Mass Effect: Andromeda | Review Thread (READ MOD POST)

Metacritic - 70 (Based on 54 critics)
Opencritic - 73 (Based on 105 scored reviews, 112 reviews total)

Stevivor - 9.5/10
Andromeda is superb, easily jettisoning Ryder and crew ahead of Commander Shepard and his team. It’s clear BioWare has learned lessons with the original Mass Effect trilogy, offering something even better and far more cohesive with this new series. Its only misstep is a slow, labouring tutorial that lasts the better part of five hours; though, after 60 more, it seems like nothing more than a distant memory. Offering deep, engaging characters, a new lore for a new galaxy (but enough interconnected so franchise fans don’t feel left out) and a stellar storyline, gamers of any background will find something to do in the far off reaches of the universe.
Press Start - 9/10
Mass Effect: Andromeda manages to successfully bring back the sense of exploration and discovery that fans have longed for since the original Mass Effect, whilst honing and improving the already enjoyable combat mechanics of Mass Effect 3. The result is something truly special – a metaphorical slow burn, a hybrid that is sure to appeal to fans of both the original game and its flashier sequels. Despite this, Andromeda is hampered slightly by its lack of visual polish and presentation, which can kill the wonder and fantasy as quickly as it builds it.
COG Connected - 8.8/10
So is it fun? Heck yes it is. The fantastic combat and strong story points far outweigh the technical missteps and more cringeworthy moments. Bioware may have bitten off more than it could chew scope wise, and the fringe elements of the game clearly have suffered for it. However, they’ve nailed the key aspects of what made for a great Mass Effect game in the past. - See more at:
Gaming Nexus - 8.8/10
Mass Effect: Andromeda doesn’t quite live up to the hype, but it comes close. Considering the situation in which the developers found themselves, they put out an addition to the franchise that really feels like returning home even though you’re millions of light years from Earth. With stunning scenery, a distinct Mass Effect feel, and an abundance of things to do, it’s a worthy investment for any Mass Effect veteran or newcomer—but don’t expect it to be perfect.
Forbes - 8.5/10
I have a feeling that Mass Effect fans will enjoy the game, but I don’t think anyone will claim it outclasses the original trilogy, outside of maybe the very first game. If you could combine the story and memorable quests of the originals with the combat, visuals and scope of Andromeda, you would have the perfect video game, though I think what's offered here will satisfy most. Despite its issues, Andromeda is welcome return to one of my favorite fictional universes, and I am still not ready to let Mass Effect go. I'm not sure I ever will be.
PlayStation Trophies - 8/10
You might initially turn your nose up at Mass Effect: Andromeda, but stick with it and you'll be richly rewarded with a vast space opera that gets better and better. It has problems, but they pale into insignificance once you're swept up in the exploits of Mass Effect: Andromeda's Pathfinder.
The Sixth Axis - 8/10
I found it hard to be excited during the opening hours of Mass Effect: Andromeda. It feels too safe, too much like what’s gone before, but then it clicks. There’s a moment where the galaxy opens up and you find yourself embarking once more on a huge mission across compelling, beautifully constructed planets, surrounded by memorable characters. Sadly the glut of technical missteps serve to cheapen proceedings, but this is still an adventure you don’t want to miss out on.
