All over the internet it seems that much of the criticism of Mass Effect: Andromeda seems to fixate on the poor facial animations. Are the animations poor? Yes, they are, and I think even animators at BioWare would agree with that. I do think the amount of criticism is excessive and I think the fixation on it makes it tough to find and honest review, but I don't think it's unfair. Mass Effect has long been known for its storytelling, and when the faces of those telling the story aren't convincing, it really harms the ability of players getting into the storyline.
I do think that a shortcoming of this magnitude is inexcusable. While some animators have said that it is because of improved graphics and players becoming more adept at seeing poo…Read more >
It's the day before release and the reviews are starting to roll in:
Gamespot: 6/10 IGN: 7.7/10 GameInformer: 8/10 Polygon: 7.5/10 PC Gamer: 80/100
The common criticisms seem to be that there are technical issues, they don't like the supporting characters, and they feel that there aren't enough "big decisions".
I feel that reviewers have gotten into the habit of overplaying technical issues. I find that often they are playing on a non-final build, and naturally those builds have less polish. Essentially, if they don't keep the game from being fun, they should affect the score too much. It seems that the penalties given here were pretty harsh.
We'll see about the supporting characters. I do think it will be hard to beat the original series in t…Read more >
First of all, all the reports that came out in late June said that the first of the Mass Effect: Andromeda books was to come out sometime this month. Has anyone found anything as far as an exact date? I've searched various online stores and I can't seem to find anything as far as it being on sale yet. The best source I've found, the publishers rights guide @ http://media.titanbooks.com/filebrowser/2016_rights_guides_fiction_libf1.pdf just says August 2016. Also, something interesting is that the title of the book on the cover graphic does not match the stated title Mass Effect: Andromeda Initiative. This could indicate that the name changed at some point, or it was simply a mistake. According to this guide, the book is 336 pages long and i…Read more >
According to reports, Shadow Realms has been delayed from a 2015 release to a 2017 release. I would say this is good for Mass Effect fans because 2015 will be able to be much more focused on promoting Mass Effect rather than on Shadow Realms. Some reports said that the game was completely cancelled, however it seem that the game is being rebooted instead to possibly include a full campaign mode rather than being multiplayer only. This will also most likely make this game new gen console and PC exclusive. I doubt this will have any effect on the Mass Effect release date, but as I stated earlier, I would guess that this will mean that more time will be spent promoting the game as BioWare will not have anything else coming out besides Dragon …Read more >
Hey everyone, not sure how many of you are DA fans. I know I'm not, but I was hoping someone on here would be and would let us know what the game is like. I would guess that BioWare will pull from it heavily as far as mechanics and physics go and this game's quality could foreshadow what we will be getting with the next Mass Effect. While I can read other reviews of the game, I would like to get the perspective on this game from someone who is a Mass Effect fan and a Dragon Age fan. Any input would be greatly appreciated.Read more >