So, IGN posted a new video showing the first 13 minutes of the game, while Bioware released the third (and potentially the final) installment in its gameplay series, which focuses on exploration and the side content. I think both videos should provide a fairly good idea on the story premise and what you're trying to achieve in the game.
The opening shows quite a bit of dialogue, including the new dialogue wheel, which instead of just allowing you to choose whether to be a jerk or not, gives you the options of being emotional, logical, casual or professional. The opening is also a better showcase of the facial animation – arguably the most controversial aspect they've shown so far.
The exploration video shows the new – gorgeous – galaxy map, the Nomad (new Mako) in action and gives a brief overview of the process of colonizing new worlds. The game seems to be a little more systemic than I thought.
So, what do you think? Has the new footage alleviated or increased some of your fears regarding the writing, animation or the optional content?
My take? It seems like Scott Ryder is better animated than Sara, which is odd I suppose. I think nearly all the characters are a little dead in the eyes, but I've seen nothing so egregious that I would not play the game because of it. The intro also is, at the very least, better directed and written than Mass Effect 3's in my opinion. As for the second video, I'm slightly concerned by the A.V.P. system, mainly because I kind of disliked the War Table from Inquisition as well as the War Assets and Galactic Readiness systems from Mass Effect 3. Finally, one line that stood out to me in the video is that there are merely a "handful" of planets to "land on." This, coupled with the fact that the map wasn't littered with icons in the video, make me more hopeful that the side content will me more meaningful this time around.