The evening Inbox questions Sony’s approach to backwards compatibility, as one reader discovers a PSVR bargain at Asda.
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In response to Sonda’s letter, I would say that, as of writing, the game of the generation still has to be Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, just due to how huge that game was and how much it did for the Switch. However, I find it quite telling that two of the biggest games this generation (Breath Of The Wild and God Of War) both changed the formula of the games before, whilst still holding on to what makes the series great.
But on the topic of top threes, I ask: what would you say the top three exclusives of each console are? I’m not too confident on the Xbox One, and I don’t own a PlayStation 4, so I can’t say much on that, but for the Switch, I would say Breath Of The Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Splatoon 2.
GC: That sounds about right for the Switch, especially if you discount Wii U ports.
Thinking about Smash Bros. recently has me intrigued with the number of villains getting introduced and the fact that every single character has their own classic mode set of specific characters to face. Which leads me to believe that every character must have some sort of pre-Master Hand boss they will face.
Which means the rumours of Skull Kid could be true, Young Link needs a boss to face after all. But potentially there would need to be many more characters as Olimar and Captain Falcon, as just two examples, are the only representatives in their series. But knowing how crazy Sakurai is, anything is possible!
Mr foreign Warren
PS: 2064: Read Only Memories recently got released on the eShop and as visual novel fans, I wondered if you are taking a look as it is something I would like to pick up when I get through my other 15 Switch backlog.
GC: There definitely seems to be something in that. Also, we have to apologise to the reader who wrote in about the ghost-related game mode theory, as it seems he might actually have been on the money after all. As for 2064, it’s Gamescom next week so we’re not sure we’re going to have time for it.
I’d be genuinely surprised if PlayStation 5 wasn’t backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR.
I don’t think I’m alone in going into a new gen for the first time with a mostly digital collection of games, a large one too. Including 105 instant game collection games it’s 250 games, I have literally years of great games to play. A simple and easy incentive for Sony to retain me as a customer is to provide me access to that large collection on their new machine.
I think they will need to offer incentives like that as well, in light of the competition raising their game significantly since the start of the gen when Sony had a clear track for some time. Sony totally deserve their dominance this gen, they’ve easily put out the best product in my opinion, but I think they will find the start of the next gen far more competitive.
GC: Sony’s logic has always been that they try to encourage new sales by discouraging playing previous gen games on new consoles. But if we had to guess, we’d go with you and say they’re probably likely to change their tune this time.
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I watched the Red Dead Redemption II gameplay trailer the other day and was blown away by it!
Then I watched a few videos from various sites going through the trailer, pointing out things we might have missed, and almost all of them made a comment about the action going straight into gameplay seamlessly from a cut scene. And the bit where he holds a shotgun and switches to it from using a revolver. It seems to me like everyone has forgotten Rockstar nailed all this six years ago with the awesome Max Payne 3.
I was just surprised that I haven’t seen anyone recognise this.
What are the chances of us getting another Max Payne, GC?
Skill Influx (gamertag)
GC: That’s hard to say because Rockstar’s entire attitude to game development changed drastically with the success of a GTA V. Red Dead Redemption II will be the first game since then so it’s hard to say how they feel about their other, less successful, franchises now.
RE: Middlemiester. Native 4K all the way for me over 60fps. I tried the PlayStation 3 remaster
of God Of War 2 at 60fps just after playing it on PlayStation 2 at 30fps and could not honestly tell
the difference. Also tried this with last gen version of DmC and the definitive edition at 60fps and there was no difference to me.
I thought that Gears Of War on the Xbox One was at 60fps as it felt so smooth to play but
a Google search told in just ran at 30fps, which left me quite surprised.
Also can’t tell the difference between the mainline Forza games usually at 60fps and their Horizon
variants which are locked at 30fps so I’d rather have the impressive looking 4K visuals were I can see a significant improvement.
Pass it on
Digital sales are rife on Xbox at the moment. Battlefield 1 has an 85% discount, which I purchased for a measly £5.25. And it has just received an Xbox One X patch! It really is a strong argument for going digital only. The only thing missing is digital trade-ins for store credit and game gifting games you own, not just new purchases.
Being able to pass on the digital ownership of completed games to friends would be a major step towards convincing more gamers to go digital-only. I could get rid of No Man’s Sky then! No offence to fans of the game, too much of a grind-fest for my taste.
Though it’s been slow progress, I have to say I’m really enjoying God Of Four, I mean God Of War. Always annoying when that happens, even in movies. But that’s not my point.
Once I had finished restoring Alfheim, I kind of thought it had a She-Ra, Crystal Castle vibe going on. Lots of gold, bright clean space, that Celtic knot kind of architecture. It was so strangely girly for such an uber-macho game. Not unwelcome, quite fabulous, in fact.
Thanks to a recent change of jobs, I’ve suddenly found myself able to splash out a bit and have replaced my loyal, but sadly no more, PlayStation 3 with a PS4 Pro. I’m pretty happy with it, and I’m enjoying being able to pick up all the games I’ve seen come out over the years that I’ve not been able to previously afford for seriously good prices (Doom, Titanfall 2, and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst were all under £10 – I actually feel so guilty, like I’ve personally robbed those developers…)
However, this lovely new console, with its 1TB of storage is nearly 75% full already. I’ve only had the thing a month! Yes, I’ve apparently bought 16 games for it in that time, but one of the downsides to this new job is I work a lot harder and for longer, so I’ve had very little time to play. So far I’ve only been able to have swift run throughs of Doom and Titanfall and am halfway through Uncharted 4, and so my save data files are very small.
To my knowledge the games aren’t fully installed (I need the discs in the drive to play anything for starters) but all the patches and updates have been like an avalanche. I don’t think my feeble broadband has ever had to work so hard. My 80GB PlayStation 3 needed a bigger hard drive after about maybe four years, but after I put a 320GB one in it was fine until it died and I had over 60 games by the end. I’m pretty sure it was only just over half full too. If I didn’t know better I’d say I had a virus or something, but no, apparently this generation really is just full games as patches, with download codes on Blu-rays.
I was thinking of picking up No Man’s Sky at some point now it’s been patched up, but I’m fearful I’ll need a whole hard drive just for one game! What on Earth has gone so wrong that every developer needs such huge updates for everything? I shudder to think what a download-only future would be like: we’d all need petabyte drives as standard. You don’t seem to get this nonsense from Nintendo on the Switch.
yourhomeisatrisk (PSN ID)
Currently trying to play: Uncharted 4 and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
GC: The Switch internal storage is tiny? And some third party games don’t even run from a cartridge without extra downloads.
Shame about the Phantom Doctrine… Fortunately I’ve just bought and started playing XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen! So good.
GC: It’s still far from a bad game, although it might be best waiting for it to go on sale.
Just a quick mention that Asda have the PlayStation VR headset for £199 in their sale.
GC: Wow, that’s good.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Franky, who asks what’s the one game annoucement you never expect to hear?
With Gamescom coming up next week what’s the one thing you’re confident won’t be revealed? Whether it’s a sequel, reboot, or some kind of hardware annoucement what do you think is the least likely, without being completely silly.
What annoucement have you given up any hope of hearing about and why do you think it’ll never happen? What’s the most surprised you’ve ever been by an annoucement and how did the final product turn out?
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