Mass Effect: Andromeda may be a larger game than anyone was imagining, and while it excels in creating a memorable hero, an engaging crew and improving the series' combat systems, it does not live up to the heights reached by the previous trilogy.
A sci-fi franchise’s new mission is beset by old bugs, the Switch gets musical and a shoot’ em up provides a powerfully pure arcade experience PS4, Xbox One, PC, EA, cert: 16 ★★★ Despite the lofty reputation that the original Mass Effect (2007-12)has garnered, it’s crucial to remember that those games had no shortage of bugs, errors and glitches on release. Bearing this in mind will make the failings of Andromeda far more palatable. Chiefly, those irritants are in the domain of animation, with characters’ facial features and physical movements feeling wooden and unnatural. Stilted voice work delivering unrealistic dialogue doesn’t help either. These are real problems in a game where relationships are central to an investment in the universe.