Mass Effect: Andromeda Review Round-Up - A Disappointing Follow-Up To The Original Trilogy?

By Melvyn Tan on Mar 21, 2017

Image source: Origin
Image source: Origin

PCGamesN - Still, if you look at it as a reboot, a starting point for the series, there’s lots of promise in that future. The first Mass Effect had countless problems, far more than here, but that will always be remembered as a classic, despite leaving similar threads hanging. Ultimately, this is a story about laying the foundations of a civilization, and it feels like BioWare were doing the same for the future of the franchise. In that way, these RPG developers have become Pathfinders themselves. (8/10)

Polygon - After a number of complaints, it might seem odd to end on such a positive note. 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. (7.5/10)

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - I’ve a very strong feeling that people are going to buy this anyway, and many will milk from it what they can in order to feel rewarded. That’s great. But as a follow-up to the previous trilogy, it’s a timid and tepid tale too heavily reliant on what came before, too unambitious for what could have been, trapped in a gargantuan playground of bits and pieces to do. (Unscored)

Image source: Origin
Image source: Origin

USgamer - 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. (3/5)

The Verge - When the epic finale was over, and the credits rolled, I wasn’t thinking about all of the tedious things Andromeda forced me to do. I’d mostly forgotten about the long, aimless drives through the desert and the hundreds of robots I had to shoot. Instead, I remembered the time Peebee, the aloof archaeologist, finally agreed to go on a date with my hero in zero gravity, and the deep religious conversations had with Suvi, the ship’s science officer, over tea. You’ll have to put up with a lot to experience these moments, but they’re sweet and memorable.

But you're forgiven if you’d rather not travel across the universe to get a few smiles at movie night. (Unscored)

VG247 - Dig further in, and the BioWare magic is intact in Mass Effect Andromeda. It’s up to you how much raw batter and burnt edges you can stomach to get at that delicious cake. (Unscored)

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Melvyn Tan
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A secretly eccentric college student who writes occasionally for Gamehubs and mostly plays shooters on PC. His gaming interests also extend to sneaking around in sizeable environments, slashing at things and commanding glorious armies. He prefers his turn-based strategy games to involve miniatures and dice however, and hopes to experience the whole of NieR: Automata soon.
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