the Liberals. What can I do to keep the Liberals outside of my house and video games and also my movies because I do not want Liberals in those things but it seems like they are.
PS: I live in Europe and your Liberals don’t sound that Liberal, actually, why is this a problem again?

The Interloper
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The Interloper

Just watch InfoWars and buy Alex Jones’ almost literal snake-oil, then you won’t have any Libril problems no more.

PS: That’s because our spectrum is shifted so far to the right since Reagan that anyone who’s a moderate (like Sanders, Grayson, Gabbard) is pinko commie scum and anyone who would be a moderate right-winger (the Clinton’s, Obama, Kerry, etc.) have become moderate liberals. So the off the spectrum fascists call anything which is more left-wing socialism and shit because they’re scary words to the average Joe. It’s bizarro world over here, kinda wishing I was in Europe now instead of Floriduh.

Loona Chan
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Loona Chan

I’m not sure if I’d call Sanders a “moderate”. He would be just solidly “left” by most European standards. He also uses more “soak the rich” rhetoric which is characteristic of more (failed) South American socialism than more evolved, European socialism.

Trying to figure out “left-right” across international boundaries is kind of a fool’s game anyway. Study up on eastern European or east Asian politics and have fun trying to classify it on your neat little number line.

The Interloper
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The Interloper
Well he’s more moderate depending on the country in Europe (the Scandinavia region, for instance, would see him as more of a moderate while in the UK he’s a hard leftist (though probably a bit more right-wing than Labor’s Jeremy Corbyn because of him [Bernie] being slightly more interventionist)). Alan Grayson’s a bit more to Bernie’s left, which is a fair thing to point out (though he’s sort of irrelevant right now because he just got booted out of Congress since he got hammered and lied about in the primaries by the milktoast establishment guy, Webster; he was the one… Read more »
Jecht342 .
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I was kind of hoping my review would show up on here. I gave it a four on Metacritic. I love it when it’s working, but I’m having so many bugs and crashes, that the game is frustrating as hell to play. When I see these articles where people are complaining about animations and the character creator, I worry that they’ll patch that instead of fixing the stuff I’m dealing with since it seems like only a small portion of the audience is having these issues.

BrunoXX
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BrunoXX

I’m 25 hours in the game: one little bug (only on the gfx side, no sideeffects on gameplay), no crashes…..did we play the same game?

Naz
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Naz

Best new word I learned today: animimations
It’s so fun to say. Animimations!

Hey guys, do you like to watch animimated movies?

Evil Genius
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Evil Genius

If the Antisocial Injustice Cowards are wetting their panties about this game then I’m intrigued – must be saying something that could be worth listening to as well as being a semi decent game.
Look fwd to the review Jim!

ctrlSHIFT
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ctrlSHIFT

Extremes on both sides are pretty retarded at this point, getting riled up over the most minor things.

Jeffrey Hayes
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Jeffrey Hayes

“Therefore, the “”””game”””” is not worth any money.”

Um, are the triple quotation marks there meant to mean, “This is so not a game that putting it in a single set of quotation marks isn’t sarcastic enough!” or is it a variant of the ((())) thing the so-called “alt-right” does with Jewish names (i.e. the reviewer is blaming the supposed SJW-ness of the game on Jews)?

That’s not a rhetorical question. I’m seriously wondering if I’m reading too much into that use of punctuation or not.

Loona Chan
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Loona Chan

Hard to say for sure, but I would just go with emphasis.

your mom
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your mom

that was the guy’s solution for putting just the marks — not the word — in italics.

An Angry Ham Sandwich
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An Angry Ham Sandwich

The only social justice related garbage involved here is that it’s a shame Bioware try to advocate for diversity and then go write several characters who are so shallow it seems that their sexuality is the biggest component of their personality.

Nemo Nekoi
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Nemo Nekoi

It’s what we call “tokenism”. Murica went through that in the 80-90ss with ethnics where every piece of media had to have at least one black character (and preferably one of each: black, asian, latino, native american. Oh, and of course at least one white since they are the TA), now they’re going through it again but with gender/sexuality representation.

