The Morning Inbox is very keen on Pokémon Sword/Shield’s Victorian Weezings, as one reader wants to play as Barry Burton.
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Loss of co-operation
I’m sure the guy ask about Switch game recommendation will get plenty of help from other readers but the Switch Lite does rule out a couple of games that happen to be amongst my favourites. Snipperclips, for example, I don’t think can be played at all without separate Joy-Cons, since the main characters literally are Joy-Cons with arms and legs.
Super Mario Party also only uses Joy-Cons, although I guess they can patch that out, which is another family favourite. Although I play plenty of single-player games my favourite aspect of the Switch is how I can play it with my partner and our kids and everyone enjoys it. They’ll still work on the Switch Lite but games like BoxBoy + BoxGirl!, Diablo III, and our personal favourite Overcooked are going to be much harder to get enough controllers together for.
I mean, that is the compromise with the Lite being cheaper, and I’m not dismissing it, but for me I’d much rather pay more to get the original version of the console.
RE: Switch Lite. Really tough call, as some games that I’ve enjoyed on the Switch have been when I’m playing in docked mode, as handheld doesn’t give me the same immersive experience – e.g. Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen are great on a 42″ TV, but not great as handheld in my opinion (no particular technical issues, just a better overall feel).
Likewise, four-player split-screen Mario Kart 8 is great on the TV, but handheld…
Meanwhile Golf Story and Into The Breach are perfect when played in handheld mode.
So does the future of Nintendo Switch/Lite reviews mean that each different playing experience should be covered?
Steve, S Wales
Having realised recently that I now have 125 games for my Switch, I can probably suggest quite a few games for Pigsy, but rather than list all of Nintendo’s retail releases, I would recommend getting a load of indie titles instead.
A lot are also available on other consoles, but the nature of the Switch makes for an easier pick up and play approach and indie games fit nice between sprawling epics like Zelda: Breath Of The Wild or time sinks like Pokémon.
So, Hollow Knight, Celeste, Baba Is You, Mini Metro, Downwell, Cuphead, Cadence Of Hyrule (that has a demo now), Gato Roboto, Gris, Yoku’s Island Express, Katana Zero, Slay The Spire, Gorogoa, What Remains Of Edith Finch, Minit, and so many more.
The eShop has a section for games currently on offer, which is good for finding a bargain. It’s still a pretty unwieldy interface for a store that has over 2,000 games, but word of mouth will usually help the best get noticed.
I’d also suggest dipping a toe into Labo with the basic VR set. It’s cheaper than the others, is compatible with other non-Labo games, and can be added to with other cheap sets. It’s fun and satisfying to build and VR makes the final boss fight of Breath Of The Wild a vastly more cinematic experience.
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To the fellow gamer that wanted Switch advice, over and above Zelda and Mario I can wholeheartedly recommend:
- Dead Cells (top of my list… so well supported, mostly by free DLC)
- Super Mario Maker 2 (pretty much needs an online sub though)
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (good two-player co-op with the wife!)
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Over those, there’s a wealth of other ~£15 indie games on offer… not least of which is R-Type Dimensions EX (still the best)!
Hope that helps the reader a bit. Thanks for all the years of service GC… since waaaaaay back when.
I’ve being playing Overwatch on the Public Test Region (PTR) this past week and have to say that it’s been more fun than the main game because of the 2-2-2 role lock that is being tested. The only slight downside I’ve experienced so far is in competitive mode, it’s a lot harder to put up a decent fight if a teammate leaves especially if you lose a support player so you’re even less likely to pull off one of those amazing 5 v 6 victories.
However, teammates leaving during competitive matches should be a rare occurrence so the positives of role lock are far greater.
I now don’t have that apprehension queuing for a competitive match wondering if I’ll get 5 damage hero mains on my team and no one that wants to (or even can) play tank or support.
PS: My favourite video game name pun is a game I never played but has always stuck in my mind because I found its title so amusing: Chilli Con Carnage.
GC: We’ve heard nothing but good things about Role Queue, we must give it a try.
All that furore with the Ooblets developer really baffles me. There are many and regular examples of gamers getting up in arms about perceived injustices over their favourite games but the bitterness here is bewildering. Admittedly I’m not a PC gamer, so this doesn’t affect me, but the inconvenience of being exclusive to the Epic store is simply that I would have to launch the game through an alternative launcher than Steam? Is that it?
To trigger the hate, homophobia, racism, and death threats the developers have received just doesn’t compute. It would be understandable if they decided game development wasn’t worth the stress and Ooblets becomes the first and only game they make.
ProEvoSan78 (PSN ID)
GC: It’d be perfectly understandable. The whole situation is beyond comprehension.
But where are the swans?
That Pokémon video yesterday was interesting. It was inevitable that there was going to be a badger pokémon, but I do wish they would create new creatures rather than new forms. It makes organising my boxes in the Pokémon Bank/Home a bit of a pain.
Weezing being a smokestack/Victorian gentleman/bong with a handle-bar moustache is pretty funny, though.
Since the opposing team are called ‘Yell’ I hope that the translators stick in as many Billy Idol references as possible. For example, maybe someone defects and becomes a ‘Rebel Yell’
Thank you, I’m here all week.
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RE: Bad Edit and Switch stick drift. Although some drifting issues may be the sticks not centring properly (which can be resolved in the Switch’s menu) the main issue seems to be due to stick degradation. The stick itself is made of a material that can gradually wear away when in use and the small fragments that come off can get stuck in the base of the stick’s assembly.
I am basing this on the findings of a YouTuber called SpawnWave. Here is one of his videos dismantling the left Joy-Con of the latest standard Switch model (with increased battery life). This guy loves to take consoles apart and seems to know what he is talking about. From what I gather from his other videos he used to work at GameStop refurbishing consoles.
His conclusion is that the left Joy-Con has been modified from the launch model but this appears to be to resolve the connectivity issue, not the left Joy-Con stick drift. The stick appears to still be susceptible to degradation but he could not tell if any efforts had been made to change the polymer to make it more resistive or if a different coating had been used.
When considering physical wear of the stick, some gamers are likely to encounter issues far sooner than others. It you are gentle with the controller and play fairly sedate games that do not require fast stick movements and do not require the stick to be pressed in, then you are less likely to experience stick drift.
SpawnWave has not dismantled a Switch Lite but I expect him to post a video doing so as soon as the console is released in America.
Didn’t I hear some time ago rumours about a Resident Evil where Barry Burton and a grown-up Sherry Birkin were going to be the protagonists. Did I just dream that? Whatever happened?
GC: You’re conflating Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – which stars Barry Burton, Claire Redfield, and two new protagonists – and Resident Evil 6, which has Sherry Birkin as one of the playable characters. Both are co-op but while Revelations 2 is sadly underappreciated Resident Evil 6 is justly reviled.
There’s a sad irony in the fact that the only Transformers movie that’s actually any good, and not directed by Michael Bay, made by far the less money. Although that’s probably more because people were put off by The Last Knight, which I agree was atrocious.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Cranston, who asks who’s your favourite video game villain?
No matter what game they’re from what bad guy do you love to hate the most? It can be anything from the main villain of the story to a cannon fodder grunt, but we want to know which one you have the strongest feelings about – whether it’s an enemy that makes an impression through the storyline or purely the gameplay.
What makes a memorable video game enemy and do they need a complex backstory or is it enough for them to just be a dangerous in-game foe?
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