A bumper-sized morning Inbox considers the intrinsic value of video games, as one reader shows no remorse at buying a Nintendo Switch.
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Hello GC. I always enjoy reading your news, previews, reviews, and of course, the Inbox.
I’m in a very fortunate position where I can say that I own a Switch, PS4 Pro and an Xbox One X. I had an Xbox 360 last gen and was definitely invested in the ecosystem. I switched to PlayStation 4 with most of my friends in 2013 and also bought the original Xbox One. I was really disappointed with Microsoft and decided to trade in. I bought an Xbox One X in November and have been won back and now spend most of my gaming time on the X. I love all three consoles and see the Switch as being so different that I still have incentive to play it, but the X has definitely surpassed the Pro for me.
I think Microsoft get a bad rep but I’m really enjoying the console. 4k and HDR is amazing but so is Game Pass. Obviously the first party games on launch is fantastic, but I’m spending time on games I was unsure of buying and I’m really enjoying the games on offer. I have to say EA Access is also great and at £20 a year it seems so worth it. Having games like Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, and Mass Effect: Andromeda in the vault is a great deal. It was also cool to try Burnout Paradise Remastered but having not played it originally I think that I’ll stick to Forza Horizon 3. I missed things like fast travel and driving lines, although I know many will like that.
Keep up the great work GC.
PS: I really recommend signing up to Xbox Live rewards. Some cool rewards and discounts.
The ultimate shooting game
I’m afraid I’m guilty of not writing in as much as I should have but I’m compelled to write in about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Now I have seen quite a bit of debate about the whole Battle Royale concept, so decided to take the plunge and buy it, as the price was £15 on CDKeys yesterday. I really enjoy the tension and as the game gets further on and you get down to the last, 50, last 40, etc. The tension ratchets up more and more, then there is the sprinting as the area gets smaller and smaller.
This as a gameplay mechanic is excellent, however the graphics and gunplay are quite rough and nowhere near as polished as it could be. If this concept was expanded upon by the likes of DICE then it really could be the ultimate shooting game. I have a fear however that big games are going to shoehorn the Battle Royale mode even if the game doesn’t really work as a Battle Royale game (Call Of Duty).
Keep up the good work GC.
You can now play the best Hitman game Hitman: Blood Money on Xbox One via backwards compatibility. I’ve bought the game again because I love Blood Money and welcome any chance to play through it.
I do wish Microsoft would make some rarer titles backwards compatible though. Stubbs The Zombie for instance, I’ve heard good things but I’ve never tried the game mainly because a second-hand copy costs about £50 on eBay.
If Microsoft made Stubbs The Zombie backwards compatible and offered it for download at a reasonable price its rarity in the marketplace wouldn’t prevent people from playing it.
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis is another original Xbox title that’s hard to find. As I write this email I see someone’s offering a sealed copy on eBay for £124.99.
I wonder if that price would plummet if the game became available in the Microsoft store? I guess there is an appeal in owning a physical copy of a rare game. I don’t think I have any games that are now worth more than I paid for them.
Personally I believe that a game’s value is set by how much you enjoy playing it.
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Making a difference
Regarding Nintendo and feedback. Over the DS/Wii/3DS/Wii U era I registered loads of games and filled in loads of surveys too. I can remember being asked by Nintendo to give what I thought and getting stars from their ended VIP programme. I just converted all the stars into credit for the Wii shop.
I like to think that everyone that did this had all the responses number-crunched to bring in the Switch and other Nintendo successes. I believe the Switch is what the Wii U was supposed to be and a natural progression. I do hope there is another dedicated Nintendo handheld, and a Sony one for that matter, but it looks unlikely
half_empty80 (PSN ID/NN ID)
Much to my delight, my brother got me the re-release de Blob on PlayStation 4 for Christmas. Probably remembering how much I enjoyed it on the Wii. I was worried the game wouldn’t live up to my nostalgia, but as I got to the end of the first level, I was smiling at how joyful it is. I’m glad THQ Nordic have re-released this and the second game because they are brilliant games with a great soundtrack and a slapstick sense of humour. I can’t recommend these games enough to anyone who wants to play something a little different. I hope there is a third game.
On the subject of re-release, any chance of having a word with Sony about a PS4 version of Puppeteer? I’m sure people would appreciate it more than another Knack game.
GC: That was a sadly underrated game. We’ll see if there’s someone we can ask, but we think the director left Sony.
In this world, it's smash or be smashed
I have a suggestion for characters that could turn up in Smash Bros. for the Switch: Undertale characters. The game is going to be ported over there.
We could have the brothers Sans and Papyrus, Undyne the Undying, maybe Asgore and Toriel. Not Alphys – she’s a wimp. She could be an assist move or item or something.
Settings aren’t all that special in Undertale. They’re fine, just not spectacular. Though maybe a Final Flowey Arena? Or would that be too much of a spoiler? Actually, on that note, I would love a Giygas stage as well. Which was, you know, utterly terrifying.
