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Title: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on June 11, 2017, 05:43:48 AM
BioWare's brand new IP revealed. More revealed at Microsoft's E3 Briefing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLLy6qvPKpdlV3OAw00EuZMoYPz4pYuwuN&v=wi0Uq7QmKm4
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on June 12, 2017, 08:38:35 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL5GSfs9fi4
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on June 12, 2017, 08:44:45 AM
Looks interesting, hopefully more details via interviews.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Auldar on June 12, 2017, 03:57:25 PM
Wow that's amazing. Looks like Destiny originally promised to be.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on June 12, 2017, 04:21:25 PM
Definitely looks like one to keep an eye on.

https://youtu.be/a5U2afQTQs4
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: kunfushun on June 12, 2017, 04:27:01 PM
This looks good! Is this xbox exclusive?
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Ant on June 12, 2017, 04:30:08 PM
Let's hope it lives up to the hype.  Looks really interesting for now.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on June 12, 2017, 04:33:41 PM
This looks good! Is this xbox exclusive?

No not Xbox exclusive
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on June 16, 2017, 12:45:09 PM
Some initial DF analysis indicates that Anthem was indeed running on XBOX, but it was checkerboard rendering - not native 4k. Still looks amazing, but the ground texture load in was also pointed out and was quite noticeable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3E5L2sOvNI

Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on June 28, 2017, 09:12:23 AM
https://youtu.be/fQXlDxL3t-A
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on October 16, 2017, 09:59:18 AM
https://youtu.be/j04h8gZUbL0
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Auldar on November 06, 2017, 07:48:40 PM
I wish this was out now..
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Leinad300 on November 06, 2017, 08:08:40 PM
Beta end of this year is it?

Looks good but ... it’s from EA!
so don’t wanna have my hopes up.


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Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Auldar on November 06, 2017, 08:23:25 PM
I’m expecting release end of next year. Beta around July/August is my guess
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on November 06, 2017, 08:45:07 PM
I’m expecting release end of next year. Beta around July/August is my guess

Ambitious. I reckon we'll see it slip to March 2019 after a delay to miss Holiday 2018. EA will not want their Destiny Killer to turn into another Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: ChaoticConvict on November 08, 2017, 09:51:09 PM
I'm really interested in this game myself. At the moment it won't take much to kill off destiny. Although bungie have their dlc to right the ship so to speak

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Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on November 09, 2017, 08:38:30 AM
I'm interested to see how this pans out.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Auldar on November 09, 2017, 08:40:36 AM
Omg, you spoke in the first person!? Are you unwell??
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on November 09, 2017, 08:42:32 AM
Omg, you spoke in the first person!? Are you unwell??

Spaz was busy talking to the other voices.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: StoneColdHomer on November 09, 2017, 08:43:02 AM
Omg, you spoke in the first person!? Are you unwell??
ROFL....comment of the year

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Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on November 09, 2017, 08:57:09 AM
Omg, you spoke in the first person!? Are you unwell??
ROFL....comment of the year

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That's a bit of a stretch! Spaz has been bringing the zing all year!
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on November 09, 2017, 09:41:55 AM
Omg, you spoke in the first person!? Are you unwell??
ROFL....comment of the year


That's a bit of a stretch! Spaz has been bringing the zing all year!

Yes, but when someone zings the zing-master, does this not mean the master has been out-zinged? :troll: bravo Auldar
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: elrast333 on November 09, 2017, 09:06:31 PM
i really hope bungie management is looking at this and thinking.... EA's wanting to take our lunch money
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on November 15, 2017, 09:55:00 AM
EA's wanting to take our lunch money

Let's just hope it's not via Loot boxes a-la EA's two recent fiasco's with SWBF2 and NFS...

Speaking of, Bioware devs weigh in on the loot box situation:

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I hear you. We’re talking a fair bit about this at the moment. I can’t really talk about it too much, but it’s an ongoing discussion.

And if it helps at all, we’re gamers too. A bunch of folks on the team have similar positions on monetization… so that perspective is definitely represented.

I think it has more to do with the philosophy around it, the first thing that most people do is look at the value of the “sweat currency” as compared to the premium currency.

Personally I prefer games where the ratio is somewhat reasonable… ie: I can reasonably acquire currencies to purchase things through regular play.

Personally, I also don’t like it when some things are only available for premium purchase.

Whilst it's nice to see the devs state, publicly, that they aren't a fan of loot boxes, in the end, this will be an EA published game and I wouldn't be surprised if this creeps into it somehow.

https://wccftech.com/anthem-dev-talks-loot-boxes/
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on November 15, 2017, 10:08:54 AM
EA will want further profits as do BioWare/DICE/Ghost Games and most likely Respawn in the next Titanfall.

