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“Mass Effect” review


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Andromeda was released on Mar. 21. In that short time, many people, including myself, have finished everything in the game. Now, that’s not to say the game is short, we just spent about ten hours a day playing it.

Mass Effect Andromeda is the fourth game in the Mass Effect universe. In this universe, the time is around 2183, and after discovering alien technology on Mars and reverse engineering it, humans reach the galactic stage; and find it already populated with many alien species. The humans quickly join this galactic community.

Jien Garson, a human billionaire, decides that it is time to go to the next frontier: the Andromeda galaxy. She wants every species from the Milky Way to cross dark space and travel millions of light years to colonize a new galaxy. After 600 years, 100,000 colonists of the first five species to journey across space wake up in the Heleus Cluster in the Andromeda galaxy.

Things quickly take a turn for the worse as they find out that the “golden worlds” that were supposedly suitable for life are actually unsuitable, and there is a space anomaly made of dark energy that they nickname “the Scourge.” Top it all off with a hostile alien empire, and the colonists need a hero to fix all of these problems. That person is you.

Someone who has never played the original trilogy won’t be completely lost in Andromeda, but it is beneficial to play the other games first, and I highly recommend doing so.

The story is pretty good, nothing overly amazing, but it kept me on my toes. The main plot centers around making these planets livable and solving the problems of each planet to do so. There is also the matter of dealing with the hostile alien empire, the Kett.

There are plenty of side quests, and they are organized in your journal for easy access. There is also the Codex that has all the information on different species, history, culture, technology and much more.

I did have some problems with animation glitches and quests and dialogue not working properly. Sometimes the facial animations are just funny, and I think they’re realistic.

The gameplay is all about exploration. The game features a few places that are non-combat areas and serve as a hub of shops and quest-givers. Four locations are large and fully traversable with the all-terrain Nomad, and one location that you can explore without a Nomad available.

I found the exploration fun, but some of the side quests that comes with Nomad zones are randomly generated. The combat is fun, but I have seen better from Bioware, particularly in Mass Effect 3.

Bioware has received many complaints about different aspects of the game. Things such as animations and other gameplay along with poor romance choices for same-sex relationships with a male main character have been brought up. Bioware has announced that they pledge to resolve these issues within the first two months of being released. I hope for the best.

Mass Effect Andromeda is a pretty good game. While it isn’t amazing, it also is not something that will waste anyone’s time.

    4 out of 5 Spurs.

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