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  1. BeeJay

    Xbox Game Pass

    Lonely Mountains: Downhill is getting some excellent reviews. Looks like another quality addition for game pass. The reviews suggest that it has a trials feel about it but minimalists, which is great news because the biggest problem with trials recently has been a lack of minimalism.
  2. I actually like watching someone else play the opening minutes of a game. It reduces the likelihood of me getting stuck/confused in the first 30 minutes or so and giving up. My critical time with a game is around 30-60 minutes in. If I'm not feeling a game by that point I'll probably never play it again and I'd suggest that many others are the same. Some games have absolutely vital mechanics/concepts to understand within that time and they benefit hugely from watching someone else play the first hour or so before hand. Subnautica was a great example of this. First time I played it I was massively overwheed, confused and turned it off. After watching a streamer play it for a couple of hours, I went back to it and it became one of my favourite games of all time.
  3. It's really good and got me hyped for the game but that 12 minutes of character creation I could do without.
  4. I'm really looking forward to this. The combat looks dynamic enough but not too complex and the art design isn't too busy, so everything is fairly easy to see and distinguish between. I like the idea of the different worlds all having a separate biome. I also like some of the choices they have made with faction influence and perks. The only worry that I have so far is mission variety and relevance.
  5. Part of the condition of signing up to the preview is that you either have or will get a newer, bluetooth pad.
  6. BeeJay

    Playstation Now

    I think they will need to advertise the download play really hard as most people who have tried it previously, and gave up on it, will not know. Saying that, the number of games available to download is still a relatively small percentage of the full offering. I'm in the same position with the streaming, so download is the only option for me.
  7. BeeJay

    Dirt Rally 2.0

    The racing game genre has passed me by over the last few years, largely due to the choices made by most games in the genre to choose style over substance. I've enjoyed Forza Horizon but that isn't a racing game, in my eyes. Which is why I was so surprised at Dirt 2.0. The tracks, in general are also sooooo much better than Dirt Rally. They feel tight and compliment the tight handling so well. Apart from Argentina, that can do one. Far too many unrecoverable cliff edges due to going ever so slightly too fast in to a bridge.
  8. BeeJay

    Playstation Now

    I agree with your wish, a full historical repository of games would be incredible...And it would be incredible, and completely unachievable, unfortunately due to licensing issues etc. However, I do think that was the original intention with psnow. Having said that, the current offering is a far better version of this model than any other current subscription service. Understandably, due to the apparent success of game pass, it feels like Sony have abandoned the historical archive approach and moved to copy the game pass route. Having looked through the full psnow offering, while there are a lot of games on the current list (700+?), as a historical repository, it is massively lacking in really obvious places such as gran turismo, wipeout etc. These are the games that defined playstation and should be fundamental to the service. Having the PS1 missing from the offering is, in general, a huge miss-step. On the other hand, as a contemporary service, copying game pass, it is massively lacking here too. WIth many of the PS4's top games ever, absent. God of war being on there, a year after release, when it has just hit budget range, is not going to compete with all MS first party games in day of release (or ahead of release).
  9. BeeJay

    Dirt Rally 2.0

    I'm actually astonished by how much better the handling model for 2.0 is than 1. 2.0 is a vastly superior game in every way, as far as I can tell.
  10. BeeJay

    Playstation Now

    Annual is just over £40 from cdkeys shopto so worth a bash I think. A hell of a lot of games available on the service. Personally I'm not particularly bothered by games like God of war only being there for a few months. As long as I have enough opportunity to play. The thing is though, with this and game pass directly competing, the value proposition of adding the other, if you already have one, is massively reduced due to the amount of duplication of games. Having one of either psnow or game pass is now an absolute must but getting both isnt so clear. I guess my conclusion is that Sony will have to work massively hard to get current game pass subscribers to do psnow too, especially considering many of us already have multiple years of game pass ultimate lined up.
  11. The potential use of mobile networks for xCloud makes it a possibility for me. My landline will never go beyond 18meg for the foreseeable future but I can get at least 60+ currently on mobile. If they do a 'free' data allowance collaboration with a provider then it may actually be a viable option for me. The latency might still be shit but at least the bandwidth might be viable.
  12. BeeJay

    Xbox Game Pass

    It is brilliant, I need to go back to it. A game that I would never have looked at without game pass.
  13. BeeJay

    The Surge II

    I'm really looking forward to watching this one. It isn't my kind of game to play, but I really enjoyed watching the first one being played and will undoubtedly enjoy watching this one. Should be a great twitch to have on in the background while doing other stuff.
  14. BeeJay

    Xbox Game Pass

    Yeah, nothing does this as I want so I maintain my own. It isn't that big a deal as each new entry takes a few seconds to add.
  15. BeeJay

    Xbox Game Pass

    I have a spreadsheet to help me prioritise. This top 10 list (Only PC exclusive is Ape out) is based on a combination of review scores on opencritic and recency. I'll play stuff top down and remove it if it doesn't click with me: Outer Wilds Gears 5 Slay the spire Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition Devil may cry 5 bloodstained: ritual of the night Hollow Knight: Voidheart Dead Cells Void Bastards Ape out
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