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Red Dead Redemption II – are spoilers inevitable?

The morning Inbox wonders why VR didnt do as well as companies expected, as one reader plans two weeks without Red Dead Redemption II.

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Unavoidable problem

So how many seconds after release, if it hasnt happened already, until everything possible is spoiled about Red Dead Redemption II? Im not usually one that worries about things but this is a 60 hour game Im going to be committing too and Im worried that, because that translates into weeks of play for me, Im going to have all the surprises spoiled no matter how careful I am.

Rockstar stopping ShopTo selling earlier is cute and all but thats not going to change anything. Loud-mouthed YouTubers and the like are going to delight in spoiling everything and discussing everything as soon as they get the chance and its genuinely almost putting me off playing the game. Even if I avoid YouTube itll be all over social media and you know people will be dropping spoilers on purpose just to upset others, like they did with The Last Jedi.

I dont see any way round the problem though, except for just switching off the Internet for a month which is pretty much impossible nowadays. I guess Ill just have to hope I get lucky/forgetful.
Cranston

Price sensitive

I know PlayStation VR is doing pretty well, at least in terms of games, but read some interesting comments recently from CCP that they expected it to be two or three times bigger than it has been so far. They shut down two different studios because it wasnt working out (you might remember EVE: Vakyrie and EVE: Gunjack) and I assume similar sort of problems have hit other companies.

Capcom obviously though they were getting in ahead of the curve and EA and Acitvision havent shown anything, despite talking about doing a lot of test and research a few years ago.

I think its totally price thats the problem, and not anything else, but I dont know how quickly thats going to go away. Oculus are doing the right thing by making new models that are cheaper rather than better but that doesnt to me seem to be the Sony way. Maybe Microsoft wont actually miss out anything by coming in late, theyll just come out with a headset that everyone can afford and thatll be the important thing.
Possom

Catch-up time

Im fascinated by this next two weeks where there are no major releases, Ive never heard of anything like that before with games. Is there going to be any attempt to fill the gap with news or announcements, maybe? Maybe a Nintendo Direct at least? I realise hoping for a PlayStation 5 reveal is probably asking a bit much. A reveal of a reveal maybe? Games companies love those.

Personally I have no interest in Red Dead Redemption II so I will use it to catch up with backlog, which has just been added to with SWERYs The Missing, which I think I will push to the front of the queue. It feels weirdly like the eye of the storm with all these mega releases going on either side and nothing in the middle. Although I guess that kind of describes some of them in terms of what theyre like too!
Doby

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Warning letter

Ill be giving Fallout 76 beta a go, but not at 4am in the morning or whatever ridiculous time GC has to stay up till. I agree that the way theyre handling this beta, and how late it is, is very worrying. EA often do really late betas and I always suspect they dont really need them and are just using them as free demos/advertising. Theyre usually already perfect and you never see any change afterwards. What you definitely dont see is warnings that theres going to be tons of bugs and it probably wont work.

I was pretty optimistic about the game up till now but if thats not a danger sign then I dont know what is. I mean its literally a letter warning you of danger.

I assume the rush for Christmas has once again consumed all common sense and I hope Bethesda arent going to end up suffering for it. They might get away with their lower budget/more experimental games flopping but not one of their cash cows.
Reggo

Up town selling

RE: Simundo Jones. Obviously you dont do a lot of shopping in your local high street, because everywhere I go in my local town centre, be it a high street store or a bank, I always get asked if I want this or want that. They always try to sell me something else just to get an extra pound or two. Like you said, its not the staffs fault at GAME, they are just taking orders from the high almighty above and I completely agree with you.

Its just like the sales person in either Next, Boots, and HMV etc. or the cashier in my local Natwest bank and I could go on and on there all at it! My wife has to hand out so many bonus cards where she works and she has to hit targets on a weekly basis, its getting that ridiculous now shes even made up email addresses and put out cat and rabbits name on the bonus cards to keep the hierarchy happy.
JAH
PS: Thanks a lot for the heads-up Mark Burns down there in the Underbox, for recommending Arizona Sunshine I see its on sale at the moment in Argos so I might give that a try thanks.

Hair-brained

Oh, and another thing about SoulCalibur VI: the character creation. It irks, more than perhaps it should, when such features are more defined by what they dont give you rather than what they do. Its barely evolved from the PlayStation 2 days with SoulCalibur III, has it? And that was, what? 13 years ago now?

Why are there still no options for curly or wavy hair? For men and women? Have Project Soul not even seen such people before? They must have at least heard of Brave, right? Come on, Dragons Dogma and the Saints Row series can do it – get the lead out, guys!

There is still texture clipping! In this day and age! Why is a characters long hair phasing through their capes? Could it be down to quantum entanglement?

Finally, you would think that a game set during the 16th century would have the sense to anticipate that you would want to create a few kings and queens and such. Or create yourself as a monarch. But there are still no crowns, circlets or tiaras. And the beards are rubbish too. This makes me strangely very miffed.
DMR

Invisible links

Just wanted to mention it has become impossible to find your archives, i.e. Reviews and Inbox. There used to be easy to see links just like under Whats Trending but now they no longer appear. I used these links to see the previous evenings inbox for example. Any idea if they can be brought back as I hate to miss out on any content!
Dj Kj

GC: Were not sure what happened to that, were trying to get IT to look into. But the pages havent got anywhere, theyre still at the same address. Theres also tabbed links to them at the end of every article.

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Cheap resolve

Well, today I caved in and pre-ordered Red Redemption II. I was always going to get it but was going to wait till it dropped in price as I have a horrendous backlog of games to get through. Over the past couple of weeks I have become more keen to play it and the latest gameplay scenes have taken their toll on me.
I remember very vividly when the last Red Dead was due to come out and I thought the same back then, that I would buy it when it was cheaper in case it was not my kind of game.

Two days after it was released I had a heart attack at work and was in hospital for a further three days. When I came home I was pretty low and shocked by what had happened to me, so I decided I would pick the game up as it might take my mind off of things and ease the boredom of my recuperation before returning to work. The moment the game started I was hooked and in a matter of days was in a much better state of mind. By the time I returned to work four weeks later I was still ploughing through the game and enjoying every minute of it, and pretty much back to my old self.

If the new game was to give me only half the enjoyment that I got from the last one, then it will have been worth every penny of the full price paid on day one.
captainbloodsnot (PSN ID)

Inbox also-rans

Just reading that Marvels Spider-Man could be Sonys highest selling game ever! That is crazy. I mean its good, but its no God Of War and that was just this year.
Vger

If Nintendo ever did do VR I hope it would involve actual plumbing. Im kind of surprised the idea of Mario wandering around shooting sink plungers at people has never been a thing.
Bootles

This weeks Hot Topic

The subject for this weekends Inbox was suggested by reader stanley71 and asks what was your favourite video games magazine?

With the news that GamesTM and GameMaster are to close next month the era of the games mag is almost over, but what are your fondest memories and which were your favourite titles? How often did you use to read games mags and how important were they to you in terms of entertainment and games advice?

Do you still read games mags now and do you think theres any way they can survive? What do they do better than the Internet and what will you miss most when theyre gone?

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