The Anthem public
beta demo was this weekend and my initial thoughts are “Ok, what if Dragon Age, but in space?”
If someone had told me this was set in the same extended universe as Dragon Age but set 10,000 years in the future, I would believe it. Everything feels like a BioWare game, but unfortunately more Dragon Age 2 than Dragon Age Origins. There’s a central hub. There’s a map screen for plotting out the next mission. There are a plethora of NPC allies that lead you through the story.
Anthem itself handles a lot like Halo but with flying. That is to say, it feels like a console-based shooter from the early 2000s. Flying feels like it should be more fun. It can only be done in short bursts and is not very easy to control. The “loot” system feels tacked on and clunky.
At the end of the first
Anthem is being developed by BioWare Edmonton and published by Electronic Arts. It’s due to be released on February 22, 2019.