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POSTED 11/4/17


MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA

BioWare/EA



It wasn’t like this in the brochure...

Join the Andromeda Initiative. Be one of some 100,000 Milky Way folk jumping into arks and boldly going where no Milky Way folk have gone before. Awake from stasis some 60 years later – the year 2819 if you want to be all stickler about it - and quickly realise that while your Ark Hyperion made it, others didn’t.

That’s just the start of all manner of troubles for you, Ryder. You’re a ‘Pathfinder’, which essentially equates to a planet-hopping, tech-savvy, intergalactic tour guide. Still, at least we encountered no instances where we had to mop up vomit.

So, you’ve lobbed into a whole new galaxy where life’s supposed to be all supported and dandy for Earthicans (and other Milky Way types, natch). Instead, however, there are electrical storms, hostile landscapes and even more hostile aliens. Hey, why can’t we all get along? After all, we’re kind of stuck here together now.

You gradually shape Ryder from deep-ended neophyte into skilled diplomat in a sprawling space epic that isn’t a million miles removed from the concepts of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek (as distinct from the Star Trek created by Benjamin Fwoong, age seven, of Pimpinbudgie, QLD). It’s also often pinpointedly politically relevant, embracing diversity and depth of storytelling, while also allowing you to blast the living fuck out of many an alien lifeform. This is where you’ll also end up fighting the game’s wobbly auto-cover system, but other facets are improved over previous series outings

You can immerse yourself into RPG stuff (mining, scanning, researching, crafting, etc), or go the more explorational and conversational route. Or hey, go wild and mix it up! After all, even seemingly banal side missions can throw up wonderful surprises.

Ignore the odd glitch (patches are releasing apace). Come for the epic exploration and gorge yourself on the gorgeous planetscapes. Hey, you may even score a shag out of it.

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