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The evening Inbox gets annoyed at the lie of games that are ‘ready to start’, as one reader wonders why the PS Vita failed but Switch succeeded.

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What’s in a name?

What is it with anime-styled Japanese role-playing games? I understand that they’re for a fairly niche audience, but it sometimes feels that the localisation of the games’ names is wilfully abstruse. Steam recommended a game to me called Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force. Looking at some of the other titles tagged with ‘anime’, I found Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3 V Generation, Fault – Milestone Two Side:Above, and Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of DANA.

Now maybe these titles make more sense in Japanese, but it was someone’s job to localise them for Western audiences, and I don’t feel it would be too unfair to suggest that they failed in that task. All I can imagine is that the target audience identifies such nonsense titles as signifiers of a game’s potential appeal; that, or Japanese developers are absolutely clueless as to why niche games such as Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls stay just that: niche.
Woolie Madden

GC: Fault – Milestone Two Side:Above is a new one on us, that’s a doozy. But we largely agree. A lot of Western-made indie games can be just as bad, and it all seems such a needless waste in putting people off. There is a slight excuse for Ys though, in that it’s a French myth. Although the subtitle is clearly not helping things.

Another box

I hope Sony do the same with PlayStation 5 as they have with PlayStation 4. Build the most powerful home console possible for £350 – £400 with a large and diverse library of games, headlined by great exclusives akin to Bloodborne, Persona 5, and Horizon Zero Dawn. If it’s held back until 2020 then that should make for a console powerful enough to create amazing looking worlds with more interaction, physics, etc… as well as powering PlayStation VR 2 and the potential that has. I know there’s diminishing returns with GPU and CPU power but we’re not at the point where the jump in power doesn’t offer real returns on the quality of the games we can play.

I don’t think the next gen will be digital-only as lots of people will still have rubbish Internet in their native countries, but after that maybe. I get the feeling when the infrastructure is in place we might finally see the move to streaming services that ditch hardware. Until then though the current gen suggests there’s still a huge market for what Sony and Microsoft are offering, a powerful home console.
Simundo Jones

Secret feature

I’m probably missing something obvious here, but hasn’t the PS Vita already largely attempted what the Switch already does, but with little success?

Essentially the PS Vita allowed you to play PlayStation 3 games on a handheld. You didn’t need to buy the game twice due to Cross-Play. Isn’t this exactly what the Switch offers? Except without the added benefit of being able to opt out of one or the other elements of the hardware if you don’t want it.

My general assumption was that the DS was more successful because its games were designed to work on a handheld, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Why does the Switch work when the PS vita didn’t?
Matt Woolley (he_who_runs_away)

GC: Cross-Play didn’t work with every game, particularly the more complex home titles. It was also barely advertised as a feature by Sony, whereas the hybrid nature of the Switch is it’s main selling point and works with every game.

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While you’re waiting

One of the most annoying aspects of modern day gaming (on the Xbox One, I don’t know about the PlayStation 4) is when during a game download or update, it helpfully says it’s ‘ready to start’. In reality, it often means you’re limited to loading up the game and experiencing the wonder of the initial menu screens! So imagine my delight when, around 25% of FIFA was downloaded, it gave me the chance to play full matches, albeit with a small selection of teams.

Do many other games offer something similar? Like a taster of the main game while you wait for the files to be downloaded? If not, maybe the console makers should set it as a mandatory requirement!
ttfp saylow (gamertag)
Now playing: Resident Evil Revelations, FIFA 18, Gears Of War 4

GC: It depends entirely on the game, it’s common for only one mode to be available at first and others to install later.

Group effort

This is probably a slightly strange observation but here goes anyway… relatively recently there was a story about Telltale Games laying off so many staff – I was wondering if anybody knows if this has happened with Telltale before?

I was wondering this because I recently played through The Walking Dead Season 1, which I thoroughly enjoyed (still waiting to play Season 2 as I played on my PS Vita and the Vita version never seems to be in any sales!) and the writing was excellent and really made me care about the characters in the game.

It was this in mind that I thought I would check out some other Telltale offerings and when Game Of Thrones came up on PS Plus I snapped it up. As it turned out, even for free, snapping this one up was a bit of a mistake – the writing was atrocious on it and I found that you cared very little about the characters you played. Which, given the wealth of material from the books and the shows, was an amazing achievement – and not in a good way.

