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I'm loving all the Jeff and Brad QLs, but it's just a damn shame these games are all turning out to be massive bummers. And it sounds like that same lack of enthusiasm will be present for The Division 2 QL. And if Jeff has to cover Days Gone - a game I'm not even excited for and I fucking love zombies - I think we all know how that'll turn out.

It's a real inauspicious start to the year, that's for sure. I'm anticipating an indie-heavy GotY list for 2019.

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An unambitious, more tedious, less interesting reskinned Crackdown. Soooo...Crackdown 2²?

Of all the games from which they could've taken inspiration or just outright copied, Crackdown was easily the worst choice. This shit would've been dated even had it been released in 2014. That's the same year Sunset Overdrive came out and, regardless of how you felt about that game, it still had waaaaay more going for it than Crackdown 3 even bothers to attempt, and it's a year after Saint's Row IV, the game that basically made Crackdown completely irrelevant. After watching the QL and reading the review, I honestly can't understand why the hell this game even exists.

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@dryker said:

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Will Smith!! (The only one that matters, really.) Perfect for a discussion about a new Battle Royale game.

I don't listen to/watch the Bombcast much these days, but I always check to see if they have a guest that makes it worth the investment of my time. Will Smith will always be worth the investment.

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Fifteen minutes in and I realized I couldn't give less of a shit about this game. I'll be so glad when the battle royale thing goes away (or more accurately, since we all know it's not going anywhere, it fades into the background and becomes just another multiplayer mode I can ignore rather than the entire core of a game). I swear, I keep expecting the announcement that Borderlands 3 has been cancelled in favor of creating Borderlands Royale.

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@north6: I'd love for Anthem to be amazing - prior to seeing this and the other footage that's out there, I was really excited for the game I thought Anthem was going to be - but I'm not optimistic. This has, at best, 3-star mediocrity written all over it - assuming it doesn't launch as a buggy, broken mess.

And, sadly, I'm not sure the blame can be put entirely on EA anymore. Yeah, I can absolutely see the suits at EA going to BioWare and telling them, "We need a Destiny. You guys had some success with that Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, and we made money on those microtransactions. How about you stretch that into a Destiny-like and we crank those microtransactions to 11? Get on it." While the nature of that game loop might not allow for the most satisfying of stories, BioWare should've been able to blow Destiny out of the water in terms of creating an engrossing environment, a world that feels both lived in and alive, and populating it with characters with whom you always look forward to interacting, NPCs you want to build relationships with - and while I don't mean that in the Mass Effect 'let's fuck' sort of relationships, they could've done that, too - because they're so well-written that you actually have feelings about them, from wanting to grab a beer with them to wanting to kick them out a damn window. BioWare should've been able to give players what Destiny lacks: an immersive world and memorable characters in which they can feel invested, rather than semi-open world battle arenas and vendors/mission givers whose dialogue can be largely ignored if not outright skipped.

Anthem should be all the best elements of Balder's Gate, Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age and Mass Effect meshed with the addictive game loop of a loot shooter. I'm just not seeing that. This doesn't even look like a BioWare game. Well...maybe if EA had BioWare do an Army of Two game. Set in the future. In space.

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This is just fucking depressing as hell... You know that "I think it's time" feeling you get from seeing your beloved pet start sleeping a lot, eating less, having no enthusiasm for play, and there's no sparkle left in its eyes? That's the vibe I get from BioWare these days. I love you BioWare, we've had a lot of great years together and I don't think you'll ever understand how grateful I am to have had you in my life. I wish I could hold onto you forever, because I'd love for you to go on making games for the rest of my life, but that's selfish and irresponsible, and I don't want you to suffer. So...I think it's time.

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I just can't do another pixel/retro art Metroidvania - and I fucking love Metroidvania games. I'm just burned out on that style.

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@protome: Thank you! I should have remembered it was Destiny. (I kept thinking it was Fallout 4, but distinctly remembered Austin and Brad fighting Jeff every step of the way to keep it off the "Most Disappointing" list.) Still seems crazy to me that they'd allow a game on both lists, though.

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Maybe someone with a longer/better memory can help, but...didn't Jeff, in an older GotY discussion, argue that they couldn't have a game that was on both the "Most Disappointing" and "Game of the Year" lists? That being on the former should, by all rights, prevent it from being on the latter? (I mean, I guess if it was a truly shit year and it was nothing but disappointing games then compromises would have to be made.) I didn't watch any of the GotY stuff, so...how did Red Dead Redemption 2 end up on both lists?

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It's like if StarFox, No Man's Sky and Destiny got together for a Devil's Triangle...which, as I understand it, is apparently some sort of drinking game.