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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: April 27, 2017, 07:21:36 PM
You guys got me nervous!  Fortunately, I must have picked it up when the Blizzard thing came out.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: April 27, 2017, 05:16:37 AM
I haven't loved Forza Horizon 3 as much as I did 2, but I have to say I'm very excited for the DLC coming on May 9!

FORZA HORIZON 3: HOT WHEELS



Seriously, this should have been its own game.


3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Danger Zone [PS4/PC] - new Burnout Crash Mode, maybe kinda (don't suck, plz) on: April 27, 2017, 05:10:15 AM
Please don't suck.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Night Trap - 25th Anniversaary Addition on: April 25, 2017, 08:08:21 PM
 eek

While I'm happy that Dana Plato can live on, I'm not sure I could play this thing now.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Rogue One - A Star Wars Story on: April 24, 2017, 03:24:16 PM
I just watched this for the second time (and the fact that this much time passed before a second viewing is remarkable).  The family did pancakes and a movie yesterday in the AM, and it was pretty cool.

I enjoyed it a lot more the second time.  I have to learn that I'm coming in with a lot of baggage to these films and need that second viewing where the back of my brain isn't actively making connections to what's come before or passively predicting what might come next.

Some of my bigger gripes are still big gripes, but they had less impact.  I still think Forest Whitaker was little more than a plot device, and that
Spoiler for Hiden:
we could have used a line about "I won't make it" instead of trying to pass off his facing down an exploding city as somehow noble.
  And we didn't need three tender moments from the main characters in a row at the end.  One of those shots would have sufficed.

I found GMT less distracting this time, and I'm certain that seeing similar characters in video games are the issue.  My wife and child were surprised to learn he was a mostly CG character.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I also wasn't as bothered by the lower budget Vader outfit, just because I get that they wanted the look at the end to match up with the look at the beginning of Ep 4.  I think some fudgeability would have been accepted, but I appreciate the attention to detail.

For months, I've been saying that the first half of the film was a little too sloppy.  On a second viewing, I don't know if that's really the case, though I still thought it didn't really take off until they got to the Empirical Science Facility in the rain. 

I enjoyed the other characters more this time, too.  I still think they could have used another pass in the writing department, maybe.  I enjoyed Casian more this time, too, even if I think the actor was a little disconnected from his performance.

And the robot was great.  And the ending is still, without doubt, worth the price of admission.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 23, 2017) on: April 24, 2017, 06:36:34 AM
Little Nightmares has been getting great reviews, but I may wait for a sale.

What Remains of Edith Finch is tempting, but I don't know how much time I'd give it right now.

Dragon Quest Heroes II is interesting, but I barely scratched the surface of the first one.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Rogue One - A Star Wars Story on: April 22, 2017, 03:44:53 PM
Adorable Jyn Erso Cosplayer Delivers Death Star Plans to Every Leia She Sees at Star Wars Celebration

Spoiler for Hiden:










The last card (sniff):


8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prey 2017 on: April 22, 2017, 03:37:55 PM
I'm cautiously optimistic, but I'm not quite at excited level yet.

Isn't there supposed to be a demo soon?

EDIT:  Yes.  Next Thursday you can play the opening hour.

https://bethesda.net/en/article/26eSYIuwYUw62amIgCwaos/prey-demo-play-the-opening-hour
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: April 20, 2017, 05:09:40 PM
I had no idea about that.   eek
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: April 20, 2017, 04:24:28 PM
IIRC, Freeform is what replaced ABC Family.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: April 19, 2017, 09:53:39 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 19, 2017, 08:42:09 PM

Marvel's Cloak and Dagger.

https://youtu.be/YZFc3FzK344

I'm a big fan of these characters, but yawn.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 19, 2017, 08:10:49 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 19, 2017, 06:36:26 PM

... imagine the size of that below the surface. 

