Games Inbox: Who Will Be Smash Bros.’s Last DLC Fighter? Ultimate?
The Tuesday inbox suggests that Housemarque make the next Metroid game, as one reader believes EA missed their chance to beat Call Of Duty.
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The Byleth effect
I enjoyed the reader feature this weekend explaining why it is stupid to try to predict Nintendo, so I will… try to predict Nintendo! I mean, how can you not with the latest upcoming DLC piece for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? It could almost literally be anything at this point, from an impossible megaton like Master Chief to a wet fart like another “guy with a sword.” No one has a clue what it is and I love it.
Assuming Nintendo even considers the last place to be important (it seems obvious to us this is, but it’s the first mistake you make with Nintendo), I think there are three main categories of what it could be: a major third-party character like Master Chef, Lara Croft, or Crash Bandicoot; a boring Nintendo character who just hasn’t been in it yet; or something out of left field.
Sod’s Law is that it’ll be the boring choice, like Diskun or Chibi-Robo or something like that, but let’s be positive and imagine it’s one of the other two. For me, Master Chief is the only one that would be really a shock and I don’t see anyone else besides Ratchet & Clank or something that would be on the same level.
If I had to guess, I would say it’s gonna be something super weird, like a walking NES or Masahiro Sakurai. Or it’ll be a brand new character that we’ve never seen before, that will appear in a future Nintendo game – because they won’t be able to add anything new afterwards. The latter would be my absolute best guess. Now let’s all sit down and watch him become another Fire Emblem character!
So in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate right now, you can have one between Ryu (or Ken) from Street Fighter, Terry Bogard from Final Fight, Kazuya from Tekken, and… pretty much any character from Nintendo. This is literally the kind of thing I dreamed of reading ACE during lunch hour at school and arguing with my classmates about which fighting game was the best!
Hats off to Nintendo for putting this all together, both their designers and their lawyers – because I’m sure it wasn’t easy for them either. As to who the final character is… I’m happy to be surprised at this point. I wish it was Master Chief or someone so unlikely, but I also liked the idea of it being Shigeru Miyamoto or Masahiro Sakurai. These guys deserve it.
I played Returnal a lot this weekend and love it. One of the things that struck me, considering the recent announcements, is how the game looks like Metroid Prime. It’s not really a Metroidvania as such, given that there isn’t much going back and new items usually don’t give drastically different abilities, but it would take a little tweaking. to change that.
Which is another way of saying that while Metroid Dread is the last in this chapter of the series, Returnal’s exploration and third-person combat is a great role model for how to go in the future. It’s a bit more action than regular Metroid, but not by much and the level design and atmosphere is great.
If I were Nintendo, I would sign up Housemarque right away and get them to work right away. Sony doesn’t seem to want to buy them and if they don’t, it’s only a matter of time before Microsoft does it instead. So why not slip in first?
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Blood, sweetness and toil
If that was 10 years ago I would say, yes, Battlefield 2042 will likely beat Call Of Duty this year and that would put it on a solid footing to defend its position with future sequels. But EA left it too late. The gaming world has changed a lot over the past 10 years and thanks to Warzone, Call Of Duty is in a fundamentally unbeatable position.
EA’s only chance is to create a Warzone equivalent, which I’m sure they do, and then try to dig in and try to get a similar audience size. But it’s not just a big task, it’s a task that will take years of effort.
So yes, Battlefield 2042 might even surpass Call Of Duty this year, but it’s just one battle in a war that shows no signs of ending.
Forced to cheat
I just finished Alex Kidd In Miracle World DX using the Infinite Lives option, after dying about 80 times. How the hell did I complete this game as a 12 year old boy using no cheats (not sure if there were any for the original Master System game)! The one hit and die system, as well as the nervous controls, are just brutal, but the instruction booklet was a pleasant little surprise.
PS: I was lucky enough to receive an Xbox Series X for my 40th last week. Forza Horizon 4 looks awesome.
The least worst
I know they are mostly evil, but I think EA is the least worst of Activision, them and Ubisoft. EA will cost you almost everything, but it’s kind of your fault you fall for the trap because unlike Activision and Ubisoft, they’re generally straightforward and don’t try to squeeze into post-launch microtransactions and stuff. like that.
They also have games that I really love and gave some games more luck than I expected, even though they never do. Activision seems to have given up on Crash Bandicoot already, but here we are with credible rumors that EA will be bringing back Dead Space, just like they did SSX, Mirror’s Edge, and, to come, Skate.
And that’s even if in each of those cases, the reboots didn’t sell either. I’m going to predict that there will be a new Dead Space and that it will get good reviews and… not sell that much. But I imagine it will probably be a pretty big budget and EA will give it a good marketing boost. The fans will be happy and then upset when there isn’t another, but an effort has been made and I, for one, appreciate it.
I really don’t see the point of a Mass Effect TV series or movie. Mass Effect is a game. If it’s not interactive, I’m just sitting there watching something that might as well be Star Wars or The Expanse or whatever. I really don’t understand why so many companies think the only way to legitimize themselves is to turn their games into real action.
Even Naughty Dog does it and I just don’t get it. Would these people just be happier making films? Why even make a game if they secretly would be better if it wasn’t interactive and didn’t have gameplay?
Are you feeling lucky, punk?
I’m looking for helpful comments from other readers on the current state of Cyberpunk 2077. I was extremely disappointed with the reviews when it first posted, as it’s one of my favorite game genres, but the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions sounded irreparably broken, and I really wanted to wait and see the game once it got in shape to be enjoyable. Last week I was lucky enough to pick up an Xbox Series X from Amazon so I was wondering if anyone who has played this version can let me know if this alleviates the issues of the last gen versions?
Is it a game worth playing, regardless of the technical issues? I know I’ll get rational feedback from here, not gut reactions, as to whether the game is now solid enough to play the way CD Projekt intended. I saw that the game currently costs £ 25 on Jacamo and then suddenly realized that with smart delivery I would be upgraded to the specific version planned for the Xbox Series X which will hopefully be released. later in the year.
Then I would have the dilemma of whether to even play it until the Xbox Series X version is released! Strange how I could buy a game cheaply today, only to play six months later as a (hopefully) totally revised and improved version. Times have certainly changed since the days when I loaded my games using a cassette deck!
Now Playing: Ori And The Will Of The Wisps and DiRT 5
CG: We didn’t play it all the way on Xbox Series X, but performance-wise it should be fine. It is only on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 basis that it is still not (and probably never will be) recommended. While taking advantage of the £ 25 offer seems wise, we advise you to wait for the dedicated next-gen version before actually playing it – especially since you’ve already waited that long anyway.
Inbox also works
The Ghost Of Tsushima player feature contains historical inaccuracies. Samurai existed during the Mongol invasion of Tsushima. A few searches on Google can easily confirm this, there are many articles on this topic.
CG: He said the bushido the code did not exist, which is correct; it did not begin to formalize until the 16th century. Ghost Of Tsushima takes place in 1274.
Have Cyberpunk 2077’s bug fixes reached a “satisfactory level” according to CD Projekt? The only satisfying level of bugs is zero, I hope companies understand that.
This week’s hot topic
Wednesday will be exactly the middle of the year, so for this weekend’s inbox, we want to know what you think is the best game of 2021 yet.
The game has to be a new game released this year, so not just what you played the year before (if that helps you can find our list of our top 10 favorites here). How many 2021 games have you purchased in total this year and how well do you think publishers have dealt with the issues caused by the pandemic?
Whether new or not, have you bought more or less games in general this year and have you already planned for the second half of 2021?
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