Well, that was definitely a Mass Effect game.
That's probably the best way to describe my experience with Andromeda, which is a game that I had mixed feelings going into. Like many fans of the series, I felt burned by the ending of Mass Effect 3. I wasn't one of the people who believed it was worth naming EA one of the worst companies in the world and it didn't kill my children or anything but it felt dissonant to have an uncertain ending when I'd put literally years of investment into my Shepard's relationships. I, really, felt like i was done with the series afterward and wasn't sure if I was ever going to look back.
|Sara Ryder, commander of Krogan.|
|Salarian bureaucrats are awesome...and racist.|
The premise of the game, as mentioned, is you are Sarah (Fryda Wolff) or Scott Ryder (Tom Taylorson doing a Nolan North impression) and you're the son of Alec Ryder (Clancy Brown) who is the Pathfinder a.k.a Chief Scout for the Andromeda Initiative. The Andromeda Initiative, despite being amazingly well-equipped for a private enterprise, ends up hitting dark matter pockets and scatters across the Helius Cluster. Many of the Initiative's leaders are killed and you discover the worlds you were going to settle have all been rendered uninhabitable by six-hundred-year-old alien tech. Worse, a hostile alien race called the Kett take umbrage to your presence. You are forced to step up and become the new Pathfinder who will find a way to colonize this cluster despite the fact it's a post-apocalypse hellhole.
|Yeah, the giant snake monster has no chance.|
|The Nexus is the center for your adventures.|
|Cora is my favorite character in the game.|
The game does suffer from terrible loading screen times with each movement from planet-to-planet taking forever and gradually driving you up the wall. In some cases, you go through three or four before you reach the end. Also, there's a lot of busywork quests that aren't worth it unlike the Loyalty Quests for squadmates that are much funnier as well as more entertaining overall. By the end, I was much more concerned about getting the actual game completed than I was in getting 100% completion. The 1.05 patch fixed many of the original game's facial animation problems but they were still noticeable given how beautiful or distinctive many characters were in the original trilogy.
In conclusion, this is a fun game and I'm going to continue playing it until I've done just about everything but it's a very "safe" sort of game too. In terms of genre, I'd say this is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens of the franchise. There's a lot of the same beats of the original and very little risk taking but it washed a lot of the bad taste out of my mouth too.