Percentile Rank

Anthem is ranked in the 20th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 143 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

61

Top Critic Average

12%

Critics Recommend

Based on 143 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

TrustedReviews
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 18, 2019

The core of Anthem – being its fearsome gunplay and angelic flight mechanics – are stellar, yet they’re held back by the mission structure that dictates them.

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Tech Advisor
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 18, 2019

We only had a taste of what Anthem’s end-game has to offer, and we can’t wait to see what else the developer has in store for players over the coming weeks and months.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 20, 2019

Anthem trips over itself trying to blend two genres into one

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Skill Up
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 20, 2019
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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 19, 2019

Wait until EA finishes the game, if that ever happens.

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ACG
Never Touch
ACG

Top Critic

Never Touch
Feb 21, 2019
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 25, 2019

I want to want to spend more time with it, because there are bits of it I really enjoy. But it needs more than the world map to change a bit, or have seasons, or better social interaction. It needs changes to how it actually works, which is a lot to ask. But the biggest fight I’ve had with Anthem so far is against Anthem.

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Feb 26, 2019

Beautiful, broken, with flashes of brilliance, Anthem is a disorganised mess in search of a reason to be.

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GameByte
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 20, 2019

BioWare’s new loot shooter is fun at times, but ultimately underwhelms with its tedium and lack of depth

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Checkpoint Gaming
Hated
Hated
Mar 1, 2019

What frustrates me the most about Anthem is that the things that work in the game's favour are really well implemented. It feels like a complete waste to have these awesome traversal and combat mechanics utilised in such an uninspired game

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Scored Reviews

GameHaunt
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Feb 27, 2019

Anthem is a great game and you can definitely remember a lot of interesting moments.

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Blast Away the Game Review
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2019

"Anthem, problems aside, is a solid game, it’s beautiful, it’s organic and it’s one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had with an open world title since Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as of recent and stays true to the values and traditions BioWare has been known for since their establishment."

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Rectify Gaming
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2019

Strong alone, stronger together, Anthem is a fantastic action-RPG experience for solo players or groups.

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VGProfessional
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2019

Anthem is a game with a lot of great ideas, but it doesn’t always have what it takes to put those ideas together. It suffers from trying to do too many things, but you can tell that under the three or four games they tried to make, a really good one is sadly buried.

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Thumb Culture
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2019

Anthem as a whole is a very ambitious undertaking from a company who hasn't dabbled in the always online co-op shooter genre. I have high hopes it will be a successful game. I'm personally enjoying every minute I get to play it, but I have heard complaints about the endgame becoming a grind. I feel if you have a team of friends to play it with it'll be a great time. Friends always make games more fun. For those who would probably be matchmaking with randoms, it might not be nearly as enjoyable. Overall, I think Anthem is a great game and will continue to improve.

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GamePitt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

In short, Anthem is a great game which has had some bad reviews based on what is on offer right now and the fact that it’s not quite sure of its identity. While promoted as a multiplayer game, its deep storytelling makes it more an experience I wanted to discover alone. That being said, once the campaign is finished, it’s great to be able to play end game content with friends as that’s part of what keeps you coming back, playing with people you know. To me, Anthem is a single player game with some co-op experiences, there is no PVP for the hard-core shooter fans out there and that will put some people off. Sadly, the fact it’s being labelled as multiplayer has also put off people that enjoy single player games, people who I think would enjoy this game very much.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Feb 23, 2019

Anthem's rich storytelling and engaging combat lays the foundation for Bioware's newest adventure. While there are plenty of quality of life improvements to be made, Anthem's ambitious approach to the looter-shooter genre is encouraging given the development team's steadfast community engagement. With a roadmap stretching far into the horizon, we'll be flying around the world of Anthem for a long time to come.

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PowerUp!
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2019

Anthem is one of my favorite games in a long time. Yes, there are some design and technical problems with Anthem but absolutely nothing that can’t be fixed.

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IGN Italy
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2019

Anthem is an imperfect and evolving game, but if you are looking for a rewarding experience in terms of gunplay, fighting and settings, you will hardly be disappointed.

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Everyeye.it
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2019

Anthem is the imperfect result of a creative birth that has placed in the hands of the public one of the most promising shared-world shooter of the last few years.

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IGN Spain
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2019

We prefer to highlight the playable elements that make Anthem fun to play at times. Everything else that surrounds the Bioware game has yet to improve and add more content to mitigate the feeling of repetitiveness, because the history and the world of Bastion has a huge potential that at the date of its release still seems untapped.

