Slow down, 2017. Damn. The deluge of fantastic games looks to continue in two weeks with the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda. Today, Bioware gives us our final look with a launch trailer. And it’s looking good. Warning, you probably won’t like the song choice.

After a second watch, I dig the song (‘Human’ by Rag’n’Bone Man). I just don’t think it fits with Mass Effect.

The trailer sets up the story beat for Andromeda. Remember those Golden Worlds? Yeah, those didn’t quite pan out. The hunt for resources is on, and our job as Pathfinder is to find them. Oh, and take care of whatever usual alien threat pops up that threatens to wipe us out.

The trailer also suggests the Andromeda Initiative (that’s us) aren’t the only visitors to this new galaxy. The Kett also appear to be outsiders. Who are they? Where do they come from? And what do they want besides our head on a platter will be questions we’ll start tackling once March 21 hits.

EA Access/Origin Access for Mass Effect: Andromeda starts March 16

Our first taste of the game, if you subscribe to EA Access or Origin Access begins March 16. Look for reviews to hit around this date too (I remember the first Battlefield 1 reviews going up around the same time EA Access trials went live. We can probably expect the same with Andromeda). But don’t expect to dump 10 hours into the single-player. Well, you can if you want – but you won’t see much. Andromeda’s story will be limited to a certain point. Similar to what EA did with DICE’s Battlefield 1. The multiplayer, however, will be fully playable.

BIoware’s Fernando Melo also showed off Strike Teams for missions in multiplayer.

Mass Effect 2’s launch trailer remains on top

Andromeda’s launch trailer looks great, but Mass Effect 2 had it all. Great visuals, awesome looking story and Two Steps From Hell.

Seven years later and that trailer still holds up. I’m not sure we’ll say the same about Mass Effect: Andromeda’s launch trailer. Hey, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Mass Effect: Andromeda is so damn good, we remember it as the better game. I hope so. I need to sit down and finish Horizon: Zero Dawn and give Halo Wars 2 a little playtime before March 21 hits.

2017 has been an embarrassment of riches so far in gaming. And we’re not even three full months in. Bring it on.


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