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  • Summary: Anthem is a shared-world action-RPG in which players delve into a vast world teeming with amazing technology and forgotten treasures. The world is also filled with savage beasts and ruthless marauders where Freelancers are called to defeat the forces plotting to conquer humanity. In Anthem,Anthem is a shared-world action-RPG in which players delve into a vast world teeming with amazing technology and forgotten treasures. The world is also filled with savage beasts and ruthless marauders where Freelancers are called to defeat the forces plotting to conquer humanity. In Anthem, up to 4 friends unravel the world’s mysteries and take on its most fearsome challenges together. Shared danger means shared glory, and successful Freelancers are all be richly rewarded for successful exploits. Throughout their adventure, players outfit their Freelancers with powerful Javelin exosuits, each of which are equipped with unique weapons and abilities. Players also customize their Javelin with gear they earn and craft throughout the adventure, and leave a lasting mark on the world. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 76
  2. Negative: 9 out of 76
  1. Feb 24, 2019
    80
    Anthem’s rich storytelling and engaging combat lays the foundation for Bioware’s newest adventure. While there are plenty of quality of life improvements to be made, Anthem’s ambitious approach to the looter-shooter genre is encouraging given the development team’s steadfast community engagement. With a roadmap stretching far into the horizon, we’ll be flying around the world of Anthem for a long time to come.
  2. Feb 22, 2019
    70
    The controls of Anthem are intuitive and engaging. Flying through the world of Bastion is a sight to behold, and coordinating with your team on higher difficulties like Grandmaster is rewarding. Despite some questionable design choices and shortcomings, Anthem has a strong foundation that has potential to be a genre leader, but isn’t quite there just yet.
  3. Mar 4, 2019
    68
    Anthem is a painfully average RPG from a developer that is capable of so much more.
  4. Feb 22, 2019
    60
    Anthem is a song that we've heard a few too many times before. Here's a game that promises a grand vision of an open world, of a co-op RPG shooter that you can play for dozens of hours with your friends, but at launch it simply doesn't live up to expectations. The core exosuit flying, the Javelin design, the interwoven combat and the gorgeous world BioWare have created are all excellent, but at launch it's lumbered by bugs, technical hitches and odd or uninspired design decision. I want to like this game, but sometimes it doesn't make it easy.
  5. Feb 25, 2019
    60
    There’s no doubt that Anthem is beautiful, and its core of flying, shooting, looting, and upgrading your mech is fun. The campaign’s pacing is off, however, speeding through pivotal moments in the story and doling out filler content to keep players busy. Despite its cast of charismatic characters, many relationships and interactions feel forced and lifeless. Anthem’s biggest setback is how it too frequently turns fun into work.
  6. Feb 21, 2019
    55
    Anthem's disjointed story, boring loot, repetitive missions, and shallow endgame are all disappointing. At least it's pretty.
  7. Feb 21, 2019
    40
    Even where it is strongest, Anthem rarely stretches beyond the derivative. The combat, while well-designed, is little more than Gears of War with jetpacks, and narratively it veers between inconsequential and downright irritating. This anthem is, sadly, a tedious and conservative dirge that we’ve all heard before

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  1. Feb 22, 2019
    10
    This is a beautiful game. Its BioWares take on a loot shooter so if your looking for classic Bioware this isn't it. Thats not to say thisThis is a beautiful game. Its BioWares take on a loot shooter so if your looking for classic Bioware this isn't it. Thats not to say this doesn't feel like BioWare, because it does.

    Story is good. It's classic good vs evil with fun and engaging characters. It is a great considering this type of game is not focused on story but BioWare managed to work it in beautifully. And they paint a piicture of a really awesome new world while doing so.

    Combat s obviously the strongest point. It will keep you wanting more. And loot grind is addicting.

    Visuals and sound are amazing.

    THis game makes me loose sleep
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  2. Feb 27, 2019
    10
    The game is not fully polished yet, But if you can get past the bugs and loading screens which will improve as time goes on, you will see theThe game is not fully polished yet, But if you can get past the bugs and loading screens which will improve as time goes on, you will see the game for what it is, I Fantastic experience. I am not really into story lines so TBH i skipped skipped and skipped through just about all the conversations.

    But what I do enjoy a lot is the game play, its rock solid. Everything feels heavy and powerful and visuals, sound, atmosphere incredible. Could it be improved yes but I am not disappointed with this purchase at all.
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  3. Mar 16, 2019
    9
    It's true that it started with a lot of problems and there still is a lot to fix but at least bio-ware is listening to the community andIt's true that it started with a lot of problems and there still is a lot to fix but at least bio-ware is listening to the community and addressing bugs and fixes for them and that's what I like about the devs, They listen to us and are giving us constant updates to improve the game. Expand
  4. Apr 1, 2019
    4
    The game is overall beautiful, and the flying is fun, however, it was launched probably a year or two before it was realy. Theres NO end gameThe game is overall beautiful, and the flying is fun, however, it was launched probably a year or two before it was realy. Theres NO end game AT ALL. When you hit max level, you get a new instance, and thats it.
    Loot drops are a huge issue because even though you are flying a particular javelin, you pick up loot for the most sought after rarities (masterwork and legendary) for ALL of the javelins you own. So if you get a legendary drop (that can take upwards of two or more days to drop cause RNG is a pain) and it might not even be for the suit youre currently flying.

    The only reason the drop rate issue is an issue at all is because that's literally the end game. There is no new content to unlock once you get a certain gear score, the achievements for getting all of one gear score dont seem to work (Im at masterwork and I looked and all those challenges are not completed), theres no actual in game REASON to continue playing the game once you hit 30. OTHER than to grind the same three instances and run the same few missions youve already run in the hopes of getting good enough drops to get to GM1 where you get all the loot, where you grind the same three instances and run the same few missions youve already run in the hopes of getting good enough drops to get to GM2. Then you get to grind the same three instances and run the same few missions youve already run in the hopes of getting good enough drops to get to GM3, but at a much harder difficulty, but for seemingly the same weighted loot as in GM1. THEN you get to get into GM3 where you get to grind the same three instances and run the same few missions youve already run... to get the best gear.... for why exactly?

    In short, dont buy this game for at least a year or two, or as the fanbois say on the forums/Reddit, "Give them time to fix it".
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  5. Feb 23, 2019
    2
    This game feels like a big sandbox without any toys, you have sand but nothing to play with, you can, of course, buy toys of some sorts, orThis game feels like a big sandbox without any toys, you have sand but nothing to play with, you can, of course, buy toys of some sorts, or dig deeper into the sandbox and see if you find something, you may expect to dig mile after mile but to find nothing interesting.

    The narrative is so plain and boring that you end up trying to figure out if anyone really played the game before its release.

    And in the end, it's just a plain and simple shooter-looter with no real challenge.
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  6. Feb 25, 2019
    1
    They flying,graphics and base mechanics are fun and well done. The rest ist pretty much a disaster. I dont understanbd how you can pay 60€ forThey flying,graphics and base mechanics are fun and well done. The rest ist pretty much a disaster. I dont understanbd how you can pay 60€ for a Game that is in a Beta-State. If you want to play the "Endgame Mission where you have to do Quickplay MIssions for, you will learn pretty quickly that most of the MIssions you are joing bugging out. This is just one of many other things that doesn't work with this game. It can be an okay to good game if the price would be right.

    I can just suggest to wait at least 6 more Months and if EA didn't closed this Game by then... go ahead and spent your hard earned money on it.
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  7. Jul 25, 2020
    0
    So glad I didn't buy it, but played it with a friend first.
    It looks great and all, but man, this is more a messed up demo than a real game

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