Games Inbox: What’s your favourite E3 reveal?

Games Inbox: What’s your favourite E3 reveal?

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The morning Inbox enjoys Splinter Cell’s Metal Gear Solid homage, as one reader hopes Doom 2 really does feature Hell on Earth.

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Epic reveals

With all this talk of what might be announced at E3 this year it got me thinking of some of my favourite reveals from the past. The thing is though I don’t think anything could ever beat Sony’s 2015 show. The Last Guardian, Shenmue III, and Final Fantasy VII was just unreal and they handled the hype perfectly. I just don’t see how it can be beaten in terms of how long awaited the games were and how completely unprepared everyone was for it.

My second favourite is a lot older and was the reveal of Zelda: Twilight Prince at the 2004 event. The trailer for that was absolutely epic and when Miyamoto came on stage with Link’s sword and shield I’m pretty sure I was shouting at the screen in happiness.

The only problem is that of the two of those games that are out so far they’ve both been a bit disappointing. Just goes to show that hype has nothing to do with the final quality. But the enjoyment you get out of a good surprise, that’s still worth something!
Yukino

 

Looking back

Microsoft are definitely doing everything right with backwards compatibility on Xbox One, just a 10/10 effort really. But the question is would they be doing it if they actually had any new games to sell? Doubtful, which is why Nintendo and Sony never seem as bothered.

It kind of reminds me of some gamers, we have a lot of them on the Inbox, who are obsessed only with games that already exist and don’t seem to have any interest in playing anything new. And even then it’s usually just a sequel.

Like, have you noticed that as soon as a new console is announced you’ll have a sizeable number of people whose first reaction is whether they can play old SNES games, or whatever, on it. Happens every time. I just think if you’re only getting a console to play games that already exist then it’s pretty much pointless. Which is kind of borne out by the Xbox One not doing as well as the PlayStation 4.
Olliephant

 

Obvious sequel

Hope that rumour about Doom 2 is true, loved the first game but this would be the first time in what… 30 years that we actually get a proper sequel to the game. I can’t really remember the first Doom 2, so I’m not sure if it was ever set on Earth or not, but I doubt it looked very good if it did. What I always imagined as a kid was a proper sequel set on Earth where Hell has taken over and you have to lead the fightback.

We never got anything close to what I imagined though and I hope this time they can go all out. (Funnily enough it’s also what I, and I think most fans, always imagined for the next film after Aliens. But that never happened either. I guess it’s a budget thing, at least for films, but why is everyone always so desperate to avoid the obvious?)

Only problem with Doom 2 is how they evolve. The temptation is to make it more complicated but I think the arcade style of the recent game was what made it work. There were quite a few puzzles in the VR game but I’m not sure that’s really the way to go. Maybe they could add a survival element to it, with you needing to get food and drink and whatever? Maybe a bit like Fallout. Whatever they do it’s day one for me though.
Sigil

GC: There was a section set on Earth, but you’re right that it wasn’t a very convincing cityscape.

 

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Games first

I’m very relived to see the rumourmill swinging back towards the PlayStation 5 not being released till 2020. I can’t believe the idea of it being this year wasn’t laughed out of the shop, but the mere fact that people thought it was plausible is very worrying. Especially as even these new rumours still say that Sony has started giving developers some bits of information about the new console – and most likely asking them what they want it to be like too.

I’ll be putting my thoughts in full into the weekend Hot Topic but I hope that Sony and the others learn that the emphasis should always be games. We’re getting to the point where graphical improvements are only noticed by hardcore gamers. Average people don’t see the difference or care about it when it’s pointed out and that should tell you how unimportant hardware has got.

The exception is actually new ideas like PlayStation VR. I think Sony has done a bang up job with that and I’d just like to echo all the praise for the WipEout Omega Collection, especially as it’s free. A couple of months ago people were acting like VR was a dead duck but one decent game and suddenly you see all the untapped potential. Do you see games companies? People play games, not consoles!
Slacker

 

Unnecessary risk

Just to clear up my Far Cry 5 letter, as some people seem to be confused as I may not have explained myself very well. I didn’t like the game because of the silly story and cut scenes and constantly getting captured with no way to stop it, and having to do the same silly sequence three or four times over.

I don’t read reviews of games I’m going to buy. I will make my own mind up usually. The game would have been fine were it not for those silly sequences. But I’ve taken your advice and redownloaded it to do some of the side missions.
bigdaddy watt

GC: It’s your call but if you had read the reviews, or at least our one, you would’ve known about both those issues in advance.

 

Sir Rob of Hubbard

Bit late on this but with regards to C64 music it has to be Rob Hubbard all the way for me. There are just too many fantastic tunes to mention but from things like Monty On The Run, One Man And His Droid, The Last V8, Thing On A Spring, Flash Gordon, Commando and even the epic Kentilla, the man is a fantastic composer who really learned his way around the SID chip. I also used to buy games just because of his name and the games were often duff!

My second favourite was Martin Galway. I seriously loved the Ocean loader music and also the Rambo soundtrack.

Modern day, I think it’s hard to beat things like Super Mario Kart and the Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack.
Steve

 

Trigger warning

I wonder why Nintendo refuses to make their controllers now with analogue triggers? They pioneered the concept with the GameCube and yet now they’ve abandoned it for no reason. Which can’t help when they’re trying to get third party games.

It’s not like they haven’t got games where it would be useful either, it’d be great for Mario Kart for example. I know trying to explain Nintendo is a physical impossibility but… that just seems a particularly unnecessary bit of weirdness to me. Maybe that’s why we’ve never had another F-Zero?
Sindar

 

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Fallen comrades

With it looking like a definite that Splinter Cell is going to make a full comeback I saw this video that showed all the times it and Metal Gear had referenced each other. The weird little flashback towards the end is just something the YouTube guy added but everything else is from the actual games, which I think is great. It’s nice when developers show such obvious respect for each other.

It’s also great to see Michael Ironside back doing the voice of Sam. I know he’s getting on a bit now, but man what a voice. Before the DECU turned to monkey nuts I wanted them to get him back to voice Darksied but I’ll settle for him coming back to his second best role.

The only downer in the video is that the Metal Gear bit at the beginning also references Syphon Filter, which I also don’t think we’re getting back. Sam saying he’s the only left is a cool meta reference but it hits pretty hard. Here’s hoping gaming’s last stealth action star can keep the fire burning!
Loanstar

 

 

This week’s Hot Topic

The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader gaz be rotten (gamertag) and asks whether you’re happy for the PlayStation 5 to be released within the next two years?

Although Sony has said nothing official, repeated rumours suggest the new console could be out within the next 12 to 24 months – do you think that’s about the right time for it to launch or is it too soon? Would you buy the PlayStation 5 if it came out this Christmas or next, and what would you expect from it in terms of graphics and other new features?

There are vaguer rumours about a new model of Switch, and perhaps a new Xbox, so what would you want from them and when would you want them to be released? How long do you think the current generation should last and what would make you buy a next generation console at this point?

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