Games Inbox: Are you getting Final Fantasy 7 Remake next week?
The Tuesday Inbox is very suspicious about the number of Activision leaks, as one reader thinks Capcom should’ve skipped Resident Evil 3.
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Considering how funny Square Enix can be about such things I was pleasantly surprised to find they are shipping out copies of Final Fantasy 7 Remake early in some countries, so they don’t end up getting it late because of the coronavirus. I’m hoping I’ll be amongst the lucky ones, although I must admit that after the less than spectacular reviews for Resident Evil 3 I’m now a bit worried that the month’s other ‘dead cert’ quality remake might disappoint.
I mean, it’s almost guaranteed to disappoint because fans have been looking forward to this for more than two decades and yet looking at the trailers and playing the demo it really does seem perfect. Well, maybe not perfect. The boss battle in the demo does go on for a bit and the one thing I’m worried about with the full game is padding.
We all know that keeping the first chapter based in Midgar is a bit weird, seeing as that was only a relatively small part of the original game, and yet as far as I understand this is a 30 to 60 hour game. So either there is a lot of padding or they have somehow found a way to slip almost an extra game’s worth of content in there. I’m betting it’s the first option. I’m still getting it though, risking not seeing the reviews first, and I’m curious as to who’s doing the same?
Those Super Mario remaster rumours almost sound too good to be true but has anyone noticed they still don’t explain any of the secrecy? There was only one new game mentioned in the new rumours, and that was Paper Mario which I don’t think anyone would regard as major release. Maybe a mid-level one like Luigi’s Mansion 3, if it’s really good, but the problem is that there hasn’t been a good Paper Mario game now for over a decade.
So what is Nintendo working on that’s actually a big, new project? I realise that’s the question of the Hot Topic this week, and I will give my opinion there, but even the leaks are being secretive as to what’s going on!
I think something must’ve got cancelled or restarted like Metroid Prime 4 again, I just don’t see any other answer. There’s no reason not to tell us what they’re working on even if it’s not out for ages unless the answer is they’re… not working on anything? Maybe they got back it in the love hotel business instead?
I’m not sure what I really expected from the Resident Evil 3 review but it sounds even worse than I assumed, and like they were almost embarrassed of the original game and just did Resident Evil 2.5. I know the original Resident Evil 3 wasn’t great, but so did Capcom going in – so if they knew it wasn’t worth updating then why bother? Just skip it.
All you need to know from the story, in terms of how it impacts the later games, is that Jill didn’t die and that’s it. I don’t think any of the other characters in the game ever came back or were referenced again. Unless I’m forgetting something.
I agree with the other reader who said wait for the next gen for a new remake of Resident Evil 1 and just do Resident Evil 0 and Code: Veronica in the meantime. Both have their problems but could be improved with the right work. I don’t know how you improve Resident Evil 3 without making it an almost totally different game. I’d be fine with that, but I don’t think it’s the sort of thing that’s going to be turned around in a year like this one was.
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Accidentally on purpose
I can’t wait for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered to come out, not because I’m going to buy it but because I’m sick of the ‘leaks’. I put them in inverted commas because I’m increasingly convinced Activision is leaking this news on purpose, something I believe they’ve been accused of doing before.
Think about it, rumours come and go with other games, sometimes they’re true and sometimes they’re not, but with Call Of Duty everything seems to be 100% accurate all the time, and with tons of detail and even artwork leaks. If it comes out on Tuesday that will be a bit weird as there’s been no advance hype, except there has been because everyone know about it because of the ‘leaks’.
I don’t know why Activision wants to do it this way, maybe it’s cheaper, but I’m very suspicious about all of this. Can’t wait for details of Call Of Duty 2020 to leak out next. Who needs a reveal event when you can just tell some guy on Twitter all about it and let him do the leg work!
Any port in a storm
I’m definitely in the minority here, but actually was fairly pleased with the Nintendo Direct last week. I know it was all old ports that had been heavily rumoured, and the lack of Nintendo games is strange now (even if developments have been hit by Covid they could still announce them) but actually quite like having old ports on the go… playing BioShock in bed or XCOM 2 at the coffee shop (when it reopens) is really great, though I imagine Catherine on the bus might get some Bayonetta style weird looks.
The quality of recent Switch ports like The Witcher 3, Metro Exodus, GRID, and Alien Isolation has me confident they’ll be good versions of the games too… well maybe not XCOM 2 given the state it’s in on PlayStation 4 and Xbox, but it should still be better than the PS Vita version of the first XCOM right?
