Yesss Forspoken! I genuinely had the same reaction as Tim did when Brandon called it out. It makes me so happy to see others proselytize that game. It’s legitimately interesting and deserved far better treatment then it got. Easily a top game of last year.
It was the most fun I’ve had in an open world AAA action game since Ys 9 Monstrum Nox, and took me out of a funk I was in, being unable to really enjoy more critically acclaimed games like Death’s Standing, ToTK, Elden Ring, FFXVI, Horizon Forbidden West, etc. They all bored me for one reason or another and the tactile feel is less enjoyable. In those open worlds the “video game” elements interrupted the flow state far too often in those games, and Forspoken is paced weirdly well once you get past the opening. Those games are like trying to drink a dairy queen blizzard with a straw, while Forspoken is like getting a milkshake at a diner that’s been open 24/7 for the last 70 years. It goes down smooth (maybe a little watery but smooth)
MovingCastles I wonder how much of this Forspoken bad dialogue discourse is tied up with Marvel fatigue typical online attitudes towards Whedonisms.
I have about 50,000 words I want to write up about what specifically went wrong with this game but don’t have time to write it up yet.