Games Inbox: Xbox Series S value for money, Super Mario Galaxy 2 remaster, and Star Citizen open world
The Wednesday Inbox is cautiously optimistic about Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity, as one reader decides to wait until Marvel’s Avengers is on cheap.
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The Microsoft advantage
Wow, that Xbox Series S at £249 is really setting the cat amongst the Sony pigeons!
That’s main stocking filled for Xmas, but it could also reduce sales of their premier machine too. But, coupled with Game Pass and xCloud, they could be onto a winner. Not like they don’t need it, after the debacle of this generation, but this is throwing money at it and I’d love to know if they are making a loss or profit on it.
It would also be interesting to hear whether that changes people’s opinion of Microsoft for the next gen, purely from that perspective, as they’ve taken a lot of flak for Halo Infinite and their lack of exclusive content in the software department. They’ve played a long game for a long time now, will this be the machine that finally propels them to the top of the generational pile?
Anyway, at least Microsoft have started to set a price level for the future machines…
GC: It seems impossible that they wouldn’t be making a loss on both the hardware and Game Pass. But then Microsoft’s ability to afford such things is one of the great advantages it has over Sony.
Consider me sold on the Xbox Series S, I did not expect that price, that performance, and those specs.
I’m not interested in 4K and being a parent with a special needs child, I don’t have enough gaming time to warrant spending £400-500 on a new console.
The Series S with Game Pass almost seems like it’s been designed and priced specifically for me and I shall hopefully be purchasing one at launch!
Unblur the lines
Xbox Series S makes more sense than cross gen. Why does it feel like Microsoft have messed up another launch? The Xbox Series S official reveal (finally!) actually looks like it could win them a lot of sales… an entry level console for the next gen at a great price. Cheaper than the Switch launch price over three years ago! I was pretty much certain not to jump into the next gen for at least a couple years, but the price of the Series S is really tempting.
Instead of fully embracing the next gen, they decided to blur the lines, by trying to appear consumer friendly and basically saying there’s no need to upgrade. All we ended up with was THAT Halo Infinite reveal, with many complaining it not looking next gen enough.
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Breath Of The Wildly Mashing Buttons
I’m very excited for Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity. I know the Warriors games are very one note gameplay and I have absolutely no interest in the other games.
But adding the trappings of Zelda, with the huge roster of characters, the lovely remixes and the nods to the history of the franchise, made for a delightful mix in Hyrule Warriors.
I can’t say I’ve completed the game, but I’ve absolutely had my money’s worth from it. There’s a huge wealth of content (although often it is very samey) and sometimes it’s nice to button mash your way through waves of cannon fodder and switch your brain off.
It makes perfect sense to use the Warriors gameplay for the Calamity, since Zelda as a series doesn’t really lend itself to open warfare. It’ll be interesting to see all those ruins and battlefields from Breath Of The Wild in their living state as they get ruined by you hammering the X button five times for an unnecessarily showy combo.
Also, there’s Nintendo just announcing stuff out of the blue again. I expect this would all have been E3 announcements and they’re finding out now how well it goes if announcements are more spread out. The surprise probably helps generate more hype but must be a real pain for anyone covering Nintendo news.
Eyes wide open
Would I have liked to see more from Super Mario 3D All-Stars? Maybe. but I have pre-ordered and reading your report on the Amazon pre-orders I’m far from alone.
I love Nintendo, as they truly create some digital magic, but I’m also under no illusions that they are not a business who are out to make money, why wouldn’t they be?
The fact that 3D All-Stars already looks like it is going to be one of the best-selling games of this year suggests that they made the right decisions with the package from a business perspective.
From a gaming perspective I’m looking forward to playing Sunshine again without having to plug my GameCube or Wii into the telly and I’ll be interested to see how well the game is received by people who have never played it before. I know it’s underappreciated, but I like it and it’s no Zelda 2: Adventure Of Link, which is rubbish.
Having sold my Nintendo Switch a while ago, and only keeping my PS4 Pro, you would not believe the dread I felt when the thought of a remaster of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy was on the horizon.
To then be completely relieved when I saw what Nintendo was actually releasing. Talk about money for old rope.
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Part of the problem
So, I’ve pre-ordered Super Mario 3D All-Stars. Thing is, I’m not that bothered about the game itself. It’s purely down to my fear of missing out on a physical copy of the game. I’m sure Nintendo will keep printing copies until next March, but they’re Nintendo and it also wouldn’t surprise me if they came out and said, ‘We only planned to print x amount, and we’ve done that, so that’s all there’s going to be.’
