Is Anthem Bioware’s last chance?

As someone who values narrative and a depth of world building in their video games, I hold Bioware in high regard. Their particular brand of video game scratches an itch that not many other developers can manage, combining third person action gameplay with a well realised story and intricate world building. And on a console of all things.

Like many unique and creative developers though, their ideas would sometimes outpace their financial ability to pull them off. Enter EA. The behemoth of a publisher acquired Bioware in 2007, and for a while things were looking up for the Canadian Developer and their fans. Cut to over 10 years later, and things aren’t so bright for Bioware. They find themselves in a position where their next game could also be their last.

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Borderlands 2 is the best version of Destiny

Borderlands 2 is one of my favourite games of all time. It was a realisation that came to me slowly when I found myself, once again, thinking of picking it up and starting a new character. Despite a play through taking over 40 hours, I’ve probably finished it at least half a dozen times already.

It was when pondering whether to start playing Borderlands 2 again, I came to the realisation of just how similar it was to another series I’d put a lot of time into, and how it does so many things  just that little bit better. I’m going to stop playing coy now, I’m talking about Destiny. It was kind of obvious, it’s in the title of the article, and Cayde-6 is just below. I’ve complained about and praised Destiny again, again, again and again. It’s a game I love to hate and hate to love, and yet I still play it all the time.

In fact, they’re both games that capture a lot of the things I value in video games: Individuality of character in multiplayer games, replayability, diverse upgrading paths, procedurally generated loot. These are things that draw me into not just playing a game, but to continuing playing it for years to come. Both games do these things, to varying degrees of success , but ultimately I think that Borderlands 2 does the better job. This is my case for that.

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