The morning Inbox worries what message Activision will take from Call Of Duty: WWII’s success, as one reader wonders if GT Sport was a flop.
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I don’t know if GC has seen but there have been some very detailed rumours about Capcom working on Devil May Cry V. Apparently, it’s already had several years in the oven and completely ignores the DmC reboot. It will let you play as both Dante and Nero, with larger and more open levels and more enemies on screen at once than usual.
Sony are helping to fund it, so it’ll be a PlayStation 4 timed exclusive at the least. It’s not expected to be unveiled this year though, which seems odd to me and perhaps the biggest pointer that this may be a fake rumour.
I’ve no way of knowing whether it’s true or not but what I will say is I hope it is. I love these kind of games and I want to see Capcom get out of its current rut. Especially as their only other game at the moment is Monster Hunter and that’s the only one of theirs I’ve never really liked.
GC: We did see the rumour, but as far as we can tell there’s no evidence behind it. So as believable as it may seem we didn’t feel comfortable running it as a story.
Out of the safety zone
Forgive me gaming gods, for I have sinned. I have added to Call Of Duty’s dominance of the UK game charts and spread the plague of the loot box. However, this was in service of a somewhat worthy cause: a Christmas/birthday present for my brother.
He is what you’d call a ‘basic’ gamer. Call Of Duty and FIFA are his mainstays, and I’ve tried to expand his repertoire with a few story-based game, other better shooters, and we both loved Far Cry 3 and 4, but the most he’s taken to is Wolfenstein outside of that. We’re in no position to get a Switch, and, being a 17-year-old, he looks down on Nintendo as ‘childish’.
So my question is: what games would the great GC community recommend to a beleaguered brother, who is very tired of buying Call Of Duty after FIFA after Call Of Duty after FIFA after…
GC: Wolfenstein was definitely a good call. You don’t mention what formats he has access to, but Naughty Dog’s titles might appeal, as well as Horizon Zero Dawn. Or perhaps Resident Evil 7 as a multiformat game.
Stop the spread
It really is disturbing to see people lap up microtransactions on smartphones, but I agree there’s probably nothing we can do about it at this point. I also see people miss the point on why they’re so bad. It’s not because you have, or have not, already paid for something it’s because they completely unbalance the gameplay.
Battlefront II means you can literally never have a fair fight, while in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (the girlfriend is already addicted) the game is completely ruined. Instead of wandering round doing whatever you want you just have to go to a small number of places and do the same thing over and over again, but only when the timer has run down – otherwise you have to pay!
My girlfriend liked the other games and acknowledges this isn’t as good, but still plays it – as far as I can see purely for the convenience. It seems awful to me but the idea of it spreading to ‘real’ games is horrible.
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Don’t rock the boat
I have to disagree with the guy who wrote in to complain about Call Of Duty: WWII. I don’t think it’s the worst entry at all, but I still don’t think it’s particularly good. It’s okay… competent without ever being surprising or exceptional. And I’m afraid that’s the secret to video game success. Most people don’t want anything demanding or weird, they just want some comfort food video game action. That’s why Call Of Duty and FIFA and Assassin’s Creed are so popular.
It always surprises me when people argue about these games as if they’re even trying to do anything out of the ordinary. That wouldn’t be pleasing their audience at all. I don’t mean to have a go at them, and actually I’m always impressed that Call Of Duty has always been of such generally good quality. Even the ‘bad’ ones like Ghosts and Infinite Warfare are still perfectly enjoyable and that sort of consistency doesn’t come by accident.
My only worry is that playing things so safe this time is going to lead to a bunch more sequels that are basically just remakes of older games – new Modern Warfare, new historical Black Ops, etc. I’m sure they’ll be fine but I’d rather avoid five years of semi-remakes and mix things up properly between the time zones. I’m still surprised they’ve never done a proper Desert Storm game.
Prepare to go offline
A little update on a favourite topic of the Inbox: Sony is taking down the servers for Demon’s Souls from the end of February next year. That means you’ll no longer be able to play it online, although it sounds like the game will still be playable offline.
It’s always worrying when this happens even when it’s with a rubbish game but to see a classic hobbled like this is pretty horrible. I suppose if you wanted to be optimistic, you might say that maybe this will lead Sony to do a remake, but I really doubt that’s what’s going to happen.
And so a highly influential game, and a great one in its own right, will never play the way it was intended again. Maybe fans can jury rig online to work again but they shouldn’t have to. These games don’t belong in a museum they belong in our homes!
Top gear for cheap
I’ve been trying to decide whether to buy Project CARS 2 or Gran Turismo Sport for the last few weeks, but the Black Friday sales did the hard work for me as ShopTo were selling Gran Turismo Sport for £17.85! The thing is, I thought GT Sport had actually sold pretty well, so I’m really surprised it’s been so heavily discounted so soon after release. Has it actually struggled in the sales department GC?
The news that Polyphony Digital are going to beef out the single-player campaign sounds great (as I currently don’t have a PS Plus subscription). Plus, I drive a Suzuki Swift and apparently one of the free cars being offered between now and March 18 is the Suzuki Swift Sport. It’s like it was meant to be!
GC: It’s hard to tell when we’ve only got the retail charts to go on, but it doesn’t seem to have been an outright flop. The fact that it was being bundled with almost every PlayStation 4 over Black Friday can’t have just been an accident, so we assume Sony must’ve just pressed a lot of discs on purpose.
Slow and steady wins the race
Really great to see PlayStation VR doing so well over Black Friday. I know it was because it was cheap, obviously, but it really shows the interest out there and that it’s only the high price that’s keeping people away. There’s nothing much Sony can do about that though and I think they have done very well ensuring a slow but steady stream of games.
It might be years before VR is mainstream but playing it now it really does feel like you’re getting a preview of the future. Like playing on an old arcade machine and imagining what gaming might be like in years to come.
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Two months off
Weird to think that after this week the games industry basically closes down for two months, with no more new releases (I haven’t checked January, but it’s usually a wasteland) until February or later. Why didn’t Wolfenstein II just wait until the second week of December if it really needed to come out before Christmas? I don’t see what difference it would’ve made.
Is the games industry assuming their audience is solely made up of hyper efficient Christmas shoppers who always get all their gifts in November and never any later? And why is nothing out in January? January sales are irrelevant given how many others there are now, so why not try to tempt people to spend their Christmas money on new games rather than old ones they obviously didn’t want quite enough in the first place.
I know there are no real answers to these questions but it just seems that so many of gaming’s problems are so needless and self-inflicted. At this point Bethesda making games purely to sell cheap during sales fits the evidence far better than any other explanation.
GC: There is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in mid-December. That could be a very important game for Microsoft. Plus, the release version on PC is also supposed to be out this year. January is also quite busy, with Ni No Kuni II, Monster Hunter: World, and quite a few others.
Regarding BioWare’s upcoming game Anthem, it looked amazing at E3… but I have a feeling EA will be EA and are going to turn it into Anathema in the eyes of many soon enough.
PS: Score out of 10 please.
GC: For your pun? 10/10, would steal.
How’s this for a backlog: pre-ordered, received on release day, still unopened.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was inspired by the recent Reader’s Feature – about how few people ever beat the games they play – and asks how often do you usually finish a game to the very end?
What percentage of your games have you gotten to the end of, and how many of those have you beaten 100% – or thereabouts? For those games you haven’t beaten, why is that? Is it because they were too hard, you lost interest, or something else? When do you decide to give up on a game that doesn’t have an ending, like Destiny or other multiplayer games, and do you ever come back anyway?
Without giving away any spoilers, which game do you think had the best and most worthwhile ending, and which has been the most disappointing?
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