So Anthem got released today for those of us on Origin Access Premier and I am very much enjoying it at the moment. Have only played a couple of hours and am not far into it at all but the combat has been fun with just enough challenge that can see why multiple players loudouts in a team will come in handy later.
I have played a few missions with easy matchmaking and decent enough story to make me want to stop and listen at the checkpoints. If you have played Destiny or The Division, the missions follow the same path here, you go out bad people turn up, kill them all and move to the next checkpoint with the exception that the moving is flying and its great fun.
I also played some Freeplay too. Freeplay is wandering around the open world. If you in a squad with friends you can run around together or solo. Other players are in the freeplay world and World Events happen and you can fly in a help rescue people or shut something down.
I really wish I knew how to take screenshots because the world is stunning. Its one of the best worlds I have seen in a game mainly I think because of the verticality. Everyone can fly so the immediate world outside the fort is cliffs and waterfalls with hidden ruins everywhere.
The game strongly favours groups, you get better loot and XP is shared across the group so buddy up for missions. There is also Alliance XP which is shared across your Friends list on Origin so hit me up as Ghrugen on your friends list on Origin, same profile pic as here. Alliance tiers get you coin rewards every week. You do not have to play together though, it will rewards coins based on the top 5 players in the alliance and based on your tier in the allaince. There is no guild system at the moment but that is coming sometime in March.
Coins are used to buy cosmetic stuff as is shards. A cosmetic vinyl is coming in a 850 shards and you can buy 1050 shards for €10ish. Yes there is a cash shop. So far its all cosmetic, vinyls, colours and emotes.
Anyone else in at the moment or coming in on full launch? Anyone interested in it can get 10hours in Origin Access basic. If you haven’t ever had Origin Access but would like to try it for 7 days free I have 4 invites.