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So I'm over 66 hours of real time into playing Mass Effect: Andromeda and having a ball with it. I thought I would drop some screen shots in here and
give my thoughts on the game so far. I've not "finished" it, and I'm thinking that there is no real "finish" to it. Even once you achieve your
main goals in the game, it looks to be open ended so that you can continue to play and explore like some other games.
When I first heard that Bioware was making a 4th game in the Mass Effect series, my first thought was: What? How? Shepard was killed and the story was
over. ME1, ME2 and ME3 were the beginning, middle and end of a story.
Well, the "how" is: it has nothing to do with events in the Milky Way for ME1, ME2 and ME3. You are in fact in another galaxy with it's own story,
it's own characters and your very own things to do that have nothing to do with the Milky Way, Reapers, or the chacacters that many of us came to
know and love in the first 3 games.
For some, this is not what they wanted. In fact, for many, they were very angry at how ME3 ended. No mater what you picked, Shepard dies one way or
another. You could do nothing and the Reapers continue the cycle, Shepard and his crew keep running from the Reapers, but in the end it didn't mater.
Or, you could try to control the Reapers, resulting in Shepard's death. Or you could destroy the Reapers (along with all the other AI's like the
Geth, EDI, etc) and Shepard is killed. Or you do the joining of both AI and biologicals......but Shepard had to sacrifice himself to make that happen.
I mean.....here we have the greatest hero in the Milky Way and his reward is to end up dead......yah.......not real happy with that.
But all that and the first 3 games were their own story. Mass Effect: Andromeda is it's own story, with new charactres to get to know, new things to
explore, new ways to get into (and hopefully out of) trouble.
I see this game as a gift from Bioware (well....okay, one you had to pay for, but still). It allows you to continue to explore their universe, and
even though we are in a new galaxy, with some new aliens to meet and get to know, you still have the aliens we came to know in the first 3 games:
I've explored quite a bit and still have huge amounts of areas to go to, to unlock and to just explore:
Bioware gave us some very diverse places too. You have hot desert worlds:
Cold, frozen worlds:
Jungle worlds teaming with life....most of it trying to kill you!
Or even airless worlds (the shattered remains of one) to explore:
You've not lived until you've driven your Nomad around in a low gravity enviornment like that!
There is no Citadel here in Andromeda, but you do have the Nexus, where your ark ships are pulling in (after you find the ones that have gotten
And it does provide that Citadel look and feel to it:
As the Pathfinder for the Humans, you'll be given a ship, the Tempest so that you can do explore, set up outposts, find resources, make friends,
fight enemies and many other things to do:
I have to say that I love the Tempest. You've got some pretty cool quarters in it:
All sorts of places on your ship to explore and things to do from the bridge, right down to the cargo bay where the Nomad is kept:
I've not run into too many bugs. At one point I was talking with someone at an outpost, and saw someone laying on their cot sleeping, with half their
body sunk in.
At one point, my character, Ryder, when he was talking to people, his voice sounded like he was still in his armor with a helmet on.
And during one mission, a door needed to open up and wouldn't. The game and hung at that point and I had to exit and restart the mission.
All small potatoes and not ruining the game for me. For those whinning about how the characters work: Meh. They characters look just fine to me. If I
wanted something that looks real, I'll watch TV or a movie.
Overall, I think if a person goes into this game expecting something brand new, with never seen before places to explore, and learning all about new
characters, then you will really enjoy this game.
For those of you that wanted a continuation of Shepard and the Reapers: that story is done. Sorry, but almost all stories have an end, and Shepard's
story is over.
So, if you have the game and are enjoying it........I hope you're having as much fun as me!