Deanna Plays is a monthly feature on this blog where every third Thursday of the month I talk about something related to video games. Sometimes reviews of the games themselves, sometimes about books to read if you play X, and anything in between!
So if you have been following my blog for awhile you know how much I love the Mass Effect original trilogy. Like seriously a lot. In past Sci-Fi Novembers I even reviewed the first, second and third game separately. It's the reason that I got back into the gaming, so I have a real soft spot for it in my heart. Also Garrus Vakarian is the best awkward space boyfriend ever!
But today I'm not talking about the original trilogy, today I want to make the case for the new game set in the Andromeda galaxy, and why I think it's not as bad as everyone says. Take this with a grain of salt because I am a Bioware fangirl. Also since I'm new to gaming again a lot of things that might annoy other gamers about this game, didn't really annoy me all that much.
So if you didn't play the original game series, that's okay because this game exists so that you don't have to. I think it's fun if you have because there are little callbacks to the other games, but totally not necessary. I also think someone might enjoy this game more having not experienced the other three because then you don't have this high level of expectation. I think that is one of the problems a lot of people had with this game. There were a lot of high expectations and a lot of them weren't met. I think if you don't count the other three and you look at this game solely on it's own it's a solid game. I stand by that opinion. I had a lot of fun playing this game. It's pretty massive and took a lot of time, but in the end I was glad I put the time in with this game. I don't feel like it was wasted.
There was also a lot of angry reviews about the facial graphics not being great, and I do agree with that but it wasn't a deal breaker for me. It was something I was willing to forgive, but not every gamer will agree with me and that's okay! There are definitely some issues with this game, but I don't think it's the worst game to come out like other people seem to think!
In the previous games you had to chose a set class and those determined what types of powers you could use, but in this game you start with a base class but later could set up profiles so you can switch back and forth between biotic powers or tech powers or however you set up your profiles. I actually loved this about this game, even though I mostly ended up just using the tech powers.
If you liked going to different planets in the first ME game that you will probably enjoy this one, because that is literally the whole point to this game. You have to explore new worlds and find a place for your people. I love running around on different planes of existence in games and literally just picking up every rock or plant, so this was fun to me!
I will say that I don't know if I was completely compelled by the characters. I ended up romancing Jaal and he was fine, but he was no Garrus. I just think I have this mindset when it comes to this game to always romance the alien, because humans are boring, but I kinda regret not just romancing Reyes. I found him way more interesting.
At the end of the day, I enjoyed playing this game. I don't think it deserves the ire it got, but I also don't think it was the most amazing game to come out this year. It lands somewhere in the middle, and I think that was fine because I still had a fun time playing it.
What did you think? Do you absolutely hate this game and were disappointed? Did you love it? Or do you feel like me that it's kind of in the middle? I'm really interested in your thoughts on this one.
Happy Reads Everyone!