Long-delayed 'Anthem' sings an uneven tune
By Reuben Conzales - Video Game Warriors
At the dawn of time, the gods created this world with the An- them of creation, but they suddenly disappeared, leaving the world incomplete and unfinished.
Much like the game itself An- them makes you fight to decide if it is good or bad.
Anthem was announced at E3 2017, and was originally slated for release in October-November of last year, but was delayed.
It has drawn some early criticism from gamers, with comparisons to the Destiny franchise and the last entry in the Mass Effect series, with some fans pointing out how the Javelin Exosuits act like the classes in Destiny.
Anthem has also upset fans on Xbox due to the game being only on the Xbox One X, but still not running at 60 frames per second.
The game has been open for EA early access members since Feb. 15, with the game needing a large day-one up- date, leaving fans with a day-one sour taste.
But the game has its virtues.
You start as a promising rookie, taking part in a major mission, which ends with all but two of your team brutally killed.
The initial mission is a great way to introduce the tutorial mode, while also telling some important parts of the story.
You will be introduced to Freelancers, the heroic fighters of this world, as well as their Cyphers.
Cyphers are humans who are capable of communicating telepathically and help the free- lancers on missions.
After the fall of the freelancers during the attack on the Heart of Rage, the game kicks off players' attempt to become heroes once again.
Even with the shaky start, the game plays smoothly, with the transition from walking to running and f lying almost seamless.
The animation of both the characters and landscape is breathtaking, compared to BioWare's failed Mass Effect Andromeda.
The second mission teaches you how to interact with the world and pick up armor and weapon modifications, which come in handy later.
You also come face to face with a shaper relic.
This spawns all sorts of devilish creatures and can change the terrain around you.
As you finish this mission, you will unlock three new Javelin armors and some new guns, also unlocking the ability to join up with friends.
Anthem has the Ranger, Colossus, Storm, Interceptor Exo-suits, which all have unique abilities that can give you the edge for your mission.
The Ranger is a versatile suit and is the first Javelin you receive; it has access to every weapon type.
The Colossus is the Hulk- buster of the suits, large and in
charge, favoring defense but has a decrease in speed.
It carries a deployable shield and a large field cannon that can really lend some much-needed firepower to round out the team.
The Storm boosts the kinetic power of the wearer and allows them to tap into the An- them and fire off some really amazing elemental powers.
This suit is for the most experienced pilots; it also lacks a lot in defense.
Finally, the Interceptor is fast and hits hard with medium armor. These suits all unlock after the second mission and can be fully customized at the forge.
Anthem, with all its similarities to Destiny, still feels like its own unique game. The transition is handled well from biome to biome.
The game however has some drawbacks for those on the computer, as the game feels like it was designed with a controller in mind.
The way movement is handled and even emoting feels like mouse and keyboard were just afterthoughts.
Anthem claims to be a role-playing game but the decisions you make don't feel like they carry any weight to them.
You don't get that feeling that in the end the choice you made will give you different endings like in Mass Effect or Dragon Age.
Even the character creation feels lacking, as there is just over 20 presets to choose from, but no real substance.
The game has amazing graphics but also fails to capture the full power of it all by just focusing on the landscape and enemies.
It almost feels as if the developers put more time into the Javelin suits and the customizations than anything else.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the game could have used a bit more definitive substance to it.
Maybe in the future more will be added; time will tell.
Anthem is in no way a flop the story feels unique and fun but feels like they left a lot out.
The game has tons of potential and has a roadmap for more download content for the future.
Anthem has a few small features for players who pre-order the Standard Edition.
Players will receive the Legion of Dawn Armor Pack for the Ranger Javelin and a Legendary weapon.
The Legion of Dawn Edi- tion, $80, comes with the complete set of Legion of Dawn Armor for the Rang- er, Colossus, Storm, and In- terceptor, and the founder's player banner.
Players will also still receive a legendary weapon for pre-ordering.
Anthem has some pros and cons and depending on what system you have, if you can even play the game.
This game is so in the middle it's hard to say one way or the other how good or bad it will be.
Anthem arrives Feb. 22, so team up with three friends to take on the powers of creation.
The Colossus, Interceptor, Ranger, and Storm Javelin Exosuits available to players in Anthem.