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EA and BioWare's Anthem is gearing up for release on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC very soon. But a lot of people probably still don't know what the game is about or how the game is played. That's why there's a brand new video that gives you a very detailed breakdown of how it all works.
So it goes over the basic premise of the story, which is about the last bastion of civilization being protected by a giant wall. Players take on the role of a small group of protectors known as Freelancers. The Freelancers don mechanized armored suits known as Javelins. The Javelins each have their own pros, cons, abilities and special skills, much like the Warframes from Digital Extreme's Warframe.
But don't worry, you can take hold of different Javelins depending on what sort of play-style best suits your tastes in Anthem. Now at the start of the game you'll have a choice of four different Javelins, including the Interceptor, the Colossus, the Ranger, and the Storm. The Ranger is an all-around Javelin that gives you a healthy mix between speed and power, while the Interceptor is all about moving quick and unleashing fast attacks at a rapid pace. The Colossus is the tank of the group, allowing you to absorb a lot of damage and dish out a lot of damage. The Storm is a long-range elemental Javelin for people who prefer fighting from afar.
The four Javelin classes are very similar to the typical RPG classes, like mages, knights, rangers, and priests. However, the leveling system falls closer to the likes of Bungie's Destiny. In Destiny your level is based on your cumulative Light power. In Anthem your level is based on your cumulative Gear score. So in both cases the idea is to max out your Javelin's gear slots with as many top-level items to make your Javelin as powerful as possible.
The video does a fine job of explaining how you can change the loadouts and gear types for the Javelin to create a play-style dependent on how you enjoy engaging in combat within Anthem.
The game also offers two different modes of play. There's the story mode where you can take on assigned quests and fight against the Dominion. In the free-play expedition mode you'll be able to explore the game world at your own pace. You can also call in your friends and you can all go exploring together. The exploration mode is very similar to the free-roaming in games like the Wii U exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles X, where you could head outside of the city and explore at your own pace.
Additional videos are expected to roll out that will further delve into how Anthem is played, and what sort of end-game features will be present as well, leading up to the February 22nd, 2019 release date next month.