Remember ANTHEM? It has been a hot second since Bioware's failure of a looter shooter was in the news cycle, but it looks like the studio is still trying to right the ship with another substantial patch, for now at least. Update 1.3.0 finally adds the end-game Cataclysm event to the game - something that was originally promised to arrive not too long after the title's launch all the way back in February.
Alongside new story missions that will have you unravelling the mystery behind the Cataclysm itself by tracking down Dr. Harken, the end-game activity introduces a number of new features and mechanics. Inversions are sets of gameplay modifiers that increase the difficulty of the battles you'll come across, leaderboards score your performance, and a seasonal currency allows you to make purchases in a new store that'll stock time-limited rewards. It all sounds very much in line with any other event found in a looter shooter.
Battle Vara Brom and her forces in a dangerous new game mode that evolves over time. Teamwork is heavily encouraged as you battle against the dangerous environment and time itself, unlock secrets, and master the Cataclysm to earn all new rewards and rank up the leaderboard.
Besides that, the 1.3.0 patch makes a whole host of changes and tweaks to the alliance system, weapons, difficulty levels, gear, and classes. For all the information on those fixes and general improvements, head to the EA forums via this link.
Is there any hope of you returning to ANTHEM to check this out? Remember that it exists in the comments below.
waste of time, get on with Dragon Age
I'm not being snarky when I say that I forgot this game even existed.
Does anyone still play this game?
Sounds boring. I remember when Bioware were a big deal.
@Tasuki I play it.
But I play on PC, which probably has much less issues than consoles.
So far the players report a lot of positives.
Of course this won’t rescue the game, but it’s a good start.
Well the fact that this game is still alive tells you all you need to know about where EA's mindset is why couldn't Andromeda have gotten this kind of leniency
I can’t believe anthem released in february this year, I feel like it’s released a couple of years ago..
@tatsumi Let's watch the personal insults please.
Thanks for understanding
Couldn't give two s****s.
Again, please mind the language - Quintumply
This news might make me play the 10-hour trial in EA Access but I won't play it fully until it drops into the Vault.
I bought it for around £17 and have to say that it's actually quite good fun, just the end game kinda sucks when you're 20 hours in. Now it has new content I will be happy to return to it again.
The game really seems to get a lot of hate from people that haven't tried it. If you have access try the trial and give it a go, ypu may actually like it. 🤣
Bioware reminds me of Ozzy Osborne. Clearly talented, some great early success. But now an absolute mess who's more likely to poo his pants than have another hit.
I could over look a lot of it's flaws but the load times killed it for me.
@Tasuki I still play it but wont get to play the new content until next week as im on holiday.
ANTHEM really is a terrible name for the game, nothing descriptive or evocative about it.
I suppose they wanted to channel along the lines of 'Destiny', 'Halo', but didn't have the clout to pull it off. Now just seems entirely forgettable.
Mass Effect, now that's a name!
Dragon Age! That's a good one too!
Jade Empire! Classic!
Time to draw a line under Anthem and consign it to being another chapter in the manual of how not to create a game.
@Dubya75 but still you comment... so you do give a s***.
@RBMango EA hope you have
I remember when EA said no one wanted single player games anymore, then Mario, Zelda, Monster Hunter, HZD, GOW, Spider-Man and RDR2 all had major succes while Anthem and FO76 both flopped. Now EA is making a single player Star Wars game. How ironic.
Please stop swearing.
I really enjoyed the campaign and when that was done happily went about doing stuff and having fun. Flight, gunplay and co-op was all great fun. I enjoyed helping others get the gear they needed to level up. Then it became grindy and repetitious.
I left it for a while and decided to wait for the Cataclysm, looking forward to new story and content.
Then I heard there was a clock involved and I thought, screw that.
Last thing I want in a game that's meant to be fun is a timer to add pressure. No thanks.
There’s things about it that re great, the flying is a ton of fun, the combat is good, each javelin feels unique. The problem is it was so glitchy, the grind was ridiculous and there wasn’t much to keep my attention after I beat it. I enjoyed the time I spent with it, so I don’t feel like I made a mistake buying it, but I also don’t feel a need to go back to it.
