Monday, October 5, 2015

The crush

Rationally, I know that the 'Coming Soon' list filling up is a good thing and that it happens every year at this time. More games come out all at once than it is possible to play and the subsequent backlog will keep me entertained through the long, boring months of summer. Still, my anxiety does rise when I think about how I am less than a third of the way through Mad Max, have yet to touch Forza 6, there are two JRPGs coming out in quick succession and to top it off Rock Band 4 comes out tomorrow.

So in the face of this hideous bounty, what did I do last night? I spent three hours downloading as much of the old Rock Band DLC as I could. Songs that I forgot I had, songs that I purchased and played once, if it was available and I owned it, I wanted it back. Not everything made it: nothing from Rock Band, Rock Band 2, Lego Rock Band or Rock Band Blitz can be downloaded. This leaves some glaring gaps, most notably no Bohemian Rhapsody, which is a tragedy. Also Blood Sugar Sex Magic is just gone. The entire album has been removed. I don't even like it all that much but the sting of 'wasted' money cannot be ignored.

Perhaps it will not be as easy to retire the Xbox 360 after all.


I have had little to say about Mad Max because I feel just a tad hypocritical for liking it as much as I do. What I like about it are some of the exact same things that I did not like about MGSV - the side missions and how many there are. Mad Max is full of side missions, to the point that I play it the same way as I would an Assassin's Creed game: discover new zone, empty it, move plot along only when necessary. It works it Mad Max because, while many of the tasks remain the same, the locations are always different. Even the most basic task, raiding an encampment for scrap, remains interesting when done for the hundredth time because the camps themselves are always different. The game does not revisit old locations ad naseum with different objectives. The preserves the all important feel of progression. It feels like I am getting something done because it is in a new place.

Is Mad Max as good of a game as MGSV? Probably not. But what I am doing as any given moment, be that attacking a caravan in my spiky car or murdering war boys for their silverware collections, is always enjoyable. That is more than I can say for MGSV.

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