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  1. I enjoyed that. Certainly, it would've been nice if they'd had another six episodes to really pace things out, but overall I'm happy with the season and the conclusion. Good show.
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    RⒶGE 2 - Explosions by Avalanche Studios

    It's subjective, I suppose. I'm enjoying the open world, it feels quite true to the original Rage and gives you a lot of freedom in how much you choose to engage with it. Indeed, after a few hours you can just fast travel around and fly to locations instead of actually driving anywhere. I suppose with Eternal being so close they wanted to differentiate Rage and Doom given the similarities between them. Thankfully I get to enjoy both!
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    RⒶGE 2 - Explosions by Avalanche Studios

    I saw someone on twitter describe this as a 10/10 shooter set in a 6/10 open world and that's about as accurate a description as I can think of. I've unlocked all the abilities and levelled my key ones up now and the game really is a joy to play. The movement and the combat are truly excellent, it's a huge shame people will skip this because they don't like having to drive between places before they get to murder a lot of folk.
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    RⒶGE 2 - Explosions by Avalanche Studios

    It would be a better shooter, perhaps. As someone who's really enjoying the open world it'd be a worse game for me.
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    RⒶGE 2 - Explosions by Avalanche Studios

    Yeah it does get very Doom when you're in enclosed spaces with a lot of enemies.
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    RⒶGE 2 - Explosions by Avalanche Studios

    Yeah driving is pretty simple, it feels mostly identical to the driving in Mad Max which I thought was pretty good.
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    RⒶGE 2 - Explosions by Avalanche Studios

    In terms of tone, this is a very odd game. I replayed Rage last year and the world in 2 feels very true to the original at times. It's muted and low key, which isn't what I was expecting after the trailers. I've found it to be quite a nice game to just wander around in, even though there isn't always much to find in terms of stuff, because the world feels relatively well realised. It reminds me a little Breath of the Wild, actually, with the game coming out of the initial introduction, putting a big open world and some systems in front of you and just leaving you to it for the most part. I've found my approach to exploration has been quite similar to BOTW, in that I'm basically just moseying about, ignoring objectives and playing with the systems. On the flip side, the characters often feel like they got lost on the way to the Borderlands set. They're not all completely over the top, but very few of them feel like believable people who react to events in believable ways. Rage wasn't a great deal better in that area, to be entirely fair, but Rage was a long time ago and things have come a long way. Ultimately Rage 2 feels a little bit confused, like they couldn't decide between making a more considered and weighty post apocalypse game or a 100% EXTREME wacky romp like the trailers implied the game was going to be, so it's actually a little of both and the two halves don't always play nice together. Still, much like DOOM, the wafer thin plot and characters aren't really what you should be looking for here. It's all about that delicious combat, and you can tell ID have helped Avalanche out here, because much like the aforementioned DOOM, Rage 2 finds a way to tie both old and new schools of FPS combat design together in a really unique and enjoyable way. It's fast, it's brutal and when you've got a bunch of powers and weapons it's genuinely a lot of fun. I can't overstate how important it is for FPS combat to "feel" right, you know? Some games just have it, and this really does have it for me. Even taking on the most basic enemy groups feels satisfying, and sometimes getting that core loop just right will carry your game an awfully long way for me. So the reviews are pretty spot on as far as I'm concerned. Superb combat, slightly confused tone, relatively empty open world (though I'm actually quite liking that aspect myself, it means I get to explore on my own terms and not because I feel like I need to scour the map for stuff). I like it a lot. GOOD GAME. Edit: I play a lot of PC stuff with a pad. Pads are great, especially in games like this with driving and that, where analogue controls are really useful!
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    RⒶGE 2 - Explosions by Avalanche Studios

    Can't help with console impressions but this is lovely on PC. I've only done the opening few hours, getting my first car and setting off into the wasteland for a bit of a look about. It may well all descend into a repetitive mess later in the game, but this is a strikingly enjoyable game to play even early on. Has a responsiveness that you just don't see very often. It's reductionist but if you liked the combat of DOOM and the open world of Mad Max I just can't see why this wouldn't be a game made for you. Looking forward to playing more!
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    RⒶGE 2 - Explosions by Avalanche Studios

    This is just irresponsible planning, Dan. You have an obligation to your fellow forumites.
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    Star Trek Discovery

    I find it difficult to articulate my feelings on Discovery. It's not that it's bad that frustrates me, it's that even when it's bad I can see opportunities where a good version of the show could have existed. In some alternate reality, Discovery is probably a very nice show. Sadly I cannot build a suit and go back in time to finesse events in our favour, because there are no time crystals available on Amazon. Sigh.
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    Xbox Game Pass

    Prey and Monster Hunter are two of the best games I've ever played. Great month!
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    Hob - Out on Switch Thursday

    I've only dipped in due to working over the weekend but it seems like a solid port and, as predicted, feels perfectly suited to the Switch. If you're after a puzzley adventure that could very loosely be described as Zelda-ish then you could do a lot worse for sure.
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    Xbox Live increasing to £49.99 from May 8th

    Jump Ahead (in price)
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    Hob - Out on Switch Thursday

    The Switch version will be introducing camera controls, a UI revamp and other unspecified quality of life improvements. I played a bit of it on PC and enjoyed it quite a bit. It's not the sort of thing I play on PC so I didn't stick with it, but I'll likely get it on Switch and get through it on there. Seems like a great fit and Panic Button are usually excellent.

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