The evening Inbox is willing to give No Man’s Sky another chance, as one reader recommends giving Cat Quest a quick purr-usal.
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The next wave
In answer to the reader yesterday, I would definitely recommend Fallout 4 if it’s in a good value game of the year edition. It was a bit disappointing in terms of not being very different to Fallout 3 but I would say it was just as good. And since Fallout 3 is one of my favourite games that’s a pretty big compliment as far as I’m concerned.
But what his letter really made me think about was how these games are going to evolve in the future. As someone else pointed out (or maybe it was the same guy?) there haven’t been many for a while. I wouldn’t really count Horizon Zero Dawn as the same sort of game, and even if you did that’s pretty much the only one for the year. There was Mass Effect: Andromeda I guess, but the less said about that the better.
BioWare have already been talking about a new Dragon Age though, I assume Bethesda are cooking up a new Elder Scrolls, and CD Projekt RED have their cyberpunk game. So how are these games going to distinguish themselves from the last ones? The law of diminishing returns already set in with Fallout 4, so I don’t think better graphics alone will do it. And I severely doubt they’re going to get more complicated role-playing, probably the opposite.
So what does that leave? I think the only sensible answer is multiplayer, co-op multiplayer. Games like Saints Row already have it and you’ve got all these role-players poised for a next wave of sequels and they’ve got to find something new to do. I think it’s finally time to have co-op in Fallout, Elder Scrolls, and all the rest.
I was looking through the release schedules and was surprised to find that Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is out this month, the same week as Gamescom. That seems very odd to me as it seems like Sony has barely ever talked about this game. Considering how big Uncharted 4 was for them, this seems strange. I know it started life as an expansion pack, and it’s not quite full price, but it looks like a regular Uncharted game and that obviously makes it pretty special from a graphical point of view.
Releasing it the same week as Gamescom almost seem like Sony are trying to hide it, and I haven’t seen many previews or any hands-on I think. I have no reason to think the game won’t be good but I do find the lack of hype surprising. It’s not even as if they’ve done a Bethesda and only announced it six months before it’s out. It’s been know about for a while now but I feel like the only thing I know about it is that it’s set in India and Nate isn’t in it.
I honestly don’t know what to suggest with how to replace the 3DS. Personally I’m happy for the Switch to be their one and only console but I can see the logic of wanting a cheaper handheld-only alternative. Maybe the answer is just to keep the 3DS going indefinitely? Shrinking it down, remoulding it like with the 2DS XL, and making it cheaper and cheaper.
If they do that I assume they’re just continue to supply it with cheap-to-make spin-off titles like they’ve been doing all year. But the one good thing we might get out of all this is…. Advance Wars!
Think about it. With things like Hey! Pikmin and Metroid: Samus Returns Nintendo are throwing stuff out there that’s easy to make because it’s a remake or based on a something that already exists. Well, what could be cheaper to make than a new Advance Wars games? The graphics have always been super simple and yet there is a fanbase for it so I’m actually quite hopeful we’ll hear about a new game next year.
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If it’s true that Nintendo are being sued for the Switch and how it infringes on some other company’s patent.
Then Nintendo can bring a whole boat load of writs itself on other companies for infringement of their own ideas.
I suspect nothing will come of this anyway and it will all be yesterday’s news before we know it.
GC: Nintendo are always being sued by someone, it never comes to anything.
As seen on TV
I know I am a little bit behind the times here but I have recently happened across this article by Ellie Gibson regarding the GamesMaster TV show. I’m sure I can’t be the only person who hasn’t read this, and I thought I would share it as I found it to be an excellent read with lots of stuff that I didn’t previously know about.
From this I have googled a lot more of Ellie’s articles and haver to say that I find her writing really engaging and would definitely recommend her stuff to anybody that hasn’t read any of her stuff.
On a side note, a while back people were writing in about the standard of the celebs on Go 8 Bit and really, if they were all good at the games there would be no room for any comedy relating to their displays and that, for me, is what makes the show so good. Take out the comedy and you basically just have a Twitch stream!
