The Wednesday Inbox has more suggestions for the best video games for five-year-olds, as one reader remembers Soul Reaver on PS1.
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Every third game
Great news about the Resident Evil 3 remake, as if anyone really doubted it would happen. After Resident Evil 2 I’d actually pre-order straight away if I thought there was anything to be gained by pre-orders, but as GC implied it really isn’t that great compared to the first two. I mean, it’s fine. It’s competent. But it hasn’t got that same spark of imagination and is really just a rerun of 2 but with more outside bits and a more effective version of Mr. X.
Of the pre-Resident Evil 4 games I’d definitely say it’s the worst and the only one I think I’ve only play through once. Obviously Resident Evil 6 is worse but I’m tempted to say that Resident Evil 5 is better. That’s not a great entry but it’s nowhere near as bad as 6 and a lot of fun in co-op.
I just hope that Nemesis being quite iconic will allow Resident Evil 3 to get by and maybe Capcom will add some newer areas to boost things up. Naturally Resident Evil 6 isn’t the worst ever Resi because there’s been some terrible spin-off. Operation Racoon City, anyone? But I would say Resident Evil 3 is the worst numbered entry. At least for now anyway…
Devil may remember
I suppose thinking about it, none of the stories from previous Devil May Cry games have been particularly interesting. I think it’s the setting I found disappointing in the most recent game. Ruined street to underground tunnels to demon tunnels to demon tower, all seen before in previous games.
I liked the castle in one, the strange electronic level with all the TVs in the reboot, even 4 had some greenery to shake things up. Maybe I’m nit-picking here, which I’ll hold my hands up to, but I feel 5 was more of a rehash of previous entries, with only V being anything new and interesting. I don’t know how but I think the series needs a shake-up.
GC: It’s been 11 years since Devil May Cry 4, and six since the reboot, it was an entirely intentional rehash of the original games. There’s no point shaking up something most people don’t even remember.
Can pay, won’t pay
Good point on the discount, but with in-game purchases now here to stay for the future why should we be paying so much for a game? Yep, before you say it, we don’t have to spend money but every few weeks there is an update four new in-game purchases.
The way I see it, you shouldn’t have season passes and in-game purchases. It should be one or the other, that’s being greedy. I mean, they get money from the sale of the game, then season passes, and then in-game purchases.
It’s just a shame they have got me hooked in gaming. Damn you gaming console! Damn you to hell!
PS: 21 days till the fat man comes down the chimney.
GC: Why shouldn’t you be paying so much for a game? Not all of them have in-game purchases or season passes and none of them require you to buy them in order to get good value for money. Microtransactions are certainly an issue but it just sounds like you don’t want to pay for games at all.
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RE: Moriosi. I have a five-year-old boy too and we’ve been playing the Switch together for over a year. We started with Super Mario Odyssey and he’s managed most of that game by himself. He likes playing Super Mario Party and Mario Kart 8, as well as Super Mario Bros. Deluxe.
I have two other children, both older than he is, and the multiplayer games are what they enjoy the most. The three of them also live Zelda, but they make me play that game mostly. They prefer to watch!
Just a couple of suggestions for Moriosi, about Switch games for a five-year-old. My three-year-old son is currently obsessed with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We can play it together, choose a stage where you can’t fall off the edge, and he can experiment with different characters and the 2D control scheme. Pokémon Sword has also been good, he recognises which moves are which and helps to choose which attacks will be most effective based on the type of pokémon, so I’d imagine the game would work very well for a five-year-old.
Tricks of the trade
I’ve got to agree with those disappointed with the Black Friday deals – I saw one come up via HotUKDeals and Facebook: Pokémon Shield delivered from Currys for £36.99!
I go to the website. ‘Not available for delivery’, but I can check local stores for stock. It isn’t in stock in any of the five stores near me.
I ring them up to ask, ‘It’s a mistake and the price won’t be honoured.
This felt a bit like it echoed the experience of myself and others in regards to Argos. I know a reader yesterday wrote in saying that you can order it from the hub, but the website always implies otherwise. Items that are good deals won’t be available for delivery and won’t be available to be collected in-store either – the implication being that the latter option is them ordering it from the central hub.
