BioWare's 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Patch 1.05 fixes many but not all problems with the...

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BioWare will be releasing Patch 1.05 for Mass Effect: Andromeda this Thursday. The patch will address many complaints that players have had since the game launched on March 21, but it is only just the beginning.

Since Mass Effect: Andromeda launched, complaints of bugs and performance issues have plagued the game. Problems with the game range from distracting to game breaking. For example, occasionally unconscious squad members will slide across the ground and through rocks and terrain before standing up. This bug is distracting and ruins emersion.

There are also places where the player's character can get permanently stuck, such as between two boulders. There is no mechanism in place to fix such situations other than reloading a previous save, which could be quite a bit of game loss. Such scenarios tend to be game-breaking for most players.

The patch notes mention that the developers have “fixed various collision issues.”

Although the notes did not mention specifics regarding collisions, perhaps getting stuck between rocks will be one of the issues that will be addressed.

Patch 1.05 will look at some of the more noticeable and complained about problems. The patch notes indicate that developers are increasing the number of inventory slots. Larger backpacks are almost always welcome in any game.

One issue that has received much attention in the forums is the fact that the cut scenes when traveling between planets are not skippable. At first, it is not bad, but after 30 hours of gameplay, the scenes start to wear on the nerves. Patch 1.05 will make the travel scenes skippable.

Another highly talked about issue is the lip syncing and facial animations. It is not uncommon for an NPC’s lips to continue moving for a full sentence beyond what is audibly spoken. According to BioWare, localized voice over, including facial acting and lip syncing will be improved.

In total, Patch 1.05 includes 20 improvements and bug fixes, but that is not the end of what developers have planned. According to Engadget, BioWare is planning on following up the with several other patches to “improve areas of the game.”

One improvement coming is a more advanced character creation tool. While the character creation in Andromeda is comparable to previous games in the franchise, it seems lacking considering the options and control that other games such as The Elder Scrolls Online give players. Mass Effect 3 launched in 2012. There is no excuse that the character creation tool saw virtually no improvement between now and then.

Another planned change is “improved male romance options for Scott Ryder.”

Oddly enough, a hotly debated issue with Mass Effect: Andromeda has been the lack of gay interactions for players playing as Scott. The LBGTQ community was somewhat excited to hear that BioWare was including male-on-male romantic encounters. However, they were taken aback to find that there were only two possibilities available. If that was not enough, the game has a trophy for triggering three romantic encounters. So reaching the achievement is not even possible for those playing the game as a gay male.

There were also complaints that Scott’s scenes with other men were brief and not as engaging as the straight and lesbian scenes. It is unknown whether BioWare’s improved romance options will address either of these points, but at least acknowledgment of the issue shows that they are listening to the community.

While Mass Effect: Andromeda has had its share of problems, it looks like BioWare is right on top of them and is working hard to fix them. Often it is hard for a game to come back from a negative reception, but it looks like developers are going to try their best to make things right.

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Well, it seems like the right decision this time was to wait to buy this game (probably until a sale). After last time (ME3 day one buy) they would've had to have blown me out of the water to get me to buy it week 1 lol
 
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I would like to see a better "favorite" system for the class profiles. I prefer to play a "caster" (Sentinel) but being limited to 3 abilities takes the fun out of the class. I don't like that switching profiles puts all the abilities on cool down requiring me to hide until they're available to avoid death.

Being able to skip the travel scenes is huge improvement and I may actually try and explorer 100% of the system now :) Though 43 hours into the game and no one will have sexy time with me.
 

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If they've fixed the issue "standing still, 78fps, go away, come back a minute later, 10fps for no apparent reason" then I might continue playing this game, currently, that performance drop is killing it for me.
I know what you mean. I have postponed playing as well. I'm currently playing through the Ezio Collection. I'll go back probably after they do a few more patches and start a fresh game.
 

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Being able to skip the travel scenes is huge improvement and I may actually try and explorer 100% of the system now :) Though 43 hours into the game and no one will have sexy time with me.
Wow! That's a long time to go without any sexy time. LOL
 
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Huh, the more I read about this game the less I want to play it.

This looks like one of those titles I'll pick up in a few years when it's $15.
Playing through it for review. Let me tell you, they spent $39 of the $40 million it cost to make this game on the art and graphics. The other $1m was spread across all the other development teams and they cut every corner to make that math work.
 
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"However, they were taken aback to find that there were only two possibilities available. If that was not enough, the game has a trophy for triggering three romantic encounters. So reaching the achievement is not even possible for those playing the game as a gay male."

WOW, JUST WOW. And if I'm playing as a human-only heterosexual male there is only ONE option, also there is only two characters for heterosexual male romance option who is not bisexual. Will they fix this? I have same rights as members of LGBT community to crave for it.
 

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ME:A is getting patches to try and fix its numerous problems? Color me surprised.

Lemme know when they actually fix them. And hopefully apologize for releasing an amateur tech demo instead of a AAA game.
 

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ME:A is getting patches to try and fix its numerous problems? Color me surprised.

Lemme know when they actually fix them. And hopefully apologize for releasing an amateur tech demo instead of a AAA game.
Calling it an amateur tech demo seems a bit excessive... Its not perfect, but that can be said about every other AAA title to come out.
 

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"However, they were taken aback to find that there were only two possibilities available. If that was not enough, the game has a trophy for triggering three romantic encounters. So reaching the achievement is not even possible for those playing the game as a gay male."

WOW, JUST WOW. And if I'm playing as a human-only heterosexual male there is only ONE option, also there is only two characters for heterosexual male romance option who is not bisexual. Will they fix this? I have same rights as members of LGBT community to crave for it.
LOL You're really limiting yourself by not screwing around with aliens. You racist ... er ... spacist? :p
 
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