Since Tuesday’s letters ask why The Last Of Us actors haven’t played the game, a reader suggests Jeff Minter play Hyper Demon.
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Closes the tide
Other people may have different experiences, but I have also noticed that absolutely none of my friends or acquaintances talk about Overwatch 2, although it is free to play. I looked up the player numbers, which is hard to do because it’s not on Steam, but it seems to work okay if it’s behind things like Apex Legends and Team Fortress 2 – which I would have thought were relatively easy to beat in. his honeymoon period.
So it hasn’t been a flop, but it’s not breaking any records either. I wonder what the future of the series will be as it seems to be one of those games that just lurches from one mistake to the next and is probably already on a downward trajectory. It’s not Battlefield 2042, but given how much the game seems to be talked about online, I still don’t know anyone who actually plays it.
I still think it was a mistake to not include a story mode, as a lot of the chatter online is about characters and stories, and I have no idea where people are getting that from. The whole sequel concept seems ill-conceived and a kind of knee-jerk reaction to the original losing players. If Overwatch 2 is meant to stop, I don’t think it will for long.
Never played it
I’ve read that neither of the two stars of The Last Of Us have played the game and have actually been told not to by the show makers. I struggle to understand why this might be, and to be honest, again I seem to display a snobbish attitude towards games, myself, and especially when they are the source material. Would they have said the same if it was an adaptation of a book, TV show or cartoon? I do not think.
I mean, is this how Hollywood—or whatever you want to call HBO—thinks of us? Below comics in the pecking order of the narrative medium? The only legitimate reason I can think of is if the game is so close to the show that they don’t want them imitating it, but even if that’s a good idea, why make a show that literally only is the game without the gameplay?
I just have a bad feeling about it all. Especially since the basic story of The Last Of Us is just another zombie apocalypse. What was new about the game was how cinematic it was, but when you’re making a show or a movie, that doesn’t make a difference anymore.
As much as it pains me to say, nothing will change about Pokémon until the games start selling less than they did. For Nintendo, the last few games, and the upcoming new ones, are a big step forward, also in terms of technology. Just not as big as most fans would like.
I totally agree that Game Freak is overworked and understaffed, but then again, if it brings in money, the profits will be much higher with things the way they are now compared to hiring a few thousand extra people.
There is truth in saying that throwing people at a problem (the Microsoft solution to most things) is rarely a good idea, but going to the other extreme is just as bad. I actually think that can account for a lot of Sony’s success: their games are big budget and high tech but never over the top, so they actually get done on time and have some creative control instead of being too big to take a risk.
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One game later…
I think it’s pretty clear now that Link’s robotic arm replaces the Sheikah Slate and is the source of his magical abilities. Aside from saying goodbye to the final visual nod to the Wii U, what interests me is how quickly and efficiently Nintendo has been able to change the look of Link.
His green outfit and goofy hatred used to be absolutely iconic, and yet all it took was one good game to completely change his design and for almost no one to complain. This new statue thing, and everything else we’ve seen of Tears Of The Kingdom so far has no sign of the green suit, and I imagine that means it’ll just be an easter egg again, and that’s it.
I have no major preferences one way or the other, I just find it interesting how easily something you would have argued was central to the appeal of the game just gets done away with in one fell swoop. Makes you wonder how much of other games could be stripped away, in the spirit of doing something different, and they’d be just fine.
I instantly knew my answer to last week’s hot topic: the cloak that flies in Super Mario World on the SNES. I was never able to do flying successfully on a consistent basis. Flying was so easy in Super Mario Bros. 3m with the raccoon tail – just run and then repeatedly press ‘B’ to fly. Why would they complicate it in the next game?! As I recall, you couldn’t just fly, you had to hit first, then press up… or something. And if you mistimed it, you would just slide to the ground. Which I did regularly.
That’s why I’ve always rated Super Mario Bros. 3 over World, this one mechanic really ruined what was otherwise a classic game.
