Mass Effect: Andromeda Video Reveals Janky Female Animations
Mass Effect Andromeda Animations
(Last Updated On: March 3, 2017)

A new video has been posted up for Mass Effect: Andromeda courtesy of IGN. The 17 minute video focuses on Peebee’s loyalty mission. They turned off the music for narration purposes, and wanted to showcase the game’s combat, dialogue interaction and movement.

You can check out the video below.

Thef irst thing you’ll notice is that default female Ryder still looks really odd, but even more than that is that the female Pathfinder animations looks terrible, and that’s being nice about it.

First of all, the female Ryder walks like a man; bow-legged.

Additionally, the character runs around a bit clumsily. I suppose that’s to juxtapose the fact that these are scout class personnel instead of soldiers, so they aren’t very tactical in their movements… maybe?

Regardless of the reasons for the ungraceful movements of female Ryder, this marks an incontrovertible truth for Ryder in general: no matter how much you try to beautify your female Ryder, she’s always going to move like a gimped Dwarf with an identity complex who believes that he’s Naomi Campbell.

If you’re okay with the bow-legged females, then there’s nothing to worry about as far as the movements are concerned.

We eventually get to see some different weapons on display in the combat scenario. The guns look really cool, and they have a great sense of effectiveness and weight. One of the sniper rifles actually feels like it has a kick to it. The grenade launcher seems a little on the weak side, but some of the other guns at least seem impactful.

In this regard, I will give BioWare props where props are due. They managed to make the guns seem effective, which has been my biggest gripe with the weapons in Ubisoft’s upcoming Ghost Recon: Wildlands.

As for Mass Effect: Andromeda, the battles remind me of a lightweight version of Gears of War.

We also get to see another Asari who isn’t Peebee or the doctor. Unfortunately, she still looks kind of slackjawed and masculine. It’s so bizarre that the feminine aspects of the Asari in the previous Mass Effect games have been replaced with more husky looking characteristics. I suppose they wanted to veer away from the super model looks of the Asari in the previous games, but it’s just odd that they would go so far out of their way to make the characters less standout by giving them obvious unattractive features or traits.

Anyway, the YouTube comment section was not pleased with what they heard or saw.

The downvotes speak volume.

There are still some BioWare fans in there claiming that the game will be fine, and that they like that female Ryder isn’t too sexy. There’s the typical “real female naval officers aren’t super models” all while ignoring that Scott Ryder still looks like a sexy mofo from out of a GQ magazine. But oh well, I guess double standards are the order of the day and poor animations will be the mark of your 30 hour journey through Mass Effect: Andromeda when it launches on March 21st.

Some people, however, have opted not to buy the game after seeing the racist tirades of one of the developers, causing them to state that they will be boycotting Mass Effect: Andromeda due to the racism.


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  • Uncle Joey
  • LurkerJK

    I love the AI just standing out in the open getting shot

    And how come nobody is noticing there are no more dialogue options, MC has a personality of her own, no input for the player (no wonder they removed the renegade/paragon system), i am pretty sure they changed it to force fed the player some SJW propaganda

    and she keeps hand-holding the player though every single step required, the whole thing feels like a tutorial and its supposed to be a mid game mission

  • Ghost

    Is this Halo?

  • Ghost

    Oh, look… It’s a floating glowing robot thing that opens doors.

  • Mr.Towel

    Cross-Eyed Anitta Sarkeesian in space.

    This will sell well. /s

  • RichardGristle

    Watched for the janky animations, facepalmed for the dialogue. Good lord, Bioware…

  • durka durka

    The worst thing about this video is that it does not feel like a better game than the last 2, it is yet another mass effect game with linear corridor missions with enemies respawning and opening doors once the combat is over. So repetitive

  • Some of the animations do seem a bit “odd”… perhaps genuine inexperience when animating the female Ryder?

    But then, remember when Anita Sarkeesian whined about the way female characters walk, saying they were “too sexualized” or something?

