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Games Inbox: Pre-Xmas video game backlog, COD: Infinite Warfare love, and Battlefield WWII

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Games Inbox: What’s your pre-Christmas video game backlog like?
Okami – have you got enough games to be getting on with?

The evening Inbox dreams of a movie monster crossover game, as one reader gets very upset with FromSoftware over Tenchu.

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Slow progress

I’ve just completed Metal Gear Solid V after playing it on and off over the last six months. I enjoyed it thoroughly, despite the pacing issues towards the end and the fact I was just after completing The Witcher 3 over the first half of the year, which was also a big commitment time-wise and had become of my favourite games.

Obviously now I’ve got a chance to make inroads into my backlog, which includes Fallout 4, Shadow Of Mordor, Life Is Strange, plus BioShock and Mass Effect trilogies. There is however a wolf-god shaped flaw in my plans.

The HD release on PC of my favourite ever game, Okami, means my next 50+ hours of solo gaming will be happily going through the land of Nippon for a third time on a third platform. This isn’t really a complaint, as I know I’ll be having fun, but it does make me wonder if I’ll ever make any headway on that list or if new releases will keep on getting in the way.

Merry Christmas to all at GC Towers, and don’t forget to leave some mince pies out for Santa/the skeleton crew.
The Light Knight
PS: Okami was probably the first review I read on Teletext (VVLTR here) so cheers for that!

Pre-emptive strike

I’m just going to come out and say it: I really like Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare! I am not what you would call a fan of Call Of Duty per se, but in the past I have played the odd one here and there (I think the last entry I played was Modern Warfare 2 on the Xbox 360). I started playing Infinite Warfare yesterday and have to say that I’m loving the single-player campaign.

I’ve always loved sci-fi, so I’m loving exploring space and having gunfights in zero gravity, etc. I’ll admit that I probably won’t play the multiplayer side of the game, but I just don’t understand all the criticism and backlash that this game got when it was launched!
Rickie Ratpack (gamertag)/Rickandrolla (PSN ID)
PS: Merry Christmas to GC and all you readers, I hope that you all have a good break and enjoy spending time with your families.

GC: Most of the criticism was before it launched. Then most people realised it was a perfectly fine entry, and certainly no worse than the last few before it.

Unfair blame

I hate FromSoftware. Hate may be a strong word but I’m using it.

They ruined the Tenchu franchise and haven’t made any game in years.

They were responsible for the abysmal Tenchu: Fatal Shadows on PlayStation 2 and I never touched that Tenchu Z game on the Xbox 360, but I never heard anything good about it.

I’d really like it if they could remake the first two PlayStation 1 games with modern graphics, like the PlayStation 4 remake of Shadow Of The Colossus.

Funnily enough the sequel was a prequel and improved on the original in every way. I still have my original copies of both games.

Their Souls games are highly regarded, they should put some of that magic into the Tenchu franchise.
Oni-Samurai (PSN ID)
Currently playing: Sherlock Holmes Crimes and Punishment on PlayStation 3. I’m loving the change of gameplay with no shooting, jumping, racing, etc. Just puzzle solving and deductions. The future Batman games should steal some of the detective bits from this.
PS: Best biscuit contender: McVities double chocolate digestive.

GC: From only ported the PSP version of Fatal Shadows, they didn’t make the original PlayStation 2 version. Although they did publish it in Japan.

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Persecution complex

It’s funny the difference between perception of how a company is doing and the reality. It seems as though certain types of people can’t wait to see a company go under, taking joy in it almost. Perhaps it’s because they have a horse in the race. Competition is good for everyone, as soon as companies get too far ahead they get complacent and put in as little effort as possible.

Let’s not forget that Sony went through a similar situation at the start of the PlayStation 3’s life, thinking they could dominate through power and brand name alone and payed for it. Luckily for everyone they turned the situation around before the end of the console’s life. And Nintendo seem to take every second year off. While sales may be OK for Microsoft now, what it is doing, for me anyway, is damaging the brand.

