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Outer Wilds review: this feels different

Outer Wilds is one of those games that was perpetually in my backlog. I knew I’d love it. I had that sort of gut feeling about it – the kind of feeling that goes beyond the tricky pull of every game’s coverage cycle. And yet, I stayed in the comfort zone of Destiny 2 and various other multiplayer games. But you just can’t mainline Destiny 2 forever, especially as a solo player.

At this point you can play Outer Wilds on every system except the Nintendo Switch (a port is in development). I’ve never had an experience quite like playing Mobius Digital’s ambitious blend of different genres, but I also know that some people would find themselves bored to death or frustrated by the game.

I don’t want to dive too deep into the inner workings of Outer Wilds. It’s a game where the less you know the better. The asking price is more than fair, and has great sales regardless of your platform. And while it just left Game Pass for the second time, I’d be willing to bet that it will return.

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Forza Horizon 4 review – still incredible in 2021 and beyond

sunset drive forza horizon 4

In many ways, Forza Horizon 4 has been the culmination of my favorite aspects of the racing genre. I’ve never dove off into the sea of hardcore sims, but at this point in my life I’ve poured over a 1000 hours into a mixture of simcade and arcade racers.

What started with the early era of Gran Turismo on the PS1 soon gave way to various Need for Speed entries, Project Gotham Racing, early Forza games, and a smattering of games in between.

To say the genre clicks with me would be an understatement, and above all, the ability to jump right in and play has always spoken to me. I’d call the Forza Horizon series a sort of open world spiritual successor to the PGR series, but what Playground Games ultimately does better than anyone else is provide the means for immediate driving fun.

Forza Horizon 4 is accessibility done right – an experience that appeals equally to fans of the genre and those completely new.

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