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  1. Understandably quiet in here at the moment, but just think, this time next week this thread is going to be spoiler tagged posts as far as the eye can see. Can’t wait.
  2. As somebody that is absolutely awful at videogames in general, and also as someone that has finished all the Souls games*, I can promise you that an easy mode in a FromSoft game would just kill what’s so great about them. The sense of accomplishment after you finally beat a boss after 100 attempts cannot be beaten. It’s at the very core of what sets these titles head and shoulders above the rest. *I sense some people thinking, “Well you can’t be that bad”, but the first Dark Souls took me 250 hours to complete.
  3. Loved the date tease at the end. Looks very promising.
  4. I’m sat here listening to the soundtrack and it’s so bloody good. Played it on release but listening to this has it all flooding back. Such a great game.
  5. Maybe less of the ‘shut up’s’? It’s only going to get peoples backs up. You’ll still get your point across without it.
  6. This has well and truly got its hooks in me. It’s so good. A bit too good in fact. I’ve got too much other stuff to play!
  7. I started this a couple of hours ago. I just want to check, am I right in thinking that there’s a lot of just holding the space bar down for ages to craft initial materials? I should add that it isn’t a problem if this is the case, I kinda love mundane repetitive tasks in games, I just want to check I’m not missing something i.e there’s a way of setting it going and coming back. I’ve finished upgrading the hub and now it just says ‘build the space elevator’ without any other guidance. I’m assuming that figuring it all out for yourself is where the fun lies? Good first impressions!
  8. So this launches the same day as Elden Ring? Well ain’t that a treat? That said, mine isn’t due until Q2
  9. So ridiculously excited for this. When I think about all the games From have made up to this point, and then consider the sheer scope of this project, it has the potential to be my GOAT. I don’t even have any concerns about it not meeting my expectations, I just can’t imagine Miyazaki dropping the ball. I do realise that means I’ve got even further to fall if I end up not clicking with it, but it’s fun to stoke that hype train sometimes.
  10. I would start with Red Matter to get you back into it as it’s not too long and it’s really good. I played some Asgard’s Wrath when it first came out but didn’t get very far into it. What I did play was great though.
  11. I think I might start compiling all the hot takes I’ve read over the past 24 hours and forward them on to Microsoft. Might help them decide if they really want to go through with this after all.
  12. Can only echo everything @metallicfrodo said above, it really is a great little game in every way. I love that VR is still wowing me almost 6 years on from the release of the first Rift.
  13. Maintaining the combat loop isn’t a criticism, it’s an absolute necessity. My criticism is that it’s the only thing Infinite has going for it, and I can go play any of the other Halo games to get that particular fix.
  14. And I’m of the opinion that people aren’t being harsh enough. Let’s not forget, it’s currently sat at 87 on Metacritic, has appeared on most big gaming sites top ten of 2021 and the majority of people on here seem to be loving it. That’s great, and I’m pleased for those that feel that way, BUT! … there are so many comments along the lines of ‘yes it has a lot wrong with it, but it’s still got that combat loop’. Well, yeah maybe, but every other Halo game has that combat loop as well, so what’s Infinite bringing to the party? And that’s where it suddenly falls down, in my opinion. It isn’t an amazing ‘open world’ game. The progression systems are incredibly weak. The story, well I think we’re all in agreement on that one. And on top of all that, it’s unfinished, after 6 years in development. 343 should absolutely be held to a higher standard, and if everyone gives them a massive round of applause and pat on the back, they’ll just do the same next time.
  15. I was particularly impressed with the following… Another Round Riders of Justice The Green Knight Pig Nobody
  16. I don’t think anyone is hating on people who love it for what it is, merely stating an opinion. Its obvious looking back on this thread since launch that there are a few of us that have been genuinely surprised at the positive reaction that Infinite has received, but we’re very much in the minority. What’s wrong with some balanced opinion? As for it being an amazing achievement, I would bet that a lot of people working at 343 would be smiling through gritted teeth at such a compliment. The campaign is a half-baked, compromised product that’s hanging on for dear life to a combat loop from a 20 year old game. But I tell you what, that multiplayer goes a long way to redeem it!
  17. Death Stranding Dark Souls Subnautica The Last of Us Ocarina of Time Honourable mentions: Halo 3, Destiny, Journey, Inside, Obra Dinn, Ico.
  18. I’ve never received a 30% coupon OR an £8 credit and I’ve owned every Oculus headset outside of the Rift S. Seems a bit weird.
  19. After being really excited for Jett: The Far Shore and then being a bit deflated by all the average reviews, this issue has reignited my interest with the nods it’s received in the awards. I also wasn’t aware they gave it an 8 when they reviewed it.
  20. As @Uncle Nasty says, hopefully you’ll get more mileage from it overall, but my feelings are quite closely aligned with his and I’d say the Tower level was still during the honeymoon period for me. Be interested to hear your thoughts as you progress, but I wouldn’t worry too much, the majority of folk seem to be loving it.
  21. I still haven’t started this even though I bought it at launch. Figured I’d let it bake a bit more and then forgot about it. Is there a general consensus on the best life path to go for? Or is it just personal preference?
  22. I agree, it does seem quite harsh, but I honestly believe that’s what they’ll be thinking. It’s quite obvious that somewhere along the line something went very wrong and they needed to scale back or maybe even scrap their original vision. It wouldn’t surprise me if they pretty much started from scratch a few years ago. Like I said in my previous post, if this came out in 2018, three years after Halo 5, I’d be more inclined to turn a blind eye and just say it’s not for me, but here we are 6 years down the road and a rumoured $500 million dollars spent, and what we’ve ended up with, in my opinion, is a very average title.
  23. I’m totally with you. I don’t want to stink up the thread with negativity either, but most people seem to be loving it so it can’t hurt to tip the balance a bit. I think if this had come out in 2018, three years after Halo 5, I’m still not sure I would’ve liked it, but I would’ve been a lot more forgiving of it. As it stands, I can’t believe this is what they came up with after 6 years and all that Microsoft cash. You’re damn right my expectations were high with all that time and money spent. I mean, go back and watch that first reveal trailer from 2018 when they should’ve been three years into the project (so arguably at that point not a concept piece). It has so much promise. Weather systems, different biomes, an abundance of wildlife, mysterious writing on cave walls. They really gave the impression that this was going to be Halo on a truly massive scale. Instead, we’ve been served another below par Halo campaign, hidden inside a much smaller open-world that doesn’t really serve any purpose other than allowing you to shoot more aliens in the face. 343 must have breathed a massive sigh of relief when they saw that Metascore come in. That same old dependable combat loop saved their asses. They got away with it.
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