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  1. For me, this gen has been all about wonderfully realised and crafted 3d worlds and no game did it better for me than subnautica. Specifically the moment that I realised the world didn't just stretch as far as the eye could see, but also went down as far as I could imagine. The moment, after hours of playing, that I got my first proper depth upgrade, and visited an area that had been just under where I started, just blew my mind. And it was all beautifully crafted, designed and thought out. Every different area and biome was a joy to experience. Nothing else I've played before, or since, felt as real and loved as the world in that game. Playing, and really enjoying, no man's sky, has made me realise how special the properly crafted world of subnautica is, compared to no man's sky's procedurally generated worlds that can quickly be identified to be just that, created by an algorithm and not a person. Subnautica's world was designed with purpose and care, and had the scale to go with it that has only really been possible this gen. Other games achieved the scale aspect but nothing else has come anywhere near the design and compact beauty of Subnautica. Honourable mention to Oxygen Not Included for bringing real world physics and chemistry to video games and making it actually enjoyable as a game. The first time that I realised that instead of building a refrigerator to store food, I could build a small pit beneath the living area, let CO2 in to it and store the food there instead, was a great moment.
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    I love this topic whenever it comes up. I'm fascinated by the concept of the best games to play today. If an alien landed on earth today, who came from a world where video games were a thing and wanted earth to enter a galactic competition for the best games in the universe, what 10 games would we present to them? Halo: Combat Evolved would not be one of them, but maybe 10 years ago, it would have been.
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    I think the elites thing really caused a storm on its release that was unwarranted, in hindsight. It was a great game, both single player and multi-player. I think many more people would consider it clearly the pinnacle of the series had elites been in it. I believe it is more than what we are used to. Yes, adapting to an inferior control method/scheme is possible and can make a game entirely enjoyable. But I think the character control has moved on and is objectively better today than it was in Halo. Personally, I'm not sure I'd say the same with mario. Even mario 64, which had the most revolutionary control scheme in Mario history, still controls and plays much like the modern 3d Mario games. And from a 2d game perspective, the Mario games built the model for 2d motion that is still here today. A few additions have been made like dash, wall jumping etc. but on the whole, games like Mario world still hold up incredibly well by today's standards and so does mario 64 (apart from the ridiculous DS 'port').
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    Heresy maybe, but I'm inclined to agree. The game gets better, that's for sure, but having started it recently, for the nth time, it really is starting to fall from its perch. Yet the sad thing is that it hasn't been replaced by anything directly. Gaming has moved on and in a good way (for the most part) but if asked to name 5 games that do 'Halo' better than Combat Evolved, I'd struggle. Possibly Titanfall 2... Apart from retro, nostalgia style games I don't think we will ever see anything be the new 'Halo', modern gaming has moved on to controllable characters that are much more dynamic and mobile and I don't ever see that being reversed. The same can be said of the original Resident Evils, with their turn, then move, controls. We will never see that be mainstream again. EDIT: I'm no reach fan though, I'd still put 3, ODST then 1 as the best Halo games to play today, in terms of single player experience.
  5. It really is. My daughter (who doesn't really follow football) confidently predicted that Southampton would win once they went ahead. I was expecting a comeback at some point but maybe she'd seen the stats.
  6. What a game this is. Proper bodies on the line from Southampton. Best game since lockdown.
  7. Definitely playable just with a pad, not sure on the 2nd question. The basic racing in this is as good as ever/better than ever but everything else is a mess. Funnily enough, very much like Trials Rising. The fact that the free version doesn't have access to rankings is crazy. The nadeo live tracks that come with the free version are also worryingly shit. They either wanted to make them purposefully shit in the hope that people would pay to not have to play them or they asked the work experience student to put 25 together, but the work experience student had never played a racing game before, let alone trackmania. I might buy a basic sub. but honestly, I'm more inclined to just move on. A problem with the sub. model is that it only really works if the community is there and that is not guaranteed. I don't see a big enough reason for the current competitive community to move on to the new game right now.
  8. Ah, ok, so it is currently more of a suggestion than a law?
  9. I don't understand much about gambling law, why does regulation make you a lot less hopefull?
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    Xbox Game Pass

    From where it started, I think vastly is fair. It was one of the worst games ever made, on release, in my opinion.
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    I'm looking forward to giving 76 a go. THe wastelanders update massively improved it, from what I've seen, especially from a single player perspective. As someone who has become completely obsessed with no man's sky, I am always open to being captivated by a game that has vastly improved since release.
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    I wonder if microsoft's licensing is shorter-term, at least for third party games. Maybe they only do 3 month licensing and therefore, wouldn't want to announce titles leaving as far out as over 3 months, because license re-negotiations might be ongoing? PSNow is a weird one by comparison because the 'big' releases tend to get very clear windows, with a start and end date. But the smaller titles tend to come and go without any notice at all.
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    But what if I own it, but it isn't on game pass? No indication if owned+not on game pass or not owned+not on game pass, right?
  14. BeeJay

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    Yes, it's crap. The best solution is to cross-reference here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kspw-4paT-eE5-mrCrc4R9tg70lH2ZTFrJOUmOtOytg/edit?usp=sharing which has all of the current, and more importantly, removed game pass games.
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    Some big hitters leaving in 2 weeks, not just the above but also unavowed, which is well worth playing. OOTP21 has also shown up for PC, which is a pretty massive addition for the service as a whole, if not so much for the european audience. I'll definitely be giving it a go.
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