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Just an update on Gears 5. Since the last cumulative update installed (about 2 weeks ago) for W10 1903, I've not had crashing in Gears 5, or even Wolfenstein Youngblood.

Regarding Gears 5, I'd normally say it's not the devs/pubs fault, but in this case the GoW franchise, as well as the team that now develops it, has been owned by MS since before GoW 4 released.
 
I've lately started playing Disco Elysium and I'm finding it really hard to put it down. I've played 21 hours in the past 2 days! Total I'd say it has been more than 30 hours. It is a very dialogue heavy RPG game that focuses on you making decisions that actually affects an outcome (Maybe not the ending because I haven't yet finished the game yet). This game has completely absorbed me and I just can't stop playing it! I'm very near to finishing the game, I know it but the last hour that I played was much quicker in pace than the experience I've had so far. So many story elements taking place too fast, I couldn't exactly comprehend what was happening. I may have even missed some side quests because of this as well. I know for sure that I'll be going to an older save once I finish this 'go-with-the-flow ' playthrough.

I'm still playing AC Odyssey and I'm nearing end game there as well. But I hear you need to finish not just the odyssey main quest but also the cult and atlantis ones to truly beat the game. So I have a feeling this will definitely go on for more time.

DmC 1 is still on my 'currently playing' list as well. It's really fun and challenging. The bosses can be brutal sometimes.
 
Been playing The Outer Worlds for a few days now. I kinda have mixed emotions about it.

Pros
Quests are sophisticated enough to be layered deeply, including side quests
Characters have good voicing, with enough background and personality
There are tons of things to loot without having to constantly buy things
World looks OK, more so if you use cvars to remove blur, add sharpen
There's a good variety of guns and melee weaps, all can be modded

Cons
Quests can be hard to follow, as side quests can be redirected to main ones
Dialog at times can degrade into silly and meaningless conversation choices
Some loot can take a lot of resources to hack, and there's no resource menu
In a lot of places the world and creatures look far too cartoony and colorful
Weapon upgrading ("Tinkering") is far too simplified, only adding damage
Stealth works when sneaking past enemies, but almost useless in combat
TTD is pretty much useless compared to the VATS system of Fallout games

I've also read it's really hard to keep companions alive when playing on the hardest mode Super Nova. I've yet to test such things, but on the default difficulty they're more than capable using default AI settings. This is worth noting because Super Nova is the only mode companions can actually die on, plus you cannot save wherever you want on that mode. I have however read of a workaround whereby if you fast travel to your ship before tough battles, it generates an autosave you can reload. TTD "Tactical Time Dilation" is quite different from VATS, and not in a good way. It's rare in places like Cascadia you can one shot a creature, even with a powerful weapon. In places like that, and against small groups with tough human enemies, TTD is almost pointless to use.

The game can vary from adventurous, to tedious, to exiting to frustrating. It's been called "too much like Fallout", but for me, it's not as good as Fallout 4, which had a more real world feel, a more tangible feel of peril, and of course the great things you could build and maintain with the Workshop just put it well over what TOW has to offer. I'm not far enough in to give it a final rating, but so far for me, FO4 wins over TOW.
 
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Due to all the great reviews Disco Elysium has gotten, and many comments like Gman450's, I had to pick it up but haven't installed it yet. The bit of gameplay I've seen reminds me a lot of the Torment games and I loved both Planescape: Torment and Torment: Tides of Numenera. Really can't wait to start it up.


I've also started a The Outer Worlds playthrough just a few days ago. One problem people seem to have with the game is that a lot of the early reviews and a lot of the unofficial accounts of the game I have witnessed keep comparing it to Fallout for some reason. Just because you have one or a couple people from a different series working on a game doesn't mean it will reflect on the game the way people seem to have expected.

Before picking it up I watched quite a few short gameplay videos and didn't see anything that lead me to believe it would be the same style of game as any of the Fallouts. The only series it seemed to remind me of is Two Worlds really. And with that in mind when I started, I was actually impressed with the land/space-scapes and the gameplay.

I've also seen a lot of comments from gamers about how it's such a terrible 1st person shooter compared to modern titles. But I also never got the idea that it was supposed to be heavily reliant on the shooter aspect. All of the early reports I read mostly talked about the amazing journey and the dialogue.

I have enjoyed the 10hrs or so I've put in but just got Borderlands 3 a couple days ago and I am addicted. Have stopped playing(for now) the other games I'd recently gotten into like TOW, Breathedge(which is also really fun), and Dying Light. I would definitely agree with Frag Maniac that Fallout is much better and more fun than TOW though.
 
I've also started a The Outer Worlds playthrough just a few days ago. One problem people seem to have with the game is that a lot of the early reviews and a lot of the unofficial accounts of the game I have witnessed keep comparing it to Fallout for some reason. Just because you have one or a couple people from a different series working on a game doesn't mean it will reflect on the game the way people seem to have expected.

Before picking it up I watched quite a few short gameplay videos and didn't see anything that lead me to believe it would be the same style of game as any of the Fallouts. The only series it seemed to remind me of is Two Worlds really. And with that in mind when I started, I was actually impressed with the land/space-scapes and the gameplay.

I've also seen a lot of comments from gamers about how it's such a terrible 1st person shooter compared to modern titles. But I also never got the idea that it was supposed to be heavily reliant on the shooter aspect. All of the early reports I read mostly talked about the amazing journey and the dialogue.

