The morning Inbox thinks there should be a Microsoft Direct, as one reader has a very difficult decision to make in The Banner Saga.
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Pretty impressed by what they’ve shown off about Doom Eternal so far. I was particularly keen on the mysterious concept art which I think might be meant to be heaven? Or are the aliens from Doom 3 part of the story? I can’t remember to be honest but I don’t think so.
I know GC had one of the lowest reviews for the game but while I do really like the reboot I have to agree that for a series that’s been going for 25 years it does seem like we’ve only ever had one game and just an endless series of remakes and re-dos. Even this one is basically the same set-up as Doom II, although admittedly it was hard to tell where that game was meant to be set just by looking at it.
So while I’m not normally someone that’s big on ‘lore’ and backstory and all that I hope they finally push things forward and do something brand new. Doom actually has a pretty weird set-up with portals to Hell on Mars and all that, I think there’s a lot they could do with it. You know, besides shooting imps in the face with a shotgun.
Nice look at Doom Eternal by id but am I crazy but did Rage 2 actually look more interesting? I loved the reveal at E3 but was a bit worried it’d all turn out to be of a letdown in real-life, but all the open world and driving stuff is looking pretty special to me.
Considering how successful Far Cry is I’m surprised there aren’t more open world shooters and yet this one doesn’t seem like a clone or anything, plus I bet its gunplay is better than Ubisoft’s? Having played the Mad Max game I’m willing to bet the car driving is good too.
Okay, I realise I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt on a lot of things here – which is exactly how hype and disappointment works – but they’ve got me excited and interested. I hope I’m not let down now!
Bit late to the party here but I just watched the latest Nintendo Direct and I am seriously impressed by how well orchestrated it was. Those CGI scenes look amazing and as others have said it’s got me interested in a game I already know I don’t like (from playing the others) but which I’m genuinely considering as a sort of interactive museum.
Nintendo can be very backwards with a lot of things but I really think they’ve cracked it with these livestreams, to the point where I don’t understand why Sony and Microsoft don’t copy them. Sony at least have the PSX show in December but Microsoft never have any kind of annoucement event apart from E3.
You could argue that’s because they’ve never got anything to announce, but they used to and they never did it then. They will do in the future too, with all these new developers, so why not get into the swing now? Although I have a horrible feeling it’d be super slick and cheesy. There’s an almost amateurish feel to the Nintendo Directs, at least when the guys are talking, that feels very honest and down-to-earth.
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It’s strange that by the end of Dark Souls III I felt exhausted by the series and was glad they were bringing it to an end but it’s been a good few years now and I’m really missing me some Soulsborne goodness. Is Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice going to be at Gamescom, do you know GC? And will it be playable? There didn’t seem to be many previews from E3 but I’d be very interested to see what you think of it.
Is there a release date as well? It’s a game I basically don’t need to know anything about in order to know I’ll buy it, and there’s not many I’d say that about, but I would like to get a basic idea of the difficult and just what the mix is between (semi-)realistic and supernatural stuff. The second I hear about a collector’s edition though it’s pre-ordered.
GC: Yes, it’ll be playable at Gamescom and we’ve already got an interview lined up. The release date is ‘early’ 2019.
I think this situation with ROMs is a lot more complicated than some people are making out. At the end of the day these games are someone’s property and legal grey area or not you are pirating them. I mean, with Nintendo there’s no grey area at all: they not only regularly re-release their games they often incorporate them into other games like WarioWare and that 3DS collection I’ve forgotten the name of [NES Remix? – GC] so there’s no question at all that you’re taking money away from them by downloading the ROMs.
Obviously there are other games that are probably never coming back but I wouldn’t bet on which ones it would or wouldn’t be. And besides it’s Nintendo suing the sites so I don’t see they’ve got a leg to stand on. The sensible thing would’ve been to just not include Nintendo games and I bet they never would’ve got involved, but these people brought it on themselves really.
