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It is still technically a black box, but the Xbox Series X already looks different from most video game consoles, and if DualSense is something more for the PlayStation 5, it will probably also be a break from tradition. Anyway, I hope the flat, black plastic slab is getting really old.
What makes me think, what is the most beautiful console so far? Of the modern consoles, I would say that all PlayStation are very boring and only the Xbox 360 impresses with Microsoft. In fact, it is a difficult question to answer, as many are very boring and functional.
My favorite traditional design is probably the Dreamcast, but to my own surprise, as much as anything else that I consider the most beautiful could be the Wii. He is one of the few to try to be stylish and looks very distinctive and cool sitting at an angle in his position. It is still beautiful on the outside and on the side.
The new consoles will have to be bigger than that, because of all the fans, if nothing else, but I hope they can improve and give us something that looks good and plays well.
I played Gangs Of London, but the controls were so clumsy that I barely touched the story. I knew it was a Getaway spin-off at the time, which is why I tried it; never having tried The Getaway, I thought it would fill the void.
However, the Gangs Of London had a touristic mode, which allowed you to walk freely with the aim of driving around London taking pictures of famous landmarks, which you needed to find. It was there that I spent most of the time, because it was easier to understand and touch than the story, because you didn’t have to shoot enemies with dishonest controls.
RE: Next generation specifications. Do the different specifications of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X mean that multiplatform games will never be as good as they could be?
I am what you would classify as a casual player, with no technical knowledge, with either a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox, however, the likely cost of launching the next generation means that I will have to decide on each other. From what I read, the PlayStation 5 will have a faster SSD, which means that the loading time will be better than the Xbox Series X, but it has better processing power and lightning tracking (I know there are other factors, but you understood).
This means that any game released on both platforms will have to deal with the slower loading time of the Xbox Series X, but also with the lower tracking and performance of the PlayStation 5, meaning games will be designed to the lowest specifications for each console, which means that only the exclusives really show the true potential of each system?
GC: Multi-format games are usually designed first on the PC and transported from there, or, if not, it is the most popular console that is the main format – not the most powerful. But let’s wait and see what the difference is between consoles in practice. The technical specifications, especially the pre-release, are never a good indication, and the difference between the two consoles will probably end up relatively light.
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RE: Tiddleydwarf and Monster Hunter: World. First of all, I will think better about KM, I hope you are taking care of yourself and I have nothing but respect for whoever works on the front line at the moment.
For Monster Hunter: World, this is absolutely a game worth trying, and among my top three in this generation. GC’s comment is somewhat false, as the game is immensely enjoyable as a single player game. Most of my nearly 1,200 hours were played solo (I even wrote a Reader resource about it back in the day).
Note that there are some missions designed for multiplayer only, which are flagged, and these are best treated as such. Getting a good squad of four players is the best way to play, but games with random players vary enormously, failing a mission due to a bad player is not fun, for example.
It’s not perfect and, in fact, it had one of the most annoying aspects of this generation for me (another feature I wrote about), but everything about it captured my heart in a way that few games have ever had.
A lot has changed since the release, and some of the recent additions brought to the Iceborne add-on have alleviated a lot of the problem that I mention as well and they are still providing content with at least a few more monsters to come.
The base game is solid, but Iceborne really completes it and is almost another game added at the top. You can purchase them separately if you want to try the base game first.
If you give Iceborne a word of caution, it adds a variety of weapons and armor called defender to the base game. They are very strong in the initial difficulties (increase as you go) and, in effect, allow you to speed up the base game. Do not use them. Much of the progression is based on increasing your skill, these weapons allow you to make brute strength through spikes of difficulty designed to teach you about fighting mechanics and you will regret it later.
GC: Disingenuous means dishonest and insincere, so we hope that is not what you meant.
RE: Friday’s letter about XCOM. I wouldn’t worry about not having an XCOM 3. I don’t think Chimera Squad was born from a marketing person telling the development team that they need to create a simpler XCOM game to sell more units.
I think it was really something that the development team wanted to do as a spin-off, to perhaps introduce more people to the franchise. After all, XCOM 2 was a commercial success, as far as I know. Of course, they are not GTA numbers, but they were still good numbers and this is only on the PC, not to mention the other consoles, and will be coming to the Switch soon.
Now Playing: Half-Life: Alyx and SteamWorld Heist (Switch)
Quick question to help me decide between two games. I always wanted to buy Salt And Sanctuary, but I just played Blasphemous and was impressed.
