Amazon UK is dispatching discount coupons for Anthem

    
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Remember when this was what we were taking about?

It’s been a rough first week for BioWare’s shooter-RPG Anthem, which released last Friday to decidedly tepid reviews. Although the studio has come forward with a 90-day roadmap for updates that will attempt to address some of the more common criticisms, the game certainly hasn’t gotten off on the right foot. It’s also probably not a great sign, then, that Amazon UK has been spotted sending out discount coupons for the game.

As VG24/7 reports, some Amazon UK users are getting emails from the retailer with a £5 off coupon for purchasing Anthem – with a particularly startling title that implies the recipient had already ordered it. Nope, just an ad with a code. Whether this is an attempt by Amazon to offload some of its excess stock or just a run-of-the-mill goodwill effort is unclear, but if you’re an Amazon UK customer with an interest in Anthem, keep an eye on your inbox for a shot at knocking a few quid off the price. And hey maybe let’s not see a repeat of Fallout 76.

Source: VG24/7
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No surprises, it’s already at $45 at places like cdkeys or https://slickdeals.net/f/12868135-anthem-origin-key-global-for-44-20-at-eneba?src=SiteSearchV2Algo1 and on eBay you can find people selling Anthem keys which they got with their video cards for even lower price. A couple of months from now it will be $25 at most retailers ;-)

Anyone who wants to give this a try – wait a few months for more content and cheaper price.

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Ben Stone

Or just sub to Origin Access for a month to try it and play the other games if it doesn’t tickle your fancy.

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Roger Melly

It would have to be significantly cheaper than that for me to buy it given how medicore the reviews have been .

I do have some friends playing it and probably would still take the plunge at 25 pounds or less because they are always fun to play a game with .

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Godnaz

EA isn’t alone. Ubisoft is allowing users (in the UK) to get a 20% discount on a pre-order The Division 2 who have Ubi-credits. Just sayin!

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BalsBigBrother

That is not something exclusive to any franchise and is available for any game on their store as long as you have the Ubi club points, which you earn by playing games and completing achievements.

I did exactly that for Far Cry: New Dawn for instance. Saved me £7.00 or so I think so not a massive discount but any is welcome.

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rafael12104

Ubi is taking the opportunity to remind gamers that they are a great alternative. A good move right now.

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Schmidt.Capela

For The Division 2 there’s also another offer: you purchase it before its March 14 launch and get a free extra game (your choice of Watch_Dogs 2, Ghost Recon Wildlands or Far Cry Primal). I’m not sure if both offers stack.

Me, I’m going to pass. I purchase DRM-protected games exclusively from Steam, so unless the Ubisoft store starts selling DRM-free games (which is highly unlikely) I will never purchase anything from it.

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BalsBigBrother

Yeah I saw that one too but I have all those games already. I really need to finish Wildlands at some point :)

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kalech

I don’t really have an opinion about Anthem, which is kind of the problem. Other than some generic videos, I never saw much of the game leading up to its release. It showed some combat, some jetpacking around. But it gave me no reason to care. I loaded up the open beta and was tossed straight into the quest hub with several NPCs I didnt know, talking to me about events and people/organizations I had no info on.

I might get it to give it a go anyway, but the major problem for me was that there was nothing interesting about the game. No hook. Just standard gameplay footage that didn’t really show anything I haven’t already seen in Destiny or Warframe.

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Armsbend

Newsflash everyone – every EA game going forward will be discounted a few days after launch. 1/2 off by month two.

Source: the past 700 days or so.

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Honestly, this game is awesome, I don’t understand all the hate for it other than the load screens (which aren’t even bad since I use an SSD).

It’s launched in pretty much the same state that Destiny launched in, except the updates are planned to be free rather than all paid DLC.

Highly recommend you give it a try, or pick it up with the £5 discount, before jumping on the bandwagon and hating on it.

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Xijit

Gaming circle jerking over hate for EA.

There is literally nothing wrong with the game that every other title on the market deals with to some degree or another.

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Blaaznar

The game is great, the flying, the shooting… but there is literally a lot wrong with it:

– unsatisfying loot
– armor models locked behind a paywall
– weapon models all the same

– exorbitant crafting prices (for unsatisfying loot)

– repetitive quests (stand here and defend, bring x glowy things)
– 3 bosses in the whole game (and those are recycled between freeplay and dungeons)
– flimsy story
– no consequence for any dialog choices

Let’s call it what it is shall we – early access game

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Ben Stone

– Between 15-30 the loot is a bit crap, agreed. You get all your base options super quick. But loot gets much more interesting at 30 when the bonuses and synergies really come into play.
– None of the armour in the game to date has been behind a paywall, unless you count the collectors edition? Everything in game is purchasable with gold, and you make more than enough to buy at least one armour set in the shop for that week with fairly moderate play.
– Didn’t notice that about crafting, I have thousands of crafting items that get unused. Once you reach max level most of that just goes into bonus consumables.

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kimowar101

ever notice the DOOM on you crowd is always the ones not playing the game?

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Pepperzine

That makes sense no? I wouldn’t expect people who do not like something to be playing it and I would not expect people playing it to be anticipating doom.

I am indifferent on this topic btw, I haven’t played Anthem but I also feel indifferent towards its performance.

