Mass Effect Andromeda Reviews Round-Up

We gather the reviews for BioWare's latest Mass Effect title in one place. Check our review round-up for the polarizing opinions on Mass Effect Andromeda.

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Mass Effect Andromeda reviews are out, and the game is proving as divisive as we anticipated. Our reviewer Brittany Vincent's review-in-progress launched a scathing attack on many subpar aspects of Andromeda, and her opinions have been shared by many others who have reviewed the game. However, some reviewers were a bit more kind in their assessment of BioWare's latest Mass Effect title. Our Mass Effect Andromeda review round-up shows just how polarizing this game is among reviewers.

Mass Effect Andromeda Reviews: The Good

A few publications bestowed upon Mass Effect Andromeda a hearty recommendation. Stevivor reviewer Steve Wright gave the game a 9.5 citing the scope of exploration being the game's key draw. Wright summed up the protagonist's role in Andromeda as, "Everything Ryder does is of utmost importance, from charting star systems to first contact opportunities." Wright also found the crafting and Nomad to be well done and compelling. I'm not sure if I played the same game as I felt the opposite of this review, but I'm glad that someone liked it.

James Mitchell of Press Start gave Andromeda a 9 out of 10. I really wish I had played the version of the game he did, as he lauded the interactions with the brand new cast debuting in ME:A. Mitchell did have issues with the removal of the power wheel from the original trilogy stating, "This decision feels like a baffling dumbing down of the system that has remained largely prevalent through the original trilogy’s changes in design."

Forbes' Paul Tassi gave Andromeda props for its more open format in comparison to the original trilogy. He found Ryder and crew to be likable and felt as though the game held true to the Mass Effect name and thought the game deserved an 8.5 out of 10. Tassi enjoyed the tone of Andromeda as well, saying, "Mass Effect: Andromeda is one of the most hopeful, optimistic games I’ve ever played, and I quite like that about it." Chris White's review at God is a Geek had much of the same praise for ME:A. White gave Andromeda an 8.5 out of 10, though multiplayer had not been factored into that score.

Mass Effect Andromeda Reviews: The Okay

Most reviewers fell in the 7-8 score zone. PC Gamer stated that the pace and script suffer from the constant need for exposition and that some of the writing was inexcusably bad. They ended up giving it an 8 out of 10, stating that Andromeda gets better as you play it further. I agree that the beginning 10 hours was much more hamfisted and dissatisfying than the time that followed, but I don't agree with the notion that anyone should be expected to "get through" a poor introduction.

Joe Juba of Game Informer gave Mass Effect Andromeda an 8 out of 10, but was disappointed by the new alien designs and the primary antagonist of the game. Juba did praise the wealth of content, especially the improvement in loyalty questlines. IGN gave Andromeda a 7.7, stating that the voice acting helped make up for the poor facial animations, but criticizing performance issues on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Andy Hartup scored ME:A as a 3.5 out of 5 for GamesRadar+. Hartup felt the same way many other reviewers did and thought Andromeda's massive amount of content was one of its high points. However, he was disappointed in the combat, poor mission design, and clunky gameplay systems.

Mass Effect Andromeda Reviews: The Bad

Some reviewers were majorly disappointed in Mass Effect Andromeda. Kat Bailey of USgamer praised the loyalty missions but was disappointed in the Kett's design and place in the game. She was also unhappy with the switch from the Paragon/Renegade dialog system to the more vague interactions available in Andromeda. Bailey ended up scoring ME:A a 3 out of 5 citing interface, visual flaws, and weakness of the main quest as being some of the deciding factors.

GameSpot's Scott Butterworth scored Andromeda a 6 out of 10. Butterworth was unimpressed by the lifeless dialog, technical issues, and poor design of some of the missions. GamesBeat's 55 out of 100 review by Jeff Grubb had many of the same complaints, as did Digital Trends' 5 out of 10 review by Phil Hornshaw.

The Bottom Line

The complaints about Mass Effect Andromeda seem universal: poor acting, bad animations, and tedious and clunky gameplay. However, reviewers were a bit more divided on what they liked about the game. My experience with it shows that Andromeda can be enjoyable if you're willing to look at it with rose-tinted lenses. I feel like Mass Effect Andromeda is like a bad episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (more of a The Outrageous Okona than a Silicon Avatar, though). It's not particularly good, but it's familiar in a way that sparks memories of something greater and makes a nostalgia that somewhat silences the concerns you have for its actual quality.

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    March 20, 2017 10:30 AM

    Jason Faulkner posted a new article, Mass Effect Andromeda Reviews Round-Up

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      March 20, 2017 10:44 AM

      TLDR: It's a turd.