I suppose they are similar types of games, so my question is simple: which one should I buy?
At the moment, they are similarly priced in the eShop.
I don’t want anything that is ridiculously difficult.
Monster Live Boy and Doom 64!
GC: It depends on your definition of “ridiculously” difficult. Both are very difficult games, just as you expected, due to the influences of Dark Souls. If you’ve been to Blasphemous, we would try.
I would like to comfortably thank the aviator who wrote on Tuesday about the Assassin’s Creed Origin Discovery Tour.
I tried to play Assassin’s Creed 2 and Black Flag years ago, when they were free at Games with Gold, but never managed to get into them or the series as a whole, so they weren’t aware of the independent virtual tour game. But I bought it last night and I am very impressed. I would even say that it is one of the best things of the moment to share with the whole family (especially in the current climate) that you don’t have to be a player to have fun.
One of the things that impressed me was how much effort and passion it took to create the original game and the tour.
For those who are not fans of the series, but are curious, eight hours ago video of all this, obviously, doesn’t include the aspect of free roaming, but after watching some of them, I decided to buy it.
Ubisoft also took a tour of Ancient Greece and, in writing, both are half price at the Ubisoft store (Egypt: £ 6.24, Greece: £ 8.49).
I probably won’t play a suitable Assassin’s Creed yet, but now I’m more interested in the next Viking game, if that’s really the scenario and I’m looking for a virtual tour of it.
Web of holes
RE: tarantula island. I must mention that the tarantula only seems to chase if you have the insect net equipped, since you must be running around seeing tiger beetles and dock mites every time they appear, it usually happens that you will find tarantula.
The best method is to dig four or five holes in the ground to which you can take the Tarantula, just run after the row of holes, leaving the tarantula in circles, trying to reach you when you can’t. It is easy to choose from there.
Knack 3 and beyond
Just to put my thoughts on the debate of deciding which console to buy without having a lot of information released yet. I have a PlayStation with every generation since they were launched and it is more likely to continue with the next generation (at the moment, I am quite invested in the ecosystem). However, I consider myself open-minded and will analyze Microsoft’s offer with enthusiasm and hope that it offers a tempting product, after all the competition is only good for the consumer.
With all the developers bought in the past few years, I expect Microsoft to come out with a stream of exclusive titles. It is also easy to see the excellent value of the Game Pass; therefore, if they continue with this, it will be interesting.
Now, while the technical specs are interesting to some extent, games are and should always be about games. And for my tastes, this is where Sony has had significant leadership in recent years. Exclusives like Marvel’s Spider-Man, God Of War, Bloodborne, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Death Stranding and more (you know the rest) offer a quality and breadth of game that the Xbox cannot compete with.
While there is certainly an element of the “Sony formula” in some of them, the consistency across multiple developers gives me confidence that this will continue into the new generation. Maybe I’m getting excited, but I’m imagining a scenario where Sony finally reveals the PlayStation 5 along with a presentation of launch window games that rival E3 2015.
Sequel to Spider-Man, God Of War and Horizon Zero Dawn are a joke. Crowds like Demon´s Souls, Silent Hill and a remake of Resident Evil 4 will keep the hardcore guys happy. This is where the PlayStation brand is already leading, regardless of how the console looks or how many terrors it can fail.
Of course, something is going to go wrong. History teaches us that when a company creates an advantage, it tends to drop the ball in a spectacular way. That’s why I will always be interested in competition. Regardless of which one I choose on the first day (hardware boot problems and Knack 3, damn it!), It will be with the intention of buying the other one eventually. The emergence of a new generation of consoles is always exciting for me as a player. I hope that both sides will deliver fantastic machines and I can’t wait to play on both!
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Was Bloodstained a success? I played recently and liked it. I would love to see a sequel. Do you think it is very likely?
GC: It is almost impossible to say with an exclusively digital game. It was certainly a very successful Kickstarter and we think most supporters were happy with the end result.
Tell me how someone else has played Destiny 2 a lot lately, even if I don’t like the game very much. It is at least more interesting than Discord!
This week’s Hot Topic
Inspired by the launch of Predator: Hunting Grounds, the question for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Grackle, who asks which movie would you like to see transformed into a video game?
After almost giving up on the concept, the editors recently started to bond with the film again and, unlike previous generations, many of them did very well. But what other film or series of films (including those that have had games in the past) do you think would be a good game?
You can also include TV shows and other licensed properties, such as comic books, but how do you think they would work in practice and what elements would be easy to adapt as a game and which would be more difficult?
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