As one reader imagined Zack Snyder’s Killzone, the Wednesday letters web page was pissed off by the dearth of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom information.
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deals of the week
Since there won’t be a PlayStation 5 deal during Black Friday, I’d admit it wouldn’t be anything major, but there are a few things I’m considering pulling the trigger for. Horizon Forbidden West is very tempting at £35 because I didn’t like the original that much (I didn’t hate it though) and I didn’t want to pay £70 for the sequel.
£35 is fine though, especially since it’s something I can sell later. I could get a few more games using this logic, even Gotham Knights, but what I’m seriously considering is the Switch OLED offering in Very with Pokémon Scarlet/Violet, because I’ve never had a Switch. I’m not interested in Pokémon, so I thought I could sell it for close to its normal value and make a great bargain.
These are my picks for the best bargains ever, Horizon Forbidden West and Switch, but I’m still hoping for some. Sometimes Call Of Duty gets a small discount as well, but I think Modern Warfare 2 has been very successful this year, so that may not happen.
So if Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom is coming out in May and we basically know nothing about it right now, that probably means we have a good chance of seeing it at The Game Awards next month, right?
Thanks to the pandemic, it’s been a long time since we’ve had a new Zelda, even just a remaster or remake, so I’m really looking forward to it. But the fact that we really have no idea about the story or the cheats makes it hard to really fix it and what you’re looking forward to.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about how and when a game should be announced, but I think it’s more a question of when to go into detail. I agree that you don’t want to announce anything too early and hear about it for a year or more, but I think the six-month mark is a good point to clarify what the game is all about.
Of course Nintendo plays by its own rules, but I would certainly be disappointed if other publishers started revealing the real details only a few weeks before launch, as was the case with Need For Speed this year.
god of vampire killers
The God Of War director wants to make the next Castlevania?! I guess I didn’t see this coming but the two series have similarities. Semi-open worlds are very similar, and while God Of War doesn’t fully go into backtracking after acquiring new items, there are some of them, especially with the spear weapon when you pick it up.
I don’t think it would take much time to convert God Of War to Castlevania, so I’m totally in favor. I have no idea if it will happen though. I remember there were rumors that Sony would do a Metal Gear Solid remake alongside Silent Hill, but was there anything about Castlevania? I do not think so.
Still, I think there’s a reasonable chance that something will help. We know the Santa Monica studio is currently working on multiple games, God Of War has been so successful they can probably choose what they want to work on and I’m sure Konami would have loved the attention. You’re talking about five years before it happened, even though you know how long these things took.
GC: There were indeed vague rumors that Sony would be involved in the Metal Gear Solid remake, but we don’t remember anything about Castlevania.
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Have you seen the teaser image of Zack Snyder’s new Netflix movie Rebel Moon? It’s very similar to a Killzone movie with similar looking villains.
It was written as a standalone Star Wars movie, but they (hopefully) reimagined it as a new franchise.
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GC: It sounds familiar.
the detective in me
Great review, GC, for Devil inside me. I’m getting this game as a Christmas present. I was a little worried as I got a bit of a mixed reaction, and quite a few people refer to it as average at best. Even IGN, which I found quite generous with high ratings, only rated it 5/10. Thank you for comforting me with a positive decision.
In terms of Supermassive Games, Hidden Agenda is my favorite after Until Dawn. You play the roles of a detective and district attorney on the trail of a serial killer. Currently only £7.99 on the PS Store. Highly recommended!
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I really enjoy The Dark Pictures Anthology and games of this kind – an enjoyable interactive couch co-op experience, almost…
Why-oh-why don’t we have the option to have more than one controller, we don’t have to pass it down the line endlessly? It’s very difficult to get around and really dilutes the immersive experience.
Of course, I can’t be the only one who thinks this? Isn’t it an issue mentioned in any of the reviews I’ve read, including yours?
GC: We agree. Party mode never worked as we imagined when we first heard its description, but sadly it hasn’t changed at all.
So Xbox said Call Of Duty would stay on PlayStation for another 10 years, but they said they mostly got them for King. Is every second word they use a lie?
I don’t think the Activision Blizzard acquisition will happen. You can see that Xbox has said everything to get the deal done, and the people researching them will see that and hopefully say no.
Ten years of COD
So Microsoft’s 10-year deal for Call of Duty still seems insufficient for Sony. A permanent deal is unrealistic for a number of reasons, but I think Sony’s continued disapproval of the Activision deal has nothing to do with concerns about losing Call Of Duty. Given Sony’s disinterest in its own subscription services, a stronger Game Pass suggesting this is a business model they’ve been reluctantly pushing is their problem. Fear of increased competition is the crux of Sony’s concerns. Will Sony respond publicly? A 10-year deal doesn’t quite fit into Jim Ryan’s narrative.
I’ve seen some suggestions that Xbox is ‘kneading’ Sony with this offer, but I disagree. It never made sense to privilege Call Of Duty because it’s a game based on a large install base. It’s ridiculous that Microsoft is selling Call Of Duty cheap because the main reason they have it is to make Game Pass much more powerful.
At this point, I feel like Phil Spencer would accept just about any concession just to get the deal to cross the line. The recent controversy regarding an EU commissioner’s bias towards PlayStation is perhaps the driving force behind Xbox’s offering of this proposal. Or maybe they are just as tired of this as we are?
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I found my Every’s A Wally t-shirt from 1985 in the back of my wardrobe. I was wondering about a weekend Hot Topic about goods. Here is a photo of my t-shirt I took today.
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GC: Wow, that’s old.
The last episode of Andor is tonight! I can’t wait to see it, but I thought it was great for the unconvinced and existing fans.
GC: That’s great, you’re right.
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