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Anthem: Demo, Story & Combat

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Anthem: As a Team you must risk it to take the Biscuit with BioWare and EA’s upcoming Shooter. 

Bioware’s Anthem is similar to a promise of becoming part of the Avengers, where everyone is Iron Man in a shared-world shooter. This game looks to have a nice balance of combat with a pretty compelling story – working and battling as One.

Anthem was first announced at E3 2017 and has really stood out from other games coming out due to its advanced graphics and looks-to-be great combat, we even listed it down as one of the best upcoming games of 2019. With a game that’s coming out in a month’s time many gamers have a lot of questions on what this game is actually about? What are the system requirements for this game on PC? And when can you try out the demo? At Monsoon we got all this covered.

What is Anthem?

Anthem is an online multiplayer RPG shooter similar to games like Destiny 2, Warframe, and Borderlands 2. Something that will make this game stand out, apart from BioWare coming out with some awesome narratives in games for the past couple of year, is that the people behind Anthem really took the cake into creating a whole new way into looking at online shooters. The game will be set in a sci-fi future time period, where players will take on the role of a freelancer with an Iron Man exo-suit called a Javelin. Within the game you can choose to play alone or with 3 teammates satisfying combat objectives, exploring different terrains while customizing your Javelin suits and of course challenging bosses left, right and center.

BioWare General Manager; Casey Hudson posted an aptly titled ‘One Month To Go’ message a few days ago where he highlighted that Anthem will launch with a ton of content and a substantial main story, though it will ultimately evolve in a direction dictated by players’ feedback. Here’s what he had to say:

“Back in 2012 when we first conceived of Anthem (then code-named DYLAN), we wanted to create a whole new fictional universe, full of BioWare quality story and character. We also wanted it to be an experience you could share with friends, and to have a story that doesn’t just come to an end but takes place in a world where things are happening right now.

We knew there would be challenges. People are skeptical of the idea of story in an online game, and for good reason. Often, the nature of online multiplayer games tends to fight story agency and interesting character interactions. And, even in the best online games, it’s easy to lose interest or run out of things to do when your friends aren’t online.

We designed Anthem to address these design challenges by trying something new and different. With Anthem, we aim to integrate the fun of multiplayer missions with your friends, and single-player story agency and characters, into a connected narrative experience – set in a world designed to be always changing, and where anything is possible. The result is an intentionally unique structure which is fundamental to Anthem’s design and even the universe its set in.

Anthem will launch with a ton of content, including a substantial main story that introduces you to the world and its characters. But there’s still a missing ingredient that we haven’t been able to test Anthem with: you. So, over the next month as you start to have opportunities to try what we’ve created, I ask you to keep one thing in mind: the launch of Anthem is not the end – it’s the beginning of an ongoing story in which you are a critical element. If there’s something you want more of, we can build it. If something isn’t right, let us know. And the story itself will unfold over time based on how you play the game. Soon, we will reveal more about our plans for how we intend to support that ongoing stream of content and features.”

Just for all those peeps who prefer just going through a couple of summarized points on what Anthem will be about here you go:

  • Players can play single player or in a team of 4.
  • You are required to have an internet connection to play the game.
  • The story is massive, but you wouldn’t really call it a fully blown BioWare RPG.
  • You can’t romance and get jiggy with NPCs unlike Mass Effect and Dragon Age.
  • Microtransactions will be present, but what these products offer is merely cosmetic.
  • Story missions in the future will be free for all players.
  • PvP elements in Anthem will not be available at launch.
  • Game will have built-in matchmaking for players – no need to worry about finding a squad.

What’s the Story and the World going to be like?

Basically, the Anthem World is set on an Earth-like post-apocalyptic planet which has been shaped by some mysterious ancestral-type people using a magical tool called the Anthem of Creation. Problem is, them a**holes forgot to turn it off so for thousands of years this Anthem thing has been mutating and changing life while humans struggle to survive against these creatures/enemies, like The Dominion. As a Freelancer, your mission is to help the residents of Fort Tarsis live another day while discovering the secrets of the Anthem of Creation along the way.

So let’s compare this to the MCU, fast forward 1000 years after the trauma of Infinity War, an Earth-like planet has experienced the apocalypse. This was shaped this way due to some mysterious ancestor (Thanos) using a mystical tool called the Anthem of Creation (The Infinity Gauntlet) taking away half the universe’s population, leaving the universe in anarchy. As a Freelancer (guy/girl in an Iron Man suit) your mission is to protect your people while finding where Thanos is and figuring out how to take back the effect of the Infinity Gauntlet to bring back balance to this Earth-like planet, and the universe for that matter. What d’ya think? Did I just literally explain the plot of Avengers: End Game? @Disney sign me up.

What will I be doing in the Game? 