    I would not be surprised if this was the reason they made the female Ryder walk like a man and “clumsy”. Because it’s clear as daylight that they’re hell bent on making sure that – when it comes to female characters – that there’s NOTHING about them that appeals to straight male gamers. (but yet double standards mean that Scott Ryder is allowed to appeal to SJWs, feminists and female gamers)

    Bioware are nothing but a pile of SJW-feminist feces (one that seems to really dislike Caucasian people as well). They are a complete disgrace, and are one of the main epitomes of everything that is wrong with the Western video games industry today. Fuck ’em.

    • Disqusted

      I dunno about other people, but I’m not interested in playing a female character who looks, moves and acts like a man.

      Whining about “sexualization” is bullshit, and this is my understanding of why: heterosexual people find the differences in gender attractive. A homosexual person finds the similarities attractive. For example, a male character moving like a man is “sexualized” for hetero females or gay males.

      A female character moving like a man… I guess that would appeal to people who like females, but want them to act masculine, which has to be a relatively small amount of the population. The impression I get is homosexual guys don’t necessarily like guys that act feminine, either.

      People seem to think “sexualization” is showing skin, showing boobs, etc. First off, it’s not “showing skin”, because males show plenty of skin. It’s the difference between male and female skin that matters. Secondly, showing skin and boobs merely highlights those differences by baring them for emphasis. Similarly, various kinds of clothing, especially tight clothing, can emphasize physical differences in gender, which is why clothing that does not show any skin can still can be considered “sexy”.

      Whining about “sexualization” and removing exclusively female behaviors/motions is little more than purging what heterosexual males or lesbians likely find attractive about females. It also demonizes and shames feminity. There’s no “equality” in purging “sexualization”. It’s essentially body shaming and witch hunting what makes females uniquely feminine. It’s the most anti female thing I can imagine.

      • I dunno about other people, but I’m not interested in playing a female character who looks, moves and acts like a man.

        As a fanservice-gamer, that most definitely rings true for me.

        For example, a male character moving like a man is “sexualized” for hetero females or gay males. People seem to think “sexualization” is showing skin, showing boobs,
        etc. First off, it’s not “showing skin”, because males show plenty of skin. It’s the difference between male and female skin that matters. Secondly, showing skin and boobs merely highlights those differences by baring them for emphasis.

        They full well know it. They try to hide and justify it by using bullshit excuses like “it’s a male power fantasy” or “it’s okay because he has agency, it’s not about his looks” or “male characters cannot be sexualized”

        It’s nothing but hypocrisy and double standards. I knew about this behaviour from females (not discriminating because the vast majority of these kind of complaints come from girls/women) a decade ago anyway in Anime forums I used to post in, and this was before SJWs and feminists were even a thing in video games. To sum up what I experienced from them: boobs and vagina in Ecchi and Hentai were “disgusting”, “creepy” and “perverted”, but two naked handsome males in Yaoi fucking each other in each other’s asses was “cute”, “art” and “charming”.

        It’s only a problem if “sexualization” happens to females. So yeah, the hypocrisy is really getting out of hand now. SJWs do not even try to hide it anymore these days.

        • It’s only a problem if “sexualization” happens to females.

          That’s because it goes back to a standard societal trend that women oftentimes must base the value of their worth on their appearance/looks/sex appeal in order to attain a mate.

          While a lot of women attempt to defy this standard, it’s still something that permeates a lot of their actions. It’s one of the reasons why you usually don’t see super models give up the job during the height of their career to become a microbiologist, or you don’t see a glamor model forfeit the fame and fortune to let herself go while she’s still getting worthwhile offers to work at an NGO for the poor and needy.

          Think about it: Angelina Jolie didn’t get involved in the humanitarian effort until she stopped being considered a sex symbol.

          Once the value of sex appeal was gone, it was no longer necessary to use it to obtain what they wanted.

          Women who feel as if they don’t have that kind of sex appeal exhibit jealousy towards women who do. However, unlike real women, video game characters and anime women don’t age. They don’t lose their sex appeal. They don’t quit being sexy to join an NGO or “mature” and leave the sex symbol status behind. These fictional women represent a perpetual challenge to classic human mating principles.

