Games Inbox: How much do you think the PlayStation 5 will be?

The Monday Inbox names Doom 2016 as the best single-player FPS of the generation, as one reader warns about Driveclub’s imminent delisting.

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Cheap upgrade

So the next generation is coming up and next year we’re bound to be hearing non-stop news on it all, but I’ve not heard much on what for me is the most important question: how much is it going to cost? The PlayStation 4 was £350 at launch but do we think it’s going to be more or less?

I’m hoping for less, not just for the obvious reasons but because if the hardware is only a small step forwards graphics-wise I don’t see how they can justify more even if you take into account inflation and err… how shall I put it, our imminently more expensive import situation.

I’m also hopeful that it’ll be cheaper based on the fact that I imagine Sony will be keen to sell the PS5 Pro sooner rather than later, perhaps even from launch, and won’t want that to get stupidly expensive – and will want the basic model to look good value.

All this goes for Microsoft as well, of course, but with Google biting at their heels I’m hoping that this could be one of the cheapest starts to a generation we’ve ever seen.


Proper console games

I think I’m coming around to the art style in Streets Of Rage 4. It seems pretty obvious to me that the publisher is trying to make it their signature style, which obviously has nothing to do with Sega, but it’s not really that different from the smoothing option you get on some arcade ports, where it does end up looking quite cartoony.

More importantly, I think, the guy’s attitude seems right and apparently the game plays well. Plus it looks like Golden Axe 4 is going to be the next one, assuming that Streets Of Rage 4 isn’t some huge flop or something.

After that too, we’ve got the Panzer Dragoon remake, which I think people are probably less desperate for but I’m really happy to see. Dare we hope that Sega are actually back for good now, making proper console games? I’ve got a feeling it’ll only take them one or two flops to give up again, and they’re not doing any of the work anyway, but it’s the best I’ve felt about their line-up in years. Especially with the Mega Drive Mini on the way.


Hella good

Looking back, just over three years ago before Doom 2016 was released, I had mostly given up on playing single-player in first person shooter games. All the big names, from Call Of Duty to Battlefield, and even Halo (after Bungie left), were slowly but certainly paying less attention to single-player in favour of making their multiplayer modes the next best thing.

The release of Doom 2016 was a breath of fresh air I think the industry had needed for a long time. To some the story might seem mediocre at best but the actual gameplay is exactly how Doom should be, fast-paced and gut tearing your way to victory! Looking at the gameplay footage for Doom Eternal it looks like we are all once again in the front seats for a bloody rollercoaster ride right through Hell!
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Like buses

Happy days! I’ve just received an email confirmation today telling me have just dispatched my Wreckfest game, so hopefully I may have it delivered by tomorrow. At least we all know now that this particular game hasn’t been put back again anymore with delays and that the shops will have them in stock now ready for the official release date of 27/08/2019.

I’m just a bit surprised, however, that I only pre-ordered the standard edition and not the deluxe version, where you apparently get 24-hour early access on the 26th? (I’m not complaining, like.)

Also, It just seems strange to me that there’s been no actual official reviews yet of the console versions being released, GC, or really any actual real footage running on a PlayStation 4/Xbox One on any of the websites including YouTube etc?!

GC: It’s an extremely busy week for reviews, as you’ll see this afternoon. We’re sure other sites, like us, have been forced to deprioritise Wreckfest, especially coming straight after Gamescom.


£10 limit

I have been playing Starlink: Battle For Atlas for a week now on my Switch, after picking it up from Argos for £10.99. For all the bad press it got I am really enjoying it and it is a breath of fresh air and a great way to sit back and relax.

The toys that came with it are high quality and have got an extra set of weapons as a present and it is fun swapping them over, depending on who I am battling, but I can understand the amount of extra cost that goes into playing the game if you wanted extra ships extra. Overall though if it can still be had for around a tenner go buy it.
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Omni Consumer Products

I love how these companies try to excuse recording people as saying things were ‘just a mistake’ and that you probably weren’t saying something important at the time. You’re right, I PROBABLY wasn’t but I might have been. And even if I never, ever did I still don’t want the world’s largest corporation listening in to anything I do!

It makes me think of the comment GC made in his Cyberpunk 2077 interview, about how all the bad dystopian sci-fi is becoming true – with no look in at all for the utopian stuff like Star Trek. Our society is literally becoming a parody of itself, which is all the more sad when you consider we were specifically warned against it.

Just lick a YouTuber caught with their fingers in the cookie jar Microsoft has apologised and promised not to do it again. Which no doubt means there’ll just go and find a better way to hide or hit upon something even worse. This is one reason why I dread Goggle entering the games industry.


The plan worked

I played the Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Gunfight alpha this weekend and after initially being killed quickly I started to get a hang of it. I loved it and thought the weapon characteristics were really good, as were the damage dealt.

It was different or an evolution of Call Of Duty. As a result of playing this I have pre-ordered.


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Year of nostalgia

RE: Last weekend’s Hot Topic. Easy one for me, being that Shenmue is one of my favourite games of all time. Although I do have some trepidation it’s going to be absolutely woeful and judging by the footage so far that could be true, but I’m still really looking forward to it, perhaps just as a form of closure.

It’s a dream few months coming up for me though. Final Fantasy VII is another of my all-time faves, it and Shenmue are one and two on my list, so I’m genuinely excited that’s coming soon. I adored MediEvil the first time round, so it’ll be a real blast playing through that again and the gameplay released so far looks great.

And finally, there’s Borderlands 3 next month, the first game I’ve pre-ordered in years. Without a doubt it’s the game I’ve put most time into this gen and last, I’ve had all six characters (on Borderlands 2) maxed on three consoles now, so to say I’m looking forward to 3 is an understatement.

It might not have been a great gaming year for everyone, but I think I’ll look back on it in a decade or so as one of the best of my life. Spyro Reignited, MediEvil remake, Borderlands 3, Shenmue III, Crash Team Racing, Final Fantasy VII REmake coming soon, Resident Evil 2 remake, Shenmue remastered at last. All games in my all-time top 10, and I’ve been playing games since the C16+, so to have so many of my favourites all come in some form within 12 months is a dream come true.

If a Skies Of Arcadia or Jet Set Radio game had come out this year it’d have been total nirvana for me. As it is I’ve had more joy this year replaying games I love either as they were but a lot prettier or completely remade, than I have for many a year. I won’t know what to do next year when I’ve played them all, as absolutely nothing big coming out interests me.

Cyberpunk 2077 looks decent enough but not really my thing, and that weird urinating baby game looks absolutely awful so I’m hoping for some surprises in 2019. If not, I’ll clear up my backlog and wait 15 years for Shenmue IV I guess.
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Inbox also-rans

Just as a reminder to everyone but Driveclub will be removed the PlayStation Store on Saturday, 31 August so after that there’ll be no chance to buy it ever again, unless you find a box copy somewhere.

100 million people have subscribed to PewDiePie? Stop the world, I want to get off. I’m just glad he’s barely associated with video games now, as it’s embarrassing to know that’s where he started.


This week’s Hot Topic

The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Tomen, who asks what is your favourite story campaign?

Despite all the talk of single-player going out of fashion they continue to be made and often play a role even in multiplayer-focused games, but which one do you think is the best? You can nominate any campaign from any year or format, whether it’s single-player only or if the campaign is just one part of a larger game.

When games have a mix of multiplayer and single-player which do you primarily buy it for and do you ever ignore one or the other?

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