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Starfield is a weird one. Started off really enjoying it but the more I played the more the flaws started to show and wear on me. That being said, my final play time is almost 100 hours so it definitely did enough right to get me to keep playing.
To make a long review short, basically any of the procedural stuff like the random point of interests on planets and the mission board quests get very repetitive very early, and the menu travel really becomes a bore after 50 hours lol. Going from quest to quest is fine for the most part but there is some charm lost by missing out on that sense of exploration you'd get in fallout or skyrim. The companions are fine individually but the game really suffers from them all basically being the same morally good people, theres no variety in them in terms of how they react to your decisions.
As for the positives, the hand crafted side quests are quality bethesda so you'll enjoy those. The gunplay is also surprisingly good and the world is very detailed with its items and weapons and I like how the skills are setup. When you stumble across a planet with a colony of cloned people or a spaceship filled with people from earth who were in cryo sleep, thats when you get that bethesda feeling. As for the main quest, hard to say much without spoilers but it was decently interesting up until the very end for me personally.
Is it weird that playing this has made me want to prioritize finally playing New Vegas? lol
All the pieces of Rain Code truly came together in the last two chapters for me. I debated whether to give it a 4 or 4.5 but I think with its consistency, music, aesthetic, characters, and plot, its strengths overcome the few weaknesses it has to justify the higher score.
If you liked Danganronpa I think its safe to assume you'll like raincode. The only reason you wouldn't is if you really can't stand the idea of a Miu x Monokuma style character being with you at all times cause thats basically what Shinigami is but I loved it and her eventual arc so it was fine by me. I don't think the characters of rain code will hit the personal highs a lot of people will have for various dango characters, but they also won't hit the lows of characters you despise, they are just consistently good at their role as allies/enemies/suspects. The protagonist Yuma is also probably the most fleshed out protagonist from out of any of these type of games I've played and honestly Shinigami is probably second.
Out of all the chunsoft games from this same vein, dango/Ai/zero escape etc, this probably has my favorite gameplay section after danganronpas class trials. While I think there was room for more mini game variety in the mystery labyrinths and the hallway walks were a bit annoying, what we got was good and reminded me a lot of the trials which I really enjoyed.
Speaking of trials, the mysteries of each chapter are pretty good here, like the dango games, some are better than others, but really theres only one weak one here in the 5 or 6 available. And while the overall plots mystery probably isn't as well sprinkled throughout the game as it is in other chunsoft games, it does come full circle in a way thats better than any of the others. In a weird way its the most fucked up but also the most likely/believable plots of any of those games lol.
This is realistically closer to a 4 or a 4.5 but I'm fine with letting my bias for this character cover the few blemishes the game has. I forgot how fucking hard Yuris acting goes in that last mission of the game and following cutscenes, hopefully he gets to do more of that in 2.