8 Most Fascinating Video Game Worlds That Every Gamer Should Learn About

Having a game that lasts tens to hundreds of hours allows developers to flesh out their worlds into something that feels alive, unlike any other medium. Bioware’s latest release with Anthem and FromSoftware being a few weeks away from unleashing their Samurai inspired Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice are just some recent examples of experiences with plenty of storytelling and lore that players can dive in head first to learn about every bit of information to immerse themselves in these universes. Plenty of other games do just as well in world-building, so here are some titles that every gamer should learn about whether you play it or not.

#8: DOOM (2016 reboot)

Id Software’s brilliantly metal reboot of DOOM came with everything old-time fans and newcomers would possibly want. While the icing on the cake, the story, was laid on lightly, plenty of notes and details can lead interested players down a rabbit hole of this genius creation full of demonic monsters from hell, heavy metal, and brutal violence.

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#7: Halo 

Xbox’s massive exclusive IP expands outside of the confines of video games with plenty of books, upcoming shows, and more to expand this universe into one of the biggest in the realm of mainstream shooters.

A war between the Covenant and humans along with plenty of complications that happen down the road. Each title gets bigger in scope despite their varying quality. While it will take plenty of homework, learning about the Halo lore will be worth it to dedicated gamers.

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#6: The Witcher 

Luckily for CD Projekt Red, they have the source material written by Andrzej Sapkowski, who wrote the books of The Witcher series.

Across three titles, CD Projekt Red expanded the novels into length RPGs that deliver an epic adventure of a world that truly feels alive. Each part of the map feels different as people have their own customs and various ways of living. These masters of storytelling created the perfect love letter to any fantasy fan.

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#5: Mass Effect

Bioware got their reputation from the Mass Effect trilogy. A complex, intriguing narrative with plenty of choices that gives players some power over the narrative arc while having plenty of precise written out stories that give this series life.

While many have problems with the third entry and Andromeda, the latest in the series, these developers offer enough to reconcile some mistakes to give those people needing to scratch that itch for in-depth cosmos with fleshed-out lore.

Each planet and race of aliens feels unique and well placed. Everything has a purpose and refrains from feeling like filler to extend the length of play time.

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#4: Horizon Zero Dawn

A balance needs to be hit between straight up telling people every detail and having them explore to find out new information. Horizon Zero Dawn manages to tell a compelling story with plenty of insight on the development of its world while giving meaningful collectibles that provide something new to the players dedicated enough to go searching. For standalone titles without any (current) sequels, Guerilla Games outshines its competition with this masterpiece PlayStation 4 exclusive.

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#3: Dark Souls

FromSoftware’s beloved trilogy has more to offer than painfully difficult gameplay, grand boss battles, and an epic score. The surface level may seem like nothing, but these developers know how to deliver rewards to players who dig deep enough into one of the most cryptic worlds in video game history. It may seem daunting at first, but uncovering the secrets behind Dark Souls will show much more about this land of death than you initially thought.

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#2: Bloodborne

FromSoftware again with their gothic turn with their signature style of gameplay and delivery of boss fights. A story that hides in the darkness, with reading every detail found in Bloodborne reveals a lush world that feels even more depressing than Souls, but just as well thought out.

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#1: Warcraft

From its strategy game days to the behemoth MMO, Blizzard’s achievement with Warcraft remains breathtaking. Continuing to grow with expansions for World of Warcraft, this beast seems to never stop. Spanning across multiple continents, individual races with their own way of life and personalities, along with a long-standing conflict with plenty of gray areas that can sway players towards the Alliance or the Horde.

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My Picks: Oscar Nominations 2019

Another year to mock the biggest award show in Hollywood, but here I am gearing up to watch my favorite movies get snubbed, and films I never got a chance to watch snag the grand prize. Either way, I am excited to see what the Academy Awards have in store for this year. I will try my best to give my picks for who I want to take home the Oscar which will come down to my enjoyment, knowledge, and attempt to put in an objective point of view for my picks. Some of my picks are who I hope wins, but some I may not be entirely in favor of, but sometimes you cannot deny a clear winner.

