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Still looking forward to it. I've liked everything else CDPR has put out, so I expect I'll like Cyberpunk. Despite all the marketing and hype, it sounds like the game is exactly what I was expecting all along. The choice and consequence stuff, along with the impressive branching quest design is 90% of what I'm excited for. The trans representation issue undoubtedly sucks, I've also long accepted that video games are usually pretty trash regarding queer representation in general, so I guess it's just on par with my expectations. I don't know, I'm gay and I had a lot of fun with Persona 5, despite some really gross depictions of gay men, and the unforgivable choice to not let me choose Yusuke as a romance option. I guess I'm just numb to it. The labour stuff pisses me off, but I played RDR2 and any number of AAA games that I'm sure ground their devs into the dirt, also no ethical consumption yada yada.

All the problems are definitely really bad, but they're also something the games industry at large is guilty of. Cyberpunk, unfortunately, compounds it all into one product. I get why people are put off by it all, though. I continue to support any attempts for mass unionization in the industry, which hopefully both helps the devs, and maybe takes away some of the power the shitty toxic dudes in charge have over all aspects of development. I hope to someday see a CDPR game free of the influence of whoever thought it was a good idea to put dildos everywhere or create the in-game "mix it up" ads.

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Personally, I got bored with the first game, found there wasn't enough going on and I stopped playing by the time I got to the late game. I've only just started messing around with Endless Space 2 and it's everything I wanted the first game to be. There's a ton of really cool systems going on, and I'm having a lot of fun learning them. So I wouldn't personally recommend the first game. THAT BEING SAID, if you're still new to the genre, you might enjoy it. I've put a lot of time into games like Civ III and V with multiple expansions installed and dabbled in some Paradox games, so what I'm looking for in terms of systems might send a new player running and screaming.

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If that one podcast Bianca was on is any indication, she seems like an awesome person. Congrats to them both!

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Someone in the thread said a cruise ship, and I can't believe I didn't think of that. Those things have everything, casinos, fancy restaurants, bars, clubs, pool areas, not to mention all the crew areas hidden from the public. Make it a really elaborate cruise ship and you can include all kinds of crazy crap like ice rinks or mini golf courses.

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The Olympics or some other type of sporting event where you have to take out an athlete.

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Now that I actually know what the game is, I'm interested in playing it. Before it was too vague.

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@pyrodactyl: I'm not surprised. Ever since I read about the reshoots to make it funnier, I figured this could end up being another mess by committee.

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I feel like even the worst Marvel movies are merely mediocre and forgettable. They're still decently assembled blockbusters, they just fall flat. BvS was fundamentally broken in a way nothing Marvel Studios has put out has been. It's not that they're "too dark" it's that they feel like a room full of producers wrote down as many "successful movies ideas" on a whiteboard as they could, and forced them all in.

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Neuromancer and Snow Crash are both mandatory reads if you're at all interested in Cyberpunk.

Edit: Oh, I didn't read you post properly. When you finish those, I've heard Diamond Age is also very good.

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All the games I've loved this year have been so long that I've kind of given up on trying to keep up. Although, come late December/Early January, I'm sure I'll start cramming on all the movies I didn't catch.