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Mass Effect: Andromeda
« on: January 04, 2017, 07:55:37 PM »
Woo, the official launch date got announced! March 21, 2017 in the US, worldwide March 23, 2017.

http://www.polygon.com/2017/1/4/14159028/mass-effect-andromeda-release-date

My hype meter is through the roof. I can't wait to dive into the Mass Effect universe again, even if is technically a brand new universe. This (and Uncharted 4, of course) are the main reasons I got a PS4.

Cinematic Trailer
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyZw_oqk7Q8[/youtube]

Gameplay Trailer
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOIzH6UcoW4[/youtube]

Personally, I'm most excited about the chance to see some new races (hoping they'll be some really strange ones, like Star Control II strange) and I'm interesting to see how the Ryder siblings work (you can play male or female, but your sibling of the opposite sex is a squadmate). In the original game, you could only have BroShep or FemShep, not both.

Also, will the character creator let you customize both you and your sibling, the way Fallout 4 let you customize your spouse?

On the exploration front, the Mako (or its successor) is back. I hope the randomly generated worlds are less spiky this time, but it'll be neat to be able to do some more exploration.

And finally, jetpacks. Jetpacks!

What's everyone else excited about?

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Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2017, 02:45:56 AM »
That Mako of ME1 was so clunky. But obviously they learned a lot, in like, a decade.

Randomly generated worlds sounds awesome. Wait, there were randomly generated worlds before?  :o

I guess the sibling follows the same pattern they did with DA2, though there was related to your class.
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Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2017, 04:05:34 AM »
Randomly generated worlds sounds awesome. Wait, there were randomly generated worlds before?  :o

Oooh, that's a good question! I'm not sure if they are doing randomly generated worlds for Andromeda (as they did for Mass Effect, where you could land on literally hundreds of planets) or if they are custom building a much smaller number of planets for Andromeda.

For my part, I though the Mako was just fine for navigating the "handmade" worlds in Mass Effect (the worlds actually created by hand by the devs). It was when you got to one of the other 100 random planets that they'd used a random system to create (planets were the same in each game, but they were made with an algorithm, not generated by hand) that you'd end up with the super spiky valleys and weirdness.

I suspect that's why they got rid of planetary landings in the second game (with the exception of DLC) and the third. It took too much dev time to generate all those planets in a way that's fun to play.

So now I'm curious if they give you a ton of different planets to drive around on in Andromedia, or if all the planets are handbuilt.

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Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2017, 04:27:21 AM »
So now I'm curious if they give you a ton of different planets to drive around on in Andromedia, or if all the planets are handbuilt.

I see. Unless it's a really big part of it, like in X-COM, I think the maps will be handbuilt and very large for exploration, with dozens of sub-areas inside, like Dragon Age Inquisition or even World of Warcraft.
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Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2017, 10:07:44 AM »
So here for this! I have all the feelings for Mass Effect :D

Mainly I am excited to meet the new characters - that's what Mass Effect has always been about for me.
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Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2017, 04:37:57 PM »
So here for this! I have all the feelings for Mass Effect :D

Mainly I am excited to meet the new characters - that's what Mass Effect has always been about for me.

Yes, totally this! Really looking forward to it.

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Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2017, 10:00:31 PM »
Woo hoo! Two new videos today.


Introducing the crew:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqZvYgn35K4[/youtube]


And a new cinematic trailer showing the main antagonist and character interactions:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNG_szaXNNU[/youtube]

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Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2017, 12:37:49 PM »
I AM SO EXCITED

Female Turian! Krogan! I cannot wait to meet them all.

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Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2017, 03:15:50 PM »
Female Turian! Krogan! I cannot wait to meet them all.

Yeah, I'm stoked to see a female Turian as well. I hope she's a squadmate. It was cool to have one (briefly) in the Omega DLC, but seriously, where all the Turian ladies at?

