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So, I just played through Before Your Eyes and holy fuck, that game made me actually shed a tear.

The game is no longer than two hours long, but what it manages to do in those two hours is nothing short of extraordinary. The game mechanics is really special as it progresses as you blink (webcam needed), but you can actively decide to turn that off and just go through it by clicking your mouse.

I really won't say anything about the story, but my god, this game feels so personal it's almost like interfering in someones life. It's like living through someones memories of a lost time, going through that persons happy and sad moments in life.

Please, for the love of God, try this one, the developers deserves all the love they can get for this game.
 
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Forza Horizon 4 is very fun, although a bit flashy, marketed to teens and at times annoying. The car sounds are just horrible in FH4. I don't think I've seen a game that has the proper RB26DETT engine sound from a Nissan Skyline GT-R R34, and that bothers me a lot. Kills a lot of enjoyment. Plus, the sounds are a bit flat and possibly over-processed anyways.
My bro picked up an Origin/EA subscription and gets to play the EA catalogue at a laughable price. And while he picked up Mass Effect, I picked up NFS Heat.

And boy, does it look like NFS has finally made a good one. First of all, we need to compare it to Most Wanted and Carbon (which were peak NFS). You have driving by day, driving by night, a modest map - not too large, not too small - with enough different portions. Customization is even better than in MW/C, because you can even do engine swaps, change the way your discs/calipers look and whatnot. Driving is almost like MW/C. Arcadey, fun and forgiving, but not overdone. Challenges and races seem fairly standard, albeit there are ones a bit more nuanced. I didn't really care about the story (besides MW), so I won't really bother with it here - also because I haven't went through most of it. MW did feel a lot more fun, but let's be real here, it's pure nostalgia factor for me. If I didn't have so much fun playing it over the years and compared those two games now, I'm not sure which one I'd pick as a favourite.

Secondly, we need to compare it to Forza Horizon 4, because it is its main rival. And to me it looks they just knew what was wrong with FH4 and made NFS better by not repeating Forza's mistakes. Namely, it's not too flashy and it's not really marketed to early teens (with the crazy outfits, bright-coloured in-game signs, loud music and whatnot). The engine sounds are much better (and slightly adjustable), which is a huge bonus! Microtransactions seem completely absent - you have money, and rep - one buys you stuff, the other unlocks it. You win money on (legal) races by day, you win rep on (illegal) races by night. So you kinda have to do both. The only thing I've found you can buy with real money are a map (with all the locations) and maybe a special car or two, which is perfect. The driving seems to be improved too, though I've yet to drive faster cars, or offroad.

Where FH4 is better is the actual world where you play the game, because the map is much bigger and much more beautiful to look at and drive through. Besides that, the challenges, although at times chaotic and frustrating, were a bit better, mainly because you had to do some stunts or deliveries etc, much more creative. And the graphics were a bit more balanced; sometimes in NFS, at night, it's hard to see where you should go because of the lighting. And last but not least, the car list was much, much, much, much more expansive. But it does have the car that matters, hopefully with a better sound than in FH4 (see above).
 

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Anyone like survival games or know Subnautica? This might the best one ever and the new expansion just came out. I used it with VR and it blew my mind, its so immersive.

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^Never got through the first one, which was mostly due to bad timing I guess. It was "just" another open world game filled with side quests, things to loot and all that. The story I only found semi-interesting, but I'll most likely give it another shot in the nearest future.
 

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An update on NFS Heat.

The main story is like 5-6 missions... And after completing them, not sure what I want to do anymore in the game. Don't care for playing online (which was probably the focus here), and racing bots all the time has gotten pretty stale. Side quests have gotten pretty boring and unrewarding as well. There's OP cars, there's some money exploits...

Blacklist on MW was much better, you felt like you had to work up to something, compete with some characters, it was/is way more fun to play offline. In Heat, it's just nameless bots.

Overall pretty bleak, which is a shame, since the game mechanics and the rest are pretty good, actually. It's fun to drive, which is pretty important, but it's not fun to drive for the sake of driving itself, you need a goal or something.
 

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Since the third part I am a big fan of this series. Apart from this new dawn bullshit, i've liked every part so far. Of course i'm really looking forward to the sixth part. Unlike the fifth part, you finally have a talking protagonist with a certain profile again, which is good to know. For whatever reason, you now have to decide in every fucking game whether you play as a woman or a man. That's the way it has to be nowadays, for political correctness. However, I think it's overdone. Of course there are all the stereotypes again (the freak scientist, the cute animal, the daredevil granny) which are all not funny, but what programmers in their mid-forties think. It is also a pity that the cutscenes are now shown in the third person view. Just the first person view in non-playable scenes has in my opinion significantly increased the immersion i the previous parts. Nevertheless, I am very excited and looking forward to the release.
 

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@Mainak looks like we enjoy the same kind of games. Can't wait to try FC6 (played through 3, 4 and 5) and SGWC2 (played a couple of their games before). Didn't even know it was in development. Contracts was a bit similar to Far Cry, I mean the game mechanics are very very similar, although Far Cry always has a better storyline.
 

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@Mainak looks like we enjoy the same kind of games. Can't wait to try FC6 (played through 3, 4 and 5) and SGWC2 (played a couple of their games before). Didn't even know it was in development. Contracts was a bit similar to Far Cry, I mean the game mechanics are very very similar, although Far Cry always has a better storyline.
Trailer is telling that this farcry will be different from the previous. It is the first farcry where you will be able to play in town, city, jungle etc. I am also waiting for this and Horizon 2. SGWC2 has released. It feels like that it is just a dlc of the previous game. Nothing new though I have played just the first chapter. But I can't find any similarities between Farcry and Sniper series except the first person view and stealth gameplay. Well you can say that SGW3 was a bit similar with farcry because of the free roaming through the map or car driving etc. But in SGWC series you are bound to stay in a particular region. Just finish the contract and you are done.
 

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Trailer is telling that this farcry will be different from the previous. It is the first farcry where you will be able to play in town, city, jungle etc. I am also waiting for this and Horizon 2. SGWC2 has released. It feels like that it is just a dlc of the previous game. Nothing new though I have played just the first chapter. But I can't find any similarities between Farcry and Sniper series except the first person view and stealth gameplay. Well you can say that SGW3 was a bit similar with farcry because of the free roaming through the map or car driving etc. But in SGWC series you are bound to stay in a particular region. Just finish the contract and you are done.
Then I confused them, SGW3 was similar to Far Cry, even Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands was. Open-world, revolves around winning camps/bases (whatever they are called), you have drones, antennas/whatever... It's just that the story and the setting makes a difference, the rest is basically very similar.
 

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Then I confused them, SGW3 was similar to Far Cry, even Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands was. Open-world, revolves around winning camps/bases (whatever they are called), you have drones, antennas/whatever... It's just that the story and the setting makes a difference, the rest is basically very similar.
Though I am very much fond of stealth and open world games but yes you are right. Even Assassins Creed, Horizon series are also the same. But Watch Dogs series are kind of different from these.
 
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I'm cruising through Mass Effect for the 20th time - my God I love that game