Anthem is still I game I want to like more than I actually do. The movement and flying feel great. I’ve been enjoying the combat a lot more than I did in the demo. I played through the entire story as a storm and recently switched to colossus and I’m loving how different it feels. I played about the half the game solo but had more fun when I did the rest of the game with coop randos.
Unfortunately, this is one of the buggiest games I’ve played in a long time. Multiple CTDs, infinite load screens, contracts that can’t be completed because the objectives don’t appear, or I get stuck in a loop of being outside the mission zone only to be reset back to where I started. Strongholds where the boss does not spawn. I just finished playing two strongholds where I loaded in at the final boss which didn’t spawn until the party wiped and then lost connection both times after beating it, losing the loot. The amount of armor seems to wildly fluctuate from mission to mission.
Apart from the technical issues, I wasn’t impressed with a lot of the writing in the game. I felt it did a poor job of introducing the story and the world, and I wish some of the more interesting world building wasn’t stuck in the cortex. I did start enjoying some of the characters a bit more in the later half of the game, and though some of the later character stories were interesting. It’ll be interesting to see how much ongoing storytelling they’re able to do in the future.
I really hope they’re able to make some improvements to the flow of the game. I wish I could start missions from out in the world. The process of the victory screen, the going back to fort tarsis, then going back out to the next contract really slows the game down and feel frustrating, especially once I’ve exhausted everyones dialogue and don’t want to mess around in the forge every time. The map could also use improvements. Its slow to move around in, can’t zoom in and out, and doesn’t show the world events.
I’m going to keep playing it, because I do like the core of the game, but I really hope bioware can solve the technical and quality of life issues soon.