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Mass Effect: Andromeda Review - IGN

Mass Effect: Andromeda is an expansive action role-playing game with a few great moments that recapture the high points of the landmark trilogy that came before it, and energetic combat and fantastic sound effects create a potent sci-fi atmosphere. But without consistently strong writing or a breakout star in its cast to carry it through the long hours and empty spaces, disappointments like a lack of new races, no companion customization, and major performance problems and bugs take their toll.

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rivaldoo777459d ago

Flop effect heading for andromeda

skydragoonityx459d ago

7.7 isn't bad, but considering its a mass effect game, hyped for a long time, yes it is indeed flop of the year

-Foxtrot459d ago

Not bad...but bad for a high up respected "triple A" franchise like this

Gaming_Cousin459d ago

This game is the decline of Mass Effect

Unspoken459d ago

-Too much water
-Not enough grass

morganfell459d ago (Edited 459d ago )

Some people are determined to be excited about it. No matter what they are still dancing around.

Several people are saying the reviews are mixed. That isn't really the case. The number above 7.xx are actually quite few and those that cross that barrier are unevenly written affairs. No one giving this game 9's effectively supports their case.

princejb134458d ago

I consider anything under a 8.5 a average game. That's because in my experience those games under 8.5 I get bored of quickly

ChronoJoe458d ago

Bad when it's launching alongside Horizon, Breath of the Wild, Nier Automata and Yakuza Zero. There are far better RPGs / Action RPGs to be playing than Mass Effect right now. EA are giving people little reason to invest in this experience over others, when the quality of so many elements of the game is so low.

I guess it's a decent Spring option if you're playing on XBOX ONE or PC. Since all of those games listed are either PS4 or Switch exclusive. However I don't think ME Andromeda is a game that will be remembered positively in years to come.

Brugal458d ago

You took the words right out of my mouth.

bouzebbal458d ago (Edited 458d ago )

flop of the year because someone you never met gave it 7.7?
you peole are so desperate.
i am neither defending nor criticizing the game but to claim what you just did shows how ridiculous and sad the world is.

super_bruno458d ago

Damn... :/ Oh well, Horizon here I come.

JackStraw458d ago

Why do people still take game reviewers seriously? When they review a game poorly that you like, you find a reason to try to discredit them. When they review a game you don't want to like, it's completely unbiased and justified. I can name at least 5 games that have come out in the past decade that scored poorly but were phenomenal games, and I'm sure any other reasonable gamer can do the same.

Ashlen458d ago (Edited 458d ago )

So my opnion having played 10 hours. (minor spoilers)

First off the mood of the people which has been an issue of contention for some people didn't bother me. And I feel like those people miss the point. The Andromeda mission wasn't supposed to be a military operation. Most of the people were sold on the idea as colonization. It's reasonable to assume the people they picked would be optimistic and easy going people and not authoritarian military types. And as for the main characters mood ( I picked the female lead and have no experience with the male leads performance) a lot of that depends on what dialog choices you make. So it's not fair to criticize your character for being optimistic if that's what you pick to say.

As far as game-play goes, the first mission was great it was structured in a semi open setting with some verticality it's really great and it feels like Mass Effect. Then you go to the hub and meet what I would assume will be your main quest givers it's not bad it's basically the Citadel 2.0 except with less interesting characters though more will probably appear through out the story

But then you go to the first planet and it's DA:I a big flat boring zone where you do what seems to be repetitive tasks that it seems safe to assume will just be duplicated on each of the different worlds. And thus far those seem pretty boring. Do a task fight a couple baddies rinse repeat. On top of that the world is a desert which makes it that much less interesting to look at.

All in all it feels rushed and made on the cheap in typical EA fashion. Again I have only played a small part of the game, so this is just a review of the first ten hours.

From what I have seen a 6.5 to a 7.5 seems accurate. It's not the worst game ever but it's probably the worst Mass Effect game.

Godmars290458d ago

Given how obvious it was that Bioware cut several corners, under-delivered if not outright copped out, with ME3, never understood how they're so respected.

DarXyde458d ago

We're three months into 2017 and, according to reviews, has a pretty average score. You would do well to understand the difference between a "flop" and a disappointment. It's Mass Effect on the PS4 and Xbox One. It'll sell anyway, I'm sure.

I didn't like the past games, but this one doesn't seem terrible in the grand picture. Just....underwhelming for fans with high expectations. There's no need to be so pessimistic and dismissive

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lelo2play459d ago (Edited 459d ago )

Dam, reviews are all over the place. A lot of good scores... and a lot of bad scores.
Not a good sign!

badz149458d ago (Edited 458d ago )

Now fps drops and lack of variety are points to deduct from games, ha, IGN? Whatever happen to fps drops not affecting enjoyment and gameplay like you guys said in your review of the secretly multiplayer game Zelda BoTW?

