The Friday Inbox asks whether Blizzard or Bethesda are having the worse year, as one reader struggles to get excited about Half-Life VR rumours.
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New year predictions
Next spring is looking absolutely crazy for games but is anyone willing to guess which one is going to be the biggest or even if any of them are going to be flops? As well as a bunch of smaller games you’ve got The Last Of Us Part II, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Watch Dogs: Legion, Doom Eternal, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Cyberpunk 2077, and Marvel’s Avengers. And that’s all in just the first four and a half months of the year.
That is a little more spaced out than Christmas releases though so you could make an argument that they’ll all be a hit. Except maybe Watch Dogs, which is the same week as Final Fantasy. I’d say the front runners are The Last Of Us and Cyberpunk 2077, with Cyberpunk presumably winning because it’s multiformat.
Between Final Fantasy and The Last Of Us though Sony are going to be killing it in terms of exclusives, which is going to set them up very nicely for the next gen, especially as they still have a few things in reserve after that. All Microsoft seems to have is Ori And The Will Of The Wisps.
As for flops… I don’t think Doom Eternal is going to do anything. I just don’t think there’s much of an audience for it and it only seemed to do well the first time because everyone bought it cheaper. I could see Watch Dogs underperforming, especially given that release date.
As convincing as all those Half-Life VR rumours sound I still can’t believe it’s going to happen. Apart from anything what’s the point of a stealth release for a VR game? Even if everyone suddenly decides they want it on the spot (which may well happen) they’ve then got to order and buy a new headset. And even if they decide they’ve got the money that’s going to take days. Not exactly an impulse purpose.
I also don’t understand what anyone who would still know how to make games would be doing at Valve anymore. They’ve barely made a proper game since Dota 2 in 2013 and half of those were by other developers, so what is the average day for a video game developer at Valve? Either they have had a LOT of games cancelled or they get to go home early on a pretty regular basis.
I’d still love it all to be true though, I’m just hurt by the rumours constantly not coming true and, more than that, the completely needless way Valve has turned out. To me it’s worse than Konami. They used to be called the Pixar of video games and now they’re just shopkeepers. I just don’t understand why? When did they start not wanting to make video games? I don’t get it.
Not long until the release of Luigi’s Mansion 3. Quite looking forward to it but wondering what your opinion of it was so far, having played the demo. The first game was OK but thought the second was amazing on the 3DS. 9 or even 10 our of 10 from me.
Was wondering if you think it has the potential to live up to the second game or not?
Also, have you had your review copy yet?
GC: We do have our review copy, which means we can’t say anything about it yet. The review embargo is a good few days before the release date though.
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I must say John Wick Hex is quite a fine game! Fusing turn-based strategy with action movie choreography is a great blend. I couldn’t stop playing until either I had to take a break or the game was completed. And that’s the main feature of an essential game.
But I don’t like the mode that forces you to make a choice within 5 seconds, as that defeats the purpose of turn-based. I like to take my time. But anyway, fine game!
GC: It is great, one of our favourites of the year.
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