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Posted: Posted March 20th, 2017 by Arch


I only go to ACG for reviews now, but I've checked on some of the other mainstream publications.

Defo going to give this time to settle before committing to a purchase. Two favourite franchises do not seem to have delivered this year to the standard I expect.

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What other franchise did you like that didnt deliver?

Posted March 20th, 2017 by S.O.H.

Yeah I am getting the impression that this game was released before it was fully ready. Andromeda is currently sitting at a 74% average review on
I'll probably hold off for this game to drop in price and pick it up then. Hopefully by that point alot of the glitches and animations will be patched out. Also, I have too many games on my back log to justify spending $60 on this messy game. And then there is the fact that there are better games that have just come out like Horizon Zero Dawn that I can get if I was really looking to buy a brand new game.

So either way I will be waiting on this one for a while.

Posted March 20th, 2017 by Q

Halo Wars 2 was a bit of a disappointment.

Posted March 20th, 2017 by Arch

I'm still getting it when it releases, although admittedly now because of the social aspect. (A couple friends are getting it, so it'll be nice to be able to play the same game at the same time and talk about it - that almost never happens for me, so I'll do it now.) But I was originally planning to suspend Horizon Zero Dawn to play Andromeda. Now I'm not going to. I'll figure something else out to make time for both.

Posted March 20th, 2017 by Jet Presto

Halo Wars 2 was a bit of a disappointment.

I think I played through roughly the first half of the campaign on release day and haven't touched it since. Was convincing myself I needed to withhold judgement until I got around to finishing it, but you seem to have confirmed my general suspicion.

Posted March 20th, 2017 by Count Dooku

After watching the review video I think Ill just hold off until this trilogy finishes up.

Nier, Nioh and Horizon all have my attention atm.

Posted March 20th, 2017 by S.O.H.

I only go to ACG for reviews now

My hombre.

Posted March 20th, 2017 by Eagle0

Expected this after watching and reading all the previews. Super disappointing, especially after waiting 5 years for this game, but I'll still pick it up this week and see for myself. I won't stop playing Horizon: Zero Dawn like I initially planned, though. Having too much fun there.

Posted March 20th, 2017 by Orion Nebula

Yeah I won't be suspending my BotW play through. It's a shame though as ME1-3 were all great games. I'm sure the technical problems will be patched out, and the start will be improved for ME: Andromeda 2

Posted March 20th, 2017 by Q

I'm...not sure I would describe any of the Mass Effect games as "great games" overall. Don't mean to "hot take" here, but I don't think they've aged very well. They're solid games, and I loooove them, but I don't know that they're particularly great overall.

Posted March 20th, 2017 by Jet Presto

Well I think it's a matter of perference really. ME1 hasn't aged well, I will agree with that. The Gameplay is very stiff, the animations and graphics are very primitive and the freaking elevator rides to mask the load times is crazy. but ME2 and ME3 are still very fun to play, Have a way better graphics engine than the first, and with the exception of the botched ME3 ending, they are well written with good gameplay mechanics. They are not perfect, but not game is. so IMO, as a whole, the ME trilogy (not Andromeda) is great series.

Edited March 21st, 2017 by Q

I think they're solid as overall games, and they're mostly fun, but there aren't many particularly great design elements.

ME2 not only limits the powers and stats you have control over with your party - one of the better aspects of the first game - it also has invisible stats. You get experience, but you don't "level up." At some point, you earn enough experience to get a skill point, but you often can't do anything with it until you level up again. But all of that is ultimately hidden. There's a secret stamina bar as well, so you'll just stop running for no reason. The game is entirely about recruiting your team, but every once in a while forces you to stop to do a random mission because it needs to push its central story. And the level designs are nothing particularly amazing.

They're more than not perfect. And it does some things super well (like the character-focused side quests forcing you to use your dozen squad mates and decide if they're worthwhile). But from an overall design perspective, I'm not sure I would put them in the "great" category.

Posted March 21st, 2017 by Jet Presto

"But from an overall design perspective, I'm not sure I would put them in the "great" category."

I'm not trying to argue with you since that is your opinion and everyone is entitled to one, but what games do you think are better than ME in the overall design perspective that it was aiming for?

Edited March 21st, 2017 by Q
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