GC: You probably realise this, but since you didn’t directly reference the fact we should point out that Ellie is one of the hosts on Go 8 Bit.
Paws for thought
Gently nudging y’all to the world’s newest most adorable game: Cat Quest! By some group called The
Gentlebros, which I hadn’t heard of before but apparently have some sort of following in the online world.
I saw it was released on mobile yesterday and as appealing as it sounded (an apparently 15-hour action role-playing game with ridiculous cat puns) there was no way I was playing it on my phone. But! I found it on Steam and tried it for an hour or so last night using my Xbox controller. Spectacular. For one thing, it’s gorgeous. For another, the fighting is enjoyable, and the loot system seems extensive enough. And finally, there’s those cat puns; most locations seem to have worked in the word cat, kitty, paw, meow, whatever they can. The main town is The Catpital.
I am going to have a lot of highly disposable fun with this. Just wanted to spread the love J. There is an early, early reference (so, this isn’t really a spoiler) to some far flung town that may well be inhabited by dogs; I can only hope they do a sequel set in that area for those doggo lovers out there.
GC: We are aware of it, but the mobile aspect worried us a little. We may review it if we have time though.
Never say never
That Olympic committee guy: ‘I don’t want to say ‘no’ from the very beginning’
Reading between the lines: ‘We want to humour you for a bit and let you try and convince me it’s a good idea, let you think it’s something we’re actually considering. Then we’ll say ‘no’.’
I suspect that they have to be seen to give due consideration to any vaguely legitimate proposal, and this is basically a non-story.
GC: We think you’re projecting a bit there, given what else he said in the interview.
Very interesting news regarding the 1.3 No Man’s Sky updated, and that trailer looks fantastic, containing pretty much everything I had originally hoped it would include at launch.
I have maybe around 20 hours played in-game since I bought it at launch, yet despite this lack of play time I would probably still list it as one of my favourite games of the generation, in spite of its original lack of compelling gameplay mechanics and reasons to keep playing. Watching this latest trailer I think I realised why this is: the fact is, that I think I’ve always been in love with the idea of No Man’s Sky, even before it was announced.
That retro, 70s style colourful sci-fi aesthetic, those otherworldly vistas, questions about consciousness, and planet-to-space transitions are all features about which I’ve dreamt, ever since first watching some of the classics of the genre (Blade Runner, Moon, Silent Running, etc.), and it was only the poor execution and limited features of the game’s original release (apparently due to running out of money) which left me feeling dismayed.
So, how brilliant it is to hear that, not only have the team stuck with the game and produced subsequent updates, but that they are also free. If that’s not a sign of craftsmen doing something for the love of the concept itself, then I don’t know what is. Surely there could be no game more deserving of a re-review?
Cursa-x (PSN ID)
GC: We may well re-review it, as we entirely agree about the concept itself being hugely attractive. We also just happened to check, and found that No Man’s Sky is still just £9.99 on PSN. It was worth that even in its original form.
RE: Stanley71, GC, and Madden 18. GC, you are correct. G.O.A.T. does stand for greatest of all time. Tom Brady is on the cover this year and he apparently fits that bill, but I still think he’s a smarmy git who happens to have an excellent coach. They should have put Bill Belichick in the cover instead, he’s the real star of The Patriots.
When will you review Sonic Mania? It’s out on the 15th August, I’d like to read your review beforehand.
Oni-Samurai (PSN ID)
GC: The review embargo is Monday afternoon.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Axton, who asks what kind of backlog you currently have of video games you own but haven’t played or finished?
Many people use the quiet summer months to catch up with their backlog, but have you made any progress and is your current backlog more or less than at this time last year? Do you actually care about a backlog and what, if any, steps do you to take to prevent getting one or making it worse?
Do you have any rules about how many games you buy at once? Or about how many you’re playing at any one time? Do you have any games you think you’ll never get round to playing or completing, and does this worry you?
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