Dario_DC458d ago

Don't call them out on their bullshit, Nintendo fans are gonna kick you in the nuts xD

CDzNutts458d ago

Sometimes frame rate drops affect a game. Other times it doesn't.
This is one of those times where it does.


badz149458d ago

and this part is hypocritical as well

"Andromeda just can’t stop itself from retreading some major plot ideas from the original trilogy, including another long-dead civilization that’s left advanced technology lying around."

and another Zelda with the same storyline is a masterpiece! go figure

CaptainObvious878458d ago

Shhhhh.... You'll destroy their fragile narrative and they'll get angry again.

NiteX458d ago

Don't forget about all the bugs and performance issues of Fallout 4. Plus the crap story. They gave it a 9.5....

Vegamyster458d ago

Two different reviewers and games. Mass Effect focuses on story, Botw focuses on adventure, they're not comparable.

Veneno458d ago

Lololololol this isn't even a Zelda article and yet you still bring your butthurt for everyone too see?!?!?!?!?!

kreate458d ago

I wouldn't blame ign on the comparison between zelda and Andromeda. the industry was being cute by calling zelda a masterpiece.

with Andromeda, the industry was being honest on the let down from all the hype that was built leading up to the release. and to send a msg to Bioware that they will be held accountable to a higher standard than Nintendo games.

badz149458d ago


The review itself mentioned a slight comparison to BoTW and Witcher 3. So, what's your point?

Cheezeman3000458d ago

I mean, it's obvious they like one game more than the other. I usually find reviewers are able to forgive things like framerates when they enjoy the game as a whole. But they don't enjoy Andromeda enough to forgive the technical issues.

Not saying it's the right way to do things, but reviews are subjective.

DarXyde458d ago

Um...The Last Guardian and Shadow of the Colossus? Any Souls game?

I can appreciate calling them on it, but let's not be ignorant to many other games that got a "pass". Could be that frame drops matter more for these games.

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Septic459d ago

Raaa....Gassed effect.

Didnt think this would get such mixed reviews.

andrewsquall459d ago

Lol it wasn't obvious from the awfully received VGA 2016 trailer???

girevik458d ago

BUT! You can sex with aliens!... ;)

I feel once they started pushing the sex stuff more than other items that was a red flag to me that it might lack substance.

yeahokwhatever458d ago

I think they should just make it a space sex sim. like surgeon simulator. I mean, why not really go for it, right?

Calither458d ago

More stimulation, less simulation

girevik458d ago


Totally! They can call it Mass Erect! Bwahaha!

aaronaton458d ago

i know.. i thought it would get 5's across the board.

frostypants458d ago (Edited 458d ago )

C'mon man...writing's been on the wall for nearly a year, when news of key people quitting mid-development started coming out.

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chrisx459d ago

Shame on Bioware for doing this

frostypants458d ago (Edited 458d ago )

EA. Shame on EA. Bioware is just an EA pawn now. Most of the people behind their good games have been gone a long time.

annoyedgamer458d ago

Its EA, the Bioware you knew is gone. This is a common theme with all of EA studios. Bioware will be closing up shop within a few years.

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PhoenixUp459d ago

Ass Effect incoming. Bioware really Dragon Age 2'd this game up

PapaBop459d ago

"Ass Effect" I hope that term sticks, this week gunna be good!

Eterna1Ice458d ago (Edited 458d ago )

I haven't played Andromeda, nor am i planning to, but it seems like Dragon Age 2 wasn't even that bad.

Travis3708459d ago

Yeah it's best to support better games like Nier Automata or Horizon or even zelda.

1908-PB459d ago

zielocz3k---true this i can a agree with.

_-EDMIX-_459d ago

Own all 3.

Still buying Mass Effect lol

thekhurg459d ago

Own them all too. Not throwing away money on a broken experience though. Awful animations, poor characters, bad writing and a bland story. Yep just what immersive RPGs need to survive.

GTgamer459d ago

If we reward them for making a mess then their just gonna stay on this path.

_-EDMIX-_459d ago

@thek-it's throwing money away to you because you don't wish to play the game I actually on the other hand do.

I can't comment on the story or the writing of a game I've yet to complete I actually never even cared for the writing of the original three games I really only cared for the individual Stories of each character.

the overall main plot line of each Mass Effect game I actually personally never cared for.

Play what you like , buy what you like, stop trying to harass and demonize Gamers for making up their own mind.

This is clearly a 7 or an 8 game but trust me this would not be the first time I purchased a game that was a 7 or an 8 or even below.

I like enough about the series to make an informed purchase later down the line.

It's a broken experience to you bud, I've played games with similar issues.

No one's actually demonizing the people that are choosing to not purchase this so why are you choosing to harass those that do?

Lol throw your money at whatever you feel like it , it's your choice buddy it's your money stop worrying about other people. 😂😂😂

notachance458d ago

own all 3, preordered Persona 5 Take Your Heart edition, sorry ME:A I've got money but there's just no time for a flop game.

girevik458d ago

I'll gamefly it and if I like it then I'll buy it but seeing the mixed reception doesn't give me the confidence to purchase just yet.

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1908-PB459d ago

Travis3708---those are best game in your eye but not mine zelda is a must buy though the rest definitely not according to me you see how that works and btw i'm not buying mass effect AD any time soon as well