Games Inbox: Call Of Duty Battle Royale theory, PlayStation Direct, and Quantum Break defence
The evening Inbox wonders when the world will have had enough of GTA V, as one reader is pleased to hear about the return of V-Rally.
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Lesser of two evils
I’ve always found Activision to be far the more tolerable of the two, out of them an EA. Activision are big and cynical but unlike EA they’re fairly honest. There’s no pretence they’re in it for the love of gaming (even though I’m sure many of their developers are) and while they’re happy to bleed punters for every penny they’ve got they’re rarely underhand about it.
As they said themselves, they’re not exactly slow to take advantage of a trend either and I’m not at all surprised to find them planning a Battle Royale game.
My guess would be that it’ll be in both Destiny and Call Of Duty. But Bungie seem to take ages to get themselves in gear, so I’d more inclined to think that what they are thinking about is some kind of Cal Of Duty spin-off. Maybe even a free one, just like Fornite.
Call Of Duty Battle Royale sounds like a licence to print money if ever I heard it, and I’d actually welcome it because the gunplay in both PUBG and Fortnite really isn’t anything to write home about and that would be something beneficial that Activision could actually bring to the table.
RE: Xane and ‘I don’t have an Xbox One so I haven’t played Quantum Break, but it never looked as impressive, just… good.’
Game was gorgeous-looking, even on the relatively underpowered original Xbox One.
Game looked stunning on PC and was a hardware-melting piece of software, requiring serious kit to run it.
The lighting on the game was phenomenal.
I also thought was a whole lot of fun too, to be honest. One of my favourites this gen, although ultimately a little hollow.
Hard to love
I wish Sony had a PlayStation Direct, it will give us a better idea of how the games are coming along and a better understanding of how Sony are as a company.
I want to love them as much as I did during the early PlayStation days but they seem to be lacking in personality. Maybe they found it so easy to sell PlayStation 4s, and they have plenty of third party support, that they feel there’s no point in being as entertaining as Nintendo.
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I almost got excited there about a new GTA V edition, but sounds like it’s basically just a new box. I had no idea that DLC was so expensive though so I guess that is a decent bonus, although I bet the price doesn’t go down on the game overall. Or at least not officially.
I’m really not sure where Rockstar go from here. I love Grand Theft Auto V but I’d had enough of it two years ago. Whichhis absolutely no slight on the game but I’d had my fill. But apparently the rest of the world feels differently and so I’m forced to wait, what? Two, three years at least for a new game?
There’s Red Dead Redemption II of course, and I am looking forward to it, but it’s not the same game. I’m not surprised they’re going to add Battle Royal, because let’s be honest the historical setting does limit what else you can do in terms of multiplayer.
Rally good news
Very happy to see a rally game coming to the Switch. I must say I missed V-Rally, as I was addicted to the Colin McRae games as a toddler. Hoping it’s a good one.
With that and Onrush coming out this year, things are looking rosy for the racing genre.
Although I admit Alan Wake is a underrated game I’m afraid I’m going to have to go with the boring answer and say that Uncharted 3 is the best-looking game of the last gen. I know it’s an obvious choice but Naughty Dog really can do magic with their games and The Last Of Us is just as good.
On a technical level I guess you could make an argument for Killzone 3, but it’s such a drab boring game in terms of both gameplay and art design that I just don’t think it can count. Nobody remembers it now and I don’t think it had any impact other than convincing Guerrilla to make the much more interesting Horizon Zero Dawn.
In fact I’d go as far as to say that with Horizon Guerilla became one of the most improved developers of all time. At the same time I’d say that, despite what I’ve said, Naughty Dog are probably one of the most overrated. It’s not that they’re bad, but they’re good… just not that good.
I don’t think their gameplay’s ever been particularly amazing, particularly the shooting, and their stories and characters are pretty simplistic. Their voice actors and animation are amazing, but I think if you put the same words and action into something that looked like, say, Life Is Strange you’d have a very different view of their abilities.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Mesomex, who asks who is your favourite female video game character.
Which female character do you think is the most interesting, and why? Are they the main playable character in the game, and if not how do they compare to those that are? Would you have preferred them to have a bigger role and what do you think of their dialogue and voice-acting?
In general, what do you think of the representation of women in video games and how have things changed in the last decade or so? What further change would you like to see in the future and what major franchises do you think need more prominent female characters or options?
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