@Futureshark It was originally supposed to be "Beyond" but EA didn't want to buy the copyright so they named it "Anthem".
No one cares because:
1. Anthem is garbage.
2. EA is the worst publisher in the industry.
While new free content is always welcome, some of the main pain points of the game are still very prevelant unfortunately. Same bugs and glitches still there, still excessive loading screens, same small qol issues that make it a chore to play.
@redd214 Exactly. They can polish this turd to a brilliant mirror finish. But ultimately, it is still a turd.
.. I think Anthem gets unfair bad press... I remember getting it on launch weekend and having an absolute blast.. it's great-looking, the flying / hovering / shooting action is really slick and.. whilst the story lasted.. it was great fun! (with some genuinely memorable characters) but the clincher was the end-game content - it was pretty poor... alongside some incredibly bad load times and a non-existent loot / shop / cosmetic hook.. interest waned pretty quickly... I'm going to fire it back up again though with this update... flying around and thwacking enemies with your oversized shield as a hulkbuster never got boring...
this should have been Iron Man the game with all his other armors as the OTHER ARMORS.
I know i'm not the only one who thought this. What was on the developer's mind when they said "hey lets not do that because its a great idea especially at the height of marvel madness and instead do something stupid"
I made an account to post this.
@OneManDroid Do you really not understand why this game gets the justified hate it gets? Let's start with E3 2017. They show a trailer for it proclaiming it to be in game footage. Turns out it was a completely fake trailer that was essentially a proof of concept. And many of the Bioware's devs were learning what the game was supposed to be about for the first time watching said fake trailer. That is how bad the leadership was. That after 5 and a half years in development they had nothing to show but a fake trailer. First outright lie to the public. Second, 3 months before the game was launching a bioware dev was asked if the game still looks like it did in the fake trailer. To which they responded just you wait and see. Implying it may be better. Then of course we have the scummy microtransactions which have no place in a full priced game. Then we have a loot service game with a broken loot system. Amongst a ton of other bugs like the game crashing frequently and regularly. As you talked about the joke of an endgame, with zero content. The game had no business launching in the state was in. Least of all as a full priced game. That combined with the devs continued lying about things. Like saying armor would drop in Elysian caches but then having that be a lie. Then them delaying content and going silent for months at a time and blaming the players for their inadequacies. To finally the Cataclysm event being essentially a similar activity to every other activity except with some slight wind and a blue filter. People need to stop playing and defending garbage like this.
@Exlee300p Sad but true. I'm sorely tempted to delete it from my machine along with Destiny 2 - what with its ongoing subscription based costs and various grind demands.
Guess I'll have to patiently wait for Cyberpunk 2077 and BGE2
@nathanSF I think that's a wise choice. And then of course we have the shining beacon that is CD Projekt Red. Showing that you dont need microtransactions or a million different priced copies of a game to thrive. And most importantly they are honest and transparent with their customers. Treating us with respect and like a friend. And absolutely would never release a game in the state Anthem was in. Heck they still wouldn't release Anthem in it's current state. Not to mention all the awesome things they pack in their standard priced games. CD Projekt Red proves that all these other companies are simply greedy scum who would sell their own mother for a profit. I knock Kotick, Zellnick, and Wilson most certainly would.
There was a rumour that Anthem might become a free-to-play game.
this is just sad
Everyone who spent money on this "turd" as they like to say, played this game from beginning to end. I did, and while there were numerous glitches and loading times, I did enjoy levelling up my character and becoming stronger. The game itself from start to finish is fun, and you can do it solo if you like (Which I did). The grindy end game loot search killed it for me, neverending rewardless grind with junk drops will kill any game. I recently went in and tried a cataclysm event, which was no different than a stronghold except for the time limit. I don't know what purpose it's supposed to have.
I personally like Anthem. It has great gameplay, graphics and the voice acting was spot on. Granted the loading is a drag, I don't feel it's as terrible as people say.This is a new IP for Bioware so expected some flaws. I can live with flaws if they try to improve, and they have. The cataclysm event should bring in New loot and an environment change. Not fond of the time limit but it adds another layer of urgencywhich can be a bit exciting.Looking forward to further improvements.
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