The morning Inbox tries decide between PlayStation VR and Oculus Quest, as one reader wonders if they should play Resident Evil 6.
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Best worst game
Couldn’t help but nod in agreement with the reader talking about the dire state of Sonic games today. Which is probably set to get even worse since Sonic Mania didn’t do that great but Team Sonic Racing seems to have been a surprise success. It then got me thinking of what the worst Sonic game is and, while it’s a contested field I think the 2006 game called just Sonic The Hedgehog has got to be the ‘winner’.
For those lucky souls that haven’t played it, it’s basically a new Sonic Adventure game but somehow much, much worse. You hardly ever play as Sonic and the level design, controls, and camera are so bad it almost seems like they must have made it that way on purpose. Then there’s all the bugs and glitches and the fact that the game stops to load what seems like every few seconds, for no reason!
But then I began to realise that it’s not only the worst Sonic game but probably the worst game of any kind I’ve ever played. I know from previous Hot Topics that that’s not something a lot of people talk about but I’m happy to admit I wasted money on the game if it means getting to warn other people off it. I mean, I doubt most people have played Superman 64 so I am curious what other people’s worst game, that they’ve really played is.
So, there’s a lot of speculation over Splinter Cell and Watch Dogs 3 but I can’t say I’m too interested in either of those games. But I am desperate to see what Square Enix’s Avengers game is going to be like. Do you know if it will be there GC or what the chances of it being there are?
I was a little worried that this E3 would be a dull one, with Sony being there, but between two hours for Microsoft’s event and lots of other rumours I’m hoping it will be fun anyway. A lot will depend on whether Nintendo make an effort too, but with a Pokémon Nintendo Direct next week as well, that kind of implies they’ve got a lot to show that isn’t that. So that’s promising.
Add in hopeful surprises from Bethesda, maybe a new FromSoftware game, and hands-on with the new Star Wars game and I think it could be a good one, even if it’s not a classic.
GC: We honestly don’t know for sure, but we’re willing to bet it will be there.
The next hurdle
Interesting to see Sony stumble slightly trying to turn The London Heist into a full game. I think this is going to be a problem for a lot of VR games in the future, where they lose the excuse of being a tech demo and yet still aren’t really ‘proper’ games. I love The London Heist, but I’m really struggling to justify spending all that money on a five hour game with not much replay value. But like I say I think that’s going to be the next hurdle for VR games, as they master the technology but then have to make sure there’s substance to the game.
By the sounds of it Astro Bot is still the king of that and I really hope we hear about a sequel or follow-up as soon as possible. I think the big difference with that, compared to most VR games, is it actually takes some skill to complete. Maybe not that much, if you’re good at platforms, but from what GC’s review of Blood & Truth said it sounds like it was very easy, which I’ve found is the case with most VR games. They’re more like fairground rides really, that want you to see everything, and don’t want you to get stuck.
Once they get over that hang-up though I think the future might finally be here.
I just discovered that the brilliant Tetris Battle Drop, which I was fiercely addicted to a few years ago, is to be removed after May 31 from Facebook Gameroom, where it has languished fairly unknown as far as I am aware. This game features sublime mouse control and excellent use of bombs.
A problem is that if the cursor (which you are not looking at) leaves the play area you suddenly lose all control – using browser magnification helps with this, as does familiarity. Without setting up a live opponent you work your way up the ranking by playing recorded styles of absent opponents – I made around rank 750 before taking a long break, as I was over-addicted really.
It is free to play, with ads, which were always cheap to remove at monthly rate. You can turn the music off but not the annoying brass fanfares. It would be a terrible waste if this game does not resurface somewhere to get the appreciation it deserves. It is also an iPad exclusive (grrr) tablet game but only local multiplayer I believe (on one iPad with ingenious split screen). Only three days left to play on Facebook Gameroom!
GC: If it helps Tetris 99 on Switch is very good, and the most fun we’ve had with Tetris in years.
Has GC seen the rumours about The Witcher 3 coming to Switch? Sounds crazy but lots of people seem to think it’s real, even though I don’t see how it could work. I know all the reasons for the Switch being underpowered, and I’d still rather have it as it is, but I can’t help but imagine what things would be like if it was as powerful as the other consoles and had the same multiformat games.
