The morning Inbox thinks Sony should make more multiplayer exclusives, as one reader is surprised God Of War hasn’t sold more.
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Raiders of the back catalogue
Woah, woah, what? Capcom are bringing back Alien Vs. Predator? I know we’ve had a lot of unexpected comebacks over the years but that one has got to be up there. My only problem with the rumour of a mini-console is the price but in theory I’m totally up for it. Capcom has such an amazing backlog of games and so few of them are even remembered anymore.
Progear is a fantastic shmup that only MAME heads will know but it was doing bullet hell before bullet hell was even a thing. Hopefully this will have plenty of other classics, including Ghosts ‘N Goblins, Commando, 1943, Cadillacs And Dinosaurs (almost as good as Alien Vs. Predator in my book), U.N. Squadron, Forgotten Worlds and, you guessed it, Power Stone!
I guess it boils down to what is your favourite Capcom arcade game, really. But there’s so many to choose from I hope they really go for it. Seriously, I hope this thing, whatever it is, is absolutely stuffed with games. For £200 it better be, although I can’t believe there won’t be a cheaper or console version of it as well. I’ll definitely be waiting on some good news come 3pm.
I can completely understand what the reader is talking about when he says video game stories don’t register with him. I really enjoy Call Of Duty campaigns but the stories are just background noise to me. I realise that Call Of Duty isn’t really trying to be anything clever but they do put a lot of work into the campaigns and I always find they’re really enjoyable.
One of the few that has made me pay full attention recently though is Metro Exodus, which I’ve really enjoyed. It’s actually quite similar to Call Of Duty in many ways but spends that little bit more on story and, importantly, has quiet moments when you can just chat to other characters and work out what’s going on.
Anything more action-packed than that though and I don’t think it really matters. You just get your mission orders and strap yourself in. Or at least that’s the way I see it. I mean some people take the stories in Mortal Kombat and whatever seriously so I guess it’s whatever your poison is.
It’s a late Easter this year but in studying my calendar for what I’m going to do after it I can’t help but notice that we are drifting very close to E3 in June now. I know there’s no point asking GC for any rumours, as if they did know they wouldn’t be allowed to say, but are you already in contact with companies and organising interviews, etc.?
I’d love to go for E3 but I’m well aware this year might be a bit of letdown and maybe the format from now on. I hope note though. I love the thrill of the whole games industry all being in the same place at once, trying to outdo each other with big announcements.
The only problem with it is that everything always leaks out so early. So not only do you have E3 you have E2 (do you see what I did there?) two weeks early where everything is spoiled thanks to Walmart, some spod with the worst phone camera known to man, and a bunch of hackers with too much time on their hands. It’s a shame but I guess that’s the Internet for you.
GC: We generally start making appointments in May, but this year is atypical before it’s even started so we’ll have to see.
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A useful failure
With all the talk about single-player only games at the time I think it’s interesting that we’ve had our first hint that Sony is about to make a multiplayer exclusive for the first time in a don’t know where – if this stuff about a new game from Guerrilla Games game is true.
I doubt they’re going to remain single-player only next gen and to be honest I don’t really understand why they have this time, even though I’m totally fine with it. If Days Gone doesn’t do so well, at least compared to their other games, then I think they’re probably going to try and distance themselves from any talk of a ‘Sony formula’ and diversify a bit.
This is something every company should be done and it’s just as silly for Microsoft to be only making multiplayer games. I’ve noticed before that Microsoft’s rhetoric is often very similar to EA, it’s just they usually pull back from going full-on evil. So if EA has realised that single-player can be good then Microsoft can as well? Especially as some of their new studios don’t seem to have much experience with multiplayer.
The Xbox One’s sales flop and the potential failure of Days Gone could be the best for both companies in terms of not always relying on the same thing.
So, Mortal Kombat 11 is out in about a week now. Currently I am on the precipice of taking back my second Divine Beast in Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. I’ve also done a number of shrines and side quests.
Here is my question: do you think I can complete Breath Of The Wild before Mortal Kombat 11 comes through my letterbox? I want to do some of the more meaty side quests as well, like getting the Master Sword and some more shrines. Though maybe not all of them and most definitely not all of the Korok seeds just yet. What do you think? Doable? Or will that be too much of a rush?
GC: That really depends on how many hours a week you’re spending on it. It’s certainly not a game we’d want to rush, especially for a fighter that’s likely to be played in spurts anyway.
Seeing the Light Side
I feel really bad for Amy Hennig for how EA treated her project. To tell her and her team that what they were doing was not keeping step with modern games (even though they hired to her to make it) then find out two years later that another team were basically making exactly the same kind of game for exactly the same licence seems like a real kick in the teeth.
I know there reports that it was being poorly managed and whatever but I’m not sure that wasn’t spin. I don’t see how the maker of Uncharted suddenly becomes some uncoordinated ditz. Of course I’m glad that EA has seen the light but I’m sure it won’t be long before their back to their old ways.
I really liked the Reader’s Feature at the weekend about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It was one of the best written ones I’ve seen in a while and also really got to the heart of what makes a good game, at least for me. The really best games are something that can completely consume your senses until you really do feel you’re in the game yourself.
I don’t mean in terms of literal immersion and VR and all that, but the feeling that everything you’re thinking and doing at that time is all about the game and nothing else. I imagine it’s similar to playing a sport and motorsports, so that you’re completely in the zone and it’s like nothing else exists.
I guess to some people that could sound like a bad thing but I think there are only a very few games that can take over that completely based purely on their gameplay and Sekiro is definitely one of them.
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Long term profits
I think Sony were laying it on a bit thick with that God Of War video but can’t blame them for being happy with the response. I was surprised it sold so little though, for what I thought was a really big game. Obviously circa 6 million is a lot but given the hype I thought it’d be at least twice that by now.
With GTA V doing 100 million it really does pale into comparison. I know that’s multiformat, etc., etc. but even so. What did other Sony exclusives, like Marvel’s Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn do? I always figured 20 million was the sort of mark for really successful game so I am surprised that God Of War is never going to get that high.
Goes to show that Sony are making it in part as a prestige project, which is good of them but I always worry with that situation that support for it can quickly change with a downturn in sales or change of manager. Not that I have any doubt there’ll be a God Of War 2.
GC: Spider-Man is somewhere in the region of 9 million, Horizon Zero Dawn is around 10 million. To get to 20 million you really have to be either multiformat or something that’s out at the beginning of a console’s life and a consistent seller all through it. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will probably make it, for example, but is currently only on 15 million.
Love the thought of this big Capcom reveal. Whatever kind of retro thing it is I hope it’s so they can gauge what games people are interested in for a revamp. Bionic Commando, baby!
Any chance of a Snooker 19 review?
GC: We’re afraid not.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Carnie, who asks what’s your dream licensed video game?
Games based on movies, TV shows, comics, and other existing properties have seen something of a resurgence in recent months, particularly with Star Wars and Marvel, but what video game would you most want to see made based on something that already exists? Whether it’s James Bond or Hellboy let us know what kind of game it’d be and if you have a dream developer you’d like to see work on it.
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