Play ten hours of Mass Effect Andromeda for free, right now

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Everyone gets the ten hours Mass Effect Andromeda trial now

Mass Effect Andromeda might not have had the impact so many fans of the series were expecting. It launched in a broken state, with gif-worthy animation bugs and scripting issues. But that only hid the real problems – the lacklustre story and uninspired missions. The sorts of things you can’t really fix with post launch patches. Thankfully some have found something to like in the space opera, and now you’re free to try too. Mass Effect Andromeda has opened up its Trial to everyone, giving you an incentive to at least give it a go.

The ten-hour trial was previously exclusive to EA and Origin Access members, but BioWare has now opened up the floodgates to everyone. The trial itself is pretty open too. You have ten hours with the game, which can be spent ploughing through the campaign or attempting some multiplayer. And if you choose to purchase the game afterwards, your progress will carry over too. Better still, it’s available across all three platforms, so there’s really no reason to not at least try.

The opening moments are some of the worst the entire game has to offer, so I’d advise rushing through most of the opening exposition and heading to new planets for some of the good bits. Because they are out there, as Geoff found in his review:

It uses new technology to create bigger, better-looking worlds – but it doesn’t do much that we haven’t seen from the series before. It doesn’t make much of a generational leap. For better or worse, it’s really just more Mass Effect – and I’m okay with that.

With DLC prospects still up in the air and Mass Effect as a franchise being put on hold again, it might be your last chance in a while to explore this otherwise captivating universe.

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Last Updated: July 17, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Fnuik

    You will probably have to download the full game in order to play the demo? 45gig on PS4.

    • Skittle

      You do need to download the full game

  • Admiral Chief

    it
    is
    a
    TRAP

    • Hammersteyn

      I’d rather fight a Krogan than play it again

  • BakedBagel

    4 months after release it got a 50% special.

    EA dont even have faith in this game.

    • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

      Noticed this as well.

      Kick to the nuts more please … I regret buying early now.

  • Hammersteyn
  • Skittle

    I played my ten hours worth of the game and I think I could enjoy the full game.. just not for price listed on the PS4

    • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

      It’s definitely not worth R800 to R1000.

    • miaau

      I got it on big Xbox Special, then with another 10% off for EA membership, and it was worth that price. Cannot quite recall, but less than the R800 current price, at any rate.

      Get on special or do not get, is the watchword here. Worth playing, if only for some of the golden moments with the party members and some parts of the story are pretty inspiring.

  • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

    MA: Andromeda is a schizophrenic mess. I’m currently on the absolutely stunning, jungle planet of Havarl, and the stories you uncover are actually pretty interesting, but then you head back to the Nexus and it all falls apart. It’s like two very different teams were working on this game.

    • miaau

      true, true..

      I still finished it, as at least the fighting was sort of fun, the actual game-play.

  • Sr_Chalice

    I played the trial and all i was just livid at how bd the combat/controls were. This combat is so outdated its not even funny. As much as i want to dive back into the Mass Effect World, i’m having a hard time buying this game even at half price.

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