Games Inbox: Do you still play GTA Online?

The Evening Inbox is split on whether a Sega Saturn Mini console is a good idea, as one reader has a dirty suggestion for Joy-Con drift.

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It never ends

Can’t believe how long it’s been since GTA V first came out so it’s crazy to think they’ve been keeping the casino back all this time. Normally I’d expect to see comments about does anyone still play the game? And who cares? But I don’t think I’ve ever seen a top 10 where GTA V isn’t in there, and that’s over the course of six years!

So obviously people do play it, but I’m curious as to whether that’s a constant flow of new people or if there are some people that have been playing GTA Online non-stop since it started? I’m always fascinated by that sort of dedication, not just because it seems so alien to me (I’d rather play something new as often as possible) but because I’m interested to see how companies keep people’s interest.

At this rate I don’t see GTA Online ever slowing down, not given how big this update seems to be, and I think now the only question is whether they port GTA V to the PlayStation 5 or if they finally get round to GTA VI. If I was a betting man I’d say they’ll just go with an enhanced port.


On the podium

I guess I could see how The Division 2 would be the biggest game of the year so far, but I think that’s more an illustration of how slim the release schedules are for the first half of the year compared to the second. Most of the other big games were either exclusives or fairly niche so I guess The Division 2 wins by default. I certainly don’t know anyone that plays it though and until that single-player rumour I had forgotten it even exists.

I guess the obvious answer as to what will be the biggest will be FIFA or Call Of Duty but I think Borderlands 3 is also in the running, or will at least certainly round out the top three. The hype for that seems to be huge, plus it’s a known quantity so people are going to be confident about buying it before seeing reviews, etc.

I know it’s disappointing to sum that it hasn’t really changed from the last ones but I think that’s exactly why it, and other popular games, sell so much.


All-in-one solution

In response to Snoops’ letter in Thursday morning’s Inbox. A couple of weeks ago on YouTube I chanced upon footage of a product dubbed the Polymega that looks highly ambitious.

It’s a system that its creators claim uses custom BIOS/emulators that provide a high degree of accuracy when replicating the console in question. Or rather consoles in question, as the base unit has a disc drive and on its own apparently emulates a multitude of CD-based systems including the PS1 and Saturn and an awful lot of previews of the system seemed to concentrate on the latter. The system also allows for add-on modules to be purchased separately for a number of cartridge-based systems such as the Mega Drive, NES, SNES and so forth.

One of the features touted is the ability to back up the original game discs and cartridges to the hard drive and play the title from HDD to reduce wear and tear on said discs/carts. The interface looks slick and shows off very official looking artwork for each game. It seemingly looks to be a quality piece of kit that would eliminate the need for a bunch of individual mini SNES/Mega Drive/PC Engine style consoles vying for HDMI inputs under a TV.

But what I find most intriguing is the suggestion that the creators are speaking with a number of games companies to allow you to buy a digital copy of many retro titles for a few dollars each from presumably a Polymega branded version of Steam or PSN and it’s the latter that’s got me interested.
Meestah Bull
PS: There now appears to be a lightgun peripheral that they claim can work on an HDTV!


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Together at last

I don’t know if anyone has suggested this before but with the rumours that Zelda is going to be playable in Breath Of The Wild 2, given how prominent she was in the trailer (and how rubbish she was in the original game) but maybe the sequel will actually be co-op?

Zelda has had multiplayer games before but they’ve usually focused on more than two people and been more like novelties. What if Breath Of The Wild 2 had more story-focused co-op and allowed you both to explore and play at the same time?

Maybe they’d have to make it so you both can’t be too far away from each other but I’d like to see them try and with the two characters they have the perfect excuse.


Planetary disaster

RE: Snoops. Sorry pal, but I completely disagree with just the mention of a Mini Sega Saturn console. I remember back in the day when I paid £400 for one on its first day of release and was always green with envy of my other friends owning the original PlayStation. Now if you wrote in about the hopes of a mini Sega Dreamcast that would be a complete different story I’d be asking where/when do you want me to sign up!