Kurt Russel's right foot must be huge.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 19, 2017, 08:09:49 PM
Total rumor based on a Spanish retailer's posting (likely placeholder), but interesting, none the less.

https://gamerant.com/xbox-project-scorpio-price-leak-259/
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Full Throttle Remastered on: April 18, 2017, 05:27:00 PM
I have it downloaded, but I may wait to tackle it until I can give it more attention.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 16, 2017) - Rising from the dead edition on: April 18, 2017, 05:26:15 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 18, 2017, 04:09:10 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 18, 2017, 03:48:01 PM

How's Voodoo Vince Remastered?

Downloading now.  Surprisingly it's only 3GB, but I guess since it was an original Xbox game to begin with that makes a bit of sense. 

Cross-posted from the VV thread:

I played the first three levels last night.  I loved this game when it came out.  The things I loved then, I still love now.  The atmosphere and music are top notch.  Different enough to be unique, but not so much to be off putting, and it all fits the setting.

However, there are certainly some things that don't hold up as well.  The story is thinner than I remember.  The characters, too.  Vince himself is "snarky" in that way that sometimes comes off in a "look how much attitude he has, kids!" kind of way at times.  I remember enjoying him at the time, but it feels dated now.  Not grating, or anything, just weak.

Going from one level to the next feels like just that.  There's no real logic to progression or sense of evolution to the tale or world.  Also a symptom of its time, though, and not game-ruining.

The gameplay is not as bad as I feared it might be, but not as good as I'd hoped, either.  But as long as you try to keep in mind the era its from, it works.

Overall, I suspect this'll be for folks who were already fans going in more than anyone who missed out the first time around.  The rose colored glasses help.  OTOH, I've played worse modern games for $15.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Voodoo Vince Remastered [Xbox One, PC] on: April 18, 2017, 05:25:53 PM
I played the first three levels last night.  I loved this game when it came out.  The things I loved then, I still love now.  The atmosphere and music are top notch.  Different enough to be unique, but not so much to be off putting, and it all fits the setting.

However, there are certainly some things that don't hold up as well.  The story is thinner than I remember.  The characters, too.  Vince himself is "snarky" in that way that sometimes comes off in a "look how much attitude he has, kids!" kind of way at times.  I remember enjoying him at the time, but it feels dated now.  Not grating, or anything, just weak.

Going from one level to the next feels like just that.  There's no real logic to progression or sense of evolution to the tale or world.  Also a symptom of its time, though, and not game-ruining.

The gameplay is not as bad as I feared it might be, but not as good as I'd hoped, either.  But as long as you try to keep in mind the era its from, it works.

Overall, I suspect this'll be for folks who were already fans going in more than anyone who missed out the first time around.  The rose colored glasses help.  OTOH, I've played worse modern games for $15.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 17, 2017, 07:10:35 PM
http://mashable.com/2017/04/17/the-walking-dead-season-8-regulars-jadis-enid-simon/#.xTJF_Snhmqo

In the good news department, GTA Trevor got promoted to series regular.  He was easily my favorite new character last season.

In the not-so-good news department, so have Mope-pocalypse the Wonder Teen Enid and Leader of the Me Talk Bad Now Trash People, T'Pol.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Wars Ep. 8 - The Last Jedi on: April 17, 2017, 02:59:07 PM
Just watched the trailer again, and an idea struck me.

When Rey says "The Balance," we get a shot of a symbol (that looks a bit like the rebel symbol, in blue and gold).  Of course, there's no guarantee that the words and the symbol go together, but it seems like they do.  I'm wondering if that isn't a much more important symbol than the trailer leads you to believe.

Throughout the series, we've heard about the Balance of the Force (hello episode IX title), and a bit about the Chosen One who might bring it.  So what if Rey is not actually going to be a Jedi (making Luke the last one, I guess), but not a Sith, either.  Instead, she's going to be something new that's a fusing of both.  A Jethi, or whatever (or maybe a Whill, since there's precedent for that).  Literally an entity that has the balance of good and evil within her.

