The Friday Inbox is upset at the idea that E3 might not continue, as one reader recommends Wreckfest’s free DLC.
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So it sounds like the Sonic The Hedgehog movie is just kind of okay? That’s a lot better than I was expecting to be honest, but I’m still not very tempted to buy it. It sounds like the approach they did with Smurfs and other low rent kid’s movies where everything takes place in our world and the main characters are the only things you need effects for.
I was a Sonic fan back in the day but I’m struggling to work up any enthusiasm for this as I just don’t see the point? How does Sonic make sense in live action without stripping out everything about the games (which is what seems to have happened?) And how are they going to handle a sequel where you start getting a flood of increasingly obscure talking animals?
I guess I will get around to watching it when it comes on Sky or something. I saw Detective Pikachu that way and it was okay. Or rather the first half was not bad and then it just got sillier and sillier and stopped pretending to be a movie that adults could watch as well. I guess these movies aren’t aimed at me but do kids even know who Sonic is nowadays? They certainly don’t know what a Mega Drive is.
It’s Friday! Well at least it will be when this is printed. February 14th; you all know what that means.
A day of going to the cinema and watching the new Sonic movie.
Sadly, I won’t be going to see it on preview night (or possibly a blessing in disguise).
Are you planning to see it GC?
Let’s all sing the theme song.
GC: We’ve already seen it?
I knew that new Prince Of Persia game would be a disappointment the second I saw the story but, like you say, at least it shows Ubisoft still remembers it exists. I’d love for the series to come back but only if they’re going to go back to the early swashbuckling tone of the originals and not the grimdark slog it became later.
I’m relatively hopeful because Assassin’s Creed now doesn’t have much parkour in it and feels a lot different than Prince Of Persia, especially if the next one is set in Viking times. In fact that might be the perfect time to launch a new Prince Of Persia, since there’d be no real clash at all.
It was one of the few serious platformers (in terms of the story, etc.) that could rival the best from Nintendo and I miss that kind of game. I also really liked the characters, at least as they were at first, before they became filled with generic angst.
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As Microsoft’s first party bulge isn’t quite as impressive as that of Nintendo’s or Sony’s I think many under value the appeal that they will be on Game Pass from day one and, as of now, for all time.
Sony and Nintendo’s first party games will not be available in such a way. PS Now actually looks like a good service to me but Sony has recently said they feel their first party games are too good to be on it day one and all time. God Of War made a brief appearance but is now off the service, Horizon Zero Dawn leaves it in April. First party games are Nintendo’s lifeblood and flogging them through hardware is netting them huge money so no reason to try a different model. The attach rates for their first party games are huge.
As for Stadia, even if it overcomes its troubled start it is still a streaming service that wants you to pay for extra features like 4K and has been at great pains to clarify it’s not a Netflix type service. So even if they did rack up a good chunk of first party games I’m not sure they would be interested in making them the backbone of a Netflix style subscription model like Game Pass. They might put them behind a subscription wall to entice adopters to the paid versions but it’ll take many, many years to develop a good chunk of games to rival even Microsoft, never mind Nintendo and Sony.
For the price of three Nintendo exclusives, roughly £120, you get Xbox Gold plus a years worth of top games on Xbox and PC plus all Microsoft’s first party games, which while not as impressive as the other two’s are still a massive draw and elevate the service to must have for me. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, Ori And The Will Of The Wisps and Halo Infinite are three of my most anticipated games this year and it’s great to know I’ve got them on day one as a part of Game Pass. And still have spare change to pick up a couple of other games like The Last Of Us Part 2 and, pretty please, Elden Ring. The recently bought studios bodes very well for the service going forward too.
GC: Just because Sony says they don’t need a Game Pass equivalent now, doesn’t mean they won’t change their mind if it’s seen to be a killer app.
I would definitely regret seeing the end of E3, if that’s what all this is building up to. It is by far my favourite games-related event to watch, especially as, unlike The Game Awards, it’s on at a reasonably good time of the day to watch in the UK.
