THE SETTINGThe best way to build a sci-fi world is to put it in the future. With the latest trailer, Anthem reveals to us the world in which the game is built on. You are the descendant of the Legion of Dawn, the first peoples to utilize the Javelins – the powerful
However, I still hope that there is still room for the players that prefer some solo experiences.
THE CHARACTERSWe already got passed the generation of super soldiers that swamp the movies and video games, the world tend to prefer something more realistic and easy to believe.
Introducing the medium of super-soldier – “The suit”(I am looking at you, Crysis…) Not sure who got the spark on this setting but power suit or “
- Colossus – Your classic tanker, this Javelin come up with a big shield and various defense abilities
- Ranger – A close tie to other Assault class in other game, an
all rounderthat can suit toany position.
- Storm — Your “Mage” like class, powerful with elemental abilities.
- Interceptor — The last attribute we need is speed, and here you go, this can be relate to other assassin types
Players will start with Ranger, and the other types of Javelins will be unlocked in progress of Story missions. It also worth mentioned that Javelin can be swapped in-game at “Stronghold” a base camp mechanic in Anthem. This means you are not bound to any Javelin types as you progress through the game.
CUSTOMIZATIONWhile Javelin is your main arsenal for surviving the harsh environment of the future, weapon and gear is also a critical part for this journey. Similar to other genres, Anthem come up with the load out mechanic. For each Javelin, you can equip a variety of weapons and gears that help enhance the Javelin’s abilities.
LOOTI will surely put up a post to discuss the history of loot in video games in the near future, but we are not sure since when that the sound of loot drop has became an addiction to many gamers around the world. Anthem is also not out of this equation, all of the gears, weapons
With that in mind, the entire loot system is also RNG Based – meaning each time you see a fancyIt also worth mention that this loot system is also under the effect of your current level. Epic and Legendary items will start to drop near the end of the
drops, it will go through the whole process of “rolling” through the affixes pool and finally give out the options on the items. If you played games like Diablo or recently Nioh, it more or less the same system. The pool of affixes will expand the further up the rarity tree
COMBATAt first look and many gameplay revealation, Anthem feature a third person action camera – a clear distinction from the Destiny series. Our Javelins can walk, fly and run effortlessly with the manuever of the pilots. Anthem still embrace the classic HP & damage system and we can see the number ramp up on the screen as soon as bullet hit the target.
In their most recent stream, Anthem introduce the Stronghold system, where group of players can participate and clear out the enemies in this base-like level, fighting the boss of each Stronghold and finally share the juicy rewards. Stronghold – a way to enjoy Anthem combatBut knowing Bioware, we can clearcly see many tweak to combat system that got inspire from past titles. One of these is the combo system – in which each Javelin will combine an attack to trigger special effects after any successful combo. The icing on the cake is Javelin’s Ultimate abilities – devastative attacks that can clear out multiple enemies at once and put that tough as nail boss to eternity.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Anthem will have the first beta on January 25 – 27 (https://www.ea.com/games/anthem/news/anthem-vip-demo)The second open demo is on Feb 1 – 3 and our hype will finally be over with the launch of the game on February 29. Knowing Bioware, we can be certain that the RPG mechanic of Anthem surely look and sound promising. While I am still skeptical about the current “partnership” of Bioware, but looking at the healthy support and information from the developers in the past few months (in term of live stream demo and playthrough with certain Javelin types while explaining Anthem mechanic) We can surely hope for a birth of a new franchise to the already growing market of looting sci-fi shooter. The post contains image from livestream and from EA Anthem official websites.
Only for the one that pre-ordered the game