The Friday Inbox wonders if the coronavirus will delay the whole next generation, as one reader worries about the future of Telltale Games.
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The Final Fantasy 7 Remake looks great, perfect even, but the thing that gets me, and which you pointed out in your latest story on it, is that Square Enix are trying their damnedest to avoid talking about the fact that it’s episodic and only a small percentage of the whole story. I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of people that end up buying the game have no idea that it’s not complete.
I’m going to guess that Square Enix will present it more like a sequel, like the end of The Empire Strikes Back or something like that, but even so it seems pretty underhand when many will be buying the ‘remake’ and assuming it’s the whole thing.
They could at least say how many episodes there’ll be but as far as I know they haven’t. I’m guess four to five? They’re stretching out the Midgard section to longer than it was originally so it’s almost impossible to say. Which makes it a bit off that they expect you to buy it all on blind faith. I don’t want to die of old age before it’s finished!
Next gen, next year
Not that I want to trivialise the issue by talking about video games but it must be a genuine worry that the coronavirus is going to cause a delay to the launch of the next gen consoles. I’m sure it’s a rush anyway, with the two of them coming out, presumably, at the same time so losing weeks or possibly months of time isn’t going to be the sort of thing that anyone can catch up on.
I’ve read that some companies are already trying to use factories in other countries, but I don’t see how you set-up a massive celebration like that quickly even with all the money in the world. Although I’ll admit my knowledge of electronics production lines is pretty limited!
This year has been a non-event so far for games and that was even before all the delays. If the next gen itself is delayed then you could be looking at the worst year on record. Oh how things looked so differently last year! Talk about not counting your chickens before they’re hatched.
Sometimes they lie
Yeah, I’m not sure I really believe Sakurai when he tries to blame Nintendo for the DLC choices in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Picking the ‘hero’ instead of a slime for Dragon Quest alone seems a really boring choice. I’m not really familiar with the series but I thought slimes could sort of team up and morph into other things? That sounds a lot more interesting than guy with sword and guy with sword and silly hat.
I get that Dragon Quest is a big deal in Japan but if all the heroes are just avatars for the player, and have no personality, I don’t see what you’re really gaining from having them in Smash instead of something with a unique look and fighting style. And on the flipside don’t tell me that anyone forced Sakurai to put in Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury, he was clearly over the moon about that!
I’m not having a go but between this, Hideo Kojima’s tendency to rewrite history, and Phil Spencer’s U-turn on the importance of frame it’s pretty obvious that most of these big name devs are just selling a story (and their games!) rather than telling things how they happened. It doesn’t matter ultimately, I guess, but I wish they didn’t do it.
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RE: Hastur. I think you took the comments of Phil Spencer completely out of context to be honest.
I think Phil’s point is more that they see Amazon and Google as bigger competitors for the future of gaming when streaming becomes the norm, as those three all have the majority of the servers in the world, ultimately. So if someone is having to pay you to use your service, they’re not a competitor, they’re a customer.
Microsoft ultimately don’t care if they sell you a box, they want you to sign up to services. If the games being sold on their servers are produced by themselves, Namco, Sony etc. is irrelevant once that little disc-based box is removed from the equation. At that point, exclusives don’t matter to them, as they are getting paid regardless.
I simply can’t stand the term ‘woke’. First of all, I’m not even sure anyone really agrees on what it actually means, but more importantly all it does is serve to shut down any conversation about trying to achieve greater diversity and equal opportunity within the entertainment industry.
I’m perfectly open to any discussion about the individual merits of certain games, movies, TV shows, etc. but just labelling something woke because you don’t like or agree with it serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever…
Tell a different tale
I’m glad that Telltale Games will continue but I’m already worried about the direction they’re going. So far we’ve had nothing but talk about sequels and re-releases and nothing about new projects to get them out of the rut they were in before the original version when down.
More importantly there’s nothing about a new graphics engine or technology. That’s why everyone got sick of the games, because they looked like, old buggy PlayStation 2 games and it completely undermined the stories they were trying to tell, especially if they were serious ones.
The games also got less and less interactive as time went on, to the point where they were almost like visual novels by the end and I’d like to see some evidence that that’s changed too. I never played it but apparently the last season of The Walking Dead went a bit towards sorting that out but I’m not convinced yet they haven’t resurrected the company just to sleepwalk into all the same mistakes all over again.
Being familiar with the games, I showed my five-year-old son the trailer for the new Sonic movie. ‘He looks so creepy!’ he said as he grabbed a cushion and hid behind it, refusing to look again at the TV.
I’m just glad I didn’t show it to him before the redesign! (‘Go to sleep, I’ve checked twice now, there are no Sonic the Hedgehogs under the bed’).
I’ve been thoroughly impressed by how exquisite Luigi’s Mansion 3’s graphics are. The not-so-cowardly younger brother’s animations are also exceedingly charming and amusing.
The jittery one’s overreactions to the slightest disturbances and constant look of terror and consternation conveys so much verve and personality. As does the triumphant hotel setting, with its eclectic mix of themes and playful secrets. The game feels like an interactive Pixar movie at times. It’s quite the technical marvel on Switch indeed.
Thankfully the drop-dead gorgeous visuals are reinforced by the intuitive and creative gameplay, which oozes that inimitable Nintendo magic. The elaborate, creative puzzles on floor number eight were so good it evokes The Legend Of Zelda in its sophistication. There was clearly a tremendous amount of thought and care that went into designing them.
I was stumped for a while trying to work out the correlation between the rooms and how to advance forward, but once it all clicked it was an amazing feeling. On top of that the boss encounter was fantastic. In fact, the bosses throughout have been a highlight.
God this game just gets better and better. Rapidly climbing up the rankings of my favourite games of 2019!
PS: Over the moon that The Wonderful 101 shall grace the Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC soon. Inbox magic that the equally underrated MadWorld is baseball bat-launched onto the Switch someday!
GC: Floor 8 is the film studio, if anyone’s wondering.
Epic Games Store has got two free games available now for the next week, they are: Carcassonne and Ticket To Ride.
Would you happen to know if the fourth and final The Legend Of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel is be released over here? I can’t seem to find a Western release and would hate to think it won’t as it’s my now favourite role-playing series.
GC: It is definitely being released here, there’s just not a date yet.
This week’s Hot Topic
The question for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Coolsbane, who asks what’s the worst game in your favourite video game series?
What do you consider to be the worst entry in your favourite (or at least one you really like) video game franchise? Is it actively bad by other standards or does it just look that way compared to the others? Is it a mainline entry or a spin-off and are the reasons you don’t like it something that could’ve been fixed or was it just a fundamentally bad idea?
Do you usually buy all entries in the franchise in question and did the game affect whether you bought the next one or how you feel about the series in general?
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