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EGM
7.5 / 10.0
EGM

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

Anthem is a beautiful car that is an absolute joy to drive, but so far, it only has enough gas to get you a couple miles. Also, the wheels will periodically fall off. Sold as a live-service game, fans of Anthem's exhilarating gameplay have to hold out hope that things will improve, but there's no denying the initial expedition was rough.

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Gaming on PC
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2019

Long loading screens and weird design choices that feel out of place in a loot shooter conspire to bring down an otherwise incredibly entertaining sci-fi adventure.

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Pardis Game
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

Despite the fact that the gameplay and the graphics are high quality and the game has its own share of fun and memorable moments, for now the game remains a unrealized potential. Anthem needs improvement in many departments: story, level design, boss fights, looting and more content in general. As of this piece, the game doesn't have much to entertain a gamer for hundreds of hours. There seems to be a long time schedule for supporting Anthem and evolving the game. It remains to be seen wether Bioware will fill the world with new contents and items, cause right now Anthem has the markings of a great shooter looter.

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PSX Brasil
75 / 100
75 / 100
Mar 3, 2019

A good cooperative system, excellent gameplay and other qualities in the new world created by BioWare can not be ignored by the various errors that the game presents. Anthem seems limited and incomplete in its launch, but can receive several changes in the coming weeks and become a much better game in a few months. Today the game does not stand out among the various loot shooters already on the market, but maybe this can happen when its potential is fully achieved.

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IGN Middle East
7.5 / 10.0
IGN Middle East
Haya Borham

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2019

Anthem is an entertaining game, but not for a long time because of its refined playing style. Offering stunning graphics with many visual details and a wide world, we encountered several problems. As the Javelins are the focus of the game, Anthem deserves the experience because of them, especially if the game price is less than $ 60.

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GameCrate
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Mar 7, 2019

There's a good game somewhere in Anthem. Somewhere behind the loading screens, asking for meaningful endgame content. Hopefully in the next few months, when BioWare starts launching its post-launch content and quality of life fixes, the game will become what it's meant to be.

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Forbes
7.3 / 10.0
Paul Tassi

Top Critic

7.3 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2019

Anthem may thrive. Anthem may fail. It has the bones to be something great but I am tired of saying that about so many games in this genre and five years after Destiny 1, I can’t believe we’re here yet again. Get it right the first time, because everyone is losing patience.

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Game Volt
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2019

ANTHEM has the potential to become a great game after a while, only the content we get on the first day is game greatest weakness point, and with the completion of updates and provide a serious support plan will have a great future.

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Gamerheadquarters
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2019

Anthem delivers a fairly solid experience, it has enjoyable elements but does also come across as rather generic.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny

Top Critic

Mar 2, 2019

Bioware's new live service shooter, Anthem, may be off to a rough start, but the core gameplay is still fantastic, and there is definitely hope for the future.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2019

Despite its myriad of issues, I still enjoyed the fun gameplay of Anthem and plan to revisit the game after it has developed a larger suite of content and events for me to experience.

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Gamersky
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2019

Wearing armor and fighting like the Iron Man is really amazing, but this game at this time is also full of flaws. The story is dull. The gameplay is repetitive and boring. What's worse, there are too many bugs and network issues. Maybe it will be a great game when its DLCs come out.

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Gamefa
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2019

Anthem is a game that didn't use a lot of its great potential. On one hand, some of the gameplay mechanics like flying is very well implemented and it also has very beautiful visuals, but on the other hand, the singleplayer and multiplayer aspects of the game contradict each other. Both are well implemented separately, but when they are put together, they just don't work well. The story also didn't come up to the expectations we have from BioWare. At all, Anthem in its current state is just simply a normal good game and nothing more.

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PlayStation Universe
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2019

Anthem may never get the chance to live up to its potential due to a series of unfortunate game design decisions and issues. The first IP from BioWare in over ten years displays moments of grandeur with fun and unique gameplay that unfortunately is undermined by the game's current condition.

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Atomix
70 / 100
70 / 100
Feb 25, 2019

Anthem is not a bad game as a whole, but rather an interesting project with wasted potential. It has really great gameplay mechanics and an awesome setting that, sadly, got negatively affected by bad choices and poorly implemented ideas like a forgetable story with horrible narrative, repetitive mission structures, painful loading screens and a multiplayer approach with null sense of cooperation.

