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    Rllmuk's Official Sales Figures

    Why is that? It's not a download code in the box like PUBG or a Destiny expansion is it?
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    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    I’ve actually had a fantastic time tearing through a load of off-road series races trying to get up to 7m skill points. It’s taught me lots about skill chaining and given me something to work towards, which is what I wanted. I wish I could be sure that my counter won’t reset (on about 4.5m at the moment) because apart from that it’s a been a really fun exercise. I’ll probably never want to race the off road series again when I’m done, though.
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    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    It must be a bug. Nobody could think doing that is fun. I assume the point is to encourage you to do lots of stylish off-road racing over the course of the week, not spend a grim two hours driving back and forth over a sand dune on a sludgy beach. In other news I did two of the seasonal championships again in PVP last night and neither went gold. Perhaps you have to solo them?
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    PlayStation 5

    It’s just a key though isn’t it?
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    PlayStation 5

    That’s how the XB1 works for BC isn’t it? I don’t see the advantage of streaming the data from a disc instead of the hard drive.
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    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    What’s a good fun car in the Off-road category?
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    Lady GaGa

    I've become a Lady GaGa super fan in the last week, as the hype around A Star Is Born made me check out Shallow from the film, and then listen to her entire back catalogue. Her most recent album, Joanne, is brilliant. There's quite an interesting documentary about her on Netflix as well, around the recording of Joanne. I didn't even really know what she looked like before I watched that, as she was under so much costume in her early years. @Glasgowchivas totally agree - I read the whole thread a few days ago. A prime example of the kind of shit you wouldn't get away with these days, and shouldn't have been able to back then either.
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    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    Another question re. seasonal events: when you try to start a PVP one you get a "event starting in X minutes" counter, and can sign up and kick your heels for a bit. I assume the only way to see which ones are starting soon is to drive there and attempt to start it? There's nowhere in the menus that gives you a departures board of sorts so I can high-tail it the next 'gate' (i.e starting point)?
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    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    Yes, I agree. I like the idea of daily and weekly challenges as a way to focus on a race type, vehicle type and series of tracks but too often the 'challenges' are something like "buy and get in an offroad car" and "accumulate up 7million skill points" (I think those actually are two from this week). Those aren't challenges, they are rote activities and grinding. I love a good sandbox and am always looking for a game to give me excuses to participate in fun gameplay. But a lack of focus and structure can be very offputting.
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    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    Self-set challenge is one thing, challenge tied into progression and recognised achievement is another. What I mean is I'm looking for the designers to design in a meaningful reason for me to achieve. Stuff that videogames have had since the beginning of time. It's the difference between challenges and grinding. A simple example would be awarding a windfall of Forzathon Points for coming first in a PVP seasonal event, with some kind of acknowledgment that I've done it. A reason to play the game beyond just the hell of it. Maybe it does do that, I've no idea. When I finished a seasonal event last night I couldn't even see how many FP I was awarded, or get any sense of how placing on the podium was beneficial in any way.
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    Better Call Saul!

    News just in: Breaking Bad discovered to be “not tense”
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    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    You might be right, and I've often wondered if racing games are for me despite the fact I really enjoy the core gameplay. But then I play something like MK8 which really spurs you on to get gold across all the cups and I think, why doesn't Forza Horizon hook me in like this? The racing itself just as good in both games. To me, the loose structure and lack of consequence for screwing up in FH feels like the Lego games where it makes no difference if you die. If I was playing Halo and I just reappeared in the same place when I died I'd quickly lose interest. I'm going to coin a phrase for it: attritional gameplay.
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    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    It doesn't compel me to carry on playing. I just see a sea of unending events that can be played in infinite permutations and ennui washes over me.
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    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    Do they go gold once you've placed first or get a podium finish? That would make sense and be better. None of the ones we completed last night went gold for me. This isn't me at all. I'm not turned on by earning trinkets or levelling or anything like that. But I do enjoy a challenge. So many racing games seem to be a case of 'play this race, if you do well that's nice but it doesn't really matter'. Then it's onto the next. I think I'm a bit weird in that the last racer I really, really got addicted to was the first PGR, which required you complete some quite tough challenges to get a competitive car that would enable you to proceed. I had to learn those circuits and put in a good performance to see the next bit of the game. I tend to drift away from modern racing games, which chuck endless cars and events at you and provide little motivation to git gud. It's why I like the weekly time trials that Boozy organises, because there is focus and challenge there.
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    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    I did one last last night as part of a convoy and didn't get 'Exhibition complete'. And they all still say 'Seasonal championship available' on them, with no real objective other than 'play it again'. I was hoping that during the week there might be challenges such as 'come 1st in PVP' or 'beat this time in Rivals'. Something to aim for and get good at during the week. This has always been the problem with Horizon. What are you supposed to be doing? Why does it matter where I place? "You can do anything!" isn't really good enough. There needs to be some focus to spur you on to learn a race or put in a good performance. Forza 7, in comparison, has quite a clear structure. Each championship has a number of single or multi-race events that award points depending on where you finish. Once you accumulate enough points, you've completed the championship. Events have car restrictions, so you'll need to own an eligible car. Cars cost money, which you accumulate by doing well and using the mods cleverly. Accumulating cars also tiers of rarer cars for you to choose from. It feels like a focused and rewarding feedback loop.

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