For me personally I’m just waiting for the release of the new Capcom home console to be released this coming October. The list of the 16 games on offer are my kind of games that I enjoy playing and also the cherry on the cake is that I also like the idea of the actual console having the original Sanwa joysticks and OBSF buttons for durability and precision!


Mega Drive too

Snoops’ email about a mini Saturn is on the money, I’d definitely buy one, as would a great deal of other people who’d be curious having missed it the first time.

While making it work would be more technically demanding than the PS1 mini was, Sega have a distinct advantage in that they own most of the Saturn’s top games such as Panzer Saga, Sega Rally, Vitua Fighter 2, and Burning Rangers, to name a few. This would mean that they can make something that would be better received than the PS1 mini.

Couple this with their partnership with the incredible M2 (who’ve done the Mega Drive Mini’s emulation and OS) and it seems to be really doable.

My guess is that it won’t happen just yet as there’s still a great deal to mine from the Mega Drive’s back catalogue, including both Mega CD and 32X titles like Sonic CD, Shining Force CD, Snatcher, and Knuckles’ Chaotix which has never been re-released.


Pro solution

Thought I’d add my weight behind the Joy-Con drift issue. My Switch was one of the launch units and by October the same year one of the Joy-Cons was drifting. Shortly after I purchased a Pro Controller and haven’t had to use my Joy-Cons enough since to notice if it’s still happening.

Obviously, there is an issue here. There’s far too many people experiencing faulty hardware. It’s put me off buying another pair until I’ve heard that the issue has been fixed. That being said, the Pro Controller is really fantastic and I urge any Switch owners who don’t have one to invest.


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Dirty and cheap

I don’t have a Switch so I can’t say for sure but I’ve been getting the same drift problem with my PlayStation 4 pad for a while now and I’m certain it’s simply down to dust and dirt build up. I use a thin strip of paper and slide it around inside the thumbstick housing (anyone else getting aroused?) and that usually fixes it, but I’m a filthy dog so it does start again after a while.

A better solution would probably be to use a can of compressed air but not only am I filthy I’m also cheap, so I’ve never tried it. Next time it happens I might take the pad apart for a proper clean out and see if that makes for a longer-term fix. Will report back on my findings.
PS: I thought I’d enjoyed Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz on the Wii and think I even mentioned in the Underbox not long ago how I’d like another, glad the recent letters on the matter have pointed out how wrong I was.
PPS: Sorry about the sarcasm.
PPPS: That was also sarcasm. I can’t help it, it’s a sickness I tell ya!
PPPPS: Also, I like cake and I’ll often go to a number of different cake sellers for their exclusives cakes. If the cake is good enough I will get the cake, and I will eat the cake.
PPPPPS: I definitely eat too much cake.


Inbox also-rans

I’ve just had a sneak peek of the next gen Formula One game ***SPOILER ALERT*** The cars have massive inverted wings on the front and back to give the tyres more grip when cornering
Johnny Alpha SD
Currently playing: Elite Dangerous and Inside on Xbox and Phoenix HD on iOS

GC: Is that a racing pun? We feel that’s probably wasted on us.

When I said 70% I meant 70% of Destiny 2 players don’t play it anymore. And as for it being a hit, it wasn’t a hit for long, was it?

GC: Right, but where did the 70% figure come from?


This week’s Hot Topic

The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Gannet, who asks what video game franchise have you been playing the longest?

What series do you have the longest history with an what was the first and most recent entry you’ve played? Do you consider yourself a long-time fan of the series or is it simply that most of the games are high quality?

How many entries have you played and do you own any related merchandise? Do you consider yourself to be loyal to the franchise and do you always plan to buy new games, even when they’re spin-offs, if they’re part of the series?

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