It’d be like the SNES days again, where Nintendo has everything plus their own games. Or imagine if they were the most powerful console as well, which they were with the N64. At that point would you even need any of the other consoles? Before this gen I would’ve said no but Sony has really stepped up their game with their own exclusives on the PlayStation 4 and they justify buying the console on their own now. It’s sobering to think it took them four generations to get to that position though and Microsoft are essentially starting from scratch again…
GC: The Witcher 3 on Switch seems impossible to us, unless it was a streaming-only release like Resident Evil 7 in Japan. But we don’t think Nintendo has the infrastructure for that in the West.
One before six
RE: Your favourite Resident Evil game. This is a timely topic for me, as I’ve recently been playing a lot of Resident Evil. In the last few months, my girlfriend and I had a great time playing through Resident Evil 5 and Revelations 2. I’ve also just finished Resident Evil 7 and am now playing through Resident Evil 2 remake.
I think what makes the series so great is that it is constantly evolving. 7 is genuinely terrifying, with some parts reminding me of Korean horror films and others the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 5 is great fun when you play with a friend. The first Revelations is probably one of my favourite 3DS games.
My favourite might still be Resident Evil 4, however. I’ve played through it multiple times, and it still stands the test of time.
My recent Resident Evil binge has got me curious to try out the remaining games. I’m content to wait for the (hopefully) inevitable remakes of 3 and CODE: Veronica. In the meantime, does GC think it’s worth checking out 6 and the HD remake of the original? I know you criticised 6 heavily on release, but for £10, worth a punt?
Long time reader, keep up the great work.
GC: We’d absolutely try the remake of the original, it’s still one of our favourite entries. Resident Evil 6 is almost worthless though. It was terrible at the time and we’d hate to think how badly it’s aged.
Free this week
RiME is currently free on Epic Store until 30 May. Then City Of Brass is free from 30 May onwards. Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons on Switch has a co-op mode for two players, so if you struggled playing two characters at
once you can now play with a friend instead.
It’s a great game, I completed it on the Xbox 360 when it first came out, it is a bit like Ico.
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Knife edge decision
RE: Hubert and choosing between PlayStation VR or Oculus Quest. That’s a tough one. I think you’d be deciding between PlayStation VR’s superior catalogue of games against the better VR experience of the Quest.
The Quest’s far better resolution, especially if you don’t have a Pro which will offer increased sharpness over the PlayStation 4 base model; far superior motion-tracking; and ability to further pull you into the VR experience by being wireless are huge pluses over PlayStation VR. A game that both platforms share will be a better experience on the Quest even if there is a slight graphical downgrade over PlayStation VR.
The downside is that not being tethered to powerful base hardware means some games just won’t be achievable on the Quest. For instance, No Man’s Sky gets a VR patch soon for PlayStation VR and PC. Is that game possible on Quest? if so will it be stripped back to inch of its life to do so?
PlayStation VR does have the better games for me though, with Sony giving it strong support, and of course it’ll run on PlayStation 5, so it is future-proofed a little. But the wires are troublesome, the resolution is good but not great, and the motion-tracking is sub-standard. Not to mention that the motion controllers are really expensive still, at £60 to £70.
As either choice means compromising, I’d say wait until PlayStation VR 2 or Quest 2. But both are a long way off and current gen VR is a really fun even in its early stage. So, I think if the choice were mine I would probably go for the Quest. I think it’s worth sacrificing potentially more complex games like No Man’s Sky for the significantly immersion enhancing trio of better motion-tracking, higher resolution, and wireless free complete freedom of movement. Tough one though.
GC: That sounds about right to us. Although we’d probably advise waiting to see how regularly Quest gets new games before making any decision.
Are you reviewing Trover Saves The Universe? Do you know when embargo lifts?
GC: Our review should be up before the end of the week.
Any progress on this email business, GC? I miss not always having the evening Inbox.
GC: We’re hoping it’ll be confirmed fixed by the time you read this. Although, ironically, we’ve got two pre-E3 press events to go to today, so we wouldn’t have had time until tomorrow anyway.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was inspired by reader Purple Ranger, who asks what is the best Nintendo exclusive ever?
Following similar topics for the best PlayStation and Xbox exclusives we want to know what you think is the best exclusive released on any Nintendo console. That includes portable and home formats, such as the NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, Switch, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, DS, and 3DS. Anything is eligible as long as it was a Nintendo exclusive at some point – it doesn’t matter if Nintendo 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?
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