IIRC, when I downloaded State of Decay 2 the setting up files period took so long I thought it froze, but then it worked out. I think I even quit out and restarted it at one point, but hit the same thing.
Windows Store has actually been getting better, though. Their web store now lets you actually filter PC-compatible Game Pass games, a feature that had been mystifyingly absent back when State of Decay 2 released.
Yeah, I have the same story. I got Black Flag when it came out because idk pirates are cool I guess, but only played for about an hour after gettingt he boat and then went and found a youtube compilation of all the sea shanties and never played it again.
My worry about Odyssey, as someone who loved Origins partly because of how seriously it took the process of recreating Ancient Egypt (and who found reading a book on Egyptian mythology, listening to Egyptian history podcasts, constantly pausing the game to research something, etc. basically an extension of the game experience): because Ancient Greece has been done more, because there are certain tropes that have just come to dominate how stories about Ancient Greece are told (to the point that the announcement trailer had a dumb 300 kick in it), and because this is a new team that might not happen to have the same priorities, Odyssey is going to be a step back in terms of attention to detail, authenticity, and focus on history.
(That might be the longest sentence I’ve ever written.)
And that would be such a shame. Origins really, really shined with the history side of things, probably far more than any of the other games, and that was very promising for the series. Plus, a game set in Ancient Greece being given that same treatment would just be fantastic.
We’ll see. I’ll just be disappointed if Odyssey doesn’t inspire me to go on a massive Ancient Greece binge. Or if it just feels like another one of those stories. Origins stood out. It both had an interactive museum quality and brought to life aspects of Egyptian history that are often underemphasized. It had a meaningful perspective.
Anyway, all that said, my prediction is that Odyssey will be a step back and I’ll get super into it anyway.