The Tuesday Inbox suggests Housemarque make the next Metroid game, as one reader thinks EA has missed their chance to beat Call Of Duty.
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The Byleth effect Reader's Feature at the weekend about why it's stupid to try and predict Nintendo so I'm going to… try and predict Nintendo! I mean, how can you not with the final bit of DLC coming up for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? It could almost literally be anything at this point, from an impossible megaton like Master Chief to a wet fart like another 'guy with sword'. No one has any idea which it is and I love that.
Assuming Nintendo even consider the last spot to be significant (it seems obvious that it is to us, but that's the first mistake you make with Nintendo) I think there are three main categories of what it could be: a major third party character like Master Chief, Lara Croft, or Crash Bandicoot; a boring Nintendo character that just hasn't been in it yet; or something out of left field.
Sod's law is it'll be the boring choice, like Diskun or Chibi-Robo or something but let's be positive and imagine it's one of the other two. For me, Master Chief is the only one that would really be a shocker and I don't see anyone else, beyond Ratchet & Clank or something, that would be on the same level.
If I had to guess though I would say that it's either going to be something super weird, like a walking NES or Masahiro Sakurai. Or it'll be a brand new character that we've never seen before, the will be appearing in a future Nintendo game – since they can't add in anything new afterwards. That last would be my absolute best guess. Now let's all sit back and watch it be another Fire Emblem character! Scotty
Hats off to Nintendo for pulling all this together, both their designers and their lawyers – as I'm sure it wasn't easy for either. As to who the final character is… I 'm happy to be surprised at this point. I'd love for it to be Master Chief or someone equally unlikely but I also liked the idea of it being Shigeru Miyamoto or Masahiro Sakurai. Those guys deserve. Freddy
Which is another way of saying that if Metroid Dread is the last in that chapter of the series then Returnal's third person exploration and combat is a great template for how to go in the future. It's a bit more action-y than regular Metroid but not by much and the level design and atmosphere is great.
If I was Nintendo I'd sign up Housemarque on the spot and get them to work right away. Sony don't seem to want to buy them and if they won't then it feels like only a matter of time till Microsoft does instead. So why not slip in there first? Rocky
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Blood, sweet, and toil
EA's only chance is to create a Warzone equivalent, which I'm sure they're doing, and then try and dig in and try and get a similar size of audience with it. But that is not only a big task it's one that is going to takes years of effort.
So yeah, Battlefield 2042 might even outsell Call Of Duty this year but that's just one battle in a war that shows no sign of ending. Jasper
Forced to cheat Adams6legend PS: Was lucky enough to receive an Xbox Series X for my 40th last week. Forza Horizon 4 looks gob-smacking-ly brilliant on it.
They also have games I actually like and have given some games more chance than I would've expected, even though they're never successful. Activision already seems to have given up on Crash Bandicoot again but here we are with believable rumours of EA bringing back Dead Space, just like they did SSX, Mirror's Edge, and, coming up, Skate.
And that's even though in each of those cases the reboots didn't sell either. I'm going to predict there'll be a new Dead Space and that it'll get good reviews and… not sell that much. But I imagine it'll probably be fairly big budget and EA will give it a good push in terms of marketing. Fans will be happy, then upset when it doesn't get another one, but an effort will have been made and I, for one, appreciate that. Pellington
Even Naughty Dog do this and I just do not get it. Would these people just be happier making movies? Why even make a game if they secretly it'd be better if it wasn't interactive and didn't have any gameplay? Grackle
Do you feel lucky, 'punk?
Is it a game worth playing, regardless of the technical issues? I know I'll get rational feedback from here, not kneejerk reactions, as to whether the game is now sound enough to be played as CD Projekt intended. I saw the game is currently £25 on Jacamo, then suddenly realised with smart delivery I would get upgraded to the planned Xbox Series X specific version, hopefully coming out later in the year.
Then I would have the dilemma of whether to even play it until the Xbox Series X version was released! Strange how I could be buying a game cheaply today, to play six months later as a (hopefully) totally overhauled and upgraded version. Times have certainly moved on since the days when I loaded my games up using a cassette deck! gaztop2511 (gamertag)
GC: We haven't played it all the way through on Xbox Series X but in terms of performance it should be fine. It's only on the base Xbox One and PlayStation 4 it's still not (and probably never will be) recommended. While taking advantage of the £25 deal seems wise, we'd advise waiting for the dedicated next gen version before you actually play it – especially as you've already waited this long anyway.
Inbox also-rans Anon
GC: He said the bushido code did not exist, which is correct; it didn't start to become formalised until the 16th century. Ghost Of Tsushima is set in 1274.
Cyberpunk 2077 bug fixes have reached a 'satisfactory level' according to CD Projekt? The only satisfactory level to bugs is zero, I wish companies understood that. Gacha
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