The Tuesday Inbox is still confused by how much Microsoft paid for Bethesda, as one reader considers skipping Cold War because of cheaters.
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I agree with those saying that Sony has a very impressive launch line-up for the PlayStation 5, especially given the coronavirus. But I feel a lot of people keep forgetting (probably because the console is out earlier in the US) that 19 November is also the release date of Cyberpunk 2077. That makes the PlayStation 5 seem even better but it also creates a real problem: do you wait for the next gen version or not?
I’m not talking about the cost, because you can just buy the PlayStation 4 version and get a free upgrade but do I start playing the game straight away or wait for a better experience on PlayStation 5? There’s no release date for the next gen versions and considering how many delays there’ve been to get to this point I don’t think there’s any guarantees of it coming out quickly.
It may seem a trivial thing to some but that new game moment is very important to me and I want it to be as epic as possible. Plus, there’s the fact that I don’t usually get the time to play a game twice and don’t really fancy restarting halfway through. It’s a real question for me and I’m not sure whether to dive in this year or wait for the better experience next year?
Has anyone played Ghosts Of Tsushima Legends? I ask because I think it might be the best bit of DLC I’ve ever played, free or otherwise. Admittedly I haven’t played it much yet, since it’s only just out, but it is a really good co-op multiplayer mode, complete with interesting loot and matchmaking that actually works.
The survival mode takes a bit too long to work through but it’s really good and very unusual to see this sort of thing with the semi-realistic Japanese setting (there’s more supernatural stuff than the main game but still not that much). It’s really good and to be honest I’m kind of wondering whether this should have been the main game instead.
I’m also curious as to why there’s been no word of a specific PlayStation 5 version for this or The Last Of Us Part 2. I felt sure Sony would do that. Maybe later? I think it was six months or so till The Last Of Us Remastered came out on PlayStation 4?
GC: It was roughly eight months.
So it’s about three weeks now until my new Xbox Series X should arrive.
Having only had a Switch this gen, I’ll be giving Game Pass a go but also making use of the backwards compatibility. But I’ve realised I don’t have a clue how the latter works on Xbox: do you just pop your Xbox 360 (or Xbox) disc in and play from the disc, or does the disc just unlock an emulated copy you need to download?
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GC: Both essentially, since it has to download a patch.
Am I the only one that still thinks $7.5 billion is an awful lot to pay for Bethesda? They’re paired with Warner Bros. as the smallest of the ‘big’ publishers but as far as I can ever see their only big hitters are Fallout and Elder Scrolls. Things like Doom, Dishonored, Wolfenstein, and Prey are good and all but they never seem to sell that well and I was under the impression that Bethesda was starting to get into trouble if they didn’t have another hit.
Fallout 5 hasn’t been announced and Elder Scrolls 6 is years away, so I’m bit confused as to what exactly Microsoft bought. It certainly can’t be the technology, which has always been bad and is something I’m hoping Microsoft can help Bethesda with, not the other way round.
Games companies never seem to want us to see their books so may Elder Scrolls Online is some enormous money maker or something but it all seems very odd. They have a lot of staff and offices, I guess, so maybe it’s just that? I mean they do need more first party developers so that makes sense. But I’m sure you could’ve got a few hundred game developers for cheaper than that.
I was thinking of getting Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on PlayStation 5 but don’t think I’ll bother now. Not now the cheaters are already doing it on the beta, never mind the full game. I know you can turn off cross-play but then you can’t play with Xbox players and I’ve met some good people on Xbox. My mate has said the same, that he isn’t getting it.
You can’t they bring cross-play out where you pick who you play with, like PlayStation/Xbox only and leave PC players to cheat with each other. I think from 19th November Call Of Duty is dead to me unless there is big changes to the game. Which, let’s be honest will never happen as long as they’re raking in the green. They really are not bothered, to be honest, and nothing anyone will say will change my mind. RIP Call Of Duty.
9 out of 10 dogs
I tried out Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit last week and I was blown away. Okay, as a game it’s clearly gimmicky and there is only so much enjoyment I can get from racing the kart around my sofa (plus the dog hates it), but as a piece of kit it is superb. Everything about the kart, from the way it looks to how you charge it up and power it on, is thoughtfully done. Even the cardboard checkpoints – which initially seemed a bit flimsy – are really nicely designed.
If I was a kid, this would probably be the thing I wanted to open on Christmas Day. It would be crazy to me if Nintendo didn’t push this really hard in the run up to Christmas. Yes, it’s an extension of a video game, but first and foremost it is an incredible toy.
I know GC are big Dino Crisis fans so thought you might be interested in these bits of concept art for a remake/reboot. They’re just by a fan, as far as I can tell, but they look amazing and really makes me wish Capcom would bring the series back.
I don’t think dinosaurs ever go out of fashion but completely ignoring the success of the new Jurassic World trilogy, just as Resident Evil 2 proves how good a remake could look, seems like a badly missed opportunity to me.
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Until recently I have been playing Fallout 76 but have just deleted it from my hard drive as Bethesda, in a somewhat misguided attempt to make the game more accessible to all, have completely ruined the balance of the game.
A few years back they implemented a change in The Elder Scrolls Online where instead of using the traditional approach to levelling it was to change to a system where in effect you and the game levelled up together.
I always thought that the whole point of the levelling up process in a role-playing game was to allow you to tackle areas where you would basically be slaughtered if you weren’t high enough level. This type of approach has been implemented successfully into games like Borderlands, where you could go and level up elsewhere if a boss was proving a bit too hard. At least I can understand why they made the change in Elder Scrolls Online because it was probably the only way they could incorporate the ongoing expansions and still make it accessible to all.
Since (I guess) the idea worked well in Elder Scrolls Online, in increasing revenues, Bethesda has obviously thought that they could incorporate the idea into Fallout 76. However, they failed to take into consideration the fact that Elder Scrolls Online and Fallout 76 are not really comparable. In Elder Scrolls Online ammunition is not a consideration, in Fallout 76 it is. Prior to the changes in Fallout 76 it was possible to do some of the daily quests in easier areas where you could use inferior weapons and scavenge ammo for your best weapons, thereby conserving ammo until you need it. Since Fallout 76 is an always online game vendor’s ammunition basically respawns and it has become very hard to actually buy some ammunition at all due to increased demand, as scavenging is no longer profitable as all the ‘monsters’ have become bullet sponges.
So, well done Bethesda, having got Fallout 76 into some sort of shape you have basically gone and ruined it by destroying the balance in the pursuit of the greenback.
Do we know what Hideo Kojima is doing next? There was some talk about a Death Stranding sequel but I don’t think he confirmed anything did he?
GC: He didn’t. He was also implying he’d make a horror game next, but there’s been no official announcement.
I’m still surprised how bad Crash Bandicoot 4 seems to have done compared to the remakes. I bet Activision was planning to make that a yearly thing and everything.
This week’s Hot Topic
The topic for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Cray, who asks how has the coronavirus changed how you play games this year?
Since the start of lockdown in March how has your approach to gaming changed? Have you played more games than usual and how many have you beaten? Have you taken more interest in parts of gaming you didn’t used to care about, like esports, or have you experimented with genres you wouldn’t normally play?
Has you overall time spent playing games increased or decreased and do you think you’ll return to your previous norm once all this is over?
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