My review is kind of bias towards liking this game.
The combat is pretty cool with switching power load outs on the fly. Also enemies can swarm you so fire fights are more fluent and punish you for staying in one spot for too long.
I heard people about diversity in ME and its really a stupid nitpick. Seeing different races of human and a mixture of accents makes Andromeda feel like a new galaxy from the trilogy.
I know [MENTION=4889]BBBLP[/MENTION] you said you didn't know how yoi would feel about the new characters but I think you'll dig your Krogan and Vetra. Your human squadmates, Liam and Cora, show promise with Liam being a laid back professional and Cora being a reserved dreamer. Though she is showing minor signs of Ashley so I'll have to talk to her more (still gonna dick her down).
You really have to find shit to level up. The scanner slows down the game but it doesn't make it unbearable. In fact, you get use to it and think to yourself, "wonder if I can scan that." You can either mine by Nomad or via planet like 2 and 3.
Speaking of Nomad, its like ME 1 but without the crazy mountain climbing. Still not sure if its a pro or a con cause it was kind of fun in 1 to bounce around all over the place
The facial animations are not a major deal breaker. The segments that you see all over the net are in there however, its not like that every step of the way. I ran into one lip synch issue but regular conversations are tolerable. Also worth to note is that there is an over the shoulder camera angle when talking to npcs that you'll either like or dislike. I don't mind it but I still have to get use to it.
A personal theory that I have that explains why the facial animations are this way is because the environments are fvcking beautiful. When you open the galaxy map or go into one of the Remnant vaults it is spectacular. Its clear the presentation went to most of the environment and combat while the conversation animation took a seat in the back.
The two big cons that I saw were that the desert planet had to load some instances of bushes or rocks while I drove in the nomad and that the framerate drops in some cutscenes.
Overall, I'm having a ball exploring, fighting, talking and learning everything about this new galaxy. The story is similar to ME1 in which your in this grand position that you must earn a reputation for friends and foes alike. The funny thing is that after 7 hours of playing, with an one hour break, I only have 11% done lol.
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