Honestly? I am still very optimistic and hopeful. The game looks great. I will not defend the team for shitty animations, they are indeed shitty and juggernauts like BioWare and EA should be held to some standards, but me, personally, I don’t really mind that match. I don’t care for visuals seriously enough to give up on the game. I’ve seen, played and enjoyed games with much worse animations.
The only thing that is REALLY bothering me are the eyes. Eyes are life, you can often tell what a person is feeling just by looking into their eyes, the human characters in ME:A have just these creepy, dead, blank stares, like their androids, this is some grade A uncanny valley shit, eyes are really putting me off. But the lipsync (ME3 intro has it way worse) and overall face movement, meh, I’d appreciate it being better in a dialogue and cutscene driven game like Mass Effect, but it’s not essential to my enjoyment. The awkward teeth grinding with these awkward grins could be fixed though.
Situations like bugs in walking/running animations and people teleporting are probably things that a single/small group of players encountered but they spread so fast that it makes you feel like every game has this going on. Peebee’s reverse gun is probably a treat for everyone though, still, it’s a 1 second scene in 100+ hours game, hardly a dealbreaker.
The gameplay demos I’ve seen so far look very promising, writing… haven’t seen enough to judge(trying to stay away from spoilers), but the “my face is tired” is just cringeworthy, I hope I won’t see many of those down the line. The fragments that were released to the public were fine, maybe a bit too often had a humorous accent to them in Liam’s loyalty mission, other than that I don’t have any major complaints with the game. I am still stoked af and I’m sure I will enjoy it, because these animations I believe are:
b) barely noticeable, unless you’re fishing for them
c) not the heart and soul of the game.
Besides, I will be playing with helmets on, so down on the planets I won’t even see these derpy movements when talking with peeps.
So, stay positive and I wish you all the best of fun with the game! I’ll see you in Andromeda