Mass Effect Andromeda and its Internet Performance as a MMORPG

Mass Effect Andromeda has a multiplayer element, and in our humble opinion, it’s awesome. Instead of going head to head—which we secretly hoped for—players must work cooperatively to take out wave after wave of brutal alien forces. Players must also complete objectives for the Andromeda Initiative while killing enemies.

Mass Effect Andromeda. Image Copyright EA.

Even if you carry out the task first, you must kill all of the enemies in the wave to move forward. The maps, objectives, and difficulty vary, but they all stay true to the flavor of Mass Effect as a whole. Players choose between four different difficulties, and from easiest to hardest they are: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

This article discusses our Internet speeds while playing multiplayer. We conducted several speed tests at two different times of the day using two different speed test tools: our very own at Bandwidth Place and another service. We are running on Spectrum, which advertises a minimum of 60 Mbps for our particular internet package.

Mass Effect Andromeda: Multiplayer Internet Speed Tests

Before Gameplay, 12:00 p.m.

We ran a few tests to get baseline speeds before playing any co-op and found the following:

Another Internet Speed Test

58.96 Mbps

68.81 Mbps

35.37 Mbps

29.41 Mbps

Note that these speed tests were taken from a local server in Ohio on an alternate Internet speed test service and using a Washington, D.C. server on Bandwidth Place, so that might be why there is a discrepancy in speed. (Editor’s note: Although the Port 8080 speed test issue probably influenced these results.)

During Multiplayer Gameplay, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The following speeds were taken at random intervals during gameplay:

Another Internet Speed Test

46.52 Mbps

55.07 Mbps

47.14 Mbps

28.39 Mbps

36.32 Mbps

37.01 Mbps

38.74 Mbps

35.16 Mbps

There was a pretty big difference in numbers with every test, but we were surprised that the last speed test on the competing site did drop around the same time as BWP. Even though there was a significant difference in the numbers, we were having virtually no noticeable lag during gameplay.

After Gameplay, 1:35 p.m.

We also ran some speed tests after playing, and here were the results:

Another Internet Speed Test

51.11 Mbps

40.55 Mbps

We played pretty early in the morning as well (or late at night, depending on how you see it), and ran a few speed tests to see if there would be a big difference in speeds. Here are the results.

Before Gameplay, 1:00 a.m.
Another Internet Speed Test

90.22 Mbps

91.69 Mbps

49.19 Mbps

50.75 Mbps

Imagine our surprise when we saw speeds up to 91.69 Mbps before playing! Especially since our internet speeds are typically around 35 Mbps – 60 Mbps (with 60 being our supposed minimum). Spectrum was definitely surprising us. Unfortunately, they did not last through gameplay, but the speeds were still better overall than they were at noon.

During Multiplayer Gameplay, 1:15 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Another Internet Speed Test

62.18 Mbps

72.04 Mbps

68.43 Mbps

65.29 Mbps

48.12 Mbps

37.36 Mbps

46.98 Mbps

40.60 Mbps

The speeds during gameplay were also very good, and only dropped about 5-25 Mbps, depending on the testing site and time. That’s definitely not bad.

After Gameplay, 2:45 a.m.
Another Internet Speed Test

84.22 Mbps

41.39 Mbps

Mass Effect Andromeda Multiplayer Speeds: Conclusion

The only conclusion we determined is if you want the best Internet speeds and performance while playing multiplayer co-op, you should play late at night – Midnight or later. While your own speeds vary based on your location, bandwidth throttling, ISP, Internet package, and other variables, expect those speeds to go up late at night.