Mass Effect Andromeda companion app is out

Making games is a tough business. Making AAA games perhaps even more so. It is necessary to juggle a bunch of teams, hundreds of people, programmers, artists, *cough* animators *cough*, as well as the marketing. Sometimes, things go wrong, and no one knows it better these days than Bioware. Things seem to have gone well with the companion app, the Apex HQ, though.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda has seen a lot of issues since even before its launch, as there was a 10-hour trial available for EA/Origin Access holders. Right now, it is a bit of a hot mess. Reviews are coming in and they are not really stellar. It will be interesting to see if and how the game does when it comes to sales.

Andromeda is taking humans and other Milky Way species to a whole new galaxy. There they will have to set up a new home, create relationships with the existing species and fight off those which are opposing them. The usual SF soap opera people know and love. The battle system has been improved and it is more robust, and multiplayer seems to have picked up on the good sides of the previous iterations.

Whether you like coop multiplayer or not, the companion app will come in handy. You can track your multiplayer progress and edit your loadouts while you are not playing. If you are not into multiplayer, but would still like to get nice stuff for singleplayer, you must use Strike Teams. Apex HQ allows you to manage them on the go, which is pretty neat.

The app seems as if it is doing its job, which is more than one could say for the main game. Still, it is early days and Bioware has their work cut out for them. If you have started playing the game already, use the guides we have gathered so far – they will come in handy.


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