Gurphardt
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Easily the worst Mass Effect game, but it’s really not the dumpster fire you’d think from the reactions it’s been getting.

Mandrake42
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I think it’s one of those cases where people had built it up so much mentally that there is no way it could live up to what they had imagined. Bioware had built up a pretty amazing reputation though, so I can see why expectations were high. It isn’t the company it once was though, it has been bleeding talent for several years now and a lot of the founders and primary creatives have either retired or moved on to different things.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Keep in mind this game was made by a Bioware sub-studio that’s never made a full game before.

Brendan Christopher Marks
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Brendan Christopher Marks

Oh darksteel6. I know you think you’ve evaded my advances but again I’ve found you. I’ve missed you. I missed the sound for your posts as I read them out and touch myself. Please don’t create another account to shitpost from because I will find you and declare my feelings.

Ps. I’m a boy and love your work diamond. Hope you got that fan art I made of us.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Sounds like somebody needs to be locked in a padded room, and it’s not me.

Austin_sj
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Austin_sj

He actually wants both of you in that padded room. With lots of oil.

The Interloper
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The Interloper

Did someone just say “oil”?

Brendan Christopher Marks
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Brendan Christopher Marks

Mmmmm that just sounds like my sort of kinky. Like a very sexual metaphor that I want to get into the same way I want you to get into me. So I guess the question, darkdiamondsteel6, is would you like to get locked in my padded room? After we’re done it won’t be called a straight jacket if you get my drift.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Go back to Alex Jones you creep.

Brendan Christopher Marks
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Brendan Christopher Marks

Are you secretly trying to tell me who you are so I can meet you without anyone knowing that you’re curious about the feel of my soft milky skin? Don’t hide your feelings my petal, just let me pollinate you.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

dumbass

Brendan Christopher Marks
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Brendan Christopher Marks

I very much like the terms of this engagement. The topic of ass is one I quite enjoy. I’m thinking of yours right now and it’s making writing this hard….. like other parts of my body, all for you. Mmmmmmm. Darkdiamondsteel6 please be my waifu.

Mandrake42
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Mandrake42

Didn’t know that. That would certainly explain the rocky launch. I still think the loss of talent at Bioware is a contributing factor to their decline though. I haven’t played ME:A yet, but I felt that DA:I put too much MMO type busy work into the game. It felt more than a little like the “Do all the map icons” mentality we have come to expect from a Ubisoft game. I will likely end up grabbing the inevitable GOTY edition anyway as despite what people have said about the lack lustre story, the exploration seems fun..

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Lots of people liked Inquisition though, so many would disagree with you on Bioware going downhill(I wouldn’t know myself, never played any of the DA games as i’m not really into fantasy-RPGs).

Mandrake42
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Mandrake42

Yes, some people liked it. But just as many people disliked it for the change in style from Bioware’s usual fare. It’s kind of inevitable when you have a fanbase that expects certain things and you stop doing them. That said, the Ubisoft type busywork definitely has an audience too, its why we get a new Assassins Creed or Farcry game every year. The change in direction may turn off long time fans, but that that type of gameplay sells is proven.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

I don’t see that many dislikes toward Inquisition, seems like those people are in the minority. A number of long-time fans really enjoyed it as well(I.E. Angry Joe).

