Anthem is a new video game from EA which arrives on February 22nd on consoles and PC. Anthem is being marketed as a GAAS game, which means Games As A Service. What this normally means is that the game will have fewer story elements but an ongoing narrative that evolved and changes as time goes on, it usually also means lots of playtime to rank up characters and attain the gear required for the harder content in the game.
Anthem certainly isn’t the first console foray into GAAS games, Bungie released both Destiny and Destiny 2 which follow a similar model and Ubisoft tried their hand with The Division, not to forget the free to play initially Warframe. All of these are very different games but follow the same pattern of increasing power levels and improved gear. Anthem seems almost like a combination of these 2 games in many ways, with its own unique features also. The game is a third person shooter where you the player wear various combat suits of different classes and abilities and upgrade these suits and your weaponry as you play.
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Anthem is set on another world, with various alien bug-like creatures to fight and it also allows the player to seamlessly fly, land, swim through its play zones. The game looks gorgeous and I intend to purchase the game and try it out come the 22nd. So far Anthem has had 2 weekends of VIP demo’s (For those who pre-ordered) and 1 open demo last weekend for anyone who wanted to try it.
Interestingly this game features no PvP mode where gamers can just have a go at one another in specifically designed maps, instead, the game is a purely PvE co-op and probably plays best with a group of friends. I know amongst my own gaming buddies we have 2-3 who are excited to try it and 2-3 who are very tentative about its prospects. One of the concerns from some fans was how the end game would work? Normally in this type of game the general basic story elements are fairly simple and designed to help any player progress steadily, but what happens once you get through all that, what keeps you playing again and again and being excited for the next content update?
The video above hopes to assuage any fears fans have and introduce gamers to what the end game in Anthem consists of, without revealing all their secrets of course. It will be interesting to see how this aspect of the game matches up with their direct competitors. Destiny 2 destroyed its own end game and the sequel suffered a huge backlash as a result, it may now be coming back into its own but many fans were completely turned off of the franchise as a result. The Division had big problems to begin with also and after some heavy fixes, they finally got the game to a place where fans were happy. Will Anthem release with enough content to keep the most hardcore fans playing a month after release?
Here is the intro to the video provided by EA
Continuing the series, this gameplay video showcases your first story in Anthem, along with javelin personalization and a look at the expanding world of Anthem and its endgame content. Game Director Jonathan Warner walks you through some of the contracts, Strongholds, and endgame content that will constantly offer new challenges for you to test your skills against.
I’ve decided it’s worth a shot with this game anyway, as I like GAAS games and I also have friends picking it up. So we shall see how well it does at capturing my attention. My only worry is that EA is involved with this and previous experiences have taught me to be wary of any games from that software giant.
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