EA and its children companies are all guilty here, they all want extra profits and every company out there in this industry are continuing to push slowly to see where the limits are, fortunately, EA, DICE and Ghost Games found that limit this year and the pushback will hopefully make it clear to other companies that rewards that benefit the whale over the normal gamer is not on and will give them time to tune for 2018 releases.

COSMETICS ONLY

Really not excited about any EA titles anymore.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on November 15, 2017, 10:11:35 AM
Yeah I'm brushing EA titles until they say no more micro-transactions. Either make all the games free to play with in game purchases or take my $100 at purchase and that's it.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on December 18, 2017, 09:14:48 AM
https://youtu.be/J-qFtMZdZy8
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: StoneColdHomer on January 31, 2018, 09:43:07 AM
Delayed until early 2019

https://www.kotaku.com.au/2018/01/biowares-anthem-officially-delayed-to-2019/
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on January 31, 2018, 10:07:37 AM
Delayed until early 2019

https://www.kotaku.com.au/2018/01/biowares-anthem-officially-delayed-to-2019/

Redesign to remove loot boxes?  :troll:
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 31, 2018, 10:54:47 AM
Redesign to remove loot boxes?  :troll:

Probably closer to the truth than any excuse we'll hear.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Auldar on January 31, 2018, 11:50:28 AM
Bugger. I'd rather they're happy with the product when it ships than compromises like D1/D2
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on June 10, 2018, 05:29:09 AM
https://youtu.be/ZFwylDNpgFc
https://youtu.be/qEVHUTlNJNo
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Auldar on June 10, 2018, 10:36:59 AM
Shut up and take my money!
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: StoneColdHomer on June 10, 2018, 02:23:57 PM
(https://files.gamebanana.com/img/ico/sprays/5136c62b07be1.png)
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on June 13, 2018, 12:22:38 PM
What did they confirm about loot-boxes? Just cosmetics? Spaz is on a EA loot-box ban!
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on June 13, 2018, 12:30:32 PM
What did they confirm about loot-boxes? Just cosmetics? Spaz is on a EA loot-box ban!

I believe they said you can buy what you want from the store, no lootboxes.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on June 13, 2018, 12:32:07 PM
What did they confirm about loot-boxes? Just cosmetics? Spaz is on a EA loot-box ban!

I believe they said you can buy what you want from the store, no lootboxes.

Pay to win! Awesome!
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on June 13, 2018, 09:29:05 PM
What did they confirm about loot-boxes? Just cosmetics? Spaz is on a EA loot-box ban!

I believe they said you can buy what you want from the store, no lootboxes.

Pay to win! Awesome!

Just cosmetics mentioned so far - no randomisation
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Auldar on June 15, 2018, 08:29:11 PM
Pre-ordered the Legion of Dawn edition. Can't wait for this. Hoping it's what I was originally expecting from Destiny..
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Leinad300 on June 17, 2018, 08:57:27 AM
Pre-ordered the Legion of Dawn edition. Can't wait for this. Hoping it's what I was originally expecting from Destiny..

Is the preorder just some extra skin stuff?


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Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Auldar on June 17, 2018, 11:11:08 AM
I Dunno. Some kind of banner too
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on June 21, 2018, 10:01:56 AM
Spaz is waiting for early reviews. If they put a ban on reviews Spaz will brush it.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on July 06, 2018, 02:44:23 AM
https://youtu.be/p-nKttWT7JM
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Auldar on July 06, 2018, 08:50:36 AM
Can't wait to play this!
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on July 06, 2018, 09:02:19 AM
Spaz gets less and less excited with every new clip. Looks like it has less of a story that Destiny!
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on October 04, 2018, 07:46:39 AM
Spaz gets less and less excited with every new clip. Looks like it has less of a story that Destiny!

I can't say the hype is there for me, either. Just really worried it's going to be something completely different to what I expect it to be but then again, I felt the same about Destiny before it released then loved it once I got my hands on it so we'll see.

No season pass for DLC too so that's a win.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on October 04, 2018, 08:27:33 AM
Spaz gets less and less excited with every new clip. Looks like it has less of a story that Destiny!

I can't say the hype is there for me, either. Just really worried it's going to be something completely different to what I expect it to be but then again, I felt the same about Destiny before it released then loved it once I got my hands on it so we'll see.

No season pass for DLC too so that's a win.

