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Official Mass Effect: Andromeda Discussion (Hype/Speculation/Anticipation)

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#811 Spybreak9   $exy Game Scholar CAGiversary!   9435 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 22 March 2017 - 07:51 PM

Yeah, they were on 2 separate orders. Guess I'll have to post on the forums and see if they fix it. Not too worried though, happy with the one steelbook especially since it came undamaged.

Do they usually come damaged?

#812 Ryuukishi   My ambitionz az a Ryder CAGiversary!   11172 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

Posted 22 March 2017 - 07:58 PM

Yeah I inputted in the code to unlock the Deluxe goodies but I guess that doesn't somatically download them. I was confused and got pissed of when I tried to select a non-selectable terminal where you Access those things, which I had already done from the trial. Also how come I don't see my Pathfinder Henley from those briefings we did (6/6).

 

Yeah I had to quit and restart the game to get my DLC items. I don't have the 6/6 briefings helmet either...



#813 Spybreak9   $exy Game Scholar CAGiversary!   9435 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 22 March 2017 - 09:01 PM

^ Yeah that did it, I saved, shut down the Xbox, waited a bit, turned back on and when I went back into the game I was able to get everything. The Pathfinder helmet is an Elite Helmet btw.

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#814 chubbyninja1319   Where's my stuff!? CAGiversary!   5405 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

chubbyninja1319

Posted 22 March 2017 - 11:33 PM

I might be dumb, but I'm having a heck of a time figuring out where or how to equip different armor.

I spent a lot of time exploring the Hyperion, Nexus and Tempest today. It definitely brought that ME1 vibe and I loved it. And.....Model collecting! I love those little details.

Did you guys get your pet space monkey??

#815 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   49875 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 22 March 2017 - 11:36 PM

You do that stuff in your quarters on the Tempest, I believe.

#816 kcobra22  

Posted 23 March 2017 - 01:31 AM

You do that stuff in your quarters on the Tempest, I believe.

you can color your armor in the pathfinder's quarters, but to equip armor you go to the bridge and it's the room on the left where you'll find the loadout station.

 

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#817 Spybreak9   $exy Game Scholar CAGiversary!   9435 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 23 March 2017 - 01:49 AM

I might be dumb, but I'm having a heck of a time figuring out where or how to equip different armor.

I spent a lot of time exploring the Hyperion, Nexus and Tempest today. It definitely brought that ME1 vibe and I loved it. And.....Model collecting! I love those little details.

Did you guys get your pet space monkey??

Seriously, god damn idiot reviewers reviewing this game like it's Mass Effect 4, it's not. It's Mass Effect: Andromeda and yeah it ME1 vibey but in a new Galaxy with the series' improvements. Kinda like Zelda: Breath of the WIld feels like the original Zelda, eh whatever.

 

Lol, yeah I just got the Pyjak, you have to activate (acknowledge) the order through your email first, I saw about it on this video.

 

It took me like 2 minutes to collect all the Strike Team rewards lol, a bit laggy on that screen too - maybe they'll patch that later too.



#818 blueweltall   Kill the Batman CAGiversary!   6399 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 02:44 AM

Does Best Buy have some spare steelbook left? My came all crushed in a bubblemailer.



#819 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   49875 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 23 March 2017 - 03:11 AM

Does Best Buy have some spare steelbook left? My came all crushed in a bubblemailer.

Call the main CS line, you might luck out.  If not, the you should call the corp office @ 612-291-1000 and ask to speak with executive customer relations.  They're the Tier 2 reps that can actually get stuff done when the main CS reps are stepping all over themselves and not able to do anything to fix an issue. 



#820 AvengedBacklog   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   13143 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 03:22 AM

So, any negatives for strike teams failing missions yet?  Seems like you still get XP no matter what.  



#821 Supplice   Meta CAGiversary!   4863 Posts   Joined 9.3 Years Ago  

Supplice

Posted 23 March 2017 - 05:38 AM

So, any negatives for strike teams failing missions yet?  Seems like you still get XP no matter what.  

Your strike teams are more than likely to receive permanent negative traits when failing. 



