Games Inbox: Battlefront II sales prediction, Collective Minds’ DriveHub, and Doom’s Switch success
The evening Inbox advises waiting a few years until HDR TVs are cheaper, as one reader calls for more Vietnam War games.
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I feel a bit bad saying this, considering how many people must’ve been working on them, but I have to admit I was glad to see Need For Speed Payback and Sonic Forces not being rewarded in the sales charts. I too played Need For Speed on EA Access and was bored within minutes. Sonic Forces also has a demo, and it’s pretty obvious it’s a dud.
But the thing that got me is that both games being bad is something that seemed obvious from the moment they were unveiled, particularly Sonic Forces. So why was nothing done? Why do the people in charge of gaming seem to know nothing about it, to the point where ordinary gamers and journalists regularly predict problems that they just stumble into.
I must admit it’s difficult to call what will happen with Star Wars: Battlefront II though. I mean, I’m sure it’ll be an exploitative mess that treats its audience like a dirt, but will people buy it? A lot will based on the name alone, not knowing about the loot box problems, but there will be plenty of gamers that will buy it despite knowing. And then probably complain about it afterwards anyway.
I’m curious as to anyone reading this who will admit to being aware of the problems but still intends to buy it day one. It’s you’re money I know (until you give it to EA) but I know I can’t justify spending anything on the game until I see how things shake out.
A different kind of war
Is it just me or is there a distinct lack of first person shooters set in the Vietnam War era? Why does the Call Of Duty franchise keep going between modern/future and WW2? I remember Black Ops briefly touched on the period but never actually focused on that war.
I’ve never been interested in WW1 or WW2 games or films. I’ve always gravitated towards Vietnam films so would love to see a game set in this period. I have played a few of the earlier set games like Medal Of Honour: Frontline and Call Of Duty: World at War. But they just don’t do it for me. I played the modern ones up to Advanced Warfare, but they’re just getting boring now.
I know there have been some attempts at Vietnam games but none have been huge sellers. I’d love to see a modern game set in that period. Is there a particular reason for the lack of Vietnam set games from the big developers?
Jack_the_Ripper9 (PSN ID)/mickylynch9 (NN ID)
GC: The main one is simply that from a moral and political view the Vietnam War is much more problematic than the Second World War. Also, up until at least this gen it’s still been difficult to do jungles realistically.
Don’t usually write in. but love reading your daily pages. I saw Jon Edwards has lost his Project Scorpio edition Xbox One X and I happen to have a brand new spare from Amazon of all places. If you forward my email address on to him he can contact me and he can pay the original price plus postage and I will post the console to him.
I felt quite bad reading his story as I would be gutted if that happened to me. Thank you.
GC: That’s extraordinarily good of you. If he emails us again, to tell us it’s okay, we’ll forward your details onto him.
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Short but sweet
Got my Scorpio Edition Xbox One X on release day, delivered direct from Microsoft. Gears Of War 4 at 60fps is transformative. Elite: Dangerous in 4K, pin sharp and super smooth. Slipping and sliding through a storm so realistic in Forza Motorsport 7, I played it sat under an umbrella. What a lovely console it was for the four days I had it before it bricked.
To add insult to injury, because I bought direct from Microsoft it is now considerably less convenient since I can’t just get a replacement or refund, nor can I simply speak to somebody about it. No, I have to spend about an hour in an online ‘chat’ to organise the repair collection and return at doubtless inconvenient times – a process which could take two weeks. Oh well, unlike some at least I did get the Scorpio Edition on release day. The question now is what model will I end up with once it comes back to me? And how long will it last this time?
Now playing: nothing
Wheelie good idea
A quick heads up that there’s a new device called the DriveHub from Collective Minds that enables you to use any steering wheel with any console/PC. Even older PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 wheels work perfectly. I have been using my PlayStation 4 Thrustmaster wheel on my Xbox One X and it works flawlessly out of the box, with no fiddling. The game recognises the wheel and all force feedback and other functions work as if you are using an official wheel for that console.
I even found an older wheel in my loft and got both wheels working splitscreen on Forza Motorsport 7. which makes racing my son even better. It’s not cheap, around £80, but it’s still cheaper than getting a new wheel if you already have one. Also, if you are thinking of getting a wheel you have a lot more choice with this device.
Give it a few years
Just watched a Digital Foundry YouTube video on TVs for your 4K/HDR consoles and it just reaffirmed that really good HDR images right now are really expensive. Really good 4K screens are in comparison cheap as chips.
Their mid-range recommendations are the Sony XE90 at £1,200 and Samsung Q7F at £1.400. Even those are considered an easy second though to OLED TVs with the entry level OLED LG B7 recommended at £1,700.
Anything below the Sony XE90, which has local dimming so can control the brightness across zones allowing for finer control of darks/lights for HDR images, was consider to offer patchy HDR due to edge lighting and other various factors like peak brightness. etc… They’re still excellent TVs. just not quite up to showing off HDR in all its glory.
As a new TV is a once in a five to 10 year purchase for me I’ve been unsure if to buy now or wait, but as I have a PS4 Pro and gaming PC I’m eager to enjoy them in higher resolutions and HDR. But this video confirms the level of picture quality I want isn’t yet in my price range. I’ll come back in two or three years and hopefully something of the quality of the OLED LG B7 will have dipped below £1,000.
In response to Jon Edwards, my wife and I have had multiple missing parcels from Amazon and it seems to be happening more and more often. We would get an email saying ‘delivered to resident’ or ‘delivered to neighbour’. In my opinion, there is a strong possibility the couriers have opened and stolen the contents.
Amazon have been pretty good at offering a refund and extending our Prime membership, but it doesn’t stop it being annoying when you are really looking forward to a delivery and, in your case a brand new games console.
I just wanted to say that Panic Button, id Software, and Bethesda really have called the likes of EA out on their excuses by releasing Doom on Switch.
I have no idea if it has or will be a commercial success, maybe you do, but as far as technical accomplishment is concerned Doom is surprisingly good.
If I stop and compare things on a piece by piece basis, sure I can prove it’s not as pretty as other versions, but, and it’s a big BUT, you have to stop to notice it. and without the PC version to reference I would never know some sacrifices were made.
The 30 frames per second isn’t perfect, it’s certainly the biggest sacrifice, but there is no denying this IS Doom.
I highly recommend it and anyone that’s concerned about the quality shouldn’t be, what is it Bethesda say, Go rip and tear …anywhere!
GC: As ever there are no sales figures, but it came in at number 23 in the individual formats chart this week, which isn’t bad, and it’s currently number three in the Switch eShop chart – behind only Super Mario Odyssey and Stardew Valley.
I think the worse thing about Star Wars: Battlefront is that we all know fine well people are going to buy it anyway. How many people here have it pre-ordered already? And did so long before the whole situation with loot boxes became obvious. People complain but then give companies their money anyway.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Injustice 2!? Erm, cowabunga anyone? (Seriously, they look great – and it’s all four of them too.)
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was inspired by reader Truk_Kurt (PSN ID), who asks what’s your favourite game that nobody else ever seems to talk about?
What game do you really love but which nobody else seems to have heard of, or unfairly dismisses? Was the game financially successful and what kind of reviews did it get? Does your opinion go against the majority or is it just because the game is really obscure?
Did the game ever get a sequel and what is the status of the franchise today? If it could be remade how would you want it to be handled, and what if anything would you change?
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