I'm in no way going to let myself get hyped for this at all, frankly after the let down of destiny 2 and this game being made by EA, hopes are about as low as they can be. I'll be keeping an eye on it and definitely not ruling out buying it, but wont be boarding any hype trains any time soon.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Auldar on October 04, 2018, 09:00:18 AM
I pre-ordered a while ago. My hype has died down a bit. Still looking forward to release but expectations have been lowered.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: raz81 on October 04, 2018, 01:25:53 PM
Yeh I'm also not boarding the hype train. That being said it looks nice and I hope it's good
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on October 29, 2018, 09:26:47 AM
https://youtu.be/s9JzzfWr138
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: StoneColdHomer on October 29, 2018, 10:14:57 AM
This is looking more and more like Destiny.

Not sure about this
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on October 29, 2018, 11:21:21 AM
This is looking more and more like Destiny.

Not sure about this

Destiny with Iron Man suits... the more I see of the game the more questions I have.. still interested but not in a pre-order kind of way :troll:
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on November 02, 2018, 10:07:30 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yqWEY5oY7M
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on December 07, 2018, 01:57:59 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZizDqnz7oY
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on December 10, 2018, 06:44:48 AM
Open demo feb 1-3. Preorder demo a week or two earlier.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on December 10, 2018, 08:43:16 AM
Streamer Breaks Anthem NDA, Loses Entire Library (https://www.reddit.com/r/LivestreamFail/comments/a4c6tj/streamer_breaks_anthem_nda_loses_entire_library/)  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: StoneColdHomer on December 17, 2018, 06:25:33 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oun01dEajWc

LOL - some of the comments on Youtube  :troll:

Quote
Destiny 3 looks amazing

Quote
Destiny 3 still looks like trash

Quote
Destiny 2.0 already selling DLC.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on December 18, 2018, 09:02:59 AM
LOL - some of the comments on Youtube  :troll:

Quote
Destiny 3 looks amazing

Quote
Destiny 3 still looks like trash

Quote
Destiny 2.0 already selling DLC.

LOL... well.. umm.. no comment (if I talk about it will I still be breaking the alpha NDA) :troll:
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on December 19, 2018, 10:03:59 AM
https://youtu.be/KJM9Zq5Ll94
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on December 19, 2018, 10:26:22 AM
Spaz still hasn't decided on Anthem or not yet?

How many people are going to get this?
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on December 19, 2018, 10:38:43 AM
Spaz still hasn't decided on Anthem or not yet?

How many people are going to get this?

I'm still on the fence, looks like it could be good, but I have almost the exact same concerns with it that I had with Destiny, which is largely end game content. I wont be pre-ordering but a cheap day 1 price could convince me to jump in, Tobor is also keeping an eye on this.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on December 19, 2018, 03:06:04 PM
I cancelled my preorder and bought Beat Saber instead. I am worried about end-game content too.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on December 19, 2018, 03:22:48 PM
Spaz still hasn't decided on Anthem or not yet?

How many people are going to get this?

I am on the no side of the fence for now. I have not seen anything compelling about the game, but one pro is that the devs can fully concentrate on the PvE experience. Another pro is there will be matchmaking - afaik for everything in the game.

There will be an open demo Feb 1st-3rd which I will probably try out.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: raz81 on December 19, 2018, 03:28:12 PM
I'll wait till after release for this one.

All they've shown us so far is 'kill trash mob, trash mob , trash mob , boss'

Although that can be fun in a group, and gathering loot is always addictive, right now it isn't that compelling to me.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on January 07, 2019, 05:41:49 PM
https://youtu.be/yJo19lIZWJY
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 09, 2019, 10:10:24 AM
https://youtu.be/XZwd1HvKNUg
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 09, 2019, 10:46:38 AM
Decent video giving a breakdown on each Javelin type all in one video rather than having to watch multiple:

https://youtu.be/rmyybZXymzo
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 15, 2019, 11:05:25 AM
https://youtu.be/OLsHdqHR0-E
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 17, 2019, 09:41:25 AM
https://youtu.be/tbJW4NiFPs8
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on January 18, 2019, 08:23:15 AM
Spaz still isn't sure about this one.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 18, 2019, 10:31:56 AM
Spaz still isn't sure about this one.

I'm still on the fence, I had fun in the alpha though, might come down to if Tobor gets it, been a long time since I've played a game with dad so it could be fun.


https://youtu.be/2drI_iT4NUg
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on January 18, 2019, 01:17:19 PM
Spaz still isn't sure about this one.

Plenty of time to check it out - there will be streams starting soon, and open demo at the start of Feb. Keep in mind that the full extent of microtransactions will not be revealed anytime soon.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 18, 2019, 02:56:02 PM
Spaz still isn't sure about this one.

