Starfield 1.7.33 Update: and so it starts

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It’s incredible the state Starfield launched in when you stack it up against both prior Bethesda releases and games launches like Cyberpunk 2077. Things just work for the most part. Sure, I’ve seen my fair share of floating rocks (geodes?) and wonkiness with AI, but nothing game busting. And look, there’s over 1000 planets so it’s probably going to take a little time to full iron out the procedural generation.

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60 Hz is quite alright for gaming (yes, really)

60 Hz might be good enough for you if:

  • You’re a casual fan (you play a few hours a week at most)
  • You aren’t deeply invested in competitive multiplayer
  • You’re just getting into gaming
  • High refresh rate displays are outside your budget (FOMO be damned)

Jumping into Modern Warfare II at 120 FPS for the first time was an absolutely wild experience. I felt in control in a way I never had before. In fact, it felt like I was never really in control playing games like Call of Duty or Halo Infinite when playing at 60 FPS prior. In some ways, it was more game changing than other huge tech advancements I had experienced in the past – moving Windows to an SSD or experiencing high definition for the first time.

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Halo Infinite finally hits its stride with Season 4: Infection

For as much hype as Halo Infinite generated on release, 343 has been in a state of perpetual catch up since. I couldn’t believe the way the development team had nailed it – mixing the old with the new – to bring the best Halo game since the Bungie years. And this is what hurt the most. Halo Infinite was (and is) an incredible game, but its lack of content has always been a reminder of ruined potential.

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The Division 2 has got the mood

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Ever since taking a break with Destiny 2 I’ve been missing having a “dick around” shooter. The Division 2 seemed like the perfect fit being featured in a recent Xbox sale – tons of exploration, solo viable, and plenty of legitimately new content to enjoy before hopping onto an inevitable hamster wheel. The Destiny 2 hamster wheel is fun, but things get stale without breaks.

I originally tried it out on PS4, and I’m almost positive it was a free PS Plus game at the time. The only problem is that it was closer to the peak of the pandemic frenzy so it played a little too close to home at the time what with the narrative setup of the game.

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Top 8 Current and Upcoming Games Like Destiny

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Initially released in 2014, Destiny was a massive commercial success from the start and spawned an unstoppable infatuation with the shared world shooter genre, a twist on old roots that publishers are still chasing to this day.

While the vanilla version of Bungie’s follow up to the Halo franchise was marked with countless flaws, it was also something players could lose hundreds of hours to alongside friends.

For many, it was the first taste of an MMO-esque formula, and the endless hunt for loot both competitively and cooperatively left millions wanting more. Below are some of the best games like Destiny and Destiny 2 to while you wait out a lull in content (or maybe you’re finally ready to move on).

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Dragon Missing in the West

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Besides a lack of content, one of the most popular issues players have with recent loot games like the Destiny franchise and The Division is a lack of depth and unrewarding loop of progression. In the case of Destiny, the first game was by no means a killer in terms of complexity, and with its sequel, Bungie felt it necessary to further drive home simplicity in favor of fun.

And then came along Monster Hunter World. It showed that freedom could flourish, and that leaving players to their own devices was something to celebrate, not squash.

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Next Battlefield Game Could Be Bad Company 3

There’s a rumor floating around that the next entry in the Battlefield, an FPS that essentially simulates warfare for those unaware, is to be the third entry in the Bad Company series.

The latest title, Battlefield 1, is still very healthy online (just today it had 50k players during peak according to BF1Stats.com) but many are keen on a new, more modern sequel.

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