Anyway, talking of strategy on the go, I have been playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, since it’s the kind of leisurely time sink that suits the current climate quite well. I’ve found the game strangely compelling thanks to its addictive battles, moreish gameplay reward loop, and weird ‘Game of Thrones but anime visual novel’ story (definitely one for odd looks on the bus).
Though it did get me thinking that, like Pokémon I don’t know why Nintendo don’t just chuck Zelda or Mario resources at the development of these games, they’re selling millions of copies and the backbone of the Switch’s line up, so why are they so far behind it’s other premier titles technologically?
If Fire Emblem was powered by the tech behind Zelda: Breath Of The Wild it would do wonders to elevate the game. The last Japanese role-playing game I completed on Switch before this was the Final Fantasy 12 rerelease and when a 15-year-old PlayStation 2 game looks more advanced than one of your new premier releases maybe it’s time to rethink the set-up.
GC: We agree entirely, Three Houses looks like a mid-budget indie game, which is inexcusable given how good some other Switch games look – and how rich Nintendo is.
Seconds chances on the cheap
The last four to five months I’ve been on a quest to wring out every bit of enjoyment from the Xbox 360 I can (I got a tiny tax rebate so got an Elite for 29 quid) and am making my way through games I was meh on at the time of release, with some I thought I’d never play in a million years.
This has been incredibly successful with titles like Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning completely blowing my wig back with how great they are. One of the most recent gems I picked up (for £1.50!) was Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands. It’s by no means perfect, with the gameplay becoming a tad stale in the last few hours, but I thoroughly enjoyed my 10-or-so hours with it and highly recommend it. Hell, I highly recommend picking up an older console and trying out games that are way out of your comfort zone, as you may be surprised by what you find!
PS: I got Vanquish for a couple of quid and despite it not appealing to me in the slightest, I’ll absolutely be giving it a bash anyway and was wondering what GC thought/thinks of it?
GC: It’s one of the best third person shooters ever made.
Maybe it’s been a while since I’ve had a Switch game that I would play for hours on end, but it seems like Animal Crossing: New Horizons makes the Switch very hot in docked mode.
I can’t think of any recent games I’ve played that did this, not Luigi’s Mansion 3. So perhaps under the cutesy exterior Animal Crossing is really making the Switch hardware work hard…
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Now playing: Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Batman: The Telltale Series
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The difficulties of creative freedom
Why are we so insistent that some games should be difficult?
If I see a TV series I want to watch, I can watch the trailer, I might check Rotten Tomatoes to see general review/consensus. But this is usually enough for me to watch it and know enough to get a pretty good idea if I’d enjoy it. I don’t delve further as I want to go in as blind as possible sometimes. And of, course, there’s many people out there who don’t really check reviews. They see a cool trailer and boom, they watch the show.
In gaming, this isn’t possible for a fair chunk of games. You can’t just try a game to see if it’s something you would enjoy. You need to read about the difficulty level. Otherwise you will be walking into something that may have everything else going for it, except this one feature which is often the difference between a game being fun or not. In gaming you can’t just watch a trailer and play the game. Not if you don’t know much about it, like many indie games or games in a genre you don’t really know about. Or heck, if you’re not a core gamer and you’re just browsing trailers. I think this system is holding gaming back for a pretty large audience out there.
If a dev is that insistent on making the game difficult, heck, just allow someone to play on an easy mode that doesn’t get you any achievements.
GC: Why are you so insistent that developers shouldn’t make games however they want?
Just thought I’d say. I’m really enjoying Ori And The Will Of The Wisps. I’d have to reluctantly give it 8/10 as the game slows down and freezes so many times and even crashed once. It lets the game down. Apart from that it is an excellent game.
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Here’s a code for a digital copy of Aquaman, for anyone who wants it. Maybe it will help pass some lockdown time.
GC: That’s good of you, as you usual we’ll pass it on to whoever wants it in exchange for a useable Inbox letter.
This week’s Hot Topic
The question for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Onibee, who asks what do you think, and hope, Nintendo’s next games will be for the Switch?
It’s now six months since they had a general topic Nintendo Direct and there are currently no major new Switch games scheduled for the whole year, so what do you think is going on? Although the coronavirus is exacerbating the situation Nintendo’s secrecy started last year, so why do you think that is?
What new games do you expect to see come out next and what surprises are you hoping for once they are finally announced? What do you think the secrecy is in aid of and what do you think Nintendo should do in order to try and counter the release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X?
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