Being over three weeks old now, Mass Effect: Andromeda feels a little like old news. Most people I know who have it have already completed at least one playthrough. Speedy hares they are! I, on the other hand, am the tortoise in this gaming race — slow and steady. And yes, this is a fancy way of saying that I haven’t made much progress in the game since my first impressions post. (sigh)
Still! This isn’t to say that I’ve made no progress. Unlike the original Mass Effect trilogy with its intense race against the Reapers, Mass Effect: Andromeda feels more like a slow burn. Granted, the overall plight of everyone in the game is rather grim should the Pathfinder not succeed, but the game doesn’t possess the same level of intensity. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just different. As such, I personally haven’t become as invested in the game as I became with the first three. But I still have a very long way to go. I’ve only just succeeded in my first Pathfinder mission, and I’ve started in on the second. I’m still getting to know my crew, their personalities and quirks. And I’m still trying to get the hang of skill points and crafting. (I find the whole research and development format a bit overwhelming, and I honestly feel like whatever I’m doing, I’m doing wrong.)
And by the way, that new patch that they released? I guess it made the facial animations a little better, but now my Ryder has constantly moving hair, like she’s always standing in front of a fan. Also, her head glitches out in the funniest way during some conversations, almost like she’s possessed. Maybe it’s not funny…but it kind of is. Really, I’m just glad that I get to hoard more stuff. Loot is loot, after all.
That might have been the longest introduction ever to a short video, this short’ screenshot theater” video that I made from, well, screenshots of Mass Effect: Andromeda. These are from my first dozen hours of play, or thereabouts. It’s short, silly, and it reminds me that I really need to get better at taking screenshots. Enjoy!
All images including lede (© Bioware) were taken by cary using GeForce Experience.