Plenty of time to check it out - there will be streams starting soon, and open demo at the start of Feb. Keep in mind that the full extent of microtransactions will not be revealed anytime soon.

They have continuously said microtransactions will be cosmetic only, though I guess its EA so that is always open to debate.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on January 18, 2019, 03:06:02 PM
Spaz still isn't sure about this one.

Plenty of time to check it out - there will be streams starting soon, and open demo at the start of Feb. Keep in mind that the full extent of microtransactions will not be revealed anytime soon.

They have continuously said microtransactions will be cosmetic only, though I guess its EA so that is always open to debate.

"Cosmetic only" doesnt describe how intrusive they will be.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: M-Rossi on January 20, 2019, 08:28:24 AM
I haven't followed this much but see it's out soon, Feb 22 I think.
Just watched the latest video and I'm not really sold.
Regarding microtransactions, EA has basically adopted it as part of their revenue stream. They make more money off Fifa UT annually than actual game sales across all titles. With the SW battlefront backlash it will be interesting how they try to keep gamers happy as well as shareholders.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: M-Rossi on January 21, 2019, 08:38:47 PM
https://youtu.be/c36sp-qK9EI
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on January 23, 2019, 12:14:16 PM
Demo is now out for download on PSN

https://store.playstation.com/en-au/product/EP0006-CUSA13062_00-ANTHEM1TEST00000

Xbox

https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/p/anthem-demo/bpnv42605mmw

VIP Demo, you had to have preordered and redeemed the code on your EA account to gain access.

Hmm... might be server-side access permissions? I seem to be able to download it on my alt account too.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 23, 2019, 12:26:54 PM
VIP Demo, you had to have preordered and redeemed the code on your EA account to gain access.

Hmm... might be server-side access permissions? I seem to be able to download it on my alt account too.

Pretty sure anyone can download the demo as it'll be the same client used for both the closed and open demo. I believe in the demo itself it'll ask you to sign into your EA account to verify preorder?
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on January 23, 2019, 12:51:55 PM
VIP Demo, you had to have preordered and redeemed the code on your EA account to gain access.

Hmm... might be server-side access permissions? I seem to be able to download it on my alt account too.

Pretty sure anyone can download the demo as it'll be the same client used for both the closed and open demo. I believe in the demo itself it'll ask you to sign into your EA account to verify preorder?

Yeah, more than likely.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on January 23, 2019, 01:29:19 PM
Demo is now out for download on PSN

https://store.playstation.com/en-au/product/EP0006-CUSA13062_00-ANTHEM1TEST00000

Xbox

https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/p/anthem-demo/bpnv42605mmw

VIP Demo, you had to have preordered and redeemed the code on your EA account to gain access.

Hmm... might be server-side access permissions? I seem to be able to download it on my alt account too.

26.8GB on psn
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on January 23, 2019, 01:43:39 PM
I can invite 3 people to play the VIP Demo via a referral link.

I was going to post it but I reckon bots or randoms will claim all 3 so just let me know if you want to try it out as you don't have a preorder and I will PM the link.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on January 23, 2019, 01:45:34 PM
I can invite 3 people to play the VIP Demo via a referral link.

I was going to post it but I reckon bots or randoms will claim all 3 so just let me know if you want to try it out as you don't have a preorder and I will PM the link.

Spaz would like a go @Slayer7744

This seems an odd demo/beta. Spaz is on the fence and a good demo will make a pre-order but no demo because of no pre-order won't make Spaz pre-order. Such a dilemma  :P
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on January 23, 2019, 01:54:41 PM
Thanks @Slayer7744

Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: raz81 on January 23, 2019, 02:31:29 PM
I'd be keen to try it, but what's the time limit? I'm a little busy for the next couple of nights so if it's only for 24 hours or something stupid it'll be better to go to someone else
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 23, 2019, 02:36:01 PM
I can invite 3 people to play the VIP Demo via a referral link.

I was going to post it but I reckon bots or randoms will claim all 3 so just let me know if you want to try it out as you don't have a preorder and I will PM the link.