Best Picture

Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star Is Born
Vice
Winner: BlacKkKlansman
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, Vice
Marina de Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Winner: Amy Adams, Vice
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlackKKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me
Sam Rockwell, Vice
Winner: Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Original Song
All The StarsBlack Panther
I’ll FightRBG
Shallow A Star Is Born
The Place Where Lost Things Go Mary Poppins Returns
When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For WingsThe Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Winner: Shallow A Star Is Born
Animated Feature Film
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Winner: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Adapted Screenplay
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
BlacKkKlansman
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born

Winner: A Star Is Born

Original Screenplay
First Reformed
Green Book
Roma
The Favourite
Vice
Winner: The Favourite
Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Winner: Christian Bale, Vice
Actress in a Leading Role
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Winner: Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Best Director
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Adam McKay, Vice
Winner: Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Production Design
Black Panther
The Favourite
First Man
Mary Poppins Returns
Roma
Winner: Mary Poppins Returns
Cinematography 
Cold War
The Favourite
Never Look Away
Roma
A Star Is Born
Winner: A Star Is Born
Costume Design
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Black Panther
The Favourite
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scots
Winner: Black Panther
Sound Editing
A Quiet Place
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Roma
Winner: A Quiet Place
Sound Mixing
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Roma
A Star Is Born
Winner: First Man
Original Score
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk
Isle of Dogs
Mary Poppins Returns
Winner: Black Panther
Visual Effects
Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Winner: Avengers: Infinity War
Film Editing
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
Green Book
The Favourite
Vice
Winner: Vice
Makeup and Hairstyling
Border
Mary Queen of Scots
Vice
Winner: Vice

The Academy Awards will air on Feb. 24 at 5:00 p.m. PST

Video Game Review: Metro: Exodus

4A Games brings an anticlimactic conclusion to their Metro trilogy. Artyom’s latest adventure was something I looked forward to; instead, I am beyond disappointed in what has been delivered. While the first title had its issues, it still managed to be a thrilling experience, Last Light launched itself into the sky with its massive improvements, and Exodus plummets into the ground, smashing its face as a mediocre game.

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A glimpse at the game’s photo mode

Artyom’s dream of heading out of the Metro, out of Moscow, and into the great beyond to find a place that he, his wife Anna, and his band of misfit survivors can live in peace away from radiation, monsters, and bandits. A ride of predictable twists and moments that should have made me cry, but I found myself rolling my eyes until I could move forward into the next chapter.

The series has always had Artyom as a silent protagonist, who worked in 2010 original and reasonably well in the 2013 sequel, but in 2019, I felt his tacky silence hindered interactions with the other characters and the overall drive of the narrative. Impactful moments feel awkward when people speak to Artyom and respond like he said something snarky or insightful.

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One of the many glitches

The writing and some of the voice acting treated me like I was dumb with its reveals and twists throughout the narrative. Characters being surprised over new issues despite the apparent foreshadowing that nobody in The Order, Artyom’s gang of survivors, could see coming. Either these people are dumb, or the game thinks its players will be too moronic to understand what is happening.

Survival gets revamped in the Metro series by including a customization system that allows for guns to not only be upgraded but to change their class like pistols transforming into sniper rifles. The mechanic allowed for plenty of freedom and made me feel stronger as I progressed through the story, especially when I found the items myself when exploring.

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Weapons have each unique qualities that shoot differently while needing some management to stay in perfect condition for the time to kill some bandits or creatures. Water, dust, and other elements in the scenery jam guns and decrease the stats. Having to clean guns only at specific workbenches adds to the survival experience. I felt worried plenty of times when trying to unjam a machine gun when enemies have swarmed me.

Exploration has plenty to offer for crafting supplies, upgrades, and diaries from strangers who had died. Each major area of the game has a dense open environment to explore for side quests and camps to raid; this is the first in the series that lets itself give the player some variety in gameplay. The freedom given in these segments feels more shallow than freeing with its lack of activity and lack of side quests. Those optional objectives are a waste of time by feeling more like an errand rather than an adventure.