Mandrake42
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Mandrake42

I liked it myself. I wasn’t sold on the MMO stuff as I found it too grindy and repetitive. I also wasn’t a big fan of the microtransaction based multiplayer. But all up I enjoyed it and thought it was a pretty satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin
In terms of gameplay, I’d argue it’s the best. Excellent combat aside, it does what ME1 tried to do, but GOOD. ME1 had worlds to explore, but they were ugly garbage dumps you navigated with the now infamous Mako. The major worlds you explore and help expand on ME:A are fantastic. Besides the facial animations, the rest of the game is the prettiest one yet. The voice acting is… spotty. Most of the main characters are fine, most of the time. There’s a few times where they clearly needed to call the actor in for a few re-reads. The npcs… Read more »
Gurphardt
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I want to agree with your first statement but there are so many little niggling design choices that irritate the shit out of me. Why can’t I order my teammates to use powers anymore? Why do I need to change drive modes in the rover to go up slight inclines? Why can’t I manually stick to cover? Why are the menus so goddamn ugly? Stuff like that. But as far as exploring goes, absolutely, it’s soooooooooooo much better than every part of the first game that had you going planetside in the Mako. I was worried it was going to… Read more »
Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin
I’m playing the game, and enjoying it quite a bit. It’s simultaneously better, on par, and worse than the trilogy, for different reasons. They definitely tried for a different tone and narrative, and at times it works, and other times it doesn’t. I like it, but I understand if others don’t. It’s divisive, and I respect that. What I don’t respect, are the claims of “liberal propaganda” and “SJW pandering”. Once again, loathesome people are projecting their own beliefs and conspiracies, based on nothing but conjecture. The claim that faces were made ugly on purpose is, well, fucking dumb (also… Read more »
AngrySLCMan
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AngrySLCMan

At this point “SJW” has been used so broadly that the only possible definition of it is ‘person who can conceptualize that others are different, and is okay with that’. I’m a member of that group, but I’d hardly say it’s a particularly far left stance.

BrunoXX
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BrunoXX

But that is not true. A “SJW” is the straight opposite of a “person who can conceptualize that others are different, and is okay with that”, because they have many problems with people that have diffent opinions.

qorl123
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qorl123

“having more options for romance” I heard everyone in this game is pan? You know, like in fallout 4.

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

No. Some options are just for Scott, some for Sara, and some for both. There are gay and straight options for both. I think only two are casual, meaning they don’t lock you out of doing a full romance of someone else. But I think once you’ve fully committed to someone, that’s it.

The two casual sex partners (maybe there are others), are Keri the reporter, and PeeBee. Keri is just a freebie, like Kelly from ME2. PeeBee can either be casual or serious, but you have to decide which early on.

qorl123
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qorl123

Oh, nice. Well, if they wanted as many romance options they would’ve gone the fallout4/da2 route. I feel like in this small respect it’s kinda more believable while providing options for people who are into that

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

You got me curious, so I counted them up. No names for spoilers.

10 total romancable sex partners, casual or otherwise.
3 for Scott only, 2 straight, one gay
3 for Sara, 2 straight, one lesbian
4 bisexuals, 3 women (2 Asari, which are monogendered), 1 man

qorl123
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qorl123

Sounds fair, a reasonable person should find the proportion acceptable as well.

qorl123
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qorl123

…Although, to be frank I’m not super fond of sex scenes in bioware games, they’re not very good at them. I’m more interested in the dialogue.

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

Bring back FMVs! ;op

The Jünger Ludendorf
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The Jünger Ludendorf

For me “SJW” pretty much translates as “I don’t know what i’m talking about and have nothing of value to say, but i’m going to rant anyway so please ignore me.”

BrunoXX
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BrunoXX

Suprise, suprise: a company is interested in money……..

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

I will never understand how a game aknowledging people that aren’t straight exist is “propaganda”.

Nemo Nekoi
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Nemo Nekoi

Acknowledging isn’t the issue. The issue is hamfisting them in media for the sake of tokenism.
Though i wouldn’t deny that there are actually “people” who are upset about mere existence of LGBT… =_=

qorl123
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qorl123

Whenever a gay character is acknowledged in a show or confirmed officially, there’s always bitching about how it’s “hamfisted” and getting “shoved down their throat” and 99% of the time the claim is fucking bullshit. People were accusing korrasami of being hamfisted. I was arguing with people about DA Inquisition who thought Sera and that wizard dude was lgbt “getting shoved down their throats” even though I only fully figured out they were gay 30 hours in. There a lot of people to whom acknowleding equals hamfisted.

