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Whoa there hombre, I never said "it's going to be great"
I'll define what I'm saying when I say things like 'the feel', what I mean by that is the holistic sense of where the game seems
to be going which is based on many things: including my own vast gaming experience, samoan hunter's intuition and data mining over various sources like here, GAF (where I'm posting as much as here) and the varied games media outposts in the wild west that is the interwebs.
You will note that I'm always careful to use the words 'seems' and 'could' in my seemingly hype* laden delights: as it would be crazy to claim something is GOTY after a cinematic in-engine trailer lol...but I do think we have gotten a bit scared of getting excited for things around here. These video games brother, they are joy in a box and as such that is how I like my lead-ups to games I'm interested in to be, filled with fun/anticipation/community based excitement...if you will.
It's definitely smart to be cautious when a previous developers game has burnt gamers in the past, and I guess I don't put that on paper as much as I should/could...but I definitely have reservations with games just like the rest, I do mostly focus on what I see as positives from the get-go though as is my way. Games will/have burnt me in the past (FFXV sticks out in my head as a prime example) and I also feel the pain when a game doesn't quite deliver (Andromeda comes to mind, although I am thoroughly enjoying the game), so it's good that we have people in here that pump up games but also keep expectations in check - I see good balance in GP, it's a bit like the Jedi/Sith
In terms of upcoming games, when it's a new Star Wars, BioWare, CDPR, Bungie, Souls, Bethesda, Obsidian, Final Fantasy etc..(mine/many peoples excitement machines) game coming out, I get pumped as ****.... my question now is, surely the following both enhance an enthusiast community: interested yet cautious with a 'we'll wait and see' mindset, and a mindset based in excitement and educated anticipation, which for me is half the fun of video games. The community feel
(maybe I'm a full blown hippie, I keep using that word) leading up to a game's release and the discussion based around it is literally where I derive half of the fun of our hobby from, theorycrafting and discussion is nearly as good as shooting Rebel scum in the face IMO
* The use of the word hype
here denotes my excitement for a game, not hyperbolic statement, which is obviously bad. I will continue to use the word hype since it's like...one of my words lol, but let it be known from this day forward: it means 'I'm pumped for this game!' not 'holy shit guys this is already GOTY, best game ev4r, must pre-order now even if there isn't a way to pull out risk free since **** my wallet son!'