Anthem shows off a full mission in a new video

    
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Not Destiny.

If you’re still relying on secondhand glances at Anthem to figure out if the game is something you’d like to play, here’s a big eyeful of stuff to examine. Yes, it’s an entire mission’s worth of footage in video format, so you can see the game’s storytelling and gameplay on display in contiguous form for about 15 minutes.

Of course, while the video shows off the gameplay, it doesn’t let you play the game, and thus you can’t be sure how all of this feels to actually undertake on your own. But if you’re judging whether or not you want to find out in the first place, you could do a lot worse. Check out the full video just below, and possibly earmark some time in early February to try the demo yourself if it piques your interest.

Source: YouTube via IGN
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MilitiaMasterV

Gave it a watch because I was curious enough after reading some of the things about it/seeing some of the other stuff that was coming out about it to investigate more.

Some thoughts :

It didn’t trigger as much of my motion sickness/nausea as most shooter based games do…I actually managed to watch it all the way through only getting a twinge here or there with certain screen jumps/jerks/fast movements.

The voice over stuff was so bad/quiet/couldn’t tell what the hell they were saying (I’m 25-50% deaf IRL, so either closed captioning/written text is often needed to understand anyway…) most of the time. There was basically a lot of ‘Go here, oh noes, something is harming us…KILL IT…continue doing this rinse repeat’ : follow this chain of boring.

It’s definitely something a person with as much energy/twitchy as I was as a child/teen could handle/would want (Especially with all the suit transformations/alterations)…but there wasn’t a whole lot of tactics being used. A lot of ‘zoom out to a distance and nuke from space’, or for the one character that was apparently a brawler….get in close and move from one to another so fast they can’t even see you…and the other one was all tanky/bunker buster style play…takes hits, shrugs em off, and blows away the big stuff. Not a lot of using the environment to your advantage…just a lot of taking the hits because armor and then hoping you kill before being killed.

The environments were pretty, but I wonder how much you can actually explore…it seemed really like they were forcing you down a really pretty tunnel (out in the world).

I haven’t played anything suit-wise since Mech-warrior back in the days of Super Nintendo…for reference.

This didn’t really make me more interested, in fact it pretty much detracted from the interest I did have.

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Braveliltoasterx

The games very nice to look at but you are right, it’s the same shit different title. And Ill give it 3 months before cash shop gets introduced. Its EA after all and I’ll be waiting to see what they do before investing.

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Mr.McSleaz

Does the video show off the Cash Shop?

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rafael12104

Interesting. I’m curious. Buying it from BB early, does that mean you go and pick up a hard copy on launch day or is it a digital download?

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IronSalamander8 .

Love the graphics for sure. I also like being able to fly around although it would depend heavily on the control scheme on how well it plays. The actual mission seemed like a standard MMO filler quest which isn’t particularly inviting.

I already have Origin as I play both Garden Warfare games which need it, so I already have preorder buttons for it but even if I do try it out, it won’t be via pre-order. Will wait and see how EA/BW handle it as neither is exactly endearing themselves at the moment and beyond the graphics I don’t see a major ‘hook’ for this one.

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Bannex

Lots of nitpicking in the comments lol. This game looks pretty awesome to me.

Definitely more polished looking in its alpha than warframe currently.

I’ve given up on varied gameplay experiences in video games after rdr2. I think we’re just destined to be relegated to repetitive combat scenarios and hitting an action button to collect shit.

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MrNastyButler

Honestly, everything about this sounds like something I’d love. But then I see EA stamp on it and I just lose motivation.

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Matt R

Reminds me of Warframe, which is just boring murder sprees. The players are doing nothing but going from Point A to Point B while killing random hordes of enemies and pressing A on a few items. Imagine hearing the same quest audio over and over and over again as you grind the same boring missions.

If this is the future of MMOs, then I’m not interested in the slightest.

