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Pre-order Anthem (PS4 or Xbox One) at Walmart and get a $10 gift card… and, you know, access to the VIP demo

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If you’ve been eyeing up Anthem (opens in new tab) but haven’t pulled the trigger yet, here’s a good excuse - Walmart’s giving away $10 eGift cards when you pre-order it on PS4 or Xbox One. This also gets you access to the VIP demo this weekend (25-27 January). Free money and a chance to play early? Not bad.

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Anthem (PS4) + $10 eGift card is $59.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Gain access to the VIP demo this weekend and walk away with a bonus gift card, too.

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Anthem (Xbox One) + $10 eGift card is $59.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Get into the VIP demo this weekend and gain a bonus gift card at Walmart for your trouble.

For those who aren’t familiar with the shared-world shooter, Anthem’s closest equivalent feels like Destiny. The focus is on exploring a dangerous world with your friends, getting loot for your Javelin mech suit, and busting out ridiculous emotes at the most inappropriate time. There’s a story to be had as well within the single-player hub (Fort Tarsis), but it’s largely been kept a secret thus far. In fact, the developers had an entire team dedicated to 'stripping' story references from the Anthem alpha (opens in new tab) to avoid spoilers.

We got a chance to play the Anthem game ourselves recently and felt that it has echoes of Mass Effect and Destiny, but seems to lack its own identity (opens in new tab) nonetheless. As GamesRadar’s Sam Loveridge noted, “its grand world and fantastic flying feel hollow without a strong story or fun quests”. Time will tell if those issues resolve themselves by launch (much of the game's content is still hidden, after all), but in the short term we’ll keep you updated as we take on the demo this weekend.

Don’t have a VIP access code? No worries: here’s how you can still get involved with the Anthem demo (opens in new tab).

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Benjamin Abbott
Tabletop & Merch Editor

As the site's Tabletop & Merch Editor, you'll find my grubby paws on everything from board game reviews to Lego buying guides. I have been writing about games in one form or another since 2012 and can normally be found cackling over some evil plan I've cooked up for my group's next Dungeons & Dragons campaign.