PENK wrote:I'm waiting for the new Mass Effect, as others on the thread have said. The first three were fantastic. That's definitely one I expect to last the course with.
I just finished this last night. What did other people make of it?
For a game with so much expectation riding on it, the response was lukewarm to say the least, and many of the common criticisms rang true: it borrowed too much of its premise from the earlier games (ancient races and technology, races being assimilated, etc); the characters weren't as strong or memorable as the crew in earlier games, although perhaps they would grow stronger over a sequel or two; some of the graphics and animations needed more work; there were only two new alien races, and not enough variety with the new planets; and there were too many pointless side missions. And some story aspects didn't really hold up: they've only been in Andromeda a year, only a small portion of colonists have been woken from stasis, and only some of those participated in the mutiny... so why is the galaxy suddenly full of criminal outcasts? And why is there so much fanfare about my making contact with the aliens when I then find that the outcasts have been hanging around with them for ages?
Yet I did enjoy the game overall. Despite being reminiscent of the earlier games in the series, the story did really draw me in once it got going and there were enough different aspects to it, while the general gameplay was fun: the combat was improved and tougher battles could feel genuinely tense and frantic. There were some very imaginative setpieces although I thought that it got a little dull spending so much time driving round the same five or six planets doing small quests: I preferred the original series' use of shorter quests across more locations. What did work, though, was that it didn't take me long to sift through the side quests and figure out which ones needed doing and which I could safely skip over or just do if I happened to be in the area. And towards the end there were some great setpieces: the final missions were a big plus.
Of the characters and crew, it's true that they weren't as strong as the original Mass Effect crew but Jaal was great and I liked Ryder's own story arc.
It looks like plans for DLC have been shelved which means some loose ends will be left hanging, especially if the rumours that a sequel won't materialise also prove true. I think that'd be a shame, as Andromeda reminds me in fact of the first Mass Effect game: a messy but enjoyable game that had plenty of potential for tidying and sharpening into a dynamite follow-up.
Anyway, three months is great going for me with a game like this. Next up I'll be having a go at Prey. A cross between Dishonored and Dead Space sounds like a perfect game for me.