Games Inbox: What game are you looking forwards to next?

Games Inbox: What game are you looking forwards to next?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan – the next big thing?

The morning Inbox feels Gears Of War: Judgment is unfairly overlooked, as one reader complains about the bad influences of online gaming.

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Turtlely excited

I’m really excited for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan game by Platinum Games. Can’t believe it’s only one week away! When can we expect your review GC? I have it pre-ordered on Xbox Live as I have confidence that Platinum will pull it off and be the Turtles game I’ve been waiting for! So I will get to play it on Tuesday 24th May.

I cannot wait, I have loved everything I’ve seen of this game. It looks like a modern take on the old arcade game but with each stage having a large open world area and a boss fight at the end with one of the turtles’ main enemies in a variety of Turtles-esque locations like Manhattan City, the subway and sewers. The fighting and special moves look fantastic fun!

Also, I’d like to add to the love for the new Doom. I didn’t expect it to turn out well but boy was I wrong! It is fantastic, really enjoying it and plays just like how I would imagine a modern Doom game should based on the first two games. I decided to buy it after reading your review so thanks for that!
Big Angry Dad82 (gamertag)/FuriousGeorge05 (PSN ID)/BigAngryDad (NN ID)

GC: We haven’t got Turtles in yet, but we’ll have another word with Activision today – now that you’d reminded us.

Post gaming depression

I’ve played a fair few great games over the past couple or more months.

I’ve played the very good The Division, which I really enjoyed, for a total play time of 60 hours. I’ve sold it now because I won’t be able to keep up with the other players.

Then came the brilliant Dark Souls III, ingenious from start to finish a game I will come back to more than twice. Another triumph by Miyazaki. A reminder of why I love video games.

Then came Uncharted 4, perhaps the only game that could cure my Dark Souls blues. A masterpiece in a much, much different way to the Dark Souls games. But it entertained just as much.

So I bought Banner Saga and Shadow Warrior, but they felt quite flat compared to previous games I played.

Now, after looking forward to upcoming games for the last few months I feel a bit empty. What is there for the next couple of months, Overwatch? Enjoyed the beta but I don’t know how long I would be invested. No Man’s Sky? I feel like I’ve waited to long for this game and I’m expecting too much.

Does anyone else have this gaming blues after a great game? I’m missing Nathan Drake.
Dan Perrott

Unfair judgement

I recently finished Gears Of War: Judgment after a bout of Xbox 360 nostalgia led me to fire it up again. I realise that shooter (and indeed Gears Of War) fatigue had, for many including myself, set in by the time of its release, but it’s a shame that it was overlooked.

It’s an excellent addition to the series, with the more discrete level structure and scoring system adding to replayability while the declassified missions offer an added challenge (although I didn’t like some of the reduced visibility missions as I didn’t get to see any of the level!).

I feel a wee bit sorry for developers People Can Fly as in Gears of War: Judgment and Bulletstorm they’ve made two of the more innovative and fun ‘grown-up’ shooters of recent years, and yet no one played them.

GC: We agree. Although we found it interesting that Judgment was intended as a segue into making Gears Of War a first person shooter, according to our interview with Rod Fergusson. Which is why it felt so different to the others.

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I’m replaying Heavy Rain again and apart from some flaws I really like the game.

It has me thinking why no other company has tried this interactive story idea beyond Telltale and Dontnod.

I’m imagining a Sims-like approach with scripted story elements alongside the random nature of your daily choices.

Imagine you’re playing The Sims and you find a dead body in your garage. Do you hide the body, phone the police, ring your friends?

Or imagine you’re a murderer and you’ve hidden a body in your friend’s kitchen…

I really like the mundane suddenly spun on its head and becoming incredible.

A thief’s ending

I’m quite shocked that I’m enjoying Uncharted 4’s multiplayer over the story. It’s a nice break from Call Of Duty and is everything the story isn’t: fast, frenetic, and fun. I’m on chapter 17 and every puzzle or backstory filler is grating on me.

As well as Neil Druckmann saying the ending would be divisive, I fear that if I’m not satisfied it may be a 7/10 – saved by gameplay updates and multiplayer. I never thought I’d say that of a Naughty Dog game. This was the reason I bought a PlayStation 4 two years ago, for the epic finale that was to be Uncharted 4. It’s looking more like the biggest let down of the next-gen consoles.
Charlie Ridgewell

Welcome addition

So, Doom. I’ve wrote in last week regarding it. Looks phenomenal from what I’ve seen and seems manic. Good stuff. But do those who’ve played it (including you GC) wish they’d have gone fully old school and left out the upgrade system?