I actually looked up "the Whills" to make sure I was spelling it right and stumbled on this quote from the Force Awakens novelization:
Quote
"First comes the day
Then comes the night.
After the darkness
Shines through the light.
The difference, they say,
Is only made right
By the resolving of gray
Through refined Jedi sight."
―Journal of the Whills, 7:477

For those that don't know, Lucas was originally going to use The Journal of the Whills as a plot device to connect Star Wars to the real world (I really hope they don't do that).

The more I think on this, the more I think there's something here.  I may not have it exactly, but I'm feeling like the ingredients are there.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 16, 2017) - Rising from the dead edition on: April 17, 2017, 02:25:13 PM
I just bought all of the DLC I didn't have in the sale, even though I haven't played in a very long time (and am still at a very low level).
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 16, 2017) - Rising from the dead edition on: April 17, 2017, 05:12:04 AM
BTW, happy birthday, Engine.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 16, 2017) - Rising from the dead edition on: April 16, 2017, 09:22:32 PM
Voodoo Vince and Full Throttle for sure. Maybe Guardians of the Galaxy, though I play those slowly and they always seem to go on sale or pop up for free.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Wars Ep. 8 - The Last Jedi on: April 16, 2017, 04:21:54 PM
I disagree with nearly everything you've said, DR.

I think these 2 new films will age better than the Trek films. I think the female characters have been great. I thought Carrie Fischer's tone was perfect for the emotional state the character was in, and her strained yet lingering connection to Han was apparent in their interactions. I thought Force Awakens was a stronger film overall, but that Rogue One had a killer ending that elevated the sloppy first half. I did think Kylo Ren was too emo, but further viewings have shown the value of that (and how relevant it is to today's clinate). I think he and the other villains were just laying the groundwork and that real payoffs are yet to come.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: April 14, 2017, 05:11:08 PM
Surely this warrants its own thread.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PC/PS4/XB1) Sexy Brutale on: April 11, 2017, 09:27:42 PM
Damnit. I loved Phantom Trick.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PC/PS4) Sexy Brutale on: April 11, 2017, 04:15:21 PM
The title did nothing for me, either (maybe a slightly negative reaction), but the reviews have been intriguing me, too.

It doesn't look like you can get the physical version on Amazon. If I don't find it, I'll wait for a sale.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 9, 2017) on: April 10, 2017, 02:11:57 PM
Even though I've heard it's a little too retro for its own good, I ordered Yooka Laylee.

I might do Cosmic Star Heroine.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 10, 2017, 02:09:17 PM
XBox Hank?
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: April 10, 2017, 02:07:34 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 10, 2017, 01:34:53 PM

Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Trailer

https://youtu.be/v7MGUNV8MxU

That gave me chills, if only because I can't believe they actually got the Zep rights.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 09, 2017, 09:33:03 PM
I thought I read recently that a Sunset Overdrive sequel was happening, but not as an exclusive.

I also never understood why MS didn't lock down Titanfall 2 as an exclusive.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 07, 2017, 03:20:30 PM

Quote from: Canuck on April 07, 2017, 02:58:52 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 07, 2017, 06:49:55 AM

(I never said "surge," so I'm not sure why that's in quotes),

Yes, I'm sorry I think I made that part up! lol
What you said was that Xbox (if they priced Scorpio right) would crush Sony.  That's even farther out there than them surging. I have no doubt that the console itself will do OK.  But it's not going to be a game changer. Won't Xbox have 3 different consoles for developers to try and make perform properly for? That sounds like a lot of work.

Well, I said "crush" only if they undercut the price (putting it in close range of the Switch), but as we've noted, that would be an unlikely price point.  And, again, I'm talking monthly and going forward, though it would eventually close the gap, I think.

I don't think it'll be a game changer for the console landscape, but I think if priced correctly, this console could change the game for Microsoft.  Certainly it would put them back in the game.  I know they see that, but it's just a question of whether they think they can afford the price.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 07, 2017, 02:50:07 PM
There was also talk about bits you could swap in and out for upgrades at one point.  I will be surprised if there's a mid-range model that launches at the same time, just because there's been zero talk about it, but it's not out of the range of possibilities.  It would certainly address the price issue.