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Hobby Consolas
70 / 100
70 / 100
Feb 20, 2019

Under a myriad of problems and bad design choices, lays a fun game, with rich lore and lots of potential... Maybe even a Bioware game. Sadly, right now it's difficult to find it.

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Digital Chumps
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2018

In a matter of weeks Anthem has marveled with its engaging action and technical incompetence. As a power fantasy, the game achieves many co-op thrills but the highs are often spread too thin over questionable design choices. BioWare's pedigree feels suppressed by a game that needed much more time in the oven.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2019

BioWare will need to build quickly on top of its shimmering jet-fueled foundation to hold people's interest, but folks looking for a new neighborhood to move into might want to give Anthem a try -- either now or after fixes and updates.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Feb 27, 2019

Anthem impresses on the presentation front and the javelin suits are a blast to play with, but a lack of diversity in the game and uninspired loot-driven progression system make it feel like Anthem could be a much better game than it currently is with a few updates.

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Gaming Nexus
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 7, 2019

Anthem is a competent looter-shooter. It is not an overwhelming, hallelujah-inducing entry into BioWare's storied history, but it's fine. I doubt I'll engage with the game past unlocking the final javelin, even though there is that tease at the end of further content.

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SECTOR.sk
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2019

BioWare put a lot of effort into Anthem but every single brilliant idea is overshadowed with something boring or shallow.

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Bloody Disgusting
Feb 22, 2019

My hope is that BioWare, too, will be able to overcome the ways that their game is broken. Since that demo, Anthem has steadily grown more stable. Some issues, though—like the repetitive mission structure—run deeper than glitchiness. But, Anthem’s core mechanics are satisfying, its world is enticing and its characters, by and large, are charming. With this review done, I will continue to play it. I want Anthem to get better, and I only hope that EA will give BioWare the time and resources to make this game as good as it can be. As it stands, it’s still worth a shot.

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Softpedia
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

I will review the game again after a year of new content and patches, with the hope that Bioware still exists. And I can only hope that they return to do what they know best, and that is adventures with great characters and engaging stories.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2019

Anthem's fast-paced shooting gameplay is a ton of fun, but it suffers from long loads, repetitive missions, bad filler, and an iffy story. Still, this is an extremely solid base for more content.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2019

Anthem's technical shortcomings, dull combat and pretty but messy environments combine poorly with a narrative that uses pointless binary conversation choices, a thoroughly typical, snarky protagonist and worn out tropes to fuel it's characterization and plot. These elements come together to make Anthem a chore of a game that's highly unlikely to satisfy anyone but the most desperate groups of loot motivated gamers in it's current state.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Feb 22, 2019

The controls of Anthem are intuitive and engaging. Flying through the world of Bastion is a sight to behold, and coordinating with your team on higher difficulties like Grandmaster is rewarding. Despite some questionable design choices and shortcomings, Anthem has a strong foundation that has potential to be a genre leader, but isn't quite there just yet.

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GameSpace
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 2, 2019

Anthem is a fun game that has some weird oversights built into it. On the upside, BioWare has been quick to respond to issues and especially bugs in game which is hopeful for the future longevity of the game. Currently, if you play with the mindset of just wanting experience the game and take your time with it, it’ll likely be a fun experience. However, if you tend to have the mindset of needing to be max level NOW and have all the best gear NOW it will probably not be fun.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2019

Anthem tries to be too many things, and ends up losing focus in all aspects of the experience

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Geekisphere
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2019

Anthem is the worst game I’ve ever been addicted to.

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Boomstick Gaming
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2019
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Just Push Start
3.4 / 5.0
3.4 / 5.0
Feb 27, 2019

Comparison aside, Anthem can be a fairly chilled game to play with friends, despite explosions big enough to fill screens, and this is 100% the way to play the game. The constant challenges to defend areas or collects things are made less of a chore with a competent ally. Also, having a friend to cooperatively combo with helps push all of the over the top fun to the surface. The niggles are still there and present but it is much easier to forgive when not solo. With all the glorious map there to fly around, the vast ways to cause explosions and cooperative play, Anthem is well worth playing, especially once the roadmapped content starts to come online.

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RPG Fan
68%
68%
Mar 4, 2019

Anthem is a painfully average RPG from a developer that is capable of so much more.