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Each primary environment has unique qualities like dynamic weather, enemies, and vehicles to traverse the landscapes. Cars and boats were limited to a few but were enjoyable using rather than running everywhere like previous titles. The weather did make a significant impact on gameplay but served to make the world feel alive compared to its predecessors.

Some tacked on additions leave Exodus as an empty shell. A new resting mechanic to change the time of day and heal Artyom to full health never gets utilized. Changing the day sounds brilliant due to enemy behavior differs at night vs. day, but I never got many chances to utilize resting outside of the tutorial that introduced how it works.

The AI worked inconsistently with their strategies and intelligence. Bandits would stand still or out of nowhere become surprisingly intelligent. I never knew when the enemies would attack with a plan or with a death sentence on their mind.

Random occurrences were possible for surprise attacks or interesting interactions with various NPCs in the open sections. Like most of the game, too little was done, so these events happened rarely. The few times I did see something interesting, it was worthwhile with survivors having their own motives and goals.

Like everything in my time with the latest Metro, something was inconsistent or could have been done much better, in this case, it was the animations and graphics. Many times the forests or ruined cities looked incredible by their scale and beautiful attention to detail. Plenty of times, especially with interactions with people in this world, they appeared robotic by their poor facial features or the odd ways they would interact with the world.

Endings could differ from good or bad depending on moral decisions. Instead of impacting choices, the only option given is whether or not you killed surrendering enemies or innocent people. No interactions were allowed other than ignoring or killing them. Of course, I got the bad conclusion for being a psychopathic murderer which lead me to a satisfying ending, even if it was “bad.”

Exodus was one of my top anticipated games, and it will leave 2019 as one of the most disappointing — a dull narrative with braindead supporting characters with a silent protagonist with technical issues and flat additions. Despite the many glitches that occurred were minor, they happened too frequently that hurt my experience, especially the many failed launches and frame drops.

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If you need a survival experience, play the other Metro entries and ignore Exodus.

Score: 5/10

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9 Best Women in the MCU (So Far)

Two weeks away from the debut of the new leader for the Avengers and someone who will help lead the charge to defeat Thanos, Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. To celebrate the entry of the MCU’s most powerful hero by looking through the best women in the universe, whether they are superpowered or not.

#9: Colleen Wing (Iron Fist, The Defenders)

Colleen (Jessica Henwick) might fit inside of some of the worst shows on the TV side of the MCU, but she manages to make the lowest points of both shows much better. A character arc that goes into some unexpected directions to build up someone who outshines and sometimes punches out the protagonist, Iron Fist (Finn Jones).

 

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#8: Jessica Jones (Jessica Jones, The Defenders)

With an excellent first season, then the disappointing team up with her fellow heroes and a painfully atrocious second season, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) manages to make the list due to some moving qualities that can pull your heartstrings as you watch her drink herself to sleep then witness put some thug into a coma.

Krysten’s portrayal of a character suffering from PTSD and alcoholism takes the MCU into a much more relatable and emotional state that works so well in the Netflix side of this world. Her line delivery stands as some of the best out of any actor or actress because while she does not say fuck due to Disney’s restriction on the word, she sure knows how to speak in an antagonizing tone to get that aggressive message that can only be done with the harshest of words.

 

 

 

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#7: Misty Knight (Luke Cage, The Defenders)

A badass cop who will do her job right, but will never be afraid to get some blood on her clothes after a fight. Plenty of cops enter the MCU and tend to get in the way of the heroes. Misty (Simone Missick) strikes a perfect balance between what has been done before while taking her into directions that makes her stand out amongst the massive roster of characters.

 

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#6: Shuri (Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War)

T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) might be the star of his solo flick, but his sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) stole the show. The genius princess with a great sense of humor can not only solve a major issue before Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) army swept in, but she can pack a punch with her various gadgets that will make any enemy tremble.