Spaz would like a go @Slayer7744

This seems an odd demo/beta. Spaz is on the fence and a good demo will make a pre-order but no demo because of no pre-order won't make Spaz pre-order. Such a dilemma  :P

There is an open demo next weekend so anyone can try it then pre-order free. The demo itself is a demo, not a beta;

From a tweet from one of the devs:
- we start you in the middle
- no tutorials
- no pilot picker
- balance is super different
- economy is completely different
- 6 weeks less bug fixes

I'd be keen to try it, but what's the time limit? I'm a little busy for the next couple of nights so if it's only for 24 hours or something stupid it'll be better to go to someone else

VIP Demo
Start – 3am Syd/Mel, Sat 26 Jan
End – 2pm Syd/Mel, Mon 28 Jan

Public Demo
Start – 3am Syd/Mel, Sat 2 Feb
End – 2pm Syd/Mel, Mon 4 Feb
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: mimix on January 23, 2019, 07:12:15 PM
26.8GB on psn

That's me out then. Damn nbn still dragging the freaking chain on my connection even though all external work is done.
I'm not dropping 27GB on a mobile plan.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on January 26, 2019, 09:43:06 AM
I will definitely be trying out the storm javelin next weekend, combat looks decent.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 26, 2019, 12:25:02 PM
Demo is pretty rough, had it crash during an expedition, but it let me rejoin so that's good, but I'm having it lock up constantly at a cutscene now which is frustrating as I just unlocked the interceptor to try
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: raz81 on January 26, 2019, 05:49:30 PM
Only played 1 mission so far, but am not really feeling that engaged with it.
Shooting a tonne of trash mobs for no real reason (coz it's hard to pay attention to the story details in a multilayer game) .. shrug

I'll try it again later, but I've had enough of all the loading screens for now, especially since they never actually load about 50% of the time
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on January 28, 2019, 09:19:01 AM
Spaz hasn't had any issues with it and found it ok but knowing EA the cash grab will be very strong in this one. Spaz isn't sure if he wants to invest in another Destiny type game. Other than that it seems ok to Spaz but a lot of people are saying the demo is from a build 6 weeks ago and the actual game has already changed. Spaz doesn't see the point of a demo that isn't the release product, that's for betas.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 28, 2019, 01:23:28 PM
The demo was a bit of a shit show with connection issues and crashes. Whether the demo is a 6 week old build or not it's quite concerning the amount of glaring issues it has when it's so close to launch.

In saying that, when it did work, I had a lot of fun with it. It has a decent story and some deep lore if you choose to pay attention to it (aka walk around the fort and talk to people, pick up codex entries etc.) and the general gameplay loop is satisfying enough. If they fix the connection and crashing issues then I could see myself having some fun with this.

They opened up to allowed you to use all the javelins near the end of the demo. Interceptor is definitely my favourite, followed by storm, ranger and colossus.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on January 28, 2019, 02:24:00 PM
The only thing worrying me about the game is the performance. The frame-rate is bad, I can't see how much better it could be in the final build. Obviously, no-one has seen the final build so it could be a consistent 30fps but I'm not holding my breath.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: raz81 on January 28, 2019, 04:51:13 PM
I'm gonna need to do a bit of a raz rant on this one I think.

Firstly, I was interested to see what this game was like, but never overly excited as per my previous posts in this thread. Thanks to Slayer, I did get to try it out.......and in fact spent many, many hours over the weekend giving it a crack. Needless to say, many of those hours were spent looking at loading screens, but we'll get to that.

I've been advocating for BF5 ever since Beta. Although it was buggy and flawed, I have always proclaimed that the underlying game mechanics are awesome. Over 200 hours into release, I still hold that opinion.
I feel that Anthem is kinda in the same boat. Thanks EA for obviously rushing another game out for release.

Holy fuck. Lets all acknowledge that a demo that they charged people money for, 4 weeks out from release, for a multiplayer game, that is this utterly fucking broken is an absolute disgrace. The fanbois that have been proclaiming 'its 6 weeks old though!' need to get a fucking grip on reality. Buyer beware on this product.
If this was an Alpha 12 months from release, it would be great. But a Demo 1 month from release. Words cannot explain.

I wont rehash all the server issues, infinite loading and lag issues since they have all been acknowledged. But I will add;
- the menus are sluggish
- grouping is a fucking nightmare. I'll invite people to my group, they load into the 'pre expedition' screen, it shows me as 'ready' even though i am walking around talking to NPCs. No one knows. We just sit there doing our thing patiently waiting for everyone else until we realise we are all waiting on nobody.
- the difficulty selection doesnt seem to work properly, or at least people cant see what difficultly you have actually selected
- joining someone is next to impossible. You pretty much need an invite
- having to matchmake to get into free roam is shit. Especially since you cant make it private, and there is 99% your group wont make it into the game together
- Social tab is shithouse. My Expedition tab usually shows a random subset of Friends. The Friends tab often shows nothing. Usually I cant find all the Friends i want that need an invite. Jesus christ.
- the LOADING times are horrific

I feel like i've barely scratched the surface.