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FinalBoss
6.6 / 10.0
6.6 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2019

Anthem isn't a terrible game. The core mechanics alone make it something worth at least trying, with the fluid Javelin control movement system and combat options offering up an interesting take on the modern shooter. The problem is that Anthem just isn't a complete package. It's buggy, boring and feels unfinished. It had potential to be another Bioware triumph, and it still could with updates and DLC, but for now, it's a bit like a shiny collectable that looks pretty but really doesn't really do much.

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Cerealkillerz
6.6 / 10.0
6.6 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2019

n his current state, Anthem is a nice action game in the beginning, that loses its momentum very fast due to strong flaws in game- and missiondesign, a slow RPG part, a weak story, uninspired mechanics and many technical issues. We currently don`t recommend a buy and only a round in the play first trial with EA or Origin Access after a potential healing in a couple of months.

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The Games Machine
6.6 / 10.0
6.6 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2019

Anthem is a hymn to laziness, where a great potential is held back by strong repetitiveness, the absence of some basic features and the artificially increased level of difficulty. Moreover, BioWare and Electronic Arts made an incomplete product, a mere idea of a full game with the promise that each patch will bring us closer to what we might call a final product. Still, is it possible to have fun with a group of friends and spend some pleasant time exploring or fighting? Sure, but the experience will quickly turn into an infinite loop devoid of any goal.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2019

I have no doubt that Anthem will dramatically improve over time, but right now, this flight should remain grounded.

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PlayStation Galaxy
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2019

Anthem is far from perfect, it’s covered with numerous technical issues and server problems, and its narrative can be a long stretch to understand. Regardless of its issues, Anthem’s world can still keep you engaged with tons of activities to do, combat is enjoyable, helping low level players can give you awesome rewards, and its exhilarating flight mechanics is something that must be experienced. Overall, Anthem is still a fun game to play, especially with your friends

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GideonsGaming
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2019

The missions are ho-hum, but the combat more than makes up for it and the fact that all four Javelins play so differently is fantastic. Yet the games loading screen and bugs can put a serious damper on the enjoyment. It’s a decent foundation that will likely improve over time. But the latest patch that removed the respawn restrictions is a serious low blow for the hardcore crowd, and it has dampened my enthusiasm a great deal for it.

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GearNuke
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2019

The world and setting of Anthem are amazing, the gameplay is super fun, but the mission structure and loot system let the game down.

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GamePro
65 / 100
65 / 100
Feb 27, 2019

The basic structure of the Bioware shooter is fun, but story and mission design disappoint. Anthem still has a long way to go.

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MMORPG.com
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2019

Six months or a year from now, Anthem, like many of the other games before it, may be a wholly improved experience and complete its redemption arc, but right now it may as well be AAA Early Access.

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IGN
6.5 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2019

Anthem has energetic combat but it saves too much of what precious little content it has for the endgame, making playing through its mismatched story a tediously repetitive grind.

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Oyungezer Online
6.5 / 10.0
Oyungezer Online
Can Arabacı

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2019

Despite all the negative aspects, I don't close the door to the possibility that Anthem could be a good game in the future, because it has really good ideas and fun mechanics. I'm sure BioWare will do its best to make Anthem a success story. But one thing is certain and that is Bioware had released Anthem without learning from other examples like The Division and Destiny.

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GameWatcher
6.5 / 10.0
GameWatcher
Chris J Capel

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2019

Anthem is a tremendously fun base for a game, but is significantly lacking as a game right now. We know for sure that BioWare is making that game and it's coming soon, but it sure as heck didn't launch with it. The Anthem gameplay is incredible as an Iron Man simulator, with some great abilities, and the sense of flight is wonderful. The world and story is potentially interesting too.

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Wccftech
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2019

It is frustrating to rate Anthem. The game looks great, plays even better and has an intriguing setting to boot. However, the fragmented world design, overabundance of loading screens and severe lack of content considerably drag down the experience, at least for the time being. Still, this is a live service game after all and the folks at BioWare have the chance to right this ship by adding enough content in the upcoming months, though it won't be easy.

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Nexus
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2019

Anthem has the potential to be something greater than it is, but BioWare needs to focus on a clear path to get it there. It may be riddled with bugs that break the game, but there are core elements that can’t just be fixed with a simple update down the line.

