Welcome to Queer Fudanshi. Let’s Talk! In this post, we’re going to talk about my first thoughts for Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is the latest installment in the Mass Effect video game series. If you are a continued QF follower, you’ll probably already know about it since I’ve posted random talks about the games series, and have been covering the game’s release in our news segments for a few weeks.
A brief premise is that you choose to play one of twins, either Scott or Sara Ryder. Members of the Milky Way galaxy (humans and many alien species) have joined together to explore and colonize the Andromeda galaxy.
Along for the ride is your twin, and your father who has the important role of Pathfinder (meaning he has to lead in the search for finding habitable worlds). Once you get there however, things turn for the worst and suddenly you are the new Pathfinder who’s the last hope for the thousands of colonizers looking for a new home.
In addition, here’s the premise being used for the marketing of the game:
Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players far beyond the boundaries of the Milky Way into the depths of the Andromeda galaxy. Become the Pathfinder and lead humanity’s search for a new home in this uncharted and unforgiving region of space.
Discover the secrets of a vast galaxy, battle hostile alien threats, build your crew and tap into deep progression and customization systems to make them your own. This is the story of humanity’s next chapter, and your choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival and place in the Andromeda Galaxy.
As you unravel the mysteries of Andromeda – with the future of our species resting on your shoulders – you must ask yourself… How far will you go?
These are my first thoughts for Mass Effect: Andromeda.
The Talk (Spoilers Ahead):
Sadly, since I am not a well renown blogger yet, I do get early access to games. As such, I’m playing the game along with you guys (and honestly going at a slow pace). As such, this post is just my initial/first thoughts for Mass Effect: Andromeda after having the game for a day.
A bunch of reviews of the game are talking crap about the graphics of the faces. I, on the other hand, find them to be pretty great. The thing we all agree on is that the character creation for this game is ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE!
For those who don’t know, the game comes with a preset look for your main character (for both the female and male versions). If you don’t want to go with that look you can choose to make your own. That’s where the problem starts.
Your character will have family (a father and a twin). As such, Bioware needed a way to make sure that the family members would look alike.
So, you have to start off by picking one of 9 preset looks. I chose a male character and had to pick from 2 good looking White men, 2 good looking Asian men, and 5 disasters. Specifically, there was one ugly looking black man, 2-3 ugly looking Latin men, and some men who’s racial model were anyone’s guess.
When I say ugly, I truly mean UGLY!!!!!!!!
It took me 45 minutes to try to mold a good enough looking face out of the ugly black man and several times I considered just going with the default white guy. That said, this was a fight for representation. And you guys know I’m all about that, whether it’s for the LGBTQ community or for black folks.
In the end however, I was lucky enough to find out that my character’s face not only looked pretty good in the real game (look above), but doesn’t have any weird face bugs like a lot of gamers have been having.
Story and Gameplay
That said, my only problem with the game so far was the character creation. Everything else has been fun.
I’m one of those guys who can’t help but want to see it all and do a lot in a game, but I’m not a completionist though (someone who has to play every minute part of a game). That’s too much effort for something that’s supposed to be fun.
As such, I’ve played up to when you first meet the character Peebee (and explored a little of the dessert planet before that), and have only gotten to about 8 hours of gameplay in.
With that time however I’ve gotten to talk to most of the main characters, shoot a lot of evil aliens, and explore portions of Andromeda space. All of it is fun.
Exploration is a big part of this game and seeps from the storyline all the way down to the moments of free time on a ship. There’s lots of things to see and do like reading chat logs of your shipmates goofing around, going on side quests like the one to clear an innocent man of a crime conviction, drive around in a futuristic fusion ATV/Tank, and scan things (lots of scanning).
All of it makes for fun and addictive gaming. I don’t know if it’s all great enough for repeat gaming, but that’s what the romancing is for.
Lastly, I have to talk about the romancing. That said, this will be my smallest section because I’m honestly too early in the game to talk about it.
I’ve only just been introduced to Gil and had one conversation with him. In that conversation however I did end up flirting with him and he responded very well. I was worried that the character would seem bland and kind of boring, but at the very least he seemed to have a hot and heavy attraction to my character.
That said, he also had a racist sounding comment about our alien ship pilot, so we’ll see if I like him in the long run.
As for the other gay romance option, I haven’t met him yet. That said, I’m interested in that moment.
I’ve also spoiled things for myself by reading people’s thoughts on both romances and it seems that I could get away with romancing both characters (as they both live in different places and would never know about each other). I don’t know if I would do that however because that feels too cheaty (for both the game and for the romances), and I’d be afraid of continuity problems if a following game ever comes out. I’ll keep you updated with what I do.
Keep in mind however that for players looking for lesbian romances, there are plenty of options. Three female shipmates are up for grabs (two of which are aliens), you can also romance another character who lives off the ship.
So, it seems that lesbian romances (specifically alien lesbian romances), are abundant in the game. If that’s what you’re looking for in this game (and I probably will in a later replay), you have options.
Overall, I’m having fun. I definitely ignored my work in the past day and a half to play more of the game. There’s a lot to do after this first thoughts for Mass Effect: Andromeda before I can post my final thoughts. That said, things are looking good and I hope to be able to talk about it more with you guys.
If you’ve bought the game and are playing it, make sure to let me know down in the comments below what are your first thoughts for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Just make sure to be careful with spoilers (for other readers and myself!).
On a side note, apparently there is a transgender character in the game. I have yet to meet her yet however, so I can’t say anything about this besides that fact that she apparently exists.