I want to like Anthem, I really do, but I’m trapped by it having a few really lovely ideas and all the design and technical slip ups that it’s enduring at launch. Having done our Anthem review primarily on PC, I decided that yesterday’s update was a good time to crack on with the game on PS4, where I’d rather play it in the long run. It’s bad.
The game performs acceptably, and the scale of the world is wonderful, but it’s beset by server issues that constantly boot me out to the main menu after finishing a mission. I don’t lose progress at these points, and seem to be getting my loot, but after the third time in succession I was already pretty sick of it. Whoever decided that the BioWare splash screen needed to play before the title screen every time this happened deserves a slap.
Ironically, it’s kind of pushed me back to playing Destiny 2, where I’m catching up on things I’ve missed since the launch of Forsaken last year. I also played Tetris 99 for a bit and somehow managed to come third in a match, while doing our Trials Rising review was the theme to last weekend, which is as good as ever.
Jim joined me in playing Trials Rising, which is “the first game in the series to properly get its hooks into me.” He finds that score-chase rather moreish, but he’s dragged himself away to play more Kingdom Hearts III and some Dead or Alive 6, where he’s working through the “disjointed” story mode.
Nick P did our ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove review, played Apex Legends, Black Ops 4 Blackout (unsurprisingly) and tried to puzzle out who Dante and Nero are. Meanwhile, Tuffcub played Destiny 2 (unsurprisingly), Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Fallout 76, which he rated as “utter pants”.
Heading off the beaten track, Miguel played Horizon Shift ’81 on Switch, and Sky Gamblers – Afterburner, with the former much more fun than the latter. Also having “fun” with a game was Jason, who’s been playing more of Anthem.
It was a quest for the Dying Light platinum and the enjoyment of the game in co-op that kept Nicole going this week, but she’s also been indulging in Steins;Gate Elite, while Rebecca was surrounding herself with indie games. She finished the “astounding” Night in the Woods, Gris, and Virginia, which she said “may be confusing but underneath the strange cutscenes and visual imagery a truly powerful story hides.
Steve handled our The Lego Movie 2 Videogame review, which he did not have fun with, has been closing in on the Kingdom Hearts III platinum, and dabbled with Textorcist and the PC port of the Evolution card game.
Heading into the wilderness fo VR for the first time, Tom grabbed himself a monstrous PSVR bundle. His first port of call was Tetris Effect, he called Astro Bot “game changing”, had fun in London Heist, and ended up deciding that Skyrim was probably a bit too much for him at this point.
Aran finished off Yakuza Kiwami 2 and is now “impatiently waiting for Yakuza Kiwami 3 to get announced and released. Also started The Occupation with a review to hit next week.”
Kris played D&D in real life, and finally Dom put a score on our Dead or Alive 6 review. He says it’s “a good fighter depending on your outlook. He also played Anthem, “which is a good shooter depending on your outlook” and Swords & Soldiers 2, “which is a great game no matter your outlook.”
Now then, what have you all played this week?