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    Aug 2nd, 2021 at 16:23:21     -    Forza Motorsport 7 (XBONE)

    Forza 7 is great. Its a top tier racing game. The controls are tight and the frame rate is solid. Unfortunately I won't be completing the game all the way. The gameplay just gets too grindy to get to the super fast cars. I just don't have the time to focus on only that game.

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    Jul 30th, 2021 at 07:41:44     -    Control (XBONE)

    Remedy Entertainment is one of my favorite game developers in the world. From Allen Wake, to Quantum Break (unintentional rhyme) their games are always unique and fun. They stand out a lot among other big budget single player games. They hay have a style that they put into every game they make. Sam Lake writes complex and interesting narratives for all of their games. I'd say he's basically the Christopher Nolan of the video games industry. Control has all of these things. One could even say they are all at their best in the game.

    There are so many things that I like about Control. The graphics and art style are top notch, the gameplay/combat is endlessly fun, and the story had me locked in. There are a number of fun, likable, diverse characters. The puzzles are simple, but engaging. There really isn't much negative I can say about the game.

    The side quest design is great. I never really found myself doing the same thing twice. The world is semi-open and feels like a 3D metroid-vania. There are all kinds of areas to explore and secrets to find.

    My biggest gripe with Control is some of the enemy design isn't very strong. There are a couple of enemies that just aren't as fun to fight. Specifically the suicide enemies who explode when the get close to the player, and the rocket troopers who don't have a lot of health, but always seem to sneak up in the middle of big battles to launch heavy damage dealing rockets at the player. I found myself more frustrated than enjoying fighting them. However, this frustration did fade as the game went on and I got stronger.

    Everyone should play this game. It's the best game that Remedy has made. It's on gamepass, so anyone with an Xbox or gaming PC has not excuse for not playing it!

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    Jul 22nd, 2021 at 14:40:02     -    Greedfall (XBONE)

    I want to finish Greedfall. I want to complete it. It has so many good ideas and I've enjoyed my time with it! Unfortunately it just keeps going. I've put just over 30 hours in and I feel like at this point the game isn't giving me anything new. I just have too many games to play to keep grinding through the game's uninteresting story and basic gameplay.

    Its the perfect game to show off everything that 2000s western RPGs had. They had a diverse group of companions, action packed combat, and a new world to explore. If this game had come out in 2008 and you told me Bioware had made it I would fully believe you. It does all of that very well. Unfortunately the game doesn't really add anything new to that. I would say the most unique aspect is the customization that is available to the player. Everything is cosmetic too which really makes the player character feel unique.

    The graphics are pretty good. Considering the game had a budget of a few million dollars and it was made by 40-60 people is incredible. It feels like a AAA and a AA experience at the same time. A AA.5 if you will...

    Maybe I'll come back to it and finish it someday, but at this point I'm done.

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    Jul 10th, 2021 at 19:55:33     -    It Takes Two (XBX X/S)

    There are only a handful of games that have actually brought tears to my eyes while I was playing them. It Takes Two has just been added to that list. Only an incredible came can do that, and It Takes Two is an incredible game.

    Hazelight is as bold as ever with ITT. The game is co-op only. It can only be played with two people. It's not single player, or more than two players. ITT is just two players. This follows Hazelight's trend that started with their previous game A Way Out (2018). The game is a great step up from A Way Out in just about every way.

    The game's story is by far the highlight. We follow two soon divorcing parents as they work to escape a magical world that their daughter wished them into. Their journey is fun, and entertaining the whole way through. The game does an excellent job of talking the romance theme, which is something that not many (if any) modern big budget games do.

    Gameplay is another high point for the game. At it's core the game is a 3D platformer. Throughout the game, countless other game genres are layered on top. None of these bonus genres last longer than a level in the game. This ensures the game never gets old and feels fresh through its entirety. The game was about 12 hours long through my playthrough. It's impressive that the game stayed as exciting for the whole playthrough.

    The game is also very pretty. Its a pristine UE4 game. On the Series X, the game runs at a locked 60 fps, with only a couple minor stutters during cutscenes. The character models look great, but the real highlight is the various environments that players will come across.

    I played the game with my wife, and it was an incredible way for us to spend time together. My wife isn't much of a game player at this point, but she said that It Takes Two may have changed her view on video games a bit. I recommend this game to anyone. It's well worth any price one can get it for at this point.

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