SteJFin (NN ID)
What we don’t hear much about in these pages are those willing to back Bayonetta 3 as a game of the year contender. Don’t get me wrong: God Of War Ragnarök also has a very good chance, especially since it certainly looks like more money has been spent on it.
But… God Of Four (as I like to call it) was only a 9 out of 10, wasn’t it? It was really raised by the last boss. Much of it could well be a stroke. Like the Sony formula is a bit of a hit. I wish I could put my finger on exactly why this is, but I can’t.
I just got around to Bayonetta 2 and even the first chapter is just so refreshing and vibrant and exciting. Right from the start. Unlike Devil May Cry 5, it actually has level design! And unlike Platinum’s own Astral Chain, it has levels that are a lot of fun to explore and play in! Not just… okay. It’s almost unfair how far ahead the Umbran queen is compared to her rivals.
And as such, Bayonetta 3 probably has a better shot at Game of the Year than Ragnarök. At least in my opinion. of course, it’s fair to say that Elden Ring has already won at The Video Game Awards. There is nothing that any other game can do now. Not that their selection is as interesting as GC’s, Edge’s, or your favorite handful of YouTubers.
Voices of Italy
I can believe that having Charles Martinet as Mario for a whole movie might be a bit much, but just having Chris Pratt do his normal voice is too much. I’m sure there must be plenty of Italian-American actors they could have gotten that would have been a much better compromise.
I know they want a big star, but aside from Jack Black, who isn’t exactly that big, I haven’t heard of any of the others, so either it’s not a problem or just doing a stunt cast for Toad or someone. Mario being Italian is so inherent in his character that it just seems pointless not to have it.
So I recently decided to buy FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition for my Xbox Series S since my friends all play it. I also decided to buy around £50 worth of FIFA points just to give my team a little boost. I’m clearly the luckiest person on the planet when on the first day I bagged Mbappé and Cristiano Ronaldo and I was buzzing and thinking to myself that once I’ve sold them I’ll be able to build a really good team.
Everything was bad until Saturday. I experimented with new players and saw what worked and what didn’t. I played on Sunday until maybe 9 or 9:30pm and decided that was enough for that night, never mind that it had just won a close game. My fiance and I are watching TV and I decide to have a look on the companion app and to my surprise my entire team except for my untradeable items is gone, I look at my transfer market and a bunch of players are ready for sale.
Now at this point I’m confused, I know for sure I didn’t sell them as I didn’t have the coins to show for it so the only conclusion I could come to was that I had been hacked. I have contacted EA via both web chat (where two of the agents just left the chat without saying anything) and phone calls to be told there has been no suspicious activity on my account so there is nothing they can do. Now I’m out of pocket.
Although, yes, I’ve played, I haven’t benefited from the FIFA points I got with the Ultimate Edition or the FIFA points I bought. EA has some of the worst customer service I have ever experienced. While I understand that they can’t completely take my word for what happened, I have no reason to lie about it.
I checked and I’m not the only person having this problem. So the way I see it, they have to do something about it. I have bought every FIFA since FIFA 2003 at least and I find it unacceptable that they are not even willing to try to help.
Inbox works too
Can someone send Jeff Minter a copy of Hyper Demon Please. I have a sneaking suspicion that he will enjoy this cracker (a game of the year contender in my humble opinion).
What do Blizzard think, they cannot give refunds for DLC? Just give those affected free in-game currency. Bingo, you’re done. These companies are truly outrageous in how willing they are to treat their customers like scum.
This week’s hot topic
The topic of this weekend’s inbox was inspired by reader Chevy Malibu (PSN ID) and asks what is your most played video game?
You can count multiplayer games if you want, but ideally we want to know which game you return to every few years to play through again. What is it about the game that you enjoy revisiting so often, and how much of that is due to nostalgia and other external factors?
What makes a game replayable and do you consider it an important feature? Are there any games you don’t have the time or ability to play again, or maybe there are some that were once enough even though you enjoyed it the first time.
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