Key Features: Return to the Mass Effect universe. While the story starts out as complex if not confusing towards the end it all starts to fall together like a puzzle. The camera will switch between 2d and 3d views and feels very stylish and really makes it feel more cinematic, but oddly kinda still helped keep the immersion. Then you start the game a third time for Route C and everything is totally different, however, as it turns out the first two playthroughs were more like a 16-hour prologue and then the real game and actual meat of the story starts. The world is semi-open, with certain areas locked off until the story requires you to go there. Right from the very off this is a soundtrack that tugs at the heartstrings, perfectly accompanying the melancholic aspect.
I have to also give a special mention to the presentation side of the game as well because it does enhance the gameplay quite a lot. You can see your approximate progress by checking the 'Bodies Collected' count in Play Records under System. Spreading the story across three playthroughs is fitting for the quirks it has, but it means the first playthrough is paper thin, essentially introducing you to characters without any explanation and then requires you to reach that point again in a second playthrough to make any sense of who they are. That's just how it was advertised. Mass Effect Andromeda will be set in a new galaxy, with new characters, new quests and a whole load of new consequence-laden decisions to make.
Now you can't review this game without mentioning the 2 best features of this game. Commander Shepard's story may be over, but there are many more stories to tell in the Mass Effect universe. Now, a war between machines and androids rages on. The boss battles always have your adrenaline running which is something I haven't personally felt since Cuphead. Create a formidable hero with amazing weapons, powers and tech. The order in this selection is not absolute, but the best games tends to be up in the list.
Oh, and the soundtrack needs to be heard to be believed. It did get a tad annoying to constantly hold the pods shoot button but the combos and different abilities gave some refreshing options to different fights. Lead the first humans in Andromeda on a desperate search for our new home. We reserve the right to ban offenders. But it certainly has the best story. The open world is beautiful and picturesque, however graphics sometimes looks a bit dated.
Many journalists considered it a spiritual sequel to Valkyrie Profile. Most of these are considered non-canon but are fun to discover at the same time. Later areas such as the amusement park, forest and flooded area are less tricky to navigate, but with fast travelling not unlocking until a decent way through the first playthrough, you will see a lot of the same locations early on. Nothing is black and white here. The world overall is just cramped and bland, but that's exactly how the first NieR was too so it was undoubtedly intentional.
You will have to do some evasion because you will be recovering most when fighting. No performance issues and the only real bad thing i could say is the cut scenes was a bit lower res and just didn't have the fidelity that the rest of the game did. There are so many things that this games does perfectly that tons of other games attempted. Take up the steering wheel and hit the road with your colorful companions to explore a vast and breathtaking world. I'm not saying the first two routes aren't fun or enjoyable, but you keep waiting for things to ramp up and it never quite does until Route C.
And one brave heroine to make things right. I wouldn't say that the gaming process is too repetitive and grindy. Beautifully Desolate Open-World — The game seamlessly joins together hauntingly beautiful vistas and locations with no area loading. It felt very robotic which is fitting for the setting. They can also assist outside of battle, such as allowing the player to glide through the air. Humanity has fled to the moon to escape an invading machine army from another world. Thank you so much to Microsoft for showing good taste in choosing to bring this over.
You definitely want to at least get the main endings in the main routes. It's very anime feeling with the music but it fits the feel so well. Before entering battle, players can also toggle between the 3D and 2D graphical styles. Speaking of the plot itself, for me, the last third of the game left some sour taste in my mouth, not because of the outcome, but rather the feeling of missed masterplan opportunity. You will finish the game full of different feelings. Nier has a lot of weapons to choose, you can smash things with a virtual hammer, slice with cool swords and even hack machines.