The Monday Inbox asks what will happen if the next gen consoles don’t come out in 2020, as one reader is dubious about a new Superman game.
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So, 2020 doesn’t seem to really be happening in terms of video games so I imagine I’m not going to be the only one at the moment digging into my backlog. A lot of these games I kind of assumed I’d never get around to but now that I’m playing them I’ve got mixed feeling. The one I’m going through at the moment is Bioshock Infinite but I’m really not feeling it. The story is good, and I really appreciate the unusual setting and message but the combat is kind of boring. To be honest, I’m not sure it really need to be an action game at all. I’d much rather it was something like Life Is Strange, I think, based on how it’s going so far.
After that I’ve got Dark Souls 3 line-up, as I never played it after enjoying the first but not so much the second. I’m hoping that finally starting it will somehow convince From to unveil Elden Ring, as I find I often end up being at least one game behind on developers and never seem to catch up.
I don’t know what I’d do if I actually did clear out my backlog though. Has anyone actually done that? What happens next? Do you just tick video games off your achievement list and start getting into board games or something?
One extreme to the other
I hate to be the one to say but I think it’s looking more and more like the next gen isn’t going to happen this year, especially from Sony. The coronavirus is clearly serious business and frankly there’s going to be more important things going on in the world this year than people breaking quarantine to make sure a video game console doesn’t get delayed a few months.
It’s a disappointment but given how bad most console launches are maybe it’ll end up seeming like a good thing, if there are more or better games when they come out next year.
I have a very hard time believing that the best games this year won’t still end up being Resident Evil 3, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Cyberpunk 2077 and the other current gen stuff we know isn’t delayed. Considering how bad the start has been, and how bad the last few months might also be, it’ll be strange if the middle of the year ends up being full of classics and everything around it is a wasteland.
How does one decide which console to purchase? For me it’s always the games. No more, no less. Sometimes one game (the old killer app) is enough to decide it. For this reason I have never purchased a console at launch, so the decision is made at least a year afterwards to see what is on offer.
Backwards compatibility is something I do consider with a backlog going back to the PlayStation. With the move to CD-ROMs and the PlayStation 2 being backwards compatible with the PlayStation, I thought Sony had broken the incompatibility cycle of older consoles. So the PlayStation 3 became a disappointment. Then personal experience of Sony hardware and customer support had put me off their products entirely.
Being a PC gamer seems to mean access to both Microsoft and Sony first party exclusive games. Suddenly both major consoles lose one of their selling points (though this has been true for Microsoft for longer). So Nintendo it is then!
GC: PlayStation exclusives on PC are still yet to be confirmed.
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Sonic gets real
It’s getting kind of embarrassing how well Sonic The Hedgehog is doing at the cinema. It’s not a particular good film (saw it with my kids) so you’d have to put down most of its success to the character. So, err… if he was this popular all this time how comes Sega hasn’t had a major hit out of him for years? Maybe decades? (I can’t honestly remember what was the last big one, I don’t think even Sonic Mania did that well.)
I hope someone at Sega is getting shouted at royally for not having taken advantage of any of this for so long. Although the cynical part of me thinks all they’ll do is convince themselves that any old rubbish with the Sonic name will do well and they’ll just throw something out as quickly as possible.
Question is will it be set in the real world again? Seems likely to me given things like Sonic Adventure 2 basically were anyway. I seem to remember some rumours about Sonic Adventure 3 a while back anyway, so wouldn’t be surprised to see them come true now.
Nice Devil May Cry 3 review on Switch, I had no idea they’d put that much work on it. Would’ve been a game-changer if that stuff had been in the original PlayStation 2 version! It does sound a lot like Dante is going to be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate but the problem I see is that Bayonetta is in it already.
I seem to remember that Capcom wouldn’t even answer your question about a comparison between the two when you were interviewing them, so I can’t imagine they’ll be too excited about the prospect of them appearing together in the same game.
