Shepard’s gender affects Andromeda’s story somehow.
According to a Bioware rep, ‘Eagle eyed players may uncover a few narrative morsels related to Shepard’s story’.
No importing of the trilogy’s save files.
Character customisation contains ‘unconventional and bizarre hairstyles’. Makeup, scars and tattoos are also available.
You can choose the training Ryder received. They are: Security, Biotic, Technician, Leader, Scrapper and Operative.
Game starts out quickly with the introductory sequence takes place on a toxic planet.
According to IGN and Gamespot, the game has performance issues, with visual glitches, audio and framerate drops.
Clunky and jarring Bioware animations on characters. Awkward faces and movements.
‘Eyes, eyelashes and mouths look particular cartoony’, according to IGN.
Gamespot’s reviewer feels that ME:A is a more polished version of Dragon Age Inquisition.
PS4 Pro will support higher resolutions and HDR features.
It feels like Mass Effect.
The game opts for flexible skill profiles that can be changed to suit different challenges.
Combat is ‘engaging’ with a variety of skills and combat encounters. In addition, the skill tree is ‘massive’ which can be mixed and matched.
Skills trees are Combat, Biotics and Tech.
Once you hit rank 3 of a skill, you get to choose between 2 separate varieties of the same power and specialise in 1.
Classes are still present. They are Soldier, Engineer, Adapt, Sentinel, Vanguard, Infiltrator and Explorer. They have no unique skill trees but rather, they give you a boost in things such as health regen or access certain items that might help you in combat.
Combat is faster with tighter gunplay and more responsive handling.
Gun feedback has been greatly improved.
Most offensive abilities are considered ‘primers’ or detonators’. Deploying a primer skill followed by a detonator inflicts more damage on your target.
Jet pack allows for more combat strategies and can be used to access higher, out of reach places.
Skills and abilities can be saved and favourited. You can switch between different set-ups mid combat.
Some enemies can apparently kill you in one hit.
Cover system is sticky and a little finicky, according to IGN. Automatic clipping into cover when the reviewer did not want to get into cover.
Squadmates’ AI seem to be more competent.
You cannot control your team mates like in the Dragon age games but you can tell them where to go, like in the previous games.
Armour is customisable and can be changed on the ship.
Elemental ammo (fire and cryo) are no longer powers but consumable items.
Powers can be combined to produce devastating results to your enemies.
Autosaves seem generous and Ryder respawns 1 to 2 mins before they he/she died.
Blueprints for armour and weapons using RD (research data). You can obtain these by scanning environments and creatures.
Blueprints are colour coded. Bronze (common), sliver (uncommon), gold (rare). The rarer it is the more RD they cost.
Crafted items can be named.
You can add augmentations to your armour.
Paragon and renegade choices are gone, replaced with more open ended dialogue allowing for grey areas.
Dialogue choices are emotional, logical, causal and professional which will influence the direction of the conversation.
There is A LOT of dialogue now.
Interrupts are now called ‘Impulse Actions’. Interviewer did get the chance to experience it.
After completing a mission, you can look at a summary of the events as well as see how you responded to any choices.
Exploration is ‘exciting and not a chore’.
The Nomad controls like the Mako but less rubbery. No bouncing and no weapons on it. You can also return to your ship any time by holding down the Evacuation button.
The Nomad has a booster and a shield that, when destroyed, knocks enemies back during combat.
Nomad has mining drones to help you retrieve resources.
Environments are ‘gorgeous and varied’.
COMPANIONS AND CHARACTERS
Interactions between characters are similar to where ME3 and the Citadel DLC left off, more friendly and light banter.
You can interact with Dad Ryder.
Companions are sectioned off into their own rooms like the previous games.
There is a whole menu detailing your relationship status with your crew. Relationships are obviously going to be a huge part of the game.
Party members as well as non-party members (eg. the pilots, engineers and doctors) have been fleshed out, with equal care put into each. For example, your crew interacts with each other over the intercom.
All squadmates can be flirted with but a relationship might not be necessarily possible. (Think Samara’s romance)
You get Cora and Liam at the start of the game.
Cora and Liam are ‘fun, passionate people who want to get away from the life they lead but also want to talk about it.
Cora is stricter and trained to be your senior but has to deal with the fact that you now outrank her.
Liam is cool, upbeat and cockney.
Kallo, the new pilot is a bit more serious than Joker.
Asari doctor, Lexi T’Perro is voiced by Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones fame.
There is a Scottish scientist called Suvi and a chief engineer called Gil Brodie, who enjoys Male Ryder’s flirting.
Vetra is like a ‘stern mother’ and warmer than Garrus.
Drack is a bit like Wrex with his dead pan humour but also has a more mature point of view.
PB is impulsive and flirty and lives in an escape pod.
SAM (Simulated Adaptive Matrix) is like a combination of EDI and Legion and was created by your parents. He can eventually bond with your brain and you can engage in philosophical debates with him. It is hinted you can uncover more of your family backstory though him.
Sloane Kelly is an ex-Andromeda Initiative officer who defected.
Companions are as engaging and interesting as the ones in the original trilogy.
