Star Wars The Old Republic was BioWare’s first foray into the multiplayer genre. The MMO provided an enthralling story experience, but the game failed to leave a dent in a genre dominated by established titles. With Anthem, BioWare tried to blend its award-winning storytelling capabilities with the mechanics and gameplay of a relatively new type known as looter shooter.
Looter shooter offers visceral shooting action coupled with an MMO layer which involves multiplayer, an evolving world and a generous amount of loot which becomes better as you progress through the game.
It is odd that EA decided to give Anthem to BioWare, a developer known for its single-player role-playing video game series, among which we can count Baldur’s Gate, Mass Effect and Dragon Age.
Anthem Is A Disappointment, And There’s Nothing To Change That
Anthem does feature a narrative, but it’s far from being the thought-challenging story encountered in the developer’s past titles. Gameplay has taken a central place in the case of Anthem, with the story orbiting around the four Javelin armors. Players of the game can choose one of the four Javelin, Iron Man-like armors, and participate in a series of quests and challenges as they journey toward level 30 and the end game. The Javelins are beautiful, able to fly, strike, and fight flawlessly. At an ideal level, the game could be carried by the Javelins alone, but that is not the case.
The combat sequences are lackluster after a few missions when the player realizes that the same scenarios are recycled over and over again. Flying is exciting but the open world scenario, although very detailed, feels empty and repetitive. In this context, the story of the game appears to be even shallower than it seemed at first. Long storylines will take from one zone to another but the plot twists are predictable, and many of the NPCs which populate the hub are unlikeable.
Further content will be added by a series of patches, according to the roadmap of the game. Until the first significant patch arrives in May, the servers may become barren, but that remains to be seen. However, some gamers think that no update in the world can change Anthem and make it look good.
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