I have played 10–20 hours of the VIP demo (as of writing this), and the essential feedback is that it is a lot of fun. The graphics and world are gorgeous on Ultra settings, with a massive view distance and level of detail. I had smooth framerates of around 90 while roaming the world, with dips and peaks of +/- 20 fps (on an 8700k/1080Ti system).
Gameplay is action based with strategic elements, namely in how you deploy your weaponry and who you consider the priority threats. AI is not stupid… It will guard your “freelancer” Javelin exo-suit upon knock down to make it harder for a squad member to repair you, for example. It can be played solo, but is balanced for a full team of 4. If other players are soing the same expedition, you will be placed with them to build a full team.
Exo-suit customisation is very detailed and a lot of fun. The system is complex enough, but not too confusing . The game becomes more fun and addicting as you progress and grow in strength and skill.
Flying is enjoying and gives you a great sense of freedom. (Just turn down the sensitivity, default is very twitchy on MKB).
There are numerous NPC driven questlines, AAA voice acting, and BioWare pedigree.
The demo had stability and server issues, but I can see the potential for a 4–5 star title. The niggles that were present in the out of date demo build did not greatly detract from the overall experience. At times it worked perfectly, and was very enjoyable.
If you aren’t dedicated to protesting EA’s business model, you should consider Anthem if it does look appealing to you.