          Subconsciously if a lot of these women who lack self-confidence can’t compete against these fictional women, it’s easier to project an image of disgust or potential harm caused by these images, ergo “these women present impossible body standards”, “these women are encouraging sexism”, “these women aren’t realistic and therefore they need to be made more real so games can grow up.”

          Of course, all of the “impossible” standards exhibited by female characters are mirrored directly in male characters when it comes to video games, but as you mention, there’s a double standard there to forego any recognition of the impossible male standard. It’s so that the argument can be sustained that the female characters are harmful, and with enough persistence, they can possibly be reduced or removed to limit competition for finding a mate.

          Even when the beta male white knights champion for sexy women to go away, notice how it’s still not enough. It’s because the beta males aren’t the ones the women want pried away from the super hotties; they want the guys that women would actually have to work hard to attract.

          • I completely agree.

            On the physical looks thing, it’s not just men who do it. Women can be just as bad, in fact they’re even worse. When woman want to find a man, they want the looks AND they want the status and large bank account to go with it. But of course, this is completely ignored by the media and feminists.

            Sure enough that the societal trend where women often must base the value of their worth on their appearance/looks/sex appeal exists, but that’s biology and sexual dimorphism for you. But like I said in my first paragraph, the same thing happens to men as well. Unless people can honestly prove to me that no man on earth has ever been rejected by a woman on the basis of their physical appearance.

            But you know, despite all these so-called “injustices” and “unfairness” towards women, it still does not give SJWs/feminists the right to discriminate against men and police, censor and ban anything they don’t like.

            Like you suggest, SJWs and feminists are always cry-bullying for men to lower their standards and find unattractive/ugly women sexy, but yet these same SJW-feminists do not adhere to their own principles when looking a man. Despite forcing men to date ugly women, they themselves still want the ideal handsome rich man. And this is one of the main reasons why I dismiss SJWs and feminists. They are simply nothing but hypocrites.

          • Unreleated, but if you’re interested here is an anti-SJW’s view of where the YT skeptic community (basically, anti-SJWs) are at in the current state of the war against SJWs and feminists:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baKlP8IbPzw

            It’s only a 5 minute video. They are encouraging words, but I really wonder how true it is, considering SJWs still control the MSM, news media, academia, entertainment media, politics, government, etc.

          • Disqusted

            I don’t think it’s even just about attaining a mate or for sexual purposes. People generally like people who look nice/attractive. There are so many benefits to it. That’s why people against that tend to be fat and ugly.

            I think the “sexual” part comes after looking nice. Otherwise people would be banging ugly people.

            Hope I’m making sense. Probably not being very articulate right now.

  • Disqusted

    Skimmed through it. Female Ryder seriously looks like a Ninja Turtle too. The environments look a lot better than before. Didn’t really care for anything else.

    • Slarget

      the sjw are split on the nudity

      while the bros have been so down on the andromeda project since its was first mentioned it’s starting to look like they were funded by soros

      seems like so many of the wankers that hate this… are the same ones that love the piece of crap torment: tides of numenera

      which even industry is writing with higher scores which even for an iso shouldn’t score anywhere near as high or higher than the prerelease reviews of andro, even for a ‘classic’ styled game. has all the feels of a depression quest boost

      while the modding community is already gearing up on the possibilities, just itching for release but dread what roadblocks ea is going to build in place as to what happened with subsequent patches with the other janky mess of inquisition, and previous m.e. titles.

  • Muten

    Yeah something looks off. The characters don’t really flow that well on the terrain, like playing 3rd person in Oblivion or Morrowind lol.

  • Gozu Tennoh

    The asari were originally designed as kind of space sirens (had all the art books and making of stuff before 3 at which point I sold it all) so to see them deliberately made ugly af is vexing to say the least.

    Does anyone remember the asari bartender with the krogan father? (Cant remember if it was 1 or 2) She was still bangable so what excuse have all these other ones got!?

    • Disqusted

      The Reapers made everyone uglier.