As far as the story is concerned........having a single player story put into a multiplayer game simply doesnt work for me. It doesnt matter how respectful your chat group is, someone is always bound to talk over some in game NPC that you are trying to listen to. Then, you feel obligated to rush around since other people might be waiting for you. Or, you finish talking to all the NPCs but someone else is taking forever to get ready. AND, to fucking top this all off, they thought it was a brilliant idea to force you into a single player only space where you cant even see anyone and dont know where they are and if they are fucking ready! Omfg

BUT

Wow, the game mechanics are really actually very good. The flying, hovering, shooting, moving, combos........feels great. The guns, powers and even customization options are awesome.

I really, really liked playing it. Mrs Potts also enjoyed it, so we are actually keen to buy this fucking thing. But it certainly wont be on release day until I read a tonne of reviews and watch the general release issues.
Pretty sure I wont enjoy playing the Story with people, but the strikes, free roam, and so forth is where this game is at. No idea what / how much content there will be though, nor am I clear on future plans, content, DLC.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 28, 2019, 05:33:21 PM

If this was an Alpha 12 months from release, it would be great. But a Demo 1 month from release. Words cannot explain.



The worrying thing is that the alpha was actually a hell of a lot more smoother and stable.. Dont know what the hell happened since then.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on January 28, 2019, 06:06:45 PM

If this was an Alpha 12 months from release, it would be great. But a Demo 1 month from release. Words cannot explain.



The worrying thing is that the alpha was actually a hell of a lot more smoother and stable.. Dont know what the hell happened since then.

So I'm not crazy, it actually was more stable!
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 28, 2019, 07:01:07 PM

If this was an Alpha 12 months from release, it would be great. But a Demo 1 month from release. Words cannot explain.



The worrying thing is that the alpha was actually a hell of a lot more smoother and stable.. Dont know what the hell happened since then.

So I'm not crazy, it actually was more stable!

Definitely the case in my opinion. I only really experienced some rubber banding in free roam in the alpha. No crashes, no fails to load and no real noticeable dips in frame rate. This 'demo' had all of this and more.

The devs have been pretty open and honest in their communications and stated they're working on patching a lot of the issues before the open demo next weekend, hopefully they can offer a better experience as I've really enjoyed the game when it works.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: M-Rossi on January 29, 2019, 05:54:04 AM
No idea what / how much content there will be though, nor am I clear on future plans, content, DLC.
I heard there will be 3 strikes on launch (including the one in the demo).
General consensus online is similiar to what you express Raz. When it works it's fun. But loading screen, bugs so close to launch are concerning. Players who have had private access generally seem to agree that it's fun but needed more time in development (some say cause it doesn't gave enough content). It all well and good if it's fun and the campaign works, but if it does due to no end game content like the Division did, loosing a large player base might be fatal for Bioware.

Unfortunately with EA's recent practises, declining stocks and needing for this to make a lot of money, I feel like Bioware with EA are in the same position bungie was with Activision/ destiny.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: M-Rossi on January 29, 2019, 06:25:38 AM
https://youtu.be/ifrJvmfiKzI
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 29, 2019, 09:33:43 AM
I heard there will be 3 strikes on launch (including the one in the demo).

Doesnt seem like a lot, hopefully the story missions and free roam activities supplement those until more content is released.

Players who have had private access generally seem to agree that it's fun but needed more time in development (some say cause it doesn't gave enough content).

Seems to be a recurring theme to the looter shooter genre, not enough content on launch and then a struggle to maintain a player base through content droughts.

Unfortunately with EA's recent practises, declining stocks and needing for this to make a lot of money, I feel like Bioware with EA are in the same position bungie was with Activision/ destiny.

Except that in Activision - Bungie's case, it was just a partnership agreement and Bungie could go on their merry way. Bioware is wholly owned by EA, so it's more like Bullfrog, Westwood, Pandemic, Maxis, Visceral, et al.

The devs have released a recap of the VIP Demo and outlined plans going forward:

https://www.ea.com/games/anthem/news/anthem-vip-demo-recap

Quote
We’ve got a long list of things that were addressed during the weekend, or are being addressed for next weekend’s public demo. These include:

  • Entitlement bugs
  • Server performance updates to address much of the rubber-banding
  • Fixes for infinite loads and more being investigated
  • Platform bugs to validate Javelin unlocks
  • Client and platform login bugs

We’re doing more scale testing this week, particularly to be ready for the opening rush of players on Friday, and to verify we’ve got “infinite load” problems improved, the latter of which was a primary frustration for many players.

