Will Anthem Take 2019? Or Will EA Ruin This Game?

Hey, what’s up, guys. Lately, there seems to be a lot of controversy revolving around EA’s new blockbuster game.

Are you a fan of Online RPG Multiplayer games?

Chris: Yes I’m a fan of online multiplayer games. I especially like open world multiplayer. Currently, I’m playing Waframe, but I’ve played other multiplayer RPGs like Destiny 2, The Division, and Monster Hunter World. I’ve always been a fan of online RPGs, going way back to the Diablo 2 days. I love the social interactivity that is involved with multiplayer RPGs. From power leveling, Material farming, community events, or even clans meetups (This is why I like Warframe sooo much! 🤫Hurry, go play it, right now, just go, I won’t hold it against you).

Jose: Yes I am. Games like Destiny, or ESO, or Final Fantasy Realm Reborn, and now Anthem make you feel like a badass! In final fantasy and ESO, you have classes you can choose from. Those classes varying from a warlock, to a tank, to a healer and so on. When you’re in groups and you’re attacking the boss in a quest and your team is shouting out commands and your saying to form up that way you can buff them, or you’re yelling to get into your circle of AOE that way you can do triple the damage to enemy, just has a great feeling In anthem, that feeling is there but at like 100 times the epic ness. You have javelins that grant the user different abilities. You have the ranger who is the balanced javelin and whose ultimate is to lock on and use homing middles to attack the enemy. Then you have the storm javelin. You are able to control the elements of fire, ice, and lighting to do A LOT of damage to the enemies. The storms ultimate allows you to call down all three elements doing a ton of AOE damage. The Interceptor javelin is more of a mobile javelin to get you in and out of the fight as quickly as possible and it’s build is mainly revolved around melee combat. Last but not least you have the colossus. The thick daddy, I mean the tank daddy of them all. This one is meant to be right in the firefight and take all the aggro as your team flanks behind to assist you in killing them. And before I forget, the interceptors ultimate is a melee ability where you can continually melee attack the enemy and the colossus launches what is almost a freaking nuke at your enemy! Now you probably wondered why I practically wrote this entire thing and what it may have to do with the question at hand, well that’s the answer to the question. I love online rpg games because it fits to your gameplay aspect and the game is always changing

Do you think Anthem will be the game to play for 2019?

Chris: TL;DR, No, I don’t think it will be the game for 2019. I think that if the Anthem devs can listen to the community throughout the year and put out updates in a quick timeframe, then they will build a strong player base. Games like Warframe are really good at this. Digital Extremes schedules live stream updates, dev streams on Twitch, community manager streams for gameplay Q&A, and more. They make sure the whole community knows what’s going on. In terms of Anthem, at the end of the day, I don’t know what’s going to happen. All I see is graphics and weak content. I mean we all know, EA is the publisher. I feel that any negative update will be focused on EA. I think no matter what, fans will hold EA Games accountable for any issues with the game, and I kinda agree with them. This is EA’s last chance to gain the trust of people, so I guess we’ll see. There is potential, but f*cking EA needs to remove their name from the game, it would make me feel better.

Jose: The answer is fuck yeah! This game makes you feel like Ironman flying through Anthem exploring underwater caverns, flying through the world and seeing just how amazing the landscape and wildlife is. This game is going to be the must have game of 2019 and if you don’t have it, then you can’t sit at the cool kids table.

Do you think Anthem just another EA game?

Chris: Anthem is similar to Destiny 2 or Warframe. Two completely different games in all aspects, but the major difference with Anthem is that it’s published by EA. I have no idea how EA will push the microtransactions throughout the year. I feel like they are a business first, video game company second. So I think we will be forced to pay a lot to continue playing this game throughout the year.

Jose: No. The developers have been very transparent about what the game will and will not have. Michael Gamble did answer some of my questions on twitter and one of them were, “Will this game have micro transactions?” He responded and I quote, “There will. But for cosmetics only. No loot boxes either.” EA does have a history of putting A LOT of micro transactions into the game that ARE PAY TO WIN. I mean look at Star Wars BattleFront 2. That game was so badly received due to the pay to win system, that they pulled them out of the game. I am not buying this game because it’s an EA game, I am buying this because it’s a BioWare game.

If you pre-ordered a game for early access and got stuck at a load screen, how would you feel?

Chris: I honestly hate how video games have moved in this “Early access” direction. It’s all these blockbuster games go through a series of marketing and exposure before coming out. Like: the Alpha test, the public beta test, the private beta, the VIP demo, the early access pre-order, and probably more. Remember when games used to just come out on release day! Alright, to answer the question, If I preordered a game for early access and didn’t get into the beta, yes, I would be pissed. Nowadays it should be more like a guarantee. Especially if you paid $80 for the pre-order. You should be able to get what you pay for with these big video game companies.

Jose: I was pissed. I was so pissed that I didn’t even try for another hour, I even went on twitter and tweeted to the devs that it’s bullshit that we are having these issues. Don’t get me wrong, yeah it probably was a “douchebag” move, but I paid for the Legion of Dawn version which was $80.00 but since I have the EA access, I was able to get it for only $70.00. What also pissed me off, was that they tweeted out saying that they didn’t expect this many people to try and log into the game. Are you serious? You guys are giving out codes on Twitter for free, and then people that reserved the game also got 3 free friend codes to give out, and you already had the pre-order numbers and couldn’t plan ahead? That’s what pissed me off about the early access. BUT, thanks to this problem it was also a blessing. While I was streaming, we had about 20 people join our stream and people were asking how we were playing the game and were asking me how to get into the game. We hit 111 followers on our twitch channel because if this. So yeah, I was mad, but then I was over it because at the end of the day we are all human and the Devs are trying their hardest to get this game out to the fans and the fact of the matter is that at the end of the day we were all still able to play the game, and as an added bonus for people who reserved the game, we are getting an extra vinyl for our javelin suits as well as during the beta, they allowed us to play all the javelins instead of two.

So that’s what we thought about the new EA game Anthem. If you liked this Q&A be sure to check out our last Q&A session about Kingdom Hearts 3.

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Written by: Christian Galvez

Christian is the founder of The EXP Grind. He is interested in Indie musicians, Video Games, Anime, and just about anything in Arts and Entertainment. He tries to find art with true meaning in the new and upcoming artists and hopes to reach more creative professionals.

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