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Ed KickMass Effect: Andromeda

1 week ago

Have had an afternoon with Andromeda now. About 3 hours in so far and thought I would just offer some general thoughts so far, since Andromeda has proven to be quite divisive. (No spoilers but obviously don\'t read if you want to go in blind)

First since its been such a hotly discussed topic, the facial animations, yes a lot of them aren\'t very good. Obviously Andromeda has taken a beating in this regard and I have defended the game saying, if some wonky facial animations are they worst part of the game I\'m ok, and I stand by that however some of the character models and facial animations are frankly unacceptable. The weird part of the character model/facial animation issue is it\'s so inconsistent. Some characters like Foster Addison (female character, used in most of the negative screenshots) are quite bad but others like squad member Liam Costa are completely normal (not incredible, cutting edge but certainly acceptable) that\'s the weirdest part the inconsistency and the swings for good to bad. Also like many have said the problems are almost exclusively with human characters.

Another highly scrutinized aspect of Andromeda is it\'s performance. I have had no real problems so far. One case of slight pop-in when loading a save after dying, two cases of the weird elbow walk shown in so many gifs, and one case of an enemy sliding across the ground without his feet moving for a few feet. Nothing unacceptable or game breaking so far but I am only a few hours in so it\'s possible I see some performance gremlins as I keep playing.

Now the combat, again I\'m early so I by no means have a full arsenal at my disposal but I don\'t quite see what the fuss was about I neither think it\'s \"so incredible\" or \"clunky garbage\" or any other type of super positive or super negative hyperbolic statement that so many have been throwing around. It\'s fine, still feels kinda Mass Effect-y but obviously with the jet pack it has more movement and verticality. I don\'t think it strays to far positively or negatively from any other third person shooter I\'ve played, maybe as I get further my opinion will lean more one way but so far it\'s good.

So far I like the story and the concept of the game and being a \"pathfinder\" I think there is a lot of potential and I\'m certainly excited to see where it goes. The new cast of characters certainly had their work cut out for them (most of the crew from ME 1-3 are very high on my fav game characters list, and I know I\'m not alone) but I like what I\'ve seen so far. Cora and Liam the two squad mates you start with both seem cool and likeable so far. Drack and Peebee have both just recently been introduced but both had really cool introductions and I\'m just really excited so far to get to know this new crew.

The only thing I\'m unsure about so far is Ryder, Scott in my case, and again for about the fourth time I\'m really early but he just doesn\'t seem that interesting and he isn\'t exactly in the group of characters with good animations. Maybe I\'m looking back with rose tinted glasses on my first few hours with Shepard but I think Ryder has a ways to go to even get close to filling the shoes of one of the greatest game protagonists ever.

My very, very initial thoughts on the game are fairly positive and I\'m really excited to keep divine in as the week goes on.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mass Effect: Andromeda is an upcoming action role-playing third-person shooter video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A successor to 2012's Mass Effect 3, Mass Effect: Andromeda....

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Silent Gamer Updates!

18 hours ago

Richard Pale I've got no strong opinions about the gameplay but I've watched a fair few of the cut scenes online now and the story/characters/writing all seem mediocre. It looks worse than ME3 so I think I'll give it a miss.

18 hours ago

Ed Kick rated Prey

1 week ago

Prey

Prey tells the story of Tommy, a Cherokee garage mechanic stuck on a reservation going nowhere. His life changes when an otherworldly crisis forces him to awaken spiritual powers from his long-forgotten birthright. Abducted along with his people to a mena...

Score: 6.0 (Not bad!) - Rank it!

Husky Wing This is factually incorrect

1 week ago

Ed Kick It had some interesting mechanics and some really unique atmosphere, probably would been really fun to play if I had played it in like 06 or 07.

1 week ago

Husky Wing Can you please stop spreading #FakeNews

1 week ago

Ed Kick

1 week ago

If I see one more Mass Effect Andromeda animation article I'm going to lose my mind.

Ed Kick I didn\'t mean the ending was good, it wasn\'t good. I might have been a bit generous to the ending but for me the entirety of 3 was the culmination of all your choices. It bothers me when people say because of the ending of 3 none of your choices ever mattered because that\'s bs. 3 can be so different depending of choices made in the first two. And one weak ending doesn\'t ruin three nearly perfect games at all imo.

1 week ago

Ed Kick Would dozens of different endings been great yea of course it would have but the internet doesn't collectively lose it when the Walking Dead doesn't have all these crazy endings. Your decisions still matter in any Telltale game not because you get ending #13 of #15, your choices matter because it shapes the journey you took while you were taking it.

1 week ago

Husky Wing Hell, even The Witcher 3 had only three real endings.

1 week ago

Ed KickPhil Spencer

2 weeks ago

I don\'t care what anyone thinks about MS or Xbox. Phil is a genuine guy, who is passionate about games and has done a phenomenal job turning the ship around for the X1. https://youtu.be/T8uBk0FmL5Q

Phil Spencer

Spencer earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. He lives in Bellevue, Washington, with his wife and two daughters. Spencer joined Microsoft in 1988 and has worked in a number of technical roles, leading the development of Microsoft's...

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Ed Kick wrote his opinion about Logan

3 weeks ago

Best film in the X-Men/Wolverine franchise.

Score: 9.0 (Fantastic!)

Gries He That's not saying much

3 weeks ago

Silent Gamer I've been using that exact combination of comments to describe this movie to people XD

3 weeks ago

Sandy Vich How about "Does the srs bsns superhero story better than any of Zack Snyder's shitty movies." Now that's not saying much.

3 weeks ago

Ed Kick rated Logan

3 weeks ago

Logan

Logan is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is intended to be the sequel to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2013's The Wolverine, and is the tenth installment in the X-Men film series. It is loosely....

Score: 9.0 (Fantastic!) - Rank it!

Ed Kick ranked Tales from the Borderlands and 3 more pages into Favorite Adventure Games

3 weeks ago

Tales from the Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands is an ongoing episodic graphic adventure comedy video game based on the Borderlands series, released in November 2014 for Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game was....

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Ed Kick ranked Alan Wake and 3 more pages into Favorite Horror Games

3 weeks ago

Alan Wake

Alan Wake is an action-adventure psychological horror third-person shooter video game developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by Microsoft Studios formerly Microsoft Game Studios, released for the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. The story follows....

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Ed Kick rated P.T.

3 weeks ago

P.T.

P.T. is a free interactive teaser, exclusive to PlayStation 4. Originally proclaimed to be a new I.P. created by "7780s Studios", completing the teaser reveals the truth; that the studio is fake, and the initials in the title spell "Playable Teaser". P.T....

Score: 7.0 (Good!) - Rank it!

Ed Kick ranked Max Payne 3 into Favorite 3rd Person Shooters

3 weeks ago

Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 tells the story of a retired police detective embroiled in a world of corruption, turmoil and intense violence. The award-winning Max Payne franchise put players in the role of Max Payne, a hard-boiled New York City detective with a penchant f...

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