With the examples of direct rivals such as Warframe, The Division, Destiny, BioWare should have avoided the basic mistakes in Anthem.
Anthem has officially become the lowest score game of BioWare after 24 years of existence. This looter shooter game (roughly called “clun gun shooting”) has a score of only 60 on Metacritic, “defeats” the old score of Mass Effect: Andromeda is 72 to break up the leading position … backwards. After epic marketing campaigns, quality trailers, and two official release dates, gamers saw what the game was all about, and they were disappointed.
“Looter shooter” may sound strange to you, but actually it has been so familiar to us in recent years. You shoot monsters to pick up guns, armor, money … and use them to shoot stronger monsters, picking up new items better. So on. The genre was launched by Gearbox with Borderlands 1, launched in 2009, and later developed into online games with Warframes, Destiny and The Division.
Anthem’s item system: Why is it criticized, and what could be done better? Anthem’s item system and the mechanism to hunt and upgrade items are extremely unreasonable, causing gamers to feel inhibited when playing and lose interest.
Of these, Warframes, Destiny 2 and The Division 2 are Anthem’s direct rivals, and the situation doesn’t seem very bright for BioWare’s game. Even if we temporarily put aside the competition of these three rivals, Anthem’s quality itself is still quite weak and not enough to convince gamers to stick for long. The game has a 15-hour storyline (which must take up to 3 hours to be the speaking segment), with duplicate old missions, three Stronghold (equivalent to the sub-version) for plowing and a page system. puzzling, full of repetitive items or rare but absolutely useless items for gamers. That’s not to mention all sorts of mistakes like to shoot down the same monster, level 1 guns only need 4 hits, Epic level 36 guns need a magazine , time and loading times, the confusion in the change mechanism. equipment … things have been and will make gamers uncomfortable in the future.
Saying that Anthem has three direct rivals and a pioneer pioneered in 2009, this also means that BioWare has had four examples that they can refer to to develop Anthem over the past 6 years. Indeed, on the technical side, BioWare has avoided the traces of both Destiny and The Division when these games had serious server problems in the early stages, forcing the developer to spend a lot of time and efforts to overcome. Actually, Destiny 2 also suffers from similar server problems, showing that Anthem’s (relatively) smooth release is a commendable effort by BioWare.
But feeling that comparing Anthem’s release time with rivals like Destiny, The Division or Warframe and saying praise to BioWare for doing a good job of preparing Anthem is also lame. Anthem did not release in 2013 as Warframe, nor did it release in 2016 as The Division. It was released in 2019, and when you take on the role of a gamer looking for testing, Anthem needs to be compared to the current version of Warframe, with The Division 2 coming, and with the update. Forsaken’s highly acclaimed Japanese release 2.
And this comparison shows that Anthem is losing “broken tail.”
BioWare did not develop Anthem in a secluded manner, but made it when other games of the same genre existed. “Anthem is better than competitors in their early days” is not an excuse for us to play BioWare products. BioWare itself knows this well, and they have repeatedly said they want to make a difference from rivals so that players like Anthem.
Setting high goals is too good, but do not forget the foundation needed to stand firm. Unfortunately, BioWare only looks up, so when Anthem launches, gamers realize that the game misses so many important platform features that every other game of the same genre has.
Let give you a few examples. You cannot party with friends right in the game, you must turn on the Origin client to send or accept invitations. Bosses in the game have no special rewards that make gamers actively avoid them and abuse the chests in the Free Play section. What do indicators like “Support + xx% Luck” and “Gear xx% Speed” mean? How much is the best for those xx? And the most confusing, the most frustrating is the absence of the interface that assembles all the indicators of the character. Even though it’s a game built on item stats, the game has nowhere to tell you the total stats of the character!
Moreover, Anthem lacks content too. While Ubisoft promises that it will focus on developing end-game content immediately with The Division 2 (due out on March 15, 2019), the amount of content BioWare has created for Anthem right now. is too little. The missions of the game keep making players go here, shoot the other, pick up something, bring in rewards. The bosses Anthem has are just tough battles between gamers and AI, when you hide behind obstacles as if playing Gears of War, looking for the opportunity to “poke” their weaknesses with combos, and wait for them to collapse. There is nothing dramatic or interesting here because, as said, even the items they fall out are too trivial.
Again, it must be repeated that Anthem cannot be judged solely on its own, but needs to be compared to surrounding rivals. In this day and age, gamers still only have 24 hours a day, and the number of games scrambling for that period of time is almost endless. They always have to choose between a lot of different games with the same gameplay, and the games that are not attractive enough to keep them immediately may be eliminated. Gamers do not have enough money or free time to buy a mid-range game and then wait a few months to the whole year, hoping the game is upgraded?
BioWare is trying to fix the issues that have been pointed out (and criticized), but pessimistically speaking, they can also lead to new jokes. Just March 9, they released a patch to improve the quality and quantity of Masterwork and Legendary items, but the funny thing is that the edits to this patch appear on the official server of The game was earlier than it had been set by BioWare. Gamers said they previously picked up 1-2 genuine items every 10 hours of play, now they receive a range of … a dozen items each at Stronghold. But before laughing, the Anthem gamers had to cry because by the time the patch was actually released by BioWare, the effect of it was … to erase all the adjustments on equipment drop rate, making the game Back to the previous state.
BioWare is not Bethesda and this is probably a rare mistake, but maybe the game will not survive if there are a few more similar mistakes. Although this patch also adds a few new bugs, it is a plus that helps reduce the load times when allowing gamers to open Expedition from anywhere inside Fort Tarsis instead of having to go to Launch Bay. Many other changes in this patch are very promising, and we need to give a plus to BioWare when they release new patches at high speed to improve our game.
believe that BioWare can use its experience to turn Anthem into a better quality game in the future. But the time for them to do that is not much, and it is running out like the patience of gamers. Perhaps BioWare should not only work hard to make a difference, but do not hesitate to copy attractive features from competitors such as Fortnite-style “borrowed” the ping system of Apex Legends, because few gamers remember who go first, they only remember the winner’s name.