It does seem a bit dodgy, to be honest. Maybe they are advertising a deal that you want but isn’t actually available in the hopes that you buy something else? I wonder if that actually works on anyone.
I know where Spooky Dreamer is coming from RE: Argos’ cynical sales tactics: a few months ago I ordered a game from their site, in stock at a good sale price, but a few days later I got a generic e-mail stating my order had been cancelled. After I queried this, they told me they had no stock after all. That seemed to change a couple of days later when the sale ended though…
FoximusPrime81 (gamertag/NN ID/Twitter)
RE: Tim Keeling’s points about Argos. The game wasn’t available at my local store near Merthyr Tydfil, nor in any store in the entire of South Wales – the closest being Bristol in England. They can’t transfer it from a hub store when it isn’t there. The fact they also can’t home deliver means they have little stock overall, I believe.
In the past I’ve tried to get unavailable Argos sale items reserved, for the miracle of stock being available the moment the sales ends. Funny that, but Argos have always refused to honour the sale price, saying I have to buy it at full price as the purchase is technically outside the sale period, even if it was reserved/ordered during the sale. Maybe they only do this to cash buyers, and their reserve periods are quite short nowadays anyway.
So that this isn’t entirely an Argos bashing letter, one time I bought a collection of five games for the Xbox 360 which were heavily discounted with another purchase. When paying, their system refused to honour this, but the store manager came out and after explaining to him he checked online, agreed with me that the website made the offer which should be available, and overrode the system to give me my heavy discount.
As for that current Xbox Game Pass offer for £1 for three months, I gave in, started to sign up, but it refused to go forward with it unless I supplied a credit card or other payment option, apparently a Microsoft Account isn’t good enough for Microsoft. I realise that an account might not have enough funds in it at some point, but they could easily suspend your access if you didn’t pay.
So back to cheap thrills and my backlog for me, and pray for a decent publisher sale, and of course maybe switch to PlayStation next gen if they really do backward compatibility, so I can catch up on all the games I missed… which would by then be very cheap (I hope).
Spooky Dreamer (SpookyDreamBoo – gamertag)
GC: They’re not worried about you not paying, they want you to forget to turn off auto-renew. Almost all subscriptions try that same trick.
Making the cut
Happy birthday PlayStation and thank you for so many wonderful gaming experiences and memories over the last 25 years!
Nice tribute GC and well deserved.
PS: I think Soul Reaver should have made the cut though, if only for the graphics which were nothing short of miraculous at the time and it had a great story too. Still, you know what they say, ‘You can’t please all of the people all of the time.’
GC: They also say, ‘Top 11 doesn’t sound as good as Top 10’.
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Super Discord Bros.
Absolutely buzzing about the incoming Super Mario Maker 2 update. It just so happens I was writing in about the game anyway.
Over the last few months a group of people from the Mario Maker community have been making a full adventure!
I was very kindly asked to make a level for it myself. I accepted and made level 8-5.
The full game, exclusively using the Super Mario World style, consists of eight worlds of six levels, plus a special bonus world of eight levels.
The game is very traditional in nature and each level has had many drafts and been tested to death to ensure the final product is a good standard and mirrors the difficulty of a Mario game made by Nintendo themselves.
I can attest after playing through the whole thing this weekend that it is great, really great!
How can I play this game? Check out the awesome website of course! It’s really quite impressive. It has all the info you need and even has an interactive map that you can play along with if you so wish.
Great news about Resident Evil 3 remake, but err… doesn’t Nemesis’ nose look a bit weird? I don’t remember it looking like that before. Here’s hoping for a reveal next week.
RE: Matt, I hope you get well soon pal. Take care of yourself.
This week’s Hot Topic
With Black Friday just gone, the subject for this weekend’s Inbox is what’s been your best video game bargain of the year?
Even if it wasn’t recently, what game, console, or other video game-related items have you bought for cheap and why were you so pleased with it? Were you specifically waiting for it to go cheap or did you take a chance on it because of the price?
How normal is it for you to buy something in this way and generally how often do you buy games at close to full price, as opposed to when on sale? Also, please mark your letters for either the Hot Topic or weekday Inbox, as it’s already becoming difficult working out which are meant for which.
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