Nemo Nekoi
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Nemo Nekoi
If writers have to explicitly spell out that character is gay, then add dramatic sting to the moment, then also remind audience couple times “hey, you remember that X-san is gay? Cause they are! Look, we have a gay in our piece of work!” then that character is hamfisted. And that’s, sadly, how LGBT characters are often do. No one writes straight characters screaming that they are straight – they just act naturally and you figure out that they are straight from the fact that they’re attracted to the opposite gender. That’s what not hamfisted character is. Like aforementioned korrasami… Read more »
Loona Chan
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Loona Chan
A good example of “hamfist” is Steve Cortez in ME3- which was really one of the only times it seemed really cringey in the whole trilogy. His whole character was “grieving over dead husband”, and of course they have to emphasize “husband” as much as possible. You have to go through quite a few scenes of him dealing with EMOTIONS, because gay people are all super emotional, right? He had some redeeming qualities but it was really bad. You compare it to Samantha Traynor in the same exact game, and it’s miles ahead, her lesbianism is only a tertiary characteristic… Read more »
Nemo Nekoi
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Nemo Nekoi

Precisely!

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

Samantha didn’t lose her wife…

ami
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ami

Whaaat? Traynor was really poorly done character, most of the time reduced to tease for straight dudes.

Loona Chan
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Loona Chan

I disagree. She was a decent, not great character. An awkward nerd who is a bit awestruck by your presence at first but becomes a friend naturally over time. You don’t get to her being a “tease” until you’re about halfway through the game. Any female romance can be sexualized by men, just as male-centric romance is often more sexualized by women. Complaining about that is like complaining about the tides.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

So you’re saying gay peopel are not allowed to grieve over their dead loved ones?

Loona Chan
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Loona Chan
There was plenty of exploration of loss in ME3, done fairly well most of the time. However, the first time you talk to Cortez he pours his heart out about his dead husband, and then literally the next 4 conversations all revolve around him trying to get over it. It was done much better in the same game. In order to care about someone you have to get to know them a little. Cortez was the first exclusively gay male character in a Bioware game, and they marked the occasion by having his entire introduction be “grieving gay dude” rather… Read more »
Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

I disagree, but that’s ok. I remember Cortez being a bro to my Femshep.

RudeOnion
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RudeOnion

That’s a weak excuse when you have straight characters who shove their straight-ness down your throat because they’re ‘flirty’, and no one says a thing about them being ham-fisted.

Nemo Nekoi
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Nemo Nekoi
A-and a way to comically miss the point. In fact, you’re no better than the people Jim ridiculed. Cause they are also bothered by the fact that gay characters being shoved down their throat as said characters not only exist but dare to flirt on camera. They only difference between you and them is the polarity – they hate gays, you hate straight people. Which is 0 difference, as far as i’m concerned. But since you seem to have problem comprehending what’ve said – i’ll repeat it again: straight characters almost never hamfisted because they do just that – they… Read more »
RudeOnion
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RudeOnion

Riiiiight, I hate straight people, despite being straight xD Excellent logic, there, kiddo.

Nemo Nekoi
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Nemo Nekoi

You’re the one acting childish here. I’m telling you again – you’re literally word for word repeating what people from the article are saying, only replacing “gay” with “straight”. The only difference that the actually have a point, and you don’t.

your mom
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your mom

some people just don’t think logically. “politics sucks, so fuck it! let’s put the fate of the world in the hands of a toddler psychopath.” there’s no logic at all; there’s nothing to delve into. it’s like trying to win an argument against a hamster. everything they yell back at you might as well just be “TIMMY!!!”

Grim Fees
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Grim Fees

HUURRRRRRRRRRRR! LIBRULS! ESS JAY DUBYAS!!!!!!!!!!!

The Venn Diagram of the set of Trumpanzees and Gamers has waaaaay to much overlap. Gamergaters, please die a fire of leebril konspeerasy. Mess Effect: Can’tdromeda can die in a large fire as well.

Perry Martin
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Huh. I was kind of looking forward to Andromeda, too. Sounded pretty interesting. Think I might wait for Jim’s take on this one. At least he won’t call it “Pure SJW Propaganda”.

…Seriously, the fuck?

Mandrake42
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Mandrake42

Well it has people who aren’t straight, people that aren’t white and women that aren’t beautiful. Goodness, it even has people who aren’t human. Who else’s fault could it be for this unrealistic depiction of the future?

