Games Inbox: Knights Of The Old Republic III, Super Mario Odyssey DLC, and Assassin’s Creed Origins
The morning Inbox is ready for a Beyond Good And Evil 2 update, as one reader prepares the tissues for Before The Storm: Episode 3.
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New Old Republic
I have thought of a way that both EA and BioWare can redeem themselves after this year’s disasters. It’s obvious really, just make Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic III. As I understand it there is an outside chance BioWare are already working on it, but since there’s no obvious way to add loot boxes I’m going to assume they’re not.
The original games, especially the first, are in my opinion the best thing that is not one of the film – and better than any of the prequels. The story was definitely better than The Force Awakens and the twist almost as good as The Empire Strikes Back.
Rian Johnson was recently asked whether his new original trilogy would be based on Knights Of The Old Republic and he actually gave a long and detailed reason why not (saying he wanted to do something completely new, which I approve of). But it shows how much he must respect the series that he knew about it and obviously considered it one point. But if he doesn’t bring it back EA must, it is their destiny!
All or nothing
Hey, you know how video games companies are rubbish at release dates and always seem to do everyone at once? Well, apparently it’s the same with reveals as there’s a livestream update tonight about Beyond Good and Evil 2. So I guess that’s one thing that won’t be at The Game Awards.
I’m curious to know more about the game but I’ve never been so put off by a trailer as the E3 one for this, with the most inappropriate swearing I think I’ve ever seen in anything. Especially as this is a sequel to a ver family friendly title. I hope that’s something they’ve had a rethink over, as the in-game stuff they showed actually looked really good.
The scope of it seemed much bigger than I expected too, almost more like No Man’s Sky than the original game. Knowing Michel Ancel I don’t imagine it’ll be out in a hurry, but I’m very interested in it. Even if it’s not one I can play in front of my mother.
I agree that a Zelda DLC reveal seems the most likely thing for this week, but what does everyone think about the idea of Super Mario Odyssey DLC? I’ve seen it mentioned in passing a few times but I don’t think anyone has said anything about what would be in it.
Personally I’d be happy for as much more of the game as I can get, and it seems pretty easy that they could drop in some new worlds without any problem. My only complaint was there were a few too many jungle/forest levels, so I’d like to see maybe a smaller village type level, and some more with the more stylised graphics of Luncheon Kingdom. I don’t know why that was the only one like that.
I’d also like to see more costumes that affect the level around you. It doesn’t have to be anything major, but I loved that the parka is the only thing that keeps you warm in the snow world so more little touches like that would be great. I’d also love to see the flying cap come back, I don’t think we’ve had that since Super Mario 64.
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I think the reader was right yesterday: it’s always sensible not to assume too much in terms of Nintendo announcements, but I think he should apply that to the Metroid Prime 4 developer as well. I’m willing to bet there is no big secret about who it is. They’ve already said it’s a ‘new’ team so I think it’s just going to be a bunch of guys you’ve never heard of at Nintendo themselves.
To me it doesn’t make any sense that a different company would set up a team just to work on a Nintendo game, the comment only adds up if you assume they already work at Nintendo. Maybe it’ll turn out that ‘new’ comment was a mistranslation or something, but with the information we’ve got I’d say it’s not a mystery.
What is interesting though is what From Software are making for the Switch, as they were in the big list of developers. Unfortunately the simple solution to that mystery is that those sort of lists are always wrong and if they ever were planning to make anything they’re not now. I hope they are but that’s not what I’d bet on. Plus, if I’m wrong, I get a pleasant surprise instead of a crushing disappointment!
The best to last
Just to remind everyone but the third and final episode of Life Is Strange is due out on December 20, so a last treat before Christmas. For anyone that has not been paying attention to this it is for me the best story game of the year. Unless it takes a complete nose dive in the last episode I can’t see it not being one of the best overall too.
Anyone that’s played the original knows how messed up Chloe’s life gets but I’m just hoping there’s some way there can be some sort of happy ending for this. I don’t see how, unless there’s going to be some supernatural element we haven’t see yet, but I know I’m going to be in tears by the end. And yes, I am a grown man!
PS: I don’t really like the idea of Chloe’s original voice actress coming back for the bonus episode next year. It seems disrespectful to the excellent work that’s been done so far.
I don’t know if you saw but Platinum’s Hideki Kamiya tweeted this yesterday. It can be hard to tell with his Twitter responses sometimes whether he is being serious or not. I wondered if you guys had heard of an imminent announcement of a new Platinum game? Perhaps more importantly, a new Kamiya-directed Platinum game.
SuoTempore (PSN ID)
You can pretty much disregard my email from a few minutes ago as it looks like he did the same thing in August! Or just use both as two letters, whatever you prefer!
SuoTempore (PSN ID)
GC: Yeah, he does that kind of thing all the time. And yet… the fact that he’s trolling at the moment, just before The Game Awards does make us slightly hopeful there might be an announcement of some kind.
A book by its cover
I hope I’m not being shallow here but I was sold on A Hat In Time the second I saw the artwork. Not the screenshots so much but the drawings of the main characters, which just looked so sweet and charming. Not having owned a Nintendo console in a good few years that kind of approach is very rare, and I’m not surprised it’s only an indie game that you see it now.
So I’ll be buying the game and platforming like it’s 1999. I’ve got a feeling there won’t be too many other chances to play something like that on my PlayStation 4.
I notice there never seems to have been much talk about Assassin’s Creed Origins in the Inbox, but I picked it up in the Black Friday sales and I have to say I’m quite enjoying. I suspect I’m benefitting from a number of post-launch patches, and general lowered expectations, but I’m digging the ancient Egypt setting in particular. It really does look and feel almost ‘alien’, being so far back in time.
The atmosphere’s spoiled a bit by the fact that everyone talks more or less like a modern person but there’s so many people around that it feels very alive and ‘real’. The side quests are boring, and I agree the combat isn’t great but I’m enjoying the story quests and I think the stealth is pretty good.
If this all sounds like pretty mild praise I guess it is in a way, but I don’t think Assassin’s Creed is the sort of game that anyone gets super hyped about. When it’s done well it’s just good to curl up with of an even and enjoy the atmosphere and exploration. That’s what I’ve been doing all week and I’ve been loving it.
I’ve never played Hearthstone but kept thinking that maybe I should. Then I saw the prices for the new expansion… free-to-play really is the biggest lie in gaming, isn’t it?
I don’t like to wish ill on any company, given how many blameless people must work at them, but if EA go down after all this I will literally celebrate. Do they really have no idea how bad their comments are coming across?
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Theseman, who asks what video game series did you used to love but have now lost interest in?
What franchise have you enjoyed in the past but have grown cold on since? Is it because the sequels are all too similar or because they’ve evolved into something you’re not so interested in? Or perhaps your general taste in games has changed and the series is no longer what you’re looking for?
What could happen to the franchise that would reignite your interest and are there any examples where you’ve gone off a series before but come back to it later with renewed interest?
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