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What game have  you played recently that really exceeded your expectations? Or even a game that was well below par?

I'm thinking of console games mostly.

 

For me it's defo Assassins Creed Origins, complete overhaul compared to previous games. Spent many hours lost in that game, often admiring it for looks and its bounty of quests to do/level up. Loved it

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7 minutes ago, Duff said:

Firewatch.

 

Loved it but all too short and no replayability.

Haven't actually played it yet but I know I should 

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Prey, absolutely underrated and overlooked gem, was essentially game of the year for me. They are bringing a survival esque DLC out for it and a multiplayer mimic/prop hunt type game mode as well. 

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Sadly enough Euro Truck Simulator 2. Got it years ago and never touched it until recently. Ended up liking it so much I bought all the map expansions and a Logitech G29 with the whole H shifter, pedals setup. Never thought lugging a trailer across Europe could be so satisfying but there you have it. 

 

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Below par - Crash Bandicoot re master - Boy I was excited. 

 

Above average - Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise 😂

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Firewall Zero Hour.

I was expecting it to be a bit of a fad, but its utterly gripped me! 

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Assassin's Creedy Odyssey.  I have been of a fan of these games (on PC) for years.  The level of detail and graphics in Odyssey is amazing, and it has a great storyline and numerous quests.

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Titanfall 2 it is still my all-time favourite game and in my opinion is criminally underrated  

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the wife bought me the new Call Of Duty at Xmas, I don't play videogames much, but the new Battle Royale mode is both awesome😁 & infuriating😠 in equal measures, & that bastard shrinking ring stops me from camping lol.

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5 minutes ago, Tackle said:

that bastard shrinking ring stops me from camping lol.

how dare it do that, its not like that's its job or anything 🤣

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Dayz stand-alone Xbox 

heard tons of bad stuff about it but I love it it’s fantastic but you need people to play with or it’s super hard the game I’m most impressed by tho is insurgency sandstorm pc very well made love it

 

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I'm deployed atm so no online gaming, but I managed to bring my laptop and cludge-bodge together a table so I'm working through a ton of old stuff (6-10 years) that I got for pennies in steam sales over the years but never got around to back home.  Most pleasant surprise by far has been Timeshift, super solid FPS gameplay, cool mechanics and enemies, nice little RPG elements for a linear FPS and a story that you feel should be cliche yet actually just seems to work really well.  Also Fallout 3 quality presentation of lore and backstory in the world, really good.

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