Game Informer - 8/10
When taken as its own journey (and not in comparison to Shepard’s saga), Mass Effect: Andromeda is fun, and the important parts work. The narrative isn’t astounding, but keeps you invested and drives you forward. The combat is entertaining whether you're in single-player or multiplayer. The crew isn't my favorite, but I like them and they have some good moments. Even with its other problems, these are the largest forces shaping your experience with Mass Effect: Andromeda, and they make it worth playing. At the same time, I was often left looking through a haze of inconveniences and dreaming about the game it could have been.
Critical Hit - 8/10
Mass Effect Andromeda is a fresh start – but in borrowing liberally from the first game it’s made many of the same mistakes. In spite of them, it’s an exciting space adventure that delivers everything that’s become important to Mass Effect: Great characters, fun exploration and a climactic tale of good vs evil.
PC Gamer - 8/10
Here's the thing, though: in the end, Andromeda still manages to be more than the sum of its parts. As a critic I can point to the things that don't quite work, the things that could be better, the things that should be better after 10 years and four of these games. I can also appreciate where improvements have been made, the basic pleasure of an improved combat system and a full-feeling, spectacular sci-fi world to explore.
Attack of the Fanboy - 4/5
Mass Effect: Andromeda fails to deliver a compelling plot and the journey to a whole new galaxy offers little that's new or exciting. Still, it does give you the same quality gameplay the series is known for and you'll enjoy your time with your new crew, even if they're no replacement for the originals.
PlayStation Universe - 8/10
The Andromeda saga begins with enthusiasm and the spirit of Mass Effect. It’s a credit to that spirit--to its truly great characters, gameplay, and fiction--that a staggering number of technical and design flaws don’t change the recommendation. If you love a good story, you should play Andromeda. If you love RPGs and shaping a world with choices, you should play Andromeda. If you’ve ever loved Mass Effect, you should play Andromeda.
RPGFan - 7.8/10
Mass Effect: Andromeda presents plenty of great ideas, but these tend to be either aped too closely from its predecessors or buried under issues that are surmountable, yet frustrating all the same. It excels most keenly at crafting environments that drip with atmosphere, suffused with rich color and ambient, spacey sound. Though this new setting lacks the depth and texture of BioWare's Milky Way, would-be explorers and romantics will find their odyssey to Andromeda sufficiently enjoyable.
IGN - 7.7/10
Mass Effect: Andromeda is an expansive action role-playing game with a few great moments that recapture the high points of the landmark trilogy that came before it, and energetic combat and fantastic sound effects contribute to a potent sci-fi atmosphere. Without consistently strong writing or a breakout star in its cast to carry it through the long hours and empty spaces, however, disappointments like a lack of new races, no companion customization, and major performance problems and bugs take their toll.
Polygon - 7.5/10
Let’s be clear: I’m conflicted about Mass Effect: Andromeda. There’s a lot of roughness throughout the game, and the technical issues, while not game-breaking, are often incredibly distracting.

