Games Inbox: Nintendo’s E3 Direct, Watch Dogs Legion, and Xbox Game Pass

Today’s inbox mulls over Nintendo’s E3 showing, while one reader is particularly impressed by Watch Dogs Legion.

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Cor Blimey

Have to say, with the exception of the forced aggressive cockney accents, I was satisfied with Watch Dogs Legion and the reveal trailer and how the capital was portrayed. Kind of interesting to note in a dystopian anarchy state clearly the tube lines and bus routes were still functioning. I liked the look of what was seen of Westminster and bits of Camden.

It did lead me to think how the size of the city will be managed, of what was seen if you use public transport to zip around to different boroughs will negate that somewhat, kind of similar to what Dragon Age Inquisition did allowing the exploration of different areas from a centralised hub. Of course could be completely wrong and they are going with their normal huge open world plan.

I’ll pick it up, have explored historical and present day London so excited for ‘the future’ no matter how bleak it seems. Although with the level of swearing, rubbish weather and gangs patrolling unchecked kind of seems like typical rush hour really.

Anon

SC: We believe Watch Dogs 2 condensed the city of San Francisco so all the landmarks were wedged closer together, so we imagine a similar situation might happen with London. Although we’re hoping for a chance to run wild with a spider drone in Peckham Wetherspoons.

 

We have a winner

Thank the E3 lords for Nintendo. I was ready to write off this year’s showing as a disappointment (with a few exceptions in Watch Dogs Legion, Doom Eternal, and Keanu Reeves) but their presentation was one of their best in years.

All the things we expected looked great (Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansion, Smash Bros characters), and they threw some cool surprises on top too with Breath Of The Wild 2, No More Heroes 3 and The Witcher 3 port.

I also appreciated the humour, something the likes of Microsoft and Bethesda could certainly learn from when it comes to charm. It helps it’s pre-recorded, of course, but Nintendo are proving it’s far more beneficial to have a broadcast over a stage show. Bravo!

Steve22

SC: Maybe we’ve misunderstood Bowser all along. Bring on the reign of King Koopa!

 

Games Pass convert

My word, that upgrade offer to move to Games Pass ultimate is ridiculously generous.

It just saved me about £250 based on the monthly cost (£180 in reality as I would use the 6 month prepaid codes rather than pay monthly), but I guess Microsoft have just bought me as a customer for the next gen.

I don’t feel the need to upgrade anytime soon and it certainly means the PS5 would have to be doing something special for me to even consider getting it anytime soon.

Irve77 (gamertag/psnid)

 

Witch Time

The Blair Witch survival horror game felt random to me at first, but the more I think about it, the more it’s simply the next step in the wave of classic horror movies getting a second wind in video games, like Friday the 13th and Alien. 

It’s made me think what other old horror films I’d like to see turned into a game. I’m still surprised Nightmare On Elm Street hasn’t received some sort of game spin, especially based off the third film Dream Warriors with a co-op aspect against a dream manipulator of sorts. 

Even Exorcism films come be brought to life in some VR experience these days, even if it might be a little too twisted for some. I’ll take Blair Witch though, even if it does look exactly like Outlast. 

Stuart4

SC: A VR Exorcism experience sounds genuinely quite brilliant/horrifying. We’ll secretly hope and pray no game developer’s are listening. 

 

Haters assemble

Am I the only one who is on board with the Marvel’s Avengers game? I understand people being slightly put out by not having the movie cast voices in there, but it makes sense if they’re going to build an entirely new Marvel gaming universe.

I’m holding some judgement back until we see proper gameplay, but I’m excited by the prospect of this carving out a story in step with the comics – or doing something entirely new we haven’t seen before. There was a Tony Stark before Robert Downey Jr, people. Get over it.

PS. If they don’t make a playable Rocket Raccoon. I take all this back.

UnstoppableG

SC: Rocket? Pfft. It’s time Korg got his moment in the spotlight. 

 

The Switcher

While I was initially excited about playing The Witcher 3 on Switch, I’ve started to think about it more and can’t help but feel it’s going to be a painful experience.

The Witcher 3 already isn’t the best when it comes to combat, but the idea of playing it on the move is already making my hands twitch. I know you can play it docked, but why would I choose to buy it on Switch if I was going to play it sat at home? Unless a Switch is your only console, of course.

The game is also huge, and considering the downgrades for DOOM and Wolfenstein in graphical fidelity, I’m not convinced it’ll run all that well, or there’ll be some major hits to the open world.

I would love for someone to prove me wrong, but considering how cheap The Witcher 3 is elsewhere now, I’m not sure there’s much reason to get excited about a port on Switch.

Dean

 

Inbox also-rans

I think anyone who claims to be an influencer should be inhumanely put down. It’s such an offensively inane and vacuous thing to claim to be.

But please don’t let me influence anyone with my thoughts.

Chris

I think everyone’s been a bit harsh on this year’s E3. Keanu Reeves? Jon Bernthal? Bowser in a tie? Spoilt, all of ye.

Anon

 

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