The evening Inbox is worried about reading Super Mario Odyssey spoilers, as one reader shows off that he’s already got his copy.
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Can’t believe it’s been 20 years since GTA came out. Hell, it’s been four years since GTA V came out, which given the difference between the first game and the latest just goes to show how much video games have changed over the years. I never actually owned the first game, although I do remember it come out. I imagine I’m like most people and started playing it with the third one.
But it’s a bit depressing on the same day to find Rockstar ruling out any chance of any story DLC for GTA V, as I was holding out a little bit of hope that they might one day want to go back. Especially as their explanation for why they’ve done it didn’t really seem to make much sense to me.
You’re telling me the company that made the most expensive video game of all time (more expensive than most movies) can’t spare the cash to have some part of the team work on a few hours of extra story? I mean, what are all the guys that do that stuff working on now? The story and single-player mission people can’t have much to do on GTA Online, so have they just been let go or are they on gardening leave or something?
Hopefully at some point they’ll be working on a GTA VI but we’re obviously not going to hear about that until well after Red Dead Redemption II is out.
Under the tree
Is anyone out there in my position, i.e. buying Super Mario Odyssey this Friday but unable to play it and having to avoid spoilers till December 25th as it – along with the Switch itself – will be my kids’ Christmas prezzie? Feel my pain…
On a more positive note, just want to say I’m thoroughly enjoying The Evil Within 2, which I bought day one as I loved the first game and wanted to support the devs. I see GC’s controversial review spawned its own thread on GameFAQs!
I almost never pre-order or buy day one but this is truly an exceptional month for releases and I’ll be picking up Wolfenstein II on Friday, despite still being in the process of exploring every nook and cranny of The Evil Within 2. Hopefully, these two games can fill the aching void till Yuletide and Super Mazzer…
Spoiler: Peach gets kidnapped
The next few months are going to be tough for me, Super Mario Odyssey out on Friday and I’ve instructed the ‘Boss’ that it goes away for Christmas. Avoiding the trailers has been bad enough, but from Friday I’ll have to scan the GC Inbox before I can decide whether to read it or not.
The reason I am abstaining is due to the gaming back log of recent games, never mind my total gaming backlog.
If I start Super Mario Odyssey on Friday I can kiss goodbye to getting much further in Zelda: Breath Of The Wild – never mind completing it!
And then my mate texts me last night to say he’s interested in Call Of Duty: WWII after he’s been out of gaming for a few years.
Inbox magic conjure up six months of bad weather, frequent bouts of non-terminal man-flu, and a pill to combat the effects of sleep deprivation please!
GC: Well, we doubt the bad weather will be a problem.
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Long, time reader, infrequent contributor here. Any idea when your Wolfenstein II review is likely to drop?
For me, it’s my most anticipated game of the year and I really like what I’ve seen so far and hope it does well. Maybe the current political climate will give it an unintentional boost in profile? Fingers crossed.
Anyway, keep up the good work. Fully behind your loot crate crusade, currently blitzing through Shadow Of Mordor and haven’t found them to be too obstructive… yet.
Ed aka Capt_BaconBeard (PSN ID)
GC: It’s only Shadow Of War that has loot boxes. We’re hoping our Wolfenstein II review will be ready on Friday, but we don’t want to rush it.
I’d like to recommend a YouTube series called Boss Keys. It’s by Mark Brown who makes videos about aspects of game design under the banner Game Maker’s Toolkit.
In his series Boss Keys he has been going through the dungeons in the different Zelda games and analysing their structure. It’s quite interesting the way he analyses the choices available to the player and whether the dungeons are linear or have more branching paths.
I’m quite interested to see his eventual video about Breath Of The Wild as they don’t really have what I would consider fully fledged dungeons.
So far he has covered from Link To The Past to Link Between Worlds and watching the videos does make me want to revisit the games. Here’s a playlist of the 11 videos so far Boss Keys.
So, I just purchased Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 to play co-op with my brother and friend who live in the US,
and after being unable to invite each other into a game, or find each other’s clans, we took a look online to see what the issue was. It turns out the game is region locked and only allows you to play online against people from the same region!
A big part of the marketing for this game, and the main reason I bought it, was the introduction of co-op gameplay and now because of some stupid decision by (I presume) Konami I won’t be able to play it the way I want. What a waste of £40 that was.
PS: If anyone knows a way around this issue please let me know.
Shadow of Thrones
I know it wasn’t very good, and that’s the point, but I’m still a little disappointed that Telltale Games have put plans for a second season of Game Of Thrones on ice. I still appreciated that they got a lot of the TV cast involved and at least it was something. Although I hope they’re not allowed to sit on it too long and if they don’t make another game someone else would.
Personally I’d prefer something a bit like Shadow Of War, where you’re wandering around trying to build up armies but with a dialogue system like Mass Effect or Telltale. Basically a modern equivalent of The Lords Of Midnight. I guess the same deal applies from Star Wars: paying for the licence cuts into the profit and the budget but that can’t stop me from dreaming anyway.
So apparently Nintendo has secretly allowed GameCube controllers to work on the Switch, via the existing adaptor. To me that signals two things: that Super Smash Bros. announcement must be coming pretty soon (I bet Nintendo starts to trail some 2018 games before the end of the years) and he long rumoured GameCube games on Virtual Console.
A lot of people have been rightly worried that Nintendo’s great year may have come at the expense of having anything for next year but those two things are shoe-ins I reckon. Add in Metroid Prime 4 and hopefully another announcements (wouldn’t be surprised if the Animal Crossing mobile game linked to a new Switch game) and I think they’ll do fine.
Super Smash Bros. on Wii U was great but not many people will have played it, so I’m excited to see it on Switch. A completely new game would be great too, but I feel there’s no need really. Take the existing game, add in half a dozen new characters and (Splatoon and ARMS should make that easy) and I think you’d have something that will attract double-dippers let alone anyone else.
Well just read that 13 original Xbox games are soon to be backwards compatible with Xbox One and more to follow. This to me seems big news and might just sway me to be one, so why aren’t Microsoft shouting from the roof tops about this?
GC: Most of the best original Xbox games have already been remastered in some way. Unless you’re really keen to play Brute Force again.
Look what I have? Mwah ha ha (evil Bowser laugh)! Do you guys want a review before Friday?
Sootie607 (PSN ID)
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Trancer, who asks you to imagine what the video games industry will be like in 10 years’ time.
Before you start imagining holodecks and virtual reality connected to your brain bear in mind that in 2007 the best-selling games of the year included FIFA 08, Call Of Duty 4, and Halo 3 (as well as Brain Training and Wii Play) so in some ways at least it wasn’t really that different. But what do you think will change in the next 10 years, in terms of the hardware and the games that are popular?
Which franchises do you think will last another 10 years and which do you think will not? How do you think games will be paid for and will consoles still exist or will streaming, or some other technology, have taken over?
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