So, my pre-order has kind of been forced upon me by Nintendo, and I don’t really like it. They are becoming more and more like Disney with regard to how they treat their legacy; the comparisons to the infamous Disney Vault aren’t far off. If it was Sony or Sega acting in this way, I feel there would be more uproar. I’m against this practice but then I’ve gone and pre-ordered it, so I’m part of the problem I suppose.
I’m still annoyed that Super Mario Galaxy 2 was completely ignored in that Direct, and in the collection. Also, it’s nearly the anniversary of the Switch Online Service, so is it silly to expect another Virtual Console to be added to the Switch? I’d take Game Boy and Game Boy Advance at this stage.
As an avid open world gamer, who shares the love for casual gameplay where you can just sit, relax, and explore the best game is by far Star Citizen. I was surprised it wasn’t mentioned in the weekend Hot Topic.
Compared to No Man’s Sky it has much more depth and scale. There is literally nothing cooler than being able to walk around your own ship while exploring a whole new galaxy.
GC: We never thought there’d be a game that No Man’s Sky could point its finger at and say at least it’s finished, but here we are.
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It is what it is
Somewhat disappointing Super Mario 3D All-Stars reveal. That is also really put to shame by the recent release of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, full fat enhanced remakes that are considerably cheaper and I’d argue just as classic games. As far as I can tell Super Mario 64 doesn’t even look a remaster but a high-res emulation.
I agree that putting it out in its classic form is fine, to a point, but when Microsoft put out Halo Anniversary years ago you could flip between old and new graphics on the fly. Given the vast profits Nintendo are making with Switch… come on guys, get your fingers out. That they keep doing the minimum possible on their first party titles is baffling. Well, it isn’t baffling at all, since we all continue to fork out for these minimum efforts anyway why would they do any different?
For a bit of speculation the limited nature of the ports and the fact they’re only on sale until March suggests that Nintendo have a more general N64 portal coming next year for online subscribers, and are putting this version of Super Mario 64 into that. If you’re putting out a N64 app similar to the NES and SNES ones it would need to have Super Mario 64 in it. That would explain why it isn’t a remaster too.
Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy are a bit more interesting, since we’ve already got Zelda: The Wind Waker/Twilight Princess HD on Wii U (and the endless rumours about Metroid Prime and others). Waiting to see if the work done on Mario is at the same level as those Zelda titles. If so, can see them being released separately on the eShop a bit cheaper, along with other Nintendo published GameCube/Wii to Switch ports.
Anyway, without Super Mario Galaxy 2 getting the collection at all seems somewhat pointless, especially for an absurd RRP of £50. Just a simple question (and I really know the answer – but maybe I missed it) but it’s not like they’ve added to it but are just lumping both games under the Mario Galaxy title is it? Given this is Nintendo maybe they’d do something like that…
See what we get, I guess. But I’m pretty confident that if you decide not to get Super Mario 3D All-Stars you’ll still be able to play these games at some point, in some form, in the future. I can also imagine the fan backlash this is going to cause too, especially looking at those eBay prices.
GC: Nintendo hasn’t said anything about Super Mario Galaxy 2. As for all the other theories, it’s usually best to take Nintendo announcements like this at face value and assume the compilation is all there is and anything else is unlikely.
I completely forgot about that Ninja Gaiden in Smash Bros. rumour, it actually makes a lot of sense now given the remasters. I’d be up for it. I think the closest we’ve got to a ninja in the game at the moment is that frog pokémon, right?
GC: Sheik sort of counts.
Good review of Marvel’s Avengers, the whole thing sounds like such a mess. I may pick it up when it’s on cheap (which will probably be quite quick by the sound of it) but it seems even the story campaign isn’t really worth the effort. So how come people on the first day were saying it was good?
GC: The first five or six hours are good, then it just becomes the multiplayer mode with cut scenes. It does spark back into life for the final level though.
This week’s Hot Topic
The topic for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Garrison, who asks what is your favourite combat system in a video game?
It can be from any kind of game you like, from a first person shooter to a fighting game or role-player but which one do you think had the best battles and what made them so good? Was it how the weapons felt to use, if it was an action game, or the depth of option in terms of moves and abilities?
How much did the graphics and sound play a part and what about storytelling? Was it a game where all the different elements were good or just the combat, and how much did that affect the overall experience?
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