Parents' Guide to

Anthem

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fantastic but flawed foundation of sci-fi fantasy action.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 2+

Great EA game gets review bombed

Great game, fantastic graphics, gameplay and campaign! Gets review bombed.
age 12+

Amazing and educational

This game has a bit of minor Sci fi violence but any mature child of around 12 and over can understand that it is all in a game. This game also has very good educational values and supports hard work. I think any loving parent should pick this up for their 12 year old or older child and do them a favour.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (8 ):

What do you get when you cross the flight and firepower of Marvel's Iron Man suit with the sci-fi shooting splendor of Bungie's Destiny games? The answer is Anthem, the highly anticipated premiere of a brand-new franchise from BioWare and EA. Right off the bat, it's got to be said that Anthem is visually stunning. It's easy to get lost taking in the sights as you soar over mountains, through forests, and even deep underwater. It's a living, breathing world that's absolutely breathtaking. The action is fantastic, too. You can customize your javelin suit to, well, "suit" your personal style ... both in fashion and gameplay. Whether you want to charge headlong into the fray as a battle-worn battering ram of destruction or float on the sidelines dropping a storm of ice and lightning on your foes from a distance, the game has you covered. And when you team up with others, bolstering one another's strengths and shoring up weaknesses, your one-man army suddenly becomes an epic force to be reckoned with -- which is what you'll need to survive the challenge that the endgame content serves up.



Anthem may be a great game when it's running on all its sci-fi cylinders, but it's hard to ignore that it had a rough start. The game has suffered from stability issues, making it difficult to play at times. Plus, disconnects and crashes plagued the launch, making it unplayable at certain times, and other glitches (such as missing gear or bogus server warnings) were minor frustrations. Matchmaking can be a bit awkward, too, with players sometimes joining key missions mid-progress. Many of these kinks in the gameplay have been addressed since launch, and the game continues to get better as more content is added. Much like Fort Tarsis, the story's main hub of operation, Anthem has its share of growing pains but is constantly building to its full potential, establishing a solid framework for the future of the franchise.

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