The reviews for BioWare's Mass Effect: Andromeda are starting to come in, and there's a mixed bag of viewpoints about the game coming in from various outlets. The consensus from the general critics is that there's some good points... and there are some bad points.
EA surprisingly let the embargo for the game go up a day before its release. Usually, if a company has a lot of faith in the game the embargoes are lifted about a week earlier than its release. This is for games that the publishers have a lot of confidence in. For games that they have no confidence in, they usually restrict the embargoes to the very day of release. For other games they'll lift embargoes a day before release if the scores might be decent enough for the title.
So where does Mass Effect: Andromeda fit within all of this?
That's not even a fringe view. Many of the other sites such as Hardcore Gamer, Game Radar, Video Gamer, RPG Site and Game Revolution have all scored the game at 70 out of 100.
There's no any single issue that accommodates these scores. IRB Gamer manages to condense a lot of the issues into a single paragraph, explaining...
Unfortunately I couldn't care enough for the voices in Andromeda as it was extremely poor; more like individually read scripts than a well-built chemistry between each character. Animations were just as bad as characters face expressions lacked emotions and at times never moved at all, though had a full dialogue. Considering it being Mass Effect and 10 years since its predecessor the lack of detail is somewhat unforgiving.
They absolutely did not hold back in tearing the game a new one, concluding their review with a 55 out of 100 and this scathing paragraph...
Games have to fit into our lives, and that's not always fair. Mass Effect: Andromeda might've worked a decade ago on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but it doesn't work in a world that is delivering games like Horizon: Zero Dawn,Nier: Automata, andThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In this reality, BioWare's latest role-playing game is old, broken, and often boring.
It's a harsh reality that a lot of gamers have been talking about online. Some gamers are still supporting BioWare while others agree with the harsh review scores.
Ultimately, some people hate the animations and others don't think they're that bad; some people hate the human character designs, while others don't think they're that bad; some people think the gameplay and story are boring, others don't think they're that bad.
It's a polarizing experience with some people and reviewers attacking parts of the game that others are defending. Ultimately it's probably best to watch some Let's Play footage or rent Mass Effect: Andromeda before committing to the $60 purchase.