The Wednesday Inbox wishes Rockstar would make traditional story DLC for GTA 5, as one reader laments the lack of dinosaur games.
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Worth the trouble
I swear this is not a stealth bragging email but now that I own a PlayStation 5 I have to say that to all those that do not yet have one it is worth it. I don’t have much time off at Christmas so I’ve opened it up straight away and I’ve been loving it. Like anyone I started with Astro’s Playroom and it has been fantastic. A great introduction to the console and a real trip down memory lane for long-time PlayStation fans.
I also got Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls and I’m loving what I’ve seen of them so far. Spider-Man does obviously look similar to the first but the people and street level detail is much better and I love the (ray-tracing?) reflections on the buildings. Demon’s Souls I’ve only played for a couple of hours but the graphics are amazing. I swear I’m not easily impressed but this looks great and very next gen.
As everyone has said though it’s the DualSense that’s the MVP and while I was a bit dubious at first that it would make a difference I’m loving everything it does, not just in Astro’s Playroom but Demon’s Souls in particular as well. I know 2020 has been awful and getting the damn consoles has been equally bad but I do think it’s all been worth it in the end (the console that is, not putting up with 2020).
I thought I’d be excited to hear that Rockstar were making more single-player missions for GTA Online but to be honest I can’t see myself bothering with them. I haven’t played the game for ages and just the thought of returning to that viper’s nest puts me off, even if it is supposed to be on my own.
I would much rather they just create some proper story DLC for GTA 5 itself, like they used to do, rather than have to play GTA Online. I know they like GTA Online because it encourages microtransactions and all that but it just feels like the GTA I used to enjoy doesn’t really exist anymore.
Hopefully GTA 6 will work like Red Dead Redemption 2 and still have a massive story campaign but I wouldn’t necessarily bet on it. Maybe Rockstar could just make smaller standalone games that were single-player only? It doesn’t have to be a massive game, that’s just what they’ve always done in the past and to be honest I wish GTA Online had never happened.
I could feel GC’s pain in that Jurassic Park VR review. I really don’t know what companies have against dinosaurs. I guess they think they’re too silly? Unlike made up stuff like aliens and demons and whatever. I can see why Jurassic Park itself is hard to tell into an action game (although it didn’t stop that Sega lightgun game!) but dinosaurs in general… who doesn’t love dinosaurs.
I got really excited with that weird Vin Diesel trailer at The Game Awards and I also thought it might be a new Turok, but I really don’t like Ark: Survival Evolved and have trouble imagining its sequel is going to be that much better.
I’m also losing faith that Capcom are going to remake Dino Crisis as it hasn’t been hinted at lately and rumour point towards the idea being canned. Such a shame. I’d settle for anything right now, even dinosaurs with feathers!
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I have noticed before that Japanese game developers seem to have very odd taste in games. I remember a number of them raving about both Mass Effect: Andromeda and Days Gone, neither of which are games I think anyone would put forward as shining examples of the best Western developers can do. And yet I’ve never heard any of them mention better received games like God Of War or The Last Of Us.
I can understand why they’d be interested in Ghost Of Tsushima, given the setting, but it’s just Assassin’s Creed Japan, and old school Assassin’s Creed at that. If they wanted to they could’ve surely made it themselves 10 years ago? I can see Japanese publishers being worried that Japanese stuff wouldn’t appeal to the West, and ironically becoming more resistant to doing that sort of thing, but Sega didn’t even bother to release the Yakuza samurai games over here.
Now of course it’s too late and any copycat is going to probably come off poorly but I hope we at least get more ninja games and historical games in general, I always enjoy the setting.
A year to remember
Well, what a crazy year it’s been! At least as gamers we had the new consoles to look forward to this year. But even then greedy scalpers helped ruin that for a lot of people. I was lucky to get a PlayStation 5 at launch, and I’m loving it so far. It’s so quiet compared to my PS4 Pro, and the SSD makes a huge difference to loading times. Astro’s Playroom is a fantastic wee game and I had loads of fun playing through it with my son and showing him the consoles from PlayStation’s past. The DualSense is a great controller, and like others have said it feels next gen, with great use of haptic feedback and rumble.
I hope GC and my fellow readers and contributors all have a very merry Christmas, and here’s hoping 2021 is a better year. Stay safe everyone.
Cubes (PSN ID)/@Cubes1 (Twitter)/Kevin M
PS: CriticalGamer will unfortunately be shutting down at the end of the year. It was a great little site and I met lots of great folk while writing for them. The site was set up by two guys and Luke (@Jim_Crikey), who did a fantastic job writing and getting folk onboard to write for the site, is now a regular contributor to various gaming magazines and sites. At the same time, Patrick helped set up the site and take care of technical problems. Both are great guys and I’ll miss writing for them. I do hope to continue writing about gaming if I get the chance.
No more chances
So that’s it for next gen consoles in 2020, eh? Even more do come in stock I don’t see them being delivered in time for Christmas Day so what’s the point? Even if they pop up on Tuesday that’s probably not enough time to get them for this year.
And not a sign of the PlayStation 5 at all. I certainly don’t want an Xbox Series S and we’ve had not a peep out of Sony about what’s going on. I’m not surprised, just disappointed.
Hope you’re all well and safe. I would like to say thanks for all your hard work and awesome gaming journalism throughout this most difficult of years, you’ve certainly helped me get by. I wanted to bring this six-part documentary called High Score on Netflix to everyone’s attention. Apologies, if it’s been mentioned or recommended before now but I accidentally came across it at the weekend and it’s awesome so good in fact I finished it.
It’s a six-part mini-series into the history of our favourite hobby. It starts with an interview with the developer who created Space Invaders and how he designed it, etc. The later episodes are about the Mega Drive and SNES console war and also has interviews with the Sega of America boss at the time and how he wanted to beat Nintendo and the tactics he used throughout.
There’s also an insight in how Nintendo and Argonaut created the Super FX Chip tech for Star Fox. Every episode is a delight and I honestly can’t recommend it enough to you all. I really hope Netflix commission another season at least.
It’s a real shame about Cyberpunk 2077, I was really tempted to get it but I’m glad I didn’t in the end. I’ll see how things are when the PlayStation 5 version arrives.
Thanks again GC, I really hope you and all readers have an awesome Xmas and New Year. Stay Safe everyone.
Bertie1 (PSN ID)
GC: Thanks, and the same to you.
In reply to Danny: that’s OK, thank you. Hope you have a good Christmas too.
PS: Brigador: Up-Armored Deluxe is free on GOG currently. Here’s the link.
Is it just me or does that Simpsons game make no sense? Why are you a bug? It wasn’t even the Mexican bee guy. What does that have to do with The Simpsons? Is it from some episode I didn’t see? Nice graphics though.
GC: We don’t get it either.
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