Games Inbox: Do negative stories about developers put you off their games?

The morning Inbox wants to see a return to more military shooters like Advanced Warfighter, as one reader asks about the 10 best indie games.

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Taking advantage

I don’t think I’m going to get Borderlands 3. I was already disappointed by the reveal, that seemed to show it hadn’t really changed at all, but all this stuff about the developer is really putting me off. I just don’t think I want to support someone that’s so obviously an egomaniac and extremely shady. I remember him now as the one behind Aliens: Colonial Marines, which I seem to remember ended up with at least one smaller company going bust.

I’m willing to bet it’s only a matter of time before we get the stories of everyone being worked to death to make the ‘crunch’ so I’ll think I’ll just bow out now. There are plenty of other games out there, especially loot shooters.

If it had been my type of thing (it’s not, as it happens) I doubt I would’ve got Mortal Kombat 11 either, thanks to the microtransactions and the reveal of all the staff being treated poorly again. I’m sure this sort of thing goes on in all sorts of businesses but only in video games does it seem to happen because people are being taken advantage just because their job is supposed to be fun.


True ending

I doubt I’ll be bothered to unlock it properly but for anyone’s that interested there’s a secret ending to Days Gone that gives quite a big hint as to where the sequel will go. I won’t spoil anything here, obviously, but it at least implies that zombies will be a bigger focus in the next game.

I beat the game for the normal ending and enjoyed it well enough. The so-so reviews tempered my expectations and on that level I had a lot of fun. Although the beginning was very slow and the ending was weird. It was the perfect game for Sony to release at this time of year though. With so little else out it’s basically got no competition. Whereas if this was released during the Christmas rush I think a lot more people would be more negative about it.

I would like to say that I was scared exactly once by the game. I was clearing out nests in the normal manner and one of them had a huge horde in it that all ran out at once and absolutely railroaded me. It was a real shock and not at all what I expected, but it’s only happened once and I did actually 100% that quest line. Why was it only once? It was a really effective jump scare and yet I could’ve easily played the whole game and missed it.


Military strategy

I’d love to see a new GRAW. I have very fond memories of those games and was shocked to look up Advanced Warfighter 2 and find that even that was released as long ago as 2007. I could’ve sworn it was more recent than that. But then it’s been a long time since not just Splinter Cell but a decent Rainbow Six that wasn’t Siege. Or even things like Full Spectrum Warrior.

The idea of the tactical shooter seems to be dead and I agree that the best bet for a new Ghost Recon would be to try and bring it back. I’m assuming the main problem is that it doesn’t work well in multiplayer but I’m sure, just for once, Ubisoft could try and make something that wasn’t a game as a service. Or, I don’t know, make it so that each player is controlling their own little squad of three or four people?

It’s crazy to think how the military shooter is kind of going extinct now, considering how dominant it was in the last gen. They were all copying Call Of Duty then but the thing is COD is barely any less popular now than it was now. It might not pull in audiences like Fortnite but you look at the sales numbers and they’re very consistent. I guess now the difference is publishers think there’s only room for one (or maybe two with Battlefield) but I do think if they made other games more strategic, like the old Tom Clancy games, that would work too.
Big Mike


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Portable gaming

I just bought a gaming laptop to play on my travels. Can you name your favourite 10 indie games of the last 10 years or so for me to check out?

Indie games that stand out to me are stuff like What Remains of Edith Finch, The Stanley Parable, Subnautica, and Tetris Effect (hopefully PC port comes out soon). Any genre is OK but preferably stuff bit different/edgy, but nothing overly hard as that stuff doesn’t interest me.

GC: That’s not a quick thing to answer (and we wouldn’t classify Tetris Effect as indie) but the following recent ones are all very good: Katana ZERO, Nuclear Throne, Baba Is You, Ape Escape, Devotion, Sunless Skies, Monster Boy And The Cursed Kingdom, Forgotton Anne, Return Of The Obra Dinn, and Hollow Knight.


Edutainment for all

Got the ‘kids’ the Nintendo Labo VR set last week and wow – it works far greater than it has the right to, doesn’t it?

Very well made, very clever and we’ve had a great laugh. Anyone dabbled with the Garage mode yet?

On a similar note, Fuze for Switch is out the end of this month and looks fantastic. I’m planning on teaching the little ones how to make Flappy Bird or similar in the coming months, can’t wait to see if they get the hang of it. I’d have killed for the Switch when I was younger, fantastic console.


Wood you believe it?

After many, many hours I finished Red Dead Redemption II.

My first thought was to finish off some challenges but to then find myself chopping wood in the game I decided it was time for a change and load a title from my backlog.

After reading praise in the Inbox letters, and your review, I decided on God Of War.

The first thing I have to do in the game?


Is this the new ladders?

Keep up the great work.
Jowbullman (PSN ID)
PS: Currently gone back to playing Beat Saber, more chopping!


Deserved win

Some real shady stuff going on with Sony and EA Access to be sure. Interesting to see they finally gave in though, just like they did with cross-play. Although I imagine it was just EA giving them a bigger cut of the pie and the whole cross-play thing hasn’t really amounted to much so far, so I guess it’s debatable how much they have moved really.

I have to say though, just as EA Access proves that not everything EA does is bad Sony’s conduct this gen has been pretty good really. They haven’t been too much of a bully, they haven’t rested on their laurels, and they haven’t been too arrogant. I don’t know if that’ll last into the next gen but I think in every way they’ve deserved this win.
Big Boss


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Eternal crunch

Interesting article here on PC Gamer, about the continuing controversy over how game developers are treated. The gist of it is that rather than just been forced to work unpaid overtime during the ‘crunch’, just before a game is finished, they’re basically having to do it all that time with games as a service.

Epic Games has already been accused of being like this, to ensure the flow of new content keeps coming, but now lots of different developers are saying they’re having to work seven days a week, 9am to 10pm. Not only is that outrageous for no actual money but it’s clearly unsustainable.

Something is going to break soon and yet what’s not helping it is gamers, most of who – particularly kids, have no idea how games are made and think developers are being lazy if they’re not churning out new content every week.

It’s all a horrible mess and not helped by some people, including those that have written in to the Inbox, who dismiss the complaints as just having ‘a long day’. Making video games is fast going from a dream job to something to be avoided at all costs. Yet another reason to be glad that single-player games aren’t dead yet.


Inbox also-rans

Dante in Super Smash Bros. is all well and good but when are going to get an annoucement on the second character? It’s only a few weeks to E3 now so are they going to drop all the news then? I kind of hoped they had bigger fish to fry at that point.
Benjy Dog

Minecraft stops being cool as soon as you get to about 15. That doesn’t mean it’s not still cool for those that are younger and growing up with it. I haven’t know a single niece or nephew that hasn’t been into it at some point.


This week’s Hot Topic

With Pokémon: Detective Pikachu out this week, the subject for this weekend’s Inbox was fairly obvious: what’s your favourite video game movie?

What movie based on an existing video game franchise is your favourite and why? Is it a good movie in its own right or do you just enjoy the connection to the game? Are there any TV shows or cartoons that you’d rate higher and what do you think in general is the best way to adapt a video game into live action or animation?

Why do you think so many movies get things wrong and what advice would you give on upcoming movies or your own dream projects? And do you think Detective Pikachu (or Sonic) will change anything?

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