The Morning Inbox wonders how much advance planning went into Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare, as one reader remembers Ultima Underworld.
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Man cave etiquette
I know the whole man cave thing is a bit of cliché but I’m just curious as to how many people actually have one, or at least a room they always play games in that isn’t the living room? We’re moving house soon and we will have a spare room that’s not a bedroom and I am very much thinking of asking the wife to turn it into a games room. Is that an unusual thing to want when you’re a grown man?
There’s something strangely exciting about the concept but at the same time I think I’d feel guilty if I was sat in there all day ignoring everyone else. Does anyone have any experience of their own and the basics of games room etiquette?
I’m think of saying that I’ll only spend a max of two hours in there at a time but I don’t know if that’s too much or too little or just silly. I’m also thinking of getting a projector for the room instead of a TV, so I can play Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare on as big a screen as possible.
I’m glad you mentioned The Terminator: Future Shock in your Ion Fury review, as that game never gets enough credit for everything it did. It had proper 3D enemies and buildings you could go in and out of long before Quake even came out. I’m sure it must have been the inspiration for Bethesda to buy Fallout because it was all set in the future and I don’t understand why it was never a hit at the time.
Maybe it was just ahead of its time because it was quite slow paced and modern seeming, rather than like the arena shooters that were more popular at the time. Personally I never really liked Quake and was glad when shooters started to take their setting more seriously and evolved into action role-players like Deus Ex and System Shock.
I also don’t think the influence of Ultima Underworld can be understated as that was doing almost proper 3D very early on. It was a technical masterpiece at the time but again has been largely forgotten today. It’s funny how that can happen to even the most influential games.
So I’ve got a question about Stadia, which I hope is going to be answered on Monday when they have their new Nintendo Direct thing. Are there going to be Stadia exclusive games? I think like many people I assumed that Stadia was just running PC games but it’s not, it’s actually specific versions of the various games made for their own platform… which seems unnecessary to me, but whatever.
They seemed happy to let people assume Baldur’s Gate III was an exclusive but it turned out it wasn’t and neither were any of the other games they mentioned. But are other ones going to be? I think it must be inevitable and that is really going to mix things up. I get the impression that a lot of people are sleeping on Stadia at the moment and have kind of discounted them, but it’s Google… they’re going to have tons of money to throw at this.
Whether that ends up being a good or a bad thing for gamers we’ll have to see but in theory the more competition and the more variety the better. Just imagine if they drop some bombshell like a deal with Rockstar or someone. They do have the money for it…
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Loot box era
Read that interview with the Borderlands 3 guy and he never really answered the question about why not just do big story-based DLC and leave it at that. Rather than making tons of little DLC extras and microtransactions. It is odd how companies seem all over the place on this issue but I would be very happy if after this loot box nonsense we went back to the idea of just having big chunky expansions.
Games like The Witcher 3, Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Splatoon 2 have all done this very well and I’ve been happy to hand over my money. Although I always thought the argument against them was that they don’t make that much money and that’s why publishers gave up in the first place.
Or maybe people were just fed up with all the bad ones and actually theyr’e fine paying for the good ones. It certainly seems better value for money and more honest, so it’d be nice if that came back into fashion for at least a while.
Field of one
I am looking forward to Control when it comes out at the end of the month but I’m still disappointed there’s not going to be another Quantum Break, especially as the first game ended on a cliffhanger (considering how many games do this and don’t get a sequel, maybe… don’t in the future?). Also, Microsoft were claiming it was their fastest selling new IP when it came out, so doesn’t that count for something?
The answer, obviously, is no but I still think it’s a shame. Lots of people didn’t like the live action stuff but I thought it really helped the story and made me a lot more invested in it. It was something different and I always appreciate that. I hope Control is at least as daring.
While I agree that Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare is going to be hugely controversial and possibly cause new laws to be made in America I also think it’s going to be absolutely huge, like as big as it ever was. I know they didn’t plan it knowing the political situation now but it looks like it’s going to work out perfectly for them.
What I do wonder though is how much they planned out the whole franchise. We had all those years were the games were set in the near future and people were getting fed up of them. But did they do that on purpose so that when they did go back to the current day everyone would be really excited for it again and hyped up at the return?
That is a lot of forward planning but it does make sense. But am crediting them with too much and it was all just luck? Do companies think more than a couple of games ahead? I’m sure they’d claim they do when things work out but is it really true? We’ll probably never find out.
I see a few Astral Chain previews have turned up online, but not many. I’m not sure what that means. Does GC have a copy yet? Platinum have never let me down before (well, except for those cheap Activision games) but I find it very worrying that we’ve heard virtually nothing about it before. It wasn’t at E3 and has barely been mentioned by Nintendo.
If that was any other company I’d take that as a guarantee that it was a dud but because this is Nintendo we’re talking about who knows. I hope it’s good, seems like ages since they’ve released a new game.
GC: Our copy only arrived on Wednesday, which we believe was also the case for most UK sites. Although at least that means the review should be ready before launch.
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The Chief’s daddy
RE: Graham Watt in the comments about Games with Gold. The games are normally available to download a day before they are listed on the Xbox Gold menu, you just have to search for the free game and it has the
‘get’ option. I got Forza Motorsport 6 yesterday by doing this.
On another note just got the latest issue of Edge and if you don’t want to know what is on the cover please stop reading this letter….
They have a world exclusive reveal for a game made by the creator of Master Chief, it is called Disintegration and it is a sci-fi shooter.
GC: There are spoilers for magazine covers now? Anyway, the teaser trailer for Disintegration came out last month and the first gameplay trailer will be at Gamescom on Monday.
A lot of people have pointed out that The Outer Worlds is coming out on the same day as Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare but so is MediEvil as well. Why does this keep happening?!
Will you be able to review Grandia HD Collection before you leave for Gamescom? I’m curious to see what kind of job they’ve done with it.
GC: We’re afraid not, it didn’t come in early enough for that.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Tolly, who asks what’s your favourite strategy video game?
Although they’re usually quite rare there’s been an unusual number of strategy and strategy role-playing games released this summer but what is your favourite of all time? What is it you like about it and how does it compare to both other strategy games and action titles with a similar setting?
If you don’t play strategy games why not, and is there anything that might convince you to give them a go? Do you think they’ll always be a niche genre or could you see them becoming more popular in the future?
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