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Xbox Achievements
65%
65%
Feb 26, 2019

Anthem is a game that despite poor optimisation, agonising load times, bizarre design decisions and an unbalanced loot system, can actually be a lot of fun to play. The open-world, story, characters and combat are all solid, the rest, not so much. Anthem has potential to be a good game, it just isn’t right now. It could be one day though.

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GRYOnline.pl
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2019

Anthem is a constant emotional see-saw. There is a lot of fun from flying, shooting and admiring this beautiful world, and almost as much frustration due to a surprising amount of bad ideas and issues. Some won't be bothered by them and keep flying, and others will go somewhere else. Anthem is a game to both love and to hate at the same time.

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Paste Magazine
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2019

Anthem is not “for me”, yet Anthem is trying desperately to be “for everyone.” It is a slow, sometimes terribly frustrating game with nonetheless incredible flying mechanics and adequate shooting. It is the future of videogames, built to be played forever and yet somehow forgettable—the sustenance meal of the online shooter-looter genre, inexplicably buoyed by a company known for legendarily good writing forced to hide its own characters behind mission talk-overs and loot notifications.

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Fextralife
6 / 10
Fextralife
Languard

Top Critic

6 / 10
Mar 5, 2019

Anthem is an excellent Iron Man simulator bogged down with poor mission design set in a fascinating world with a lack-luster story. Coupled with a critical lack of end-game content, this is by far the weakest offering from BioWare. Enjoyment of this game will fully rest on how much you enjoy the combat.

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Daily Star
Mar 1, 2019

Here's hoping for a swift fix for the game's most pressing issues, because almost everything that works, works well. With some more polish, Anthem could be a great way to spend an evening playing with friends - just don't expect the next Mass Effect or Destiny.

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New Game Network
60 / 100
60 / 100
Mar 9, 2019

Anthem manages to offer up moments of fun, with occasionally chaotic action, Javelin gameplay variety and freeform traversal. But an overly convoluted and forgettable story, underwhelming RPG elements and outdated design choices make for a rough introduction to this brave new world.

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Daily Mirror
Feb 22, 2019

As it stands, Anthem needs some work done to it if we want to see its full glory.

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PushStartPlay
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2019

There’s a great game somewhere hidden beneath the tombs of Anthem, it’s just not there quite yet.

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CDavis_Games
GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 22, 2019

BioWare's Anthem has good ideas, but most of those ideas don't end up working well together.

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Leadergamer
Feb 16, 2019

Anthem has a great potential. But right now, it has a few problems.

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Press Start
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 24, 2019

For all its flaws, it has to be said that Anthem is a lot of fun. Some 60 hours in, between both PC and PS4 where I’m onto the endgame in both, I still enjoy the moment to moment gameplay.

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Stevivor
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2019

Bungie fixed Destiny. Massive fixed The Division. Bioware have all the pieces of the puzzle, but right now Anthem isn’t living up to its potential. It’s bad, but not so bad it can’t be fixed.

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PCGamesN
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 21, 2019

Beautiful and mechanically robust throughout, but weighed down by repetitive missions, a flabby structure, and a lot of the people you meet in Fort Tarsis. Even the strongest beats become tiresome if repeated or drowned in white noise, and that's Anthem in a nutshell.Richard Scott-Jones

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MMOGames
6 / 10.0
MMOGames
Phil DeMerchant

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2019

Anthem is an MMO-lite looter-shooter with potential sadly unrealized. Most of its design decisions feel woefully underdeveloped, despite how it excels in its frankly addicting gameplay. The interjection of a freemium forced economy as well as the simultaneous extension of and lack of any traditional end-game or development beyond the main story screams of publisher intervention. Anthem's systems are absolutely wonderful, but they feel crippled by its other design decisions.

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LevelUp
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2019

Anthem struggles to deliver an engaging and ongoing experience to return and grind every day. Even if you manage to look above his flaws, like underwhelming loot design, mission structure and rigid combat, there is little joy to be found in this game.

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AusGamers
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2019

It’s a shame then that everything surrounding this core feels so disjointed. A story that lacks momentum outside of a few moments, mission design that reveals all its nuance in a matter of minutes, and a cumbersome progression system interrupted by walls

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Digital Trends
Digital Trends

Top Critic

Jan 25, 2019

Anthem is a blast at times, but its best moments are separated by too much grind and an inconsistent story.