So it made me wonder if Telltale got rid of their story writing staff before this game was made as the difference between The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones is particularly vast!
Richard Hyde

GC: They not only have different teams for each game but individual episodes often have different directors, compared to those in the same season. Game Of Thrones is definitely one of their worst though – you should have read the review first.

Critical consensus

I’m currently playing Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 and have to say it’s quite an enjoyable game, although it offers nothing new. It’s a solid game. It has gameplay now that’s similar to Far Cry and uses a bullet effect similar to Sniper Elite, although not as animated.

If you’re after a game that won’t take an age finish, and like Far Cry and Sniper Elite you should enjoy this. It’s also quite cheap now, at £15.99 on Amazon for example.
PS: I received an email today regarding my pre-order for Yakuza 6 and it appears the release day has now been put back from March 20th to April 17th. The good news though is that demo will be released on February 27th and the save from the demo can be carried over to the full game. I couldn’t see any official reason given by Sega for the delay but it’s not that big of a delay and the demo should give us fans something while we wait a bit longer.

GC: The Yakuza 6 delay was announced a few weeks ago. We’re surprised you liked Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, we gave it 3/10 and we weren’t the only ones.

Not the most disappointing aspect

I’ve just seen the Solo trailers and have thought: ‘Hmmm, I don’t know – we’ll see…’ Of course, Emilia Clarke is going to be in it as well. I checked on IMDb and her character is going to be called Qi’Ra. As a child of the 1980s I immediately started singing Qi’Ra, Qi’Ra! Fabulous secrets were revealed to her… and all that.

Naturally, I’m assuming that the pronunciation is ‘Key Rah’ or else this whole skit just doesn’t work. Which would be the most disappointing aspect to the whole prospect of this film if we’re all being honest. Do you think she’ll have a horse that wouldn’t look out of place in a gay pride march? Do you think that the only part of her face that can move will be her mouth? I look forward to finding out.

GC: We have no idea what you’re talking about.

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All for charity

I wrote in before about me taking part in Game Blast 18 for Special Effect. I’ve almost got all of my content in place, so can now confirm my schedule for the week of Monday 19th to Sunday 25th, February 2018. The event is over the weekend 23-25 February when I’ll be streaming live on Twitch, but I’ve prepared several videos in the week running up to Game Blast 18.

Here is my full schedule:

Game Blast 18 Content Schedule

Game Blast 18 for Special Effect is not far away now so here is my schedule of content I’ve made in support of this event. The Game Blast weekend is 23-25 February so during the week prior I’ll be rolling out videos I’ve been preparing and then streaming over the weekend.

Monday 19 – Thurs 22 February there will be the following Let’s Plays on our YouTube channel:

Monday 19th February
PUBG and Cuphead Let’s Plays

Tuesday 20th February
Monster Hunter: World and Forza Motorsport 7 Let’s Plays

Wednesday 21st February
Dragon Ball Fighterz and Fortnite Let’s Plays

Thursday 22nd February
Streets Of Rage Let’s Play

Friday 23rd February and Saturday 24th February I’ll be streaming on Twitch playing Monster Hunter: World and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Sunday 25th I’ll upload the videos from Friday and Saturday’s streams to YouTube.

Tune in to our Twitch for the weekend streams.

Also, keep an eye on our Facebook Group, where we will have lots of written articles and videos/streams will be posted there as well.

Hidden Gems Facebook Group.

Hope to see yourselves and some fellow GCers enjoying the content!
Big Angry Dad82 (gamertag)

Inbox also-rans

Such a shame about Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite. I will never understand why it had such a low budget, considering Injustice is huge and everyone prefer Marvel anyway.

If this is all true about Metroid Prime 4 then it sounds to me like Namco are basically putting together a new Retro Studios, in terms of Western developers working for a Japanese publisher.

This week’s Hot Topic

The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Nick The Greek, who asks what movie or TV show would you most like to see turned into a video game?

Movie adaptations are pretty rare nowadays on consoles, but they can still happen – from Star Wars games to cult classics like Friday The 13th. But which film would you like to see get the big budget treatment and what kind of game would it be?

You can name any film or show you like, including those that have already had video games, but try to describe something that is at least reasonably practical to make. Why do you think your idea hasn’t been done before, and if it was made do you think it would be financially successful?

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