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Wow. So much hate already? Yeesh.

I'm honestly going to want and see what we get first before I start spouting off negatives. This could be amazing, or it could be yet another "ho-hum" live service title trying to do too much with a great license. Either way, I'm excited to see what it is - I'm eagerly awaiting some Avengers gaming that *ISN'T* a mobile game. Hell, the best one in recent memory was Disney Infinity (yeah, still have too many figures stored away someplace).

So yeah, here's hoping it's good. I'd be happy with a single-player story campaign experience, but I'd really like some co-op action in there as well. Even if it's a live service multiplayer game, it could be really fun if done right.

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As my username might suggest, The Matrix is second only to Jurassic Park in my all-time favorite films. I must've watched it on my Dad's satellite movie channel a dozen times, and it still blew my mind. Reloaded was alright. Revolutions was just... well, it was like trying to tie a shoelace into a knot on top of another knot, then trying to tie another one still on top of that one. You might think "Hey! A triple knot in my shoelace! That's neat!", but then you look at it and realize that it's just a mess. Then you try and untie one knot and it tightens the other, and eventually you just give up, light your shoes on fire, and toss them from an overpass into a fast-moving river and be done with it.

That said, I can still watch all three to varying degrees - the first for the concept and depth to which it still makes me think, and all the way to the third where I can just turn my brain off and enjoy the visuals. Well, maybe just the musical score (that whole Dragon Ball Z fist fight with Neo and Smith was just way overdone). Don Davis did wonders with the varying themes for the soundtrack.

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Yeah, no thanks. I'd rather my game performance rely on my actual hardware and skill (if any), not on my bandwidth/input lag. Hard pass.

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@croxus: "...so they force us to use a paid monthly subscription"

I simply bought it through the Ubisoft Store (since I already have U-Play loaded on my PC thanks to TD1 and AC: Odyssey, I'm not signing/loading that Epic crap up). I still just load it as a non-Steam game in the Steam client.

Also, I've been playing alone for 9 hours right now. So far it's great. I did matchmaking for a couple of the missions, but not once have I thought "I can't play anymore because I have to group up to get past this content". But, to each their own. As for bugs, it's been solid. The occasional Delta disconnect, but nothing that's kept me from hoping right back into the game and playing where I left off.

Suffice it to say I've played 9 hours of The Division 2 and can tell it's already going to be more fun, more detailed, more polished, and keep me more invested than Anthem did for two weeks.

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"When I joined the corps we didn't have any fancy-shmancy pizzas. We had two pieces of bread and a tomato for the whole platoon, and we had to share the tomato!- Sgt Avery Johnson, Halo 2 (possibly)

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@redhedjack: They mean removing it from any streaming services and digital sales platforms.

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@oneligas: “...which is nice for the PC crowd and does nothing for Halo fans”

Unless you’re a Halo fan who loves PC gaming, in which case, bring it on. It’s time to come home, Foehammer.

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@Donut0389: Congratulations on your obviously impeccable reading comprehension, if not outright stupendous opinion projection tactics. Really, well done.

Suffice it to say I didn't pay $60 for the game thanks to the Origin Premier subscription, so even if Anthem turned into a steaming pile of crap and they shut the servers down, I'm not out any money whatsoever. In fact I've saved money, and can happily go on and play the other titles in the Premier catalog that I've added to my library. As for my unpopular optimism for Anthem, I've been there for great games as service titles that get turned to crap over the course of their lifetime, so why can I not believe that a game can run the opposite way? Like I said, the industry is NOT going to change their habits to launch games prematurely - not so long as there are shareholders to satisfy with profit deadlines. Wishing for a development studio's demise won't change it (publishers will close them and get another one easy enough). So that's why I've changed my mindset to the simplistic of all for the hobby in which I've personally invested thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of my own money into over my lifetime. I'm in it for the fun, and I'm having fun with Anthem despite it's flaws.

Regardless, I thankfully don't have to justify my enjoyment of a game that has clearly been in the hater camp's rifle sights since Day 1 due to the publisher. I'm having fun with Anthem, and that's all that matters to me.

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I expected as much, though to be honest the game's shortcomings haven't held be back from having fun with it. I'm still having a blast launching in with friends, blasting through Bastion's enemies, hearing that "ka-ching!" of combo hits going off, and enjoying exploring the world. Will that last? Probably not. However I'm still having fun, and to me that's the point I'm taking in 2019 - because we all know, deep down, that the industry's mindset and business models aren't going to change. So if they're not going to change, then I'm going back to the very basics of gaming - just having fun. No expectations, no "OMG THIS ISN'T THEY TYPE OF GAME THIS DEVELOPER SHOULD BE MAKING!!!" declarations, and no real let-downs based on overthinking or "demanding" of a game. I'm also not going to be one of those douche canoes who wishes for the death of developer just because the game they wanted to like turned out to be a different flavor. That's just petty, cruel, and pathetic.

That Anthem is an evolving game means that the game today isn't going to be the game 6 months from now, so I'll play for now and move on when it gets boring, then come back when something new comes out. I have no backlog of games to play. In the meantime, I'll play Anthem and enjoy it for what it is instead of what I'd hoped it to be. I'll support Bioware to the end, because they've always been able to provide me with at least a few hours (mostly many, many, many more) of fun.

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*removes spoon from pot, takes a small sip* Hmmm... Needs more hype.