The Division – how do you want it to evolve?
The morning Inbox wonders what Nintendo’s E3 will be like, as one reader dreams of Sega making a Dreamcast 2.
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Say no to zombies
So, I’ve been playing The Division regularly since launch and I’m kind of getting to the point where I’ve had my fill. But I’ve enjoyed it, it’s a good game, and now I’m trying to figure out what they could do to keep interest there. I’ve read a lot of the complaints that the setting is kind of boring and it should have monsters or aliens of some sort, but I hope they don’t do that. Tom Clancy games might not be realistic but they’re not about that sort of thing and I hope they keep it that way.
That said I have this feeling that some kind of zombie mode or plague is inevitable. Zombies are always portrayed as more ‘realistic’ than other kinds of monsters and the game already looks like Left 4 Dead and I don’t think Ubisoft will be able to resist.
What I’d prefer though is vehicles and more of a real-time strategy element. Destiny has never really had proper vehicles, except for those useless sparrows, and I think this could be a real point of difference for The Division. Also being able to set-up your own mobile HQs and buildings would be great. They don’t even have to be permeant, just have a kind of Command Conquer element and maybe even have that the way vehicles are introduced: 2-in-1!
I know it got a bit of a mention in the recent remaster Hot Topic, but boy do I miss TimeSplitters. This stuff about two bonus levels in Homefront: The Revolution just hurts even more to be honest. Because it shows how unlikely we are to get a proper sequel or remake. If TimeSplitters had ever been a proper hit I truly believe it would’ve changed the whole direction of first person shooters on consoles.
As the only true heir to GoldenEye 007 it was a fantastic split screen game and I’m sure it could’ve later become an online title as well. But it’s basically everything people complain that modern shooters aren’t: funny, irreverent, with tons of modes, lots of weird and wonderful guns, memorable characters, and even a distinctive art style.
Nothing like it existed at the time and nothing exists like it now. I can only imagine what would’ve happened if Free Radical had made another one instead of the disastrous Haze (which I didn’t think was all bad). But here we are begging for scraps and not even getting that.
I had to laugh while looking at the Quantum Break reviews that basically all the scores at 6/10 or lower are from the sites I trust: Metro, GameSpot, and Giant Bomb. Scrolling down the Metacritic list it’s basically a list of the least reliable to the best as far as I’m concerned. What always gets me though is that if you read the reviews many of them are a lot closer to each other than the scores suggest.
Digital Spy is at the top of the list and the quote Metacritic has used says: ‘If they dial back the gorgonzola, the product placement and adjust that cover mechanic, this could have been a perfect game’. Then if you click through to the review it says, ‘We’re impressed, but it’s not perfect.’ So what score did they give it? I think you can guess: it was a perfect 5/5. One of only two 100 per cent scores listed.
I’d like to think that most people have long since stopped paying attention to review scores, but I know that’s not true. The whole thing is a shame and I have no idea how any of it’s meant to be taken seriously, let alone a useful guide for people playing games.
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Since it now seems pretty certain that the PlayStation 4.5K is going to be unveiled at E3, and probably the Xbox One upgrade too, I do wonder what Nintendo will do. A couple of months ago they had a free run to be the only company showing new hardware, and now they’re probably going to get pushed down to third billing even if they’re the only ones with a genuinely new console.
I don’t really see what they can do though. If they announce it after E3 it’s going to be a bit too late to launch this year, and I don’t think they can afford that. I guess they could maybe announce beforehand though. Have a Nintendo Direct in May or early June and basically do all of the E3 type stuff then.
As I understand they don’t have an actual physical event anymore, is that right GC? Do you know exactly what they’re planning? If they’re still going to E3 they could still have all the hands-on stuff, but maybe get people a bit more prepared for what the NX is going to be beforehand. Half the problem with the Wii U was that no-one understand what it was at first and it took a long time to filter down.
GC: Nintendo hasn’t had a physical conference for a few years now. But they do have a press-only hands-on event on the Wednesday morning, and one of the largest stands at E3 in general. We know nothing specific about what they may be planning this year though. It’s a bit early for any of that, especially for Nintendo.
