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Five Things We Loved About Our Time With Mass Effect Andromeda

Javy Gwaltney
 

The newest, hotly anticipated Mass Effect game is here in little over a month and I recently had the chance to play a slice of the game. I played through the opening mission and then a section from the middle of the game, where I had almost complete access to my squadmates, powers, and The Tempest, the ship that functions as your base in the game. I admit that I sat down to play Andromeda with much trepidation. Mass Effect 2 is, after all, my favorite game of all time.

Seeing BioWare in the unenviable position of having to carry the series in a new direction while also upholding the legacy of the series had me wondering if the developer could pull it off. Now, with three hours of the game under my belt, I feel pretty excited about Andromeda for a number of reasons. Let’s get to them, shall we? The opening is strongBefore letting me get to the game proper, BioWare showed off the opening cinematic, which sets the stage for Andromeda.

During the events of Mass Effect 2, the civilizations of the Milky Way begin the Andromeda Initiative, sending vessels for each civilization filled with thousands of explorers to find a new home in another galaxy. Each vessel is led by a Pathfinder, a person in charge of finding their respective species a new home. A little more than 600 years later, these ships reach Andromeda, with humanity waking up to find itself in a strange, dangerous place. You play one of the two Ryder twins; their father, Alec, is humanity’s Pathfinder.

Within half an hour of waking up, you, your squadmates, and your father are exploring the planet that humanity thought would be its new home. Surprise: It’s a toxic, deadly wasteland currently being patrolled by the Kett, a mysterious race that doesn’t take kindly to humans. The introductory segment, both the cinematic itself and the mission I played on the toxic planet, did a great job of introducing the new cast of characters and making me realize how high the stakes are for humanity as well as the other races. I don’t want to delve too much into specifics here given that BioWare games are largely a story-driven experience but I will say that the setup that leads to humanity searching for other planets has its fair share of comedy, action, and tragedy, and is utterly enticing.

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