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#1 Posted by Syndrom (518 posts) -

i've been playing solo also, atleast untill endgame. i jsut want to experience the world and game at my own pace

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#2 Posted by Syndrom (518 posts) -

Hi Duders, i created a EU clan for The division 2 on pc

just search for GiantBombEU

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#3 Posted by Syndrom (518 posts) -

It's actually probably a good thing that it takes most people awhile so they avoid what happened to me. I did a lot of Freeplay at first to get a handle on the game and some of the abilities and weapons. I completed one of the Tomb Challenges without knowing it, found a Tomb without knowing what it was and because I was like Level 5, my reward was . . .

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Two common items. Hooray?

the gear rarity is tied to level, so pre level 10 you will never get a green item, same with other colors.

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#4 Posted by Syndrom (518 posts) -

I was looking really forward to Anthem, i really really was.

But man it's been a long time since i've played something that's been such a disspointment. I guess my excitement started to dwindle when the beta/demo/whateverthefuck dropped and the game was in a very bad technical state. I was like, psssh this is an old build, shit will get fixed and the game will be fine. But boy how wrong i was. Let me get one thing straight, the core combat is pretty great. When it clicks it really fucking clicks. It's too bad everything else is just such a mess. It's a game i really want to play but it's like fighting me at every turn.

The story is pretty mediocre generic sci fi. Big bad dude wants to take over the world and basiocally become a god. You're the only one who can stop him for some reason. In my opinion the story is so rote and boring, i had zero emotional investment in the characters. I remember playing the original Mass effect trilogy and actually having feelings and thoughts about the story. Here i just tuned out most of the time because it didn't interest me in the slightest. I remember reading every codex entry in Mass Effect, here i couldn't give two shits. I totally didn't feel connected to the world, my character is a faceless drone that has zero impact. The characters have no personality other than "hey i'm snarky". There is no uniqueness to a single one of them. You don't have a connection to them at all. Don't even get me started on the "dialogue" options.

The world is pretty to look at most of the time, but holy shit there is no variety in the enviroments. It's just one big jungle with ruins and the occasional big weird relic. There is also zero world building in the enviroment. I mean look at The division, that world is pretty post apoc generic but it actually feels lived in. Anthem is a pretty themepark, it doesn't feel lived in.

But hey ok, it's a looter shooter i can live with a pretty bland generic story in that type of game, even if it is from bioware. I'm here for the grind, getting loot and feeling powerful. But oh boy. 50 hours in and i'm banging my head against the wall. The loot system is broken as fuck, and even besides it being broken on a technical level. The loot is boring as fuck. Every gun looks the same. Masterworks and legendaries look excactly the same as a level 1 version, except for a paintjob. Like the story and characters i have no connection to the gear. I remember getting gjallarhorn in Destiny, i fucking worked to get that stupid rocket launcher. I cheered when i actually saw it in my inventory. I never had that feeling when i saw a MW/ legendary in anthem. This looter shooter has pretty shit loot y'all. There is no soul, it's lifeless.

The things you do in this game are so boring and mindnumbing, there are 3 types of missions. Go there and kill some dudes / drop orbs in a fountain, kill some dudes / interact with an item and stand around while a bar fills and kill some stuff. There is not a single interesting mission gameplay wise in this entire game. Freeplay needs a total redesign, i mean how did they not copy the Destiny system of popping up events on the map and giving player direction. No, now i have to mindlessly fly around in this big map hoping something interesting pops up. And to top it all off, i have to do it with 3 randoms that i can not communicate with. The 3 strongholds are a real joke. The only one worth running is tyrant mine, the other two are a pain in the ass, the endbosses just fucking suck and a real drag to fight. And why did they recycle the last mission and call it a stronghold, Destiny did this and was not wel received, why did Bioware not learn from Bungie's mistake. Also the story is padded out with grindy content.

There is no variety in enemies, you fight the scar faction 90% of the time, and the outlaw faction / dominion factions are just the same with a palette swap. The ai is also not interesting to fight, enemies just run at you are not really engaging to fight.

The game is straight up not finished, it's one of the most buggiest pieces of software i have messed around with in a long while ( no i didn't play fallout 76 ). Games like this are not meant to run on Frostbite. And it's time that EA learns this simple fact. Destiny and Division have always had problems at launch, but not on this scale. The games were playable and i never experienced problems lik this. Also whenever they fix something, something else seems broken. This is a early acces games posing as a finished AAA game, it's crazy to me it released in this manner.

