Games Inbox: Will The Last Of Us Part II be out this year?

The morning Inbox is hoping for a new Mario Golf on Switch annoucement, as one reader admits to enjoying Metal Gear Survive.

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Release theory

So I see there’s lots of rumours that here’s going to be a new The Last Of Us Part II trailer this week, which seems to go against what Sony said about not having anything to do with E3, but I’m not sure anyone really believed that. What would really be interesting would be if this new trailer announces the release date and it’s this year. Sony has been off and on when it comes to big Christmas releases but this would be so massive it will not only beat the Xbox One (not hard) but also the Switch even with Pokémon.

I think Sony are going to want to make it clear that they’re co-operating with Microsoft on anything other than technology and that the actual games and consoles are still completely separate, so I think they’ll be well up for making a statement and give their rivals a good drubbing.

I also think it makes sense for The Last Of Us to come out sooner rather than later, because if they then immediately put it on PlayStation 5, or make it dual format, that’s going to make it seem a bit weird. Better to release it this year and then wait a year or so to release it remastered as well. That’s my theory anyway, but hopefully we’ll find out for sure this week.


Team genius

RE: Taylor’s question on Kojima’s ‘genius’. I think he does have a certain level of auteur level quality in his direction, etc. but who’s to say how much influence he has on each part of the gameplay mechanics when it comes down to the nitty gritty? Case in point, I started playing Metal Gear Survive this weekend, seeing it is now on Game Pass, and it’s really actually not too bad.

I loved the stealth in Metal Gear Solid V, and this gives me that same feeling, with some other things bolted onto it. How much of the deeper technical side was from Kojima, and how much was from the Konami workers? I’ll say one thing, the long opening cinematics of Survive were beautifully directed and constructed, which alone was weird as the credits were showing through this, because Kojima’s name was of course nowhere to be seen.

It’s yet to be seen how much the survival mechanics annoy/detract from the stealth part of Metal Gear, and sure it could well have done to not have Metal Gear tied to it at all, but to get more of those sweet, sweet Metal Gear Solid V mechanics, I’m willing to give it a few more hours. Never would have bought it myself in a million years though.

GC: It is an odd game. Half of it is, as you say, surprisingly enjoyable but the other half, particularly the structure and pacing, is awful.


Worth the wait

I had an unexpected blast tonight playing Dauntless for a few hours – once I actually got onto the servers. I was 30,000th in line when I first booted it up, it was almost like Christmas shopping in Argos.

Do you have any plans for a review? I’m not usually one for free-to-play games, and I never got into Monster Hunter World, but I really enjoyed my short experience and am looking forward to playing again tomorrow, which is unusual for me. I’d have completely missed it if not for browsing the PS store out of sheer boredom and looking for a few demos, so maybe a review would bring some attention to it for those like me that don’t really follow all the new releases. I’d never even heard of it till a few hours ago in fact and judging by a quick Google, it’s gone right under the radar.
PS: Thank you very much for the Observation review/ I was planning to buy it that very day, as I like a good horror/thriller game. Your review made me go watch some gameplay, which I tend to avoid normally to prevent spoilers, and lordy am I glad I didn’t waste my money. I actually think you might have been kind with a 3/10 if it really is as boring start to finish as the 20 or so minutes I watched. I’ll be able to put the money saved towards something decent now, probably A Plague Tale: Innocence.

GC: We’re trying to work out how best to handle Dauntless, what with it being free-to-play. But waiting until after the launch problems die down seems wise.


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Magic request

I’ve written in a few times over the years but never before to ask for Inbox magic. The time has come.

Mine and my friend’s favourite multiplayer game of all time is Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour on the GameCube. We moved onto it after Mario Golf 64 and have been getting together to play it occasionally for the last 15 years. As much as we love it, we now know it inside out. It would be nice to play as new characters and hit a few new courses. But no, year after year E3 comes around and what do we get? Portable games. You what!? What fun is golf on your own?

So please Inbox magic, a fully-fledged Mario Golf on the Switch to be revealed at E3, thank you very much.
OakTreeInn (PSN ID)

GC: Mario Tennis Aces did pretty well, so we would actually be quite surprised if a Golf follow-up wasn’t announced in the next year or so.


Try before you buy

Hello! Read your pages every day and have been since you started… just a quick question if I may. I am thinking of getting a PlayStation VR but I always suffer from car sickness so would this make getting used to the headset an uphill struggle? Thanks in advance!

GC: It’s very difficult to predict and varies from game to game. Plus, you can build up a resistance to VR nausea over time. If you’re worried, the best thing to do is have a go, before you buy anything, on a sedate game and see how you get on. Blood & Truth is a good test because it’s pretty mild in general but we have seen one person get a bit woozy on it. It also has a comfort mode (which restricts the field of vision while moving) which is more toned down.


Early opinion

I always miss the Hot Topic until it’s too late. I’m going to make a conscious effort to find out what it is at the beginning of the week.

My favourite non-player character has to be Boone from Fallout: New Vegas. The brooding sniper with a hate for the Legion. Boone’s defining moment with me was when I got invited to a Legion Camp and as soon as it loaded Boone opened fire and we ended up going on a rampage through the camp to avenge his family’s deaths. I wasn’t even angry that he’d essentially killed an entire quest line.
Anthony Daniels

GC: We appreciate that, because people writing in late for Hot Topics does tend to discourage those that wrote in on time. Also, it’s a short week this week, because of the bank holiday.


Dedicated service

No votes for the dedicated non-player character Winston the butler (Tomb Raider II and III) in the most recent weekend Hot Topic?! Anybody who has the guts to wear combat fatigues and a target on their chest whilst attempting to serve the ruthless gun-toting Lara Croft a nice cup of tea deserves a mention, in my opinon. What a guy!
Paul C.
Recently completed: Castlevania: Dawn Of Sorrow (DS). Excellent game.
Currently playing: Pilotwings Resort on 3DS, and loving it.


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Extra cold topic

I’m incredibly late for the actual Hot Topic about Xbox exclusives. However, I feel I must mention a title which I didn’t see mentioned.

When the original Xbox launched it came with many franchises which sadly have disappeared over the years. One franchise however was a brilliant rally game, which to me in many ways felt like a spiritual successor to the excellent Sega Rally.

That game is RalliSport Challenge. It was made by the wonderful folks at DICE. Fans and critics alike seemed to like the game. Sadly, the original Xbox had loads of exclusive racers such as Project Gotham Racing (another favourite of mine), Forza Motorsport, and Midtown Madness 3, all published by Microsoft. This meant RalliSport was eventually lost in the pack and dropped after the even better sequel.

I love the game and still fire it up now. RalliSport Challenge is one of the many reasons I bought my original Xbox.
Commodore Fan


Inbox also-rans

So I see the E3 leaks are coming in pretty thick at the moment but I notice you didn’t run the one about Fable IV on Mixer? Did you not see it or don’t you think it’s true?

GC: Although there almost certainly is a new Fable underway that listing, and a bunch of other oddities, has been on Mixer for months and doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

I don’t know what sounds weirder to me, the fact that they made four Destroy All Humans! games or that someone thinks it’s worth making a fifth. Some companies will go to any effort to just not make anything new.


This week’s Hot Topic

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

Following similar topics for the best PlayStation and Xbox exclusives we want to know what you think is the best exclusive released on any Nintendo console. That includes portable and home formats, such as the NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, Switch, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, DS, and 3DS. Anything is eligible as long as it was a Nintendo exclusive at some point – it doesn’t matter if Nintendo 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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