Also, based on the fact that the earlier trailer has someone telling Scott Ryder (aka Nathan Drake) that "Now you're the Pathfinder", I think it's pretty obvious Alec Ryder (Daddy Ryder, who is the Pathfinder in the crew video) dies early on in the game to provide motivation for Scott and Sarah (his twins). I'd also bet its Archon that kills Dad. :) Though, maybe they'll surprise us, and Alec Ryder will step down for another reason.

Also, super interesting speculation. According to the Mass Effect comics, the Illusive Man's real name is Jack Harper. The second-in-command of the Pathfinder mission is ... Cora Harper.

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I mean, it's possible they could have just randomly chosen to reuse the "Harper" last name and simply not noticed that she shares a surname with the Illusive Man ... but that seems unlikely, given Bioware's attention to detail. So I have a sneaky suspicion that Cora will either have a redemption complex (trying to make up for her Dad's ill deeds) or, possibly, be a SLEEPER AGENT to carry on the agenda of Cerberus/The Illusion Man. Wouldn't that be an awesome twist?

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Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2017, 03:58:47 PM »
I just requested 2 days of PTO on March 23 and 24.

We're less than one month out, people. :0

EDIT: New combat trailer.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3q_Nd5arZM[/youtube]
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Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2017, 09:14:36 AM »
I'm still only on chapter 4 of Final Fantasy XV and the missus tells me off for buying new games when I haven't finished old ones, so I'm going to have a busy month!!

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Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2017, 09:06:50 PM »
Me, me, me, of course !

I've loved the original trilogy (even the third... and I don't understand why so many people don't like the ending, found it absolutely awesome and heartbreaking), and I'm kind of confident with this opus.

But I'm sad over the disappearing of the radial wheel and the limited-control of the companions. But, well, jetpacks !
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Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2017, 02:23:33 PM »
I've loved the original trilogy (even the third... and I don't understand why so many people don't like the ending, found it absolutely awesome and heartbreaking), and I'm kind of confident with this opus.

Ooooh, I'm all over this one. The hate is real.

Spoiler for Hiden:
For three games, you go from the Geth and Quarians being at one another's throats, starting from the Geth are this race of unrelatable evil, who are mindlessly following Saren. In ME2 you see they're really not that at all, but actually have their own distinct culture and mindset, capable of empathy and compassion, beyond just cold logic. You then spend two fucking games making nice between Tali and Legion (if you play the paragon options), and then going one step further in ME3 to actually unite the Geth and Quarians, and end their centuries long war. You spend three games proving that organics and synthetics can get along. You've just done it.

And then what's the climax at the end? Organics and synthetics can never get along. Fucking really? REALLY? Well then what the fuck have I been doing for three fucking games? You can't have me spend 3 games ACHIEVING THE IMPOSSIBLE, and then tell me "Nah, but jk lol. It really was impossible."

Synthesis isn't a thing. That's not a resolution, when the theme up till now has been that species and people are great because of their diversity, and then the solution to ending all this conflict is homogenization. So much rage.
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Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2017, 03:40:30 PM »
This is THE game I'm looking forward to. Loved the original trilogy, can't wait to get back into it!

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Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2017, 10:21:32 PM »
So ... I guess I'm going to have to explain this to my wife? Full disclosure regarding the fact that in addition to awesome exploration and combat, there may be some nudity associated with my Ryder's fraternization violations. :0

http://www.polygon.com/2017/2/27/14749828/mass-effect-andromeda-nudity-rating-space-porn

Tweet from Bioware general manager:
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Remember. We lost the "partial nudity" rating and got full "nudity".

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This has been a pretty good Monday so far. Andromeda doesn’t actually have an ESRB rating yet, nor have the rating descriptors been released in the U.S., so we’re just going to have to wait and see how far things go. But all signs point to the fact we’re going to sexytown, at a speed of Warp 69. It’s refreshing to see Mass Effect so willing to lean into its own more tawdry side.