Even though Mass Effect Andromeda, one of the most anticipated releases of 2017 so far, has finally landed, it has had a tough week over criticisms that have continued to rise over some stiff facial animations and awkward animations thanks to some less than flattering memes. YouTuber DTakes23 took it upon herself to give fans a few tips and tricks for improving many of the default face preset problems, making for a better player experience.
Using the trial session on EA Access, DTakes breaks down each of the preset male and female faces over the span of five videos. Some of the faces as she points out are better crafted than others, requiring less work to really improve them such as female preset 9. Others are not so lucky however, as many have a number of bigger flaws ranging from oddly shaped noses, heads, and even lips with strong dented lines. Thankfully, many of these issues can be covered up or fixed using many of the various face sliders in the more powerful character editor within Mass Effect Andromeda.
One the male side, DTakes admits that most of the preset faces look good in most of the available hairstyles. From her perspective, preset 2 is one of the worst options available for the men, forcing her to add a large facial tattoo due to the fact that it better suits the face. Preset 1 and 3 appear to be the best options as not much work needs to be done to either to get a quality look.
The facial animation fervor isn’t a new problem the game has faced unfortunately, as a gameplay trailer presented at The Game Awards 2016 was met with criticism from fans after seeing Sara Ryder’s strange reaction to a tense situation. While BioWare admitted that it was still polishing the game, early access users this past week managed to find a lot more problems with animations, bringing the topic back into the spotlight just days before release.
Will you be utilizing any of the tips in the videos above or are you planning to roll into combat with the default Ryder? Let us know below in the comments.
Mass Effect Andromeda is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.