 

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#5: Scarlet Witch (Age of Ultron, Civil War, Infinity War)

One of the universe’s most powerful heroes who can rip people apart if she wanted to with her mind or use psychological warfare by making people hallucinate. A widely underrated and underused hero who has plenty more potential. Depending on her future, I hope that Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) gets some better moments or a standalone film.

 

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#4: Karen Page (DaredevilThe PunisherThe Defenders)

She only ever fights once or twice, has a lot of emotional moments, has plenty of flaws, yet I still adore Karen (Deborah Ann Woll). That loyal friend that her friends can always depend on, but she will stick to her gut when she has to do the tough thing when her peers feel the opposite.

She goes down a long path full of pain, perseverance, and being torn about supporting difficult people like her blind friend/boss Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox). One of my favorite arcs seen from the Marvel and Netflix collaboration.

 

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#3: Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2, Infinity War)

The voice of reason and intelligence of the Guardians. The group of misfits ties closer to anti-hero due to their criminal backgrounds, but Gamora (Zoe Saldana) holds them together with her logic while still packing a punch just as strong as the rest of them.

Her journey with Thanos makes her background story one of the most compelling, especially with the events of Infinity War and what could happen in the future when Endgame releases. She has the bronze and brains, while still having plenty of flaws due to this troubled past with her “father” that flesh her out as more than just a smart ass kicker.

 

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#2: Black Widow (Iron Man 2Avengers, Age of Ultron, Infinity War, Winter Soldier, Civil War)

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) has always run up in front of the action as a major face in the MCU. While plenty of chemistry works well with each of the Avengers, her interactions both on and off the battlefield are some of the most enjoyable out of everyone that has been established so far. She has had her time as a potential lover of Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) to helping Captain America (Chris Evans) take down the Hydra infested S.H.I.E.L.D.

Somehow the agent has not gotten her standalone adventure yet, but it is finally coming one of these days. Since the early days, she has had a strong presence but felt restricted due to her male counterparts. With the shift happening, hopefully, male and female heroes become just heroes.

 

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#1: Claire Temple (Daredevil, Luke Cage, The Defenders, Jessica Jones)

While Claire (Rosario Dawson) is the unsung hero of the MCU by keeping alive the entirety of the Defenders. A nurse who lands into this world without wanting to decides to do the right thing to help these superpowered vigilantes.

Maybe if any TV crossover does happen, think of Claire first because our main heroes may need some medical attention after defeating Thanos.

 

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Interview: Vaya

  1. How did the band come together?

Vaya: Step by step we met each other around the same passion for the music.

Raphael: I met  Vaya through a music store in Gland (CH), and she heard that I play the drums. One day, she called me to record the first drums of VAYA’s album. I’ve never left since. It was a big pleasure when Philippe joined us for the live shows. Playing with so talented and connected people is amazing.

Phil: The band started 2 years ago, with Raph’ and Vaya first, they recorded a studio album with other musicians and shortly after that, I joined them.

  1. What are some of your most memorable moments with the band?

Vaya: Every little thing I mean, we are sharing not only the stage but also life together. I bite less now because I moved in Toronto and the two others one are still actually in Switzerland, but I can’t wait to see them back here in Spring:D it’s always reconnection with friends or more family.

Raphael: During a day off in Europe we wanted to sleep in Bielorussia, but we had no visa to cross the border. We lost much time at the border to finally go back and find a last minute hostel during the night. Thanks a lot to our driver Albert who was good crazy to drive us during tour.

Phil: When we played at a bar called “The Dukes” the public was amazing, so full of joy, happiness and with a great energy just like us, probably the best concert we’ve ever done.

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  1. When going to one of your concerts, what should people expect?

Raphael: The powerful voices and rhythms are incredible. It wakes up the little native there is in all of us.

Phil: A very energetic music with a good dynamic, a great loud voice, a great rhythm section, a good contrast in the songs and a good sound.

Vaya: a real authentic powerful trip.