But it’s my time with the cast that I’m still thinking about, and the mysteries about the world that haven’t been answered that make me feel like I’m waiting once again for a new Mass Effect game. And if I’m judging a game by where it leaves me, Andromeda succeeds, even if it stumbled getting there.
RPG Site - 7/10
Ryder’s tale feels like a solid beginning to something new. It needs more than a little polish, and probably some extensive work under the hood, but Andromeda has reassured me Mass Effect can exist without the Citadel, Earth, Shepard or even Ryder. This new galaxy left me with more questions than answers, but I’m okay with that. I hope another entry to the series means more exploration into every corner of humanity’s new home.
Videogamer - 7/10
Performance issues are a huge let down, and it feels more Dragon Age than Mass Effect. But if you like open world exploration with fast paced gun fighting, and a hero story like an OTT Hollywood action movie, you'll probably like Andromeda.
CGMag Online - 7/10
At times, Mass Effect: Andromeda can feel like an expansion and not a true follow-up. A lot of strides have been made to improve the already dazzling combat system (which is leaps and bounds more exciting than your average cover shooter), but so much of it feels like a regression. That slip still puts it a cut above a lot of others in the same space, but the failure to iterate after the divisive conclusion of the original trilogy isn't going to do BioWare any favours.
GamesRadar+ - 3.5/5
With a little more focus, Andromeda could have been a great game. The premise of exploring a new frontier in space is exciting and original, and the cast of characters inhabiting this new world - be they the fresh races, or the people you’ve dragged with you from the Milky Way - are more interesting than not. Some of the worlds have a real beauty, and the main narrative itself is compelling enough to carry you happily to the end. But there’s too much quest padding. Too much technical jargon. Too much fighting for a game with a poor fighting system. Too many clever little animations and quest-steps in between the stuff that’s actually fun to do. Place the resulting experience next to infinitely more finessed open-world games like The Witcher 3, Horizon: Zero Dawn - or even the original trilogy - and Andromeda compares very poorly indeed. Not a disaster, but definitely not the fresh start this series needed, or the one fans have been waiting patiently for.
Hardcore Gamer - 3.5/5
Performance issues are a huge let down, and it feels more Dragon Age than Mass Effect. But if you like open world exploration with fast paced gun fighting, and a hero story like an OTT Hollywood action movie, you'll probably like Andromeda.
Destructoid - 6.5/10
Mass Effect: Andromeda spends a lot of time not really feeling like a Mass Effect game. If anything, it feels like a spin-off -- the sort of thing created by another studio that's unsure about what direction to take it. Like in the game itself, there are problems with the atmosphere. But Andromeda is very clear that it doesn't aim to be like the other Mass Effects. New beginnings, not funerals -- for better and for worse.
PlayStation Lifestyle - 6.5/10
With the vast love of the Mass Effect series, Andromeda was never going to make people 100% happy, the same way the ME3 ending didn’t make people happy. The BioWare team put so many great things in place, but the main story, the characters, and most of the writing keep the game from being great. Sadly, technical mess keeps it from being good.
USgamer - 6/10
Mass Effect Andromeda falls short of its predecessors, but it's still a competently executed open-world action RPG with an interesting world and tons of quests to complete. Its biggest shame is that it doesn't make better use of its setting, opting instead to go with more of the same. Hopefully BioWare will be more ambitious when it comes time for the inevitable sequel.
Metro - 6/10
We didn’t particularly like any of the characters and interacting with them often comes across like some purposefully silly-looking YouTube skit. Whereas the team behind Andromeda’s action and role-playing elements have used the five years since Mass Effect 3 wisely it feels like those working on the script and story have only just woken up from hypersleep themselves, and dashed out this rushed and worryingly flawed game in a matter of weeks, not years.
Gamespot - 6/10
In many ways, Andromeda feels like a vision half-fulfilled. It contains a dizzying amount of content, but the quality fluctuates wildly. Its worlds and combat shine, but its writing and missions falter--and the relative strength of the former is not enough to compensate for the inescapable weakness of the latter. As a Mass Effect game, Andromeda falls well short of the nuanced politics, morality, and storytelling of its predecessors. For me, the series has always been about compelling characters and harrowing choices, so to find such weak writing here is bitterly disappointing. Yet even after 65 hours, I still plan on completing a few more quests. The game can't escape its shortcomings, but patient explorers can still find a few stars shining in the darkness.
The Daily Dot - 3/5
It’s a shame that the central narrative of Mass Effect Andromeda is deflated by this burdensome gameplay, because the crew of the Tempest is worth meeting. The mystery of the Kett is a fresh spin on the apocalyptic war of the original trilogy, and following the stories of people in the Heleus cluster often leads to surprising developments with tough decisions waiting at the end. Ryder’s tale and the thrill of colonizing a new star system set Andromeda apart from other Mass Effect games, but it often plays worse than a game from five years ago.
VentureBeat - 5.5/10
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.
Rock Paper Shotgun - No score
Mass Effect Andromeda feels like a game that exists because there needed to be a new Mass Effect game. It’s hard, as deeply as you explore it, to find something that shows any other reason for it to be. Despite the extraordinary opportunity of a fresh start, fresh characters, and even a fresh galaxy to set it in, this feels like a lengthy rehash of what came before. It is bad in many ways, from its madcap AI, poor character faces, dated design and most of all, horrible writing, but its biggest crime is just how unavoidably, all-encompassingly dull it is for so, so many hours.
Eurogamer - No score
It's gripping stuff, and a reminder of the greatness of the Mass Effect trilogy - its intelligent reworkings of pulp sci-fi cliche, the taut splendour of its scenarios and aesthetic, the colour and dexterity of its writing. All that's still in here somewhere, I think. But then you pop out the other end of the mission, back into Andromeda's labyrinth of drudgery and obfuscation, and remember that you're a long way from home.
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We're going to try this again. This thread is for discussing the reviews of the game, and absolutely not for publicly shaming individual people for having opinions about it that go against the grain. Consider this your only warning.
Reposting because the thread got closed like 5 posts after this.

