The morning Inbox celebrates the joys of Etrian Odyssey, as one reader recommends the new PlayStation-only Humble Bundle.
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Time well wasted
Hi GameCentral. First, let me thank you for being the one gaming website that my works firewall doesn’t block. My lunches would be very boring without it.
Second, Dan Perrott’s email about 30 hours of No Man’s Sky was enough to get him bored. Is that a bad thing? I have it myself but Dark Souls III is taking up my time (35 hours in, should be way less but dying is my favourite habit) so haven’t had chance to give it much attention yet.
30 hours before getting bored seems a good run of playtime for me. Also, it’s only been out a week or thereabouts so I am guessing there have been few long marathons to amass that play time, fatigue is likely to set in on any game.
I can’t see myself sitting through a 30-hour film or TV series to say at the end this was boring.
Return to Duty
For those who are interested Call Of Duty 2 is now backwards compatible on the Xbox One. For those who don’t remember the context this was the first console entry in the series, and a major launch title for the Xbox 360. It was also a major online title, and the first console I’d ever played online. And… it looks terrible now.
I mean, it’s 13 years old now, so I don’t know what I really expected, but it’s staggering to think this was what was being played at the beginning of the Xbox 360’s life and something like GTA V (or Advanced Warfare) was what we ended up with.
That’s absolutely no criticism of Call Of Duty 2, but in my opinion at least it’s nothing but a museum piece, an historical curiosity. Although saying that it does make me think that a new WWII game is overdue. Like many I’m not upset that Infinite Warfare is set in the future, rather that we’ve had three, arguably four, future games in a row. Variety is the spice of life and Call Of Duty 2 has frankly lost its flavour.
Just thought, if no one had done so already, I’d let your readers know that Humble Bundle is currently doing a PlayStation-only sale, which is worth it for Okami HD (on PlayStation 3) alone in my opinion. It works out as a saving from the current PSN price, at the sub £9 mark you’d need to get it currently too (not that the £11.49 PSN price is in any way overpriced, for a game of that quality, I realise).
Other games include Resident Evil HD, the flawed but decently playable Remember Me, and if you pay £12 you get Resident Evil 0 and the Devil May Cry collection thrown in too.
And all for a good cause. Win, win! I’ll provide the link just in case.
Thanks GC, and keep up the great content.
Gengar91 (PSN ID)
Currently playing: Rocket League, ABZÛ, SOMA, and The Witcher 3 intermittently
GC: Thanks for that, we’d also recommend Okami HD. In fact, all the games in the deal are worth a go at those prices.
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Having really enjoyed Etrian Odyssey Untold and the brilliant Etrian Odyssey IV I have started playing Untold 2, which left me with two questions: do you know if they are planning Untold 3 and also do you think we will see V in Europe? I think it came out in Japan a couple of weeks back. Thanks and keep up the good work.
GC: Congratulations on your great taste in games, we don’t see nearly enough Etrian Odyssey love in the Inbox. A third Untold game is hard to predict, but Etrian Odyssey V did pretty well in Japan so there’s a reasonable chance. Whether the latter will come to the UK is also difficult to say, as it’ll be one of the first new Atlus games since Deep Silver took over as European publisher. But the news about Persona 5 was positive so let’s hope it is with this too. While we’re on the subject we’d also recommend Persona Q, which is basically a crossover between Etrian Odyssey and Persona.
Holy cheat codes, Batman
RE: PsillySuedonym and game cheat codes. My favourite cheat was for FIFA 96. You could put invisible walls around the pitch and make the football into a beach ball. The ball would fly around at the slightest provocation and bounce off the walls giving great opportunities for crazy volleys. Plus, you could do all this while all the players were dressed as Batman and Robin.
I also remember the original Need For Speed allowing you to be a T-Rex and a school bus, how those games have changed…
PS: Overcooked is a classic game, simple enough for anyone to play, yet challenging enough to not be demeaning. I want more games like this please, Lego games can only last so long.
Ad hoc racing
I would just like to add to the praise from Charlie Ridgewell for F1 2016 as I am loving it too. The new career mode is excellent and all the authentic features like penalties, safety car, virtual safety car, formation laps might sound terribly car geeky but it all adds to the immersion and depth in what is a brilliant recreation of the sport. GC called DiRT Rally ‘the Dark Souls of racing games’ and F1 2016 could claim that title as well with the amount of detail Codemasters have put in the game. The level of realism is definitely aimed squarely at hardcore fans with all the realistic features games like Forza are too afraid to put in, for fear of scaring off the more casual fans.