Sure there are positives, like i said when the combat clicks it just clicks. The priming and detonation system is such a great gameplay system and is very satisfying when it works. The synergy with your fellow freelancers can really be amazing. The scale of the world is pretty cool, you really feel small in the huge and pretty enviroments.

I really don't know if Bioware will be able to correct this in a way similar to Massive/ubisoft did with the Division.
At the moment i'm of the belief that this game will not get there soon. It needs so much time and stuff that needs to be redesigned at a core level. I have no faith EA will support Bioware in getting this game where it needs to be. It is a such a dissapointment to me, but at the same time i've put 50 hours in it. But i actually think i'm done with it for now, i just had to see it trough to a certain point. I just can't play the game anymore since it really doesn't respect my time.

Sorry if this comes over disjointed and is difficult to read. English is not my native language, and i'm pretty tired writing this. I just needed to put down some thoughts, i had to get it out of my head.

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#5 Posted by Syndrom (518 posts) -

@will2357 said:

Next weekend, anyone who thought the combat was meh or copy/paste from other games should give the Storm class a try. With the default loadout, you can hover around to freeze an enemy, lightning blast an enemy to combo explode that causing it to freeze other enemies, then melee from way up in the air reigning fire down upon all the frozen enemies causing more combos... It feels fantastic while dodging attacks in the air with the Storm's extra long hover time, and there are a ton of other powers that dropped as random loot allowing for a variety of primers, detonators, and chains of various types/methods/effects for both slots.

I ran into soooooo many loading issues, game crashes, audio glitches, missing xp/eq, etc. on both PS4 and PC (PC seemed a bit more reliable), but... dang... the demo just ended and all I can do is think about trying different loadouts for the Storm next weekend.

Ok, but what i i don't want to play as a cyber mage?

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Also, why in the actual fuck doesn't this game have some sort of text chat on pc. This pc port feels like such an aftertought. I hope the launch build is better than this.

That's driven by some FCC regulations that kicked in beginning of 2019 - basically all games released going forward that want to have text chat need to support text to speech and speech to text additionally.

You can read up on here and here is some comment from bioware on that topic.

They want to add it down the line but since TTS has apparently not been implemented in games (of that scale) it requires a significant amount of extra development.

Ow, my bad then, i didn't know that!

@deckard said:

@hestilllives19: Yeah I am baffled that EA is still sticking with Frostbite for these open-world games. It was clearly never meant to handle a massive, seamless environment. It was impressive they hacked the engine to work for Dragon Age Inquisition but that was 5+ years ago.

Ye frostbite is a great engine for FPS-games, anything else is just a mess.

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#6 Posted by Syndrom (518 posts) -

played some more, unlocked the colossus. And did the dungeon thing. Gameplay still feels meh, it's just feels so copy paste from other games.

Also, why in the actual fuck doesn't this game have some sort of text chat on pc. This pc port feels like such an aftertought. I hope the launch build is better than this.

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#7 Posted by Syndrom (518 posts) -

played about two hours on pc.

I hope it's because of the older build but holy shit this game is badly optimized. I hope it's better at launch.
Gameplay is kind of bland so far, it's allready so repetitive. Fly there, shoot some stuff and interact with an object or hear some dialogue. Go back to fort tarsis and rinse repeat.

Fort tarsis itself couldn't be more boring, it's so devoid of any life. You just have the sense the npc's are put there as props, they just stand there. Also i hope they increase the movement speed while there, it's such a slog to navigate that place. It should be alot snappier to get around.

The javelins themselves are ok i guess, the combat seems a copy paste from ME:A, wich is fine. The ai seems pretty basic and dumb tough, they just soak up your bullets and then fall over and die. The shooting is fine but nothing more. Flying around like iron man looks pretty cool, but combat doesn't seem to take advantage of the mobility of your character.

To me it just feels like a poor man's attempt at a destiny clone. It feels very devoid of any kind of soul or it's own identity. D2 has it's issues, but the core gameplay is so satisfying and fun. Anthem just feels bland in every way to me.

Kind of bummed out actually.

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#8 Posted by Syndrom (518 posts) -

great another one of these threads.

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#9 Posted by Syndrom (518 posts) -
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#10 Posted by Syndrom (518 posts) -

is there a discord or something?

platform: PC
bnet username: raav#2437

region eu: Down for anything, but my main mode is gonna be blackout (i suck though)