Love letters, death threats, and some stuff about games… your comments on the mag and on Xbox
As autumn draws in, it’s time to huddle around your TV for the annual harvest-time glut… yep, it’s prime season for gaming. So take advantage of the doubtless dismal weather outside and settle into your sofa. Forza Horizon 2, Alien: Isolation, new FIFA and a vastly extended Xbox One version of Minecraft? We’re so spoilt for choice right now that we can’t even feel the chill…
After reading FIFA 15 previews, I got quite excited about the prospect of the demo, even on Xbox 360. But, having watched YouTubers play the nextgen version, I was disappointed with the current-gen offering. Even small cosmetic things, like the goal moving off the ground when the ball is hit into the roof of the net, have been omitted. Surely it’s not because the Xbox 360 lacks the graphical power (as has been proven with games like GTA and Skyrim)? All this would be fine, but then EA decides to completely leave out the one thing that kept me playing the game: Pro Clubs. Considering it’s been included since FIFA 09, and not many large improvements have been made since then, it can’t be anything to do with the ‘limitations of the console’ or whatever tosh EA came out with. It was only then I realised that EA has just put out another half-job on current-gen as a marketing ploy for next-gen. I will still buy it, but only because I don’t have the money or the motivation to make the transfer.
Put it this way, if you were EA, where would you be ploughing your efforts? But if all else fails, just pride yourself on resisting the marketing man’s best attempts. Although you are still playing…
I’ve been a gamer for about 20 years now but recently I’ve come up against a problem. I find it very difficult to use the right analogue stick on my Xbox One controller due to not being able to use my right thumb. I know there’s the usual summer drought of games, but I honestly can’t think of many games that are playable by people in my situation. Obviously without the right stick most shooters are out. What happened to the simple controls for games? I’m all for games improving, but it seems like every game now requires the full complement of buttons and sticks. I have my fingers crossed that FPS games take a back seat this generation and RPGs and racers take the centre stage again. I’m just waiting for Dragon Age: Inquisition to start things off.
We’re sorry to hear this, Craig. Thankfully, Xbox One’s lineup of racing and roleplaying games looks strong. Forza Horizon 2 has just hit consoles, and Project CARS is also in the pipeline. On the RPG front, there’s not just Inquisition to look forward
to, but also The Witcher3 , The Elder Scrolls Online and the newly announced Final Fantasy XV. Grab your sword and rev that engine. (And nurse that thumb.)
As a gamer, I’m worried about games moving to next-gen consoles. For example, I love Metal Gear Solid with all my heart, and Hideo Kojima was a genius for putting his original game on to (then) next-gen consoles. But with Kojima’s Silent Hills coming up, will he be able to juggle that and The Phantom Pain at the same time?
Pfft, have faith, Hal. This is Kojima, after all – he’s been making grown men soil themselves with his Silent Hills demo, PT, and had the whole internet in a flap over The Phantom Pain’s canine sidekick. He’s not going to let the small matter of a new console stand in his way.
This will be something way too familiar with people already but I feel Microsoft isn’t listening: the pricing for Games on Demand is too damn high! I went onto the marketplace to find Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, and it’s £60 on Xbox One. I can get it on Amazon for £43, or if I go for the Xbox 360 version I can get it for £26. It beggars belief that Microsoft thinks it can still charge people this. Also, I could take the physical game
//Can Kojima juggle Silent Hills and The Phantom Pain at the same time?//
to a friend’s house if I want to, so that we can play local co-op. If Microsoft wants Games on Demand to do even better, it needs to offer more competitive prices, because there really isn’t that much incentive at the moment.
The simple solution, Liam, would be to buy your games from those cheaper sources you mention. Games on Demand may charge a premium, but that’s for the convenience of having it right now. Patience, young Padawan. And yes, you can indeed carry a physical disc around with you – so why the complaints about download prices?
Just out of shot: a goalie about to land on his arse.
‘Wisps of light’ prove tricky enemies to kill. Unless you have a switch.