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Microsoft/Xbox pave the way to the future. While Sony is busy focusing on exclusive games for its console, Xbox Game Pass has been developing and seems intent on introducing gamers to all kinds of developers and games, in addition to an agenda of making games for as many people available as possible over any service they want, be it an Xbox, a PC, a phone, etc. Microsoft is pushing us into the future.
Oh, and honestly I can’t stand the PS Store, they always stick to the original retail price of games. Have you been to the Xbox Store recently? All kinds of strong, and I mean difficultdiscounted games.
I’ve always bought and played all consoles of every generation, from PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo and Atari back then. I’m so disgusted with Sony’s movements and actions (added to the Xbox Series X experience, which is superior in every way), that I’m saying goodbye to my PlayStation 5. Sell them cheap and essentially boycott the company.
Sony can keep playing its small console wargames and spend big bucks on exclusive rights to ensure only a select number of people can play their previous games. I’ll come over with everyone else on PCs and Xboxes and get to know all kinds of games that I would never have tried before. My PlayStation 5 sat unplayed in a corner because I had kind of lost interest in it. With the Xbox I’ve never been so excited to play.
Not any longer longer
I’m a longtime gamer, I’ve been playing Xbox and PlayStation for years. I’ve been a PlayStation man since the release of the PlayStation 4 and I’m seriously considering quitting. I have well over 200 games, all of which are purchased from the PlayStation Store, so I’ve been a pretty good customer.
But for the new PS Plus system, that’s ridiculous; Like many others, I switched from Premium to Extra within a month.
What happened to games like Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell? All games were great and Resistance 1, 2 and 3 or Medal of Honor? These are some of the games I expected to see in the classic catalogue, but no, not at all. It’s just a messed up PlayStation Now. There were even games on PS Now that you can’t get into the new tier system, like Metal Gear Rising and a few others, which I find ridiculous.
License to Apologize
Stumbled upon the documentary GoldenEra on Sky on Saturday, the making of GoldenEye 007 on the N64 and what followed afterwards for the people involved (many straight out of college), Rare and the industry as a whole.
An excellent watch with lots of great behind the scenes stories. What stood out was that there was a call with Shigeru Miyamoto asking Rare to add a scene at the end of the game where you walk around a hospital and apologize to all the people you shot. And another that there is a cassette with all the Bond actors where the developers used to play multiplayer to see who was the ultimate Bond.
Weirdly, there are also some scenes where what they are talking about is recreated with graphics from the game.
As much sympathy as I have for the people making GTA 6, I have to say after the leaks that Rockstar continues to act like a stubborn kid is not a good like. They always really do, but banning people from saying the word GTA 6 on Twitch and whatever is just plain silly.
The leak didn’t really leak anything unless you think the setting is a massive spoiler, but okay, just release a teaser trailer and control the narrative yourself. Ain’t it good when people talk about your game speak? Although I think they’re concerned that once they find out GTA 6 is a thing, people will stop playing (ie spending money on) GTA Online.
I don’t really understand why that would happen but just start adding some teasers and new GTA 6 related items. That would probably get more people playing than ever before. That kind of stuff is obvious, isn’t it?
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Whatever the Super Mario movie ends up being – and I think at this point we’re all bracing for the worst – I hope it’s not one of those situations where games start copying it, yet before they know if he’s popular or not.
What I’d be particularly wary of is they replace Charles Martinet, who’s getting on a bit now, with a Chris Pratt soundalike. Tell me isn’t that something that sounds exactly like they would do?
I’m still pissed that Nintendo switched to the rare version of Donkey Kong for everything once the Donkey Kong Country games were a hit. I wish they would switch again, and I have a bad feeling we’ll be saying the same thing about Mario soon.
Two flavors of sci-fi
It’s great to see that Lucasfilm Games’ comeback is working and that they’re not just releasing Star Wars games and nothing else. Disney gets a lot of well-deserved criticism, but in this case I’d say it was obvious that buying Lucasfilm was nothing but good for the games division.
It had previously closed and was only doing Star Wars games at the time anyway, but now we have new games, sequels, remasters… the works. I’ve beaten Return To Monkey Island now and while it’s not as good as the first three, it’s definitely close and a very worthwhile sequel.
However, what I would like to see next from Lucasfilm is something along the lines of The Dig. Not a sequel as the original was quite buggy, but another serious game that was still a proper graphical adventure with puzzles. If this game had been better, I think it could have really made an impact. But unfortunately it was caught between two chairs and didn’t really find its own voice.
However, I would like to see a serious Telltale style story with real gameplay. It doesn’t have to be hard sci-fi, but I’d like that too. And after that, they can do that Star Wars point ‘n’ click that was rumored to have in the 90’s with the original actors but never happened. Although I realize some of them won’t come back now.
Remakes/remasters are still a trend in video games. Some remakes/remasters are great, even definitive, some may be unnecessary, but it’s hard to argue that they’re pointless or worse than the original, much like Hollywood.
How about a hot topic on the topic? I’m going to get the ball rolling by nominating GameCube’s Resident Evil for the greatest video game remake yet.
CONDITIONS: We did that in July.
problems on the first day
That’s not good news from Sony saying Stray was an “anomaly” for PS Plus. I think everyone can understand why they don’t release their first party games on PS Plus on day one, but I thought stray was a clear sign that they were ready to do it with third party games? It also seemed to be very well received as the game received a lot more attention than it otherwise would have? So what went wrong?
There is no answer to that, I have no idea what Sony is playing at the moment but they seem careful not to give people what they want. No news, no real communication and no explanation of what PS Plus is for.
Seriously, they would have been a lot better off if they just hadn’t restarted because this mess did a lot of damage to their reputation with little effort I think. The lack of retro games stuff is particularly confusing. Hardly at launch, even less after… was that the plan or did something go terribly wrong? It would say it has anyway.
If I were Sony, I’d sign up some promising indie games for day one on PS Plus Extra and try to win back some kudos, because they really need to win fans back ASAP.
I still can’t believe GTA 6 leaked that massively – there’s a very high possibility someone will go to jail for it and we haven’t learned anything interesting from it! Hope it was worth it?
I’m all for more single player games, but isn’t it a bit weird to do a team game with two superheroes and then not do it co-op? That seems to be the crux of the matter.
This week’s hot topic
The topic for this weekend’s inbox was suggested by reader Jericho, who asks what do you expect from a Switch 2?
Rumors notwithstanding, it’s inevitable that there will be a new Nintendo console in the next few years, but what form should it take, both physically and in terms of how powerful it is and how much it will cost.
Now that there are several portable consoles that look similar, how do you think Nintendo should respond and what are the key changes and improvements over the current Switch? Or would you like to see a new console that’s completely different?
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