If Fort Tarsis and the Load Times Weren’t
Fort Tarsis is the hub of Anthem. There you will receive new missions, hold dialogues with NPCs and improve your Javelin. Although BioWare is known for its very well staged games, the city feels somewhat lifeless. The same faces always stand in the same place and even the dialogues with their possible answers harbor a great potential that is given away. Your answers have no effect on the game. The dialogues are well written, for story interested people certainly something special – BioWare has always been able to do that.
In the smithy, improve your Javelin. The four available ones all have different special abilities that cannot be adjusted. Visually, the Javelins can only be slightly reworked. It’s a pity, because such combat suits offer players a lot of room in an MMO to stand out from the crowd. And yes, there are microtransactions.
There’s no more talent trees to get the most out of his suit. With the equipment and the always new finding of better abilities you strengthen the Javelin – a pure Loot-Shooter without depth. The system is quickly learned. In order to create more playful freedom, a talent tree or even more adaptability would certainly not have hurt.
The biggest shortcoming of Anthem is the loading times already mentioned. BioWare has made improvements and shortened loading times. However, it is advisable to install the game on an SSD. As soon as you enter a tunnel in the open world in a mission, there is a loading time. Especially with long loading times, when your team is running ahead, this can be frustrating. You’ve just finished loading the mission and will be thrown directly into the next loading screen.