The evening Inbox is very excited by The Evil Within 2 reveal, as on reader suggests making a game of Pretty Woman.
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Having played all the previous Assassin’s Creed games I must admit they had become a bit stale and needed a year off to hopefully work on the faults of previous games. I was quite looking forward to Origins, although the setting of Egypt didn’t get me too excited. Having watch a 20 minute playthrough of the game from E3 I wonder what they have been working on.
The guy playing it tried to climb through an open window, yet as in in previous games the character just wants to climb up the building. He tried two or three times then gave up and climbed the building instead. I know this could be fixed before release but to have the game playable yet this still happening is a bit of a worry.
The climbing itself doesn’t seem to have improved either and looks the same as in previous games. The combat does look better though. The lead character too seems to lack any personality. The amount of negative comments this has been getting on YouTube seems to have put a lot of people off the game already. I know you at GC have played it and wonder what your thoughts are.
GC: We’ve just put our preview up, but it’s pretty much in line with what you’ve just said. A year was never going to be enough to institute major change.
A winner is you
The biggest winner of E3 was not Sony, nor Microsoft or Nintendo. In fact, the winner was me, along with my fellow gamers.
Microsoft announced new hardware which is so powerful that it will push Sony’s hand on what their new hardware will be, also this will drive down the price of current consoles. More choice for the gamer. Sony announced a slew of PlayStation VR games, which as a day one early adopter makes me glad of the continued support and gives me hope for the future. Nintendo announced new Metroid and Mario titles…
All in all the end result is that the future looks bright for console gamers and my wallet can RIP.
eff1nutta (gamertag/PSN ID)
PS: I am annoyed at people who moan that £450 is too much for the Xbox One X. If you can’t afford it buy a One S or a preowned core One. All these latest console iterations are not aimed at you but me, the gamer who buys every console and supports the whole industry (not just one brand).
Thank you for sticking up for the gamer and talking about 60fps to Phil Spencer. The next day my YouTube feed had four videos talking about it and everyone agreed with you. I think devs need some direction and a 1080p 60fps mode would validate the Xbox One X in my opinion, as the PS4 Pro is a bit of a mess in that regard, and very hit and miss as of right now.
There’s nothing really to separate the two consoles: faux-K and 4K native will be impossible to anyone other than Digital Foundry to actually see any difference in. They have to pause the screen and pixel count! On my 4K PC monitor I can tell the difference between 1440p and 4K when on websites, etc. but gaming is a lot more difficult and I have an Acer Predator G sync monitor, which is a pretty decent one. I also have a Samsung 55” KS7500 and I found it difficult to see any difference between 1080p and 4K sat 8 feet away from the TV on The Witcher 3 and I have very good eyes.
It looks nicer no doubt, but it’s not a massive deal. Maybe I’m just used to it and I’m wrong, as I do remember the shock of going from a 1080p monitor to 1440p for the first time and it was pretty massive I just wish they would let us pick like I can on PC. Spencer was talking about getting some PC guys to buy the console, how can he be so out of touch? PC gamers don’t care about resolution, they only care about frames per second as that’s the only thing that really changes a game. Some of the top Counter-Strike guys play at 720p to maximise the frame rate.
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In my letter from the weekend, I said that Microsoft was targeting ‘true 4K’ on the Xbox One X, and went on to equate true 4K with native 4K. However, analysis by Digital Foundry has shown that neither Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins or BioWare’s Anthem are currently running at native 4K on the new console – but instead use checkerboard rendering to upscale to 4K.
As we’ve seen with the PS4 Pro, checkerboard rendering can be very effective and is perhaps a wiser use of processing power than outputting at native 4K. Note though, despite checkerboarding, it appears that both games still only run at 30 fps (although that is TBC for Anthem). At this point, it is no longer clear what Microsoft mean by ‘true 4K’.
GC: Marketing terms like that often have little to no real meaning.
One game I thought was going to have a surprise E3 announcement was Pilotwings for the Switch.
A new one seemed way overdue as I thought there hadn’t been one since the Nintendo 64 game in 1996 but looking it up on Wikipedia just now, I was surprised to see that Nintendo have given it a few attempts over the years but cancelled them and there was also a 3DS version in 2011 which I didn’t know about.
But still, it’s probably a safe bet we’ll see one for the Switch during its life time, isn’t it? GC stated Nintendo have said that at the moment they don’t have any new ideas for F-Zero, hence no new game, but I’m sure there’s tons they could do for a new Pilotwings – including having a few missions set in space. One could be a mission where you have to launch a ship from Earth and dock with a Nintendo-fied version of the International Space Station.
