I kind of expected it when the first impressions started to appear online. But I'd be lying if I said I'm not surprised by the quality. I am. It's 2017 and there just aren't enough excuses to put out a $60 game that looks so last-gen. I'm the first one to say I don't care about graphics but if it's bad enough for someone like me to notice, it's bad.
I've been anticipating disappointment from Mass Effect: Andromeda for quite some time now although I was also hoping I'd be wrong. Honestly, ever since they announced the return of Mako exploration I was skeptical of the creative team's ability to identify what made the series great. I am glad I held off on pre-ordering as there are many more deserving games to play in the gaming market right now.
Reviews are extremely mixed. Plotting a different course was bound to create the kind of love it or hate it response we are seeing, and the technical issues only compounded that by asking players to decide what was really important to them instead of just making an all around solid game. From everything I've heard, Mass Effect: Andromeda is not a bad game, it just failed to meet certain lofty expectations it was never going to reach anyway.
Once those impression pieces started to surface, things started to snowball. Granted, from the little I've played on a friend's Xbox One (I know, I know...) Andromeda is by no means a disaster, but it's not exactly the revival that BioWare's series needed after a five-year hiatus. Plus, Stephen's right, the fact that there are so, so many great games out there at the minute hasn't exactly done Mass Effect Andromeda any favours.
Sorry I had no thoughts on it originally so no disappointment.
Honestly? I am shocked at how much BioWare dropped the ball on this one. It's been in development for such a long time, and it's rare nowadays for a big, AAA game to come out this technically flawed. I mean, for me, that's the most surprising thing. Story, plot can a subjective thing, but technical guffaws aren't.
I thought BioWare would succeed, at the very least, in making a strong foundation for future games in this new series.
Unfortunately, I was wrong, and the developers are going to have to pull out all the stops if they hope to impress with the sequel... If there is a sequel, that is!