Games Inbox: What is the game of the generation?

The morning Inbox tries to guess what Ubisoft’s secret games are, as another reader recommends taking a dip with Subnautica.

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Top three

I’ve recently just beaten God Of War and while I enjoyed it, I was slightly disappointed given all the game of the year awards. The shallow combat, small number of enemies, and largely pointless role-playing element were all a knock against it I thought, even if everything else was pretty spectacular. And that got me to think what is the actual best game of the generation so far?

The way I see it there are three main contenders: The Witcher 3, Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, and Bloodborne. I’m sure other people will nominate others and it feels kind of odd not to have Fortnite there, but while it’s enjoyable I wouldn’t say it’s an amazing game. It’s good, but its popularity is primarily due to the fact that it’s free.

I also admit that perhaps my three choices are biased to my own taste in games. But while they’re all single-player open world adventures I wouldn’t necessary say that’s my favourite type of game, I just genuinely think they’re the best. The Witcher 3 has fantastic storytelling and interaction, while the atmosphere and attention to detail in Bloodborne is just incredible – the level design may be the best in any game ever.

But I think I have to give it to Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. The mere act of surprising everyone with its quality, even though it’s part of the most critically acclaimed franchise ever kind of says it all. But my jaw never stopped dropping even hundreds of hours into the game and I really can’t imagine anything beating it, certainly not this gen. Perhaps a future Hot Topic?


Hype build-up

Couldn’t care less about Skulls & Bones, I just assumed it’d been quietly cancelled, but four AAA Ubisoft games before the end of April? That is a lot. I guess they’ve got a busy E3 coming up too as I don’t see them not announcing all of those there, or otherwise there won’t be much of a hype build-up.

It’s hard to be certain what the other three are as well, but Watch Dogs 3 and Splinter Cell are the obvious frontrunners. I’m assuming Watch Dogs 3 this year (Ubisoft like releasing games in December) and Splinter Cell next spring.

Really hard to guess what the other one is, but three Tom Clancy games seems like overkill so I’m guessing it’s not that. Maybe some sort of Switch exclusive again? Mario + Rabbids seem to do pretty well, so maybe a sequel to that? Or some kind of other Mario game in a genre Nintendo would never usually touch? Perhaps a more straightforward paintball game than Splatoon?

Hopefully it’s something unexpected because I’m not that excited about any of the other three. I just don’t think modern Ubisoft is going to do Splinter Cell justice when it comes to the story, or the gameplay to be honest. It’s just too old school now.


Worth a sub

Nice to see Subnautica getting a shout, thanks Grando. I’ve been playing it for a while and I really love it despite the occasional technical hiccup (pop-up, frame rate, etc.) that you mentioned in your review, for which many thanks because I hadn’t even heard of the game before I read it.

Subnautica is refreshingly different from most of the other open world games I’ve played, not least because of its location. Apart from SOMA it’s the only game I’ve played since Ecco The Dolphin: Defender Of The Future with an underwater setting and that alone makes it worth the asking price as far as I’m concerned. Although there’s a lot more to the game than just going for a swim and I urge anyone who wants to play something different to give it a try.
Gill C.


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Phoning it in

The news of a remaster of Ghostbusters is a bit of a surprise to say the least.

Ironically, I just completed it last month on the Xbone via backwards compatibility.

It’s a very average game and some of the voice-acting is a little lacking in quality at times, but never actively bad.

I’m certainly glad I played it and I think fans should get their money’s worth out of it.

Unlike GC I thought the reboot was better than the video game (and Ghostbusters 2).

It was one of the better examples of how to do a reboot, having its own plot and characters rather than a cookie cutter rehash.

Its only problem is it was nowhere near funny enough and so ultimately is only an average film, where a sequel would have been welcome.
Irve77 (gamertag/PSN ID)

GC: Not being funny is a pretty big problem when you’re making a comedy. As far as we’re concerned the only good Ghostbusters is the first one.


Bottom of the list

Does anyone think that Capcom could be set to announce Dead Rising 5 at E3 this year? As Dead Rising 3 and 4 have been out a good while now and we have not heard very much from Capcom pertaining to this. The team over at Colt Eastwood has done a video reporting that Dead Rising 5 could be announced as a surprise this year at E3, as well as other long-awaited games. Here’s the video.

I really hope Capcom does tease a Dead Rising 5 as I most certainly am curious as to what Capcom has in store for us at this year’s E3 and Microsoft’s conference.
gaz be rotten (gamertag)

GC: Considering Capcom shut down the developer last year, it seems fairly unlikely.


Tactical recommendation

Just writing to say how much I’m enjoying Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. The title is an isometric tactical role-playing game inspired by games such as Final Fantasy Tactics, that was recently released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC without much fanfare.

I definitely recommend it to anyone looking to scratch that particular itch or to try something different. Here’s a link to the initial pitch for the game on the Square Enix Collective website.
Mr Bump GC


Staged kill

Hmm, I wonder what Immortan Joe would think of Rage 2? ‘MEDIOCAAAH!’

I forgot to ask something about Mortal Kombat 11 when last I wrote – is there any word of stage fatalities? Are they just very well hidden? There seems to be plenty of scope for them with giant spiders, anti-aircraft cannons, and monsters in cages – all potentially grisly stuff.

Do you guys know anything further?

GC: As far as we know there aren’t any, but Mortal Kombat X did add some via its DLC so maybe that’ll happen this time as well.


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Educated guess

I’ve tried to analyse that Naughty Dog tweet for what seems like hours (I had a lot of work to avoid doing today) but I still can’t work out whether it’s hinting the game will be finished this year or not. I don’t think it was trying to do either, it really was just a tweet about recruiting some new people, but my gut reaction is that the game’s not going to be out this year.

If the jobs were all QA and marketing that would’ve been a good hint that the game’s nearly done, but most of them were pretty central development jobs, as if a lot of the game hasn’t been completed yet.

The obvious next question is if not that then what else are Sony planning to release this Christmas? They might not have anything major, they’ve done that before, or they might decided to give more of a push to Dreams than they were going to. All the feedback I’ve heard on it has been good, so I’m quite excited about it now after not previously caring.

I don’t see them pulling something out of the hat if they’re not going to be at E3 and they’ve also got MediEvil so, yeah… I think that’s all we’re getting this year and I’ll predict The Last Of Us Part II will be out around about next June, just like the last one.


Inbox also-rans

Are you covering Team Sonic Racing? When is the review embargo lifted? Always tell a lot by how close to release it lifts.
Dan Chambers

GC: The embargo ends at 2pm on Friday, although our review probably won’t be ready until Monday.

Stories Untold is free on PC on Epic Store from today.
Andrew J.


This week’s Hot Topic

The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was inspired by reader Purple Ranger, who asks what is the best Xbox exclusive ever?

Following a similar topic on the best PlayStation exclusives (and with another on Nintendo yet to come) we want to know what you think is the best exclusive released on any Xbox console, i.e. the Xbox, Xbox 360, or Xbox One. Anything is eligible as long as it was an Xbox exclusive at some point – it doesn’t matter if Microsoft themselves published it or not.

Why do you like the game so much and do you feel it was important to the success of the host console? Did it make any special use of the console’s unique features and how did it compare to other exclusives of the same period?

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