BIOWARE Anthem was by far one of the biggest reveals at this year’s E3 event. During the E3 event, we saw a demo of Anthem running on the Xbox One X which took us through a mission that spanned over several environments to showcase the breathtaking graphics Anthem has to offer.
To start things off, Anthem is made by no other than the creators of the original Mass Effect Trilogy – not the one’s responsible for ME: Andromeda. This is the so-called project Dylan BIOWARE had been working on rather than working on Mass Effect Andromeda so people including myself have really high expectations of the game.
The short demo of the game we got to see at E3 was pretty well received by the overall community. Thanks to its gorgeous graphics, flying suits that feel like a futuristic version of power armor called Javelin, and vast dynamic environment made for a truly stunning reveal. The fact that the soldiers entered mechanical suits proves that rather than using traditional weapons, they’ll be opting for futuristic weapons.
There is an XP and loot system as we saw in the demo. During the demo, we got a closer look at how the abilities work and looked when the player used a rocket ability to take out enemies which showed us weapons like the level 35 legendary volt rifle called “Jarra’s Wrath” as well as showing us the stats for damage, accuracy, and other elements. The first impression Anthem gives off is a more expansive ‘looter and shooter” MMO game with gorgeous landscapes and graphics with futuristic combat with special abilities – Just Like Destiny!
Bioware is playing out of their comfort zone with Anthem. Rather than making a story driven game that is more focused on RPG elements, they’ve taken the Sci-Fi, action and adventure route for Anthem which is something they have never done but someone else has. The first impression we get from Anthem is that it’s made to challenge Destiny as Destiny 2.1 which doesn’t sit right with the majority of the fans. From what we’ve seen from Anthem up till now it resembles Destiny or The Division a lot more than it resembles RPG games like Mass Effect 2 or Dragon Age – which all things considered is not the best way to go after ME: Andromeda. From what we can tell, BIOWARE has simply decided to enter the online gaming realm which is something every big publisher nowadays is doing even when it’s not their strong point.
Considering what we say was a small demo of anthem the possibility of it having enough elements and features to make it stand out from being another game that’s trying to be like destiny is still there. The Mass Effect Andromeda style Jetpack that allows you to fly has already got me and a few other Gamers hyped for Anthem. Anthems lead designer, Corey Gaspur, also came out and stated that there will be a focus on a single player campaign but the details will be shared at a future date. Hopefully, BIOWARE won’t abandon its main RPG loving fan base.
As more information about Anthem becomes available we will keep you up to date.