The morning Inbox worries that BioWare’s current woes are not going to have a happy ending, as one reader rates Resident Evil 7 over Resident Evil 2.
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I’m very glad that Sony has finally decided to allow you to change your PSN ID, but I’ve been stuck with my one for so long now I don’t know whether to change it or not. It is kind of lame, but I was playing Overlord at the time and I just ended up calling myself Overlord86 as that was my year of birth. I never particularly liked Overlord but it’s a call name in itself and that was the first thing that came to mind.
I often wonder whether the stories behind other people’s names are just as lame or if I’m the only one that just picked it more or less at random. Maybe a future Hot Topic?
I probably will change it (so don’t add me!) but I’m not that bothered. What does annoy me though is when games use your online name without allowing you to change it. I hate it when games act like your actual name is ‘Overlord86’ or whatever. Or when I have to run around in Destiny with that name, when actually I thought I was supposed to be creating an actual character not just a straight avatar for myself.
A safe bet
While I admit that the attack on single-player games (or rather the profitability of multiplayer) is a worry I have to agree with the reader that pointed out that we’ve been here before. I remember even back in the PlayStation 2 era people were constantly complaining about tacked-on multiplayer, where games would have rubbish split-screen modes that nobody ever played just because they thought it was a necessity.
Then when online shooters became a thing in the next gen everything had to have an online mode, I don’t think it’s much difference now with games as a service. Sure, the profit difference seems to be more extreme but one thing people forget is that the risks of failure from a games as a service title is much more severe. The failure of Anthem would’ve killed a publishers smaller than EA and even Ubisoft will not be happy if The Division 2 has not done as well as hoped.
Fashions come and go but single-player games are the one thing that stays constant. They may never become as commonplace as they used to be again but I don’t believe they’ll ever go away completely. Not only do they have plenty of fans but they’re a safe bet too.
Four different games
Very much enjoyed the indie round-up GC. I didn’t realise Microsoft put these things on but it’s a treet to get some previews of indie games instead of the usual big budget sequels. At this point I’m pretty interested in most of them, especially Void Bastards and Xenosis. Love the fact that Xenosis was just one guy that used to like Alien Breed, even if quitting a cosy job and moving to China seems pretty extreme. Good for him I say, and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on the game.
If you ask me Void Bastards already looks a lot better than Borderlands 3, in terms of the graphics and just trying to do something new. The XCOM comparison seems a bit of a stretch bug again, I’m totally sold on the idea.
I didn’t play Oxenfree but Afterparty sounds good and I even like the look of American Fugitive. Never heard of Amanita before but that’s on my radar too. Four completely different games that don’t have a thing in common. I wonder how likely that would be at a preview event for AAA games? Not very, I’d guess.
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GoldenEye will return
Until that reader mentioned it I’d forgotten how long it’s been since we’ve had a new James Bond game. I doubt there’s any chance they’ll do anything for Craig’s last film but when they cast someone new that’d be a good chance for someone to pick up the licence, wouldn’t it? Especially someone who was Microsoft or Nintendo so that we could finally get a decent GoldenEye remake.
Last year I would’ve said the chances of a Classic Mini N64 were minimal at best because without Rare it’s pointless. But now that Microsoft and Nintendo are best buds it suddenly seems much more likely. But while that means Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Hard Corps, Banjo-Kazooie, and the like are easy to do, GoldenEye still needs the Bond licence.
I’ve waited this long though, so hopefully something can finally be ironed out for this year or next.
I have a bad feeling all this insider info from Kotaku is going to have a very unhappy ending. Morale must’ve already been bad after the launch of Anthem but now that all of BioWare’s laundry is being aired in public it must be absolute rock bottom. I predict more people leaving the company and probably the closure of one or more studios. It almost seems like a mercy killing at this point.
