The Monday Inbox defends Bungie and the current state of Destiny 2, as one reader recommends cheap Atlus games on 3DS.
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I love the fact that after nearly four months without a major game release the first two are both coming out on the same day. Sometimes I’m surprise the games industry hasn’t had multiple crashes, given how incompetently companies seem to organise themselves.
Now, obviously Doom Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons are pretty different games but even assuming you can afford them both (after all, there’s been nothing else to spend your games budget on) time is a factor. It’s that I think companies never seem to realise more than anything. Even if I wanted to spend money on all the games that are out I haven’t got time to play them (which is, of course, how backlogs happen).
Personally I will be getting both games and hoping that I can fit in Animal Crossing around Doom, since it’s not a gam that gives you that much to do each day (I assume, haven’t played one since the Wii). But I’m curious how many games people have bought since last November? Personally, I haven’t bought any. There haven’t even really been any indie games to tempt me. Hunt: Showdown was probably the closest but I can’t be having with multiplayer only games.
My and my daughter have been watching the mounting hysteria around coronavirus in the media and the possibility that we will all shortly be confined to our homes under quarantine.
So our question is: what games are people planning to play through the quarantine? The new Animal Crossing game for the Switch is imminent and is likely to be very popular – but maybe other games more relevant to a worldwide pandemic will be more suitable? I’ll be trying to get into Zelda: Breath Of The Wild after putting off for a year.
GameCentral – what are you looking forward to playing if we get confined to our homes?
GC: It’s kind of our job, so we’re not sure there’d be much difference. But while this Hot Topic may eventually become relevant it feels a bit pessimistic to run right now.
Start at the beginning
With all this talk of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, there’s another remake I am at least as interested in.
Black Mesa, the fan-made Half-Life remake.
Now I first started playing this years ago, before they had finished it. I understand it is now complete and just wondered if you had any plans to review it?
With Half-Life: Alyx due and Valve suggesting it may kickstart their interest in the Half-Life world it could be a good opportunity for those too young to remember the first game to give it a go!
GC: We should have a review ready this week.
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Sailing to Montana
With Final Fantasy 7 Remake almost upon us I’ve been thinking about the submarine arcade game (that should appear in Part 2). I loved that game, brief though it was.
Can anyone recommend any decent submarine games? Are there any decent submarine games? The Hunt For Red October is a favourite film of mine and I’ve always wanted something that replicates the tension and cat-and-mouse aspect of it. Do you see?
GC: Submarine games used to be relatively common at one point. Silent Hunter was the most prolific but the last one was back in 2010 and wasn’t very good. We’ve heard the more recent Cold Waters is better, but never played it. There have been no less than three different The Hunt For Red October games, from straight action games to a strategy title based on the original book; they’re all very old now though.
Is the name Nintendo actually a shortened form of their complete (historical) name?
I don’t speak Japanese, but I do speak Chinese, so maybe it’s something lost in translation. The kanji for nin-ten-do, when translated from Chinese, just means ‘leave/appoint/assign to the heavens’. Where did luck ever come into the name? I’m interested to see if the ‘luck’ part was removed from the name at some point.
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Now playing: Gears 5 and Life Is Strange 2
GC: We’re by no means experts but our understanding is that while the Japanese language may use Chinese characters, they don’t always mean the same thing. The ‘Leave luck to heaven’ translation is definitely accurate, although it can also be translated as ‘The temple of free hanafuda’ – the type of playing card Nintendo used to make before getting into video games.
One at a time
We will see a Nintendo Direct when it’s ready, no doubt.
I did consider myself that maybe Nintendo has been caught off guard with a certain title’s success, I’m sure they’ve been focusing on Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2, and perhaps another Mario title among others, but perhaps they’re preparing a Direct that has a new Mario Kart trailer polished and ready, it would be a good idea to capitalise on Mario Kart’s rolling start.
Obviously, most people would say why release another when Mario Kart 8 is still selling so well, which is a valid point, but to be fair, Nintendo has this year all to themselves in a certain respect, in terms of hardware sales, at least until Xmas and so far it seems like they are well aware of this, leaving luck to heaven perhaps.
I know I’m not the first person to speculate on a new Mario Kart in recent weeks, but I figured I’d add my two cents regardless.
