Figured I'd start this thread since I fired it up last night for about 90 min.
Its...a mixed bag.
To start off with something good, the game looks rather pretty and the effects are poppin. I opted to run it in performance mode to get that 60fps and it still looks pretty enough for me. The raytracing and other improvements are noticeable, however 30fps is a no go for me when possible. I don't want to say the world feels empty but it feels...sparse.
The combat is easily the highlight. Its a pretty involved system which threw me off at first. It takes a bit for things to sink in. You have a lot of stuff to switch between and it doesn't always feel intuitive. And you'll likely acquire more skills in the future. Your basically spending most of your time figuring out enemy weaknesses so you can attack accordingly. You also have a defensive set of skills that you can utilize to help you attack, as well as create some status effects. Messing around with the different powers is pretty fun. The abilities are actually separate wheels that are tied to a certain power that you have to manually switch between. Each one has a set of offensive and defensive skills. I like this as it gives each power more variety so you're not just spamming the same move for different powers. I remember playing the Valkyrie Elysium demo and something about the combat in general reminded me a little of it, but its been awhile.
I only did a few activities but it was mostly introducing some new enemies in your standard fight this mob scenario. I did a bigger one where you just had to defend villagers from mobs for 4 minutes. Nothing special. I'm sure it gets better in this respect.
So, traversal. This is where I get a lot more down on the game. The world just isn't that much fun to glide through and the climbing is awkward. There are also a lot of grapple points you can use to get up to areas and they work fine. Maybe you get some other skills as you progress which I hope is the case.
I don't remember anything I read or heard from the story at this point and the dialogue is mostly as annoying as you remember.
I'm gonna play some more tonight and see how I feel. I do really like the combat. I'll likely be back with further thoughts.
Cheers, for now.
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