The Tuesday Inbox is not sure it understands why the Nintendo Switch has had a price cut, as one reader promotes a new Dino Crisis 2 fan translation.
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Although I might be alone in feeling this, I am going to give my view on the next gen versions of GTA 5. As this community knows, I’m all for remasters and ports of games if they are done properly and give people a good reason to get them but Rockstar, I’m sorry to say, has dropped the ball massively here.
They say that the game is expanded and enhanced yet it looks like all they have done is added a bunch of stuff that the modding community could of added and even then the modding community has done a better job than they even have. I watched the trailer and was honestly exited to see exactly what Rockstar had done to the next gen versions of the game, which is nearly 10 years old, and there’s not even a map expansion or additional radio stations – not even the ability to visit another city.
I refuse to believe for a next generation port that this is the best Rockstar was actually able to do as it looks like all they really did was take the lazy way out and transfer everything over with some very minor improvements and have done as little as possible. Considering they recently went after the modding community for vastly improving GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas and now this letdown they are very easily looking at a PR crisis.
Rockstar has no excuse for this poor port and remaster and quite frankly should look at releasing some people from its company after these poor choices as of late.
gaz be rotten (gamertag)
GC: Rockstar has said virtually nothing about the remaster, so there’s no way of knowing whether it has, or hasn’t, added any of those things. Although we think you can forget about another city.
More not less
I can understand why people are tired of GTA 5. They really are milking it dry, it’s coming to three generations of consoles now. I’ve not played it for a good few years, I got it on PlayStation 3 then bought it on PlayStation 4 and within a month I was thinking shouldn’t of bought it. The graphics did look a bit better but not enough for me to go out and spend £60 on it and try and get back into it.
The bad thing about GTA is that everything that can be done in the game has been done, so even when GTA 6 does come out it’s going to be the same online as GTA 5. Rockstar has brought it on themself by going to town on one game.
GC: People aren’t tired of GTA 5 at all, it’s still in the top 10 as we speak and has barely ever left it in eight years. What people are upset at is that they’re not getting more GTA 5.
Only Nintendo can turn a price cut into a conspiracy-inspired mystery that still manages to upset everyone. Why is it when publishers try to explain something they’ve done it always sounds like a five-year-old making up excuses for traipsing mud into the house?
‘After carefully weighing up a variety of factors’? What are you talking about? Just explain why you cut the price, you’re not admitting to murdering someone, for heaven’s sake! Although of course they didn’t say anything at all about why Europe got a bigger price cut but that’s no surprise.
I do find the whole idea of a price cut odd though. I’m not against it, of course, but didn’t they just make the OLED Model look £20 more expensive? And it’s not like it was that much of a difference in the first place. Seems a bad idea to me but it’s Nintendo, so of course they weren’t going to do the obvious.
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I know there are a lot of Dino Crisis fans on here, including GC, so I thought you might be interested in this new fan translation of the original Japanese version of the Dino Crisis 2. At that time American writers would change a lot of details with a Japanese game, and never do a straight translation, so there’s lots of unexpected changes, including a different end.
I won’t spoil it for anyone (I’m also not sure if it’s actually possible to) but it’s a fun read if you loved the original game. It also gives me another excuse to wish for a new sequel, although I can’t see it happening. The talk of a remake seems to have gone away and if they didn’t make a new game to go along with the hype for the new Jurassic Park film I don’t see them ever doing it.
I don’t know why video game companies hate dinosaurs but I wish they appeared in even 10% as many games as boring old zombies do.
Play to pay
Having picked up an Xbox Series X in March I downloaded the Rewards app and have been surprised how much points you can acquire. In six months I built up £90 pounds of points.
But the other day I decided to spend the points on some games and extending Game Pass and deleted the app. The reason being that you use up a chunk of your gaming time to gain points rather than enjoying the game, which ultimately I find turns gaming into a chore. When something you’re meant to enjoy starts to feel like a chore it’s time to change things.
