The good, the bad and the explosive today:
Cauldron Sigma, sure it looks pretty but playing was an exercise in frustration - fire vent to get cover? OK, do that - fire at vent, vent stays closed. Bastard. Had I not gotten a lot better with tripwires the Bellowback would have been much harder, but it was still a crappy experience. (Also used a tripwire or two on the Shellwalker)
The excavation site - this ended up being a pain the ass due to one of the corruptors just doing random crap, no pattern or anything - the other? Walked into 4 explosive tripwires.
Oh and when this game ambushes you, it doesn't do it by halves, just about survived a Snapmaw ambush - which wasn't helped by Aloy not doing a Critical Hit when prompted, another time it was Stormbird + Snapmaws! Yeah, stuff that, I legged it.
Most of the good has been fun with explosive tripwires - it's hugely fun to watch a Sawtooth top itself by walking into a set of wires, 3-4 does it! Took out a load of Forelegs with sneaky electric arrows to the power cells.
A big coup was surviving taking out a Thunderwing! Bunch of Carja turned up to run interference, I managed to knock off its disc launchers, grabbed one and near-killed it - had I known where the other launcher was it would have been over far faster! As it was, it was very satisfying blowing a monsyer robo T-Rex to crap, with its own weapon, then melee'd it to death. Yes, a Thunderwing, a near-death one yes, but still.
So, I took on a Snapjaw pack - set up a brace of protective explosive trips near my position, double fire shot the blaze canisters, then one walked into a tripwire. So did another, the third must have still had its blaze canisters intact and walked into a couple because the entire horizon behind Aloy just went up in flame! It was a big boom - so peaked over the hill to check if anything was still active- nope, just fire and dead robos.
Getting some more Shadow weaponry does make quite the difference to Aloy's arsenal. Also pulled off some headshots when going after Olin. Also killed Zaid and saved Nakoa - bye bye bastard.
Meridian is suitably impressive too. Have racked up just over 30 hours and am Lv 28.
It is quite funny watching a punch-up: A pair of Ravagers decided to kill the guards and their Watchers outside the excavation site, so I watched the show, let the Ravagers go off and then went and looted it all!