The conversations are much deeper than they were in the older games. Unfortunately, a lot of the characters are flatter and less compelling. I'm one of those people who has played the original trilogy so many times I know what each choice results in or what every conversation sounds like. I never skip conversations in the original trilogy when replaying it. I found myself wanting to skip through conversations on the first run through of Andromeda. A lot of the conversations are just tedious. The combat is great, and I always felt like I wanted to get back to that rather than immersing myself in the story. The main quest line is good, but it lacks the gravitas of the original trilogy. Some of the new characters are great, while the rest aren't on par with what we had before. I don't have a problem with Ryder or his/her sarcastic conversation options, but you have to choose wisely here. Even then, I felt like BioWare specifically made the character less awesome than Shepard on purpose. There are times where you want to punch someone or whip out your gun, and not take anyone's shit. Instead Ryder will often back out of a situation or take a more "PC" approach to the situation for lack of a better term. The game is good despite a long list of faults. I don't know if I'd call it $60 good, but on sale I can recommend it to any Mass Effect fan.