The Wednesday letters page worries that The Last Of Us has little replay value, as one reader is surprised at the Resident Evil Village DLC.
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No more remakes
I watched the Capcom Showcase on Monday purely to see a bit more on the Resident Evil 4 remake, but in the end they hardly showed anything at all. Certainly not enough to judge anything about the gameplay or tone, although like many I’m worried about the complete lack of cheese so far. The accent for Luis was hilariously bad but I’m not convinced that was on purpose, knowing what a poor ear for accents most Americans tend to have (and I’m sure all the voice acting is being done in America, I believe the scripts are even written there too nowadays).
I don’t know how they’re even going to try and take seriously half of what is in Resident Evil 4, so I imagine they’ll simply leave it out. Resident Evil 3 was such a disappointment because they took out all the weird memorable stuff and just left it as Resident Evil 2 but not as good.
I’m sure they’ll have lots of sieges, especially the village scene at the beginning, in the Resident Evil 4 remake, but if you don’t have the wacky stuff as well then why call it Resident Evil 4? Just make a new spin-off from that timeline or something, people would be just as interested in a Resident Evil 4-2, I think.
I’m glad to hear that the series is moving back to a third person view, with the Village DLC, but as soon as you do that you lessen the need for these remakes in the first place. Just get on and make new things and stop trying to reheat and resell something that was a perfect game in its day but now should just be considered a product of its time. This remake seems like an increasingly bad idea to me.
Try or ignore?
I have to say I was really pleased with the Xbox & Bethesda showcase, or should it be called the Game Pass show? I think there was possibly about four things announced that weren’t included in Game Pass, making it actually quite hard to work out what you were going to have to pay more for.
The format of sticking to games being released in the next 12 months clearly has trade-offs though. It’s impossible to make people go crazy by showing games that are actually going to come out soon. On the plus side though you’ll actually be able to play the games sometime soon.
Afterwards, I was thinking the show was like a 90-minute version of the adverts BBC/ITV/Sky put out to highlight the new drama programmes coming up at the start of a season, but instead of it being ‘coming this summer on BBC’ it’s ‘coming in the next year on Game Pass’.
Assuming you have Game Pass, you’re not watching, deciding if a game’s something you might want to drop £30-70 on, you’re watching thinking ‘might try’, ‘might try’, ‘definitely play’, ‘ignore’. So I ended the show thinking there were a couple of games I’m definitely going to play, another six (maybe more) that I will at least have a go with, and a fictional spaceship added to Flight Simulator that I might try on xCloud, all over the next 12 months. Can’t complain about that.
I thought I’d chuck in my feelings on The Last Of Us remake. I loved the original and I loved the sequel. But I do not think they have any real replay value. I got the PlayStation 4 remaster and only got an hour in.
I read that you said it was a remake and not a remaster, so does this mean they have to reshoot all the motion capture and voice acting? If they’re using the old captures that would maybe indicate the levels are going to be exactly the same?
To be honest I’d rather they would do something like the Metal Gear Solid VR missions. Make a cheaper game with less voice-acting and set pieces, just clearing out buildings, retrieving items, etc. Works for Rainbow Six Extraction, though I’ve never heard anyone talk about that game since it came out.
Anyway, it’s all irrelevant to me as I don’t have a PlayStation 5 and unless I come in to an excess of money at some point I have no plan on getting one until they release a less ridiculous looking model.
GC: They’ve said they’re using the original motion capture data but at increased fidelity. You can see in the screenshots that Ellie in particular looks quite different.
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Per ardua ad astra
I’d like to preface by saying I have no idea how Starfield will turn out and I’m not dismissing concerns about combat or content bloat, but some of the reactions on the internet make it absolutely clear why game companies are reluctant to show gameplay demos.
A 100 hour+ role-playing with dialogue trees, multiple skills, and ways to complete objectives and over 1,000 planets to explore reduced to ‘the combat looks bland’ or ‘it’s a boring No Man’s Sky’.
I sometimes think people forget that very, very few games companies release games anywhere near the scope of Bethesda Games. It’s a world powered by simulation, there’s a permanence in your actions that few games, especially open world ones, share.
There’s every chance Bethesda have reached for the stars and will crash and burn, but if you’re so quick to rubbish early footage of games, don’t complain when you don’t get to see gameplay footage in the future.
Capcom had a good showcase on Monday, but there was kind of a disappointment. So we got a further look at Resident Evil 4. It looks amazing, I’m very excited for the game. I do hope no content is cut and Ashley is less of a burden this time, we all do.
