The morning Inbox imagines Microsoft and Nintendo teaming up over VR, as one reader gets very excited about Forza Horizon 4 X Halo.
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A winner at last
I guess its been inevitable that 2018 has not been as good as 2017 for games, at least not yet, but I have to say that as a long-suffering Monster Hunter fan it has been amazing! Not only is Monster Hunter: World the best-selling of the series ever, the biggest game of the year on Steam, and the biggest Japanese game ever on Steam it has now sold over 10 million copies worldwide! I would never have even dreamed this a year ago.
Ive been playing the series since the PSP days and have always loved it, but been frustrated that so few other people do. I get that before the controls were awkward and splitting levels up into little chunks was lame but it just seemed like the thing was too Japanese in general to ever appeal to general audiences.
The thing I love about World is that while they have rounded off some of the rough edges they havent really lost the tone or appeal of the series. Its still very Japanese and its still super hard towards the end. I am so glad for Capcom and the success they have won for themselves by just sticking with it.
I guess the power of the current gen consoles helped a lot, so in that sense the games time had just come. But to see it accepted on Steam as well, thats just great. Long live Monster Hunter. And if you havent tried it yourself nows the time to join the winning team!
I agree that Nintendo would be the best thing to happen to VR, its just a shame that I dont see anyone they can be brought together. Nintendo will never make hardware powerful enough to run good VR and Nintendo will never work with other companies to put their game expertise onto other headsets.
I mean they wont but I would love if thats the thing that gets them and Microsoft working together. Never mind Banjo & Kazooie in Smash Bros., imagine Microsoft making the ultimate VR headset and console and Nintendo providing the games! Now that would be a moment in gaming history worth beholding.
It might finally stop some console wars too, which I find so pointless. We need competing consoles to prevent a monopoly but that means fans should appreciate the fact there are rival companies not resent it. That readers letter about Xbox sales to date was pretty sobering and shows how far Microsoft are getting behind. Nintendo are also vulnerable every time theres a new generation but together they could rule the galaxy as father and son… or something.
Halo Truck Simulator
I know there are a lot of Forza fans on, and even some Halo fans hangin on too, but it looks like Forza Horizon 4 is going to feature even more Halo stuff than usual, with some cool-looking leaked screenshots on Reddit I saw. It seems to be a whole Halo-themed showcase event, with a proper Master Chief style driver and everything. Not surprising given how much Microsoft seem to be building up the hype again for Halo but it does my heart good to see the Chief no longer being treated as second fiddle.
A lot of the other pics all seem to revolve around trucks, which look like a lot of fun. I dont know if theyre going to be go for some kind of Euro Truck Simulator thing but at the very least it looks like a homage to little known Steven Spielberg flick The Duel.
Its all good stuff and I agree that Forza Horizon 4 is almost certainly going to be the best first party game this Christmas (not a Super Smash Bros. fan).
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With all the excitement over Castlevania at the moment I tried to look around and get into the series and its actually kind of hard. All the old games are really old and all the newer ones are on old Nintendo portables. Not exactly accessible to fans.
Can GC or readers give some advice of not only which ones to try or how to actually get hold of them? I know they didnt start off as Metroidvanias, so which ones are the must haves and how can I get feel for the series from playing as few as possible? If you know what I mean.
GC: The Classic Mini NES and SNES are good places to start if you can get them, and are interested in their other games. The NES has Castlevania I and II, with the latter being the first non-linear entry in the franchise. The SNES has Super Castlevania IV, which is arguably the best of the 16-bit era. The Dracula X Chronicles on PSP/PS Vita is also a good one to get, if thats an option, as it has both Rondo Of Blood and Symphony Of The Night. Rondo Of Blood is important as its the missing link between the old games and the new action role-playing era begun by Symphony Of The Night.
I played the We Happy Few early access beta (or whatever it was) and I think it means I have access to the full thing now…. and I still dont want to play it. According to the reviews theres more story and missions now but the original was just mind-numbingly bad, like I cant even begin to imagine what they were thinking with all the survival stuff and the horribly randomly-generated map. It was like two completely different teams came up with an idea for a setting and a game and only found out about one another at the last minute.
Bizarre to think that Microsoft has bought them, but I can imagine therell be told to forget We Happy Few pretty quickly. Not that I imagine thatll be a problem by the end of the week even. Okay, I sound bitter but I spent money on that game and it was awful. Although I see now theyre trying to sell it for £55 online?! Unbelievable.
Cooked to perfection
I was so hyped for Overcooked 2. Me and my Mrs have had a great time playing through the manic levels. Loved what they have done with the sequel. Especially the throwing food ability. But less than a week and its all over (time of writing). We have collected all stars on all levels. So we have nothing left to do. Im not saying it was easy but I was hoping for more of a challenge. Just so the game lasted longer.
Maybe its easier with only two-players. Ive not played with more than three (story mode). How hard is it with four players GC? Does the Star Targets double?
Cant wait for some DLC. What are the chances of another overcooked Christmas DLC?
GC: The later levels are near impossible on your own but it does get easier the more players you have. Wed be very surprised if there wasnt some DLC this year.
Running out of ink
I really liked the idea of the typewriter/keyboard for Resident Evil Collectors Edition. After reading your story about it I was surprised that they hadnt thought of an ink ribbon USB drive.
Well, at least I didnt get any hits with an Internet search. So if they do exist I couldnt find them. Has GC ever heard of them?
GC: We dont recall ever seeing them, but there is a lot of weirdly specific memorabilia in Japan.
RE:Tankers letter about Edge 25th anniversary.
Received my issue today and am not disappointed. I love their anniversary issues and this one is no different.
I was a little sad I didnt get the Master Chief image as unlike Tanker I absolutely believe it deserves its place on the cover.
On its release first person shooters had rarely been a huge success on console and Halo was a fundamental step forward in making the genre work on a controller. Plus, the artificial intelligence, vehicles, level design, and multiplayer were best in class.
It led to first person shooters being one of the most popular genres on console and basically saved Microsofts entrance into the market, it even still plays great today.
I appreciate that no game is fun for everyone but to underestimate Halo is to misunderstand how much it impacted gaming on its release and its influence on the genre since.
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Now that its on Switch I finally got around to playing Okami and Im loving it so far. Cant believe these graphics are basically PlayStation 2!
So are we not going to see anything about Metroid Prime 4 or Bayonetta 2 this year? I was so hyped by their reveals last year and yet thats the one and only time theyve ever talked about them!
GC: Theres a good chance one or both will be at The Game Awards in December, or at least something new from Nintendo.
This weeks Hot Topic
The subject for this weekends Inbox was suggested by reader Franky, who asks whats the one game annoucement you never expect to hear?
With Gamescom coming up next week whats the one thing youre confident wont be revealed? Whether its a sequel, reboot, or some kind of hardware annoucement what do you think is the least likely, without being completely silly.
What annoucement have you given up any hope of hearing about and why do you think itll never happen? Whats the most surprised youve ever been by an annoucement and how did the final product turn out?
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