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  1. Hewson

    Xbox One X

    Just seen the new sale and noticed that Bioshock 360 and the Collection are both on there. But reading conflicting things about the best option on the X. I'm mainly interested in the first game. Would love some advice from anyone that's tried both!
  2. @CrashedAlex Just wanted to say that i’ve really not enjoyed driving games since the original Burnouts and playing Dangerous Driving has been a complete joy. The clarity and focus is such a refreshing aspect after recently trying Forza Horizon 4 which is admirable in so many respects but wrapped up in a huge amount of chaff. It’s also lovely to hear that you’ve done it while looking after yourselves and making time for your families. Many congratulations and I really hope it gets the success it deserves.
  3. Nice Eurogamer write up here. I'm genuinely excited for this having found the evolution of driving games going in a quite different direction to what I always loved about them for some years now.
  4. Hewson

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Also why the hell do they think repeatedly having to click the right stick to activate a cool-down detective vision is fun?
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    Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Yep. It’s a game lavished with real detail and effort in almost all the wrong places. It’s totally forgettable and someone seems to think that Tomb Raider games should be about wandering around, clicking on boring NPCs and carrying out idiotic tasks. And the whole white saviour thing is rancid. Lara Croft comes off as a tedious, selfish psychopath. It’s bizarre.
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    Gaming Limericks

    There once was a mascot named Blinx Who attracted my gamer instincts. But on loading the game I was riddled with shame. Even Bubsy is better, methinks.
  7. Hewson

    What is your comfort game?

    Minecraft. I'm not even very good at it and I'm certainly not imaginative enough to build really thrilling stuff, but I endlessly play survival mode's first few hours, usually up until the point where I build a nice base and a little farm and then die down some godforsaken pit and lose all my stuff.
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    Crackdown 3

    I feel the same, and a great deal of it for me is linked to your second observation, the comparative absence of cutscenes and the ease and enjoyment of traversal compared to something like RDR2. If I have 30 mins in Crackdown I get pretty much 30 minutes of play. In RDR2 I could easily be watching 10 mins of cut scene and spending 10 mins riding across the map because the devs want me to absorb the majesty of the world they created.
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    Gaming tropes that need to go away

    Just noticed this one and I've got something that's almost the opposite: pointlessly voiced characters. Forza Horizon 4 would be hugely improved by ripping out the entire meta structure and every one of the odious characters it features. But if you must keep that nonsense, do it all as text and let me skip it.
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    Crackdown 3

    I’m a couple of hours into this now and I can’t understand some of the reviews, especially the Eurogamer one. It absolutely captures the fun of the first one for me. It’s a bit scrappy and can initially feel haphazard but it’s beautifully... gamey. It’s a real tonic.
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    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    Just started playing this on my new X and it really is gorgeous and hugely fun. I struggle with most racing games beyond Burnout but it's compelling me to keep playing... The only problem I have is the entire festival wrapper. It's so offputting in so many ways. Literally every human being in the game is irritating.
  12. Hewson

    Xbox One X

    Super helpful. Thank you! It does seem super odd that the system relies on manual curation so much when both Switch and PS4 have really clear, automated and effective ways of getting you straight to games and apps.
  13. Hewson

    Xbox One X

    I took the plunge somewhat guiltily this weekend and it's a fascinating machine. It's beautiful and gorgeously quiet. I'm also really impressed with Gamepass. Even though I'm only on a 1080p TV the impact of stuff like FH4 is really impressive. I've downloaded the Master Chief Collection, FH4, PES 2019, Gears 4, Halo 5, Ori and Below so far. Anything suggestions for any exclusives I should get from the Gamepass list are most welcome! But the thing that really strikes me about it, and which I really didn't expect, is just how bad the UI is. I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing at any point in the dash. It's really quite bewildering.
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    Abandoned Games (2019)

    It’s interesting because I generally hate games like this. I bought it slightly reluctantly after buying a few things and not getting on with them. It’s my game of the year and I’ve ploughed more hours into it than anything else. Playing it at the same time as RDR2 highlighted for me how little I was enjoying that game mechanically. But I still see a lot of people really disliking it - seems like a proper marmite game.
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    Do minigames add anything to a game?

    Mini games can be great - the Paradroid example above is spot on. But I have absolutely no tolerance for big budget, open world games rammed with unappealing mini games you have to play for some story missions. Particularly when the time and resource thrown st them should have been spent making the main game’s controls work decently.
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