This March, EA/Origin/Bioware released the new Mass Effect Andromeda.
The Mass Effect series has been an enormous success for EA/Origin/Bioware and the anticipation for a new title has been at a fever pitch. After the 3rd installment of the series five years ago, some fans were less than enthusiastic about the death of the lead character Sheppard. Considering the number of hours gamers spent playing the character, it would seem justified. Thankfully, Bioware did not decide to bring him back in a ridiculous attempt to retcon the prior story instead, players in Mass Effect Andromeda get a choice of playing either a male or female protagonist, Scott or Sarah Ryder. Their father Alec Ryder was one of the first people ever to go through a Mass Effect relay and has reached the rank of N7. He has decided to join the Andromeda initiative and take his two children along.
What first struck me at the outset of this game was the great sci-fi feel that it has. The feeling of exploration is something we are seeing in several titles now, one of the most recent being the debacle that was No Man’s Sky. At its best, Mass Effect Andromeda reminds players of some of the great sci-fi stories and series of the past, like Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, and Stargate. Some reviews and players have balked at the graphics and animations in the game, but I have to say that, even though they are not ideal, I did not feel that they took me out of the gameplay or soured me in any way. The gameplay falls in line with the previous titles which are intuitive and easy to use. The size and breadth of Mass Effect Andromeda are quite impressive. What really sticks out is the quality of the combat in Mass Effect Andromeda. Battling alien and opposing forces is fluid and truly enjoyable.
In total Mass Effect Andromeda is a must for sci-fi fans looking for a deep RPG. Hopefully, Bioware will fix animation issues in future patches as that is the only thing keeping this game from being a solid 9 or 10. That being said, I look forward to spending many more hours working on the Andromeda project.
The game is available currently on all Next Gen platforms, PC, Xbox One, and PS4 for $59.99.
A copy of this game was provided by EA/Origin/Bioware.