Games Inbox: What Netflix shows would make a good video game?

The Evening Inbox recommends From Bedrooms To Billions: The PlayStation Revolution, as one reader has new ideas for Zelda: Breath Of The Wild DLC.

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PLEASE NOTE: The Evening Inbox will be back this week as a trial, but we still barely had enough letters for today’s edition. If you still want there to be two Inboxes a day we need more letters on a consistent basis, and without taking away from the Hot Topic and Reader’s Feature – which we also do not have enough of at the moment.


Rubbish forever

Glad you reviewed the Stranger Things 3 game. I always thought it was weird it looked like a SNES game and now I know I’m not the only one. Although I never thought it would be quite as bad as it sounds. I guess the problem with all these shows is they never know quite how long they’re going to last and by the time they realise it’s a hit things are starting to wrap up and the stars have had enough of it. Although that really doesn’t excuse the lack of effort made with Game Of Thrones.

And at the same time the opposite end of the story is going the same way, with the Uncharted movie sounding like a disaster waiting to happen with a main character that looks at least two decades too young and a director who’s already saying the story won’t have anything to do with the games. I mean, at that point why not bother?

For me the only way this deadlock can be broken is someone who actually knows about games getting involved and managing to bridge the gap. Unfortunately though Charlie Brooker hasn’t shown any real interest and has even said that Bandersnatch will be the only interactive Black Mirror episode. I hope he changes his mind, or just makes a full on video game, because if it’s left to Hollywood and the cheapo developers they employ then video game movies and movie video games are going to be rubbish forever.


Rolling the die

RE: NatorDom and Notts on game budgets. Financial constraints have long given way to time constraints in my 30s. It’s funny to think of how you would only be able to afford/ask for five to six games a year when you were young. I remember spending £30 of my hard-earned pocket money on Master System Castle Of Illusion at Woolworths only to find that it wasn’t the Sonic beater I expected and almost being in tears at this when I was seven. Every purchase was a gamble and I still regret some of the ones I passed up only to bring home inferior titles that gave about 15 minutes entertainment.

These days I can effectively afford any game I want but the time investment is what I have to budget for. Yes, The Witcher 3 looks a steal at £7.49 but do I have 100 hours to dedicate to that and therefore not to other titles? The cost of that game is actually missing out on other life activities.

In fact, part of me wishes some games weren’t so cheap and that more companies tried to keep prices high like Nintendo do. At least when I’ve paid good money for a title I know I’ll get as much out of it as possible, just like I eventually did with Castle Of Illusion.
Owen Pile


Link ho!

Nintendo, I think, really missed a trick with the Zelda: Breath Of The Wild DLC. What I think they should have done with the Master Trials is to keep adding more and more trials, so that even after years of release we get new trials. This would mean people would be less likely to sell the game on and would have hung on to the game to see the new trials.

As for the in-game content, rather than more shrines they should have had you face the four champions to prove that Link is the champion of Hyrule, a bit like the Trials of Lion-o in the Thundercats.
Alek Kazam


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Advance warning

For those interested, Wreckfest now has a console release date of 27 August. What also may be a surprise to some is the standard edition Is only £34.99, even at GAME and on the Microsoft Store.

Concerning that a new game is only £35? Maybe. But it is only a port of the PC release. I don’t expect mod support will be for consoles and it obviously won’t look as nice as the PC release, but I’m willing to put my money on the line, it’s a lot of fun.


Looking back

I’m so impressed with Microsoft’s attitude to legacy games in the form of the backwards compatibility programme. Glad to hear they’re now concentrating on continuing it on their next gen platforms.

It’s in stark contrast to Sony’s and Nintendo’s current efforts.

I don’t own one yet but will eventually and really like the Switch. It’s frustrating though how little of Nintendo’s vast back catalogue is available on it. Especially in comparison to the Wii U, which thanks to the Virtual Console and Wii backwards compatibility is a real treasure trove of Nintendo goodness.

Sony’s recent attitude to back compatibility has been dismissive but will improve with PlayStation 4 compatibility on PlayStation 5. It’d be amazing if I could play Gran Turismo 3 with enhancements on it too.

A pretty much arcade perfect version of Daytona USA is what I’m currently enjoying on my Xbox One S thanks to the backwards compatibility programme. That’s of the back of the excellent Fallout: New Vegas. Not played the Mass Effect trilogy, might try those next.
Simundo Jones


Video game movie

Just finished watching From Bedrooms To Billions: The PlayStation Revolution documentary, as I was a Kickstarter backer. It is very good and I highly recommend it.

Will GameCentral be watching the documentary when it is available and do you think you could interview the creators of the documentary?
Andrew J.

GC: We’ll see if we can get around to it. We watched the first one and it was very good.


Canon fodder

Just read your preview of the new Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which you’re right, does sound very interesting.

I had to bring up one point you mentioned though – the Assault Gunboat is your favourite non-film ship? What about the mighty TIE Defender? I was nigh-on unstoppable in one of those! The Assault Gunboat always felt a little sluggish to me.
Sparky the Yak

GC: We never really liked the TIE Defender design and it was too overpowered. The Assault Gunboat had a specific role to fill that wasn’t covered by any existing craft, with realistic seeming strengths and weaknesses. If it’s in the game though we’re sure the TIE Defender will be too.


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Meaningless power

That was a great weekend feature from Onibee about the future of Nintendo.

Onibee is totally on the button with saying they are totally happy with playing games with PlayStation 4 graphics. I’m in the same boat and I think to myself, ‘What is wrong with that?’.

Unfortunately, consumers (not all of us, but the majority) have always lived in times where raw power rules over everything. We’ve seen it with the current generation through TV adverts. The PS4 and Xbox One have both claimed to be the world’s most powerful console… who cares?

You are still going to get the same copy of FIFA and Call Of Duty as the next guy irrespective of the power under the hood, because I can’t imagine development studios working extra hard because you’ve bought a more powerful console.

Nintendo however are another enigma. They have been around long before Sony and Microsoft entered the gaming market. That’s not me trolling the other two, it’s simply me stating a fact that they’ve always had their own mindset at the forefront. They still adopt the same attitude today.

Power is not everything and I do wonder what will happen when we peak, which won’t be long.

I speak to a lot of gamers and when I mention a game they might like I normally get the response, ‘That game is old now’. Now, I wouldn’t necessarily consider that the Beauty and the Beast live action movie to be ‘old’ but gamers looking at a game of similar age do.

Which says a lot about the target market for gaming producers. I’m still going through PlayStation 2 games that I always wanted to play and guess what? I’m having an absolute blast, regardless of being told recently that I’m, ‘Not a proper gamer’ by a colleague.

Anyway, play games and above all have fun guys regardless of the power in the console.

Good games never get old.

GC: Raw power has never had a major influence on console sales. More often it’s the least powerful console that succeeds, rather than the most powerful.


Inbox also-rans

When is the review embargo up for Dragon Quest Builders 2? Will you be covering it?
Dan Chambers

GC: It’s on Thursday.

I think a Game of Thrones game done in the style of For Honor could work. It’d certainly capture the visceral nature of some of the show’s duels. It’s title: For Hodor… I’ll get me coat.


This week’s Hot Topic

The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Hatton, who asks what video game do you most regret playing?

What game do you feel ended up being a waste of your time, regardless of how much you paid for it in the first place? Did you stop straight away and how often do you usually give a game before you give up on it?

Was the problem that you didn’t enjoy the gameplay or story, or was it too difficult or time consuming? Did you still finish the game and if not how often do you end up giving up on a video game before beating it – or at least spending a substantial amount of time on it?

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