  1. Out of every band you have seen live, who are some of your favorites?

Raphael: Coldplay is one my favourite. They are so honest on stage, even when they are doing wrong. U2 in Glasgow (UK) has been a great memory too.

Phil: Oh I’ve seen many bands: My favorite band I’ve seen is “Extreme” cuz’ I really like the guitar player, he’s so amazing, he’s my idol, my guitar hero! I also really liked Joe Satriani when I saw him and other guitar players were very great too.

Vaya: Jack White in each project he does.

  1. What are some of your biggest influences that have shaped your music?

Vaya: Classical music mixed with Jim Morrison

Raphael: The energy of mother earth.

Phil: Lot of musicians specially guitar and bass players in many different kinds of music: Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock, Hard-Rock and Heavy Metal.

  1. Have you met any of your favorite musicians and what were those experiences like? If you have not met anyone, then who do you want to meet the most?

Vaya: still Jack White:D

Raphael: I would love to meet Jack White in order to discuss about the music industry. He is so talented and has so much experience.

Phil: Yes I met one of my other guitar hero a few times! He’s a Rock-Jazz, Funk-Fusion guitar player called Mike Stern and I met him a few times after his show! First time I met him, I was so impressed, coz I was only 19 lol and I didn’t think I could go to him and talk to him! He was really nice I talked to him for a while and I asked him an autograph. I saw him a few times later and then, I bought his new album and he dedicated it to me!

  1. What are some long-term goals you have for the band?

Raphael: Performing all over the world to share our music and energy to the maximum audience.

Vaya: To conquer the all world?

Phil: Still play together, make concerts, go on tour all around the world and record new albums!

  1. What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?

Phil: To go on tour in many different countries!

Raphael: Release a double album with this beautiful welcome from the audience.

Vaya: I am actually on my way of it.

  1. What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

Vaya: A song really tripping online announcing the second album color. I will go to Japan for making the video clip of it in Spring. So a second album in process. And tours: USA (California) and South of America and of course Canada this spring

Phil: To go on tour to Canada on April, to The States on July, to Brazil at the end of the year and by the time record a new album!

Raphael: We are performing for the Bout Festival in Toronto on 13th April. After almost 40 shows in 8 countries between Europe and North America, we are planning a beautiful Canadian Tour in April 2019. We will be part of the Bout Festival in Toronto on 13th April, all, in order to promote the first double album. We will be in San Francisco from 14th July to perform at the Californian Women’s Music Festival. We should tour for a few weeks in California and Nevada then. We are also planning a tour in Brazil and South America for the end of the year.

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Thanks to Rogue PR for setting up the interview. Images via Vaya

What We Know: Anthem

Bioware had their flop with the disastrous launch of Mass Effect: Andromeda but now the company goes all in on its latest project, Anthem.  A lot of hype and skepticism rides on this game’s shoulders, so before anyone spends their money, this is what needs to be known about this sci-fi adventure.

Gameplay

Besides the obsession with battle royal games, the other dominant genre that has risen are multiplayer “MMO-light” styled games like Destiny and The Division. A shared-world that can be played alone, with friends, or strangers, that focuses on significant loot findings, shooting giant monsters, completing quests, and completing other side activities like events.

A hub world called Fort Tarsis allows for players to accept missions and interact with both NPCs and other players in a safe zone away from all of the dangerous creatures.

Customization will ride in the front seat for Anthem. Everything about your character will have options to alter for your liking. Javelins, robotic suits similar to Iron Man, get piloted for traversal and combat. Each class has been designed to suit different play styles and strategies.

Combat will be solely PvE, battling against various creatures found in the world. As of launch, PvP will not be a feature. The main focus of the game is all about teamwork to complete raids and other activities.

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Javelin Classes

Ranger: Players wanting a smooth transition into this new experience might go with the Ranger. A balanced class that focuses on every aspect of a Javelin from far and close range combat to traversal.

