Anthem's had a rough start in its life, but there's hope it can turn things around with the proper support.
BioWare's known for making some of the best choice- and character-driven single-player RPGs in the business, so it came as a surprise when the studio announced
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But Anthem doesn't need to be left to drown under the weight of its criticisms. BioWare still has a chance to throw it a life jacket.
Rainbow Six Siege notably received a lukewarm reception upon launch, but with
And who could forget Destiny's launch? The poster child for why you shouldn't pre-order video games — and I'll raise my hand as someone who did pre-order Destiny at the time and regretted it ever since. Despite its rocky release, the series ended up becoming so successful that it allowed
If No Man's Sky can
So what can Anthem do? A lot falls down to one thing: more content. Whether this content is through unique bosses, more dungeons and proper raids, and expanded storylines doesn't exactly matter, but hitting all areas with new content would benefit the most. Destiny's expansions, especially The Taken King, were praised for overhauling the game and adding some much-needed depth and content. Anthem can pull off the same thing, even if it takes a soft reboot to do so. Whatever the
To springboard off of new content, BioWare also needs to give players better incentives to keep coming back. A one-and-done story mission doesn't help anyone in this type of game. These missions need better rewards, too. Loot tweaks and being more generous with what is doled out will go a long way to retain players. I know many who quit just because of frustrations with the game's loot system. Masterwork weapons were obscenely difficult to get, and if you did get them, more likely than not they ended up being duplicates of a weapon you already had. If you add more variety and increase the drop rates — or make certain weapons tied to specific bosses — you'll feed into that addictive gameplay loop that players want. Even add a greater number of individual armor pieces like Destiny has so players can look forward to obtaining a whole set.Whatever the Cataclysm event is, it's just not cutting it.
I know a lot of this is easier said than done. Simply screaming "more content" doesn't really help anyone. It's how BioWare goes about adding content that will make or break Anthem. An armor system combined with the pitiful Masterwork drop rates right now won't benefit anyone. New dungeons will get stale quickly if they're rehashing old mechanics and not adding anything fresh. A boss will just be frustrating if it's a bullet sponge and doesn't require any tactics to defeat other than "shoot it."
But these are only our main concerns. What would you like to see BioWare add or change in Anthem? Let us know what it would take to bring you back into the game, anything from small quality of life fixes to massive gameplay overhauls.
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