Explore the galaxy in Mass Effect: Andromeda – available now for Xbox One and PC

Mass Effect: Andromeda, the latest entry in Electronic Arts' flagship sci-fi RPG series, is now available on Xbox One and Windows PCs. After a five-year hiatus, the game marks the franchise's debut on next-generation consoles with some major changes in approach to both gameplay and its narrative.

Mass Effect Andromeda in-progress review: What you'll love — and what you won't

Playing as Sara or Scott Ryder, players take on the role of a new recruit in the Andromeda initiative – an interplanetary scheme designed to colonize new worlds. Over the course of the game's storyline, players will discover the furthest reaches of the galaxy and its inhabitants.

While our full impressions are still in the works, our review in progress is now available on Windows Central. Although we've praised some of the game's diverse combat mechanics and compelling characters, numerous flaws overshadow an otherwise engaging narrative. The title is also held back by some major game-breaking bugs, but that may look to change in an upcoming patch.

Mass Effect: Andromeda can now be downloaded via the Xbox Store and Origin desktop client on their respective platforms. However, for those in Europe, you'll be waiting until Thursday, March 23 for the game to release in your region.

For more news and guides on Mass Effect: Andromeda in the coming weeks, make sure to stay tuned to Windows Central.

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Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • I think I will wait, I am tired of being a Beta tester for all these software companies.  It looks great, and I will most likely get it later in the year after it has had six months or so to shake out.  
  • I'm all in. About 10 hours in and loving it.
  • I ll wait ...played 10 hours but the game didn't get me in like previous ME games
  • Got it. Playing it. Panning out to be pretty great so far. Putting it on harder difficulty makes combat more meaningful and your choices during it will mean life or death. Kinda has a Pillars feel at that level of difficulty. The graphical mishaps are non game breaking and my immersion isn't ruined by it too much since the patches took care of a lot of it. There is still a lot to unpack that the 10 hours could never fully show.
  • I just picked it up this morning but with Xbox Live down I can't sign in.   blech..... I really want to start playing
  • I think it's funny that this game gets assaulted for poor facial expressions when other games have had shoddy ones as well. Fallout 4 characters looked like plastic, lifeless dolls and no one complained then. Even the older Mass Effects had cheesy moments and bad voice acting.
  • Yeah, but Bethesda is not EA. =P