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Tried Diablo 4 - didn't rate it. Just mindless grinding, bashing the same buttons over again, through auto-generated maps as you slay endless enemies which require little thought or unique approach, levelling up over and over to remain just under the auto skill gap. Almost no skill or challenge to be found, just grind-bashing. As soon as I paired up with a friend who was 5 or so levels ahead of me we just melted everything. Boring. No sense of exploration or discovery to be found in the map either. All dungeons look and feel the same when it comes down to the fundamentals.

Positives are the incredible cutscenes, which are some of the best I have ever seen. Story was quite cool too, with good voice acting. Atmosphere was solid too.

5/10 (did not finish)
 
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Tried Diablo 4 - didn't rate it. Just mindless grinding, bashing the same buttons over again, through auto-generated maps as you slay endless enemies which require little thought or unique approach, levelling up over and over to remain just under the auto skill gap. Almost no skill or challenge to be found, just grind-bashing. As soon as I paired up with a friend who was 5 or so levels ahead of me we just melted everything. Boring. No sense of exploration or discovery to be found in the map either. All dungeons look and feel the same when it comes down to the fundamentals.

Positives are the incredible cutscenes, which are some of the best I have ever seen. Story was quite cool too, with good voice acting. Atmosphere was solid too.

5/10 (did not finish)
You're just getting too old to fuck with the grind mate
 

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Tried Diablo 4 - didn't rate it. Just mindless grinding, bashing the same buttons over again, through auto-generated maps as you slay endless enemies which require little thought or unique approach, levelling up over and over to remain just under the auto skill gap. Almost no skill or challenge to be found, just grind-bashing. As soon as I paired up with a friend who was 5 or so levels ahead of me we just melted everything. Boring. No sense of exploration or discovery to be found in the map either. All dungeons look and feel the same when it comes down to the fundamentals.

Positives are the incredible cutscenes, which are some of the best I have ever seen. Story was quite cool too, with good voice acting. Atmosphere was solid too.

5/10 (did not finish)
The road to lvl. 70 and World Tier 4 was pretty good. The campaign was solid and cutscenes mindblowing. But the grind and lack of endgame content made the game a f*cking bore. Horrible experience after lvl. 70.

I just went back to Path of Exile and got my ass kicked, but it was/is way more fun.
 

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I have never been a big fan of platform games. However, I am enjoying this game quite a bit so far. Half of the game is almost finished. I'll play and get through the remaining half soon.
 
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Hensmon

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Sea of Stars - Was very excited to play this one. It gave all the right signals for me, with the indie developers speaking openly about their aim of recreating the oldschool gaming feel, with strategy based combat taking place in one of the most stunning pixel worlds i've ever seen, filled with puzzles, collectibles, mini-games, fishing and a nice story to go with it. On paper it is exactly my type of game.

Sad to say it didn't come even close to meeting expectations, turning out to be an extremely boring, challenge-less slog, with a story that felt more suited for very young children, and despite feeling tons of love from the developers in terms of the detail and effort, they lacked the skill to pull off anything with substance or complexity. Almost every aspect of the game was mentally insulting. Old-school games used to fucking hard. I couldn't complete 50% of the games I played, even if I turned every fucking cheat on. Anyone remember Turok II? How about Aladdin and Lion Kind (killer)

But damn the pixel world was just so fine. Just look at it. Thats was like 9/10 for me. Overall score - 5/10 (very generous)

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Sea of Stars - Was very excited to play this one. It gave all the right signals for me, with the indie developers speaking openly about their aim of recreating the oldschool gaming feel, with strategy based combat taking place in one of the most stunning pixel worlds i've ever seen, filled with puzzles, collectibles, mini-games, fishing and a nice story to go with it. On paper it is exactly my type of game.

Sad to say it didn't come even close to meeting expectations, turning out to be an extremely boring, challenge-less slog, with a story that felt more suited for very young children, and despite feeling tons of love from the developers in terms of the detail and effort, they lacked the skill to pull off anything with substance or complexity. Almost every aspect of the game was mentally insulting. Old-school games used to fucking hard. I couldn't complete 50% of the games I played, even if I turned every fucking cheat on. Anyone remember Turok II? How about Aladdin and Lion Kind (killer)

But damn the pixel world was just so fine. Just look at it. Thats was like 9/10 for me. Overall score - 5/10 (very generous)

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been looking into this since it first was announced...not worth it ey? have you played chrono trigger/cross?

heard other reviewers speaking positively on the battle system...but you say its too easy? doesnt even pic up the difficulty later on? Also been tempted to pic up the octopath traveller games beacse of the ff6 similarities.
 

Hensmon

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.not worth it ey?

No definitely not. Combat is fun for first few hours but you figure out the patterns quickly and the enemies are lame, meaning you just go through the motions. Octopath traveller II will be the one I try next. Been so long since I played a good game honestly, makes me want to quit. So much unjustified praise and hype flying around in gaming today.
 

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Finished Star Wars Jedi Survivor a couple of days ago and liked it a lot. Next up will probably be Alan Wake 2.
 

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New GTA VI trailer - This is legit

Although, I much prefer this fan made trailer by 12hour

 

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still playing skyrim over here, this time at a much slower pace. level 44 and still haven't gone to find the main elder scroll yet, plus i haven't even touched the dark brotherhood/winterhold college quests. i've never managed to level up enough to meet the ebony warrior on my previous playthroughs so this time it's on sight
 
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Hensmon

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Half life fans got to check out this amazing documentary below, built around interviews with the original developers. Such an inspiration to see and hear how this project came together.

Still my number 1 game of all time and it's clear after watching this why it was such a mind blowing experience for everyone when it came out in the late 90's, and why it still holds up today. It did things no other games had done before; things like seamless loading between levels, scripted events, reactive environment, and the long cinematic train ride at the begging made for an immersive experience that had just never been seen before. Even the sound and texture design was unprecedented. Something as simple as adding reverb when inside a vent or echoes in laarge spaces... The whole Black Mesa game world felt alive.

Being a gamer in this period was the best, expectations were being blown away each year. Today the innovation comes purely from small improvements to graphics, and how big things can become (maps). This is now an obsession of which has come at a cost to actual gameplay imo. There's nothing new for us anymore with the current formats. VR and AR is the next frontier when we can see rapid innovation return again, i'm very excited for that.

 
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