#822 Tora Chan   Making gainz and taking names CAGiversary!   638 Posts   Joined 5.1 Years Ago  

Posted 23 March 2017 - 11:10 PM

Is it just me, or are the squadmates ridiculously weak in the early stages of the game? In every one of my fights, Vetra and Cora are getting straight bodied. I have to finish the fights on my own using cloaking and hit-and-run tactics. 

 

Is it something I'm doing wrong? Should I be tinkering with their individual talents to make them stronger versions of themselves or does the game do that already?



#823 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   49875 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 24 March 2017 - 12:53 AM

Is it just me, or are the squadmates ridiculously weak in the early stages of the game? In every one of my fights, Vetra and Cora are getting straight bodied. I have to finish the fights on my own using cloaking and hit-and-run tactics. 

 

Is it something I'm doing wrong? Should I be tinkering with their individual talents to make them stronger versions of themselves or does the game do that already?

If you haven't been upgrading their skills, you should.  Check on their skills and make sure they've been upgraded.    Also, if you have Pathfinder weapons you won't use, give what you're not using to squadmates.  Also, you should be running strike teams non-stop in the APEX HQ app, as you can collect items to use in-game.  I think my strike teams have collected 3 or 4 weapons to use, with one of them being the Mattock, which was my go-to assault rifle in ME2. 

 

I have two strike teams, one at Level 8 (Hostage Rescue Specialist (+10) / Low On Supplies (-5) + Corruptible (-10)) and one at Level 13 (Skirmisher (+5) + Precise (+10) / Kett Hysteria (-10)) and I've been running them non-stop since release day.  



#824 Spybreak9   $exy Game Scholar CAGiversary!   9435 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 24 March 2017 - 01:42 AM

You know I was gonna play Mass Effect and I ended up playing 2 straight hours of Rocket League (the new Dropshot mode) lol. That and sending my ST out. I've run out of Bronze missions and Silver is hit or miss at this point (although more hit but I don't like failure).

#825 simosaurus   Corruptible CAGiversary!   510 Posts   Joined 9.9 Years Ago  

simosaurus

Posted 24 March 2017 - 10:47 AM

If you haven't been upgrading their skills, you should.  Check on their skills and make sure they've been upgraded.    Also, if you have Pathfinder weapons you won't use, give what you're not using to squadmates.  

 

Okay, I feel outright stupid because I have put 10 hours or so into the game and for the  life of me, I cannot figure out how to equip specific weapons on my squadmates.  I can update skill trees, but I do not know how to change their weapons.  Until I read this, I had given up and assumed that their weapons must just be standard like their outfits.



#826 Ryuukishi   My ambitionz az a Ryder CAGiversary!   11172 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

Posted 24 March 2017 - 02:27 PM

I think that's correct; you can't change squadmates' weapons. Or if you can, it's news to me.

 

20 hours in and... Yikes, there is SO much to do in this game! You can't take two steps without picking up a new sidequest, a squadmate wanting to talk, etc. It's nice to have so much choice but at times it almost feels overwhelming... I'm landed on a new planet, do I proceed straight to the main story quest first, work on a squadmate loyalty questline that happens to be nearby, or explore randomly? All in all it feels MUCH more like Mass Effect 1, especially places like Noveria, than a corridor cover-shooter like ME2 or 3. Sometimes this game feels like a lost sequel to ME1 that could have happened if ME2 had never taken the series in a different direction.

 

Combat feels good, but... loose? Cover almost feels like an afterthought in some fights, while you're zipping around in every direction with the jumpjets. I like it, but also something feels lost compared to the tight, strategic spaces of ME2. The enemies can be pretty tough, even playing on Normal, and oh boy do they love to rush your position, just like in ME3. Firing off powers and combos feels as great as it ever has. I think I may still need a little bit of time to get used to how much faster combat is now compared to 3.

 

Animation and lip syncing could definitely have used more polish. Sometimes it's fine, sometimes it's noticeably bad. It's certainly barely improved from the 360 games, if at all, which is a bit disappointing since it's been 5 years and a console generation since then. It's not tanking my enjoyment of the game or anything but it would have been nice if they could have reached a more consistent level of quality.