I think it’s pretty obvious companies just want more control and more excuses not to reveal anything. Don’t forget we’ve now gone the longest ever without a proper Nintendo Direct and Microsoft has never really done that sort of thing. Companies don’t want to tell us anything and they probably don’t like E3 because it’s a time in the year where they kind of have to.
If the coronavirus does delay the next gen I’m beginning to get the feeling that we won’t hear anything until after the summer from Sony. I mean, they don’t have to tell us anything but it’s getting tiring just having everything leaking out in dribs and drabs.
Bugbear have added four brand new tracks to Wreckfest since October, all of which were 100% free (I would of happily paid for these via DLC).
This is brilliant value to a game that was already loaded with a great variety of tracks and it’s currently only £19.99 at Argos and Amazon.
I’ve written some Reader’s Features in the past and will again hopefully, and while I’m no fan of personal attacks or vitriol, I do think that any article (or game) should be fair game for discussion and critiques. Commenters need to remember that there’s an actual human being on the receiving end, but it’s also helpful if the writers take on board any constructive points that are made.
With regards to the weekend feature, while I would definitely agree with the feature’s main point that 2020 has been a slow starter, it was its subsequent logic that I was trying to highlight. The feature pointed out that ‘Some people will no doubt start saying, ‘I don’t care, I’ll just play my backlog’. Okay, fine. Good for you. Well, I don’t really have a backlog, I want to play new games’.
It was this idea that only newly released games are worth playing that I wanted to address. It’s easy to miss a few great games in a busy period, or find out a couple of years later about a hidden gem that you’ve missed. To let these games pass you by, simply because they are not ‘new games’ would be a shame. Or maybe I’ve misunderstood?
Matt (he_who_runs_away – PSN ID)
GC: He was complaining about three months of no major new games. We don’t think he was suggesting there was nothing else he could do instead.
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Read BADMAFiA72’s Inbox letter regarding the comments on the recent Reader’s Feature, and I have to agree. On the reference to the Coronavirus, I think Grassple acknowledged the impact of the virus itself supersedes concerns about what games are being released, but this was an article written concerning gaming as its focus, and as said this has already been considered by a number of articles. I think other readers should always feel free to offer an alternative opinion to someone’s thoughts of course, but it shouldn’t come across as an attack.
In reference to the point Grassple was making about the lack of ‘big-hitting’ releases this year; I think they’re spot on, there has been a lack of notable big-names thus far, and it is in danger of being something of a quiet year on that front.
I would however offer a counter argument – I haven’t particularly got a backlog either, other than a couple of titles I maybe need to finish after starting, but I have found myself looking at games that I wouldn’t normally go for. What Remains Of Edith Finch, Firewatch, and Observation are three games I’ve picked up that, if there were more ‘big’ games releasing, maybe I wouldn’t have looked at. As Magicsquirrel said in their initial comment, there is indeed much more available, with a greater variety too.
Andrew J. is right in that there’s a great The Last Of Us 2 dynamic theme on the PS store, which changes depending on the time, but forgot to add the download code you’ll need to enter as it’s not listed in the themes listing at all. For most of the world, Europe/Africa/India/Aus etc it’s: 9DEK-PKNG-N445 The Americas code is: 4FMP-BBNM-J5L3
You can get two Star Wars dynamic themes from Game Publisher Aspyr for PlayStation 4, I presume this is eligible for the UK too, as well as USA. Only thing is you have to enter your email address and date of birth to get the themes. Here is the link.
Just completed: Halo 5 co-op
This week’s Hot Topic
This weekend’s Inbox is devoted to the Readers’ Top 20 of 2019, where you get to vote on your favourite games of last year.
As usual, all you need to do is send us a list of your three favourite games and we’ll log your vote and present the results on Saturday. If you want to also describe why you made your choices then we’ll use that in the Hot Topic, where everyone can go into detail on their top picks.
Unlike our Top 20 the only limitations are that the game has to have been released new in the UK in 2019, so as long as that’s true you can vote for anything you like – including remakes, remasters, re-releases, etc. Feel free to also let us know what you thought of 2019 in general and how it compares to previous years.
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