While on the flipside of this, even though I don’t own their console, I have a new found respect for Sony and what they are doing for the industry. One reader was saying how exclusives aren’t really that big a seller, but maybe they are system sellers. After all, if I was in the market for a shiny new console, what would I pick? One with only whatever multiformat games are being released or the one with all these plus a bunch of cool, interesting ones on top of that?
Major_Kahonas
PS: In reply to Stone Cold Steve Austin, I feel in order to get through my backlog I need a hyperbolic time chamber. Just imagine going in for a day and coming out the next with the backlog completely cleared. What a weight off the shoulders that would be! That got me thinking: why does a hobby that was supposed to be for sheer fun and enjoyment slowly turn into just another form of stress in your life?

GC: Your opening paragraph is rather odd, it doesn’t reflect any letter we’ve had in on the Xbox One.

Super Horror Bros.

It’s a shame that the Friday The 13th game turned out kinda bad, because I think it’s a great idea for a game that could be expanded upon in several ways; imagine if the developers released DLC that had other iconic horror characters in them.

Think how cool it would be to play as Freddy Kruger chasing teens around Elm Street or that strange foundry place where he chills. Or maybe you could play as Chucky let loose in the factory that makes the Good Guy dolls, being able to blend in amongst the other dolls scattered throughout the place. The predator and Leatherface would also be cool characters to play as, it’s just a shame it’ll never happen.
Sebastian_McClown

Immortal Kombat

I have been playing a bit of Injustice 2 recently, having owned it for a while. I am finding it very enjoyable and the super moves are really great (I particularly like Flash’s). I have enjoyed one-on-one fighters since the early days of The Way Of The Exploding Fist and Yie Are Kung Fu (two of the best named video games of all time!).

As much as I like Injustice 2 I actually prefer the developer’s other fighter Mortal Kombat. This is probably due to the characters, as I am not into superheroes. I loved the horror characters in Mortal Kombat XL and would love to see a horror one-on-one fighter containing all the best horror characters from movies and literature. Merry Xmas.
Rob

It’s a cracker

Since it’s that time of year I thought I’d write in with some bad Christmas gaming jokes… enjoy

Q: What would Santa do if Link put on weight?
A: Send him to the elf farm

Q: What did Link learn at school?
A: The elfabet

Q: Why couldn’t sir Daniel Fortesque go to the Christmas party?
A: He had no body to go with

Q: How can Stone Cold Steve Austin from the morning Inbox manage to fit in all those games?
A: Get an advent calendar, because you get 25 days.

As Basil Brush would say: Boom, Boom!
R1CH5TER

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Browser’s inside story

I have a really good question pertaining to the actual Internet browser used on the Xbox One. The browser is riddled with problems and has been for years, and I’m not joking when I state it is by far one of the most unstable I have ever had the misfortune to use.

The browser has a tendency to lose the cursor, resulting in having to keep hitting the middle button and then hitting the ‘B’ button to get it back. On top of this specific sites have a habit of causing it to flicker the address bar of the screen for no reason.

The other issue is that it will shut down or crash at random. Watching a video on YouTube, or even accessing any webpage, will cause this to happen. Why has Microsoft not fixed any of these issues yet, since the browser has been available for many years? You would think a multi-billion dollar company would have fixed its flagship browser for its own console by now but sadly have not.

Has anyone else experienced this and other problems like this?
gaz be rotten (gamertag)

GC: We doubt many people use it, given they can just use their phone instead. The Wii U was the only time a browser worked well on a console.

Inbox also-rans

Really don’t like the idea of the next Battlefield being WWII. Did anyone actually ask for WWI or II? I don’t know where DICE get these ideas from. On the other hand loads of people seem to want to bring back Bad Company.
Donk

I’m sure I’m not the first to think this but, since Portal 3 isn’t going to happen, wouldn’t it be nice to have the Portal games port(al)ed to the Switch, making full use of the Joy-Cons?
FoximusPrime81 (gamertag/NN ID/Twitter)

GC: It would be nice, but we just don’t think Valve cares.

This week’s Hot Topic

As is tradition for the last week before Christmas, this weekend’s Inbox asks what was your biggest video game-related disappointment of 2017?

In the new year (once everyone’s had a chance to play their Christmas presents) we’ll run our regular reader’s poll for the best games of 2017, but for now we want to know what you think was the worst.

Your pick doesn’t have to be a complete disaster but what game were you at least disappointed with? Or perhaps there was some other news story, trend, or hardware release that you considered to be the low point of 2017 for games?

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