The Monday letters page goes back to the old days of video game magazines, as one reader asks for more Rayman Legends.
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OK, so I’ve been playing Resident Evil 4 remake all weekend and I have to report that it has exceeded my expectations! As a big fan of the series, and number four in particular, this was everything I was hoping for. I already knew what the control system was like from the demo, so there was no problem with me getting used to that, and I just eased into it.
I love the graphics, I love the tone – more serious but not too serious – and I love that the momentum and pacing of the original is something that they’ve nailed perfectly. For some reason I didn’t remember that section with the ravine and the rope bridge at first but coming so soon after the village it was just amazing, really one of the best bits of gaming I have had in forever.
I’ll try not to spoil anything, but I haven’t been disappointed by anything yet. I really like the new merchant and his pirate themed shooting galleries are great. I love that the game is a little more open world than before but not enough to break the connection from the original. I agree with GC that the puzzles are a bit dumb but that’s the closest I’ve got to a criticism.
Capcom have knocked it out of the park with this one and we still have all the DLC to come!
Played a lot of Resident Evil 4 remake over the weekend and can report it is phenomenal! I love how it looks and controls like a modern game but you can just tell it’s much older than that underneath. That old school arcade feel, where it’s just you against the game and no stupid story or cut scenes to constantly get in the way (well, the story is stupid, in a good way, but that’s not what I mean).
There’s no shoe-horned in role-playing elements, only the smallest amount of crafting, and no wandering around for hours following a waypoint across a boring open world map. Just a fantastic game all round and I really wish they made games like this nowadays, without having to remake something from nearly 20 years ago.
Humans are just awful
I couldn’t help but laugh at the news that Counter Strike 2 has already got cheats ruining it, and it’s still only in a closed beta! People are just awful. How can you like a game enough to want to get into it on the absolute ground floor and then immediately try and ruin it?
Cheating is a problem I just do not ever see going away from games and I’m just glad it’s not as prevalent on consoles as on PC. It’s one of the main reasons I don’t play multiplayer much though. That and how angry and rude people can be just puts me off.
I wish companies put more effort into multiplayer like experiences but where they’re still single-player. I know the computer isn’t going to cheat and I would like to test myself in a multiplayer like game. But the bots are always terrible and it’s never anywhere near the same.
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I don’t recall PlayStation 4 showing play time data and only noticed yesterday that PlayStation 5 does. A bit taken aback but not too surprised to see Rayman Legends on PlayStation 4 was at 2,077 hours. I’ve been playing the online challenges since the game released in 2014.
I also played them on PlayStation 3 at the same time but stopped playing altogether on PlayStation two years ago, when I got an Xbox Series X and could pack the PlayStation 3 away as the Xbox 360 challenges, which are identical to PlayStation 3, could be accessed on that console via its excellent backwards compatibility. S, the actual play time will be a few hundred more hours.
Shame another 2D mainline Rayman game doesn’t seem likely, as Legends is a bona fide classic for me.
GC: It’s not very likely but the upcoming Disney Illusion Island looks like it’s channelling a similar vibe.
Honk if you want more
Here, here to Colin’s Reader’s Feature on Untitled Goose Game. My daughter, then aged 10, and I had a great time playing this together. The music being great heightening the experience when things would go awry!
We really need more games like these, a sequel would be warmly welcomed. Wholesome, funny, creative games that don’t rely on massive budgets or relying on established characters are few and far between. We’ve left the game alone long enough now to have forgotten the details so thanks for this reminder to dive back in soon!
Crime of the century
I would like to contact you about a story involving Pokémon Scarlet and Violet that isn’t covered yet. On Wikipedia, it is stated that Pawmo has gotten negative receptions, which makes it surprising there’s no official response to the criticism from Nintendo or the Pokémon Company.
This is in fact the first electric rodent to evolve since Pikachu, however the impressions since the launch release are clearly not good. Especially considering that people on multiple social medias have pointed out that there’s no visual differences between one another, some have even explicitly stated that nothing would change if Pawmo is removed completely due to being seen as redundant.
Therefore, the evolutions of Pawmi are often considered to be the most laziest and uninspired one. Here’s their artworks from the Pokémon Center website and look carefully. While the double type Electric/Fighting is interesting on its own, combined with the introduction of a unique move (Revival Blessing, which revives fainted allies at half HP) the designs of Pawmo and Pawmot must be definitely distinct, so they could stand out more.
Hopefully the criticisms will be shared, it need to be acknowledged and taken seriously. Thank you and have a good weekend!
GC: How seriously, exactly?
Really great selection of Reader’s Features this weekend, well done to everyone that put in the effort to contribute. I swear I’ll get round to another one soon!
I particularly liked the Red Dead Redemption 3 one, which is such a good idea I’m now going to be disappointed when Rockstar don’t do it (assuming I live that long/the world is still turning by then). The Untitled Goose Game one was cute, the Bloodborne one is a tragedy, and I can’t argue with the Activision Blizzard one. Well done everyone!
GC: It was a good batch. And yes, we really liked the Red Dead Redemption 3 idea too.
Back in the PlayStation 1 and 2 era I regularly purchased pretty much any PlayStation magazine going. But as time went on and internet took over I gradually stopped altogether.
However, in celebration of the remake of one of the greatest video games of all time I decided to buy the latest issues of PLAY and Retro Gamer, which had both got Resident Evil 4 on the cover. The first magazines I have brought in years. I have to say it was a nice bit of nostalgia and made a change instead of reading online.
I enjoyed both issues. PLAY with a feature on the remake. Retro Gamer covering the original release and it also came with a booklet examining the history of all the previous games which I found pretty cool. PLAY also covered some new games which I wasn’t aware of. Eternal Threads (which I have now found out is already on PC) sounds intriguing. One I will definitely be keeping an eye on!
So will I continue getting them on a regular basis now? Not sure, maybe now and again. But I did enjoy taking a trip down memory lane.
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I never understood why some people were so keen on Kyle Katarn. He was in some good games but does he even count as a character? What are his character traits? What is his personality? He’s just a skin.
The Joe Biden Resident Evil 4 skit is just beautiful. Kudos to whoever did it. Reminds me of the work of eli_handle_b․wav. Terrible name but his Detroit: Become Human/Naked Gun crossover is amazing.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Tesla, who asks what video game franchise have you played the most entries in?
Many video game franchises have been going for 30 or 40 years at this point, with dozens of sequels and spin-offs, but which one have you played the most entries from? Is it because you’re a fan of the series and you purposefully sought them all out or was it more of an accident?
What put you off the entries you haven’t played and how much of a completionist do you tend to be about series you like? Do you like to keep the games and do you own any merchandise for them?
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