Anthem rings in the holiday season with the arrival of Icetide

    
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Anthem rings in the holiday season with the arrival of Icetide

The place that Anthem takes place in looks damn near tropical, or at least tepid, so the idea of celebrating a snowy season would be strange. That said, there’s also Shaper tech, which has done some demonstrably weird things. That’s pretty much the easy explanation for the arrival of Icetide, the multiplayer shooter’s version of the holidays.

Update 1.6.0 has introduced some snowy goodness to Fort Tarsis along with a number of things to do like season-themed Strongholds that unlock each week, Javelin flying time trial race courses in Freeplay, some new challenges to chase for cosmetic rewards, and a new Legendary world event where players must harvest coolant while fighting off outlaws.

The update has also made a number of changes to the game overall, such as better Legendary loot drops in Grandmaster 3, a Guardians’ Token currency that can be earned from daily and weekly challenges which can be spent for random Legendary items, and a list of bug fixes and improvements. All of the specifics are available in the patch notes.

source: official site. Thanks, Pasha!

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3dom

Whoever read the defeatist comments about Anthem should understand that

1) since 1.20 / May fixes it became the most fun game released during recent years with 30-150 hours of excellent gameplay (although later Control got even more fun gameplay) and

2) devs added new cosmetics, new types of guns, new types of gameplay (races, “secrets” search, timed seek-and-destroy), new bosses, new giant instance (Cataclysm), new way to get legendary equipment (guaranteed drops via daily quests) since then

3) at the moment it cost 5-15$ which is a major bargain for one of the best games during this decade. You shouldn’t miss it just because some people are unable to have fun at all.

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rafael12104

It is frustrating and sad. I would have voted Anthem most improved as the fixes have made the game better, but the reality is that there hasn’t been anything new and significant to bring players back to the game.

The brutal honest truth is that Anthem is now in sustaining mode and has been in sustaining mode since July. Don’t think so? Well, there is no roadmap, but there is talk of a complete reboot. Does it make any sense to continue development of a game that is going to be rebooted? The story has been abandoned. Progression has been abandoned. All that the game once promised is never ever mentioned. The game would be dead if it weren’t for the few players that are still holding on because of an Origin sub.

It is a first world tragedy for those who love the game like me. And now, to add insult to injury, a reboot might kill the little bit of brilliance the game does have. But I digress.

This event is fun. I’m running around in freeplay doing stuff again. But just when I’m starting to feel like the game finally turned a corner, I get kicked from a session due to an old bug that has plagued the game since launch. And that just about sums things up.

I hang on. I never give up. It is a self inflicted detriment. But I’m not unrealistic, and not a fan boi. I know where I stand even when the floor is crumbling beneath me. Having said that, it is truly sad that I am more optimistic about Fallout 76 than Anthem.

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Greaterdivinity

Well, we’ve got rumors of an Anthem 2.0 overhaul coming. So your patience will hopefully be rewarded, and I hope BioWare gives early adopters some goodies for dealing with the early struggles.

I really hope the pull it off, too. As critical of the game as I’ve been I still see a ton of potential and stuff like flying around is rad. There’s a skeleton there, they just need to fill out the rest.

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Orophor Starwarden

Anthem was the first Bioware game I didn’t pre-order since Baldur’s Gate. I recently got it for free from Origin for some reason, so I tried it out, and wow, what a complete disappointment. Zero support for solo play. I tried queuing for public parties for nearly 20 minutes without the mission starting for a lack of other players, so I tried to solo a private one and all went well till the last boss stomped me flat. I respawned to find the whole trash wave reset BUT my ammo didn’t! So I was forced to melee till they dropped ammo as loot. Horrible and no fun at all. I uninstalled it.

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Anthem is extremely solo-friendly. You can solo basically the entire game bar strongholds (which are completely optional) and Cataclysm. You get matched into an instance with other players in freeplay, but most people just fly around and do their own thing. It’s not really group content per se.

Sounds like you just picked too high of a difficulty for your mission when you started out. Any non-stronghold mission should be easily soloable at an appropriate difficulty level for your gear.

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My experience of matching have been interesting. It tries for a while to find some one to match with and ultimately fails. GMT+10 never helps with a low population game. Tried it a couple of times but would rather play warframes.

Flying was interesting but limiting it via overheating was a poor decision.

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Orophor Starwarden

As a total newb, my gear was the starter gear, and the mission was literally the first one after you get back to the fort. No one was queuing for it, and I could not do it alone with a ranger javelin. It really doesn’t matter to me since I don’t want to play with others online anymore. Just too little time and not enough cool people in my experience.

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Greaterdivinity

It’s almost the end of the year…outside of the content added with the delayed event…have they really added anything to the game?

Tons of skins for javelins that are good, but it seems like everything since that first Cataclysm even has largely been reskinning it with some tweaks and new rewards, rather than actually adding in new content and bosses.

Or am I off-base?

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It’s fair to say that Anthem has not added a lot of new content, but it’s not been nothing. Aside from Cataclysm, there’s also been other seasonal events like the new freeplay stuff for Season of Skulls, which I personally really enjoyed, and the Elysian Caches. As far as permanent content, there’s been a new Stronghold (Sunken Cell), and this patch has just added races to freeplay.

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3dom

There were new bosses and instances in the autumn event.

Although with current itemization there is no point to run content just to get a melee weapon with harvest and ammo bonus. Or get your gun nerfed by 50-100% (Rainmaker often cannot hit stuff after its pellet count has been descreased).

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rafael12104

Well, at the end of the summer they dropped all pretense of maintaining a roadmap by announcing there would be no more chapters. Instead there would be seasonal events and content drops. Heh. That was the tell tale sign that nothing new in terms of story was being added for the foreseeable future.

So, you are not off base. The game has improved though. The mechanics of loot drops and the game play has improved with the bug fixes. But, sadly, it is only now that I would consider the game to be near launch ready IF there was any real new content.