We travellers love to seek out the old, cobbled, timeworn corners of cities and turn our noses up at the glistening new builds. It’s part of the reason that ruins are so irresistible. Then there are the unfinished places, of which Barcelona’s Sagrada Família is the most celebrated example. Do we ever want Gaudí’s masterpiece to actually be finished?
Well, welcome to the world of Anthem, where this theory is tested to its maximum. Here the entire world has been left unfinished by the gods, existing in a state of exquisitely violent volatility. Yet its very fragility is partly why it is so very, very beautiful, a vast, shimmering vista expanding endlessly towards the horizon in all directions. Oh and check this out: you get to explore those vistas with flying suits of battle armour.
Whooshing through tunnels into dense jungle, exploding up steep cliffs, plummeting down deep canyons as flash storms billow above you and then careening into gushing waterfalls splintering with exquisite sunlight – wow. When the adrenaline’s pumping, it’s going to feel a bit like paradise. But it’s not paradise – it’s very much unknown, to its very core. Do not be taken in by the lush beauty of the world’s landscapes – they might look inviting, but they are very rarely what they seem.