Mass Effect Andromeda's animations are getting compared to Pingu, robots and gorillas [Updated]

[UPDATED: People are finding more weird animations and glitches which I've added at the bottom.]

Mass Effect Andromeda (opens in new tab)'s animation is under scrutiny again as players get an early go on the game via EA Access. It's... generating some mixed results, with players capturing videos of patchy, uncanny-valley, facial movements and some extremely interesting walking animations. (Although Mass Effect Andromeda reactions (opens in new tab) overall seem positive). 

Animation was one of the things criticised early on when the game was revealed, so much so that Bioware's general manager Aaryn Flynn responded, citing a 'performance bug' the team were going to improve.

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Have they succeeded? Judge for yourself.

NeoGAF (opens in new tab) has been rounding up the best (worst) examples, and faces have been getting a lot of flack for their 'interesting' emotional range. (There's a few mild spoilers in a couple of videos if you've been avoiding everything, but nothing that hasn't been revealed officially.) 

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This video also shows off some of the acting and dialogue which is also getting shredded, fairly or not, by fans. Listen out for the un-ironic uttering of 'my face is tired'.  

And it's not just Sara Ryder getting singled out, Scott is having his moments (opens in new tab)

As well as the lack of emotion, the way the faces are moving is being questioned, leading this post (opens in new tab) to compare the cast to Pingu for reasons about to become clear...

The Pingu comparisons don't stop there either: walking is also somewhat creatively tackled in Andromeda, as pointed out by this post's comparison (opens in new tab)

In fact the walking generally is getting picked out as much as the facial animation. Here's one more comparison (opens in new tab):

And another (from the same post):

However, as far as Mass Effect Andromeda walks go, this obviously glitched animation is the one to beat: 

Since publishing this story more examples have turned up: 

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There's there's this weird face and hair combo, posted (opens in new tab) simply with the sentence: "Oh god what is going on with my Ryder..."

Then there's this one (opens in new tab)

This one (opens in new tab)

Then we've got sperse mern here (opens in new tab)

This (opens in new tab) raises some questions about how revival actually works. With electricity by the looks of things. 

Find out everything we know about Mass Effect Andromeda here, and tune back next week for our full review, when we'll be in a better position to tell you if the wonky animation is just an amusing aside, or symptomatic of the wider experience.

Leon Hurley
Senior Guides Co-ordinator

I'm currently GamesRadar's Senior Guides Co-ordinator, which means I've had a hand in producing or writing all of the guide and tips content on the site. I also write reviews, previews and features, and do video. Previously I worked for Kotaku, and the Official PlayStation Magazine and website. I'm a big fan of open world games, horror, and narrative adventures.