We’ve also been preparing for many weeks for our full launch. That version of the game already has a long list of things that are already fixed that won’t make the public demo weekend. That list includes:

  • Weapons with 0% infusions
  • Weapons with bonus that applies to different Javelins
  • Plot integrity / party gather issues
  • Changes to Javelin unlock behavior
  • Fixes for losing XP at end of some expeditions
  • Performance Improvements
  • Additional stability fixes
  • A Social Hub: The Launch Bay
  • And a few thousand more (literally)…

Overall, we remain humbled by the response from players and appreciate the support from the community. One of my favorite experiences from the weekend was checking out all your fantastic screenshots, video clips, streams and other amazing content – and that’s in addition to all your direct feedback. Thank you. It’s incredible to think we had nearly 9M hours of play across the 2.5 days the demo was open.  In that same time, over 1M strongholds were completed (go Freelancers!) and nearly 2M grabbits were slaughtered (seriously! – what is wrong with people? – they’re innocent grabbits!)
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on January 29, 2019, 03:15:09 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZcD341WO0U
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: StoneColdHomer on January 29, 2019, 03:46:41 PM
This is not sounding good.

Rushed development, microtransactions.....

PASS
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: raz81 on January 29, 2019, 08:25:27 PM
Cosmetic microtransactions don't worry me at all. In fact if I like a game enough and am invested in my 'character' I'll happily support the Devs (eg I have spent a fair bit on Elite).

But 3 strikes on release is a major blocker for me, if true. Especially since I don't think I'll like playing story in a group.
Free Roam was very fun but might get old pretty quick if there isn't a 'carrot' to chase
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: M-Rossi on January 30, 2019, 07:43:45 AM
Cosmetic microtransactions don't worry me at all. In fact if I like a game enough and am invested in my 'character' I'll happily support the Devs (eg I have spent a fair bit on Elite).
I haven't played Warframe, but I played a lot of World of Tanks, a free game with microtransactions works if balanced correctly. I spent maybe $80-$120 on WoT after dozens of hours of free play. i support the game model if done right (which I hear Warframe has also).
I'm happy to support developers above and beyond if I feel it's justified. Bioware used to be held in high regard but under EA they haven't been the same.
But a full priced game with microtransactions, with the game geared around the loot box / microtransactions with gameplay shaped accordingly is obvious. Players have finally caught on with nba2k and fifa ut... EA wants another live service to cash in on without much overhead costs...
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 30, 2019, 10:49:44 AM
Decent video looking at end game content and grand master difficulties:

https://youtu.be/MScoIWol26s
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on January 31, 2019, 12:52:45 PM
EB have offered Anthem: Dawn of Legion + 2 months PSPlus for $99

Spaz might release  :P
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on January 31, 2019, 03:08:26 PM
EB have offered Anthem: Dawn of Legion + 2 months PSPlus for $99

Spaz might release  :P

Spaz released!
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on January 31, 2019, 03:23:48 PM

Spaz released!

In public? You can get locked up for that :troll:
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on January 31, 2019, 03:29:38 PM

Spaz released!

In public? You an get locked up for that :troll:

Wrong game  :P

 :worthless:
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: M-Rossi on February 01, 2019, 07:40:55 AM
Spaz released!
In public? You can get locked up for that :troll:

Made me think of this (https://youtu.be/F2HCUwAPZw8?t=1m38s) lol
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: StoneColdHomer on February 01, 2019, 01:23:27 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OPodSahLn4
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: M-Rossi on February 01, 2019, 02:01:38 PM
@StoneColdHomer you seems to be subscribed to the same youtubers as me :)
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: raz81 on February 01, 2019, 03:32:14 PM
Haha that guy has been popping up for me a lot recently. Probably coz Ive been watching anthem content and for some fucked reason hyping myself up about the game lol

I didn't bother watching that video coz I'm assuming the release schedule is as absurd as bf5 was heh
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: spazmanaught on February 01, 2019, 03:41:45 PM
I didn't bother watching that video coz I'm assuming the release schedule is as absurd as bf5 was heh

It's worse. What he says is right. If you need a spreadsheet to show the release table you've got it all wrong.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on February 01, 2019, 03:50:53 PM
I agree that its all a bit unnecessarily convoluted but is it really worth ranting over? Here's my take, ways to play: I get the game when its out and play it. Smells of wanting to rant for the sake of ranting, who gives a flying monkey if EA want to push their origin service and give incentives to do so.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on February 01, 2019, 07:36:50 PM
Open "demo" begins 3am eastern i believe.