Whew, glad to see a at least one critically acclaimed dev is capable of getting flack from reviewers when they try to pull a fast one on us. Wish the same would happen to Bethesda.
Immensely disappointing.

Personally I had hoped for a return to the greatness of Mass Effect. And at the very least a game on par with Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.
Genuine question for the mods/admins: are decently detailed Twitter reactions to the game from journalists like Austin Walker considered okay to talk about in this thread, or should it be an OT thing?
Reposting because I came in hot before the lock:

Oddly enough, while watching Jeff and Brad play (and shit on) this game for a hour I can´t help it - I´m getting hyped.

I´ll be commanding this ship soon and I´ll be flying through the galaxy to shoot up some aliens.

The setting alone will be enough for me to role-play the shit out of this.

And I´ll probably enjoy it while being disappointed that it is not better.
The graphics looked pretty, especially the soldier armor, but Im still very dissapointed and skeptic about the game. I think it will do fine with me. My biggest worry are the missions and how bland the world it self can be.

Will probably wait for a sale.
I'll be very interested to see player opinions a month from now - after the now-infamous first few hours have been left far behind, and most everyone is into the meat of the game. It sounds like a fairly shallow experience throughout, peppered with interesting characters and plenty of technical warts.

I wonder how post-launch DLC and patching might improve the experience...
Doesn't look like it's necessarily a bad game, but this is hugely disappointing and one would expect more from such a (previously) top-tier franchise and developer.
Wel, I'm immensely sad for those scores however, after watching the Raycevick's analisys of ME3, I'm surely will enjoy Andromeda. I'm getting it after I finish my EA Access trial.
Despite the flaws I'm still looking forward to this. ME1 wasn't perfect either and I still love that game. Sucks to hear about the story/writing, but as long as the combat and gameplay is still good, I think it'll be fine for me. I'm curious how the MP is
I agree with that John Walker comment in the previous thread. Some of the reviews have been full of criticism, but had pretty good scores the same.

You could argue though, that they are giving it that score because they liked the game but the disparaty between what is written and the given grade for some of it is pretty hilarious.
Always felt like since ME2 that Bioware were on the decline - hard not to jump to conclusions and blame EA but I doubt theyll ever be able to reach the heights of past gaming gems.

ME:A will sell well irrelevant of its critical acclaim so nothing will be learnt...

Ill be getting it eventually!

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I've never played a Mass Effect game before, but I really enjoyed Dragon Age Inquisition AND I really don't like Fantasy, but I LOVE space settings--might need to give this a go
Well, this was was gonna be my birthday present to myself but maybe I'll just hold off. Could go to the east side and see some tits instead.
Reposting because I came in hot before the lock:

Oddly enough, while watching Jeff and Brad play (and shit on) this game for a hour I can´t help it - I´m getting hyped.

I´ll be commanding this ship soon and I´ll be flying through the galaxy to shoot up some aliens.

The setting alone will be enough for me to role-play the shit out of this.

And I´ll probably enjoy it while being disappointed that it is not better.
Reposting my reply to you because you cmae in hot:

But there's not role-playing. They removed that part. There's no narrative agency, except when it comes to silly sex scenes, it's apparenlty the only place your choices matter.

The awesome Bioware narrative agency that started with Baldur's Gate ha snow been officially relegated to a knocking boots simulator.
We're going to try this again. This thread is for discussing the reviews of the game, and absolutely not for publicly shaming individual people for having opinions about it that go against the grain. Consider this your only warning.
But what is the 'grain' for this game? Is it 'good' or 'not good'?

The reviews so far seem quite evenly split between the two, Hahah.
What does Eurogamer's "no score" mean exactly? Do they usually not give out scores?
Yes? It means read the review like you should. The overly positive scores don't read like the score even suggest to me so instead of basing it purely off the arbitrary score, it's more effective to read them for positive and negative.
What does Eurogamer's "no score" mean exactly? Do they usually not give out scores?
They do not. Which is one thing I like about them compared to most reviewers and their arbitrary scores that people care too much about. And I speak generally about that, not specifically in Andromeda's case.

See Breath of the Wild
I thought nobody was talking about the individual on the last page.

Anyway, ME:A will sell well, it just won't have the legs I expected it to have due to word of mouth praise. I guess it'll front-loaded. The positive side is that the MP may push the game right back up.
What I was going to post before the old thread got locked:

Seems my glass is almost empty because John Walker has been drinking from it.
Reminds me eerily of how Dragon Age 2 was received, where it felt like it was boosted up more based on it's predecessors (ME2, DA:O) rather than it's own merits.
Based on my brief reading of some blurbs, the game isn't perfect but really is suffering from releasing about 4 months too late. 2 titles have released recently that have changed expectations. The title also released 4 months too soon. There are some issues that need fixing.
Aaron D. said:
So it's easy for me to see how someone married to a genre or style could get disillusioned fast as their faves go in and out of fashion. It's a shame 'cause there's so much gaming goodness out there if you're willing to try something new.

In the past I would have completely laughed at genres I consider golden today. But here we are. No idea what I'll be into in 10 years, but in over 40 years of gaming I've yet to be bored, cynical or jaded.
So much this. And if I ever got bored, cynical or jaded I'd quit gaming (or cut back a ton and stop going to gaming forums etc.) and find a hobby that made me happy and fulfilled. So I just don't get those that are constantly negative and jaded and never seem to like anything.

I'm not talking about people negative on individual games, or wanting an echo chambers, just the people you see constantly being negative and abrasive in a plurality of their posts abount various different games, industry trends etc. The types repeatedly slamming games from years back, constantly shit posting about games they aren't even playing etc.

Why be so engaged in a hobby that's clearly making you miserable if that's the general tone of most of your posts? I just don't get it other than from a lame "misery loves company" perspective and it just being trolling that flys under the radar enough to not generate bans.
It's 75 now, but usually meta scores only go down... Does that mean this could go below Wildlands and even into the sixties?
You are talking about regression to the mean. If it is a really high score, then as more come in it is more likely to go down rather than up. If it's a low score it is more likely to rise. I doubt the overall score here will change much.