  • ShepardRahl

    >Perpetual hand-holding throughout the entire mission.
    >Lame puzzles.
    >Dialogue written by what seemed to be Disney channel rejects. (One of whom is on record saying they believe virtual rape is a thing.)
    >Ugly Asari that never shuts up.
    >Access to virtually every power in the game.
    >Player who says it’s their “third play-through” of the section and still dunks themselves into the lava.
    >Video was released on Feb. 28. People in the comments crying about the comments…”It’s just pre-alpha guise. Wait for the release to judge.” Game went god four days prior.

    It’s almost as if this game was made for people who don’t play games

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4433bcdc5837c973c684e1acb4af5186e1d1356fb1c4ae17178235f994a47439.jpg

    • It’s almost as if this game was made for people who don’t play games.

      http://i.imgur.com/Pbf5YuN.png

    • Gozu Tennoh

      That shit even has likes on it!

    • Disqusted

      It already went gold? That’s odd. Why the hell would they write pre-release or whatever on it? Sounds like it’s being intentionally misleading.

      Are they trying to make people think the final product might look better, by playing with words to say the footage is “pre-release”, as in, from before it was publically on sale?

      Or what if this footage looks BETTER than the actual product? Then if anyone points at this footage, they’ll say “it says pre-release footage!”

      • ShepardRahl

        Yeah. It went gold about 8 or 9 days ago.

        • Disqusted

          Has there ever been another game where they post “pre-release footage” after it’s gone gold? That just sounds so ridiculous.

          • Nothing comes to mind, but I’m sure someone will have an example at some point… maybe… possibly.

          • LurkerJK

            No man sky ? is out of alpha yet ? :p

          • ShepardRahl

            Not that I have personally seen.

      • LurkerJK

        They’ve been doing that for a while, it allows them to go “its not finished, you cannot say if the game sucks by looking at this!” if they screw up, also gives them a legal defense if they showed slightly “improved” footage over what will really play in the ps4pro

        • Disqusted

          At this point it’s like they’re begging for another video game crash. Probably would’ve already happened if people weren’t gullible gluttons for punishment.

          • LurkerJK

            There are still too many idiots preordering, its starting to stop but we still have a bunch of no man sky level disappointments to get there

  • ShepardRahl

    >Perpetual hand-holding throughout the entire mission.
    >Lame puzzles.
    >Dialogue written by what seemed to be Disney channel rejects. (One of whom is on record saying they believe virtual rape is a thing.)
    >Ugly Asari that never shuts up.
    >Access to virtually every power in the game.
    >Player who says it’s their “third play-through” of the section and still dunks themselves into the lava.
    >Video was released on Feb. 28. People in the comments crying about the comments…”It’s just pre-alpha guise. Wait for the release to judge.” Game went god four days prior.

    It’s almost as if this game was made for people who don’t play games.

  • Raging Papist

    Janky animations aren’t all that was revealed. Take a look at the dialogue and “story” of going down there. Its laughably absurd.

    • ptitty

      It feels like an episode of Ben 10 when I was a kid

  • ptitty

    …Why is the Krogan dude the hottest girl in Andromeda?

  • ShepardRahl

    Is it just me or was PeeBee really fucking annoying???

    • ptitty

      She wouldn’t stop talking. She comes off as that girl who thinks she sooooo cool and that everyone likes her, when in reality she’s that annoying bitch that has to interject with some quirky comment that everyone wishes would just shut up. I’m considering her benched if I still even feel like entertaining the thought of buying the game

      • ShepardRahl

        Yeah. She talked so damn much some of the people in the youtube comments were mistaking her for FemRyder.

  • Meteor

    Gees why Peebee model is so shitty? Is this a triple A game…I mean, seriously?

  • Gorgon

    Gotta say tho, with the amount of cutscenes they have to animate and all facial animations being done by hand, there is no way around them being janky. The only way to get consistently high quality facial animations is performance capture. With games, I can only think of Star Citizen using that technology as of date.

    • Hellblade uses it well. Some of the best I’ve seen alongside L.A. Noire, which used MotionScan tech.

      • Gorgon

        Oh yeah, that’s right. The reveal trailer for Hellblade was very impressive in that regard.

    • Disqusted

      I think that if they know they can’t make realistic facial animations to go with realistic faces, they should probably opt for a less realistic style.