Wow! I’ve just played Far Cry Primal and it’s been one of the best gaming experiences I’ve ever had. From being able to pet my black lion before and after a successful takedown, complete with amazing animation and physicality; to the graphics with tons of foliage; to seeing a mammoth come down to the river for a drink and… get attacked by a huge crocodile – a few manic seconds of trunk waving and splashing and the mammoth is free and hastily moving away.
Recreating prehistoric national geographic by having my lion charge through a stream to bag me a goat, oh and flying through the canopy as an owl. It may be just me but I’m in awe of and have a huge appreciation of the graphics and systems in this game. For me it’s so immersive, walking through the jungles of this amazing ecosystem. Thank you Ubisoft for releasing my inner caveman.
After playing and thoroughly enjoying WRC 5 on the PS Vita, despite its flaws, I got WRC 5 eSports Edition for the PlayStation 4 on Friday. After playing it on Friday night with my G29 I was having awful oversteer and was a tad disappointed/frustrated with my purchase.
I’m no car expert and had no idea when it came to the settings for the steering wheel, tweaked a couple of things to no avail so took to the worldwide web for help. I came across someone who had settings for a G920 on the Xbox One, so thought… well, it’s the G29’s bro so I’ll give it a whirl.
Wow, what a difference the correct settings makes. Not sure what the developers were doing with the default settings, but the game is a different beast now. Reviews when the game came out said about screen tearing and not great graphics but it’s impressing me enough.
Far more enjoyable than Sebastian Loeb’s Rally, the demo put me right off. WRC 5 is a good arcadey type racer. Be interesting when I swap between this and DiRT Rally when it lands on Tuesday. Night and day in styles I presume.
Slipping the net
Just wondering what your thoughts are on Stella Glow? It seems to have been released last month, yet no sites seemed to review it or even realise it exists; myself included. The Nintendo store even has a limited edition of the game. Is it any good?
Why has no-one, including yourselves, not reviewed it in the UK? From the little I’ve read it seems similar to Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy Tactics…
Mr Foreign Warren
PS: I love being able to play classic SNES games on my New 3DS! Give me more please Nintendo.
GC: Like any site we can’t review everything, and have to make a judgement when it comes to smaller titles. Factors such as the likely level of interest and the length of time it would take to play through make obscure Japanese role-players particularly problematic. Releasing during a busy period also doesn’t help. It is on our review list, but we can’t promise we’ll be able to get round to it. We imagine most other reviewers are in the same boat.
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I know it was only a joke, but when you mentioned the yearly Dreamcast 2 rumours around April’s Fools Day I couldn’t help but get nostalgic about the time when this seemed like something that could actually happen. Not that I think Sega was ever planning it, but for the first few years after they went third party it seemed like maybe they could make it big and come back to hardware when they had a bit more cash. Wasn’t their goal to become the biggest third party publisher in the world? Right… I bet EA are quaking in their boots.
As a Warhammer fan I am actually looking forward to the new Total War, but that’s so not the sort of game I’d expect from Sega. At this rate I’m surprised we haven’t had a Sega-branded PC yet, maybe they could call that the Dreamcast. (I wish I hadn’t said that, because it could actually happen.)
But it makes me wonder, if PCs aren’t big in Japan than do Japanese gamers even know Sega are even going? This is all so bizarre from the Mega Drive years.
GC: Sega publish a lot of more obscure titles in Japan, and also run arcades and pachinko halls. So the brand is still quite visible there.
I’ve been playing with Miitomo a bit today and it’s… actually pretty okay. Nothing I’d pay for but it’s very Nintendo and I can see exactly why it’s been a hit.
Really like this animated trailer for Blizzard’s Overwatch. I read your interview last year, GC. But have you played it yet? Thoughts?
GC: Funnily enough we’ve got a preview event for it tomorrow.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Grackle, who asks: how much attention do you pay to reviews?
When anticipating a new game do you wait for the reviews to come out first, or do you ignore them? Do you have particular sources you always trust or do you put more stock into aggregators such as Metacritic? How important do you think a score is and have you ever got embroiled in arguments over them?
What’s your routine for dealing with reviews? Do you avoid them before a game is released and come back to them later, or do you just read the highlights on Metacritic? What do you enjoy and not enjoy most about reviews and how would you like them to change in the future?
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