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COGconnected
60 / 100
60 / 100
Feb 22, 2019

Despite Anthem’s very noticeable hiccups, there’s enough of a solid groundwork here that I think Anthem can be built off of into something unique. Sadly, it falls into the same shortcomings as its predecessors, featuring a minimal endgame and some almost obtuse design choices.

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Jump Dash Roll
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 6, 2019

We hoped beyond hope that Anthem would show the world just how sci-fi online action role-playing games were done. What we got, however, was far from that and without some serious improvement, Anthem could take Mass Effect: Andromeda's crown as BioWare's worst ever release.

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TrueAchievements
Mar 1, 2019

It's not all bad. The combat and the flying are legitimately amazing in Anthem. They're so good that, despite everything else about the game being quite bad, I still thought about playing the game during my hours away from it. In a few years, Anthem might be a good experience. Today, it's hard to recommend.

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GameZone
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2019

Bugs, crashes, bad optimization, repetitive objectives, horrible load times and lots more, unfortunately, overshadow the game's great flight and combat system.

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GameSpew
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2019

At this point in time, Anthem feels like a title that needs more work. I want to like it, but damn does it make it hard. Like the games that came before it in this genre, I’ve no doubt that Anthem will get better and bulkier with updates over time, but if Bioware takes too long in getting there, I fear most of the player base will have moved on.

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Windows Central
Feb 21, 2019

Anthem offers amazing combat, astounding visuals, and excellent all-around production value, but suffers from baffling design choices and awful writing that hold it back from being something truly special.

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Easy Allies
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2019
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GotGame
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2019

Overall, Anthem seems to be a solid foundation buried under a mixture of problems. While some bugs are minor, some of them are game-breaking enough to even cause a system crash. It’s really unfortunate, because I actually like playing Anthem. I really wanted it to succeed, and I know with time, Bioware can make it something amazing. Sadly, it’s very possible that it might not even be worth the time at this point.

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Geeks Under Grace
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2019

Anthem is like playing in a mud puddle. It's a mess, but it's fun. It features fun third-person shooter combat with likable characters. Unfortunately, the rest of the experience is marred by technical bugs, bad design decisions, and poor pacing. You'll have a good time when all the gears are turning, but the downtime may cause death by a thousand papercuts.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 4, 2019

Perhaps it will get better, but whether the audience is still there when it does is questionable. Cool flying mechanics can only keep the interest of the masses for so long.

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Critical Hit
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2019

Anthem may look like a slick blend of action and exploration all wrapped up in some shiny armour, but beneath its surface lies a game that is riddled with bugs, shallow world-building and a paint by numbers approach to its design.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 22, 2019

There are flashes of brilliance, especially when it comes to the flying, but confused storytelling, boring loot, and unsatisfying missions don't justify the game's massive time investment.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2019

Edmonton-based BioWare's first kick at the cooperative online shooter can needs a little more oomph

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God is a Geek
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2019

Despite some new ideas and a core gameplay loop that does its best to carry the experience, Anthem is ultimately a bit of a disappointment from BioWare

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Gameplanet
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2019

Anthem is a game with unmet potential at every turn. The gameplay is fantastic and recreates the '30 seconds of fun' that has made its competitor Destiny such a success. But in its current state of bugs, server issues and poor design decisions, it is planted firmly in the 'play it in six months' category.

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Daily Dot
Feb 26, 2019

If BioWare can salvage the great gameplay ideas the game is built on and streamline some of the obtuse checklists, maybe Anthem will become the engrossing, living world I wanted it to be. But maybe I’m searching for something that was never there.

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SA Gamer
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2019

Anthem has moments that shine out and feel amazing, but you have to push through too much drudgery to reach those moments.

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Impulsegamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Mar 4, 2019

Anthem offers a solid multiplayer PvE action-shooter experience and exo suit power fantasy dampened by fundamental design problems and loot system inconsistencies.

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Glitched Africa
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2019

Anthem is pretty to look at but its bad game design, game-breaking bugs and server issues ruin the little it has going for it.

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Cheat Code Central
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Feb 26, 2019

Anthem is a game that tries to be an answer to Destiny’s popularity and even seeks to answer some of the issues people have with that game. At the same time, it ends up feeling derivative, and any fatigue you have with Destiny is likely to carry over

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Gameblog
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 22, 2019

Even if it has some good ideas, plays very well and is dashing technically speaking, Anthem is a huge disappointment. Because of its repetitivity and lack of real of real attractiveness in terms of story and characters, it feels more like a technological showcase without a soul.

