The evening Inbox looks for help getting better at Fortnite and Battlefield 1, as more readers are excited about the return of V-Rally.
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As good as a rest
Having just finished Assassin’s Creed Origins I am chomping at the bit to jump into the recently released DLC Curse Of The Pharaohs to spend more time in the wonderful representation of Egypt that Ubisoft has created.
I feel that this game has shown that taking a year out to spend more time creating a beautiful, detailed world with an engaging storyline and protagonist has served Ubisoft very well and breathed new life into the previous stagnation of the series.
Maybe more publishers should follow this trend instead of farming out yearly iterations of franchises. It seems as if EA is starting to do this with Battlefield, but it doesn’t look likely Activision will follow the same trend for Call Of Duty as it is such a cash cow for them.
GC: To be fair to Call Of Duty they have three developers working in turn on the game, who get three years to create each new title. Which is much more than any Assassin’s Creed game has ever had, including Origins.
Scales of justice
After playing the Sea Of Thieves test scales over the last few weeks my anticipation for the game has increased.
I love how the game encourages and forces teamwork, especially in ship battles, and how it promotes tactical play to beat an enemy team rather than how good your skill is.
A particular highlight was after a 20-minute ship battle in our sloops both our boats were battered after exchanging cannon fire. We had both ran out of cannon balls and the other ship began sailing towards an outpost. Realising they probably had a chest aboard the ship we gave chase.
They landed at the outpost first, so to intercept them I fired my teammate out of the cannon where he met a player on the beach and killed him. As he went for the second player I had landed next to their ship and looked for a chest. My teammate was killed by other player, I jumped off their boat, ran to the beach and noticed the enemy pirate heading to the tent with a chest in hand. Just as he got to the tent I managed to catch him, one shot him in the back, and as I watched his ghostly corpse disappear I gladly and smuggly stole his reward.
It was one of the greatest gaming moments I have experienced and cannot wait for more adventures to begin.
Nothing to buy
Surely no one can be surprised that Red Dead Redemption II will have an online version in the shape of GTA V? I’m very curious how they will make the same money as the equivalent version though.
There is no horse equivalent of a Ferrari, no tent that looks like Buckingham Palace. Perhaps a pegasus, or the owl from Clash of the Titans might make an appearance, but I’m not sure how they can market these options in the same way?
SuoTempore (PSN ID)
50 of the best
I saw on Twitter a Sega Genesis Classics has been announced for PlayStation 4 and Xbone, no Switch version though. With a release time in May. Hopefully we get a Mega Drive Classics release here too. I loved the Mega Drive Collection on PlayStation 3. Granted it’ll probably be the same games more or less but I’d still love it on the PlayStation 4.
This new release has at least 50 games on it. Not sure what yet but the main ones like Golden Axe, Streets Of Rage, Shinobi, Altered Beast, and Sonic will be there.
Let’s hope it gets a physical release too and not just a crappy digital release here. Do you know if it’s scheduled for a release here GC?
Jack_the_Ripper9 (PSN ID)/mickylynch9 (NN ID)
GC: You saw this before we did, but it’s now been officially announced – with a physical release but no Switch version.
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Good against the living… that’s something else
I’ve recently had my first foray into the multiplayer genre with Battlefield 1 and I’m finding it really difficult and frustrating.
Being a solitary gamer for 30 years has really shown that I’m just not as good as I thought I was.
There is a vast difference between computer and human players (and a lot more bloody snipers!) and I can feel the ‘pull’ of multiplayer, but maybe I need a different game to push me into loving them.
I worked out why I can’t win games of Fortnite Battle Royale. It’s because I don’t constantly jump around like a weirdo and my first reaction to getting shot isn’t to immediately build a shed.
I know it’s weird to get hung up on things like this when they’re just two more weird unrealistic things in a game full of weird unrealistic things, in a medium where weird unrealistic things are the norm. But some things I just can’t bring myself to do.
Nothing to do with the fact that I’m just not particularly good at it.
RE: Persona 5. I’ve just reached the 50-hour mark with this game and it has finally all clicked in. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed playing it but it seemed a bit boring in between the palaces. However, I’ve just finished the fourth palace and it just clicked.
I don’t know why and what did it but I’m now loving it. I want to play the damn game all the time, which has meant some very tired days at work. The Mrs says it’s boring with ‘all that talking’ but I can safely leave her with her Switch and Zelda (which looks very good as well!) and get on with my burger-eating, bathhouse-going, and heart-grabbing adventures.
I’m so glad it has finally grabbed me, as I was going to quit a few times but now I can’t wait to see the end.
Keep up the good work guys…. only page I read and trust!
Life imitates art
I was thinking that a game where you can do what you want with no repercussions. I see it a bit like GTA and Hitman with mafia ties.
You could work your way up through the ranks and go on missions to other countries where you could assassinate people in the manner of your choosing with no regard for the surrounding public.