Jerry Erikson
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Jerry Erikson

He quit the escapist because he sided WITH the SJWs and was pissed that site allowed the other side to speak. I doubt he can be impartial.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

Riiiiight.

It was for the best anyway, considering the state of The Escapist now from what I’ve heard.

BlissTonic
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BlissTonic

Jim you’re a unique character in this community as you attract both the SJW-ish and the GameGater-ish. It makes your comments section a constant, unending nightmare.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

Wild card!

Robert LameSlayer Gergely
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Robert LameSlayer Gergely

He is the #1 funboy

Sam
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Sam

Jeez, that game has enough in the way of actual problems, people don’t need to start thinking up conspiracy theories just to hate it.

Gamerghazi
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Gamerghazi

Playtonic kicked Jon Tron out of their game!

Tarnish
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Tarnish
My take on that is this: Who the hell cares? Does it affect/impact the game in any way? Not really…some minor character will have a different gibberish voice instead of JonTrons gibberish voice…big deal. As a game development company, they have to focus on making the best game they can that people paid money for. Since this has pretty much zero effect on the game, I don’t see any reason to care. Are companies not allowed to decide who they want to do business with or who they want to be associated with anymore? Do they now have to ask… Read more »
Tarnish
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Tarnish
My take on that is this: Who the hell cares? Does it affect/impact the game in any way? Not really…some minor character will have a different gibberish voice instead of JonTrons gibberish voice…big deal. As a game development company, they have to focus on making the best game they can that people paid money for. Since this has pretty much zero effect on the game, I don’t see any reason to make a fuss about it. Are companies not allowed to decide who they want to do business with or who they want to be associated with anymore? Do they… Read more »
Kyle Pierce
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Kyle Pierce

I still liked it when Jim called it Mess Effect: Scandromeda the best.

Will113
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Will113

It sure is nice having a term that means whatever you want it to.
How exactly dose having more women make the game-play bad I wonder?

Sam
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Sam

You hit the nail on the head. “SJW” has become like “Hitler” or “Nazi”. A term that just means “person on internet who upsets me a bit” and a is a terrible way to open an accusation or argument for the same reason you don’t start of by comparing your opponent to Hitler: because where do you go from there? You’ve tipped your whole hand.

Grim Fees
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Grim Fees

Whenever I read (or watch) some anti-rational, feeble diatribe from one of these Gamergater, rightwing types, I like to imagine it is being written (or spoken) by Lemongrab from Adventure Time.

Super Biz!
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holy shit. game changer!

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Or completely optional and avoidable gay oriented content. Or just gay people existing in the game world at any time.

qorl123
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qorl123

Yeah man, we can’t have that! Optional and avoidable gay oriented content? Stop shoving your agenda down my throat!

Mandrake42
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Mandrake42

I should be studying and not posting here. I blame Jim and give this site 0/10. Its the SJW’s fault for making me procrastinate.

Savletto Polvere
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Savletto Polvere

More radical = Less brains

SJW and anti-SJW are two sides of the same coin, daft fucking dolts incapable of reasoning, lead by emotions alone. People like them is what wrong with society today. Among other things.

Edjosthe
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Edjosthe

+1

darksteel6
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darksteel6

SJW is a stupid fucking term that nobody should ever use unironically, I completely disregard anything a person who uses that term says.

Savletto Polvere
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Savletto Polvere

I beg to differ. It perfectly describes a certain kind of people. Not my fault that it’s misused by idiots, like pretty much every term existing today.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Not really no, that term was always stupid and never had any real meaning.

Gurphardt
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lol @ golden mean laziness

Alexander Yordanov
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Alexander Yordanov

He is right actually.

Gurphardt
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Alexander Yordanov
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Alexander Yordanov

Who is that?

Greyson Xiu
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Greyson Xiu

I agree with the game not being good…But I think they at least tried their best given their working conditions and you know what EA is like. The game feels like it been boot out the door six month too early…It lacks spit and polish sure but um…its space! in the future! with aliens! what the fucking hell does SJW fit into all this!?

Vaughan MacDonald
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Vaughan MacDonald

Must be new Bioware game release season.