At the same time I’m wondering, from a business point of view, would it make much sense to advertise and release a unit selling title when there are concerns over the coronavirus stunting manufacturing of physical SKUs?
Yes, we have Animal Crossing soon to be released but that kinda has been committed to, and maybe that will be a global bench test on how to approach their next move. If we have a Direct any time soon that’ll debunk my theory, but surely Nintendo wouldn’t want anything but Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the spotlight for the time being, although I would argue Mario Kart compliments any game.
GC: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still in the top 10s of the UK, US, and Japan. As with Grand Theft Auto 5, there seems no good business reason to create another one while that’s still the case. And the idea that Nintendo wouldn’t market other games until they have nothing else on their schedules doesn’t match with anything they’ve ever done before. Although now Animal Crossing is just two weeks away it does seem unlikely there’ll be a Direct until after that.
Older but better
Just a heads up that a number of top quality 3DS games from Atlus are on sale and reduced heavily on the eShop right now. We’re talking Shin Megami Tensei 4: Apocalypse and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, Etrian Odyssey Nexus, Etrian Odyssey 5, and Radiant Historia. If you have a 3DS these are all highly recommended and are 80% off. Go treat yourself.
GC: We’d definitely recommend Strange Journey over Apocalypse, even though it’s older. It doesn’t seem to be part of the sale, but Etrian Odyssey 4 is only £8.99 and that’s not only the best one but one of our favourite portable games ever.
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Long-time reader, rare commenter. Just wanted to comment on the post about Destiny as I am still a fan an avid player
I disagree with M83’s comment that the Activision split has been handled oddly. They are spending more and more on advertising (Twitch Prime loot a good example), and saying ‘normal people aren’t interested anymore’ is a huge stretch, given the player base has exploded since the move to Steam and the free-to-play version for Year 1/base game content. On daily and monthly stats, it’s in the top five on Steam for nearly all the metrics you look at.
On top of this, the seasonal model has injected a lot of new content, impetus, and enjoyment into the game on top of the base campaigns and expansions so I can’t help but disagree as the franchise hasn’t been in a better place, ever!
Destiny 3 has been in production for several years, and the whole reasoning behind the split with Activision Blizzard was to have more control over the game and release schedule, as the corporate nature of Activision was rushing schedules and damaging the game’s content (rumours were Destiny 3 was to be released this autumn, something Bungie didn’t want).
Fast tracking games leads to develop crunch and less polish, both of which are never good for developers’ mental state, as well as the end product. So I for one, as a player that’s got hundreds of hours in the game, am happy that they are taking their time, not being rushed and building on a game that’s in a fantastic place right now. A new expansion will come this autumn/winter, building even further on an already amazing universe, with another year of seasonal updates and changes to follow.
All of us Guardians that play every day are super happy where the franchise is, looking forward to the new seasons and expansion, but more importantly want Bungie to take their time with the next game. After all, there’s so much to do, so many awesome people to meet, and new Guardians visiting the Tower every day!
I can’t help but feel M83 may have played it in Year 1 or early Year 2 and not played it since (not to single you out, just my point of view) and would sincerely encourage M83, or anyone else who may read this, to create your Guardians and come join in the fun. After all there’s a free-to-play version, so what is there to loose?! After all, as Cayde said, ‘Worse case scenario, you die…. but who knows, maybe you won’t’.
All the best Guardians,
I was really looking forward to the PC Engine mini, I’m gutted it’s been delayed because of the coronoavirus.
GC: So are we.
I will never understand Collector’s Editions. Would be fascinated to hear from any Inboxer who is thinking of shelling out on the expensive Ghost Of Tsushima one.
This week’s Hot Topic
Last week was the 20th anniversary of the PlayStation 2’s first release, so for this weekend’s Inbox we want to hear your memories of Sony’s second console.
Did you own a PlayStation 2 at the time and if so what did you think of it? What games did you own and play, and which were your favourites? Have you played any of them recently and how do you think they hold up?
What do you think is the legacy of the PlayStation 2 and what should it be best remembered for? How would you rate it compared to other PlayStation consoles and do you think it deserves to be the best-selling format of all time?
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