Mass Effect Andromeda takes BioWare’s space adventure to a whole new galaxy with a fresh protagonist, new alien races, and completely redesigned gameplay mechanics. Ryder was just a kid trying to do what was right after the whole world collapsed around them, as if figuring things out on the go. Unfortunately, the road leading up to launch was difficult, and the early access period, terrible resource allocation, and poor animation at release set the stage for Andromeda to stop growing. However, it will have some connections to the next Mass Effect, which we have detailed in the past. With Mass Effect Legendary Edition opening up a ton of new players to BioWare’s sci-fi RPG, we thought we’d break down some of the overlooked aspects of Andromeda and explain why you should give it a second chance.
When people start talking about Andromeda, I often hear that “this does not compare to a trilogy.” That’s fair, but comparing the entire world of the trilogy to Andromeda – which was just one game that could become a trilogy of its own over time to flesh out the world Andromeda built – isn’t fair. Andromeda laid the foundation by creating a believable universe that players would like to explore. Pace issues with Eos and launch issues were enough to deter some from exploring outside of the first world, making it impossible to experience some of the more subtle aspects of what this game had to offer. Hidden gems in the trilogy throughout the game, watching Ryder transform from self-doubting asshole to major badass, exploring the origin of a new species and what it means to life as we know it, this special attachment to the flashback sequence and see the faces from the original trilogy again? There was much more to love than many saw at first glance.
This is where we come in.
So join Alex Stadnik and Liane Ruppert as we look at the reasons why you should give Andromeda a second chance, especially with all of our recent coverage of the Mass Effect Legendary Edition. If you’re interested in learning more about our deep dive into the trilogy, Andromeda and the journey ahead, be sure to skip to our previous analysis here. After watching some of our best moments, which we felt were severely overlooked, mute in the comments below and tell us all your Andromeda experiences!