Top 10 video game controversies of 2017

2. Mass Effect Andromeda controversy

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No matter how you look at it, it’s clear that Mass Effect Andromeda was one of the most controversial games of 2017. This latest entry in Bioware’s much-loved Mass Effect series was not only riddled with bugs at release, but had wonky facial animations many commentators had a field day making fun of.

And before the game’s release in March 2017, a Bioware general manager caused no end of controversy when he said the game would be “totally softcore space porn”. Because even if some expected Mass Effect Andromeda to feature more explicit sex scenes than earlier instalments (the game got a “full nudity” rating from the ESRB instead of the usual “partial nudity” one) some fans were scandalized by the fact that Bioware seemed to be turning their favourite video game franchise into porn, something which obviously wasn’t the case.

Nonetheless, some applauded the fact Andromeda would deal with even more mature themes, even if sadly Bioware’s game turned out to be the worst entry in the series to date in the end.

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