I have enjoyed the 10hrs or so I've put in but just got Borderlands 3 a couple days ago and I am addicted. Have stopped playing(for now) the other games I'd recently gotten into like TOW, Breathedge(which is also really fun), and Dying Light. I would definitely agree with Frag Maniac that Fallout is much better and more fun than TOW though.
To be clear, though I'm sure to most it was obvious from what I said, I only made TOW vs FO comparisons due to Obsidian's involvement in developing both. That said, both games DO share a lot in common as well, perhaps more than they differ if you look at core themes.

What I find odd about TOW, and perhaps one of the more off putting things about it, is it's a strange dichotomy of being able to sneak a lot and avoid combat (It's said you don't have to kill anyone), and yet the combat can also quickly change from easy to very difficult with TTD being so inadequate. It's also pretty much impossible to entirely avoid riling extremely hostile creatures, and once you do, they are quick to hunt you down. Even if you have both perks that add time to TTD and hasten it's recharge, plus the one for Scanning, it's still pathetic and does very little to help.

I don't feel this is so much a problem of the Publisher pushing deadlines or restricting creative freedom though. Clearly Obsidian has made it obvious in pre-release interviews they're enjoying they're freedom. I get the feeling they were banking on making the characters and dialog more fleshed out, as well as offering branched endings, bringing guaranteed success.

I suppose that's true when you look at the reviews, but it could also be that the many whom were disappointed with FO76 were looking to get away from FO with a similar themed, but more choice structured offering. To me, I can't see comparing it to one of the worst (if not THE worst) installments in the FO franchise, and as such, it just sticks out as a sort of value game compared to FO4.

Quite frankly when it comes to MS published games, I don't assume they're going to be trash anymore. Gears 5 has to be one of the best if not THE best titles of this year for me, and I've seen others say the same. Many have said it's not quite as hard as GoW 4, and while so far that has been true for me, it still feels challenging, rewarding, and FUN , all at the same time, on the hardest mode. They also threw in a lot of cool physics and tools in how you can use the environment and Jack.

Gears 5 is a game that takes a fair bit of doing on Insane, but it's not the kind of thing where after beating it on that mode you say "That's the last time I'm playing it on THAT mode!" Another game MS seems to be hitting it out of the park on, is the soon to release Flight SIM 4K. I mean I've never been one to get all worked up about SIM type games, but this one looks absolutely breath takingly real. It's a monumental amount of work to put something like that together.

 
Very interesting see your takes on 'The Outer Worlds', Frag and John. I have installed the game and played maybe 10-15 minutes. I can't give any impressions but I feel this is a game I'm going to like. I thought Fallout 4 was a very much watered down in terms of dialog but it easily made up with it's enhanced combat system compared to Fallout 3 and New Vegas. In terms of writing, I hope the writing in TOW will come close to the levels of New Vegas (NV) because NV was just so well written.
I won't be committing to playing TOW right now, because I've got 3 other games I'm playing simultaneously.

Gears 5 is definitely a good game. Last week I had a friend over and we played it in co-op mode. It's just amazing that they still have something such as couch co-op in 2019 for a 3rd person shooter. I really want to see more of this. Me and my buddy played the whole of Act 1 and I think we reached Act 2, now in a snowy world. The gameplay is as usual, very fun. You can still play the whole game on your own and still experience the story which I think has been good so far.
 
I finished Disco Elysium. By far, one of the best written games I've played in a while and it was super fun to play as well. I couldn't take my hands off it. I wish ZA/UM (developers of the game) a huge success and hoping to see more games from them.
I think it took me nearly 40 hours to beat this game. The story is just so strong. The characters are so well written and the only bad thing I could say about this game was that it just sort of ended pretty abruptly when I least expected it to. Nonetheless, amazing game.

I've finished the main odyssey storyline in AC Odyssey and I still have the Cult of Kosmos and Atlantis quests to finish. I'm nearing 60 hours in this one.

In Devil May Cry (2001), I'm at the final boss. Although in game time shows I haven't even played 5 hours yet, I may have played 15-20 hours because the game doesn't exactly have any checkpoint system and you're forced to reload the last save once you're dead. I can see why this game developed a huge following although the story just seems very bare bones to me, at the moment. They do not flesh out any of the characters in this game. I'll probably go straight to DMC 3 instead of 2 because I heard it's pretty bad for a DMC game.

I had also been playing Brother's In Arms: Road to Hill 30. I forgot to mention this one but man oh man, I have never played a war time FPS game like this one where strategy is key. Having a suppressing team and a flanking team to tactically approach your enemies is very refreshing as opposed to the more run and gun shooting games out there like CoD and Battlefield. I've definitely planned on playing the trilogy (Earned in Blood and Hell's Highway). It's a shame we don't have games like this anymore in today's market.
 
Gears 5 is definitely a good game. Last week I had a friend over and we played it in co-op mode. It's just amazing that they still have something such as couch co-op in 2019 for a 3rd person shooter. I really want to see more of this. Me and my buddy played the whole of Act 1 and I think we reached Act 2, now in a snowy world. The gameplay is as usual, very fun. You can still play the whole game on your own and still experience the story which I think has been good so far.
I've been hanging out on the official Gears 5 forum lately, and I have to tell you it's got the usually official forum angst. There's a lot of players that miss the old , dark color pallet. A lot of them praise the campaign for being fun, but a lot of them don't like the changes in mode play. Same opinions are present on Steam, yielding a Mixed review status.

Keep us informed as to what you think of it, there's a lot of good enemies they added. You're about to see the first sighting of the one I like best in Act 2.
 

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I've been addicted to Company of Heroes 2 for years now. Probably one of the funnest WW2 RTS games I've ever played.
I'm also a big fan of Tom Clancy's The Division I/II - been playing II since release.
...and I still play Unreal Tournament (original from 1999) which never gets old for me.
 

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