With the release of some gameplay via Origin Access of Andromeda on March 16th the internet was flooded with hustle and bustle about the new addition to the Mass Effect series.
Not directly following on as Commander Shepherd, Andromeda seems to be an attempt for Bioware to want to break away from reusing that character as the main character for a fourth instalment – something which I was excited to hear, admittedly bored of the character – preferring the Dragon Age style of creating new characters that live through a world which feels the impact of your choices in the last game, which also helped to provide some interesting RP decisions for Inquisition (having to choose between my Hawke and Alistair left me SHOOK and upset). However, following the copies that were sent out to reviewers and the general consensus following the Access release I’ve decided to not purchase Andromeda.
Okay, this might be in part because I game on a rather terrible laptop that probably won’t run the game anyway.
However, in this Lyte Byte I’m going to explore the main reason for why I’m not going to get the game.
Much of the talk about Andromeda seems to have surrounded its.. frankly comical animations, some of which are detailed in this article but whilst the game has drawn some criticism from these terrible examples of animation (also they removed the dang Paragon and Renegade system to conversations? Like.. how am I meant to play an evil space badass now?!), some have praised the game on the combat system and some of the graphics while playing in the higher resolutions.
However, my main issue stems from a (perhaps selfish) factor.
Of all the romance-able options, gay Ryder (the player character in Andromeda) there are two options for gay males and neither of which are actual squad mates that you can take into the fray with you.
I hate to come off as whiny, and feeling as if I’m entitled to have another Dorian from Inquisition but.. goddamn it! I was so impressed with the diversity shown in Inquisition. From the trans representation being done beautifully in Krem and the different ranges of sexualities across the cast of characters I’d assumed that the team behind Andromeda might follow suit and give us another game with a fantastic range of representation in it.
Alas, I suppose I’m going to have to wait until the next Dragon Age game to have the same form of inclusion – and Andromeda will be an RPG that I will wait until it’s on sale to pick up.. and even then, what am I going to do without a Dorian or Iron Bull to keep my Ryder warm at night?
Okay – so!
Maybe I’m coming off as entitled, do you think this is a good reason to not get a game? Should I atleast give it a chance? Are you getting Andromeda? Let me know below!