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Thank boring early access for the fury over Mass Effect: Andromeda's animations

Steve Wright, Stevivor -- "I can’t get over how much people are bitching over Mass Effect: Andromeda’s animations. Right or wrong, and wholly undeserving of anonymous internet rage in either case, this is squarely on EA and BioWare."

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sarahnade8d ago

Totally agree. I mean, yeah the whole facial animation thing was funny the first time. But let's move on and wait and see what the rest of the game has in store.

The_Sage7d ago

That's not what I'm seeing Bath. 8.5 seems to be the average.

Notellin7d ago

@The_Sage You've now made it pretty clear you don't understand what the word average means.

LamerTamer7d ago

@Notellin
You've now made it pretty clear you don't understand what the words "the average" means.

It means the game is getting scores that average 8.5 not that 8.5 is average.

Unspoken7d ago (Edited 7d ago )

Word is that taking someone for their word is pretty foolish.

But on topic, how can anyone review the full game and give a score with only 10 hrs of game play out of 160+ hrs?

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Godmars2907d ago

*Said in Doc Forster and TV's Frank "Deep Hurting" voice*:

"Shuttle scene! Shuttle scene!"

That part in ME2 for me was the moment series lost any value as a story.

Link2DaFutcha7d ago

upping just for the MST3K reference. DEEEEEEEP HURRTING.

Also I'm excited for ME just because I've liked all the other games, probably won't play it much since I'm deep in Horizon and Zelda right now, but yah, the facial animation thing will make me chuckle more than being mad I think.

joab7777d ago

It's weird because obviously a lot of work went into this game. It's a 100 hr rpg. That's what is so disconcerting. Is it simply that there was bad leadership, that animators and voice directors were out of their league. Because combat, environments etc are top notch. Strange for sure!

2pacalypsenow7d ago

Apparently the person in charge of face animation was an "Experienced' cosplay who hates men. I have a feeling EA was just filling their quota with her.

Pintheshadows7d ago

It's a 100 hr rpg

I think that is part of the problem. They clearly didn't have the means to create and refine such a mammoth game. Nothing feels polished. Not even the beginning of the game. I am concerned that it could get worse the further into the game you get.

joab7777d ago (Edited 7d ago )

@2pocalypsenow She wasn't the lead animator, I don't think. They just give certain titles to various people involved with certain activities. She has paid the price though. And I think she hates men that attack her on social media concerning a video game.

morganfell7d ago

A lot of work went into the Millennium Tower too. It just wasn't quality where it counts.

"Thank boring early access for the fury over Mass Effect: Andromeda's animations"

Was there a different game during Early Access that isn't the same game this guy supposedly reviewed? How was the Access "boring." After all EA Access had the Day One patch. You know, the one where they toned down Ryder's default female appearance to reduce her womanly wiles in order to please the SJW crowd.

Some people bought EA Access to play this particular game early. How is their anger over being misled concerning an obviously mediocre big budget title unjustified? Wait, the press speaks for buyer's, right? The press that gives this game 9.5 and 9.8. The latter site that gave the game a 9.8 stated, and I quote, "While not the best Mass Effect game (that throne still belongs to ME2), it certainly isn’t the worst by any stretch of the imagination."

Not the worst means a .2 deduction for the entire review? Really? I guess an 8 allows a game to be a total abomination and still walk away with a decent score.

EA used the long standing Ubisoft bait and switch sleight of hand. Reviewers claim to be members of the press. And though the press does not in reality serve the public good, it is supposed to serve the truth and then it is the truth which insures the public good. Publishing a poor review that glosses over legitimate issues propagates a lie and only undermines fact. In doing so they are a detriment to the buying demographic. Pitchforks and torches should be outside the basement, I mean the offices of stevivor. It is little more than uncoordinated collusion with deception from both publisher and reviewer.

Just because the writer of the stevivor review is completely devoid of any objective authorship whatsoever does not mean people should forego expressing their anger. As stated elsewhere this current article is being shoveled in a useless and quite transparent attempt to prop up stevivor's illegitimate review. A horse blinder opinion piece without even the barest trappings of a legitimate, objective, and methodical review.

Welcome to the party pal. Stevivor should show some fortitude. Do not stick it out if you are afraid of getting it whacked off. And for the love of gaming, consider this incident a hard lesson learned and try writing an actual review from this point forward.

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XXanderXX7d ago

The shit animation has nothing to do with the service , the animation is shitty cause the studio behind the game didn't care enough are do more . No thing to do with the service and people would have still voiced their dissatisfaction about the sad looking animation.

81BX7d ago

Isn't it a different development group this time around?

XXanderXX7d ago

The first 3 games identify Bio ware but not which studio but not which region , all that aside it still feel like they didn't try hard .

81BX7d ago

Ok, thanks. Yeah I never got into mass effect but I know it has a huge following. Sucks when corners are cut

Anem7d ago

There are three main studios that make up BioWare:
BioWare Edmonton: Responsible for pretty much anything released under the name BioWare
BioWare Montreal: Provides assistance to the Edmonton studio where needed. I believe they worked on Mass Effect 3's multiplayer. They are the ones who worked on Andromeda while Edmonton works on a new IP
BioWare Austin: Formed specifically to develop The Old Republic. Worked on Shadow Realms before that was cancelled. They did some work on Inquisition, but I don't know the extent of their involvement

SirCharles7d ago

How about I blame the poor craftsmanship for the shitty animations?

Bathyj7d ago

The guys just trying to defend his 9.5 review score.

JasonKCK7d ago

Somewhere a bell started ringing

bunt-custardly7d ago (Edited 7d ago )

Totally agree full defence mode here. Now there's a massive influx of reviews where the average is around 7.5/10 the Stevivor review stands out like a sore thumb for being overly lenient (9.5/10) and not taking the game's flaws seriously enough to be more realistic with the score. It's one thing to enjoy the game because you're a fan of the series, that's fair enough but to ignore its failings just because you're in love is not what reviewers should be doing. Reviewers can still enjoy a game but also be critical, that's not a crime y'know and will garner a bit more respect from readers than simply handing out glowing scores cos you got the game free from EA.

Lamboomington7d ago

"Totally agree full defence mode here. Now there's a massive influx of reviews where the average is around 7.5/10 the Stevivor review stands out like a sore thumb for being overly lenient (9.5/10) and not taking the game's flaws seriously enough to be more realistic with the score. It's one thing to enjoy the game because you're a fan of the series, that's fair enough but to ignore its failings just because you're in love is not what reviewers should be doing. "

Are you serious ? You know that all of that is irrelevant and changes from case to case because reviews are subjective ? Some reviewers value certain things over others. If one reviewer doesn't think bad facial animations make that much of a difference, then whatever, that's fine.

bunt-custardly7d ago (Edited 7d ago )

@Lamboomington Sure, enjoyment is subjective but objectivity should not be. And what the author has written here is a load of tripe to detract from a very real and apparent issue with the game. If ME:A was an action game with a few dodgy looking cutscenes then fair enough you might be able to ignore some technical issues. However in such a story driven character based game, and in light of the bar being raised by other games in the genre it's not fair to gloss over the failings or dismiss them as unimportant.

RedPill867d ago

Gotta work for that check EA cut.

OB1Biker7d ago (Edited 7d ago )

Or
Or
Maybe
They have a consistent opinion, you know

This piece came before reviews were published. So do you mean reviewer's know in advance what other reviews will be? You may then have something there. But an opinion is an opinion, isn't it?

You could argue Forbes did the same thing when they posted a piece telling people to calm down about the pre views. Still was their consistent opinion though

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