Some non-spoilery thoughts on Mass Effect: Andromeda because I’ve seen a lot of people worried about negativity surrounding the game:
the squad banter is great, and there’s a lot of it, and it’s really welcome. it brings a lot to exploration and fighting
speaking of fighting, this is the best shooting in a 3rd-person game that I’ve seen in well, ever. the jump jet is ridiculously fun to use while shooting.
and exploration? fantastic. Ryder’s scanner is super handy and gives you a lot of information about the environment. the level design is great, as are the plant and animal designs.
I’m a big fan of the new dialogue system. paragon/renegade was something heavily associated with Shepard. this new system feels a lot more like Ryder, and a new start.
the facial animations aren’t all that bad, unless you’re going to record your conversations and then go back, frame-by-frame, looking for a few ridiculous expressions. you don’t really notice all that much when you’re paying attention to the story and what’s being said.
the eyes are…flat (I’m also playing HZD atm, and the eye textures in that game are incredible, so it also could be bias on my part)
the music, so far, is good. I was really worried about it, but I find that the galaxy map theme is the best piece so far.
the galaxy map - holy fuck, it is so fun.
cc - not impressed, tbh. twins don’t always look identical anyway, and it’s pretty disappointing that you can’t customise Sara or Scott. the presets range from okay to horrible. Inquisition spoiled us.
I’m really happy with the writing so far. lots of great characters that I’m loving. the voice acting is pretty damn good too.
we’ve finally got height differences. hell, the salarians are tall. so are the turians. feels good. feels organic.
OSCAR NOMINATIONS COME OUT TOMORROW, HERE ARE SOME FUN FACTS
If Lin-Manuel Miranda gets a nomination, he will be the
-10th Latino AND
-3rd EVER Puerto Rican nominated for Best Song
And if he ends up winning, he’ll be:
-3rd Puerto Rican winner (Irene Cara and Luis Resto, RISE UP)
-4th Latino EVER (the above two plus Jorge Drexler, who is a BADASS and got fucked over by the Academy during the ceremony, look him up)
-15th person of color to win
-Youngest EVER EGOT
-Fastest EVER to EGOT
-4th person of color to EGOT
-3RD EVER PEGOT, and by far the youngest
-FIRST PERSON OF COLOR TO PEGOT
PASEK AND PAUL EAT YOUR HEART OUT