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EA's loot grind shooter, from Bioware, has its demo/beta come out today. It's painfully obviously chasing the Destiny/Warframe dollar, and seems more than a bit tired for it.

Graphically it's nice looking and the art design is decent enough, but the game itself just seems so dull.

If nothing else, the game will be relevant as it's Bioware, the guys behind Mass Effect, and knowing EA if this doesn't absolutely fly off the shelves you'd probably not be too foolish to bet on Bioware not making 2020...

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The demo/beta/network test has apparently been a complete car crash. And not just in the normal way these things usually fail. The game apparently was near impossible to log in to yesterday and even if you did manage to get in it would regularly fail after a while. Nothing too surprising there.

What makes it particularly bad is it seems the Anthem launch also managed to **** up EAs other online services yesterday, meaning even the likes of FIFA got messed up. Apparently this was caused, bizarrely, by Anthem repeatedly connecting to the EA servers, effectively meaning the game DDOSed EA, similarly to how someone might maliciously attack a website or service by overwhelming it with connections.

Also there's not many people that seem all that enamoured with the game. Couple that to the widespread discount promotion of the game ahead of launch, makes me think this might be DOA.

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This game was absurdly average in the Alpha. I haven't got around to playing the Demo, but I can't imagine much has changed aside from the player having access to better abilities. 

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I tried game streaming on my Shield recently and was blown away by how well the games ran on my shity internet. I'm convinced it's the future and that consoles will cease to exist in the next 10 years. 

However, seeing a games server implode like this make me realise that we really are not prepared for it to happen anytime soon. I remember playing WoW in 2005 and seeing the servers go to shit because of the player count. I can't believe we're going to go into 2020 still having these problems. 

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I've never known such little hype around a game which looked like it was going to be a big deal based upon its E3 showing. 

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22 hours ago, The_Rev said:

I've never known such little hype around a game which looked like it was going to be a big deal based upon its E3 showing. 

It's because of all of EA's **** ups over the last couple years. It's very hard to get excited about a game that people expect EA to ruin somehow. 

Having played both the Alpha and now Demo/Beta of Anthem I think the game will have an audience. The game in the Demo is a lot more fun than it was in earlier builds, but it's just down to whether gamers give the game a shot because its publisher is trash. 

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