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Mar 12th 2019 at 8:38:15 AM

Yyyyeah. That I get.

On a more positive note, m,y Colossus now has a gear piece that boosts shield damage by 300% when charging. Which is coupled with another piece of gear that does similar. So my Colossus is now a MURDER TRAIN.

Charge in, send everyone flying even on GM 1, flame thrower then electro shock, then charge RIGHT BACK THROUGH again. Rinse repeat, he can pretty much clear things.

Only buggers that are a pain are enemy Storms. The minigun does bugger all against them. So I need a ranger or another storm to whittle them down.

CEOIII C-E-O-3, H-N-I-C from Franklin, PA Relationship Status: In my bunk
C-E-O-3, H-N-I-C
Mar 12th 2019 at 12:36:55 PM

You clearly need a better minigun. Sustained fire on them until their shield drops, they drop to the ground, you put your shield up and run them over.

I'm Charlie Owens, good night and good luck. PSNID: CEOIII 1117
disruptorfe404 from New Zealand
Mar 12th 2019 at 2:27:58 PM

Sounds like you might need to pray to RN Gesus for a Thunderbolt of Yvenia!

Mar 13th 2019 at 2:55:17 AM

ahhh I have 2 of those. But I feel weird giving my colossus a piddly rifle when there's grenade launchers and miniguns.

Got a MW grenade launcher. And upgraded the minigun. Now we shall see.

Also, so much armour I was able to take five hits from the Hive Tyrant on GM 1 whilst unloading PAIN all over the place. That was fun.

Also, if you have a shield out while flying that charge damage STILL APPLIES if you manage to hit someone. I think it even gets a bonus. I learnt this whilst getting ready to charge a shielded Scar sniper... who promptly got leeroy jenkins'd by another colossus entering stage right on a jetpack.

Colossus proceeds to exit stage left, partly carrying off said sniper.

I'm basically splitting my time between Storm and Colossus - Interceptor I haven't found a good balance for and my Ranger is for soloing the open world as it's versatile enough to be able to adapt - plus it's better for most of the 1 vs 1 elites.

InkDagger Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Mar 19th 2019 at 4:33:36 PM

LOL I just bought a lot of new components to rebuild my PC that is seemingly falling apart as it will crash and then throw a seizure fit trying to start back up again and several of the components came with a free game or two.

One came with the Devision 2. And another (I think the 2070) came with a choice between Battlefield V, some other game (Metro? Can't remember) and Anthem. Made me laugh.

Should I redeem Anthem to at least witness the train wreck?

shigmiya64 Somebody get this freaking duck away from me! from a settlement that needs our help, General Relationship Status: Non-Canon
Somebody get this freaking duck away from me!
Mar 19th 2019 at 4:56:30 PM

If you've already decided you don't like it, why bother? You probably won't like it.

M84 Freedom is the right of all sentient beings from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings
Mar 19th 2019 at 8:36:32 PM

[up][up]I'd stick with Division 2 if you must have a looter-shooter.

Disgusted, but not surprised
theLibrarian That all you got? from his own little world
That all you got?
Mar 19th 2019 at 9:16:48 PM

Yeah, at this point whenever I get back on Anthem I'd be playing it for the story, such as it is.

That is the face of a man who just ate a kitten. Raw.
Mar 19th 2019 at 9:19:48 PM

I'm still holding out hope for a major update that makes it worth buying. As long as EA doesn't cut their losses and drop it, it should happen, but it could take a year or two.

M84 Freedom is the right of all sentient beings from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings
Mar 19th 2019 at 9:42:14 PM

[up]A major update and a price drop. Or heck, maybe they ought to go free-to-play.

Edited by M84 on Mar 20th 2019 at 12:42:49 AM

Disgusted, but not surprised
InkDagger Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Mar 19th 2019 at 9:43:57 PM

[up]x5

Because literally none of the games listed are ones I either know of or have an interest in playing? I'm typically a story heavy gamer person so lot of FPS Multiplayers aren't my style.

Also, there is a massive difference in approach to a game you want to enjoy but is bad, or knowing it'll be a mess going in and enjoying the ride. Popcorn Flicks or So Bad Its Good are things after all.

Edited by InkDagger on Mar 19th 2019 at 9:44:45 AM

Mar 20th 2019 at 2:57:38 AM

I'm taking an Anthem breather jsut because the missions were getting samey and also because filling up the Valour quest bars just felt TOO grindy.

Division 2 for a wee while then I'll jump back into Anthem for a bit.

But TBH The Division is showing how it's done - no loading screens in game at all, unless you die (And then it's RAPID); loot is plentiful and because you can equip wherever it's less of a chore.

Also, what you do seems to have an actual impact in the world.

Only thing i feel Anthem does a bit better is how impactful combat feels with combos and so on. Oh and world traversal. It's fun to go from one side of the map to the other.

