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  1. I have this near the top of my digital Pile Of Shame, having recently played through ROTTR and surprised myself by having a great time. After hating the reboot (little more than relentless murdery, shooty horror-porn crap, as I remember) I'd ignored both sequels, but I picked up Rise for a fiver a few months ago because, well - it was a fiver. Having skimmed through this thread I'm no longer sure dropping a whole £8 on Shadow is going to repeat that experience - I'm encouraged by less shooting, more exploring & more puzzles but it's hard not to get the impression that despite that, they've somehow managed to make the entire game into a gigantic, risible pile of arse. And will I be endlessly infuriated by the conflation of Maya & Inca culture - two unrelated civilisations separated by several thousand miles and about five centuries? I was OK (if mildly confused) with an American-speaking hippie commune located in an inexplicably warm & sunny valley in Siberia, but messing with classic Mesoamerica might be a bit much.
  2. Drop pods. Find a drop pod, repair the 3 bits of damaged tech using craftable components (assuming you have the blueprint for the component) & you can claim an inventory slot from the pod. If I remember (haven't played since last year) you can choose which inventory to upgrade.
  3. Want one once there's something I really want to play on it (Horizon) - and a redesign so the disc version isn't so vast & misshapen would be nice As it is I have a huge pile of shame to get through on my old council PS4, so hopefully by the time I actually want to buy a PS5 there will be some stock.
  4. He did, if that means his flat, one-note grunting made an entirely unlikeable character stand head & shoulders in unlikeability above a cast of similarly unlikeable characters. Witcher 3 is a game I should have loved but the portrayal of Geralt (as well as his uncanny ability to get stuck in the scenery & die falling off a low wall) really made the game an arduous experience for me.
  5. And search planets for drop pods, which contain a free slot upgrade that you can install after repairing it with easy to obtain materials, once you have the refiner blueprint. First step should be to find a hospitable homeworld and construct a simple base, Follow the base building questline and most of the basic tech & construction blueprints come pretty quickly.
  6. I found it dull & a bit fiddly. Played through the first areas and a bit of the first settlement after the Hoped it would open up & get a bit more engaging once you got to Teer Fradee but it all felt very samey. Didn't strike me as broken, just didn't grab me as I'd hoped from the premise & from a lot of the comments on here. Might give it another go at some point.
  7. I've had no previous history of buying these, but this gen I've had the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy edition, No Man's Sky box set with art book & Horizon Zero Dawn box with art book. I do like the NMS & HZD sets, but I have no idea at all why I bought the Fallout 4 thing - it's a nasty, bulky bit of plastic tat that's just been stuck in a cupboard for 4 years. However - just checked Ebay & it's interesting to see that people will still pay £80 - £90 for it, for some reason. If I can dredge up some motivation, I suppose I should flog it.
  8. This x100. Despite the respawning everything & horrible save system I loved it right up to the Omega Pirate. Lost count of how many times I got my arse kicked before putting it down starting something else. Had every intention of going back but never did, & as a result didn't play either of the sequels. Hope the rumoured Switch port has save-anywhere & useless old git difficulty level, but I'll buy it anyway if it ever happens.
  9. To be fair, Witcher 3 did falling off a 2ft wall and dying better than any game, before or since.
  10. 16th century French writer Francois Rabelais claimed that the pinnacle of renaissance-era arsewiping was the utilisation of the neck of a goose. Which might help explain geese. Honk.
  11. If it's AC: The Fifth Sun, set just before & during the Spanish conquest, featuring a fully-realised recreation of Tenochtitlan & playing as a Mexica warrior, then I can die a happy man.
  12. New Dawn's a direct sequel to 5 - OK, story's not the main draw of the franchise but not sure how much sense ND would make if you haven't played the preceding game. I had the most fun with Primal, tbh. Spears, arrows & clubs made an interesting change in an FPS. Also you get a pet sabre-toothed tiger. That you can ride.
  13. I played this to death on launch & the first couple of big updates, but haven't really touched it since the 3rd person view & proper multiplayer patches ages ago. Had a quick dabble when the VR mode was launched - started a new game, got my ship flying, but left it at that. Now it's full MP and community activities seem to be such a big element, is it still possible to wander, lost and alone in the immensity of the Universe, discovering uncharted systems, and planets populated only by slightly wanky-looking animals & unsettlingly phallic flora? I found the solitude and vastness of the early game strangely engaging but I'm not too sure about the community elements, as I understand them. I do quite fancy growing a Lexx - style bug ship, though.
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