Or having played it do you feel it definitely adds to the game allowing you to personalise your experience?

GC: We actually really like the upgrade system. It’s got some meaningful choices in there and yet still keeps things fairly simple. It’s a useful proof that you can add new features to a game as old as Doom without any ill effects.

Double whammy

Hey, is it just me that’s having a blast with Doom multiplayer? Loved the beta and is the reason I pre-ordered it, yet it seems it’s getting no love anywhere else

Most of my online gaming is spread over PES and Battlefield, which can be stressful at times. Which is maybe why I’m enjoying its lite and fast approach so much. Plus, I spent a lot of time on Soldier Of Fortune 2 and Quake 3 Arena multiplayer in the past, which are similar I guess.
carlacticos (PSN ID)
PS: Calling out to all GCers – an email a day into the Inbox from you all please, we are needed at this hour like we were when we transferred from teletext. GC needs you!

GC: Thanks. We should point out that there’s been no dip in readership, but we do generally get less letters during the summer and when there’s a lot of new games out (because everyone’s off playing them, we always assumed). We guess the fact that there was sunshine and new releases at the same time must’ve doubled the effect. Our thanks to all those who contribute.

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Offline only

Coming from a background of playing everything from Space Invaders onwards, and seeing gaming evolve from arcades and home computers to consoles and the online multiplayer world, I was trying to observe my own apathy these days.

The only reason I can think of is that, quite simply, I hate online gaming. Having tried it many times with first person shooters, racing games, and questing games I just can’t see the point.

Most of the games online are the same within their genres and they are stifling creativity. When I see folks getting excited about the next Call Of Duty or playing Destiny and I ask them what is so good, they just can’t seem to put a finger on it or define a unique selling point that would bring an old gamer in from the cold.

Needless to say, I only have a Wii U in the current generation of consoles, and only because it has some superb single-player experiences. I had thought I would get a PlayStation 4 when Fallout 4 came out. Until I saw the game and realised it wasn’t much different to Fallout 3. Having said that, Uncharted 4 does look spectacular, but I can’t buy a machine just for that.

I also object to paying £50 a year for PS Plus/Xbox Live. The console manufacturers have a closed, captive environment and regularly turn off servers whenever they like, so they could quite easily fund it themselves. But, for people like me, who don’t want online gaming, we should still get access to other features and updates which neatly brings me to my other point about the online aspect; the game patch. It’s getting ridiculous. Virtually no game comes out now that doesn’t need big fat patches. And some of them weigh in at eye watering amounts of data. Patches should be small and incremental and games should arrive in a far greater state of readiness.

It would not be a great leap to suggest that the next generation of consoles will be online only. With games stored in some form of digital locker, completely under the control of the manufacturer, and that will be me completely out. I don’t buy any digital content whatsoever and, it could be said, that I am the dinosaur clinging to the old ways. But, I want to play quality games without the additional content that, in most cases, should have been included from the outset or the despicable in-app purchase and I don’t mind paying full price for those quality games.

So, to conclude, I’m finding it very difficult to get excited about gaming when I don’t agree with the vision for gaming from the software houses’ point of view. And I’d like to see more creativity, even if that means the software companies investing more into the indie gaming scene and pulling the quality of their products up using their additional resources.

Or, maybe I’m just a moaning old git!

GC: Since you have a Wii U trying giving Splatoon a go, that may change your view a bit.

Inbox also-rans

I’m just wondering how many people were put off buying a PlayStation 4 with Uncharted because of the PlayStation Neo? I know I was thinking about it, but having been ridiculously burned by Nintendo with my Wii U I m not doing anything until after E3.
WINdiana Jones (gamertag/PSN ID/NN ID)
Currently playing: Elite: Dangerous and The Division (still!)

Bought a cheap PlayStation 3 from my local game store for my young son and after a few days he moaned it started to smell funny. Opened it up, invalidated the six-month warranty, to find what I can only describe as a dirt box, even the hard drive was caked… Not cool Grainger, and me for opening it!


This week’s Hot Topic

The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Radon (gamertag), who asks what what’s the strangest thing you’ve ever heard a casual or non-gamer say about video games?

Radon’s example was of people that still think games are only for kids, but yours can be anything you think is weird or funny. From people that don’t realise how games are controlled or how many people play them, to ridiculous lies you’ve heard from shop staff or friends pretending they have insider knowledge.

Not counting online, how comfortable are you discussing games with strangers and how common is it to hear something strange from them? Have things notably changed over the last decade or so and how close do you feel video games are to mainstream acceptance?

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