Colossus: The tank of the group, meet the Colossus. A heavy duty exosuit that holds heavy weaponry and a shield to plow through enemies. Players who don’t mind slower movement and want to deal as much damage as possible will fall in love with this one.

Interceptor: Interceptor focuses on support, agility, and close combat. A faster-moving suit that will damage enemies while providing support and balance to the heavier classes.

Storm: A piece of gear that might be more susceptible to damage, but has a card up its sleeve. Elemental damage defines Storm, hence the name. Burning, electrifying, and other brutal ways to tear through enemies will leave this exosuit perfect for players looking for a challenge.

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Loot

Loot can make games like Anthem thrive or die an excruciating death. Thankfully the game appears to have systems in place to prepare for a user-friendly system. All gear earned maintains at your level, so no worry for getting a weapon that you have to carry around for 40 levels until you can use it. No matter what level the other three people in your party are at, they will not mess up your chance to get better equipment.

Another worry from plenty of games in the genre tends to stem from whether or not other players can steal loot, therefore everything is instanced.

The rarity of items ranges from common, uncommon, rare, epic, legendary, and masterwork.

Endgame

Similar to Destiny, completing the main story and hitting the level 30 cap does not mean the end of the game. Bioware plans to support Anthem for a decade, so they have plans for players in the endgame.

Not much has been announced, but typical activities such as dungeons (Strongholds) and contracts allow for challenging things to do once finishing the base game.

Microtransaction

While no loot boxes will be present, but cosmetic microtransactions will be available. Hard to know how the prices will look, but a $20 option was seen, but Bioware affirms players the prices will adjust at launch.

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Release

Anthem launches on Feb. 22 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC

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5 Video Games That Show Diversity Correctly

With Apex Legends not only racking up 10 million players, but they have also announced two of their characters are in the LGBT+ community, it seems like the perfect time to look at how diverse video game characters have gotten. While plenty of progress needs to be made, there are still plenty of prime examples of the LGBT+ community, people of color, and other demographics that empower gamers who may feel outcasted.

#5: The Last of Us

I am talking about Ellie again, I have once before when discussing powerful women characters. Ellie is one of the centerpieces of the story, she has been developed into someone who feels believable. The reveal of her being a lesbian felt respectful and thoughtful.

The upcoming sequel will flesh her out even further into someone who is more than her sexuality. Ellie has a personality that has a far reach to resonate with players from her sexuality, strength, or her various interests that have been explored already.

#4: Wolfenstein

A Jewish man who slaughters every Nazi in his path, nothing beats that right there.

I never played much of the Wolfenstein games, but the latest rebooted series by MachineGames introduced me to the first character I could relate to due to his Jewish background. Now that he has twin daughters who will take over as the protagonists in Youngblood, I am beyond excited to jump into the shoes of more Jews who kill tons of Nazis.

Grace Walker stands as a strong African American woman whose presence steals every moment. Easily one of the most charismatic and toughest characters for both women and people of color.

Killing is not everything because everyone gets plenty of time to develop their motivations, quirks in their personalities, and time to show their flaws like any other person.

#3: Guacamelee!

The entirety of this Metroidvania platformer injects itself into Mexican culture. For a game developer from Canada, they nailed showing love to a group of people that often get ignored in gaming. Not only have DrinkBox Studios crushed it with an excellent adventure to deliver players, but they made an equally acclaimed sequel.

#2: Tomb Raider (2013-2018)

The latest reboot of Tomb Raider reworks Lara’s character into someone more sympathetic and less sexualized. Removing her oversized boobs for a better narrative created a brutal, fun, and compelling story for two of the three games. While I did not like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the development of her character has been cemented into one of the best female personalities in gaming.

#1: Mass Effect series

Having choices to create a character’s race, gender, and sexuality always wins. While plenty of games do this, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey as a strong example, but Mass Effect broke ground with its meaningful choices and allowing players to choose who their identity.

While the representation of other groups of people still needs work in the world of gaming, it has slowly gotten better. What games do you think that get representation and diversity right?