So I recently played through Mad Max, and I know it didn't really set Metacritic on fire but I really loved it. At the time I played it, the only film I'd seen was Fury Road (like I'd imagine a lot of people, haha), but since then I've seen both the first film and Beyond Thunderdome (still looking for The Road Warrior and the game's really faithful to the series. I think it was to Mad Max what Red Dead Redemption was to Westerns, or Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was to the Golden Age of Piracy. Yeah it's a bit repetitive, but I had a blast driving around the wasteland and taking out fortresses, f*cking up convoys, exploring old ruins, and other Mad Max-y things, and I liked the story too. It's pretty bare-bones for a while, but I liked how it was lean and mean and actually really gelled well with the sandbox formula. You spend most of the game looking to upgrade your car, and pretty much everything you do ties into that goal. And when the story kicked into gear later on, it really worked for me.
I've also been playing Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and still loving it, even on solo. I can perfectly understand how a lot of longtime fans were let down, as even if I haven't played any of the others, it still feels like a departure from the rest of the series. But I'm taking it as a third-person Far Cry on steroids mixed with Watch Dogs, and it's completely working for me. And the map's still blowing my mind. I went down to the heavily forested section in the southeast, and holy sh*t, it's the forest I wanted from GTA V but never got.
And hey, speaking of which... I've started up a new playthrough of GTA V, and this time I'm really gonna aim to finish it on XB1 and get 100%. Maybe it's because we're approaching the game's fourth anniversary (HOLY SH*T I can't believe this game is that old and I remember going to the midnight release like it was yesterday and I saw a grey hair in the mirror the other day dammit), but I'm feeling nostalgic and hungry for GTA V. But one thing I've noticed about this game after getting into The Fast and the Furious series is that it actually feels quite a bit like that series, especially if you do Franklin's street races. The Los Angeles setting, street racing, how it starts out fairly grounded but winds up having you fly a car out of a plane, chasing a train on a motorcycle and other assorted action/espionage missions (like how the series has changed over time), the mix of action and humor, I'm getting major The Fast and the Furious vibes. It's not the Breaking Bad/Heat tone I wanted, but hey, I really like The Fast and the Furious, so whatever.