By the time this post goes live, I’d expect the actual value to change – but Anthem is sitting in the low 60s right now.
I did play the beta. I found it interesting mechanically and wondering if there was an actual game present. It was not a demo, regardless of how it was sold. Demos are smooth. What those two weekends presented was a game with significant bugs. The day 1 (how is it day 1 when it’s been out for 7 days?) patch addresses a ton of those issues, but somehow managed to create others.
I have a noted dislike for early access games. It is a very rare game that actually delivers on that promise (Slay the Spire, Grim Dawn come to mind), while others stay in garbage mode for years. I really dislike that when we’re talking about global publishers with massive pockets.
The short of it is that Anthem just isn’t finished. It’s an idea that’s still being incubated, and EA wants your money to help fund that effort. How you feel about that is entirely up to you. It’s a market trend, entirely supported by revenue. BlackOps4 is an example of simple greed, selling a full box price, then gradually selling every possible F2P MTX possible. I wouldn’t so much put Anthem in the MTX spot… but man does this look fishy.
Is the game fun? When it worked for me it certainly was. Despite it’s best efforts to put in loading screens everywhere, to slow down the fun parts with a non-interactive movie, to have more technical issues than I could possibly list. All of that still doesn’t change the fact that combat is simply fun.
And I think that’s where things get interesting. Destiny 1 was a really bad launch, Destiny 2 had a rough go as well. Division 1 was garbage until nearly a year after launch. Warframe today looks nothing like when it launched. In the “shared world shooters at launch”, Anthem is well above the pack. The problem is that Anthem is not competing against those games from back then – it’s competing against their current versions. Just like every themepark MMORPG fought against the current version of WoW.
While I’d certainly recommend that people not buy the game at this time, if you really need to, then the $20 monthly fee (at least for PC) is probably your best bet. Following other games that release in this state, with this score… we’re going to see a sale within the month. Getting this for $30, yeah, that could work. Getting this at $60, better off waiting a couple months for the game to find its footing. There’s a pile of potential here, here’s hoping BioWare can deliver on it before EA starts cutting away.