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I have been really enjoying this as well! Looking forward to finally finishing it off. Thanks for the review!

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Thanks for the blog! I never did check out Last Guardian (haven't been using my PS4 very much lately).

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Loved this game on Switch but I hit a boss or two that I just couldn't get past, so I stopped! I should try again on stream maybe since I have it on PC.

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Thanks to everyone doing awesome stuff!

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Not counting the loot overhaul, which affects the base game as well, this looks like more of the same. Which is perfectly fine by me. Like Rorie said, the core combat in this game is super satisfying, so I'm fine with exploring a new area, playing with a few new skills, and checking out the new dungeons.

Also, this was a really good QL. Lots of great info condensed into a pretty short time.

Thanks! I wanted to keep it fairly brief since it is really kind of more Division, which, as you said, it kind of rad in and of itself.

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@nasher27 said:

I'm like Jeff, played a bit at launch and sputtered out around level 23, and now this expansion is making me want to finish the main game. The most noticeable change/improvement since launch is definitely the skill changes, most skills don't completely suck now and actually feel useful (pulse in particular). The gear changes aren't super noticeable tbh, it's good that I can actually tell what the red/blue/yellow bonuses do for me (which I remember being really vague before), but I don't see why they won't change the actual gear scoring system.

Every other game like this has gear with a single number to look at, to quickly compare if a new drop better/worse than what you have equipped. Armor is more or less treated this way (with the armor value), but identifying which weapons are superior is still a pain in the ass. Which is better, a sniper with 22k damage, a shotgun with 13k damage, an assault rifle with 2k damage, or a rifle with 5k damage? Who knows! The only way to accurately discern this is to go and waste 10 minutes trying out different weapons at the shooting range, give me a break. I get that there's a lot that goes into weapon damage (actual damage value, ROF, magazine size, range, gear bonuses, etc.), but just give me a single damage number that I can use to compare like every other game on the market.

Does it actually affect my enjoyment of the game? Not really, because you get drops often enough while leveling such that min/maxing isn't super necessary (like Rorie said in the video). However, it's still annoying to hear them use the term "Gear 2.0" despite the fact that they haven't fixed the biggest problem with the gear system since launch.

Yeah I talk about that a bit more at the very end. Definitely one of the weirder parts of the game. Makes me kind of miss FFXIV's one button "equip best gear" button. I get that there's a lot more variety of actions in TD2 but it's a bit overwhelming sometimes!

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Rorie with the incredibly rare livestream BR win!

I did it!

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@djredbat said:

@ahifi: Well said, the good games will start to pick up next month with Nioh 2, Persona 5 Royal, RE 3, FF7 and Last of Us 2. Call me crazy but I prefer QL's with Vinny in them, I was hoping the lack of QL's from East meant they were busy recording Mass Alex but I have a bad feeling its not going to happen its been so long since they ended 2.

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@ben1842 said:

I'm not against the content itself I just find solo streams to be boring. For me personally the fun of Giant Bomb is the interactions of the group. Solo streaming just seems low rent like any old Youtube streamer. Which again is personal taste, but It's just not my cup of tea. Even if everything about this was the same but Vinny or Alex, etc were there to just ask questions and enjoy the fun of the game with you I feel like it would be much more interesting (for me). If something fun or funny happens on a solo stream it's missing the fun of everyone seeing and reacting to it together. Imagine if the Kerbal project Beast had just been Vinny. Would it be fine?.... Sure. Would it be as good as Austin yelling VINNY!!!? not for me at least.

I think it's important to keep in mind that solo streams like this are intended for when people have a little free time and aren't going to supersede bigger shows. It's obviously perfectly fine to prefer multi-host shows (I would suspect that most people do like more hosts, honestly), but if I'm at home and want to play some Magic with community members and archive it, we'd obviously never cancel UPF for something like that. So this is simply more stuff which hopefully can be seen as a good thing in general even if it's not personally for you.