The morning Inbox discusses the video game career of Steven Spielberg, as another reader calls for Capcom to make Okami 2.
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For the people that have been writing in about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds looking really bad on Xbox One I would highly recommend Fornite instead. I’ve only played PUBG on PC but looking at the streams of the Xbox One version it looks worse than that ever did even when it first came out. Fortnite though is an actual finished game with pretty good graphics and it’s completely free.
It’s got less loot boxes than Battlefront II too, and to be honest I can’t quite believe it’s as generous as it is. It seems to me that the whole Battle Royale formula is so simple that it’s very easy for other games to copy it, and I really doubt that PUBG is going to stay top of the game forever. Especially not on consoles.
It can’t be long until Activision and EA jump on the band wagon with Call Of Duty and Battlefield/front. Ubisoft games already seem perfect for it too, and considering how quickly Fortnite added the option I don’t think it takes that much once you’ve got the map done. Not really dissing PUBG but I’d be disappointed if the idea didn’t evolve further.
I would also like to say how impressed I am with Fortnite: Battle Royale and how they are constantly updating it. It’s such a fun game and every match is different. By the time you read this there should be a nice festive update to download. One issue I do have though is what I think is a sound bug on Xbox One. It crackles/pops mainly when you’re in the battle bus, but I can hear it during the game too. Almost sounds as though a record is scratching.
None of my other Xbox games do this and I’ve tried two different Xbox One consoles and it’s the same thing whether it’s headphones or TV speakers I’m using. No such issues when playing on PlayStation 4. I can’t find anything online about it and surely Epic would of patched it by now if it was a bug. Anyone else have the same issue? Surely I’m not the only one?
Keep the receipts
Help! What is it with all these kids these days on their Xbox One S’s and PlayStation 4s, they’re all going mad for this freebie game Fortnite.
Now I know I shouldn’t moan or anything, it’s keeping my two teenagers in every night playing it, but what really concerns me are the games we’ve got them for Crimbo like Call Of Duty: WWII, FIFA 18, and Tekken 7. Are they even going to get played at all or will they just be a waste of time and money collecting dust somewhere in a corner of their bedroom?
Oh, and Merry Christmas to all the GC staff and readers and Happy New Year too!
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Art for art’s sake
You can certainly count me as someone that would be 100% for Okami 2. I really don’t know how likely it is but playing Okami HD again at 4K is proof of just how amazing that art style is and I’d love to see more of it. I do wish other games would experiment with unusual art styles more as it seems to be only indies that ever do things like that. Would it really be impossible to hope for a big budget pixel art game? Or a 3D game that was something other than just photorealistic or cartoon?
My favourite world in Super Mario Odyssey was Luncheon Kingdom simply because it had a weird angular art style, that wasn’t like anything else in the game. I don’t know what it was like that, there was no explanation and the cooking theme doesn’t explain it, but I thought it was really cool.
I guess the closest thing would be that angular cartoon style you see in some American games like Team Fortress 2 and the new Fortnite. That’s okay, but it seems just a bit too derivative to me. Make an Okami 2 and have it be a hit and then maybe weird, expressive art styles will become the next big thing! Yeah, I know… but a man can dream.
Better than Monopoly
Getting very excited about the prospect of opening my Switch on Christmas morning, since I know that’s what my girlfriend’s got me (well, I did half her on it). I’ll be downloading Overcooked as soon as we get it and have also got my on Love In A Dangerous Spacetime. I’m hoping they’ll be more fun than a game of Monopoly with the family.
Technically I don’t know what games I’m getting under the tree but I’ve dropped enough hints that it should be the big two from Nintendo, Mario and Zelda. Which should keep me going until new games are announced next year.
What does everyone think they’ll do with Splatoon though? Will it become a yearly franchise like Call Of Duty, or is number two going to be the only one that’s not that different? I’ve been a bit cool on the game because I already played it to death on the Wii U. But I would like one that’s a bigger step forward. Hard to tell with Nintendo, but I guess that’s part of the magic.
The thing about that Ready Player One trailer is that Spielberg has always been a big games fan, and it’s a shame he hasn’t been more involved with making them. He’s suggested a few ideas here and there – The Dig and Medal Of Honor – but I think the only one he was hands on with is Boom Blox on the Wii.
It’s interesting to me that the one game he did actually designed was not cinematic at all and didn’t even have a story. To me that suggests that he really does understand gameplay and sees games as a very different thing. As I recall that game was part of a deal with EA where he was going to make some kind of game set in Ancient Rome. That sounded more like you’d expect from a film maker and yet that’s the game that got canned.
I’m very suspicious when a director like Guillermo del Toro gets involved in games and it’s something very story heavy that’s all about the cut scenes, like this new Death Stranding. If you want to make a game instead of a film it’s because you want to make something interactive, and I suspect Spielberg is one of the few creators outside of gaming that understands that.
The hype is real
Having Resident Evil 7 Gold Edition on my wish list for Santa, I was very interested to read your review of the recent DLC. Was hoping to ask if any/all of the DLC is playable in VR, and if so did you try any of it in VR for the purposes of the review?
Thank you GC for your ever reliable opinions in 2017, and can I wish all readers a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
ameisa (PSN ID)
GC: Yes, both are compatible. As we mentioned in the review, Resident Evil 7 really is the gold standard for big budget VR games (gold standard, geddit?).
No more Chris
Somebody at Capcom must really hate Zoe as a character, it’s crazy how much she gets abused in the game and the DLC! I did enjoy End Of Zoe though, crazy as it is, and it’s nice to see Capcom just doing whatever takes their fancy, basically. My worry with Resident Evil 7 is that it would take itself too seriously but that’s not really the case. The game slowly bends back towards being more like the originals as it goes on and I think they got the balance pretty good.
I quite enjoyed Not A Hero as well, but I’m not really that keen on having Chris Redfield back as that implies all the others are still around too (was that meant to be Jill on the radio, I never caught her name?). The one thing I would’ve done differently with the game is treat it as a hard reboot and just kept the game as it is but make the characters just ordinary people.
To me that’s more interesting than super soldier policemen, or whatever they’re supposed to be. It would also make it easier to be serious when needed because all Chris and co. ever talk about is one-liners. If it’s even half as good I will definitely get Resident Evil 8 but I think it has to keep the same tone. Start getting silly again and you start getting back to Resident Evil 6 territory where absolutely anything goes. That’s fine in the DLC but not the main game.
So is A Hat In Time coming to Switch? It seems perfect from what you’ve said about it.
GC: The developer has said they’d like to do it, but there’s nothing concrete yet.
I’m always surprised they never made a separate Princess Zelda game spin-off. Like, what she would do if Link wasn’t about. It would sure beat a game about Linkle.
This week’s Hot Topic
With the final preview event of 2017 now over this weekend’s Inbox asks what was your favourite new video game reveal of the year?
Taking into account showings at E3, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, The Game Awards, Nintendo Directs, and all the others, which new announcement did you think was handled the best – regardless of whether you were interested in the game itself? Which did you find the most surprising and which new game are you personally most excited about?
Were there any major announcements you were expecting to see but didn’t, and where there any reveals that you thought dropped the ball in terms of what or how much they revealed?
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