Frequently Asked Video Game Questions – Why are the people in Mass Effect: Andromeda so ugly?

Submitted by Anonymous Why are the people in Mass Effect: Andromeda so ugly?

This is kind of a hard question since beauty is really in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to Mass Effect: Andromeda this is true. But the question is why. Why are these characters so ugly? I think that there are a lot of reasons for this, but it mostly has to do with the facial animations themselves. While BioWare has fixed some (key word some) of these issues with the latest patch for this game, that doesn’t mean the game is at the 100% AAA standard of facial animations.

After doing some research and actually watching some video’s on the whole facial animation thing, it seems that each conversation wasn’t programmed by hand. This happens a lot with huge scale RPG games. Instead of programming each random conversation by hand, which could take years, programmers use an algorithm. I’m thinking this is why I had to learn so much math when I was going to college for computer programming, anyway this algorithm was developed in order to judge the type of conversation that was happening and how the facial animations should respond to that conversation. This made for a lot of awkward facial animations throughout the game and characters just not seeming on point with the way the conversation was going. Not only was this awkward, but it also made the characters appear ugly a lot of the times. While this would have been fine when talking to some random people on a random planet, this was not fine during key events in the game which is why there was and still is so much rage when it comes to this game.

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