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Mass Effect: Andromeda’s improved eyes make a big difference

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A small step out of the uncanny valley

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Mass Effect: Andromeda’s 1.05 patch is live now, and fans are already noting the improvements and changes to the game. The increase in inventory space and new graphical options are welcome, but the change in how human and Asari eyes are rendered is surprisingly large.

It may seem like a subtle thing, but the eyes have gone from looking like they were painted onto the character to having actual depth and expression. This doesn’t go all the way to fixing the visual shortcomings of the game, but it’s a large step towards having the characters look a little less creepy.

You can watch a brief video comparison below as well.

Here’s another comparison of the new eyes, via Reddit:

The eyes, makeup and lighting look much better
Reddit

And one more.

Reddit

That’s a nice improvement to the character visuals, but it’s yet another reminder of the raw deal given to early adopters. The game is only going to get better as more patches and improvements are made.