I understand that point but it's a hard criticism to push past given their focus on social interaction between characters and their push for realistic graphics. It's kind of a uncanny valley thing, where things look more real but not real enough where they fell really uncomfortable. I'm not saying it feels uncomfortable, but something about it just feels so off that's it's really jarring. It feels like there was lack of art direction to push past system/engine limitations. I know it's never looked great in past games but given how well other games have done facial animation it's crazy to me that this game has missed the mark so bad.
That being said there's still a lot that I feel I don't like about the game from what I've seen so far:
- The story isn't doing it for me from what I've seen so far.
- Also, that whole "Your the pathfinder so your special" was kind of annoying, to me at least.
- I was hoping that a new galaxy would mean a large focus on new species.
Looking past facial animation it feels like another game set in the Mass Effect universe which is great but nothing about it feels interesting. Mass Effect's combat always felt behind the times, even the first one at the time didn't feel great compared to games like Gears of War. So the thing that separated it was it's universe and it's great story/characters. But it feels like they've been so focused on gameplay that they've forgotten why people loved those first games so much.