Still, since I bought the console in March I’ve spent a total of £86 on games/services. For that I got two years and three months of Game Pass, Death’s Door, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 cross-gen bundle, and a handful of backwards compatible games like Beyond Good & Evil and Trials HD. Pretty decent.
I’ve been exchanging my Microsoft Reward Points since August for £5 gift cards. It’s 5,850 points for a £5 card but I set it to auto renew for every first of the month at 5,500, so I save 350 points. Plus, I spend the rest of them at the full 5,850 but I make sure I have 5,500 for the first of the month.
I’ve build up that many points since August 1st I have £25 in my account and more is coming. I was exchanging the points to extend my Game Pass Ultimate membership, that currently runs out in November next year. I thought as Battlefield 2042 is coming out in October I will exchange the points for £5 gift cards.
I was going to get the Ultimate Edition of Battlefield 2042 but looking up online the Ultimate Pack is only skins so I’m going to get the gold one instead, which is £80.99. But with all of my credit that I collect from the rewards program the game will only cost me about £45 or less in real money. With all these points I haven’t spent a single penny either. Points do make prizes, as Sir Bruce Forsyth use to say.
woz 007 (gamertag)
You know his name
I agree that Wolverine is not a very interesting character for a video game. He is for movies and comics but the X-Men Origins: Wolverine game on the Xbox 360 did pretty much all you can with the concept and was very violent too.
I’m sure Insomniac will be able to tell a better story but you could throw a dart at the whole Marvel line-up and pretty much anyone you hit would be a more interesting game character – he’s not even much fun in the Marvel Vs. Capcom games. People know the name though and that’s what counts.
I have to agree with the Reader’s Feature bemoaning Sony’s decision to sell the slightly upgraded versions of Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy. In my opinion this is made all the more egregious when you take into consideration the multiplayer components of the games. Although one of my favourites of any game, it hasn’t been updated in years and could really do with some fixes.
There’s an issue with the topography of the maps which means my character is constantly getting stuck near walls, cover and even the floor – and an adorable Lemur that is present on one map. Glitches are also an issue, with more unscrupulous players able to go completely invisible or run around the map at ridiculously high speed. The speed glitch is particularly easy to pull off; I know this because even I was able to perform it.
I’ve been playing Uncharted since the first game on the PlayStation 3. While it was pretty good it wasn’t until the drastically improved sequel that I truly became a fan of the franchise. A lot is (rightly) made of how big an improvement Naughty Dog made for the sequel, but I think the improvements made in the mechanics in the fourth game also deserves mention.
I did enjoy the multiplayer modes of the second and third instalments, but the middling gunplay meant that they were merely a distraction when I grew tired of the camping in Call Of Duty. The greatly improved gunplay has made Uncharted 4’s multiplayer one of my all-time favourites, there’s just such a great weight and feeling to the combat that makes it very enjoyable. The movement also deserves mention; allowing you to utilise the hook to swing around the map and jump on enemies for an instant and satisfying melee kill.
iLike Fat Ladys (gamertag)
Can we just take a moment to acknowledge how scummy Nintendo are with only using non-union voice actors for their games. Apart from wanting to do things on the cheap, with people they can push around, they don’t seem to realise that when you pay peanuts you get monkeys. Case in point: Breath Of The Wild.
Deathloop sounds so contrived I can’t believe it actually got made. I think I get how it’s supposed to work but… why did it have to be so complicated. And just four different areas? No thanks.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Ishi, who asks what video game franchise do you feel is the most consistent?
A lot of famous franchises have celebrated their 25th or 30th anniversaries recently and are still pumping out new games but which do you feel has been the most consistent across its long history? Have any reached a point where you’ll now buy them on name recognition alone or are you still cautious about each new entry?
What do you attribute the franchises’ consistency to and do you feel it’s kept up well with modern trends? If not, what new directions would you like to see from it in the future?
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