 

The story... well, I like it. Everything is just very Mass Effect. I love that on the surface everyone is talking about the bright new start in Andromeda, but underneath, the same political battles are playing out and Milky Way history is repeating itself. Walking around a place like the Nexus and exhausting everyone's dialogue trees learning the lore of the place just nails that Mass Effect feeling. It does seem like Ryder has limited personality choices compared to Shepard; you can't really be much of a jerk with him! It's more of a choice between funny/casual and by-the-book professional in most conversations. In some cases I would like the option to insult someone or tell them off but Ryder is rarely able to do that.

 

I like the squadmates. So far Cora, Drack, and Jaal are favorites. Liam is the only one I haven't connected with much so far-- I think the curse of every game having one bland human dude has struck again unfortunately. The amount of dialogue they have and the range of specific circumstances they can respond to is awesome. I was taken aback yesterday when Cora, who I'm pursuing a romance with, expressed concern that I was flirting with Peebee too much! Guilty as charged Cora! I guess I need to be careful what I say because word gets around the ship. :) I also really like Kallo Jath, it's always great to have a salarian on board.

 

All in all I'm still glued to the game and I probably will be until I 1000/1000 it and beyond. :) There are some things about it that I wish they had done better, and sometimes I miss the more focused, linear experience of ME2 and 3 compared to the more ME1-style openness of this game.



#827 gogomo  

Posted 24 March 2017 - 03:07 PM

Also, you should be running strike teams non-stop in the APEX HQ app, as you can collect items to use in-game.  I think my strike teams have collected 3 or 4 weapons to use, with one of them being the Mattock, which was my go-to assault rifle in ME2.

You can run them non-stop?  I read somewhere that there's usually only a few missions each day that is comparable to your squad's level.  I haven't been using the app, but in the game, each day there is only one or two missions where my success rate is 70+%.  The other available mission are at 5%.  Is that different on the app?  Or should I still be sending my forces out even at such low success rates?

 

Combat feels good, but... loose? Cover almost feels like an afterthought in some fights, while you're zipping around in every direction with the jumpjets. I like it, but also something feels lost compared to the tight, strategic spaces of ME2.

Yeah, I'm kinda not feeling the combat so far.  Will take time I think; still getting a feel for weapons and abilities.  Unless I missed how to do it -- I'm also not a fan of not being able to manually take cover or at least crouch.  I have to stand next to something and wait for my guy to use it as cover while I'm taking fire.  It's either that, or boost around the map like a kid who's had too much sugar.  Lol.



#828 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   49875 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 24 March 2017 - 03:14 PM

You can run them non-stop?  I read somewhere that there's usually only a few missions each day that is comparable to your squad's level.  I haven't been using the app, but in the game, each day there is only one or two missions where my success rate is 70+%.  The other available mission are at 5%.  Is that different on the app?  Or should I still be sending my forces out even at such low success rates?

Non-stop being repeatedly and often in this case.  I've been exhausting the bronze and silver missions as they've been coming up and right now I have only three gold missions left.  My Level 9 and Level 14 squads have low chances with those, so I've been staying away from the gold missions, though I may send one out just to try it. 

I have noticed about the mission specifics, such as Kett, or Bribery, to which I'd not want to send my team that has Kett Hysteria to one of the Kett missions, since it lowers their chances.   My level 14 team has a 25% chance against one of the gold missions, so I thought to give it a try.  Might be a surprise. 



#829 Nathan_Sama   I'm backwards compatable. CAGiversary!   1715 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 07:54 PM

I always play default male Shepherd.

 

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#830 Ryuukishi   My ambitionz az a Ryder CAGiversary!   11172 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

Posted 24 March 2017 - 08:46 PM

That's not bad!



#831 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   49875 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 24 March 2017 - 09:23 PM

Looks like a potential BroShep/Sheploo. 



