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Ok, hi nobody on the internet who will ever read this. I'd never played a pre-5 MGS and after watching this series I'm fine with that. I only started playing MGS 5 years after release due to having a crap PC at the time, and loved it, though I'd only played it up to just before 31 (Sahelanthropus) for time reasons. And recently watching this series I've loved experiencing 1-4 via Drew as I don't think I'd have the patience, and it gave context to a lot of the story stuff in 5. So it's incredibly annoying this close to the end after watching all of 1-4 and most of 5 back to back to have to choose whether or not to bother finishing this series because the hosts clearly don't want to be there. Especially Dan, who's infectious giggly excitement about every aspect of doing this whole series has helped keep me wanting to go through it, even in the face of an occasionally visibly disenchanted Drew. Now he sits there barely awake, "whatever"ing his way through it all. And I don't believe for a second it's because his opinion on the game has changed - he said as much - he'll always think his play-through was a fantastic time. He's clearly just bored with it and can't be bothered to muster the enthusiasm he fostered in me as a viewer earlier in the series to make the rest of it not feel like a slog. Makes it hard to want to buy into anything he makes in future, though since this was apparently his favourite series of all maybe there'd never be such a long-running one again anyway. I realise this has been a long game (as much as this play-through is obviously not relative to many peoples') in a very long series but it does a disservice to anyone who ever found themselves invested in the content he makes partly due to his enthusiasm and encouragement. I feels like about 10 episodes before this they should have announced it just wasn't fun anymore and it was drawing to a close.

And yes, "move on, it's not important in the grand scheme of things" people, I get it. But they set out the stall, and I was happy to line up and keep buying, but they've already left. And also, yes, this is a 3/4 year old series - it's just a real shame to one of GB's better long running things peter out in such an unfulfilling way. If this pointless rant to no one ever achieves anything I hope it's as a reminder that a) if you have a fun ongoing series people will get invested in it, and b) if you drag that series out past the point where you can even pretend to appear interested it leaves a sour taste on the whole thing.

Of course I can go finish it myself and see the remaining story beats, but I *was* enjoying them uncover them. A real shame.

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Watching this whole series back I didn't remember Drew whinging so much as he does and calling anything he didn't understand, failed to do, or wasn't patient enough to do 'obnoxious'. Obviously I'm posting this for absolutely no one's benefit at all several years on, but hey... after rewatching 4 and a bit full game playthroughs with that same M.O. I'm allowing myself a complaint to no one.

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Has it *really* been 6 months since the last one of these? Urgh... that sense of time passing more quickly as you get older...

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@jimmyoct87 said:

Vinny and Brad, the team up I didn't know I needed.

Yeah, I always thought they worked well together - similar kinds of nerd (in a nice way) in many ways. It's a combo I'd love more. @brad, @vinny :)

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@vinny said:

Thanks for the feedback. It's probably the compressor I put on to raise up the gameplay since it was a bit lower in the mix this episode. As long as it's not actually clipping and distorting is my main concern. Thanks again.

Yes, it just sounds compressed. I don't believe your mics are clipping but obviously we're hearing less dynamic range so I think we're just hearing different rather than broken. I kinda like the clarity it's brought to this mix, but fine either way.

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@asakusa_a18 said:

Yeah, my memories of enjoying Mass Effect 1/2 were right along with Vinny's - loved 1, *really* loved 2. But watching this play out makes me realise I forgot how much I missed my original crew once I got into 2. Never played Zaeed - don't seem to have missed much, Jack always made my eyes roll, and the thief is boring. Jacob's really dull too. Grunt and Mordin save it, and I enjoyed Miranda though they've not done much with her so far.

I feel like there's less of an cohesive overarching threat than I remember - just a nebulous "uh oh, Collectors" - makes it feel like a load of grinding space business, less achieving a galactically important goal. But maybe it's still early, I can't remember that either :p

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This launched pretty damn buggy, but the potential was still clear. The devs have been very attentive, responsive and have been updating quickly, and communicating well. As much as I'd crave any kind of save feature at all (it only saves at the end of an up to hour long chapter automatically, unless you screw up and are intentionally funnelled into the next phase without what would have been helpful information), it's great.

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Unlike some other commenters, I like watching Alex scan planets. I scan the hell outta everything when I play.

I agree, I always found that relaxing and satisfying to do but, particularly if the episodes remain shorter I'd rather not watch it for a large proportion of them.

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I'll watch this in the morning. Too many sudden "AAAH!" way louder than the talking for late night viewing. Wtb a compressor.

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@vinny I was shouting (well, ok, calmly mumbling) "Tango and Cash" for FUBAR, then you said it. Nailed it. These kids and their Private Ryans. ;)