Anthem is finally officially launched, to the tune of lukewarm reviews (plus the launch roadmap)

    
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We never claimed to be saints.

Anthem has finally, finally wound its way through all its early tests and early accesses and headstarts and other folderol to make it to the finish line, which is also the starting line: Yes, it’s finally launched. Reddit is currently collecting bug reports for the launch patch too.

In case you’re wondering, yes we have a writer in there checking it out for the MMO player’s perspective, but his impressions aren’t ready yet. But reviews from mainstream sites are trickling in, and they’re not exactly glowing; PC Gamer, for example, says it’s gorgeous but flawed and frustrating, while IGN says the launch is “barebones.” So basically, it’s a BioWare game. VG247 also has an account of an EA partner paid to upload a YouTube review of the game that apparently was too negative for EA’s tastes and had to be taken down and put back online again sans EA watermarks.

If you’re playing this weekend, we’d love to hear your take. And lest you think it’s all doom and gloom, just check out this classy tweet from The Division 2’s creative director.

Update
BioWare has a launch address up on the game now, complete with a 90-day roadmap:

“Coming off our Early Access period, we understand that we have lots of work ahead of us to continue to improve the game. As a Live Service team, a core tenet for us is listening hard to the community. We use that insight to fix issues and make Quality of Life fixes to the game. Our most recent patch – the one you are playing now — reflects your feedback. You can see the list of changes here. Many came from listening to you. Beyond that, we have a growing list of improvements we’re evaluating for the future. You’ll start seeing the next of those this coming week.”

March, for example, is looking at new legendary missions and cosmetics, plus the first Cortex Locked freeply event; April will see the expanded mastery progression system, more new missions, the Sunken stronghold, leaderboards, and guilds; while May heralds Cataclysm. No not that Cataclysm.

Update
Apparently some folks at Resetera have already found some copies of Anthem in the cheapie bin in a German retail store, but it doesn’t seem to be a widespread thing. Let’s hope not, anyway. (Thanks for the tip, Gregg!)

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Reht

The game is fun – looks great and gun play is fun. Flying, outside of combat, is a novelty that’s already wearing off. In combat, it’s enjoyable in Tribes sort of way. However, the game definitely needs some work – the audio cutting out bug is back full force after the day 1 patch and i periodically have to Alt+F4 to end freeplay. The missions themselves feel incredibly repetitive. Load times are what they are. Going solo i load quickly from an SSD but when matchmaking, it can be fast or incredibly slow. I never use in-game VOIP and am disappointed there is no way to communicate with team mates during expeditions. This is one of the biggest flaws in my opinion, the game is built around encouraging people to group but offers no other method of communication beyond baked in VOIP. I have no regrets trying it out and will continue playing it until Division 2 launches, then i will cancel premiere and wait to see their roadmap and DLC plans.

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overbyte

I’m having a blast with the game. There are some different choices made by bioware (the separate story town is a bit strange but I kinda dig it) but the mechanics, shooting and flying all hit the right notes for me.

The review feel more like a backlash against the ridiculous hype cycle that these publishers are creating which no game would live up to. Good job apex legends launched without it

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Xijit

Not enjoying it as much as I did in the Alpha / Demos … but that is mostly because I had to work an Overtime Shift Friday night and I’m pretty drained.

I really need to get some more rest, but I love the game so much that I am kinda compulsively grinding away at it when I should be sleeping (or getting some exercise).

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Eban Smith

I’ve seen the Youtuber reviews and website reviews and read through the comment sections on both which had positive and negative reviews.
The most common factor seems to be this game shouldn’t have been released for another 6 months until they ironed out the kinks (loading screens/disconnects and crap loot) and added more endgame content.
Nothing new there from EA/Bioware (flashback to ME:A).
So I’ll stick to my original plan and wait anther month or so for the inevitable price drop and handful of patches and free DLC.
;)

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Xijit

The game is “fine” as it is, but it also would have been much smother if they had let it cook for another 6 months or so.

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John Mclain

“Luke Warm” reviews? So far I’ve seen 90% overwhelmingly negative reviews for it, and 10% “Not quite the worst game ever made, but not enjoyable.” type reviews.

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David Goodman

Honestly the biggest problem I have with the reviews is that I miss TotalBiscuit because I would have wanted to hear his take on it :(

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SirUrza

I would too. I believe he would have shat all over it for not learning anything from Destiny and Division’s launch and made many comparisons to Warframe.

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Tim Anderson

My brother and I pre-ordered around last November, and it’s worth every damn penny. I have been playing non-stop since it launched and haven’t had a single issue on the PS4.

Smooth-as-silk, LOVE the voice acting (some nuggets in there if you pay attention to who the voice actors are!), the animations are great (no Andromeda issues here!), the combat is fun-as-hell, and it’s hella fun with a squad who can chew through content.

Personally, I love the story; it’s a little cliched in a few parts, but what game isn’t? What show isn’t? What novel isn’t? Everyone is inspired by someone else so there will always be bits and pieces that are the “same” as elsewhere.

I’d give it a 15 out of 10, for me personally. I’m enjoying the hell out of it, and am looking forward to the ongoing content!

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Eboni

Me too! I’m having some loading problems (most likely because my potato gaming pc, lol). I’m really wishing for cross platform so I could play on PC and my son can play on Xbox. Oh and I love Owen!

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Mewmew

When a sponsored review comes up negative, that makes me think the reviewer is actually doing a good job :P

I could see why EA wouldn’t be entirely thrilled about that though. They paid in hopes of gaining a good review, not to get honesty if the person didn’t like the game!

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Sana Tan

What review is that?
EDIT: nvm found it.

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Ben Stone

Been playing and having fun, encountered very little in the way of bugs or issues. Did have one instance where I fell through the floor from moving around while a cutscene was playing. Honestly one of the smoothest and painless launches I have played.

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Roger Melly

I am glad I held off from buying this game at launch always wise to read the reviews and gamers comments first when you are in doubt about a game . I quite enjoyed the beta weekends but there were things that concerned me about anthem , it just wasn’t worth 50 pounds to me . I might jump in when its on sale sometime for 25 .