Anyway, I guess they don’t see Pilotwings as a priority at the moment, as they’ve got their hands full.
PsillyPseudonym (PsillySeudonym – gamertag)
GC: Pilotwings has never been a big seller, and we’d imagine a non-violent flight simulator is a harder sell now than ever.
In regards to Matt’s letter about the prices of PS Vita memory cards, they are expensive but you can get them cheaper on eBay.
I recently needed to upgrade from a 32GB to a 64GB card. I managed to get the 64GB card for £70 and once I transferred all my data I sold the 32GB for £60. I got lucky with both prices, as you can pick a 32GB up slightly cheaper than £60. Anywhere from £40-£60 is the going rate. It’s definitely worth it if you can be patient. The 64GB was pretty cheap at £70, as they can go for £80-£100. Anything under £80 is pretty good for the 64GB.
I hope you manage to get one. I know it’s pricey but it will work out in the long run. The system is the best handheld since the Game Boy for me.
If it’s an option you’ll save loads of money if you can pick up a second-hand system with a memory card already bundled in. There’s plenty on eBay. I hope this helps you in your decision.
Jack_the_Ripper9 (PSN ID)/micylynch9 (NN ID)
PS: I’m over the moon with The Evil Within 2 reveal. I’ve been hoping for it since completing the first. Also happy with Wolfenstein II. The first game is criminally underrated.
I’m not sure if this has been raised or answered but isn’t the elephant in the room with Xbox One X what happens to all those people who bought an Xbone? I know it’s been suggested that they were going to upgrade consoles like phones, but that model is completely different. Are Xboners going to be left behind by the sheer difference in horsepower between the two consoles?
Bit of an asymmetric e3 this year…. Sony underwhelming but solid. Microsoft great console but not much on the games. Standout: that Evil Within 2 trailer! Not playing that at night.
rubycon5 (PSN ID)
PS: Just starting Horizon Zero Dawn.
GC: There are no Xbox One X exclusive games, just as there are no PS4 Pro exclusives.
Super Pretty Woman Turbo
There have been loads of classic games based on films over the years, such as GoldenEye, RoboCop, Batman, Super Star Wars, um… Toy Story, and of course Rocky Legends. So about six then. I quite liked Rambo: First Blood Part 2 on the Speccy back in the day, but I wouldn’t want to play it now.
So yeah, considering how suited to game conversions many classic action films are, it’s actually appalling how few decent games there’s been. Aliens may have inspired almost every video game ever, and while a couple of the licensed games have been pretty decent it’s borderline criminal we haven’t had the stone cold classic that the film deserves.
Predator, The Terminator, Star Trek, John Wick, and Taken are all films that I feel have been either underserved or totally ignored when it comes to game versions, but maybe we need to look elsewhere for inspiration given how poorly most action films translate.
With that in mind, here’s my idea for a future video game classic. Developers, you can have this for free, just mention me in the credits or something. Cheers.
This classic rom com from 1990 involves a suave millionaire picking up a prostitute for a relaxing evening watching I Love Lucy, and I believe it would work well as a series of mini-games. First you’d have a driving game as you try to find your hotel, giving you the chance to drive a Lotus around Hollywood, avoiding people giving you false directions. Sylvester Stallone could feature in a cameo outside his house as you drive past.
One woman working as a prostitute collected, and the action then moves to a clothes buying sim, as you try to max out as many credit cards as possible in the space of an afternoon, before then controlling Vivian directly as she attempts to carry her haul down a busy street avoiding gawping pedestrians.
The next mini-game involves controlling a jewellery box and trying to catch as many fingers as possible, in a smart reworking of Pac-Man, and I can see this being a possible eSports smash in the future.
Next up sees the happy couple at the polo and the challenge here is to try to fill in as many divots as possible within the time limit, all the while avoiding the velociraptors (I admit I’m using a bit of artistic licence here). A puzzler in the style of Qix could work well.
The next game is a beat ‘em-up, or rather a beat Stucky up, as he attempts to manhandle the lovely Vivian. Obviously the film’s fight is fairly tame so a bit more artistic licence I feel is necessary, with the addition of weapons and finishing moves à la Mortal Kombat.
Lastly, Edward has to climb up a series of platforms and ladders in the style of Donkey Kong, avoiding bird poo and bees, to finally win the heart of your beloved ex-prostitute.
I agree that Xbox One X is the equivalent of a mouthful when written down, a fingerful? I hereby propose that it should be stylise as XbO(ne)X.
Between the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro I have never seen such a fuss made over two consoles that both their makers admit won’t sell much. What is the point!
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