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God of plot twists
Now that God Of War has been the most acclaimed game of 2018, completely outpacing Red Dead Redemption II in terms of rewards, what kind of thing are people expecting from the sequel? (Which I guess, confusingly, will be called God Of War 2?)
There’s lots of obvious gameplay things to ask for, like a proper open world, more enemy variety, more weapons, etc. but I’m curious to see how they’re going to handle the character of Kratos. The reason the last game worked so well is because a really hateful character turned into a good person but where has got to go after that? How do you make Kratos still interesting if he’s already completed his character arc?
I guess the focus is going to be his son and whether he’ll turn out evil or not, so kind of the reverse of Kratos’ arc? Without wanting to spoil the ending there are a lot of obvious directions for the story to go and I’m curious to see how much they’ll go for that and how much is misdirection. Whatever happens the pressure is certainly on now. I don’t think anyone expected that much from the game at first but now the sequel is going to be scrutinised to the nth degree.
Compromising on price
Funny to see all the reviews for Nintendo Labo VR be so positive, after many gamers tried to dismiss it as a waste of time. Maybe it is if you haven’t got kids, or are just miserable, but if the patches for Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda: Breath Of The Wild work out well I think I’ll pick up the Starter Set at least.
VR is clearly still in its infancy so I don’t think it really matters all that much if the resolution is slightly lower or the graphics not that detailed. At this point it’s the ideas and gameplay that’s important and as usual it sounds like that’s something you can count on Nintendo for.
Which is not to discredit Sony as I believe they’ve done an even better job so far, it’s just I can’t afford the PlayStation VR at its current price. I’m sure that’s what’s putting most people off too so something that’s a happy compromise between all these issues is very welcome, to me at least.
Just a little titbit of news here but someone spotted this job ad for someone at Sucker Punch Productions, for a writer to work on Ghost Of Tsushima. Seems unremarkable enough until you read it and realise they’re implying that most of the writing hasn’t been done yet, which suggests the game is nowhere near being finished.
I know there’s already been a lot of speculation about it and The Last Of Us Part II being cross-gen but for me this almost confirms it. I don’t see how it can come out this year if it’s nowhere near done yet and if it comes out next year it’d be crazy to ignore the PlayStation 5.
I’d imagine there’s probably even a good chance it’ll go PlayStation 5-only, although I’m not sure Sony would want to risk the fan backlash if that happened. (If anyone cares about the game that much – you don’t hear many people talk about it but I thought it looked great.)
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Saw a new interview with Hidetaka Miyazaki where he was talking about wanting to do a more story-focused game and name-checked Red Dead Redemption II. I’d play anything he did to be honest but that made me think back to the rumours of George R. R. Martin writing a game for From. Could these be one and the same games that he’s talking about?
Count me in as someone that enjoyed Sekrio but would’ve preferred if it distanced itself a bit more from the Soulsborne games, even if it wasn’t strictly one of them. I don’t want to see him get stuck in rut or think he has to make a game in a certain way for it to be successful.
Although to be honest I already consider Bloodborne to have one of the best stories in gaming. It may have been told in a non-conventional manner, and most of it can be missed if you’re just rushing through it, but I thought it was fantastic. The slow realisation of what’s going on and how deep the Lovecraftian influences go was jaw-dropping to me and I loved every second of it.
Melt in the mouth armour
Easter is almost upon us. Chocmageddon. Day of the egg. Season of the rabbit. And I wanted something a little special to risk tooth decay and type 2 diabetes on this year so I wanted to go… luxury.
I first decided to pay the website of Hotel Chocolat a visit. There’s one in Leicester and they are so nice. Expensive, but nice. And yes, there will be something video game related here! Just be patient!
Their chocolate eggs were very tempting but also insanely thick, like more than an inch. Seriously, they were like armour.
Just imagine that in a role-playing game: chocolate plate armour. Bad guys wouldn’t know whether to kill you or take a bite out of you, although there are always enemies that are out to eat you in those games. I just have bizarre, horrible thoughts of the bandits in Skyrim stopping to lick the Dragonborn’s chestplate. ‘Mmm, you’re so tasty Dragonborn!’ Lick, lick, slobber.
I’m so sorry for those mental images and also not really.
I have never actually really told anyone why I came up with my online ID, as it sounded far better at the time compared to the other IDs i was wanting to use. The Gaz part is a shortened version and nickname of my first name, which is Gareth. I didn’t want to call myself Gareth Be Rotten as that wouldn’t have looked great, so instead used the shortened version Gaz.
The Be Rotten part is essentially a trick to get people to read the username and think something else. Because of the exact words be rotten it is more likely to catch more peoples attention and surprisingly it has worked better than I thought it ever would.
To this day I still use it as I have gotten used to using this and have done so since I first joined both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. I also used this on YouTube as well and have fond memories of debating with gamer SpartanJay back then.
gaz be rotten (gamertag)/gazberotten (PSN ID)
Three little letters
I got my PSN ID from my name, which is Michael. Back in the great days of gaming you could only use three letters for your high score name, etc.
So it’s basically my name and I have no plans to change it.
mch2008uk (PSN ID)
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Like most I chose my username randomly and quickly because I just wanted to play online. I had a friend that called me Mikey (my name is Mike) and back in the days of T9 texting one time it came through in a text as Miley. I am a big fan of Metal Gear Solid and the hype was beginning to grow with regards to Metal Gear Solid 4 so I just slapped ‘Old’ in front of it in reference to Old Snake.
This has backfired somewhat over the years. I use my online name everywhere online. At one point I was besieged on Instagram by fans of Miley Cyrus. When she went off the rails a bit fans of hers seemingly referred to the younger, more wholesome Miley as ‘old Miley’ and ended up inadvertently tagging me in countless things a day. So I edited that one slightly.
That is the only issue though. I won’t be changing it because I like that it is totally unique. Even signing up to new things now doesn’t require any changes. No numbers on the end, no punctuation to differentiate it.
OldMiley (everything ID)
So I guess that rumour about a Nintendo Direct on Thursday never came true? I wonder if it was just made up or they changed their mind?
Which would you recommend? Zelda: Twilight Princess on Wii or GameCube? (Don’t have Wii U.)
GC: GameCube, we guess, although it’s always been our least favourite 3D Zelda.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Ishi, who asks what’s the best VR experience you’ve ever had?
With even Nintendo now embracing virtual reality we want to know whether you’ve ever played VR on a modern console or PC and what you thought of it. Were you impressed by the technology and what did you think of the games you played?
What’s your favourite VR game and how much does that have to do with the virtual reality experience alone and how much to do with the gameplay? How close do you think VR is to being mainstream and do you think companies should put more or less emphasis on it than they currently do?
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