Game Review: Mass Effect: Andromeda


By Beverly Yow , Editor

General Information
Title of Game: Mass Effect: Andromeda
Developer(s): BioWare
Genre(s): Third person shooter and Action RPG
ESRB Rating: M
Price Average: ~$60 (subject to change)
Available Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Plot Summary: Ryder, the main character, awakens in the Andromeda Galaxy in 2819, following a 634-year journey on the Ark Hyperion. While the crew is getting ready to awaken Ryder’s sibling, the Hyperion loses power. Ryder discovers that the planet that they were sent to scout out is drastically different from what they were told. Ryder gets ready to be deployed on one of the Pathfinder shuttles, suddenly struck by lightning, and ends up separated from the crew. Ryder is later brought back to the Hyperion and saved. Ryder also learns that he/she has become the new Pathfinder and must lead humanity to its new home in a new galaxy.

Overall Ratings

Graphics: ★★★★
Storyline: ★★★★★
Audio/Voice Acting: ★★★★★
Mechanics/Controls: ★★★★★


I have been waiting for this game for what feels like forever! Each trailer and gameplay preview brought me higher and higher into the anticipation that can cloud the wisest of gamers. Despite this excitement, I made sure not to get my hopes up too high. We all know how terrible the drop can feel if there is nothing to catch us!

That reluctance (my pathetic attempt at self-control) was unfounded in this case. Andromeda took my breath away the moment my screen showcased the glorified deep space of a new galaxy. No matter who you are – what you like – I highly recommend buying this game.

There has been a lot of hate in regards to the numberer of bugs in this video game. While there are some glitches, that can be expected in any game! Andromeda is the largest open world game I have played in a long time. The amount of hours dedicated in the dialogue, side-stories, main mission, and etc. outweigh those bug moments. In fact, some of those bugs are incredibly entertaining and endearing that typically don’t affect the general gameplay (at least in my experience)

Mass Effect: Andromeda has the best characteristics of many of my favorite video games. The com bat mechanics in the game are superb. The fighting is much more fluid and open to any player’s style. Each character has been formed into a realistic being living on worlds that can take your breath away. I could talk for days about how amazing this video game is, but instead I will leave you with the promise that Andromeda is worth your time and money.