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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 26, 2019
    10
    Ok, so is this game perfect, ground breaking or a must have? Absolutely not.
    Is this game abysmally bad, unplayable or an instant refund? Not
    Ok, so is this game perfect, ground breaking or a must have? Absolutely not.
    Is this game abysmally bad, unplayable or an instant refund? Not a chance.

    To be fair right now this game is a 7/10 with a lot of potential, its direct competitors started similarly lacking a lot of content and had their fair share of bugs too (Division, Destiny, Warframe), the exception to this is Borderlands 2 which I still regard as the gold standard of content inside the disk. This isn't an excuse for Bioware though, they shouldn't aim for mediocrity just because their peers under delivered too, but at least it's something to have in mind, but since it's published by EA nobody wants to cut them some slack.

    However, Bioware will be updating weekly with a ton of new monthly content and Quality of Life fixes, and they will be providing FREE story and world expansions. This for me is their saving grace, but people see EA and instantly start flaming, I can 100% relate to that but I decided to give this game a chance and I've enjoyed myself for quite a while now, around 10-12h in 4 sittings.

    The gameplay is super fun, as repetitive as you can expect in any other looter game TBH, it's like criticizing Diablo for just mindlessly clicking on enemies you know, and yes the first 24h after launch I encountered about 4-5 bug/glitches and I noticed that this game doesn't like to run with an overclocked GPU, after I returned the GPU to default settings I haven't encountered a single bug.

    TL;DR it's hella fun, albeit not for everyone and not content rich as any of the previous Bioware RPGs, but it can only get better and better month to month. Personally I don't regret my day 1 purchase since I know that if I get bored I can stop playing and come back when more content is released, but right now I'm really hyped each time I jump in one of my 3 Javelins, each one is a joy to pilot.
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  3. Mar 2, 2019
    9
    Amazing game. The game play battle is just amazing there is no words to describe it. So many people hating it and it's understandable becauseAmazing game. The game play battle is just amazing there is no words to describe it. So many people hating it and it's understandable because ads where not accurate. I completely agree, yet i review the game, not people expectations. I think we all should wait for the 1st act to go online and then we'll know if this game is worth investing time in. 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 24, 2019
    2
    Boring , repetitive. Story progression is suddenly locked behind a grind that is clearly thrown into the game to extend what is a very shortBoring , repetitive. Story progression is suddenly locked behind a grind that is clearly thrown into the game to extend what is a very short main story and the story is a generic bad guy tries to take over the world .Weapons are almost exactly the same just higher damage but almost zero imagination put into the design. Modifiers on stats but no stats screen to see your own stats. and OMG the loading screens.. you. Loading screens literally lasting longer then the mission you are loading into. Angry Joe review. 5:20 loading screen to play a 4:23 mission. Crashes and disconnects.

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.
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  6. May 24, 2019
    1
    After playing Kotor and the Mass Effect trilogy, Anthem is a massive disappointment, lack of content, there are loading screens everywhere :(
  7. Mar 20, 2021
    0
    EA = compañia que se queda con tu dinero sin que tú recibas nada a cambio.

    EA lejos de mí.

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