Nintendo is getting 3rd party support already (Square Enix just stepped up to say they're all-in on the Switch).  The demand is growing, whether you want one or not.  I've been surprised to see it, myself, but it's definitely happening.

You've been an XBone superfan since before it launched, Purge.  It's great you've found your console of choice, and I'm sure the Scorpio will make it even better, but there's no denying that the PS4 has been the dominant force since they both launched.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 07, 2017, 06:49:55 AM

Quote from: Canuck on April 07, 2017, 01:40:44 AM

I want some of what Bullwinkle is smoking! If this was $400 it would be a miracle. I think even $450 would be pushing it. $500 would be more realistic. Even if it were reasonably priced (and put them into a situation like the original Xbox where they were losing tons of money on every console sold) how would they "surge ahead"  of Sony when they have a similar performing, cheaper console which has a ton more recent, awesome exclusives? Sony is starting to pull away in that regard. Even just the past month you've got Horizon, Nier, Persona 5 without having to go into the older games like Bloodborne, Uncharted and Last of Us. At best,  I think Scorpio will stem the stream of gamers that pick their console based on 1080 vs 900p.

At best?  The "1080 vs 900p" choice is the crux of MS's whole problem this generation.  Sony pulled away at the gate and they haven't had to look back.  Microsoft needs to catch up, and pricing this so only the elite players pick it up isn't going to do it.  Sony's lead is comfortable enough (to say the least) that they can do that.  MS needs a reboot, conceptually, and they need to price accordingly.

PS4 may be reaching a saturation point in sales (again, I haven't seen any numbers on how the Pro is selling), and the XBone never really picked up steam.  It's not a failure, of course, but Sony has outpaced them, and they need to make up the difference.  Again, I think it's unlikely that they'll be able to price this under the PS4, but if they did, they'd have some major traction.  But even if they can keep it competitive with the Pro, it could pull ahead of Sony (I never said "surge," so I'm not sure why that's in quotes), though I think I should clarify I'm talking monthly and then yearly sales.  I'm not saying that a month after release they would sell as many units as Sony has sold to date.  They couldn't make as many units as Sony has sold to date.

Also, the Switch is filling a hotness gap and MS needs to have that in mind, too.  Honestly, I think a major reason this Digital Foundry piece hit when it did is because the Switch is doing better than anticipated, and Microsoft needs to get ahead of the story with their unit, so that they stay in people's minds when they're considering a Nintendo purchase.  A lot of people can't afford more than one console in a year.  Again, I can't imagine they'll be able to match Nintendo's price with their hardware, but there's no question that the Switch is still a factor in pricing.

$500 may be a realistic cost for Scorpio, but it's a dumb price for this timing, no matter what's under the hood.  Their best shot is matching Sony's price (well, their best shot is between Sony and Nintendo, but that doesn't seem likely).
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 06, 2017, 09:38:12 PM
I agree it's unlikely for it to be lower.  But if it's higher, they're making a big mistake, no matter how much is in there.

OTOH, if they do price it lower than the Pro, even a little bit, they can expect to very quickly regain the traction they lost this gen.  

Sony seems to be going after folks who just want a high-falutiner version of what's already out there.  Folks who bought their 4K sets already, so who are tech-forward.  Microsoft should not be going after the same group, IMO.  This will be the console that leapfrogs Sony.  It should be marketed to everyone, because they didn't really get everyone last time.  As a result, they need to be eyeing a masser market than just the people who understand what a terraflop is and know the horsepower's value here.

As I said, in the success of this thing, price will be a key factor.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 06, 2017, 08:26:32 PM
But with the PS4 Pro, the old PS4s aren't invalidated, either, and those are $400.  Plus the even cheaper Switch seems to be doing well in the marketplace.  I think they'll be shooting themselves in the foot with a $500 price tag.

