It seems like one of the hardest things for BioWare and EA to do throughout the promotional campaign leading up to the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda is make the game actually look good. It’s amazing how some sleek editing, the avoidance of showing character facial animations, and moving away from the odd looking female Ryder character and Peebee in the launch trailer actually helped convey Mass Effect: Andromeda as a more serious, adventure-style sci-fi romp.
The trailer is only a minute and 41 seconds long, but it starts with Clancy Brown as papa Ryder giving viewers a quick overview of what’s at stake. The assembly over the Andromeda Initiative provide further context in the trailer, explaining how the humans slumbering in the Nexus station will need to find a planet so that they can colonize and populate it as a new home. You can check out the trailer below.
The trailer shows snippets of the planetary exploration, some of the crew mates of the Tempest, and the role of the Pathfinder, essentially working as a diplomatic envoy for the Andromeda Initiative.
It reminds me a lot of something out of Star Trek and actually seems like it hearkens back to the large scale space adventure themes of the older Mass Effect games.
The editing crew was wise to not show the janky fem Ryder movement animations, and avoid her displaced head morphs when it comes to facial expressions. Obviously, someone decided to actually try to make a trailer where criticisms would be minimal. They also attempted to avoid showing papa Ryder and his odd looking face as well.
They did, however, introduce the villains. They seem rather cookie-cutter but they’re introduced in a way that makes them seem more like a roadblock for the Pathfinder’s goal than some galaxy-threatening force.
With that said, there are still some janky moments in the trailer, including a quick scene involving Peebee’s arm distorting when attempting to unholster her rifle.
It’s kind of sad that even when they try real hard to avoid showing jankiness, the jankiness still shines throw, like brown stains on a wet silk rag.
Anyway, spotty holstering animations is the least of BioWare’s worries. One launch trailer isn’t going to absolve the disgruntlement from people being disappointed with the rather unattractive cast in Mass Effect: Andromeda, or distract from the fact that one of the Mass Effect: Andromeda designers has been openly spouting racism on his Twitter feed with the support of BioWare’s general managers, or the fact that a lot of the facial animations and character movements are poorly done.
Even all the softcore porn and space sex won’t help save them this time around.
We’ll see how well Mass Effect: Andromeda does when it launches for PS4, PS4 Pro, PC and Xbox One come March 21st.
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