#832 Spybreak9   $exy Game Scholar CAGiversary!   9435 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 24 March 2017 - 10:44 PM

I just took this shot actually, went with default Scott Ryder, didn't want to mess around while doing the trial. I'll generate a new character for my next playthrough though.

https://1drv.ms/i/s!...RhlxSAzPwGdYdof

 

Just changed up my skills and unlocked Infiltrator, running with mostly Soldier but just a little Tech to combat those pesky shields. So lol zap their shields with Tech Powers, then finish them off with Soldier powers.

 

Yeah I did a few multiplayer missions today, just bronze. Got the tutorial done so that's 100%, didn't know doing the tutorial was a thing for a 0 GS achievement while in the trial. Missed that. The tutorial was super basic, I mean I was bored out of my mind doing that lol.



#833 chubbyninja1319   Where's my stuff!? CAGiversary!   5405 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 05:02 AM

S.O.S.!!  I went to play some campaign after a few hours of MP and it's giving me an error, saying that this save file was created with the full version of the game and cannot be accessed with the trial.  I still have/had 3 hours left on the trial, but have been playing the full game all week.  WTH is this?  Anybody have any idea what to do?



#834 blinknot4   Not My President CAGiversary!   5886 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2017 - 12:06 PM

7 hours in - and I love this game. Only on Eos. Having a good time, taking it slow. Killing, scanning, exploring.

My Sara Ryder kinda looks like LeeLoo from The Fifth Element movie (orange hair.)

To me, this game is wonderful.

#835 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   49875 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2017 - 01:13 PM

Finally made it to Eos.  Spent like an hour+ just wandering about the Tempest, talking and flirting with everyone on the ship.   Playing a female Ryder and the responses from both Liam and Cora that they're strictly dickly was quite amusing. 



#836 Spybreak9   $exy Game Scholar CAGiversary!   9435 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2017 - 01:39 PM

S.O.S.!!  I went to play some campaign after a few hours of MP and it's giving me an error, saying that this save file was created with the full version of the game and cannot be accessed with the trial.  I still have/had 3 hours left on the trial, but have been playing the full game all week.  WTH is this?  Anybody have any idea what to do?

Weird, only thing I can say is look/ask on the EA boards on the issue. I had the opposite, my save file was created with the trial and then accessed with the full game, I'm pretty sure that's how it's supposed to go lol.



#837 Spybreak9   $exy Game Scholar CAGiversary!   9435 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2017 - 06:04 PM

So I'm about 12 hours in or so and I just grabbed the Foothold achievement. Man, that was cool.

Spoiler

 

So what's everyone's thoughts about augmentations. I'm lol thinking why should I waste a rare augmentation on a basic research item but then again I'm like I gotta use what I've got.

 

That and I have a bunch of items already and I'm close to having a full inventory.

 

I've accumulated enough missions and mission points to start buying equipment for my STs, just got All Weather Gear for my best ST.

 

Loving the hell out of this game.

 

Also a little reading on the animation algorithm/sequencing over mo-cap theory from an ex-Bioware animatior. 

http://www.digitalsp...oware-animator/

That would explain why people say that it's good a lot of time but a few times all of a sudden something feels off - although I've only noticed it once tbh. It's the catch 22 with having 1200 talking NPCs in your world! As someone who's dabbled with animation I can see what he's talking about and it would be extremely hard to do the animations for so many characters.



#838 chubbyninja1319   Where's my stuff!? CAGiversary!   5405 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

chubbyninja1319

Posted 25 March 2017 - 06:46 PM

Weird, only thing I can say is look/ask on the EA boards on the issue. I had the opposite, my save file was created with the trial and then accessed with the full game, I'm pretty sure that's how it's supposed to go lol.


For some reason last night it recognized me playing as the trial, so I stayed in the mp lobby and let the trial run out. Uninstalled the game, installed from the disc and everything is fine now.

#839 gotdott   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2480 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2017 - 10:23 PM

need more friends for this addictive multiplayer grind, please send help :)



#840 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   49875 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2017 - 10:32 PM

Anyone who wants to add me, go ahead, though my time for MP it's on the very skinny side. GT = (same as CAG name)