A lot of negativity and skepticism over the direction of ResidentEvil 7 is not unexpected. I don't particularly enjoy walking sims myself,not much action for my taste, so I'm actually pretty lukewarm on the idea. However, sometimes coming in at the height or tail end of a genre or trend, aka Horror Themed Walking Sims, can make for better games.
I put off gaming for a week and just spent my free time reading and watching tv for a change. I live in Southern California and we're in the middle of Summer and heat waves make it miserable to play games indoors, especially PC games, since I don't have AC, preferably, and I spend more time outdoors anyway during the summer anyway.
Xenoblade Chronicles X I've put about 50 hours into the game and forced myself to take a break. I can't remember the last time a game kept me immersed and unable to quit since maybe Witcher 3. I would not compare the two in any way aside from the time sink they both require. I don't even think some of the bad reviews for X were wrong. It is definitely built around old school level grinding, but it is oh so perty though. I feel like I've barely scratched the surface and I still need to understand the depth of combat and weapons options. I also want to play more of it, but a good break never hurt any game. I think taking a hiatus from a good game makes it feel fresh and new again when you pick it up again.
I took screenshots of Xenoblade X on WiiU. Thought I might post them instead of generic images from internet. I tried to be artsy. **Please note that after the first image which is a cut scene, most of the pictures are from the sand continent Oblivia, which is the emptiest area in the game. However, there are much more colorful areas to photograph which I will follow up on later.