Although with multiple excellent driving assists that can be toggled on and off, a simplified car setup and race strategy options available makes it approachable for newer fans even non-gamers should find it easy enough to pick up with several difficulty levels for the computer drivers too.
Picture this, when playing the career on the Hungarian Grand Prix I managed to get into 15th position in qualifying. During the race on lap seven of 18 some of the drivers in front of me went into the pits. Knowing this seemed a bit early for a one stop pit strategy I knew they would need a second pit later in the race. So I went in at the end of lap nine, two stops before my scheduled pit stop I chose at the beginning – calling it in through my headset so my pit crew was ready.
So coming out the pit in P13 and sure enough a few laps later some of the drivers in front went in for their second stop putting me up to P8 then in lap 15 I clipped the car in P7 whilst overtaking and had to do the last four laps with a damaged front wing, meaning corners were much harder to get my car round at speed; which was an utterly nail biting experience but I hung on through grit and determination I finished in seventh place, seven positions ahead of my team’s expectations of me and eight up on my starting position.
All thanks to a great off the cuff pit strategy I thought up on the fly. Just one example of how deep and rewarding this game is. The artificial intellegence is excellent, dare I say better than Forza Motorsport 6’s Drivatars. That and the level of depth and authenticity make F1 2016 the best single-player realistic racing game I have played in a very long time! They have absolutely nailed the handling too, honing and tweaking last year’s game to perfection!
Big Angry Dad82 (gamertag)
Worst of the worst
I would like to ask everyone what the worst game that they have ever played on a console?
For me it has to be Battle Monsters on the Sega Saturn. The sloppy controls are bad enough but what really makes things ten times worse is the ugly interface and horrible animations.
I regret ever buying for the Saturn as this is what makes 2D fighters look like a laughing stock.
gaz be rotten (gamertag)
GC: We would suggest this as a future Hot Topic, but we’ve tried it before and too few people seem willing to admit they’ve played bad games.
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Turn it off
I was looking forward to buying a PS4 Slim, until I read your article about the second lightbar on its controller.
I can only express disappointment regarding this abhorrent and needless distraction. Loads of adults buy and play these consoles, do Sony seriously believe grown-ups want a device that lights up like a toy?
Quite often console design and evolution appears bereft of logic. It’s damning with faint praise but I really liked the ability to boot the Xbox One silently. And then inexplicably Microsoft took that feature away in the last update.
Fair play to the company, they’re bringing back the option to silently boot their console after receiving complaints. But why rob us of peace and quiet in the first place?
Bleeping hardware is a pet hate of mine, especially in this overcrowded world where everyone lives on top of each other. My washing machine is seriously obnoxious. After finishing its cycle it bleeps loudly for attention like some mechanical brat until I give in and go and turn its power off.
As for bleeping consoles the only justification I can think of is to help partially sighted people, but do they play video games a lot?
Apologies for the long rant, news of that second lightbar just set me off.
PS: Don’t get me started on the Xbox One’s interface, which seems to have been designed during a game of pin the tail on the donkey.
GC: What drives us mad is that the one legitimate purpose the lightbar has – to help the PlayStation Camera track the controller while using PlayStation VR – is the one time you can’t see it. So why can’t you turn it off the rest of the time?! It angers us greatly.
Yes, it’s totally true! I used to hold down and B when tossing a pokéball at some poor battered down critter on Pokémon Blue. I’m sure you had to hold up and B when using a great ball or above. Still have no idea to this day if those extra clicks made any difference, but it’s all part of the charm, right?
Does anyone remember Indiana Jones and His Desktop Adventures? It is the oldest game with procedurally-generated levels that I can think of. No one has ever mentioned it in the inbox before.
GC: We remember it, and Yoda Stories. But procedural generation is a very old concept for video games. It’s the cornerstone of roguelikes, and they’ve been going since the ‘70s.
This week’s Hot Topic
Now that Gamescom is over, we know almost everything we’re going to know in advance about this year’s winter line-up. So the question for this weekend’s Inbox is simple: which game are you looking forward to the most?
There’s a list of the more prominent titles here, but feel free to suggest any game you like – as long as it’s released in the UK between now and the end of the year. But don’t just make it a list of games; explain to us why you’re looking forward to each title and what exactly you expect of it.
Will you be buying the games straight away, or waiting for them to be discounted at a later date? When did you first become interested in them and will you pre-order them? And do you think this year’s Christmas is better or worse than usual?
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