Five years after the last instalment, the Mass Effect series has returned - but critics aren't quite as impressed as they were with the original trilogy.

Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players outside the Milky Way galaxy to find a new home for humanity from four potential habitable planets.

Gamers control Ryder, who can be either male or female and customised with different hairstyles and skin tones.

But those characters lack the "measurable emotion" of the older games, with conversations rarely extending beyond "small talk".

Andromeda is also "inconsistent" in the way it blends "morally grey" player decisions with fetch quests, IGN says.

One of Andromeda's stronger suits is the abundance of open-worlds planets to explore, says The Independent, all of which "range wildly in design".

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