On the other hand, if they do give it their go ahead that is going to be one epic showdown. So weird to think we’ve got a game in which Solid Snake and Cloud Strife can hit each other with baseball bats…
RE: favourite console. N64, the first console I bought for myself, it was 1997… or was it 98? 97 I think and Toys ‘R Us had a try before you buy cabinet with a N64, that futuristic looking (and feeling) pad, and a crisp and shiny and gorgeous smelling (maybe, it was behind Perspex) copy of Super Mario 64. Now I had to wait for me dad to get in from work, so it was already getting dark, then wait for tea, never been eaten so fast before or since; then the looooong trip 25 to 30 miles up the motorway, till we arrived.
Me my mam and dad pulled up outside that big ol’ neon sign, by now it was around half past six and thankfully the store was empty, just me and that delicious console and the game of my dreams! Well, let me tell you I got my money’s worth out of that little trip; shell surfing around the fields, stomping goombas without remorse, unlocking the pink bob-omb’s canon and firing myself to every corner of that first painting. I even managed to make my way up to King Bob-omb and snatch that star from his portly fingers, unlocking around five stars on my first play. I was more than convinced. At the tills I gladly handed over £100 of my hard earned YTS money for a deposit and we made our long journey home.
Three months, three blooming months, I had to wait till release. And another one hour round trip to pick it up! Those were the days, good times. I regret nothing.
big boy bent (lifelong Nintendo fan)
Truth and justice
Agree with everything said about a DC Video Game Universe at the weekend, I can only hope that it is what the new Batman game is set to start. Although given how many cancellations and false rumours there have been around it, it’s hard to see how they’ve planned for any more games considering they’ve had so much trouble with this one.
I also have trouble imagining they’ll get a Superman game right too. Too many modern creators try to turn him into some kind of grimdark anti-hero and it never works. You either embrace the fact that he’s a nice guy, trying to do good, or just don’t bother. There have been plenty of modern comics that get this right but I just don’t see it happening with movies or films. And that’s before you even ask whether it’s a good game…
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A pretty sensible prediction of the PlayStation 5 line-up from the Reader’s Feature on Sunday. It certainly does sound like Gran Turismo 7 is going to be a launch game and Horizon Zero Dawn 2 is a pretty good guess as the first action game. Except if Sony has also got Demon’s Souls Remastered as well isn’t that already a bit of overkill?
That’s two big hitters at once and not any new IPs. Viewed that way I think it’s less likely and that while Horizon Zero Dawn 2 will probably be early on, and probably shown off during the unveil, I think, and hope, that it’ll be something new that comes out at launch. Horizon Zero Dawn was good and successful but I don’t think it’s the sort of game that would have people celebrating in the street about sequel, if you know what I mean.
For me the main game has got to be something new and I’m willing to bet that’s how Sony see it too. Assuming Gran Turismo 7 and Demon’s Souls is true they’ve also got all the backwards compatible stuff like The Last Of Us Part 2 and Ghost Of Tsushima, so I could easily see them just going with that and not having a third game at all.
Most consoles are pretty bad, even stuff like the Switch really only had one minor game, so even hoping for two big ones is a lot. But Gran Turismo and Demon’s Souls being kind of niche in their own way I think they’ll be it and if we’re lucky there’ll be a new game on top. But even just thinking about it now, probably not.
I’m still kind of surprised The Division 2 didn’t do that well. I thought it was a pretty good sequel, so I’m not sure what else they could’ve done. I guess the problem was the setting couldn’t change that much because of the nature of the story.
I’m almost certain it hasn’t been used, on account of me having bought it boxed and got this code with the sequel, so hopefully this South Park: The Stick of Truth code finds a good home on GameCentral.
GC: The code may have had a time limit for its use, but we’re happy to pass it on to whoever wants it. By the look of it we’re guessing it’s a PlayStation 4 code.
This week’s Hot Topic
The question for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Hammeriron, who asks what’s your favourite online multiplayer game?
It can be any game on any format, regardless of whether it also has single-player or offline components. What is it about the game you like so much and how much have you played it? Has the game been running for a long time and if so when did you start and how regularly do you return to it?
In general, how much do you enjoy other online multiplayer titles and is your favourite a one-off of just one of many similar games? If it’s part of a series how often do you buy new entries in the franchise and if it’s unlike your normal taste in games why do you think that is?
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