I’ve got very mixed feelings about Horizon. Technically it was great. Graphically great. I like the story (at the least the broad brush strokes of it). I enjoy the combat and exploration (mostly). But I just didn’t care about any of these characters. I had the same problem with the first one, but hoped Guerilla would get better at that part. But they didn’t (at least not for me).
I also had a couple of problems with the game that in the grand scheme of things are really minor, but they still bugged the heck out of me. First, the close up shots of Alloy (and a couple of other characters like Varl) gave me a constant “green screen effect” - where the characters just didn’t look like they were a part of the world they were standing in. This was mostly due to the extreme “hero lighting” on the characters that literally put a light bloom around the edges of their characters (especially their hair).
My other big problem was with the extreme body language/gesticulation so many of the characters engage in during dialogue. Seriously, if I had a conversation with someone in the real world who was flailing around like that I would think they had a screw loose. Combine that with how great most of the characters look and I got a real “uncanny valley” valley effect from many of the NPC interactions.
Despite those issues I liked the game. I finished it in about 50 hours and still had a ton of side stuff and collectibles and exploration to do. I don’t like it enough to go back and finish all that stuff off to get the platinum though.
Not much to say about Vampire Survivors. It’s pretty perfect. I’ll be returning to this one off and on for a long time.
I should be playing newer games but can’t stop playing games from the 360 days. Another fun WW2 shooter that adds some occult veil powers to mix things up. The game is pretty similar to singularity as it’s made by the same studio around the same time.
I desperately need some vibrant colours in my life after playing so many 360 games. Totally forgot how many games followed the Gears grey/brown colour pallet. At least Wolfenstein is soaked in green when using veil powers.
Stingy on the old achievements since the majority of them are for the tacked on multiplayer… Like most game from that gen.
Playing one of @Shpeshal_Nick favourites next - X-Men Origins: Wolverine