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Saudi Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Mar 11, 2019

Anthem is a disappointment, there are a core design issues and technical issues that prevented the game from becoming a great game and made it just another looting game.  

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DualShockers
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2019

BioWare's Anthem is as disappointing as it is boring, with the game's biggest fault being that it just gets in the way of its own self.

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Merlin'in Kazanı
55 / 100
55 / 100
Feb 22, 2019

We are really afraid, because Anthem could be last game we seen from BioWare. The game has big issues from both gameplay and performance aspects. The lack of content is biggest problem of it.

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Flickering Myth
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2019

Slick flying and gunplay collide with infuriating design choices throughout Anthem. But its biggest problem is a lack of soul – this is a cynical, committee-produced product bereft of any significant creative spark.

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SomHráč.sk
55%
55%
Mar 5, 2019

Anthem is yet another half-baked looter shooter. However, it's just at the beginning of its lifecycle and Its future success is only up to the developers. If you're a diehard Bioware fan, you shouldn't expect anything like their previous titles. Otherwise, you'll be even more disappointed.

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PC Gamer
55 / 100
55 / 100
Feb 21, 2019

Anthem's disjointed story, boring loot, repetitive missions, and shallow endgame are all disappointing. At least it's pretty.

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VideoGamer
5 / 10
VideoGamer
Mike Harradence

Top Critic

5 / 10
Mar 1, 2019

Anthem is gorgeous to look at and can be fun in places, but for now it feels decidedly half-baked.

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NoobFeed
50 / 100
50 / 100
Feb 26, 2019

The starting moments of Anthem are truly amazing, with breathtaking environments, a promising story, and the ability to take to the sky at will. This excitement eventually fades as you continue forward on your journey to kill hordes of the same enemies to obtain lackluster loot and explore the same areas. Anthem looks and plays like it should be better than it is but suffers rigorously from repetitive gameplay, bland loot, and tiresome characters.

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PCMag
Mar 19, 2019

Anthem mimes shoot-and-loot games, but doesn't do enough to stand apart from the competition. Plus, bugs and tedious level design mar a potentially entertaining title.

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Cultured Vultures
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2019

Though the core gameplay loop of getting better loop will undoubtedly hook players in, Anthem currently doesn't offer enough original content to make the investment worth it.

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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Feb 26, 2019

Given time, ANTHEM could slowly start to bloom into a much more cohesive experience, but the worry is that it won't be given a chance. There's a good game in here somewhere, but only the flashy, satisfying combat stands out amongst a background mess of shockingly bad design decisions and woefully undercooked systems. ANTHEM feels unfinished and, frankly, undeserving of your time when there are much better live titles currently available on PS4. Check back in a year from now, and we might be onto something.

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Slant Magazine
Mar 2, 2019

The game's bland mélange of competence feels like the deliberate, calculated, focus-tested murder of ideas.

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Shacknews
5 / 10
5 / 10
Feb 25, 2019

Right now, Anthem is not good. And given what's come out of BioWare in the past and the kinds of lasting, impactful experiences that the gaming world knows BioWare is capable of delivering, that's truly sad.

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Niche Gamer
5 / 10.0
Niche Gamer
Zoe Renee

Top Critic

5 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2019

I’d be remiss not to mention that I personally really enjoy looter shooters, way back to Borderlands in 2009, and I actually adore Destiny (fight me). There was a part of me that really hoped this would be Bioware’s comeback, but that just wasn’t meant to be. Anthem doesn’t just not reach the bar set by others, it doesn’t even attempt to reach for it.

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Gadgets 360
5 / 10
5 / 10
Feb 19, 2019

That said, great combat and traversal alone don't do enough to warrant playing Anthem right now. Poorly thought out progression, grating characters, and inconsistent performance make EA's answer to Destiny and The Division one to skip until after a major update or two hits.

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RPG Site
5 / 10
5 / 10
Feb 22, 2019

Anthem feels less like an evolution for BioWare and more like a deviation into conformity.

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GamesRadar+
Feb 22, 2019

Anthem is ultimately severely flawed, and very unfinished. There's half a good game in there, but it doesn't do enough to diminish the overall feeling of emptiness and repetition.

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We Got This Covered
Mar 1, 2019

Anthem is two core ideas clashing violently, making for an abrasive and dull experience. On top of feeling incomplete and low on content, it struggles to achieve even a mildly addicting gameplay loop: a death knell for games of its kind.

