Anthem: Why Play this when I could Just Play Destiny

Anthem comes out in a few weeks and the closer we get it Bioware’s latest game getting released, the more my initial enthusiasm for the game ebbs away. After a pretty strong reveal and my own personal desire for a return to good Bioware manifesting qualities to the game that might not have ever actually been there, the likelihood of Anthem hitting the ground with the promised level of quality and content seems real unlikely.

Anthem: Why Play this when I could Just Play Destiny

After a less than convincing marketing push from EA and then the eventual word of mouth getting around, thanks to more and more people got their hands on mostly finished builds of the game, it seems like Anthem is already gearing up to have many of the same issues as its competitor games in the genre upon its release.

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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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Looking back at: Mass Effect

I recently wrote a piece for this blog speaking about the Leviathan DLC for Mass Effect 3 and how it negatively impacted the Reapers as an antagonistic force. I continued and subsequently finished Mass Effect 3 after posting that, only to find I didn’t want to be done with playing it. It was this that caused me to make the questionable decision to go back and start playing the original Mass Effect for the first time in at least five years.

The last few times I tried to play the original Mass Effect, I bounced off it pretty quickly. Much to my surprise, this time I found myself invested. And then ended up finishing the game pretty quickly. It inspired me to look back at the game that kicked off my love affair with the Mass Effect series, and view it through a critical eye. Does it hold up as much as I’d like it to, and if I played it today, would I adore the series as much as I do now?

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