When I first played the Closed Alpha Test less of the game was available and working, as to be expected. I found that the new VIP demo test revealed features that rounded out the gameplay experience and allowed me to fully play/enjoy/recommend the title.
The crafting system was incredible and easy to use, intuitive and fun. I knew where I could obtain the components, and loved the random roll bonuses feature of crafting. 100% spot on, great crafting system that will have players making some great gear and allowing them to push their item rating higher and higher.
The Tyrant Mine experience was great, you feel the progression through the mine/ dungeon and difficulty increases as you make your way to the boss. the boss encounter is challenging even on the normal middle setting, on hard its a lot harder as well. I had people leave me alone/ leave match, and leave me to finish off the tyrant solo. but overall it was a great progression type experience that I enjoyed.
Overall the game seems like it will provide enough content and customization, as well as, fun and engaging combat for a lot of different people and playstyles.
Finally when I unlocked the Colossus "frame" or "exo suit" with a more Tank like ability set and different more powerful "heavy" weapons, the game seemed to shift completely into the Plus Column for me. The Colossus felt like it should with a large HP bar and the Ability to take out a shield and actively block with it. My choices of weapons were simple, An Autocannon style chaingun, and a Explode on Contact Grenade Launcher.
Each of these amazing weapons (both of which I had crafted myself with found and earned components) were very effective at handling enemies and bosses alike. The Autocannon or Minigun/Chaingun was great for the smaller mobs in the encounters, it mows them down quite effectively. The Grenade Launcher was great for boss damage, as the nades were sticky but exploded on contact. From Across the room I could lob the grenades onto the Tyrant Boss's side and cause a lot of damage. Overall the Colossus Only weapon selections seemed perfect and spot on with the playstyle of the class.
I look forward to Anthems release now, having been a part of all public tests up until this point i can say i think this game has amazing systems and the potential to be a really great game.
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