Games Inbox: What game has the best graphics of the generation?

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Beautifully dull

I’m currently playing Gears 5 on my newly upgraded Xbox One X (a separate story which I’ll email you about later this week) and LG 4K TV, and I have to say the HDR enhanced graphics are exceptional. Lighting, shadow and particle effects such as snow, dust, sparks etc. are all exemplary, class leading I’d say. And colour-wise the game is much brighter and more colourful than most out there. Although I don’t have a PlayStation 4, so have no idea how the best looking games on that format compare, the game is undoubtedly the best looking on Xbox in my opinion.

In fact, it made me go back and re-read your review to confirm what I thought from my original look at it – you make literally no mention of the visuals whatsoever. Firstly, I don’t disagree with any of the review, the games shortcomings are evident to me as well. I just was slightly surprised that you didn’t see fit to print even one sentence mentioning the graphics, or even a bullet point in the pros and cons summary. So I was just curious really to get your opinion, were you actually indifferent to the games visuals or did you just prioritise other aspects of the game you wanted to get across in the review?

Also, more in general, have you noticed Xbox One X/PS4 Pro enhanced games look noticeably better than ‘standard’ versions? I feel HDR makes a significant visual difference, both in movie/TV/YouTube material (Amazon Prime’s Grand Tour is a very good example of HDR) and games, more so than simple resolution increase.

As always, keep up the good work GC.
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GC: Indifferent is probably about right. The graphics are technically very impressive, but we didn’t feel they were used to any interesting effect or showed anything we hadn’t seen in a dozen other similar games – including the rest of the Gears Of War series. When the colour of the sand is the most interesting visual element of your game you know there’s something not quite right.


Obvious change

Ms. Marvel is the main character of Marvel’s Avengers? I did not see that coming. But I’m glad of it. She’s a great character and it immediately helps distance the game from the Cinematic Universe, which is something I think it desperately needed to do. Until now it’s just been looking like an off-brand knock-off but everything in that new trailer was a lot more promising. Even the graphics look better.

I hear that’s not an accident and that it’s been change a lot in the last year or so and after the so-so unveiling at E3. It’s good that they’re willing to change but things like that always amaze me. I don’t think anything about the reaction to the reveal was in the least bit surprising and could easily have been guessed at by just focus grouping a few people. Hell, throw in lunch and I would’ve consulted for them for nothing.

But it’s not out for a while so I actually see this course correction as a good thing and am quite excited about it. It’s also one of the few games where cosmetic extras make sense and I would be (reasonably) happy to pay for them. Let me deck out my characters in 60s style stupid costumes and probably would pay a bit extra for that. Especially Hawkeye and his silly hat.


Angry defence

I very much agreed with the Reader’s Feature at the weekend about Mario Kart Tour and do feel very uncomfortable with Nintendo apparently abandoning all sense of morals just because they’re making a mobile game. But what I found particularly disturbing was the comments to the story, which had a large number of people angrily attacking the reader for expressing their opinion and being ‘entitled’.

What exactly they were being entitled about was never really clear, and I’m not even sure they really read the article. I suspect many assumed from the title it was a general attack on Nintendo and were just sort of blindly attacking it. But whatever they were doing the idea of being so aggressively defensive about loot boxes is really worrying.

As the reader said, Super Mario Run played things much fairer and was attacked for being unfair. Which seems to be the same logic as is going on here. I think some people genuinely don’t realise how much they end up spending on this mobile games or are so enamoured of them being ‘free’ they don’t care about anything else. Either way, it’s not something I’m very happy about seeing Nintendo encourage.


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Simple solution

The absolute refusal for parents to take any responsibility for brining up their kids is something that always astounds me and that Fortnite story was a classic example. I’m glad that GC pointed out the youngest kid shouldn’t have even been playing it, given the age rating, which suggests that even if there had been some massive warning about ‘addiction’ all over it the parents wouldn’t have paid any attention. Somehow I doubt Epic has much to worry about in terms of being sued for billions.

If a parent wants to stop their kids playing a video game it’s just about the easiest thing they can do, far easier than stopping them smoking or watching porn or whatever. Want to play Fortnite? Boom! We’ve confiscated your console. Playing it on your phone? Boom! That’s gone now too. It’s not like they’re going to go out and buy their own so problem solved.

But of course that would lead to a lot of complaining and crying and who wants that kind of bother? Better to let them do what they want. At least they’re quiet…


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