Hi all, today I’m going to be giving you my first impressions after playing the Anthem open demo which I played over the weekend.
For those of you that might not know, Anthem is a soon to be released online multiplayer action role playing game that’s been developed by BioWare and published by EA.
Anthem is set to be released for PS4 and Xbox One on February 22nd 2019. The open demo went live on Saturday the 2nd of February for those of you that wanted a sneak peak at the game.
Having little to no knowledge of this game, other than what I have heard on social media; when the demo became available I decided to give the game a try out of sheer curiosity.
Playing the Anthem open demo
Jumping right into the game then and as you would expect with a demo there is little to no story at the beginning. You are dumped into the world and it is up to you to make your way through the available missions.
This was kind of tough to get into at the beginning but once I appreciated it was never going to be the full game, I relaxed into the game play and found myself actually really enjoying this game.
What struck me right away, even from the game’s loading screen was the amazing design and presentation. The menus look clean, crisp and vibrant while the actual setting and landscape of the game were so immersive and entertaining. This is a huge plus point for me having played this game.
Without delay, you are thrown into your first expedition and it is up to you to figure out the controls. That is unless you are willing to read through the detailed manuals that the pause screen has to offer. I’m never one for reading manuals and guides personally, which I know is usually to my detriment. However, in the case of this game, much of the controls came naturally after a few minutes of game play.
Actually being able to fly around in expeditions though was something that I didn’t know you could do for the first half an hour or so that I played the game. Zooming around onto nearby platforms and ledges was so satisfying, definitely a great game mechanic.
The first expedition you go on can be a little confusing if you are new to the game like I was. Eventually though, you get the hang of the mechanics and you’ll complete this mission with relative ease.
The second mission however, was a lot more difficult. Whether the difficulty spiked here or whether I didn’t have many people in my party I’m not sure but this one seemed a lot tougher to beat for me.
Game play in Anthem is mostly what you would expect from an action role playing game of this nature. You travel around searching out objectives and shooting the bad guys. This is very much like what we’ve seen from games like Mass Effect and Destiny in the past. However in this case it has a different coat of paint and added mechanics.
The arsenal of weapons look to be pretty decent from the outset and I imagine in the full game this will be a pretty comprehensive roster but even in the demo the combat was still pretty satisfying.
Overall Impressions of Anthem
I ended up playing this demo for a lot longer than I expected and part of me wants to go back for more. Unfortunately though, the demo is now closed. Sad times..
Overall then, here are my main takeaways:
- Great aesthetics, level design, landscapes, character designs.
- Works similar to most other games of this genre e.g. Destiny, Mass Effect.
- Nothing really new to this game but why reinvent the wheel?
- High price point for day one buy – Anthem – Standard Edition is €69.99 on PlayStation Store.