It doesn’t sound like it’s entirely EA’s fault either. Sure, it was their idea to have live service stuff in Dragon Age 4 but it seems BioWare still had a lot of freedom to do what they want and they’ve kind of squandered that, wasting years for no reason if I’m reading the reports right.
To be honest, if I was in charge of EA I’d organise a major shake-up, because it’s obvious things aren’t working out at the moment. Mind you, if I was an EA exec I wouldn’t have bought them in the first place as they’re obviously not a good match for the company. Also I probably won’t be able to live with myself for trying to turn gaming into a commodity more similar to the gambling industry, but that’s another story.
Days to go
With all the talk of single-player games versus multiplayer I don’t see much talk about Days Gone in the Inbox. I know it’s not the most original setting but it is a big budget, open world single-player game and if that’s what people are saying they want more of it’s the sort of game we’ve got to support.
I wouldn’t say that if it was outright bad but as far as I can gather the worst thing is it’s unoriginal. Although I don’t know any other open world games that have 500 hundred zombies on screen at once (well, Dead Rising I guess, but those games are so lame).
I will be very interested to read GC’s review but even from their lukewarm preview I don’t think it’s going to be an outright stinker.
Cats and dogs living together
Didn’t the guy who was all for buying Rare leave Microsoft shortly after the purchase, leaving everyone else wondering why they bothered? Personally I don’t think Nintendo ever should’ve sold them but I’d love to see them buy them back, or at least time share them or something.
I too hope that Microsoft X Nintendo becomes a thing this year. I’ve got a feeling Nintendo won’t really want to do it but even just Cuphead is a bit of a coup for both parties. And if Master Chief, or even just Banjo-Kazooie, was in Smash Bros. I can’t wait to see the reaction videos on those one? It’s going to be mass hysteria!
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7 + 2 = 4
I have just finally got around to playing and completing Resident Evil 7, and I must say, what a great game.
The only reason I decided to purchase and play it was because I bought the Resident Evil 2 remake and enjoyed it, but in my opinion 7 is better. It’s my second fave Resident Evil game, only behind 4.
I loved the atmosphere it created, over half of the game reminded me of a classic horror story akin to Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Devil’s Rejects. The villains were great and I really enjoyed running away from them and the battles against them.
The guns felt great and powerful, the shotgun was so satisfying using from beginning to end. It was really a joy finding Molded to blast.
I loved the inventory management, the scarcity of ammo, and upgrades and finding new powerful weapons.
Even when it moved on from the mansion I loved it. The boat section reminded me of Revelations so had more of a Resident Evil vibe to me.
I was worried about it being first person, but I feel they nailed it. The game isn’t a fluid, fast-paced first person shooter like Call Of Duty or Titanfall, but a slow-paced and slow movement game which suits it so well.
I do hope Capcom continue in this vein, as I know they were disappointed with the sales. Sadly, Resident Evil 6 sold more I believe? They need to continue with this type of game, as Resident Evil is a survival horror. Not an action game.
Playing through this and the Resident Evil 2 remake has made me repurchase Resident Evil 4 on the Xbox One, I look forward to what else they come up with.
GC: Resident Evil 7 wasn’t a sales disappointment, it’s just it hit its expectations rather than exceeding them.
Void Bastards is officially the best name for a video game ever. Unless the reviews are terrible it’s already sold me based just on that.
To be fair to EA I’m not even sure what parts of the Star Wars sequels would even make a good game. I mean who wants to recreate the Battle of Crait or the stupid spaceship battle at the beginning? They weren’t even proper action scenes.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Ishi, who asks what’s the best VR experience you’ve ever had?
With even Nintendo now embracing virtual reality we want to know whether you’ve ever played VR on a modern console or PC and what you thought of it. Were you impressed by the technology and what did you think of the games you played?
What’s your favourite VR game and how much does that have to do with the virtual reality experience alone and how much to do with the gameplay? How close do you think VR is to being mainstream and do you think companies should put more or less emphasis on it than they currently do?
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