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The Andromeda Initiative sets a course for a new galaxy, hoping to find a new home for the species of the Milky Way.

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A Pathfinder searches the galaxy Andromeda for a new home for Humanity since Earth has been threatened. This new prodigy can explore planets, customize their crew and vehicles while ridding the Andromeda galaxy of enemies for one purpose: To find a suitable planet to call 'Home'.

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Mass Effect Andromeda is Bad (Worse than ME3's Ending)

Let me get this right off the bat. I love Mass Effect. It is my favorite game series and also my favorite Sci-Fi Space Franchise right after Star Wars. I played through all three games several times to find new things and to experience a world that is full of endless possibilities. Even with the third game's divisive ending I still think its a phenomenal series. So when this game was announced, I was excited to say the least. I couldn't wait to see the series go in a new direction and expand with new meaningful characters and story lines.

And then I played it. And I was disappointed. So disappointed that a month later I returned my copy to Gamestop and used the extra cash to get 4 much better RPGs from the previous console generation.

Mass Effect Andromeda is one of the worst video games I have ever played. Everything that made the original Mass Effect Trilogy so great was practically thrown out the window to be used to create a bland, by-the-numbers, riskless exploration game with bad graphics, poor dialogue, and weak characters. It completely misses the mark of what made Mass Effect such a great series and now acts as a tumor to the saga.

Each of the previous games takes a risk within their story; they pull the rug from under the player and makes them see the game they're playing differently. In Mass Effect 1, it was going on a mission that at first appeared to be a galaxy-wide manhunt and making it a race against time to save everyone from extinction. In Mass Effect 2, it was preparing for a Suicide Mission where every decision you make would mean life or death for your squadmates. In Mass Effect 3, it was deciding which of two warring species would live or die, and even if you saved both it feel like you were close to making an unthinkable decision. But Mass Effect Andromeda, such dilemmas are nonexistent. You don't have to choose who lives or dies, you don't learn anything that really changes the way you look at the game, you don't live with the consequences of the decisions you made, this game actually refuses to take any risks. And to add insult to injury, whereas the previous 3 games each had different endings that were impactful, this game only has one ending that is the same regardless of whatever you do. This alone is a massive disservice to the franchise as well as the fans.

Not only that, but even the setting and storyline in this game falls apart. It actively contradicts itself and with the previous trilogy, or simply does not make sense. For example, everyone who joined the Initiative did so for either scientific or exploratory purposes, not for escaping the imminent possibility of galactic extinction that for some reason no one other than the Initiative's leaders knew about. What bothers me about this is that in the previous games, it was established that at least 90% of the Milky Way Galaxy was unexplored, and travelling to Andromeda was ridiculously dangerous and entirely one-way, taking more than 600 years to reach there. Why the hell would anyone want to do this, much less fund an operation that had no possibility of benefit for centuries or even millenia? This would have made sense if these people knew the truth about the Reapers, but the game explicitly establishes that no one knows about this and everyone joined for their own personal interests. This just makes the entire Andromeda Initiative look like morons. This may seem like a nitpick, but it serves as the foundation for the entire game. Its a major problem that causes the plot to fall apart.

And the Bugs. Oh god, the Bugs. When I first saw the previews before this game came out, I thought these were early animation problems for a game that was almost but not quite finished, and when the game would come out they wouldn't be a problem. It turns out, not only is the animation as bad as we saw before this game came out, It was actually worse. The Animation was so bad, it completely takes you out of the scene you are in. Even the patches that came out did little to really improve the overall quality. The Original Mass Effect Animations and Designs of 2007 look far better than this. I don't even want to talk about them anymore, they are that bad.

Overall, Mass Effect Andromeda is a bad game. From what I read from Kotaku, this game had numerous production issues ranging from unfamiliar software to corporate politics to a rushed production. This game is indeed very rushed as shown in the story problems and numerous bugs, even though they had a 5 year production period, they only made the bulk of the game within a year before its release. I really don't know whether to feel sorry for the developers or angry at them. Regardless, what we got was a game that was so bad that it is even worse than the divisive ending to Mass Effect 3. It is not a game worth your time, especially if you loved the previous trilogy. It gets worse and worse the more I think about it


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