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Bioware's Anthem

Discussion in 'Gaming and PC Discussion' started by Arthellion, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. Shinysavage

    Shinysavage Madman With A Box Prestige

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    Had a quick go on the demo this afternoon, and enjoyed the actual gameplay. I spent longer fiddling around with my TV settings than playing though - ultimately in vain - so that when I was in the pause menu I could see the prompts at the top and bottom of the screen, as there doesn't seem to be any option to do so in game. I wound up junking one of my better weapons because I had no way of knowing what would happen if I pressed a given button. Not the end of the world, especially in the context of a demo, but definitely frustrating.
     
  2. Krieger

    Krieger Minister of Magic DLP Supporter

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    Storm is pretty fun, melting enemies without impunity. Also the charged sniper rifle is ridiculous in this snapshot of a demo with how OP it is, how it holds up in the full game who knows but doing 15k dmg per shot on the dungeon boss is very OP compared to the other weapons I've tried.
     
  3. PsyckoSama

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    If I wanted to play Warframe, I'd go play Warframe.

    And the funny thing is that Warframe, a FREE TO PLAY game mind you, has a less predatory Microtransaction system than Anthum according to the screenshots we've seen...

    Now if you'll excuse me...

    I'mma go play Warframe.
     
  4. Nevermind

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    ICYMI, Jim Sterling made an interesting Jimquisition episode on the predatory nature of preorder culture.

    One particular element that resonated with me was the already infamous Anthem spreadsheet that details who can play the game at which point and to what extent. Remember when it would have been ridiculous to even think about delaying the actual general release of your finished product by an extra week so a handful of privileged few with more money than sense would get to play early? And it is even more ridiculous to see that EA/BioWare are still sticking with this scheme despite the unmitigated disaster that was the launch of the last big game under the BioWare banner. That release, because of limited public availability and playing time, tended to highlight only the worst parts of Andromeda and devolved into a cavalcade of shitstorms and trolling quicker than Mac Walters could say “Tempest.” Never mind that I am firmly convinced this initial reaction played no small part in ME:A’s demise and BioWare Montreal being shut down.

    It beggars belief, really. Rant over.



    (Finally, this is your friendly reminder that we still don’t know what Anthem’s MTX will look like.)
     
  5. ScottPress

    ScottPress The Horny Sovereign Prestige

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    Yes we do.
     
  6. Agayek

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    We know there's not gonna be lootboxes and the prices are gonna be high enough they felt the need to prime the audience with a "leak" of $20 for a skin. Or in other words, total bullshit.

    I don't think the final prices are gonna be $20 for a skin, but I do expect a skin to run somewhere in the $10-15 range, likely $12, and EA making mealy-mouthed "we listened to your feedback" excuses.
     
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    It’s all BS, of course. And I think Anthem will suffer for EA’s sins of past and present. Remember when we got some outfits and weapons that were actually nice for Shepard and the squad in ME2 for something like $3? We never knew how good we had it.

    Frankly, even in the heated market that we have right now, I would consider anything above $5 for a single skin ludicrous and extortionate. Unfortunately, though, I do believe you are correct. If they really want to make All the Money in the World(TM), they ought to do bundles that might give players an actual sense of value at minimal cost to the developer & publisher, however undeserved and fleeting it might be.
     
  8. Agayek

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    I'd love to be proven wrong; after all, I adored the shit out of the demo, far more than it objectively deserved, and I would love for EA to not drive off most of the playerbase with their bullshit.

    I just... I have no faith that they won't. Every indicator is that the game is gonna come out with predatory microtransactions and a dearth of content, and in six months, Bioware's gonna be sitting there scratching their heads going "where'd everybody go?".
     
  9. ScottPress

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    I consider anything above 0,00 of any currency to be extortionist if I pay full price for your game upfront. Give me the full game or make it F2P.

    Inb4 the rational arguments for continuous support of games after the base price, the industry has shown itself unreceptive to those and that all they understand is the argument of the wallet. Therefore, I think that to combat the unrestrained greed of the developers and publishers, I have to be equally uncompromising. Attempts at compromise from consumers have been met with wholesale exploitation of consumers. The industry is uninterested in reasonable compromise, so I have moved the goalposts on my version of a reasonable compromise, by which I mean forcing the industry to reboot its approach.
     
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  10. Johnnyseattle

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    Yep. This is why I don't really mind having thrown around $300 at Path of Exile over the last eight years - it's completely free if you're stubborn enough to make it work, it's consistently pumping out pretty damned quality content, and they're ridiculously good at interacting with their playerbase without being too accomodating or too asshole-ish.

    Pretty much the exact opposite of EA in every way that counts. :)