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  1. Halo 5 (XSX) Finally finished this having stopped at the same point as I did the other 2 times I tried to get through it. So distinctly average in every way. Another linear CoD style campaign with a story that was far from compelling. No wonder I got bored and gave up. Add this to the pile of Halo games I’ll never replay alongside 2 and 4.
  2. Halo 4 (Series X) The jump in graphics is huge compared with 3, it’s astonishing that both games were on 360. This was decent. It played very much like a CoD campaign, ie linear follow the waypoint gameplay. More open than 2, but still doesn’t feel like a Halo game to me. The new weapons look cool and are at least useful but I still stuck to the battle rifle whenever it was available. The new enemies suck, and I remember them being a nightmare on legendary back in the day, but fine on this run on normal. Similar to Gears 4, the robot-style enemies just aren’t as fun. I foun
  3. Halo 3 (Series X) After struggling to enjoy 2 this was like a breath of fresh air. It looks and plays better than I thought it would for something that didn’t get a remaster from 2007. The story actually made sense, there were some nice set pieces and the return of the more open elements that 2 was lacking. The weapons felt better, possibly because they toned down the sponginess of the enemies. Very fun and one I would revisit again sometime. Sadly I have 4 next which I don’t remember enjoying (saving ODST and Reach for another time.) 8/10
  4. I think I did legendary when it first released, when I was a poor student and had time, but these days I just want to experience the story. Started on heroic but got to an annoying bit and dropped it to easy for a level, and then found easy was too easy and finished it on normal.
  5. Halo 2 Anniversary (Xbox One/Series X) Started ages ago and decided to finish the MCC before Infinite. I didn’t love it when it launched, and still don’t now. It feels slow, a lot of the weapons feel weak, and the story is a little all over the place. The remaster is good, although the high quality new cut scenes are a bit jarring. Not sure why it stutters and had frame rate dips on Series X, although mostly runs at 60fps. I don’t think I’ll ever play this again. It doesn’t have the feel of exploration of the first game, and the action movie vibe is significantly better from 3 o
  6. Mass Effect Legendary Edition (PS4/5) Plays how I remember it. Still a good game but very clunky animation and the combat is still poor. Didn’t really feel like a remaster but perhaps you would notice in a direct comparison. I played the beginning of ME 2 straight after and that was a big improvement over this. Easy Platinum trophy if that’s important to you (there is a plat for each game in the trilogy) 7/10
  7. Definitely going to give that a go. They gave it away for free a while back. Not sure when I’ll get round to it though. As for Rift Apart; it’s excellent. My thoughts are in the completed games thread.
  8. I don’t know what Sony are like when it comes to discounting. If they’re anything like Nintendo you might have a wait on your hands.
  9. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart (PS5) This is a great game. Really shows off the tech of the PS5, fun to play and a nice change of pace from my usual choice of game. Liked it so much I got the platinum after 19 hours of play, which is probably the ideal length for me. Make sure you download the day 1 patch to play it with RT at 60fps, and have all the haptics on the controller turned on; they really add to the experience. 9/10
  10. Put quite a few hours into ME:1. It feels just as clunky as I remember but the story and world are still good. It seems shorter than I remember too. Hard to say how improved it is as I haven’t played the original for a long time, but 60fps on PS5 is very nice. Looks to be a relatively easy set of 3 platinums if you’re into the trophy hunting thing.
  11. This is very good so far. Never played one of these before and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. More of a 3rd person shooter than a platformer than I expected. I’m playing in the performance RT mode and it is gorgeous. Only played an hour so far but I highly recommend checking this out if you have a PS5.
  12. Ass. Creed Valhalla (PS5) Solid if unspectacular, but I still put in over 80 hours, mostly just doing the story. Could probably double that to do everything. These games are just too big and bloated. The sheer number of icons to clear from the map is crazy, and while the world is very well built I just ended up running past most of it to get to the next map icon ASAP. The core loop is fun for the first 20 hours, then it becomes pretty monotonous after. I‘m not a huge AC fan but I’m sure if you are you’ll enjoy it; very much more of the same in a new location. I wish they would g
  13. Where is it under £20? Showing as £35 (with 10% off with EA membership)
  14. That’s exactly why I haven’t bought it! I might try it out when/if the next gen upgrades show up. Throwing in my opinion about the game as a whole; I also preferred 2016. Here it seems every individual part of the game has improved but somehow the overall experience to me was worse. The movement for example gives you more options and lots of air time, but I didn’t find it fun to be flying around the maps when mobbed by the heavies. The restrictions on resources and enemies with very specific weaknesses forcing you to change weapons is a good idea so you don’t just use the shotgun the whol
  15. When you see the Marauder tell him I said he can fuck right off.
  16. Homefront Revolution (PS4) I only picked this up to play the hidden Timesplitters 2 remake and in order to do that I almost got to the end so decided to finish it. It’s like a budget version of Far Cry but the world is boring and grey, and the gunplay is pretty poor. I did however enjoy the rather limited story and traversal around the map. It’s okay to play if you want to get to TS2, but I can’t recommend going out of your way to play it. 5/10
  17. Just need to add the caveat that most of the truly bad problems with it are on consoles, particularly the base Xbox and PS4. I won’t be picking it up until the native PS5 version, but hopefully the patches will come quickly for those who bought it already on those systems.
  18. Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5) A fun sequel, about 15 hours long to do the story. I might go back for side quests/trophies. I played at 30fps with RT etc and it was very nice. Not particularly “next gen” but a good game that plays well on the system. It’s had an update to 60fps with RT that I’d like to try. Destiny 2: Beyond Light (PS4/5) A decent 5-6 hour campaign, with some fun new abilities. More of the same really. The PS5 update this week is great, native 4k60 and feels almost like a new game. Recommended for the gamepass crowd or maybe just trying the f2p parts to try the
  19. It’s been fixed! Get your Valhalla upgrade now!
  20. I like it. There are some bugs in the firmware with rest mode and external drives so I’ve heard, and a couple of games I’ve played have had some issues. I’ll put these things down to COVID/ work from home/ standard early adopter issues. The loading times are fantastic. Less than 30seconds to go from a cold boot to loading your save. The controller is one of the best I’ve ever used. The haptics and force feedback are probably the only next gen features, everything else seems to be same sorts of games but shinier.
  21. That or it’s one of those cases where if they don’t protect the patent they lose it ?
  22. I like the idea of it, but in reality I’ll use a tiny fraction of what it can do and hope for an option to copy the xmb.
  23. Would buy a matte black set of these, but the potential for fancy special editions is nice.
  24. Mafia: Definitive Edition (PS4) Never played the original but Mafia 2 was one of my favourites last gen. Combat, movement and driving all feel a bit heavy, but okay. I enjoyed the setting and story, despite being full of clichés. Worth a play if you fancy a crime story. Despite appearances this is not an open world game so it isn’t bloated with repetitive side quests and doesn’t outstay it’s welcome. I got the trilogy for a good price so might move on to the second one.
  25. But is he small, or far away? If he’s 4 foot 6 it’s reasonably sized, but if he’s 8 foot tall I’ll need a new house.
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