ME 2 is my 2nd favourite game, and the ME world is probably my favourite period. I was initially excited when MEA was announced, but increasingly had a sinking feeling as more information came out. When it came out, all my fears were realized. First, the glitches. This product is broken. I ran into multiple gamebreaking bugs, and the animations... dear god, the animations. I had characters cloning during cutscenes, randomly looking in the wrong direction, Ryder speaking with a distorted voice WITHOUT a helmet, and generally ruining any attempts at gravitas with sleepy, lifeless faces. The story and characters, aka the primary reason to play a BioWare game, are also fucked. The squadmates are at best pale imitations of previous characters, and at worst are Liam. There are a grand total of two new races, both of which lack the creativity of the old ones and just generally feel generic. The kett are a less threatening version of the Reapers, and the angara are just plain boring. A whole, alien galaxy, and we get more Rubber-Forehead Aliens. Yay. The main villain is a joke, and I never found myself invested in the story. Everything is solved with bullshit space magic, and the remnant vaults appear to have been ripped straight from Halo. This is compounded by some awful writing. I thought this game was supposed to be about exploring a new galaxy? The story is constantly undermined by a focus on militarism (the Initiative has an awful lot of firepower for a peaceful, civilian project), and these supposedly new frontiers are all already settled. The game makes a big deal out how all the outposts have failed, but the outcasts are doing fine with fewer resources. Also, it was established in ME that only a small fraction of the Milky Way was charted; who the fuck thinks its a good idea to throw their life away on a boondoggle like the Initiative? And where did this new super-technology come from? The meager number of planets also lack creativity; why the fuck are there TWO desert planets? You really couldn\'t come up with another biome? Volcano. Swamp. Ruins. That\'s just off the top of my head. Exploration is a chore, with the Nomad being clunky and awkward, and most of the sidequests are boring, lifeless fetch quests. And they somehow managed to make scanning for resources WORSE. The story squanders a number of potentially interesting ideas in favour of an utterly forgettable black and white narrative. First contact? Already done. Setting up colonies? Literally pointless. AI merging with organics? Just peachy. Dissent among the enemy faction? Just more 2-d villainy. What the fuck happened? They had FIVE YEARS to fix this shit, and this is the best they could come up with? Andromeda is a trainwreck, a blight on a great series by a studio that appears to have been staffed by baboons. I sincerely hope MEA never has the balls to show its glitchy, poorly animated face again. But hey, at least we still have Anthem, right? Right?
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