Games Inbox: What’s your favourite Marvel game?
The morning Inbox is suddenly much more interesting in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, as Thomas the Tank Engine invades Sekiro.
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Just saw Avengers: Endgame, which I thought was fantastic, and, being a gamer, it immediately made me want to play some related games when I got home and… oh, there aren’t any. Not a single decent (or even not bad) Iron Man, Captain America, or Thor game and no other good games featuring all the Avengers or any individuals except Spider-Man, and even that game isn’t based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I know this isn’t new news but it is crazy when you think about it. All that money left on the table and still no real end in sight. And even if they do suddenly start making them they’ve completely missed the boat on the whole Thanos arc now.
As far as I see it the only choices, other than Spider-Man, are the Lego games and Marvel Vs. Capcom. The Lego games are fine, up to a point, but obviously limited. Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite was obviously a bit of a disappointment but I do think 2 and 3 were really good. Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 would probably be my pick as the best Marvel game then, but curious to know what other people think.
GC: The Captain America game from 2011 is not too awful, in a second-rate Batman: Arkham Asylum kind of a way.
Almost Timely Comics
Curious to see how Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 will do on Switch now that the new Avengers film is the biggest thing ever. Although July may be a little late to ride the wave of the movie it’s probably close enough. I read the recent Hot Topic about licenced games with some interest but while there have been some positive movements I’m not sure we’re really in a brave new world of film tie-ins just yet.
The other important one is going to be Square Enix and their Avengers game, whatever it is. Although when it was announced that was long before Infinity Wars and Phase 3 so I wonder exactly what the line-up of characters is going to be. Maybe that’s the reason for the delay? One day that so-called Hollywood synergy will happen and it’ll be massive. I think Marvel’s Spider-Man is the closest we’ve ever got.
I’m not sure why that reader was so dismissive about the idea of boycotting a game or company because of how they treat their staff. I’m not sure I would’ve done it purely for that when it comes to Mortal Kombat 11 but all the stuff about the microtransactions has combined to completely put me off it.
I have Mortal Kombat X and can’t honestly imagine how it could’ve changed much. And from reading the reviews it doesn’t seem like it has anyway.
The single-player was a big part of the appeal for me and to find out one of the main modes is some unbalanced grind just to make you pay more is just not something I’m prepared to support. There are plenty of great games out there, and only so much free time. There’s no way I’m going to waste it on sub-par games or one that think they can play me, rather than the other way around.
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Doom and gloom
Interesting report I came across that says that 20 million PC gamers could end up ‘defecting’ to consoles over the next year. The reasons are given as the increasing power of consoles and console exclusives not being available on PC. Seems surprising to me, still, but apparently it’s mostly people with lower-powered and cheaper PC set-ups.
I’m not sure whether I believe it – consoles have always had exclusives, I wouldn’t say there were more now than at any other time, less really if you consider Xbox ones are on PC anyway – but I have noticed a lot of doom and gloom around the PC market at the moment, I think brought on a lot by the store wars between Epic and Valve.
I can see streaming have a major negative effect on PC gaming though. It’ll probably still be relatively cheap to pick up a console for the best performance over streaming. But to do better than a high-end PC is going to seem massively more expensive in comparison. I wouldn’t necessarily say that’s a bad thing though as the only thing I wouldn’t want to be affected is indie gaming and they don’t tend to need high-powered PCs anyway.
Just an idle thought but can anyone remember the last time there was a zombie game where the zombies were actually supernatural? I know vampires and werewolves sometimes are given a more scientific explanation but I don’t know why zombies are almost always just viruses.
It’s more than a pedantic note because it means they’re usually not scary either. I noted in GC’s review of Days Gone that they said that they’re not scary, and they’re not in Dead Rising, Left 4 Dead, Dying Light, or any others. Resident Evil they are but that’s an old school survival horror and the non-remakes don’t even have zombies anymore.
It just seems to be missing part of the appeal to me, just using the zombies as an excuse to kill dozens of ‘people’ at time without having to feel bad about it. Or maybe that was the appeal all the time and I just didn’t realise?
GC: Dark Souls and other fantasy games have supernatural zombies but we’re struggling to think of one with a modern setting.
It’s probably too early to say, I suppose, but do we have any idea what FromSoftware, specifically Hidetaka Miyazaki, is up to next? Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is great and all but as has been said it’s not really a SoulsBorne game and I really crave the full fat version of his genius.
Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed Sekiro but it was just close enough to the previous games to make me pine for more of that rather than embrace something totally new.
I’ve been googling around but can’t find any real information or even rumours about his next project. I thought we were getting a sci-fi game at some point, but obvious that never happened. We haven’t even had a new Armored Core (even though I’m not too interested in that). I know the guy deserves a rest and we shouldn’t want to rush him or anything, but I just love his stuff.
GC: There’s no real clue at all. After Dark Souls III he implied he’d be working on a follow-up or spin-off franchise, which doesn’t really describe Sekiro. Whether that means he changed his plans or the hints were taken the wrong way is unclear.
Not your thing
I’m absolutely loving my Switch at the moment, with games like Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Cuphead really showing what it can do.
However I haven’t had a game to really sink my teeth into since Okami. Do you recommend Dragon’s Dogma? I know you reviewed it but I’m wondering how much I’d like it. Tried Dark Souls but found it too hard for my taste and Skyrim maybe a bit too daunting. What do you recommend or any of the readers?
GC: There’s not much more we can say that wasn’t in our review. But if you don’t like the two games it’s most comparable to then the chances are you won’t like it either.
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RE: Alec Trent and him realising Sonic Adventure wasn’t much good. I remember playing it when it came out and thinking it was alright but not brilliant. I preferred the sense of being fully in control with Super Mario 64 (I wonder how well that one has aged).
But I also remember playing a few levels as Tails and thinking, ‘This is brilliant! Why didn’t they make the whole game like this?!’.
I didn’t complete the game but remember playing a few more levels as Tails and really enjoying them, I’m now wondering if I’m just viewing the Tails versions of the levels (they felt like different levels as the path through them was often quite different with each character, if I’m remembering correctly) through rose-tinted glasses.
GC: There’s only one way to find out…
Curious to know if you’ve seen Avengers: Endgame yet, GC, and what you thought of it? No spoilers, of course.
GC: We have, and we enjoyed it very much. It almost feels more like a victory lap than a proper movie but the only real complaint we have is that the final battle is filmed using some sort of Xbox 360 era brown filter over everything, which seemed unnecessarily ugly.
This video is funny it replaces the serpent boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice with Thomas the Tank Engine.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Purple Ranger, who asks what is the best PlayStation exclusive ever?
With Days Gone receiving mixed reviews but strong sales we want to know what you think is the best exclusive released on any PlayStation console, from 1 to 4 and including the portables. Anything is eligible as long as it was a PlayStation console exclusive – it doesn’t matter if Sony themselves published it or not.
Why do you like the game so much and do you feel it was important to the success of the host console? Did it make any special use of the console’s unique features and how did it compare to other exclusives of the same period? (We’ll be running similar Hot Topics on Microsoft and Nintendo games in the future.)
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