The evening Inbox wonders when Nintendo might release a new model of Switch, as one reader argues Call Of Duty 2 is the best in the series.
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Third time lucky?
I dont know if anyone still cares but EA France has accidentally leaked the roadmap for updates on Star Wars: Battlefront II. You can see it in this tweet but the short story is: a big load of nothing and most of what there is is just new prequel era heroes. Just one new map is particularly bad, so if its true I think Im probably done with it all now.
Theres no point going over old ground with what a disaster the launch has been but its obviously cut the legs from under it in terms of plans for DLC as well. Compare what theyve been doing lately with how Ubisoft has handled Rainbow Six Siege, for example, and its pretty obvious either EA dont know what theyre doing or, more likely, the game had its budget slashed as soon as the loot box disaster hit.
I have enjoyed the game, its not my favourite online shooter or anything but I have enjoyed it, but it makes me wonder whether theyll ever bother with a third game. Between loot boxes and the reception to the last two films EA must be cursing the day they ever bought the licence. But if the films are going downhill thats even more reason to try and satisfy fans with games!
Id be lying if I said I could resist the temptation if it did come out but I think they should just give up on Battlefront though. Its just not worked out and the name is damaged goods now.
Using the info we got from the EA France leak, Ive quickly slapped together an updated roadmap.
Take it with a grain of salt though since info could have been lost in translation and I put this together pretty quickly so I may have missed stuff. pic.twitter.com/R1fgVei2nC
— Cinematic Captures (@BFCaptures) August 28, 2018
So I see Shenmue I & II made a pretty unimpressive entry into the charts this week, coming in below F1 2018. I suppose the F1 games are fairly big but Id imagine you dont have to do much to get to number one at this time of year so I dont think its much of a vote of confidence for how Shenmue III is going to do when it eventually comes out.
I do think some fans get a very skewed idea of how famous some games are and how much the general public knows or cares about them. I doubt Shenmue III is anything more than a very minor hit and I doubt there was anyway it couldve been anything.
Thats why Onimusha is download-only, because Capcom at least recognise how viable these old games are and give them an appropriate budget. I dont want to seem a Negative Nancy but I think some people are going to be very disappointed when their long-awaited game comes out without anyone else noticing.
It really does seem like a dream come true for Capcom fans like me at the moment, what with Resident Evil 2, Onimusha, and Devil May Cry coming back. And all thanks to Monster Hunter becoming a sudden hit after years of trying.
I do hope they invest in some new franchises as well though. Like everyone Id love to see Dino Crisis come back in some way but I dont know if a lot of those other PS1 and PlayStation 2 era games are really worth bringing back.
To be honest Onimusha was always a bit of stretch as it was and I dont see that reader said, I dont see a simple remaster winning it many new fans. I wont say no to anything coming back but some kind of new action adventure, but still with that old Capcom style, would be the ultimate reward for this sudden resurgence.
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A rising tide sinks all boats
RE: Going back to my comments yesterday evening in the Inbox, about Fortnite maybe having a negative impact on the sales for some of the big blockbuster games due out very soon. I personally think that from my very own experience, of having a 13 and 15-year-old literally living and dying on Fortnite, that they have already told me that instead of wanting the normal yearly new Call Of Duties and FIFA updates they would rather have the money spent on battle passes, skins, axes, and gliders on Fortnite!
Im pretty sure Im going to buy a Switch this Christmas but I am worried that itll be getting on for two years at that point and a remodel probably isnt far away after that, maybe even for next Christmas.
I wont ask if theres been any hint of when they might do it, because I know Nintendo never talk about that sort of thing, but I do hate making such a risk. Its one aspect of gaming I have never liked and the main reason I would welcome streaming.
Not having to worry about hardware means not having to worry whether youre buying something thats going to be outdated in six months, and thats got to be a good thing.
The last Call Of Duty game I played was Black Ops II. I had gotten disillusioned with the franchise long before that came out and feel the series has become a shell of what it once was.
But the best in the series by far for me was Call Of Duty 2, before all the ridiculous perks were bought in, making the games massively uneven and the vast town-sized maps leaving me wandering around for ages, only finding other players condensed in one area. Call Of Duty 2 had tight, strategic maps that had you working quickly to find the best vantage and using your own skill to overcome your opponent rather than relying on perks to do the job for you.
After that, the series took a massive dive for me, with the only bright mark in the series since being World At Wars Zombies mode. I have long since stopped playing online multiplayer games so where the franchise goes from here I care not a jot.
They all say that at first
So I see Sony is giving Destiny 2 as a freebie this month. I guess that says all we need to know about its success or lack of.
As its free Ill give it a go but if its as repetitious as people say I dont think Ill be playing it for long.
GC: Destiny 2 was the second highest selling game of 2017 in America, behind only Call Of Duty. Its free because the Forsaken expansion is out next month and they want to convince you to buy that.
Microsofts other racer
From the days of the very first Xbox console I had the pleasure of buying and being able to play the first Project Gotham Racing game and was impressed with what the game offered.
More games were released, six in total, and this series even made it on to the Xbox 360. The third game on Xbox 360 was impressive for an Xbox 360 launch title and was a next generation title at the time. The series would go from strength to strength and the latest title was the Ferrari Edition. Although a mobile game was done for this series I am hoping a version of this will come to Xbox One with SmartGlass support.
The Xbox One is now available and with the Xbox One X available also I would love to see Microsoft Game Studios begin working on a seventh Project Gotham Racing title. With the significant improvements on the Xbox One console more can be done, as well as significant upgrades to the series with a new title would make fans happy to see this happen. It would offer a refreshing alternative for racing fans and would be interesting to see a newer title in this series.
I would even like to see some ports of Project Gotham Racing 3 and 4 as well sometime in the future.
gaz be rotten (gamertag)
So now that Gamescom is over is that it for big shows this year? Is there are any other events we can look forward to that might have some major announcements?
GC: Theres the Tokyo Game Show next month, but that rarely has much in the way of big news.
Bit late to the party here but Hollow Knight is fantastic! I played Dead Cells first but got a bit bored of the repetition to be honest, but this is the best Metroidvania Ive played in years.
This weeks Hot Topic
The subject for this weekends Inbox was suggested by reader Gannet, who asks what game have you beaten the greatest number of times?
It doesnt matter how old the game is or whether its exactly the same version every time (it can be the same game but on different formats) but which game have you beaten again and again (including New Game+) and still enjoyed? What makes it so replayable and are you still finding new things each time you play it?
Do you often replay games or is this one an anomaly amongst your collection? Do you consider replayability to be an important part of the gaming experience or do you generally only play them once to completion?
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