Games Inbox: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale, Nathan Fillion X Uncharted, and Octopath Traveler praise

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Games Inbox: How could Black Ops 4 improve Battle Royale?

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 – can it improve the Battle Royale formula?

The morning Inbox thinks Nintendo is having a surprisingly good summer, as another reader gives his opinion on dinosaur games.

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Set in stone

Im not surprised GC hasnt mentioned them, because theyre probably fakes, but Ive seen some screenshots doing the rounds that say that Black Ops 4s Battle Royale mode is only going to have 60 players. That seems low to me, and it may not be true, but at least its different to other games. Even if in a bad way.

But it made me think what Activision could do that would actually be different for Battle Royale. For me PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds is the default, that doesnt really have a gimmick other than it was the first popular one. Fortnite has the building and the more cartoony style, which is great. But whats Black Ops 4 and Battlefield V going to do? Is the draw just going to be that the graphics are better?

They can say the gunplay is better as well but Im not sure the average casual gamer really cares about that sort of thing. Now that Fortnite has peaked I wonder if Battle Royale as a concept is already stagnating. If having less than 100 players is seen as a novelty we may be at the point where the concept just becomes set in stone like Deathmatch and never changes again. I hope not though because I really enjoy it and yet Im already starting to feel like Ive seen it all before.

Monster explanation

I know its become a joke now on the Inbox but in all seriousness I really dont understand the lack of dinosaur games. Even ignoring the success of Jurassic World movies theyre basically big giant monsters that actually existed so why arent they used more as enemies? Theyre plenty scary (Dino Crisis 1 was really scary when I was a kid) and everyone knows all the famous ones.

The only thing I can think is that although theyre real the question of how you get them into a game is kind of difficult. Cloning them will just seem like a Jurassic Park rip-off, but time travel is too goofy. Personally I dont know why you dont just have a Land that Time Forgot set-up. Thats vague enough that it doesnt really matter and you can also throw in other creatures as well.

The old King Kong movie tie-in was basically that and it worked really well. All youd need is a modernised version of that and youre good to go. Or at the bear minimum just make another Turok. It all seems so obvious!

Uncharted hints

I have no idea what this really means but Nathan Fillion has been dropping hints about some kind of announcement involving Uncharted, maybe at Comic-Con next week. For years he was the fan favourite to play Nathan Drake in the movie, but well… the movie never happened and hes getting on a bit now so its hard to imagine him being that now. It also doesnt really make sense for him as Sully given he sounds so much like Nate.

Maybe a new game? It could be the movie again but its already been cancelled twice and the series seemed to come to an end. Or maybe it hasnt now. I dont think Sony are likely to announce something at Comic-Con, but maybe Gamescom next week?

GC: Sony arent at Gamescom, at least not in terms of press.



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Indie machine

It might have not had any truly big name games but I actually think the Switch has had a pretty good summer overall. Theres not much to defend in the spring but just recently weve had Hollow Knight, Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion, Fortnite, Ys VIII, Ikaruga, Sushi Striker, Lumines Remastered, Mario Tenis Aces, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Wolfenstein II and Mario + Rabbids Donkey Kong Adventure. And then just this week Captain Toad and Octopath Traveler, both of which have reviewed well.

I know a lot of those are ports and indie games but theyre all good games and Im pretty sure that at the end of the day thats all that matters. Nintendos indie policy in particular really seems to have paid off and it seems like every indie dev that goes on the console ends up saying its the best-selling version, even for games that have been out quite a while. I mean, 250,000 sales for Hollow Knight in just two weeks is pretty amazing.

Im not saying I wouldnt have wanted to see even more but the Switch has had a better few weeks than the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 and I dont think theres any argument about that.

Cabinet room

Talking to a guy at work today he mentioned he likes gaming. Well, I do too, I think Im quite dedicated.

Then, he got his phone out and showed me his pre-order list. There were around 30 games on there, wherever possible collectors editions; awful statues, tat and all. He explained that he keeps all these lovely
collectibles in glass cabinets at home. Hes in his early 20s and still at home with his mum and dad.

Suddenly I realised who game companies are making their cash out of. People like him. I told him I always wait until a game is under £20 before jumping in and it takes me about two months to get through a
game. He chuckled as if he thought I was the strange one.

Whip smart

You know, Darksiders III is actually coming out on my birthday! Ha! Whether it will turn out to be a worthy present or not still isnt all that clear.

It was yet another absentee at E3 – surprising considering how close to release it is. I had just assumed it wasnt coming out until sometime next year. I just saw an 11-minute IGN demo of gameplay and I watched only a little.

It was still showcasing the ruined subway and it didnt look that compelling. Again, Im not too keen for what theyve shown of Furys whip. Bayonetta and Ivy have done whips a great service – here it looks like it wont have much bite. And worse still, seems slow.

But, the proof is always in the pudding. What do you think? Should we be cautiously optimistic or fearing the worst?

GC: We havent seen anything outside of the trailer, so we really couldnt say.

All time high

Just a bit of business trivia that people might be interested in, EA just hit their highest share price ever. Theyre now worth $45.5 billion, more than Nintendo and behind only Activision (Sony and Microsoft dont count because they do things other than games).

onsidering how long theyve been around thats quite an achievement. I tried to look into why but couldnt really understand anything other than just their results have been good lately. So I guess the Star Wars: Battlefront II disaster didnt really have that much effect on them after all.

Crazy to think how much money they make on FIFA loot boxes (or whatever theyre called) because that seems to be where most of the money is coming from. I guess in a way thats what might have helped them given up on them in other games: they were so desperate to protect their golden goose from possible government action that they were willing to sacrifice everything else. Still, at least thats a win for gamers.



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Home crowd

Nice review of Octopath Traveler. Im not a super big Japanese role-playing fan but I really enjoyed the demo and am willing to give this a go now. I think the thing I appreciate most is that they made it just for a Japanese audience and didnt try to change it at all to suit Westerners. Thats whats given it its weird charm and its good to know that a company the size of Square Enix is still willing to do that.

I think others are coming around too though and its good to see the confidence coming back into Japanese developers, even though it seems to be creeping along very slowly. I even saw Sega talking about Binary Domain 2 the other day, which I dont really believe will ever happen but just to hear the prospect is something I would not have expected before now.

My main hope now is that Capcom grow a pair and start getting back to doing weird stuff again. Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 seem a good step in the right direction, we just need something new and odd that isnt just pretending to be an American game next. Now that theyve finally made a hit of Monster Hunter hopefully thats already given them some confidence.

Inbox also-rans

Just bought the limited edition of Life Is Strange: Before The Storm from GAME for £12.99. This includes the bonus episode and the official soundtrack, amongst other things.
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Currently playing: Skyforce Anniversary

Today I learnt that I agree with GC about the Jurassic Park films. Perhaps theyll make another good one for the 30th anniversary.

This weeks Hot Topic

The subject for this weekends Inbox was suggested by reader Rich, who asks what game or franchise have you never played but always wanted to?

Is it because youve never owned the right hardware, thats kept you from the game, or is there some other reason, such as not enough time or a worry that you wouldnt be any good at it? What interests you about the game and do you think youll actually like it?

Do you generally like to try any game if it is famous or has a good reputation? What puts you off trying unfamiliar series or genres? If the hardware is the primary problem have you ever bought a console or PC just to try one game, and how did that go?

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