Alan Wake Remastered: A great nostalgic trip through a very unique game from 2010. Remaster played well and was pretty. Even though there were six million collectibles, my rating is the same as it was 10 years ago when I experienced it for the first time.
Far Cry 6: I played one insurgency and it soured my opinion of the game quite a bit. So much so that I would rather the rest of the insurgencies sit there and rot rather than even attempt them.
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!: I enjoyed playing this again, such a messed up game hidden behind cute anime girls. Had to fight RNG quite a bit, and the guide was shit which cost me some time. Completion was annoying and the new scenes really didn't add much value.
Forza Horizon 5: Where to start...The good is FH is very fun, and more of the same (which is great). The addition of an accolade leaderboard had me chasing as many as I could, and I cracked the top 500 in the world out of 11 million people. It is also half the reason I was chasing an XSX and probably why I paid a $150 surplus to get one on November 5th when Forza released. I grinded the game to hell and back, got every car, got 100% on promos, got 100% on events, and topped the leaderboard on every stunt except one (which is not possible, you know who you are Mr 349 MPH on a speed zone).
The bad: Online is completely broken, and still is nearly a month later. It makes online unplayable, including Eliminator. Forza arcade was great in FH4 but they butchered it in 5, which led to two unnecessary three hour boosting sessions. The story is pretty awful, more than I remember in 4. Games need to stop being woke and trying to cater to snowflakes, because its embarrassing. Another very awful thing FH has implemented is an auto-ban for liveries. Liveries are one of my favorite things about Forza, and now I can't even use them. I caught a seven day ban and the worst thing I had on any of my cars was a "drive fast eat ass" sticker. Although my ban was for "Child Endangerment" so I don't even know if that sticker was the trigger. Support just ignores you and eventually turned off my ability to create tickets rather than simply tell me what livery/sticker I was banned for. I will NOT be supporting Playground Games after FH5 is done.
Call of the Sea: Had this on my radar for a while and finally knocked it out because it is leaving Gamepass. Also stacked it on Win 10. Was an interesting story and the puzzles were fun/easy. No complaints.
Halo Infinite: "343 Studios, what I've just played is one of the most insanely, idiotic games I've ever experienced. At no point in your predatory, incoherent video game was there anything that could even be considered fun. Everyone in this lobby is now dumber for having played it. I award you zero points out of 10, and may God have mercy on your soul."
But seriously. As a Halo fangirl who has sank literally 7,000+ hours into the series, maybe even more: This game is so fucking awful. I cannot think of a single pro, so I'll just list the cons:
* Very predatory MTX system and season pass.
* Literally everything cool costs money. Literally. Fucking. Everything. Yes, I want that cat ears helmet. No, I am not fucking paying $10 for it. Fuck you 343.
* Season pass is way too fucking grindy. 2,000 games to get to level 100. Sure, I'd love to have Halo be my second job.
* Weekly challenges are fucking awful, forcing you to use so many skips that you run out and consider purchasing more.
* MMR in unranked games, making every single game a sweatfest for decent players.
* Controls and aiming are completely wrong compared to every Halo before it.
* Playlist selection is fucking awful, even in a "beta."
* No nostalgic maps. Hell, there's like 7 maps total and none planned to release alongside the campaign.
* All weapons, except BR & Sniper, feel fucking awful to use.
* Frags are too OP. They encourage being a pussy rather than fighting me 1v1.
* Not enough BRs on any given map when you start with the shit AR and shit Magnum.
* Ranked play goes by MMR instead of, you know, your fucking rank.
* Forced crossplay. Sure, MnK does not have aim assist, but they can fucking crouch spam their way to victory.
* BTB is more boring that watching paint dry for 8 hours.
* No collision amongst players.
* Melee registration is the worst in the history of Halo, if not video games overall.
* Games do not auto start, forcing you to start each time and stay out of menus until they are loading.
* Armor customization is so poor unless you poor money money money into the game.
* Different armor cores, meaning you can't use any armor piece with any armor set. Cool helmet? Can't use it!
* Unlocking the same emblem 3+ times because you get it for your nameplate, spartan, and weapon!! Fucking stupid.
* 10 second respawns means I spend more time staring at my own ass face down on the floor than playing the game.
* Radar is useless and may as well not even exist.
* No slayer playlist. In a game where, you know, you fucking shoot people. Why do we lose every game? Because Puppys sucks at OBJ. Does Puppys want to play OBJ? Fuck no!
Is that enough to justify a 1/10 rating for a series that has defined my life? I hope so. I seriously cannot see how everyone is rating this a 9/10 or 10/10 experience. Now I'm still excited for the campaign, so I will rate it separately. However, the fact that co-op is SIX MONTHS away, I am already taking 2 points off whatever more score will be. Just delay the god damn game rather than releasing a shit fest. With both of my beloved Xbox series sucking ass this December, why even own an Xbox at this point?
Haven: Another game I've had on my radar for a while, pushing it up the queue because it was leaving Gamepass. Short and sweet exploration game with very light turn-based fighting. I enjoyed it a lot, and would love to see more in this world/lore.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy: Never played these on PS1, and after Sly Cooper was a bust I was gonna pass. Pulled the trigger anyway, and its going ok. Completed first two games. Spyro 1 was basically a LEGO game, nothing to write home about. The second game was also peaceful with the exception of a very frustrating boss fight and a very, very, very, very, very frustrating collectible. Almost tossed a controller but decided to murder a pillow instead. Third game is going well, I'm about 50% through it and its my favorite so far. Knock on wood that there isn't anything worth losing a controller over (J/K, unless...)