Majora’s Chamber on the moon would be great too, all spruced up for the Switch. That was an incredible setting. The boss was mediocre, but the backdrop was perfection.
I enjoyed the Nintendo Direct last week and my favourite part was the Splatoon 2 DLC.
I think the free updates put other games to shame and this expansion will make it feel like a true sequel instead of Splatoon 1.5, not that I have any complaints as I think it’s a fantastic game.
I don’t play online shooters but Splatoon is so accessible and I always feel like I’ve contributed to my team winning. I also feel similar about ARMS, I love the concept of it and the art design is brilliant. I wish we could customise the characters with more different skins and accessories. I’d love to see some Overwatch style animated shorts and comics.
Boots on the ground
Finally bought Call Of Duty: WWII and I’m really enjoying it. The multiplayer has been great, especially the war game mode where I am enjoying countless hours and it’s so much fun.
Over recent years I have found the multiplayer in Call Of Duty to be getting progressively worse. Too fast, with too much emphasis on wall-running or double-jumping (I’m sounding old) so this back to basics approach has been so refreshing.
Keep up the good work guys.
pauleatonfire (PSN ID)
I recently was made aware of what I feel is a clear example as to how indie games should be done, and how indie games can impress even the old school gamer.
The indie game in question, which many people may not of played or seen, is called Do You Copy? It’s is a great horror/survival indie game where you must avoid someone. You are in a cabin and do use a radio, however you have a choice of many responses which decides which ending out of the five you will get. It’s what I feel is a must-have indie game and will give you either a fright or a challenge.
I’m hoping a sequel to this most definitely is in the works and am greatly looking forward to a possible Do You Copy 2? and other great indie games from its developer. If you have not played Do You Copy? I highly recommend this, as its worth having in your library.
gaz be rotten (gamertag)
GC: The reader didn’t specify, but it seems to be a free downloadable game you can get from here.
Skip the challenge
I’m so close to getting all the moons in Super Mario Odyssey but I’m stuck and I can’t face two challenges…
Skipping and beach volleyball. I got the first moon for each but now they are looking for 100 skips or volleys… aargh!
It all starts pleasant enough but even getting over 50 gets me in a panic. I can’t achieve this goal and it is frustrating. Why? Because it is fundamentally different to the other ways of getting a moon.
I have got 100% in most other Mario games and now I am beat by this challenge of completely different skills.
Anyone else feel hard done by when a game throws up an offbeat challenge?
Sorry to hear the Inbox letters aren’t coming in thick and fast. I have read these pages since the Teletext days and yet this is only my third time of writing in. I couldn’t imagine my day without my 15-minute GameCentral fix.
Although I was in agreement with a lot of what Cranston said regarding GTA V I was just wondering if he/she could elaborate on why ‘the historical setting limits what can be done in multiplayer’ regarding Red Dead Redemption II?
Thanks GameCentral, and please don’t stop the Inbox. If needs be I can fill the Inbox alone with my stupid gaming questions rather than looking on the Internet for the answer.
Smokin_ Monkey (PSN ID)
GC: As long as we get enough letters we have no intention of stopping the Inbox. It really has never been more popular. But, oddly, the number of people reading seems to have no connection to how many are writing in. So we’ll just have to keep putting up reminders occasionally, when things start running dry.
Wrote recently after purchasing a Switch, to say I was worried I had cursed its upcoming release schedule (it did seem really quiet) but any buyer’s remorse I had has lifted. Only picked up a few of the ‘big releases’ to go with it initially, but loving the independent games that are available on download… and I like the way Nintendo are highlighting upcoming independent releases on their Twitter feed.
Had considered going for the Xbox One, but there wasn’t enough to differentiate it from the PlayStation 4 for me. I used to be a big fan of the Halo series and went from playing these with my son watching, to playing with him (and winning) to playing with him (and losing) but we both got really bored with Halo 4 and the reviews of number 5 were not enough to entice us back in… and I can’t justify three consoles!
Hope that the Switch continues to gain support; the simple concept of being able to pick it up and go… is brilliant. The Wii U was a good starting point, but the limited distance you could get from the main unit was too restricting. As I travel a fair bit, being able to take the Switch with me is really useful (and saves me from heading to bar every night – so the liver is happier too!).
Keep up the good work!
Dark Souls is my favourite game ever but I couldn’t get to grips with Bloodborne. I’ve given it another go after the PS Plus giveaway and I’m really enjoying it, you just have to learn to play it completely differently.
Is there any reason you haven’t updated the games charts this week? I’ve also noticed the Official UK Software Charts hasn’t been updated by GfK Chart-Track, the UK the company which produces the Official UK Software Charts on behalf of UK Interactive Entertainment.
GC: There was some kind of problem with one of the major retailers that meant it got delayed. We’ll update it when the info comes in, but it’s likely to have been a quiet week anyway.
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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