‘Anthem’ is a beautiful universe you’ll want to blow up

Players get to dive into a huge world while using incredible technology and seek out hidden treasures, while fighting off beasts and bandits, in “Anthem.”

The month may be half over, but two big games are still set to keep gamers busy with an early release of “Metro Exodus” Feb. 15 and “Anthem” a week later.

“Overkill’s Walking Dead,” which had also been expected this month, was unfortunately pushed back to later this year. No official release date has been announced yet. 

Dmitry Glukhovsky, author of the Metro book series and creator of the games, sets his latest installment, “Metro Exodus,” in an alternate version of Moscow. The original release date was Feb. 22 but developers decided to push it up a week.

“Metro Exodus” is the third installment of the Metro series from 4A Games, following “Metro 2033” and “Metro Last Light.” 

“Metro Exodus” is set a little over a year after “Metro Last Light.” It still takes place in the dark, dank, abandoned train tunnels, where all dangerous matters are out to get you. 

Being a first-person shooter, players will come together to survive the darkness of mutant creatures they will find in other parts of the Metro system.

Gamers who preordered and own a PlayStation 4 will get to enjoy the Day One Edition. Those who preordered and own a Xbox One will get a digital code for Metro 2033 Redux. There is also an Aurora Limited Edition that is available on both platforms. It will include a copy of the game in an exclusive steelbook case, a 32-page art book, the Metro Exodus Expansion Pass, and all in a metal outer case inspired by The Aurora.   

“Anthem,” from Bioware and EA,  is a third-person shooter and action role-playing game.

Taking place on a world left unfinished by the gods, a shadowy faction threatens all humankind.  The game will be open world and there will be up to four players on a team. 

Players will take on the role of a freelancer wearing fully customizable exosuits called Javelins. The suits can be customized to have various weapons and superhuman abilities. In this game players will want to be in the air instead of the ground. 

The goal is to explore vast ruins of this unfinished world while battling enemies and claiming outworldly artifacts. With every mission that is completed the player and their Javelin will grow stronger.

There will be two editions, a standard edition and a Legion of Dawn Edition available to preorder before purchase for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The Legion of Dawn Edition will include Legion of Dawn Colossus, Storm, Ranger and Interceptor Exosuit Armor Packs and Legendary Weapon, a Ranger Javelin Exosuit Legendary Gear Attachment, and a Anthem digital soundtrack. 

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