ME:A is certainly stuck in the past. The animations, dialogues and writing aren't a step above last-gen, instead they're well below the likes of Horizon, Witcher etc. The bar has been raised. The way default Ryder speaks with and looks at other people is jarring, its hard to take seriously. I think even the original trilogy did this better.
The gameplay is improved because there is auto cover and you can jump which means its level design has more layers. But the team commands are gone and the encounter design is just about sudden enemy waves so far.
I don't think its a bad game though, just one that feels dated and not better than the original trilogy.
I haven't tried the campaign yet...need to finish HZD first.
This qualifies as the flop of the generation now. There have been other games with high expectations that didn't deliver(Destiny, Quantum Break, No Man's Sky, Evolve, The Order 1886)...but none of them were established franchises with histories of excellence. Oh I forgot about Street Fighter V although they disappointed for very different reasons.
Fucking scatching. Poor Mass Effect.
FYI all of the games above are atleast origional and do 1 thing extremely well. (Exploration:No Mans Sky, The Order 1886:Pretty Graphics, Quantum Break: TV Show integration, Destiny:Gameplay, SFV:Gameplay, Evolve:Asynchronous Multiplayer)
Mass Effect is just an unpolished Mediocre game that laks ambition, Good Writing, performances ect. Its the Terminator Genesis of Mass Effect.
But the characters are growing on me, and, as usual, half the fun is just wandering around talking to people or taking the Nomad for a spin to see what's out there.