Anthem’s Cataclysm PTS testing may be yielding some improvements to the shooter

    
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With the PTS testing that continues to be performed on Anthem, you would expect things to be improving, yet so far some of the first reports from players say the adverse is true. If the account of one particular Redditor is to be believed, however, that course may be correcting.

First off, it should be said that one thread starter’s experience does not constitute aggregated data from numerous other folks or actual release patch notes. Still, Redditor xJVIayhem (presumably xMayhem but with an attempt at a fancy “M”) has done a pretty solid job of compiling the experience over the course of Cataclysm PTS testing.

According to xMayhem’s findings offered up in literal spreadsheet form, drop rates appear to have been improving from run to run, which should mean that running Cataclysms will be a rewarding endeavor for players. In addition to loot drops, xMayhem also touches on Crystals, War Chests, and some of the new items on offer. The Reddit thread also explains some of the new Freeplay events in-game as well.

“Is Cataclysm going to be the “be all end all” up date for Anthem? No. Is it a great start in a good direction, hell yes. It improves how loot feels overall by removing Luck. Adds more content to play around with, another gear slot to work on and plenty of other good stuff. There’s still work to be done, but the game feels a lot better overall where it matters, in my opinion at least.”

As for the game’s most recent PTS update, a schedule of Inversions has been posted for the Cataclysm; along with a new schedule for the seasonal store and the opening of all arenas in the Cataclysm.

sources: Anthem subreddit, EA Answers HQ (cheers Pasha!)

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rafael12104

Well, I’m still in there swinging. Yup. Anthem is still in my wheelhouse although I haven’t played it in a few days.

Hey, I don’t give up easy. Never have. So, I created a few alts and started working my way back up through the leveling and story to cap.

And, you know what? It is freaking fun. It really is. Once you step away from the loot debacle and just play. Man, what they managed to deliver, given what we now know about the dev effort, is good fun. Too bad it falls apart at end game at the moment.

Anthem got me thinking about Bioware in general and I had to check myself to see if the studio was really good or was still living off of ME hype. So, I loaded up Inquisition and played it again, but this time not racing to the finish.

And, WOW! Fucking hell! What was I thinking? Yes. Bioware is great. If they had managed to drop Inquisition’s attention to detail and polish on Anthem? Heh. The Brinks Trucks would still be rolling in.

Why do I bring this up now? The difference is stark. I mean, it’s hard to believe the same company made both games. Combine Anthems combat with Inquistion’s environments, detailed story, and systems, and it would be chicken dinners for everyone.

But I digress.

Good news from the PTS. Yeah, ok. I’ve been following it but I’m not playing on the PTS. Yeah, I know. But it’s the principle of the thing. I didn’t buy into Anthem for early access play on a PTS!

I’m still playing Anthem. I enjoy it and there is nothing like it out there. But, there is a long way to go in delivering what I paid for.

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mpandu.nky

Saw the overwhelming amount of upgrades in Warframe’s Tennocon 2019. Then read this. Cataclysm seems minuscule in comparison.

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3dom

The only difference is – abysmal quality of Warframe’s updates where DE simply had to abandon current operator progression and gameplay (amp + abilities) and is attempting normal shooter gameplay for grown-up operators.

That middle-aged alcoholic bum in the video = adult operator. Because everyone likes to roleplay as middle-aged alcoholic bums – right?

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Dug From The Earth

Pretty sure that operator doesnt look that far off from MANY actual gamers… gamers that arent alcoholic or bums.

I think you might just be reading into things a bit much

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3dom

And recent two frames look like obese people – because players want to play as obese people, I guess. It’s like Warframe has turned into social justice warrior playground. No wonder Interceptor javelin in Anthem looks better than all the frames combined – simply because it’s not fat or distorted.

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Dug From The Earth

Pssst… dont make any sudden moves, but im pretty sure the people over there are watching you.

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mpandu.nky

This comment is so gold.

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Koshelkin

Now if they just could change the fact that every mission feels the same I’d certainly play it. They could improve the gameplay, too, so it doesn’t feel like I’m playing a ten year old game.

Warframe might get alot of content, but what does that help with if the first 20 hrs of the game are one boring slog?

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mpandu.nky

Ya I have to agree with you there. I have a full time job so I need a quick fun, which Warframe’s first 10 hours couldn’t provide. Eventually after uninstalling & reinstalling the game 3x it’s somehow grown on me. TBH had to Pay2Win my way into the more interesting weapons/frames first before it gets really fun.

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laelgon

I tried playing it again last week. I gave up after I got stuck in matchmaking for 5 minutes. I get that there aren’t a ton of players, but just drop me in solo then. Don’t make me stare at a loading screen with no way to cancel out.

I can’t imagine this game has more than 6 months before it’s totally abandoned if they continue as-is. There’s just no way it’s generating the money they were expecting.

I’m curious if they’ll go the huge relaunch route and try to go F2P to salvage something from this disaster.

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Arktouros

You typically get one chance to impress people and usually nothing short of a relaunch of a product is enough to pull things out of a dumpster fire. They could shower people in loot, it’s just not enough.

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3dom

> They could shower people in loot, it’s just not enough.

You’ve forgot the part where trash sorting and inventory management isn’t fun at all. The only serious loot improvement I need in Anthem right now is a button “disassemble whole loot stash”.

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Dug From The Earth

1. they have had multiple “first chances” and blew them all
2. The few select things that players REALLy want keep getting ignored by the devs.
3. The attitude of “we know best” is the main downfall of this game right now.

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PurpleCopper

but No Man’s Sky…

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MrNude

Watching this dumpster fire from the sidelines is way more fun than Anthem ever was for me!! Good luck Bioware, you have your work cut out for you….