It would be good if there were some quick time events in there where you could deny everything because, basically, lying is an art form and you have zero morals. The character could basically be Satan in human form.
You could even rise to become president and when elections come you could make up some rubbish about your opponents and lock them away to eliminate the risk.
It would be a but grim, yes but you could have a black comedy angle whereby you control the media and also pretend that you are a democracy.
Perhaps From could make it using the most grotesque artwork they could muster.
What do you think the chances of this game are, GC? Oh wait a minute, it’s already been released.
Great to read about V-Rally coming back, I feel racing games these days try to complicate things too much rather than use the straightforward simple approach of the past, so V-Rally 4 making an appearance is very welcome news to me. Especially as it is going to be replicating the magic of the original (or so I hope).
The only part of the news I’m not so pleased with is the extreme-khana, did the original actually have gymkhana in it? I’ve always hated gymkhana events ever since they started to appear in rally games, I just detest it and any drifting events for that matter in any racing game.
I’d like to see the original Colin McRae rally games get remastered or re-made before it was Americanised with the DiRT series, I used to actively look forward to those games (not sure they’d be able to use the name now though). Whilst on the subject of rally games surely it’s about time Sega brought us another Sega Rally game as well.
Overall, as I’ve mentioned on here about racing games before, I’d just like to the options of arcade racing and a championship mode, select the car, choose the track and then get to racing like it used to be without any of the other nonsense
PS: Here’s a digital code for a copy of Get Out for whoever wants in in exchange for an Inbox letter.
GC: We don’t think gymkhana was a thing back then. That’s very generous of you with the film code though.
What a completely random and unexpected surprise the V-Rally 4 announcement was. Loved 1 and 2 – the first one I remember being seat of your pants. Touch a blade of grass and car would launch into several spins and flips.
V-Rally 2 had an amazingly simplistic create-a-stage mode. Looks like this won’t be in number 4 though, which would be a shame?
carlacticos (PSN ID)
It’s good to talk
As a gamer I love to play my games and also speak about them. Half the fun is sharing the experience with fellow gamers and seeing how they handled a particular game, and which option they took, and why they did what they did. Everyone’s got a reason and had to face their consequences after they made their choice, it’s such a great thing about the hobby that we all love here.
I speak to my friend Matty every day I see him at work, to see what he’s playing. I didn’t see him every day, we’re often too busy and doing different jobs but today we’re talking Skyrim… again.
He’s just bought it on the PlayStation 4 and I’ve been giving it a lot of attention again on my Switch. Back in the day we both had the Legendary Edition in the Xbox 360. Today were laughing about the glitches still in the game that aren’t game-breaking but are still there and were reminiscing about how we did it six years ago and how we’re tackling events this time around. It’s just as fun as it ever was.
He’s always telling me about the games I don’t care about playing, as he’s really into multiplayer games online and I really stick to my single-player games these days. But I know we have such a gaming overlap with our interests of a lot of the same kinds of games and have shared such great gaming moments over the years that keep us still talking about it.
I know he’s awaiting the latest content on Killing Floor 2. He’s shown me videos and it does look fun but I don’t have the time that he does at the moment for online gaming sessions with my friends, as I currently have other things on my agenda.
I like reading stuff here because a lot of people know a lot about the games I don’t, and often by reading here it opens up my eyes to the other games. It’s always informative on tech and it’s my first point of call for reviews because for me it’s such an honest opinion and hits the nail on the head more than anywhere else I’ve ever read.
This letter wouldn’t be complete without saying that GC is great. I first started turning my Teletext on every day to your pages around the time of Mortal Kombat 3. When I couldn’t get a good signal the time the death moves were posted and I kept refreshing the page in a hope I could see some of my favourite characters’ finishing moves.
So let’s backtrack a little back to the start of this letter. As I said… as a gamer I love to play my games and also speak about them! I think all gamers do. So let’s hear it.
Nick The Greek
PS: Currently playing: Zelda: Breath Of The Wild… this time on Switch. Already finished it twice on the Wii U. Visuals are definitely enhanced this time around, am still loving it.
I’ve noticed the terrible Tomb Raider movie reviews are now appearing…’Smirk!’
GC: What a shocking surprise that is.
After their oath that they will return to the roots of the series I want to see Saints Row 5 being more serious, like the blend in Saints Row 2 where fun meets seriousness in great mixture. All that needs is a comeback to its roots, to the best in series, Saints Row 2!
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Mesomex, who asks who is your favourite female video game character.
Which female character do you think is the most interesting, and why? Are they the main playable character in the game, and if not how do they compare to those that are? Would you have preferred them to have a bigger role and what do you think of their dialogue and voice-acting?
In general, what do you think of the representation of women in video games and how have things changed in the last decade or so? What further change would you like to see in the future and what major franchises do you think need more prominent female characters or options?
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