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  • The patch fixed a few things and improved performance a lot, to me. Now I'm at 154 hours into the game since I can only play a few hours a day or even less. I'll stick to my Metacritic Review. It's still a 9.0 game to my book. And I am too pretty demanding. DA:O and TW3 are masterpieces that hardly are going to be equalled except perhaps if the same teams worked on a sequel of both games.

    Mar 25, 2017
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    I'm only some 25 hours into the game, SP mostly, exploring every bit of of it, INSANITY difficulty. All my old ME3 friends are on Multiplayer climbing to the top of the chart as they used to in ME3. I'll get a late start into real MP obsession at some point but I am enjoying the SP so very much (INSANITY!!! it helps!)
    I get all the negative reviews and I cannot really argue or disagree with them. They are all correct in their own perspective and I'd love to see the Bioware I knew back in Baldur's Gate days. But when I got my first outpost coming down from the sky after a hell of a work to get it done, it gave me some strong emotions. Good ones too. Like some I got from Gothic 2, The Witcher (all of them), Dragon Age Origins and the Mass Effect games (of course, the last 10 min of ME3 excluded). I am enjoying to play Andromeda like if it were one of those great games despite of its flaws. Maybe I got too soft while aging or maybe young people nowadays are too demanding. I followed pre-release Andromeda Initiative and signed up and watched it all. I was excited with it while waiting for the chance to play. Honestly, I am not even a bit frustrated. I wish I had a better rig for better FPS and graphics but I'm working on it soon. I am actually impressed that the game can be much better than so many b/s I've played throughout the years and it's not different of what was presented in the pre-release vids and cinematics. I am loving my pathfinder and all she is doing in game. The companions are cool too. The only thing that makes me sad about it is that Bioware is no CDPR and there will be no Enhanced Edition or a super mega hiper patch for free, fixing most of the flaws. But that's only my guessing. Who knows what they have learned watching CDPR going from a small Warsaw studio to one of the most brilliant game developers. I still pray that EA gets their dirty hands far away from those Polish guys. The rest, I can live with. Combat is cool! INSANITY!!!

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    • Originally posted by ooodrin View Post

      I'd say the final mission was one of few things they managed to do extremely well. Not as epic as "Suicide Mission", but it was remarkably similar to what I hoped for when I was playing ME3 and "Priority: Earth" for the first time.
      Unlocking father's memories and especially the final set of audio logs is another instance where the game shines. Also, Tempest is a thing of beauty, props to the designers.
      Overall, I feel the game's biggest weakness is over-reliance on "low effort" quests and shooting for quantity over quality. When playtime is artificially extended to 100 or more hours, poor dialogue and writing becomes much more apparent and annoying.
      The final mission was good. I wont say it is exceptionally well. Not as good as DA:O or ME1 and ME2. Definitely the best Bioware "ending" since ME2.

      The visuals are beautiful, I especially like the Vaults. Unfortunately, they all look the same after the first couple missions and it does not feel organic. Not enough variety.

      Boss fights are also repeated so many times that it gets really boring; the first Architect was fun, the second was fun, the third and fourth becomes boring and repetitive. Worse of all is system/planet hopping.

      Dialogues... I cringe at listening to them really. It is so.... "artificial" so... "emotionless". Couple that with the weird facial animation! It is like watching a horror comedy - except it is really scary. "Your father is dead"... why the hell is Ryder grinning??

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      • Originally posted by RageGT View Post
        The only thing that makes me sad about it is that Bioware is no CDPR and there will be no Enhanced Edition or a super mega hiper patch for free, fixing most of the flaws. But that's only my guessing. Who knows what they have learned watching CDPR going from a small Warsaw studio to one of the most brilliant game developers. I still pray that EA gets their dirty hands far away from those Polish guys. The rest, I can live with. Combat is cool! INSANITY!!!
        Enhance Edition? For Free? EA?

        I am anticipating something like a DA:I Trespassers DLC to somewhat wrap up the main story. Some 2~4 hour DLC selling for like $15. That is more like EA.

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        • Kotaku: Sources: BioWare Montreal Scaled Down, Mass Effect Put On Ice For Now.

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          • Wouldn't put too much stock in Kotaku's articles, but if true, the only thing I can say is: Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

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            • Just finished my first playthrough and I'm really pissed about the no single player DLC crap from EA.

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