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OftenBen  ·  46 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What Game Are You Playing?

I try and not game as much during the summer months. In winter I go hard on a single player or strategy game usually. Last few were Outer Worlds and Cyberpunk.

Lately I've been playing League of Legends with some friends from college, just because its something we all understand mechanically and we know how long it takes to play.

It feels like my interest in gaming other than with people is dying rapidly. It's really damn hard to make a narrative gripping for me, particularly in the sci-fi/horror space that a good chunk of popular titles reside in. When I can call

Before anyone suggests indie or retro titles, I'm not interested in anything like hotline miami, super meat boy, hollow knight, the usual indie game favorites.

Halo was the first science fiction game franchise I ever really played devoutly and really gave a shit about as a child/teenager. I had all the books right up until about 2010 when college destroyed my reading for fun time. Halo has been absolutely run into the fucking ground narratively and I can't stand it. The TV show is ass, the games are hot garbage except for multiplayer, the books are in shambles. Halo Infinite was supposed to be 'The next decade of Halo' and it's so half assed and micro-transaction focused it just leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

Just free associating. Feeling bad and free associating.

kleinbl00  ·  45 days ago  ·  link  ·  

See, and having never played Halo I would argue the TV series is better than anything Star Trek Paramount is doing this season. I wouldn't describe it as good? But I mean, I read the original script (the one they shopped around with master chief-dressed dudes waiting in the lobby while you read it) and that project had nowhere to go but up.

Horizon Forbidden West is a great game. It's abundantly clear that Sony has decided HZD is their marquee title, who cares if Elden Ring comes out a week later, it's multicultural, it's hopeful, it opens itself to at least three different play styles and it's got a rich storyworld in which you use bows and arrows to take down robot dinosaurs. Its one drawback, this time around at least, is that the endgame is pretty weak. Once you get through the narrative there isn't a lot of impetus to keep playing.