Additionally, though the PC world has been upgrading regularly for years, and the console makers are trying to convince us that they're going for more of a cell phone market, that is not what years of console history has taught the public to expect.  Sure, down the road, this may be the way it is, but it's a sea change now, and they've got to keep that in mind.

I suspect that if MS prices this above Sony's PS4 Pro, they're going to remain in second place for the near future, with a potential slow climb to dominance, but if they price it competitively at $400, they'll quite quickly pull ahead.  And if they can pull off $350 or even $375, they'll crush both Sony and Nintendo for the foreseeable future.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 06, 2017, 04:28:53 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 06, 2017, 04:12:05 PM

I don't see this as 1.5, because I don't think a 2.0 is really coming. I doubt we're going to see massive changes to consoles going forward. I suspect we're going to see platforms not changing the way they used to (Nintendo, for instance, is still in this mindset).

Both Sony and MS have added features and changed UI over the past few years - the Xbox One is unrecognisable from the one announced in 2013. Neither company sets their market up by making money on the hardware, so it's in their best interest to drive towards the keeping their gaming audience without having to rely on dropping old content. There is no need for revolution until something truly disruptive comes along.

Consider how, if this was applied to the Xbox One launch (where 360 games etc still worked as is) how many people wouldn't have jumped ship to Sony. Neither company wants to risk that.

Besides games, the stand-out functions of each console is pretty much on par with each other (yes, even including VR which IMO is still basically a tech demo much like the Kinect was). Those things can still grow in either garden, but other than additional GFLOPs, RAM, etc, there is no complex architecture change.

It's nice to see the extra cost to develop around ESRAM is being put aside with this new tech direction.

Reminds me of PC gaming. Your rig gets more powerful, but your old games (for the most part) still work.

You start by saying you don't see this as 1.5, but then everything else describes it as exactly that.

I understand this is the new face of console development.  My point is entirely about price.  Well, a little bit about personal and marketplace perception, as well.

The PS4 Pro is going for $400.  I have no idea how that's doing in the market.  I don't see myself picking one up because the PS4 was powerful enough when I got it, I don't have a 4K TV, and I'm not made of money.

MS is in a different position, though.  They've been losing the current generation (in fact, a Forbes article I saw this week declared the battle over and MS lost).  A lot of that has to do with their underestimating what people want from otherwise equivalent consoles.  And that is essentially power.   But now they have a chance to topple the throne for the next handful of years.  I'm willing to jump in, and I imagine others are, too (especially those who never bothered when the XBone first came out).  But what will the sweet spot price be?

I imagine the target number for them will be $400.  It's the price for the PS4 Pro, and they want to stay competitive.  But will they be able to afford the loss that entails?  I don't know.  I do know that I have no desire to spend more than $400.  And because they kind of dropped the ball a bit this generation and this seems like a bit of "Let's try that again," an even lower price would make up for it.  Granted, I'll be surprised if that happens, but it's something for them to consider because I know I'm not alone in the perception.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: April 06, 2017, 03:45:46 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 06, 2017, 02:06:36 PM

"THE FORCE AWAKENS: A Bad Lip Reading" (Featuring Mark Hamill as Han Solo)

https://youtu.be/Sv_hGITmNuo

Way too long. Mark Hamill was great, though my favorite was Dark BB-8
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 06, 2017, 03:37:39 PM

Quote from: Punisher on April 06, 2017, 07:13:41 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 03, 2017, 05:30:21 PM


T'Pol's betrayal was pretty annoying, though I suppose it should have been expected.  It really didn't occur to me that she would have linked up with Negan but it makes sense.  What doesn't make sense was just how much Rick was willing to trust them, especially given that he already had Hilltop and Kingdom support so he didn't necessarily need them as much.  
IIRC, Rick didn't know that he had Hilltop or Kingdom support. Those were last minute/episode decisions I believe. In fact, from Rick's POV, I think it was the opposite..he knew he didn't have their support.