Like other games in this genre, for example; Destiny 2, Anthem will feature group-centric and solo activities – these are likely to include dungeons, raids and even open world missions. When not exploring Fort Tarsis as a single player, the open world of Anthem will utilise dedicated servers that supports up to 4 players at any one time. You can either join as a squad or let the game match-make your team with strangers.

Apart from core missions, you can also play Anthem in Free Play mode, where group events will randomly spawn at various locations that reward loot and experience points should you complete them. Within this mode you can level up your Javelin to better perform in your story objectives, while also learning more on the lore of the game, its world and the story behind it.

Apart from Free Play, Anthem’s story is played by means of Missions which you can play solo or with a team. These will consist of scripted encounters that will take you to various places as you learn more about Anthem’s story. Strongholds will also be available, these are basically dungeon-type objectives which requires a full team to challenge. Here you will find your group against difficult enemies and monsters in exchange for more valuable loot. These dungeon objectives will not be integral with the story, and can last around an hour to complete fully.

How will my Javelin fight?

Combat within Anthem will focus a lot on groups. Really and truly, Anthem will be a third-person shooter while piloting a flying Javelin. Players will be given the choice to choose one of four Javelins that will each have their own unique abilities and styles, although they’re free to swap between them when outside a mission. It’s fair to say that these Javelins can be considered as classes of warriors. Each of these exo-suits will have 2 customizable gear slots, an ultimate ability, and a support ability that can be used in battle. Like other games similar to this, enemies will frequently drop loot that can be used to upgrade your gear, offering new abilities and also leveling you up.

I’m sure you’re all interested in what these Javelin classes are, here’s a little info on each:

  • Rangers: Your standard solider. You can wield all but heavy weapons, you can use various grenades and you have a wicked wrist-mounted launcher to deal extra damage.
  • Storm: What’s a team without a glass-cannon? Storm is a mage-type warrior that uses 2 types of ‘seals’ to cast elemental damage abilities.
  • Collosus: The Tank. With the Collosus you can use heavy weapons including long-range artillery and rockets. I know who I’ll be using most of the time.
  • Interceptor: The Rogue Assassin. Utilising high speed with high damage, the Interceptor will be used for in-and-out type combat using melee weapons to eliminate unsuspecting targets.

Something very cool about Anthem’s combat will be the ability to use combos with multiple Javelin classes – these can deal massive damage to enemies. Groups of players will be able to coordinate special attacks with elemental type damage. In combat, players can trigger these abilities one after the other to perform combos to devastate their enemies.

I’m not sure if my crappy PC can take this game, what are the system requirements?

Well, you better make sure you got a good PC to get the best out of this game:

Anthem minimum system requirements:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 760, AMD Radeon 7970
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: At least 50 GB of free space

Anthem recommended system requirements:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060/RTX 2060, AMD RX 480
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: At least 50 GB of free space

When is Anthem coming out? And how can I play beforehand?

There was once chatter on the game coming out in Q4 of 2018, but alas Anthem was delayed. Nevertheless, Anthem has confirmed it will release on February 22, 2019 instead.

There are a couple of ways to play this game earlier than stated, although you got some obstacles to go through – for example, Anthem is doing a closed Alpha test but basically anyone can do this and it’s free to sign up. To try it out there’s a basic NDA you’ll need to sign, and sadly access will still be limited. I wouldn’t really do this since starting January 25th, Anthem will also be offering a full demo for Origin Access Premiere subscribers, all those who have pre-ordered Anthem and those who have EA Access. Even if you don’t have any of this, and you’re a lame-o who prefers just buying it off the shelf when it comes out, Anthem will have an open demo for anyone to try on February 1st. Most people are probably thinking; “Nah, this is will be some stupid Beta, I prefer playing the real thing.” Alas, you are wrong young war machine, this will be a traditional demo to showcase the game and everything you would like to experience and know.

To make sure all of you have understood, here’s everything you need to know if you want to try this game out before its release date:

Anthem VIP Demo

Dates: January 25-27

Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO

Requirements: Pre-order, or EA Access or Origin Access subscription

It’s still very unclear what exactly will be included within this demo, but it will probably be a small portion of the overall game.

Anthem Open Demo

Dates: February 1-3

Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO

Requirements: None

This will be an open demo with no strings attached. You can download the demo and try it during this three-day period for free.

Anthem Early Access to the Full Game

Release Date: February 15

Platforms: PC

Requirements: Origin Access Premier Subscription

Full access to Anthem a week before its official release. All the game’s content with no time limit. Sadly, this will only be available for PC and you’ll need the Origin Access Premier Subscription.

Anthem 10 Hours to Access to the Full Game

Release Date: February 15

Platforms: PC, XBO

Requirements: Origin Access Basic Subscription, EA Access

Players on XBO & PC who pay for EA Access or Basic Origin Access will play the whole game for up to 10 hours.

Anthem Official Release

Release Date: February 22

Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO

Requirements: Just buy the game, and stop freeloading!

By the way, here’s the trailer:

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