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GamingBolt
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2019

When everything clicks, Anthem is great. But it is a game with major flaws, and how much you enjoy it will depend on both your ability to tolerate them and BioWare's ability to fix them.

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MonsterVine
2.5 / 5.0
2.5 / 5.0
Mar 7, 2019

Many of the individual aspects of Anthem work well. The world of Bastion is gorgeous, the graphical fidelity is truly next level, and no game has done flight quite as well as this one. Unfortunately, when mashed together in a rough looter shooter, these great aspects of the game are hidden away and replaced with a slow and frustrating experience riddled with technical and balancing issues and a simply average story doesn’t make up for any of it.

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USgamer
Feb 22, 2019

Anthem is a frustrating experience. There's a core gameplay idea that's fun, but it's not enough to keep the experience alive in endgame and beyond. It wants to sell us on flying and combat, but Grandmaster levels stop that dead. It offers a wide world to explore, but offers no reason to do so. Anthem ultimately doesn't feel like the best BioWare can do, and that's a horrible shame.

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Fandom
2.5 / 5.0
2.5 / 5.0
Feb 21, 2019

Right now, though, Anthem is in a bad state –- and no patches or performance improvements are going to be a quick enough fix to solve the fundamental problems that make it such an unfulfilling game

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Screen Rant
Feb 22, 2019

Anthem has a few good ideas, but it struggles under the weight of its own gameplay mechanics and some truly baffling design decisions.

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Game Revolution
Feb 22, 2019

Unfortunately, I feel like fixing this game goes beyond patching glitches, fixing bugs, and then cramming in expansions.

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GameMAG
5 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

5 / 10
Mar 3, 2019

For many of us, BioWare RPGs became very special. Now we have Anthem, a product created by the hollow shell of the once great studio in the miserable attempts to jump onto the leaving Destiny train. It is difficult to say what lies ahead for this game and the company that created it, but we have serious concerns.

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FingerGuns
5 / 10
5 / 10
Mar 5, 2019

Anthem is not worth the money they’re asking. It just isn’t. It might be someday, the ‘quality of life’ has to be improved significantly because once you’re in the game, you can see what BioWare want Anthem to be, you know where it’s heading and the story ending leaves it open enough to ensure that it’ll continue in the same way that Destiny just keeps on going. It’s not dreadful, there just needs to be a serious overhaul of the navigation, the bloody menus and the ‘looter shooter’ aspect which at this present moment is ensuring you’re getting very little back for your momentous efforts.

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PC Invasion
Feb 21, 2019

Anthem offers near unlimited potential, with certain features, taken separately, representing a marvel in design. Combined together and it proves to have a lot of style but very little substance.

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Hardcore Gamer
2.5 / 5.0
2.5 / 5.0
Mar 11, 2019

Anthem is a game based on a fantastic idea.

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Worth Playing
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2019

I will probably fire up Anthem more than a few times again, if only to experience the joyous nature of plopping down a Colossus in the middle of a firefight and unfurling fiery, shelled death upon the landscape. It's a wonderful distraction. But unfortunately, Anthem doesn't look like anything more than that. I can't recommend it.

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ZTGD
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2019

I am sorry to say that Anthem has fallen short in pretty much every way.

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WellPlayed
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2019

BioWare really dropped the ball with Anthem. It has a fairly average story, is rife with terrible design and problems, laden with as many bugs as a Bethesda game and the endgame is incredibly unenticing

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INDIANTVCZ
4 / 10
4 / 10
Feb 26, 2019

After playing many hours of Anthem, I was frustrated. Big promises are converted into just an empty execution from once beloved developers. There is still a potential. But right now the game has nothing much to offer, if we are talking about original gameplay at least. This is a sign that an over-successful team can always create a very average thing.

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Guardian
Feb 22, 2019

BioWare's shooter jets promisingly into battle on a stunning alien world, but what unfolds is patchy

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Giant Bomb
Mar 1, 2019

BioWare joins the ranks of developers who have learned the hard way how difficult it is to make a good loot game.

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The Angry Joe Show
4 / 10
4 / 10
Feb 23, 2019
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3DNews
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Mar 2, 2019

Anthem has a chance to become a good game somewhere down the line, but right now it's a huge disappointment.

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Telegraph
Feb 24, 2019

It would be easy to write off the bewildering state that Anthem is in as the result of video game design by committee.

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