NotSoBadassLongcoat The Showrunner of Dzwiedz 24 from People's Democratic Republic of Badassia
The Showrunner of Dzwiedz 24
Mar 20th 2019 at 6:00:20 PM

Guess what, Anthem is Bioware's second-best selling game ever, there'll be a reduction of loads in next week's patch along with a minor content update (legendary missions, which are daily story mission replays on steroids a la Destiny), then there's a major content update coming with a new Stronghold next week, and in today's livestream, the producers announced the obvious, namely the fact that the cast has finished a their motion capture recordings recently (see Twitter post by Annie Wersching that I linked to a week or two ago).

So if you can get Anthem, get it and either finish the storyline or wait for new stuff that will keep coming for free.

"Alice in Wonderland was about a chick getting high as fucking balls on a Hunter S. Thompson type list of drugs." - Mark Von Lewis
Mar 21st 2019 at 12:08:11 AM

[up]

all that first part says to me is "good to know name brand will sucker a whole lot of idiots to reward EA for releasing a game months before it was ready"

M84 Freedom is the right of all sentient beings from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings
Mar 21st 2019 at 12:23:25 AM

According to this article, we should be worried by these sales numbers.

Anthem's Sales Figures Could Mean More Publishers Stop Early Copies

How Anthem's sales success came to be is a more fascinating story than just the numbers, though, and it could point toward a larger trend that threatens the transparency of the industry. Anthem was one of the first major releases of 2019 that failed to provide advance review copies to critics ahead of its launch. Instead, reviewers were entered into the PC early access week that was reserved for people who had purchased a subscription to Origin on top of Anthem. As such, in the week leading up to launch, Anthem was mostly reviewed as a work-in-progress, with many critics rightfully asserting that their early impressions could be off compared to the title's endgame.

Basically, Anthem's initial success may encourage other publishers and developers to keep critics from looking at their game until nearly the last minute.

That in and of itself isn't troubling if not for the likelihood it could become an even more predominant industry practice than it already is. Fans rely on critics to help them make decisions about where to spend their money. It's unlikely anyone who was ever a diehard fan of a game truly decided against its purchase because of a bad review, but those who are on the fence about a title and strapped for cash benefit greatly from added information. We're swiftly moving into an era where that won't be possible anymore.

Anthem is the worst-reviewed Bio Ware game ever, and it is being routinely shredded by its own sub-reddit. It's also the best selling game in its launch month. These two facts are no longer mutually exclusive from each other, and if publishers look at Anthem and see a safety valve for unexpectedly poor receptions, it might become a very common phenomenon over the next few years.

The sales numbers do at least mean that Bioware will likely be around to make the next Dragon Age game. But Anthem being rather...mediocre...means I'm no longer all that enthused about the next Dragon Age game anymore.

Edited by M84 on Mar 22nd 2019 at 3:27:21 AM

Disgusted, but not surprised
slimcoder I'm No One Special. Just a Passing Pro Wrestler.
I'm No One Special. Just a Passing Pro Wrestler.
Mar 21st 2019 at 12:27:49 AM

Thatís EA for you.

Headlining scummy practices just like always. (Sarcastic Clapping)

M84 Freedom is the right of all sentient beings from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings
Mar 21st 2019 at 12:29:02 AM

The sad thing is that these scummy practices work more often than not. Especially on us gamers.

This is why I never pre-order games and always wait at least a week or two after launch.

Edited by M84 on Mar 22nd 2019 at 3:30:13 AM

Disgusted, but not surprised
slimcoder I'm No One Special. Just a Passing Pro Wrestler.
I'm No One Special. Just a Passing Pro Wrestler.
Mar 21st 2019 at 12:37:42 AM

I am trying to be careful with my pre-orders especially by making sure I only pre-order sure fire things.

For instance I pre-ordered Devil May Cry 5, not a bad choice.

A bad choice I made was pre-ordering Assassinís Credd: Odyssey. The lesson there is I WILL NEVER PRE-ORDER AN ASSASSINíS CREED GAME EVER AGAIN.

Edited by slimcoder on Mar 21st 2019 at 12:37:54 PM

InkDagger Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Mar 21st 2019 at 12:39:43 AM

I only pre-order games I'm certain I'll want to play. Like ABSOLUTELY certain. Dragon Age: Inquisition being an example. But I haven't done it in awhile.

[up]Learned that lesson with Unity.

Edited by InkDagger on Mar 21st 2019 at 12:41:10 PM

CEOIII C-E-O-3, H-N-I-C from Franklin, PA Relationship Status: In my bunk
C-E-O-3, H-N-I-C
Mar 21st 2019 at 2:48:09 AM

I miss the demo. Anthem had an open beta, I played that and liked it, that's why I bought it. (Didn't preorder, because EA.)

I'm Charlie Owens, good night and good luck. PSNID: CEOIII 1117
Mar 21st 2019 at 12:48:30 PM

literally the only game ive preordered in the last 5 years was super robot wars T, and only because I know full well what im getting with that series,.

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