Anthem's multiplayer focus represents a fairly massive change of pace for BioWare, which is best known for its choice-driven, single-player role-playing games. The developer's newest game even reminds you that it's best played with other people whenever you switch from Public play to Private. That said, you're still probably going to get a better experience playing by yourself--at least initially.
In Anthem, you'll experience the story via a repetitive cycle. You'll talk to some NPCs in Fort Tarsis, get your story mission, head out in your javelin, hear some more narrative details over your radio, complete the quest, and be forced back to Tarsis to talk to some more people and get your next story mission. It's actually not all that different from how you complete the story in Mass Effect: Andromeda or Dragon Age: Inquisition, aside from being forced back to your hub area upon completing a quest. In theory, experiencing Anthem's story piece by piece with your friends is a cool idea, but in practice it usually results with you missing crucial details.
While playing Anthem, keep track of what you and your team are doing in freeplay mode. The game will cap how much experience you earn for world events, so doing a bunch in a row isn't in your best interest.
In Anthem, you stop earning experience for completing world events after completing your third in a session. You should be returning to Fort Tarsis on a regular basis regardless in order to turn in your loot, see what you've found, level up, and reconfigure your Javelin. However, if you and your friends realize that you've been playing long enough in freeplay to complete three events, just head back to Fort Tarsis to reset your counter before continuing to play. That way, you'll be able to keep gaining the experience bonuses that are unlocked for completing world events.
BioWare has announced what's coming to Anthem in the three months post-launch. There isn't much planned for February and March outside of additional freeplay events, new cosmetics, and Legendary missions. However, April sees Anthem getting a new Stronghold called The Sunken, as well as a huge social play update that adds weekly Stronghold challenges, leaderboards, and guilds. In May, the Cataclysm, an event BioWare has long teased will affect Anthem in numerous ways, will begin in the game.
We're in the final stretch of Fortnite Season 7, but before Season 8 officially arrives, developer Epic Games is giving players a slew of Overtime challenges to complete. Much like standard weekly challenges, these task players with different objectives to aim for while you play, from taking down opponents with specific weapons to visiting certain locations around the island, and completing them will net you XP and unlock new cosmetics.
Most of the Overtime challenges are fairly straightforward, so they shouldn't pose too much of a problem, but there is at least one that may give you some trouble, particularly if you aren't too familiar with the island: visit seven different waterfalls. This can be fairly difficult if you don't know where to look, but we've put together a map to help you along.
Complete this challenge and you'll earn 500 XP. More importantly, it'll put you one step closer to getting Season 8's Battle Pass for free; in an unexpected move, Epic is giving the pass away to players who finish all of Season 7's Overtime challenges. Each Battle Pass typically costs 950 V-Bucks (just under $10), so it's a good idea to complete as many challenges as you can and try to snag the pass without spending any money.
BioWare has announced what players can expect to come to Anthem in the next 90 days. For the next three months, which BioWare is calling Act 1, Anthem is getting several freeplay events, cosmetics, missions, and quality of life improvements.
For the rest of February, BioWare has three freeplay events planned for Anthem. The first, There Be Giants, is already live and it spawns four uniquely powerful titans in the world for you and your friends to hunt down and destroy. Both Outlaw Outrage and Shaper Surge are also scheduled for this month.
March is when a lot more content starts to drop. Both There Be Giants and Outlaw Outrage will return to freeplay. However, two new events, both unnamed, will premiere as well. March also sees Anthem get the first phase of its Legendary Missions, and new item rewards for completing contracts. The Elysian Stronghold caches will start containing new cosmetics as well, allowing you to customize your Javelin's look in different ways.
Season 8 of Fortnite is only a few days away, making this your last chance to mop up any remaining Season 7 challenges. To help you do just that, developer Epic is holding another double XP weekend in the battle royale game right now on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, and mobile.
Through February 24, you'll earn twice the usual amount of XP by playing Fortnite, allowing you to level your Battle Pass up much quicker than normal. You have until the season ends next week on February 28 to unlock Season 7's Battle Pass rewards, so you'll want to take advantage of this bonus while you can.
This marks the second double XP weekend Epic has held in as many weeks; the previous one ran from February 15-17. Both are part of the ongoing Share the Love event, which also encompasses a slew of new Overtime challenges that unlock special Valentine's Day-themed rewards, such as new styles of the Trog, Powder, and Onesie skins.
The MCU may not be known as the most romantic shared universe in film history, but there are still some truly heartwarming love stories to be found beyond the glitz and glamor of heroes punching villains and saving the world--and Captain Marvel is no different. But the love story that pans out for Carol Danvers might not be the one you expect.
The connection between Carol and her airforce comrade Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) is what Brie Larson calls "the great love of the movie." She continued at the Captain Marvel press junket in Beverly Hills, "Without being too showboating about it, theirs is the love lost and this is the love found again. This is the reason to continue fighting and to go to the ends of the Earth. [For Carol] that's her best friend and her best friend's daughter."
"I've seen the movie with some friends and there's that moment, they left the theater like, 'Oh, Maria's the love,' and I'm always like 'Yeah!'" Larson continued, "It's not something that we made a big deal about, but we didn't need to--that love is just so strong. [...] It's like the movie totally shifts when Lashana is on screen. There's a level of power that she commands in [her performance.]"