24 Jul 19
PS4 Pro – is there going to be a PS5 Pro?
The Morning Inbox thinks Sony’s version of Smash Bros. should be a shooter, as one reader admits to not minding Crackdown 3.
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With all the speculation about the next gen the one question I haven’t really seen much talk about is whether there’s going to be PS5 Pro or Xbox One X equivalent. If there’s the likelihood that a more powerful version of the PlayStation 5 is going to be released in three years’ time than I’m absolutely going to wait for that. Especially as the first couple of years of a new generation are always rubbish anyway.
I don’t believe Sony or Microsoft has commented on this and thanks to the usual lack of numbers I have no idea whether the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X have even been successful, so it’s hard to predict what they’re going to do about it.
As far as I’m concerned the whole idea of the upgrade consoles was terrible and I’d be very happy to see them abandoned and put down to just one generation of madness. But if they made money then I doubt that’s happening. It also won’t be in Sony’s best interests to reveal whether there’ll be a Pro or not, so that’s going to be an unwelcome surprise to look forward to.
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Since its success has basically guaranteed a sequel I wonder what people are wanting to see happen with Days Gone next gen? Although most reviews didn’t hate it, it does have a pretty wide gap between reviews and user ratings so I’m curious to see whether they’ll try to address the issues brought up in the reviews or if they’ll just assume people are okay with it.
I think most people agree the way the horde was handled was pretty weird but there must’ve been a logic behind it, from the developer’s point of view. Or the characters. I’ve seen a lot of complaints that the Deacon doesn’t really change or have an arc for the whole game and while that’s true he’s obviously been embraced by players and I don’t think there’s much momentum for change.
Basically what I’m saying is when a game is popular does that mean you ignore the complaints and just continue what you’re doing or not? I mean, from Sony’s point of view they must be fairly confident that they read their audience right and it was the reviewers that were wrong. Or were they?
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So I’ve got through to the end of Crackdown 3 and I’ve got to say I quite enjoyed it.
There are some caveats to that, firstly it’s competent in all areas but also doesn’t excel in anything. This naturally makes a game enjoyable to a degree. Secondly, due to life commitments, I’ve only played it for a maximum of two hours every few days.
In these short bursts the one note gameplay hasn’t seemed as repetitive as I’m sure it does to people that have played longer sessions than I have.
My biggest complaint is they made you feel like less of a superhero, replacing the leap a tall building with a single bound in the first game with a jetpack-like system.
I still think there is potential for a great game in Crackdown, but I fear, as 3 hasn’t even made any baby-steps forward, we will never see an actively good game in the series. If we see another game at all.
irve77 (gamertag/PSN ID)
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So said to hear Miyamoto talking about the death of Iwata, particularly the bit where he says that Nintendo are doing well now but it’s all down to the foundations that Iwata lay down. It’s obvious he doesn’t really care whether the company is successful or not and would rather just have his friend back.
I know I’m probably being naive but Nintendo seems to have almost a family business like attitude, at least amongst the biggest names – all of which have been there for decades, learning from each other and apparently getting on with each other.
Not that Nintendo can’t be a heartless corporation, as we’re seeing at the moment with the broken Joy-Cons, but I believe the core people in charge are just trying to make fun video games. Not sure about the new president though, since you never seem to see him. I guess that’s just an admission that there’ll never be another Iwata.
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I think some credit should go to Nintendo for their release date of a Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3.
We so often see publishers putting out release dates where it seems they haven’t looked at the calendar to see what else is coming out, but not only did the game cone out in a quiet period it was also in the week of the San Diego ComicCon. So I suspect many people were hyped up on superhero goodness and then went and bought the game.
Now playing: Axiom Verge (Switch) and Blood & Truth (PSVR)
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Can’t fault the logic on the reader suggesting that Sony probably wants a piece of the Smash Bros. pie. But if I was them I wouldn’t make it a fighter at all. The important thing is being a game where lots of different characters can compete, so I’d go for a third or first person shooter instead. Imagine Overwatch but where all the characters are famous PlayStation characters.
I know that obviously doesn’t match with the Evo 2019 sponsorship but that could mean anything. It’s not a dig at all but I think the appeal with Smash is the mash-up of characters first and the whole fighting game thing secondary. But Nintendo were never going to do a shooter so that’s something Sony can take advantage of and make sure they have something unique for themselves.
We’ll see I guess, since Evo is only a few weeks away, but to be honest I’m just glad that fighting games are still getting big name backing. Although it almost seems like more people turn up to Evo than actually buy the damn games.
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May I suggest a Hot Topic regarding console hardware experiences, whether consoles owned became faulty and in what way. And whether the retailer honoured their guarantee or if you’ve been blessed and had nothing go wrong or poor customer service.
I had faults owning a Nintendo DS Lite (hinge broke and replaced by GAME), Xbox 360 (total loss of picture and replaced by Microsoft), and Xbox One official controller (the ‘A’ button stuck but sold to CeX). Never had a faulty console new out the box or total failure within one year. How about the rest of us?
GC: We’ll see about giving that a try.
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RE: The Last Guardian/Team Ico/Fumito Ueda. I’ve only played this game minimally but I have been replaying Shadow Of The Colossus in the form of Bluepoint’s impressive remake. Still eager to find out what their current project is.
I still find Shadow Of The Colossus one of the most polarising games I’ve played. It’s undoubtedly a classic, masterpiece even, but the controls and camera are teeth grindingly, joypad-smashingly annoying a lot of the time.
When you’re on a colossus the controls actually make sense and work, creating a lot tension. It makes sense that when you’re riding the back of a colossus you’d be thrown about and have to grip on for dear life and wait for your opportunities to strike. It’s super annoying though when you’re trying to orientate yourself or look for the next weak point and the camera is just bouncing all over the place. Ditto Agro when riding about, as he seems to hit invisible walls all over the pace and go where ever he wants. That horse needs Robert Redford to have a word in his ear. I’ve no affection for that horse at all.
*Spoiler warning* This clip shows me desperately trying to jump from the arm to hand of the final boss but the camera is doing me no favours and no matter what way I press the stick in it just doesn’t want to face in the direction I need to jump in. It’s an annoying death. I was chasing down the speed demon trophy of completing the game on hard under 5:41:28 at the time, so I cussed pretty bad when it happened. Manged to get the trophy though with around a time of 5:31.
The atmosphere though is amazing, as is the design of the colossi and the musical score is just so good (especially at the end when it has a flourish as the bird takes flight from the temple to close the credits out). So even though every time I’ve played I’ve gotten immensely frustrated I still come back to it for a replay every couple of years.
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Having played and loved Two Point Hospital on PC I’d strongly recommend it when it comes on consoles. I may even buy it again just to get the Switch version.
Talking about Sony and Disney being pally over Marvel, I wonder if Disney would ever consider buying Sony. They could afford it and it’d mean they get the Spider-Man movie rights back.
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The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Xane, and asks what multiplayer game have you played the most overall?
No matter when it was released what multiplayer game, including the same game on different formats, have you played the most? What do you like so much about it and how often were you playing it at your peak?
Would you say you were good at the game and how much did that matter to your enjoyment? Who did you generally play against, in terms of friends and randoms, and were you playing mostly online or local? If you don’t play it much anymore what stopped you and what would get you back?
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