You may remember earlier in the year that a number of fans called out the facial animations in Mass Effect Andromeda, with their main complaint being that protagonist Ryder didn’t emote enough.
Developer BioWare put it down to a ‘facial performance bug’ that the team would improve, but a a trial version of the game is now available through EA Access, and people are having a wild time picking apart the quality of the animation.
Players are sharing their findings across the internet while expressing their amusement/disappointment at the facial animations.
The good folk of Twitter have also gotten involved, sharing their own glassy eyed character moments and stilted – or often just hilarious – animations.
i dont think ill ever get tired of trashing the new Mass Effect pic.twitter.com/jwXxdaRCtU
— Nathan Ranney (@RatCasket) March 16, 2017
NeoGAF have also gotten in on the fun with a pile of GIFs that highlight the unusual animations. You can check those out over here.
It’s worth noting that a few shonky facial animations probably won’t detract from what looks like an otherwise engaging and immersive adventure, even if it does end up being a small sticking point for fans and critics.
Kotaku, for instance, have played a solid chunk of the game through EA Access, and they report that such animations can occasionally take you out of the moment, but they don’t really detract from the overall experience.
We’ll have to wait for the reviews to start pouring in before we can really see just how much the occasional strange face can ruin one of the most anticipated games of 2017.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.