Resident Evil Village was a highlight of the showcase and I want to say that the Shadows Of Rose content looks a bit disappointing. I was expecting a prequel story. Showing what happened to the village, how the infection began, and more on the backstory of Miranda and Oswald Spencer. The third person addition is interesting, but I don’t think it should be added to Rose’s DLC, since it takes away the horror and it could lean on action more. Which hurt Village, in the end.
Mercenaries looks good, I’m sure playing as Lady Dimitrescu will be brilliant. I do hope the fans enjoy it. I was hoping that Resident Evil 9 was announced though. That would have been a perfect bow on this cake, but I’m sure it’s still a while away. It was a great showcase for Resident Evil and I hope it all ends up to be great. On a final note. Where was Pragmata?
GC: The first person Resident Evil Village is far less scary than most of the existing third person games.
No more Lady D
Resident Evil is one of my all-time favourite video game series, so I was looking forward to the Capcom showcase. The DLC for Village looks good and I was surprised what they announced for it. The continuation of Rose’s story, I thought, would have been kept for the next entry. I expected a Lady D origins story considering how popular the character has become.
The third person mode is what I am most excited about. I enjoyed Village but for me Resident Evil works best as third person. Cannot wait to replay it again in this mode. Hopefully Capcom will stick to this instead of first person for future entries. Resident Evil 4 is looking great but not much new was added in the showcase. Will also be a good excuse to play 2, 3, and 7 again with the free PlayStation 5 upgrade.
On the subject of Resident Evil, I am currently playing CODE: Veronica which I purchased from the PS Store for the first time in 20 years. After getting used to the tank controls again it is just as good as I remember. The Ashford family, for me, are among the series’ best villains. It has also got some of the cheesiest dialogue ever! Would love to see a remake of this game.
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GC: That’s what we expected too. We wonder if plans changed or if the coda for Village was always just meant to be a teaser for the DLC.
I think it’s worse that Diablo Immortal is actually a good game underneath all those layers of disgusting microtransactions. Reading about all the different battle passes and other items you can purchase… this free to play game will end up more expensive than a proper game within just a couple of months and it’ll keep going if you let it too.
I just don’t understand why anyone puts up with this. Just play Diablo 3 if you’re that desperate. It’s on the Switch for note much more than a tenner and then you own everything and don’t have to spend a single extra penny!
The Starfield spectrum
I think the most astonishing thing that came from the Starfield trailers is how the whole world has jumped into either ‘it looks great’ or ‘it looks trash’. The majority in the latter camp. Really? From a trailer?
We know next to nothing about it really, just some frivolous claims. How can you come to any conclusion without knowing anything about the story, the narrative themes, the voice-acting, the characters, the mission types, the enemies, and just how populated and fun the planets are, and so on? People are whining it’s a shooter and some people seem to have a problem it’s a third/first person action role-player? What genre was you expecting? A completely new one? Is it even a good shooter? A great one? A rubbish one?
The Cyberpunk 2077 and No Man’s Sky type debacles have made people actually want CD Projekt and Hello Games future projects or updates be overhyped and fail. Bethesda gained a lot of anti-fans with Fallout 4 and 76 and those people now crave the opportunity to tell us all how Bethesda fell off or how much wiser a choice a PlayStation 5 would’ve been.
it’s incredibly fashionable to not like them anymore on the internet. CD Projekt have proved you’re only as popular as your last game. Cyberpunk 2077 DLC got announced recently and the slaying it’s all getting before it’s even been seen is incredible. I wouldn’t mind, Cyberpunk 2077 is a very decent game. I only played it recently on PC and the DLC is a welcome bonus if you ask me.
Pull yourselves together people and wait for the reviews.
GC: You’re mischaracterisation the situation to make a point. Even in this Inbox there’s examples of people not taking to either extreme about the game.
I think No Man’s Star, I mean Outerfield, oops I meant Star Effect. Damn sorry I think Starfield looks really unique and original.
I have an idea for what Sony could’ve done for PS Plus, if they were worried it wasn’t working properly yet… wait until it is? Crazy idea I know but it’s so out there I can see why it would’ve never have occurred to them and the only real option was to try and keep your massively anticipated Game Pass rival a complete secret.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Kipin, who asks what is your favourite video game reveal or announcement?
We’re currently right in the middle of preview season and even though it’s less busy than usual there are still a lot of games being announced for the first time, but which have been your favourite reveals through the years and why?
How excited do you get by a new announcement and how much does that depend on whether it’s just a logo, a pre-rendered trailer, or actual gameplay? Do you enjoy the whole preview and hype circus or do you prefer not to get involved?
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