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Randy Savage

It looks like if Destiny had a baby with Warframe, and then sent that baby to an orphanage run by Electronic Arts so even Oliver Twist would be like, “damn bro, that kid don’t stand a chance”

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Tithian

Lot’s of things going on, most of them bad.

1. First the good one: it looks amazing, at least in the open world.
2. Voice acting was bad. It reminded me of a dev playthrough of some military game I saw a while back, where the dialogue was scripted and hilariously bad.
3. Effects and screen shake gave me nausea, which was weird because this has never happened to me before in similar games. I play Warframe FFS which is full of neon colors and insane parkour ninjas. It wasn’t an issue at first, but in the second part of the video (which was indoors) it hit me hard.
4. Hated the fact that the suits had too much ‘weight’ in them. All landings seemed very rough, acceleration and deceleration were too prominent etc. I would prefer if it was smoother, not like you were piloting a 20-ton mech. The constant screen shake made it even worse.
5. Judging from 4 and 3, the indoor areas will probably suck ass. The ceiling will prevent good hang time during combat, everything will be packed together and in a party with tons of Area effects going off it will be a clusterfuck.

And finally, it’s EA. I can bet that there will be limited ‘classes’ (we saw 3 here) and customization will be very limited unless you fork over $$$ for micros. I really see no reason spending money on this, when the alternatives are better and free.

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Armsbend

Maybe they made this during the voice actors strike. It seriously sounds like they grabbed some people from the closest diner. Or maybe the former QA team – seeing how companies don’t bother to bug fix any longer.

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Bannex

You should take that critical eye to warframe and it’s craptastic animations, gunplay and nauseating menu uis

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Tithian

Never had an issue with Warframe gunplay or animations. Actually I really like the flow between the parkour and combat animations, which is exactly why I disliked the chunky-ness (for lack of better word) of what I’ve seen in Anthem. They should shamelessly copy that aspect of WF.

PS. Did that hit a nerve?

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Bannex

I’ve never played anthem how can I be upset? I love the concept of warframe but the instant direction changes, floaty cheap feeling air combat and time slowing felt ridiculous to me.

Warframe gets way too much credit. It’s a shitty feeling game in almost all aspects. It’s about time a real developer takes a crack at the warframe/destiny style

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Tithian

How would you define a “real developer”, and why isn’t DE one?

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Bannex

Did I hit a nerve? :p

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Tithian

No, that was a legit question. What qualities does a developer need to have to be considered good/real? Unless of course it was a troll response with no real answer, so we can let it go

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Bannex

Ideally one that doesn’t make crappy games and isn’t owned by China.

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Tithian

Hmm, understandable. Not something I can agree with, considering the AAA industry nowdays will fleece people with “micro”-transactions like a F2P game would anyway (with a box price attached), but I can understand the sentiment. Especially when it comes to things like polish (or lack thereof) and how it generally correlates to F2P.

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Dug From The Earth

Blaming who owns them is a sad argument.

Need I remind you that Bioware is owned by EA, which is equally as bad as any company in China.

Try not to let your personal opinion about a game affect the real facts.

DE is actually a company of over 200 employees, and has been since before China had anything to do with them. They have been developing games as far back as Unreal Tournament.

Probably a good thing your opinion isnt what sets the definition for what a “real developer” is.

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Bannex

I was having a bit of fun. Truth be told I don’t care for warframe but I have no real animosity towards it or it’s developer.

DE is a real developer, that was more of a trollish comment than anything. I will say that the similarities between the games for me stop at the 3rd person view. Warframe lacks any and all polish compared to this.

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Cadaver

I find the whole powersuit such thing a colossal turn-off that I could never play this game. I managed about 3 minutes of the video before losing the will.

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Armsbend

One they started asking, “Where’s was-his-face?” for the umpteenth time I turned off – before the fighting started.

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Cadaver

I wasn’t engaged enough to know who or what they were looking for. No urgency and tension was expressed by the voice acting. They could have been looking for a parking space at Ikea for all the excitement they conveyed.