Edit: and it did get a relatively small patch today
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: raz81 on February 01, 2019, 07:50:36 PM
As long as they truely fix the load bug, then the experience should be decent!
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: raz81 on February 02, 2019, 10:35:24 AM
I accidentally got caught up playing bf5 till 3am...
...and as I was logging off I realised that's around the time anthem demo was going live.

So what the hell, I'll try it

Astonishingly not only was I able to log in and get past the main menu, but it also loaded into a game on the first attempt.

I ran around for a bit and shit some stuff. It seemed a little lagged, but I was pretty impressed it didn't fail completely!
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on February 02, 2019, 12:03:41 PM
Load bug and others still there in the open demo. Been playing for 2hrs and had just as many crashes as I have had successful games.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on February 02, 2019, 12:27:06 PM
End game info

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5lam_u7vUY
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on February 02, 2019, 05:47:50 PM
Still undecided after playing through the demo. End game sounds sparse but I could get 50-60 hrs out of it at least. Combat is decent, and different abilties can keep the monotony away for awhile. Might be just enough to fill the month before Div2 drops.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on February 02, 2019, 06:04:12 PM
Demo started behaving a bit more and I got a few good runs in with both the storm and colossus. I can see the different style of play between the javelins helping with what looks like a low key start to end game.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on February 05, 2019, 11:01:30 AM
https://youtu.be/ZTXblVk4row

https://youtu.be/dunQXPnCQwo
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on February 05, 2019, 02:19:22 PM
Has EA/Bioware absolutely confirmed that a good selection of colours (and colourwheel) and materials for Javelin cosmetics will be "free"? (By free I mean not microtransactioned).
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: raz81 on February 05, 2019, 04:43:59 PM
Not sure but the impression I got is,
- colour wheel is as per demo, free
- materials as per demo, free
- extra materials in the future, purchased (grind currency or real life dollars)

And then vinyls and armour pieces etc
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on February 07, 2019, 10:45:37 AM
Bioware have laid out a roadmap for updates:

Summary:

March 2019 Update: Act 01 Echoes of Reality
• New events
• QoL updates
• New rewards
• Expanded Progression system
• New Stronghold
• Guilds & Leaderboards
• New Missions
• The Cataclysm

Act 01 is broken into 3 updates over the Month of March; Evolving World, Stronger Together and the Cataclysm.

Act 02 and Act 03 updates are also on the roadmap schedule, no dates or information given.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DyvuShCUwAApDvw.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DyvuShBUUAAXoG3.jpg)
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: raz81 on February 14, 2019, 09:06:19 PM
Super impressed with the transparency and openness with the community that this team has.

Also, surprised at the amount of change between the demo and potentially what's coming out tomorrow (early access) and further updates for full release

https://youtu.be/943AlFdfs8k
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on February 14, 2019, 10:59:49 PM
Super impressed with the transparency and openness with the community that this team has.

Also, surprised at the amount of change between the demo and potentially what's coming out tomorrow (early access) and further updates for full release



They've definitely been very open about the development process. Hopefully it continues and they'll continue to listen to the community and make changes and evolve where and when necessary.

Apparently there have been thousands of fixes and changes since the demo build. That's promising as I really enjoyed the game when it worked, it was just the bugs that killed it, and the perceived lack of end game, but both can be fixed.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: SmashedPumpkin on February 16, 2019, 01:29:28 PM
Amazon selling Anthem for $55 now

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07DM4YL2S?th=1
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on February 16, 2019, 03:03:51 PM
So which release date is everyone playing on? Anyone playing on today's release for PC or 10hr EA Access Xbox trial or waiting until the second release date?
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on February 16, 2019, 07:10:35 PM
Will be playing on ps4 so the actual release date for me.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: elrast333 on February 16, 2019, 09:49:34 PM
PS4 so 22nd, unless there is deluge of reports between now and then about bugs, no connections, crashes etc
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: Slayer7744 on February 16, 2019, 11:51:04 PM
PS4 so 22nd, unless there is deluge of reports between now and then about bugs, no connections, crashes etc

Been hearing some very positive things about performance and quality of the overall game compared to the public demo so fingers crossed.

EDIT: Loading times seem to be the biggest issue at the moment.
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: raz81 on February 17, 2019, 01:33:59 AM
I'll be on PS4 release day. Coincidentally had leave booked too, which is handy
Title: Re: Anthem
Post by: AkyraStrike on February 17, 2019, 10:16:39 AM
Hearing load times are still a bit frustrating but otherwise performance is night and day compared to the demo, good news indeed. I'm more keen to play this than the division and I really hope it has end game to keep me busy.