Today (March 3rd) is National Anthem Day! Now, I'm not saying I'm not patriotic, I just think that my nerdism and love for all things science fiction and video games out weighs my patriotism. Now if you clicked on this hoping to hear a little history about our National Anthem ( "The Star Spangled Banner" written by Francis Scott Key and was adopted by the U.S. as our National Anthem in 1931) then you are going to be very disappointed. If you saw the picture of me holding the big game that almost could, and wanted to know more about it, well my friend, you are in luck!

The game Anthem was released from Electronic Arts & created by Bioware Studios back 2 years ago. I'm a huge fan of Bioware's other games such ass Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. I heard some rough info when the game was about to be launched, dealing with loot boxes and the pay to win mechanics where you get to unlock more stuff by using real money, instead of going old school and just playing the game to get better. I was hesitant, and waited almost a year to buy the game for myself.

Sure enough, the game when launched, had a lot to live up to. Especially for people who do a lot of online multi player gaming. For me, I just wanted a beautiful game, with a good story. From what I've heard, this game does have that. So I picked it for $13 during Black Friday 2019. Remember, this was a $60+ release less than a year prior. That's how hard it fell from grace. I picked it up because EA had said it would go back to the drawing board, and fix this game, so I picked it up and kept my fingers crossed!

Well, it was just announced, that EA has scrapped it's plans of fixing Anthem. This actually comes as good news for people that love their other franchises. What about for someone like me who bought the game, and have been waiting patently to play it? Is this a good decision for me? I'm going to say yes. I can finally play the game for the reasons I wanted (story and art), and if it sucks, I can save time and hope for something better down the pipe. I've wasted $13 on plenty of other stupid things, so why not one more. The real question is, why did I decide to share all of this with you? Simply because it's National Anthem Day, and I wanted to give one last hurrah for the big game that almost could!

 

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