Banter is back. They can be triggered during exploration and while driving in the Nomad.
interesting dragon age party compositions or dynamics
(solas | sten): team ‘if you thought fenris and anders were bad’
(zevran | isabela | dorian): the we’re queer we’re here but god at what cost party
(morrigan | anders | solas): the asshole apostates party party
(shale | dorian): team uses snark to hide crippling fears of being controlled and stripped of agency and you thought this was going to be funny yoU THOUGHT THIS WAS A JOKE
(alistair | dorian): team it is a joke
(isabela | leliana | sera): the *thinks about ladies* nice party
(blackwall | anders | alistair): the has very different opinions about grey wardens grey warden party
(velanna | solas): team we hate each other so much but at least we have occasional shared moments of elitism to keep us warm
(cassandra | isabela | aveline): the talks about selfishness a lot but secretly shares smutty romance novels party
(carver | sten): team bit of a tit
(cassandra | morrigan | sebastian): the let’s talk about faith… or better yet maybe not party
(cole | aveline): team play nice or else
(fenris | iron bull | dorian): the fuck the vints and also fuck the vints party
(fenris | dorian): team dorian tried to laugh it off but now he’s dead
(zevran | anders | morrigan): the playfully irreverent asshole party
(cole | anders): team anders has been tortured and abused and hurt and is in so much pain and cole is the only one that cares and he just wants to help and now he’s crying and im crying everyone is crying. also fuck the templars
(aveline | wynne): team benevolently judgmental team mom
Something I really like about the Rex and Ahsoka dynamic in Rebels is how their personalities have essentially swapped since The Clone Wars. Whereas Rex in The Clone Wars was tightly laced, stoic, and almost severe, Rex in Rebels is more laid-back - he’s prone to quips, he laughs frequently, and has learned to relax in both dialogue and body language. Whereas Ahsoka was cheeky, playful, and almost insubordinate in The Clone Wars, her years alone have made her restrained, private, and almost untouchable in Rebels. From her speech patterns to her posture, she exudes responsibility. Where Rex has loosened, Ahsoka has hardened. And only when the two of them are interacting with each other do we really see the side of Ahsoka that reminds us of her younger years.
Confession: I’m transgender, and romancing the iron bull makes me feel so safe, because I know he would accept me if he saw me Irl. Mostly because of how he sees Krem as a real man. I imagine him seeing me as a real woman too…I feel like I can be myself around…You know if he existed.
In ancient times, only Fen'Harel could walk without fear among both our gods and the Forgotten Ones, for although he is kin to the gods of the People, the Forgotten Ones knew of his cunning ways and saw him as one of their own. And that is how Fen'Harel tricked them. - From codex entry: Fen’harel: the Dread Wolf
“Planet Earth. This is where I was born. And this is where I died. The first nineteen years of my life, nothing happened. Nothing at all, not ever. And then I met a man called the Doctor. A man who could change his face. And he took me away from home in his magical machine. He showed me the whole of time and space. I thought it would never end. … Well, that’s what I thought. But then came the Army of Ghosts. Then came Torchwood and the war. That’s when it all ended. This is the story of how I died.”
Confession: as a trans guy, i always related to Krem. when Iron Bull tells Krem that the Aqun-Athlok /are/ real men and then adds “just like you are”, i always feel like he’s talking to me too and it makes me really happy as nobody ever said that to me.
“A carnivorous, sharp-toothed and dangerous giant Raptor this show’s producers named “Fluffy the Deathbringer” who has no sentience or reasoning and is thirsting for my blood and flesh every waking day and sits right next to me snoring loudly and smelling my body odors iS MY CLASSMATE?”
t h e s e r i e s
Jimmy is a wimpy, dorky boy whose life is normal until a raptor is magically itself into existence. Now Jimmy can ramp up his life with his animal companion like no other cartoon has ever tried in modern 2000s history. ever.
Come join the WAaAAacKY adventures of Jimmy Wimpson and Fluffy the Deathbringer as they get in all kinds of crazy situations, such as accidentally getting 5 restraining orders the same day!
Oh also Fluffy kills Jimmy once an episode BUT SHHH THAT’S A SECRET
Tune in the next Vrisday 32th for see the pilot on Cartoonlodeon!
“I just want you to know, there are worlds out there, safe in the sky because of her. That there are people living in the light, and singing songs of Donna Noble. A thousand, million light years away. They will never forget her, while she can never remember. … But for one moment… one shining moment… she was the most important woman in the whole wide universe.”
Food and Drink from Jojo Bar, W3D!
The first shot is a list of all the made to go character cocktails for the main characters (companion characters and side villains also have cocktails c:)
I got the Joseph cocktail and a CAESAAAAAAAR!!!! Salad (it was actually written that way in the menu that’s the name)
The middle drink is an original character cocktail I requested, for Wamuu, which I named “Wham’s Holy Sandstorm!” (In English)
The bartender said he made it clear because he thought the word “Holy” in English was pretty and should reflect that. Also I don’t know what he put it in alcohol wise but it was STRONG and he said his reason was “because Wham is strong”