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Mass Effect: Andromeda didn't deserve the amount of criticism that it was subjected to when it launched earlier in the year. That's according to EA executive vice president Patrick Soderlund, who recently spoke to GameReactor.

"I usually don't do this, but this is one of those places where I feel like the game got criticised a little bit more than it deserved," Soderlund said. "I think the game is actually a great game. Yes, we have to acknowledge the fact that there were some things that maybe we could have done better, absolutely, but as a whole, if you go in and you buy the game today with everything that's in it today, I believe that that's a game worth buying, personally."

Unlike the games of the original Mass Effect trilogy, Andromeda was met with a largely lukewarm critical reception, and it was torn to bits by people across the internet for its various bugs, glitches, and its infamously wonky facial animations.

So, did Andromeda deserve the level of hate that it got? In our opinion, not quite. There's a good Mass Effect game at Andromeda's core, but it's an undeniably flawed experience, and one that simply doesn't measure up to BioWare's previous efforts. We don't think that means it should be burned at the stake, however.

Anyway, Soderlund goes on to say that the series may not be dead just yet: "For Mass Effect as a franchise, that has such a big fanbase, and you know I've seen people saying 'Oh, EA's not making another Mass Effect'. I see no reason why we shouldn't come back to Mass Effect." Soderlund's comments follow on from a recent tweet by trilogy director Casey Hudson, who said he'd love to work on the franchise again.

Do you think Andromeda deserved all of the criticism that it got? Dare to post your honest opinion in the comments section below.