GC, you reignited my love for grid, turn-based strategy games with your excellent reviews for Fire Emblem: Awakenings and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Both amazing games. I have very fond memories of Vandal Hearts on PS1 when I was a youngster.
I’ve read these pages since the Digitiser days and now feel the need to write in for the first time about The Banner Saga. A turn-based strategy game in a fantasy-based Viking world. I’m about halfway through and it’s right up there with the other games I’ve mentioned. Lovely art design and music which really pull you into the world.
I think you mentioned in your review (as a criticism) that having the majority of the dialogue in written format led to the game feeling like you were reading an eBook; which it does, but it’s in a way that makes you feel you’re reading a half decent fantasy novel, which is fully and amazingly interactive. I’ve never played a game where I’ve had to genuinely go make a coffee for five minutes to ponder my response to another character’s question. The feeling of weight to your choices is immense.
I have played on Switch and I understand the saves to the sequel carry over. However, I have the second one on Xbox (from Games with Gold). Is the continuation worth buying the second one on Switch, or should I just play my Xbox version? Cheers!
GC: That’s tricky, because it involves paying for a game you’ve already got. But if you’re enjoying it that much we’d have to say that the way your decisions carry on is a key appeal, especially by the time you get to the third game. The retail-only Banner Saga Trilogy, which is out next month, might be your best bet for at least a minor discount.
I don’t want to seem to be moaning at nothing but is anyone getting upset at how much noise their PlayStation 4 makes? I’ve got a Pro and the thing can be absolutely deafening at just the most random times. When playing a Blu-ray is weirdly one of the most common times for it to start off but it’ll also do it randomly halfway through a game or even when just sitting there virtually idle.
I get that it produces a lot of heat and so on but I have never even heard a PC make that much noise. It’s not just mine that’s broken is it? I’ve heard the Xbox One is a lot quieter? At this point I’m almost tempted to get the Xbox One X just for that.
GC: It’s unlikely to be anything wrong with your machine, it’s a pretty common complaint. The Xbox One is impressively quiet, and noticeably better than any PlayStation model.
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The recent Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct has had me, amongst many others, speculating on the brutal ‘murdering’ of Luigi.
Some are convinced that perhaps the blurred image on the game modes menu suggest a ‘spirit’ campaign mode where perhaps the unlockable characters are in fact trapped in purgatory waiting to be released via completing ‘story mode’ levels making them available to the playable roster. Some analysts going as far to say that Simon Belmont’s moves list comprising of ‘holy water’ and projectile crosses further cementing the fact that characters are indeed temporarily evil, otherwise his moves set would have no effect on these long loved mascots.
I’m not so sure about this. However, judging by the prolonged focus on Luigi’s demise in the new trailer, I’m gonna go ahead and assume that maybe we’ve been given a glimpse at what could possibly be a new gameplay mechanic in a third Luigi’s Mansion game thats sees Luigi become a ghost as opposed to ‘fainting’ (as Nintendo would like to put it) turning the tables on Mario’s younger brother in his own game.
Of course this would open up possibilities of puzzle-solving, finding secret passages by passing through walls and such or simply an added depth during boss battles that require the player to defeat them in phases. Just a thought.
GC: The Smash Bros. theories sound like nonsense, but we really like your ideas for Luigi’s Mansion 3. The second game is so underappreciated.
I’ve just bought the brilliant King’s Edition of Ni No Kuni II for £50 from Game Collection. Was £160 when it released and the extras are worth every penny (includes the season pass worth £16 alone).
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Is Fortnite available on a Motorola C Plus? As it is Android after all. I would like to know this, please find out.
GC: Not for the beta, no. But they may expand the list of compatible devices once it moves to a full release.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Franky, who asks what’s the one game annoucement you never expect to hear?
With Gamescom coming up next week what’s the one thing you’re confident won’t be revealed? Whether it’s a sequel, reboot, or some kind of hardware annoucement what do you think is the least likely, without being completely silly.
What annoucement have you given up any hope of hearing about and why do you think it’ll never happen? What’s the most surprised you’ve ever been by an annoucement and how did the final product turn out?
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