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kimowar101

no it doesn’t make sense, its one thing to say it doesn’t look like a game I would like. Its another to want a game to fail because i’m not gonna play it.

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Syran

“Not playing” a game is not the same as “never having played” a game.

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Pepperzine

I think it’s far more complicated than simply “because I’m not gonna play it”. There are other factors relating to why people would want it to fail or think it is going to fail such as publisher and developer, the rise of a genre, competition with titles they do play (Destiny), them siphoning developers from SWTOR to this, playing the beta and disliking it, etc etc. That’s also not taking into account people don’t want to invest time playing something they think is going to fail.

Thus, it does make sense that the ones with negative feelings about it likely aren’t the ones playing it.

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rosieposie

Not really seeing much hate for it, the game feels so bland and average that it can’t even elicit emotion as strong as hatred. I’m mostly seeing astonishment that this damp squib is the result of almost 7 years of development.

I mean, when your argument is ‘not worse than Destiny!’, it’s hard to get excited.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2019/02/24/five-extremely-basic-things-anthem-gets-wrong-and-needs-to-fix/#4464469563a5

There’s a whole lotta the “rawr, EA bad” circlejerk, but there are plenty of issues with the game, including some surprising issues to the core of some of the game. Tassi highlighted a few of them, but overall the issues related to loot (especially getting unusable mods on gear) seems to be a more widespread issue.

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Ben Stone

Yeah I don’t quite get it either. Having a lot of fun in the game.

Most of the criticism at it seems to be that Destiny and Warframe exist. Great I guess if you enjoy those? But the setting and character classes in those games never appealed to me (got Destiny for free and still haven’t played the full way through).

The world in Anthem, and the mech suits just feel a lot better to play with. Granted there is a bit of a character lull between 15-30, but the game gets a lot more interesting and strategic at 30 when you unlock masterwork and legendaries, and harder difficulties.

I also feel like they deliberately held some content back for future releases. But the scores don’t really match up with the product delivered, especially in contrast to Destiny 2 / Warframe.

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Danny Smith

It dropped for £35 in days. You see the bioware fanboys saying “b-but digital numbers!” but that would have to account for over 90% of the sales to be digital making it a comparable success to its rivals when games like destiny 2 were at best 40% digital. I think theres a lot of stock sitting in amazon warehouses as an assumed hot seller turned out to be a damp squib.

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rafael12104

Hmm. Well, it is dickish to state that something is wrong with your Amazon order, an order you never placed, and have it be a promo. Anthem or no, that is bullshit.

As for the rest? It’s bullshit too. Heh. I saw a report just yesterday that stated that in the UK alone Anthem only has 10 percent of the box sales that Destiny had during this period after launch. But what the report doesn’t add is that that was 5 years ago and that digital sales account for more than 80 percent of video game purchases and going up. Anthem numbers are most likely even higher given Origin’s Premium membership.

Why is it relevant? Because vendors who sell box copies are also caught over buying. And then they have to shill their copies because they were to slow to realize that the market is moving away from brick and mortar boxes.

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Pepperzine

Ahhhh statistics, they don’t lie but are very easy to misrepresent. A solid observation you make there.

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Matt Comstock

At least it’s not an ad for them to save £30?? I thought I read an article that Anthem was a top seller in the UK– https://www.gamespot.com/articles/top-10-uk-games-chart-despite-mixed-reception-anth/1100-6465170/ — Although, I suppose that doesn’t necessarily mean it was doing as well as they’d hoped it would.

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That was the top of the charts for physical sales, and while it was the “top” game: it still was only half if the number of physical units sold for Andromeda … But before you go all hog wild about that, Andromeda only sold half as many (physical) units as Mass Effect 3.

Physical units are going the way of the dinosaur (sadly) and buying a physical copy if an online only title is kinda dumb.

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Matt Comstock

Indeed. I read the article. Still hoping it gets turned around. I’ve been enjoying the game, despite its flaws. It would be a shame if EA pulled the plug too early, before Anthem has a chance to find its footing. As to physical copies, I am contributing to its extinction. I haven’t bought a physical copy of a game since… Destiny.

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Schmidt.Capela

Physical copies are mostly extinct on the PC already, and this was already the case before Destiny. For consoles their end is an ongoing, if slower than I expected, process.

Thus, I don’t think the decline in physical sales versus digital sales account for the weak Anthem physical sales, nor for Andromeda’s weak showing; they made the numbers stand out more, but the difference is too large to attribute to just that one factor. Anthem seems to be continuing Bioware’s downward trend, and I can’t even muster the will to feel sorry about that because the current Bioware is a pale shadow of the Bioware I loved all those years ago, and unless it by some miracle can escape EA’s clutches Bioware might already be a lost cause.

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Xijit

Everyone who was excited for it, already bought it digitally, and everyone who was on the fence about it just signed up for EA Access & has been playing it for $15.

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Schmidt.Capela

Was a physical PC version of either Mass Effect: Andromeda or Anthem even released? As far as I could find the closest thing either game has to a physical PC version is an empty box with a CD-Key inside.

These numbers, thus, are basically about consoles, where the $15-per-month EA Access isn’t available.

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Ben Stone

Yeah I do wonder how Origin Access sign ups count into the equation. Pretty much everyone I am playing with went for Origin Access.