A month ago, Mass Effect: Andromeda was finally released on Steam, after being available only on Origin for three years. It's a good time to see how the game fared in Valve's store, and as it turns out, it met with a surprisingly warm reception.
80% of game's user reviews on Steam, are positive. This average means that the website has categorized player feedback as "very positive". This is quite a surprise, because the game is considered to be the black sheep of the series. On Metacritic, the PC version has an average of 72% when it comes to industry media reviews, and in the case of users, it is 5.0/10. These are the worst results among games from the series.
Electronic Arts did not report the game's sales results on Steam, but the paid version of SteamSpy estimates that 94 thousand people bought it there, which is an impressive result for a game that was released in March 2017.
On the day of release, the game met with quite a cold eception. There was criticism of simplifications of some mechanics, disappointing graphics and, above all, the disastrous technical condition. A series of updates fixed some of the most serious problems, but did not fundamentally change the overall reception of Mass Effect: Andromeda. This was accompanied by poor sales results. As a result, the game did not get any story expansion and Electronic Arts decided to put the franchise on the shelf.
The warm welcome of the game on Steam can be explained to some extent by the fact that three years after the release, people who buy this title know well what they are getting into. In addition, fan-made mods neutralize some of the game's problems. Today it's also easier to deal with poor optimization.
No one will try to convince that Mass Effect: Andromeda is an underestimated masterpiece, but we can see that many players still have a lot of sympathy for the franchise, which bodes well for the future. For some time now there have been reports that another part of the series is in development, although we will probably wait a long time for it.
- Mass Effect - official website
- Mass Effect: Andromeda - game guide
- Mass Effect: Andromeda on Steam