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        March 20, 2017 12:28 PM

        I played 5 hours of the trial, seems decent enough to me.

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          March 20, 2017 12:57 PM

          "Decent enough" seems to be the consensus, just a sad fate for the Mass Effect franchise. And a rough time to be putting out a mediocre game.

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            March 20, 2017 1:30 PM

            Gerstmann summed it up succinctly: "...this almost feels like the direct to video sequel to Mass Effect."

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            March 20, 2017 2:01 PM

            Well 5 hours wasn't a whole lot of exposure. The trial version only allows 10 hours of play, and doesn't allow you to customize a character completely, just pick from presets. And I don't want to play the game with a preset, so knowing I will be starting over tomorrow, I decided to wait for the release to play.

            It feels like a Mass Effect game, the lackluster character models and animations were my biggest complaint.

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            March 20, 2017 2:03 PM

            Everything I have read says it gets better and better as it goes along, so hopefully this is just the beginning of the game being the weakest parts.

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      March 20, 2017 1:26 PM

      I thought this game might give me a reason to drop my Switch and Zelda for a few hours but it doesn't seem that way at all which is sad as I always had the rest of the series on day one.....

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      March 20, 2017 1:27 PM

      Guess I'm just a fanboy because I'm enjoying it.

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      March 20, 2017 2:03 PM

      Jesus what a disappointment. Game is by no means terrible but THIS is the followup to some of the best RPGs of all time? Just painfully bland and mediocre. "Serviceable" is not a compliment when it comes to a Mass Effect game.

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        March 20, 2017 2:12 PM

        ME2 is a fantastic game, but ME1 is super flawed, so is ME3. I wouldn't be surprised if something similar happens here. Knowing that they're going in for a trilogy, this first game is bound to be somewhat plodding as the origin / first-major-conflict part of the story. Couple that with the major tech swap, I would be willing to bet 2 and 3 end up being much more technically polished too. They'll have time to react to the systems that were poorly received in this as well, so it should feel more streamlined.

        I dunno, if it's poop it's poop, but I bet by the time we end this trilogy a lot of people will be saying the same things about this game as they said about ME1.

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          March 20, 2017 2:23 PM

          Man Mass Effect 1 had problems but it was kind of a revelation in the RPG and console gaming space when it dropped. It was exciting as hell, especially the promise it suggested for future games. 2 and 3 were also of excellent quality, with 3's ending being a somewhat big blemish in an otherwise great game.

          This game just looks like it has absolutely zero of whatever secret sauce made the ME games so special and fresh. It just looks like a b-tier throwaway third person shooter. It's honestly a bit tragic.

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          March 20, 2017 3:40 PM

          Personally I'd take ME1 over either of the sequels, all day, any day.

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          March 21, 2017 1:14 AM

          Mass Effect one has flaws, but it is not "super flawed". It's one of the best RPG's of all time.

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          March 21, 2017 1:19 AM

          I have always considered ME2 as the weakest, especially in story and levelling departments. Everything dumbed down. I still liked it, but nothing touches ME1, really.

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            March 21, 2017 1:29 AM

            Sure thing Armond.

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            March 21, 2017 1:34 AM

            ME2 made a lot of improvements over ME1 but almost to a fault (remember how bad inventory and the Mako were? ME2 up and did away with those issues). The build up to the finale was great. ME3 was the natural progression with races instead of cremated but they squandered the ending.

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              March 21, 2017 2:29 AM

              Yeah, the last mission in ME2 was great. But practically removing inventory is not a fix to shitty inventory from ME1, and removing planet exploration (the scanning is super bad in ME2) is not a fix to crazy Mako. It's like they didn't even try to fix those issues, they just cut features and simplified.

              I really felt not involved in the story in ME2, I thing this is its biggest fault.

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            March 21, 2017 2:42 AM

            Yep. The story was shit. And why else play a mass effect game.

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            March 21, 2017 4:33 AM

            Totally the other way around for me. ME2 is the highlight of the series in terms of characters and pacing. The story in the first trilogy never gets past generic sci-fi tropes, so it's all about the characters IMO.

            That, and ME2 was just a huge improvement over ME1 in terms of how it played. No more endless junk gear, and tightened combat just made everything play better.

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          March 21, 2017 5:04 AM

          ME1 was my favorite, by far

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      March 20, 2017 11:18 PM

      Bummer

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      March 21, 2017 1:26 AM

      A few hours in and I like it. It sounds, looks, and feels like Mass Effect. Sorta breathing a sigh of relief

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      March 21, 2017 7:26 PM

      I had higher hopes for The CW in space.