bit the bullet and pulled the trigger on Returnal.
can't decide if it's the best game i've ever played or worst on account of the levels of FFFFFFUUUUUUUU!!1! it induces. the fact that runs aren't dependent on a constant internet connection is a huge relief. being able to nope out for a bit and come back mid-run is tolerable considering there's no meaningful checkpointing.
wiped on the 1st boss about 50 times, first timed the 2nd.
my nerves are absolutely fucking shot.