Now that I've had proper time to play the game I feel it's safe to say this game has met my expectations. Yes, the facial animation is lackluster, but so f*cking what. Fallout 4 had sh*t facial animation and that didn't take anything away from my enjoyment of the game. Hell, the original Mass Effect trilogy had less than great facial animation, yet I still became a die hard fan. So moving on...
The combat in this game is pretty sweet. It's leagues better than the other games and the cover system isn't all that bothersome. Yeah, I've popped out of my cover like a rookie, but I've adjusted. I've died a few times already on normal mode. It just goes to show the game actually presents a challenge, which is refreshing. Of course, I feel overloaded with objectives and sub-objectives, but thankfully the game does a great job of helping you focus your efforts.
And holy sh*t. They did a terrific job improving exploration and mining. This game takes these flawed elements from ME1 and ME2 and improves upon them. It's kind of satisfying driving my Nomad and mining right then and there. And there's plenty to see and look at in those travels. So far I've finished Eos and that world in and of itself is gorgeous and has plenty to do. It's a far cry from the empty worlds we got in ME1, or the lame point and click on a planet to probe it in ME2.
As I've been playing the game, I've been critical. After hearing the bad reviews I've been searching for those cringe worthy moments. That and I'm a die hard fan and would hate to see any inconsistencies or bad script writing. There were two moments that I cringed. The "my face hurts" moment with Addison (though her character has improved) and Ryder awkwardly snoring during a conversation with Peebee (shouldn't WE get to choose if our character is a dick or not?).
I'm mostly interested in seeing how the original Trilogy effects this new installment. Before the game started we were asked if Shepard was male or female. So there must be a moment when he/she is brought up and we discover the truth about our home worlds. The how and when is the question...and "if" it gets brought up. If it doesn't, not gonna lie, I'll probably be disappointed.
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