Anthem is Causing System Wide Crashes and Bricking Consoles

BioWare’s Anthem has had a rocky launch period with numerous bugs, glitches, and crashes, and BioWare has deployed some patches to fix some things, but a particularly nasty bug seems to have slipped through the cracks: Anthem is completely turning off PlayStation 4 consoles and even preventing them from being turned back on in some cases.

“When encountering a crash or game error, sometimes I get booted to the main menu or out of the game completely to the PS4 dashboard. But twice now when trying to matchmake my PS4 has completely turned off,” wrote user forthemasters on the game’s subreddit. Other users quickly replied that they had experienced the same issue.

Some people can’t even get their consoles to turn back on after crashing. A user who goes by TheMadTitanGauntlet made a post on the Anthem subreddit warning anyone playing on PlayStation to stop playing, as their system had been “completely bricked to the point of not even turning on because of Anthem”.

Even if you do get your PS4 to turn back on after a crash, the boot up is similar to powering on your console after pulling the power cable. The system warns you against doing that, saying the system wasn’t turned off properly, and then it has to check and repair any storage devices. Shutdowns caused by Anthem are not clean shutdowns, and there is a possibility of data corruption.

Luckily, a recent workaround to the supposed bricking of consoles was discovered by Reddit user katcher12, who posted a fix on the game’s subreddit. Booting the PS4 into safe mode and rebuilding the database seems to correct the issue, so at least consoles aren’t being fully bricked by this bug.

Some players have asked Sony for refunds because of the crashes, and a handful of users have reported success, but others were turned down.

BioWare has not issued a response regarding the system shutdown bug, but they have been working on updating and fixing Anthem in a timely manner, adjusting the game’s loot system in a recent patch and laying out a roadmap for the next 90 days.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered Rated in Europe

It looks like the 2009 classic is finally getting the remaster treatment.

The Pan European Game Information board (or PEGI, the European equivalent of the ESRB) has rated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered for PlayStation 4. A remaster of Modern Warfare 2 has been heavily rumored since the original Modern Warfare was remastered alongside 2016’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but nothing has been officially confirmed by Activision.

The rating information has since vanished from PEGI’s official website, but you can see what was originally posted below.

Rumors about a Modern Warfare 2 remaster began circulating early last year, when Amazon Italy put up a listing for the game but quickly removed it. Rumors have continued to pop up since then, and they all have one thing in common: the remaster is single-player only. Kotaku’s Jason Schreier also stated on a Kinda Funny Games stream that he had heard details about the remaster and could confirm it exists.

Modern Warfare 2 is a fan favorite in the Call of Duty community, with many citing it as the peak of the franchise. Fans love it so much that it was a bestseller last August (thanks to Xbox One backwards compatibility) despite it having been released a decade ago. While you wait for the potential remaster of Modern Warfare 2, be sure to play the remaster of the original Modern Warfare, which is free with PlayStation Plus this month.

Whether Modern Warfare 2 Remastered will be a standalone title or bundled with this year’s new Call of Duty entry is unknown, but it looks like this is finally the year where it’s happening.

Anthem is Getting a Loot Overhaul

Since its release last week, players have been flying through the world of Anthem, shooting and looting to their hearts’ content. However, those playing on higher difficulties have expressed concerns about the way the game handles its loot drops and and weapon inscriptions, and now BioWare has given an official response saying that changes are coming to the loot system.

Lead Producer Ben Irvo described the upcoming tweaks in an official Reddit post. Items in Anthem have inscriptions, perks that provide small buffs to abilities and weapons, like increasing assault rifle damage by 5%. After the update, weapons won’t have inscriptions that apply to other weapon types, so players won’t get an assault rifle that increases sniper rifle ammo or anything like that. Now it’ll either have an inscription that benefits whatever weapon type it is or it’ll have a javelin wide benefit, like increased lightning damage. These changes aren’t retroactive, so they’ll only apply to newly obtained items post-patch, not everything sitting in players’ vaults.

This assault rifle increases damage for autocannons, weapons I don’t use.

Anthem is a loot based game, so progression from common white gear up to orange and yellow masterworks and legendaries is a critical part of the experience. This update is going to remove common and uncommon (white and green) loot from the drop table if players are at level 30, so now endgame players will see nothing below a blue rarity.

Crafting is also getting some much needed changes. Crafting a masterwork weapon will now only require 15 masterwork embers instead of 25. Ideally, players want their masterwork weapons to have the best possible inscriptions in order to maximize their power, so once they acquire a masterwork weapon and get the blueprint for it, they’d repeatedly craft it until they got the perfect roll. Lowering the resources required (in addition to the changes to inscriptions) should make it easier on players trying to get the best variation of a weapon.

In addition to the loot overhaul, BioWare also released patch notes for the update that went live this morning, which you can check out here. Some bugs were fixed, like being able to reopen chests in strongholds and resetting the Swarm Tyrant boss encounter by exiting to the main menu and rejoining, but the highlight of the patch is the change to the tethering system, giving players some more time to catch up to their squad before seeing a countdown timer.


For more on Anthem, check out our review of the game and take a look at the 90-day roadmap laid out for updates. Have you been playing a lot of Anthem? What are your thoughts about these changes? Be sure to let us know down below, and follow us on Twitter for quick and easy updates.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Announced for Switch

The eighth generation of Pokemon is finally upon us with Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, announced in this morning’s Pokemon direct.

Not much was revealed about the games, but they’re mainline Pokemon RPGs, not spin-off titles like last year’s Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. The games are set in the Galar region, which appears to be based on Britain. The starter Pokemon were shown off as well. Upon beginning their journey, trainers will be able to choose from the grass-type Pokemon Grookey, the fire-type Pokemon Scorbunny, or the water-type Pokemon Sobble.

Gameplay looks to be similar to traditional Pokemon games with tall grass, random encounters, and turn-based battles, but no extensive details were given. After the trailer (which you can check out below) debuted, The Pokemon Company teased it was working on additional Pokemon projects other than Sword and Shield, but they didn’t say anything more than that.

Pokemon Sword and Shield are slated to launch in late 2019 for Nintendo Switch.

March 2019 Games With Gold: Metal Gear Rising and More

Four new games will be free for Xbox Live Gold members next month. First up are Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion, an RPG based on the television show, and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, a surprisingly fun third person shooter that flew under a lot of people’s radar when it originally released in 2016.

That’s not all for Games with Gold next month. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Star Wars Republic Commando will be available too. Metal Gear Rising is an action spin-off of Metal Gear Solid with tight gameplay and a phenomenal soundtrack. Republic Commando is a Star Wars classic originally released on the first Xbox back in 2005.

Here’s the full list of games and the dates they’ll be available:

  • Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion: Available March 1 to 31 on Xbox One
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2: Available March 16 to April 15 on Xbox One
  • Star Wars Republic Commando: Available March 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance: Available March 16 to 31 on Xbox One and Xbox 360

While you’re waiting for the next wave of Games with Gold, remember to pick up February’s games while you still can. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, Super Bomberman R, and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy are all still free to download for Xbox Live Gold members.