I think that's true, too.  In my last post, I was starting to write something about Rick waiting for the support to come before starting the fight.  I realized he couldn't, of course, because Negan surprised him.  But I was going to ask why he didn't stall, but then I stated thinking about it.  For sure, the Hilltop people made the decision to come in that very episode, so there wouldn't have been time to confab with Rick about it.  The Kingdom folks could certainly have sent an envoy to confer with Rick (they had enough time to finish planting in the episode where they decided they were in), but we didn't see it, so it seems unlikely that they did.

None the less, it does seem weird that without knowing when the battle was going to happen, the Kingdom just sent everybody up to Alexandria.  Or maybe that wasn't everybody, who knows?  

Either way, with T'Pol and the TrashiesTM going to the dark side*, they're definitely going to need the help of the Gun Amazons.


*I'm looking forward to the scene next season when Negan is listening to one of the Trashies and says in his bouncy style, "What the fuck is wrong with you people?"
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 06, 2017, 03:25:08 PM
It sounds like they may have pulled off something really special (and learned the lesson, to boot [Sports! TV! KINECT!! Sports!]).

Supposedly form factor will be identical enough to make an easy swap in your entertainment center.

Really, it's going to come down to price.

I suspect MS is going to do some loss leading on this to regain lost ground, but will it be enough?  I'm not willing to pay $600 for Xbox 1.5.  I'm not even sure I'd want to pay $400-$500 for what amounts to something they should have got right the first time.  I do have some money set aside for this, though, so I hope it comes in at a reasonable MSRP.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: April 04, 2017, 04:17:50 PM
I suspect two massive open world games back to back (or concurrently) is going to be exhausting for anyone.  Playing them both can only lead to unfair comparisons.

But Scraper, I'm feeling like something is off in your settings or something if you're having that big of a problem with darkness.  Like, maybe in your Playstation settings.  I had a similar problem at one point with having "Full RGB" on or something.  Maybe its an HDR thing now.  I don't know, but I would look into it.  I haven't had any problems with visibility at night.

The only problem I've had with the HUD is the waypoint setting.  There are two options.  Either the waypoint will guide you, progressively to your destination or it'll just indicated where the destination is in the world.  Neither is ideal.  The guided one often takes you on an unnecessarily circuitous route, while the unguided one can leave you wandering mazes for too long.  Of course, you can switch it on or off as required in the settings, but it's still a bit of a pain in the ass.

The story is a slow burn.  You're not really at the point where things are interesting yet, though you shouldn't be bored, either.  I haven't been reading the stuff I've scanned, for the most part, and I think the story evolves quite nicely.  I wouldn't say reading all of that is a requirement at all.

If you only recently made it out of the starting area, then you've only just started the open world exploration.  There are plenty of areas to sift through and things to find.  That said, you do gain the ability to plop all of the collectibles onto the map (or at least a general vicinity notation).  You could not do that, of course.  Even so, there are people offering side quests lurking out in the world.  You will want to find the campfires to give you more options in fast travel.   Plus, you will need materials before long, and tracking them down can be tricky (witness the elusive racoon some people are having trouble locating, for example).  It is checklist-based gameplay, however.  I haven't played the new Zelda yet, so I can't compare.

In the end, I would say to give it time, but also to not actively be wondering if you enjoy it or not.  I said the story is a slow burn, but that's true for the game, as well.  You'll notice earlier in this thread, we couldn't quite put our fingers on what was so compelling about the game.  On paper, there's nothing that special about it.  It has all the same ingredients as a lot of other games.  But over time you realize that it's blended those ingredients in just the right amounts.  It's a game that's been balanced so carefully that you're likely not to notice how carefully it's been done.  
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 04, 2017, 06:17:40 AM
This was pointed out in a recap:

How, exactly, does the tiger know who is a good guy and who is a bad guy in this melee situation? Did the tiger get some kind of face sheet?
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