The Evening Inbox pits Zelda: Breath Of The Wild against Ocarina Of Time, as one reader reviews Resident Evil 7 Gold Edition.
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Reading that crazy Pokémon trading card story it made me wonder what’s the most I’ve ever spent on a video game. I think, for me, it’d be a copy of Radiant Silvergun on Saturn, back in the day before it was available digitally. I think I paid around £250 for a boxed version, which was fairly good going at the time. The game was fantastic and I was very happy with it, and still have no regrets. Especially as I doubt that’s even a lot compared to some people.
I was going to say that one of those gigantic collector’s editions probably wins – that Final Fantasy VII Remake one looks amazing – but I suppose the real answer is some whale spending thousands on microtransactions in FIFA. I was going to suggest the subject for a Hot Topic, but if that’s going to be half the answers then it might be a bit too depressing.
I do wonder what will happen to collector’s editions in an all digital age though. I can only assume they’re mega profitable for companies, so whey wouldn’t want to give them up. But where are people going to buy them from in the future? Will they just be posted out and bought online? Considering how my post turns up half the time I’m not sure I’d want to rely on that. I mean, it’s not like we haven’t had a recent story about something super expensive going missing lately…
There seem to be a lot of people questioning the reasoning behind the Switch Lite and the functions it is supposedly lacking but I will probably get it on day one. I’ve been dying to play Zelda: Breath Of The Wild but I couldn’t justify buying a Switch as I already have a huge backlog on my PlayStation 4 and there is already enough clutter under my TV.
I recently started a new job where I get a full hour for lunch (I was previously self-employed so often didn’t take a lunch break at all). I can’t clear my PlayStation 4 backlog at work so the Switch Lite is absolutely ideal for me, as it will let me play video games on my lunch break and won’t take up space in my flat. I have no interest in ever connecting it to my TV or using the Joy-Cons for multiplayer. If I did, I would simply buy the original model.
Before you criticise anything in life, it’s often a good idea to think about how your own personal circumstances and concerns may be very different to other peoples.
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Just wondering if any readers could point me in the right direction to purchase digital gaming soundtracks and songs. I really have no idea where to look.
A lot of the bigger Twitch streamers, when they go for a break, will play video game music and I’d love to build my own library. I’ve asked them but the chat drowns out the question. I still listen to Star Control II Hyperspace music on a regular basis.
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25 years of ridge racing
With the recent Hot Topic talk about next generation launch games how cool would it be (especially for buyers of the original PlayStation) if there was a fully graphically updated version of the first Ridge Racer built into the console?
Very doubtful I know, but with there only being one track and a handful of cars it wouldn’t take a great deal of effort, plus it would be a great PlayStation 25th UK anniversary gesture that would undoubtedly deliver a good old nostalgia hit!
PS: I agree with the viewer that the Switch Lite should have some sort of cable to enable TV play but I can still see the console being extremely popular, especially in Japan.
Pyro Studios are working on Commandos 2 HD and Praetorians HD for PC, consoles, and phones to be released later this year (although oddly Praetorians isn’t Switch bound).
Still, two great strategy games getting a new lease of life is a good thing.
GC: There’s also the cowboy-themed Desperados III on the way soon, which is brand new and a very similar style of game.
The feature I want on the Switch is more apps. We have YouTube but where’s the Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Now TV apps?
I want to get rid of all the devices on the back of my TV and just have one device for all the streaming. That’s a hole that the Switch could fill. I am very tempted by the Nvidia Shield. Has any reader got one? What do they make of it?
Always bet on Ganon
Mild understatement incoming… So I have finally, finally, finally(!) beaten Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild! It was alright, I suppose.
I haven’t done all the shrines or found all the seeds – that’s a task for another time. It’s not better than Ocarina Of Time, but I will get into that in the future. And in a game where the bosses were for the most part underwhelming, I was very nervous that the finale might not deliver.
Thankfully, it did. Not the best confrontation against Ganon or Ganondorf, but still a flawless final boss. Why couldn’t they have all been like that? I guess Ganon makes for a reliably excellent last opponent. Which is interesting.
With the imminent release of the Lite Switch (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) those waiting for an upgraded model with more features, a larger screen, and a premium price point may be happy to know that it already exists and has been available for some time, so what are you waiting for?!
To be honest, I can’t even tell if I’m joking. I guess a lot of truth is said in jest?
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Resident DLC *** SPOILER WARNING ***
I finished Resident Evil 7 Gold Edition on Thursday night, and I think it’s fair to say that I’ve got some very mixed feelings about it. There will be spoilers ahead.
In the base game, the Baker family are infected by Eveline. Part way through the game there is an almost spiritual moment, when the ‘soul’ of Jack Baker begs you to kill Eveline to free his family. You do so and fly off into the sunset (as is tradition), presumably having saved the souls of the infected, and stopping the outbreak.
Then comes the DLC. First, let’s go for Not a Hero – where you play Chris Redfield just after the end of the core game. Surprise! The infection isn’t stopped, so the climax of the game seems pointless. Also, surprise! It turns out that Lucas Baker was the head scientist creating Eveline in the first place, even though there were absolutely no hints, allusions, or indications for that in the core game.
Next let’s move onto the Banned Footage DLC. This includes some throw-away mini-games, a small section about a character escaping from a bedroom (which was quite good) and Daughters, which shows what happened when Eveline arrived at the Baker household. Lucas, despite being intimately familiar with Eveline, and knowing exactly how dangerous she is, does not react upon seeing her at all. In fact, he seems to be largely a victim in this like the rest of his family.
Finally, let’s look at End Of Zoe – a while (I think it’s a few weeks) after the end of the core game, it turns out the infection is still rampant and expanding. Also, a character who you most definitely seemed to kill for good in the core game is back. It turns out that shooting the character wasn’t the method for killing him – instead you needed to punch him very hard in the face, which is also for some reason more effective than ripping his head off.
I know the games are ludicrous, but at least previous entries seemed consistent in their tone and writing. But in this case it seems like the Alpha team made the core game and banned footage, then moved onto the Resident Evil 2 remake, meanwhile the Bravo team came in, spilled coffee on the design documents, and replaced the wrecked pages with bits from Resident Evil 5 (i.e., a bad one)
DLC is a delicate balance – sometimes it’s throw away wastes of time, sometimes it adds to the story but feels slightly hollow while doing so. This is the first instance I know of where DLC actually detracts from the core experience. Urgh.
By the way, are there any rumours on a Spider-Man Game of the year edition (i.e. one with all the DLC) – I’m waiting before making that particular jump.
GC: Lucas didn’t create Eveline, he was given a role as a researcher after she took over the rest of his family. There is no Game of the Year Edition for Spider-Man, but then its DLC isn’t particularly good.
If you didn’t get it before when it was free Age Of Wonders III is currently free on Steam again, not sure for how long though.
How can it be called Switch Lite? It’s not a Switch anymore. That’s like taking one screen away from the DS and still calling it a DS!
GC: DS stands for ‘Developers’ System’, believe it or not.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Hatton, who asks what video game do you most regret playing?
What game do you feel ended up being a waste of your time, regardless of how much you paid for it in the first place? Did you stop straight away and how often do you usually give a game before you give up on it?
Was the problem that you didn’t enjoy the gameplay or story, or was it too difficult or time consuming? Did you still finish the game and if not how often do you end up giving up on a video game before beating it – or at least spending a substantial amount of time on it?
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