The morning Inbox tries to imagine Days Gone with aliens, as one reader wonders if an open world will make Rage 2 a hit.
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Interesting Reader’s Feature about E3 the other week. For me, I’m most interested in seeing whether Bethesda will fast track the reveal of The Elder Scrolls VI. The original plan was clearly not to show it this year but there’s now a good chance they will to win back the fans.
What I’m really interested in though is some details about how exactly the game will work. I know we’ll be flooded with promises about how great the graphics are but is the game going to be even more dumbed down than Skyrim? We’ve come a long way from Morrowind and with each new sequel the role-playing has become more and more simple.
They’re still good games, I’m not saying that, but if this trend continues they’re going to end up as straight action games before too long. If Bethesda really want to make amends they’ll promised more depth and options. I wouldn’t care anything about the graphics if they said that.
Disappointing but not unsurprising to find that Borderlands 3 is basically exactly the same as it used to be. Although I do like the idea of the different planets to visit, which seems to be the only major change. I’m not sure Borderlands was ever that unique that it has to stick exactly to what came before but I am glad it hasn’t transformed itself into another Destiny style games as a service.
Surprised because I’m sure it’d make more money that way, but I’m not going to complain. What I also don’t understand though is that if they aren’t changing much why was there such a long wait since the last one? Not that it really matters I suppose but so much of the games industry doesn’t seem to make sense and that bothers me.
Speaking of Destiny isn’t it strange how that game has just completely fallen out of the conversation? I don’t hear anyone talking about it nowadays and it seems so long ago now that it came out or anyone was excited about it. Plus, I hear Anthem is already running out of matchmaking players. Tricky business this loot shooter lark.
I realise that Microsoft is a business and needs to make money, and while it is true we are getting games free from them every month, am I alone in thinking that this month’s Games with Gold choices for the Xbox Live platform is abysmal. The recent announcement of the price increase of Xbox Live costs doesn’t help matters either and considering the choices haven’t been the greatest it does make me wonder if June will even be worth having the free games at all.
Sadly, this problem has been going on for years and the one game I must admit that I’d like to see offered with Games with Gold is Dead Rising 3 or possibly another game that hasn’t yet been offered. I honestly thought vast improvements would have been made but it feels to me that every month we aren’t really getting as good as we could have.
I am hopeful Microsoft will eventually surprise people, but the way things are going, and unless we get much better free games, this programme will eventually fail.
gaz be rotten (gamertag)
GC: You are not alone. Many have commented that this month’s selection is especially bad.
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Cuphead continues to amaze. After an arduous 80 something attempts I’ve finally vanquished the formidable King Dice! What a Herculean feat that was. Rarely if ever had my rote-learning faculty been pushed to the limit studying and responding accordingly to the succession of marvellously animated mini-bosses.
Your parrying and dash skills need to be firing on all cylinders in order to surmount those pesky procession of cards at the end! Hands down the hardest boss rush battle I’ve ever had the painful pleasure of experiencing. And this whole level is surely a glorious homage to Gunstar Heroes’ Dice Palace, because it’s pure Treasure.
What a rush of epic proportions. If you thought the boss rush sections in Super Contra, Viewtiful Joe, Devil May Cry 3, Alien Soldier, Gradius V et al. were prohibitively hard then you haven’t seen anything yet. Such an ambitious and gruelling gauntlet.
Next stop: hell is hot, the devil shall be (eventually) dropped!
Open to more
I’m curious to see how Rage 2 is going to do now after Days Gone proved that open world games are still super popular. I’ve not heard much hype about it, but it’s always looked good in the trailers and I like the fact that it’s not taking itself too seriously (something that put me off Days Gone).
Although I’ll probably get it if the reviews good I suspect it’ll probably be a bit of flop. I’m not sure it’s a good idea to make sequels of games so long after they were out if they weren’t that great. Most people are just going to say, ‘What was Rage 1?’ and probably not bother. Or at least that’s the impression I’ve got from talking to friends about it.
Open worlds are great but we need to get away from ‘American city’ and ‘post-apocalyptic wasteland’, and ‘fantasy world’. I think that must account for pretty much every game so far but surely there’s more that could be done, particularly in terms of sci-fi and the natural world.
I’m only a few hours into Days Gone but so far really impressed by it. It may not be scary as such, but it has moments of genuine tension. Especially when hiding from the zombie hordes and it looks amazing.
It’s also given me an additional thought back to a Hot Topic from a few weeks ago, the one about ideal licensed game. Whilst I’m enjoying the story and setting I think it would work so much better as an alien invasion rather than a viral outbreak. You could still have the hoards and nests and all the human encampments trying to fight back and rebuild civilisation but it would allow far more scope in enemies, weapons, locations, e.g. alien mother ship. In essence a video game version of the Falling Skies TV show. I may be wrong but I can’t think any game, other than strategy titles like XCOM, with a similar setting so would avoid the ‘genre fatigue’ too.
I thought Falling Skies was a decent but nothing spectacular TV show. Days Gone has made me think it could make a great game. Hopefully Sony Bend do something along these lines for a sequel.
Was an update for Mortal Kombat 11 yesterday, apologising for the difficulty on the Towers of Time and promising a fix, with 500 hearts, 1,000 time crystals, 1,000 soul fragments, and 500,000 koins!
Now they are tough… but they’re not that tough!
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A broken clock
Devil’s advocate time.
Palmer Luckey statements are seldom a source of wisdom but he was bang on on one thing. If you gave away VR for free it probably wouldn’t be used by enough people to be truly mass market.
On that basis, I can understand (to some extent) why Valve have gone so OTT on price. It is trying to advance the hardware and is selling to enthusiasts who probably spend over a grand on a graphics card anyway.
The Oculus Rift S seems to be an odd product that should sell to enthusiasts but has some odd choices to keep the price down which makes it unlikely to appeal enough for current owners of the Rift to upgrade. No need for sensors is great but the resolution upgrade is minor and the audio looks awful.
The reason that VR is even a thing is because of the advances in miniaturisation of components thanks to mobile phone technology, but this seems to have plateaued so it is hard to see the next leap forward.
The one thing I am curious about is Stadia. If (and it’s a big if) they can get 8K at high framerates which they hinted at then maybe they can produce a standalone headset with two wide 4K displays which would give a wide field of view in a headset that isn’t too bulky. You would need great broadband but many people have nowadays. It still wouldn’t be as mass market as a console but it could hugely improve VR using physical technology that is available.
I’d love if this Subverse porn game ended up being better than Mass Effect: Andromeda. Now that would be embarrassing!
Curious to hear what you think about Detective Pikachu and if this is really going to crank the Pokémon hype up to another level. Will you be doing a review?
GC: Not a review, but we’ll write something up about it. The embargo has moved to Friday now, not next week.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Purple Ranger, who asks what is the best PlayStation exclusive ever?
With Days Gone receiving mixed reviews but strong sales we want to know what you think is the best exclusive released on any PlayStation console, from 1 to 4 and including the portables. Anything is eligible as long as it was a PlayStation console exclusive at some point – it doesn’t matter if Sony themselves published it or not.
Why do you like the game so much and do you feel it was important to the success of the host console? Did it make any special use of the console’s unique features and how did it compare to other exclusives of the same period? (We’ll be running similar Hot Topics on Microsoft and Nintendo games in the future.)
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