The evening Inbox prepares the GameCentral community for Mario Kart 8’s new DLC, as one reader has a request for Star Wars: Battlefront.
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The taking part that counts
Like iLike Fat Ladys, I am shockingly poor at fighting games but derive some strange enjoyment to an extent and keep on buying them, presumably under the impression I’ll get good just by the law of averages. If I see a good Street Fighter deal in particular, I’m sold.
I’ve got Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter Anniversary Collection, Street Fighter II (Game Boy Advance) and Street Fighter IV (on 360, 3DS, AND iOS!). I tried Street Fighter IV on Xbox Live a few years ago. I don’t know if I was so terrible or the other person was a pro but I lost in seconds. Literally seconds.
Strangely I played the iOS version (offline) when I got an iPad a while back and had a storming game! Whatever it was (probably had it set to easy), it didn’t last – I had another go of my 3DS copy just a few days ago and was back to my worst.
FoximusPrime81 (gamertag/NN ID/Twitter)
GC: You might want to keep an eye out for Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- if and when it’s released in Europe (or download it from the US PS Store). Although it’s a hardcore game the tutorial is probably the best for any fighter, and most of the principles follow for the whole genre.
I agree with Gonzo that Call Of Duty would probably be a better match for a Star Wars shooter than Battlefield. Although I think EA overall are a better publisher for the licence than Activision. Battlefield 4 has some modes that do a reasonable impression of Call Of Duty though, so I think it will still work out well. But Gonzo is right in saying that the vehicle selection is very one-sided. The Rebels basically didn’t have any ground vehicles at all, except those they stole from the Empire, which makes it very difficul to create a balanced game that is also authentic to the movies.
As a Star Wars nerd I’d love to see them incorporate some ideas from the expanded universe, but I don’t think most of that counts anymore. I can’t help thinking of the little mini-rig toys they used to have back in the day though. If DICE put a MLC-3 Mobile Laser Cannon in the game then I’d be instantly sold. Heck, I’d even buy it as DLC. I’ve just found out it was actually in the comics, so licensees must be able to use it.
Apparently a Funland arcade centre is under construction at the Cornerhouse in Nottingham and the Star Wars: Battle Pod, amongst others, has been ordered.
It’s scheduled to be completed for summer and means Nottingham will finally start to cater for us eager, yet mistreated, arcade goers.
Igiveup79 (PSN ID)
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Dead Island is a special case
The Star Wars Battlefront trailer was a great watch. I know better than to buy into trailers, having been disappointed so many times with a sub-par game (Dead Island is the one that hurt me the most).
I am surprised at just how many people are commenting on how good it looks and getting excited about this. Granted, it looks excellent, but it clearly states that the footage is ‘in-engine’ and not gameplay footage, so I don’t expect the final game to look anything as good as this trailer. Would be a pleasant surprise if it did!
Joe Apps at Dimp Digital
GC: Unless they’re straight up lying, in-game graphics should mean it’s exactly the same assets as the actual game. It certainly doesn’t look that far off Battlefield 4 at its best. It’s not gameplay footage, but essentially a Machinima video.
I have been given a copy of Driveclub to play and I am sorry to say that my first few hours have not filled me with confidence.
The car models look great, the lighting is superb and the environment, when in the cockpit, is filled with detail but I find the racing quite dull. I noticed that in the flyover of each course before the race that there are very few shadows, which causes the trees to look unnaturally bright and unrealistic.
The handling model has little nuance in comparison with Forza Motorsport 4 on the Xbox 360. That game had such amazing rumble sensitivity that I could tell when my car was about to lose grip and I could adjust my driving to narrowly escape an incident.
It seems to sit in the middle ground between Forza and Need for Speed, both of which I find much more satisfying.
I will give it a bit more time.
Try, try again
In reply to middlemiester’s comments below about which game you most regret never completing, for me there are a couple of stand out games I have never completed. Zelda: Majora’s Mask on the N64, even though I love Zelda games and have completed nearly all of the previous games I did get kind of bored to be honest but have recently purchased it for my 3DS so I might/should go back to it.
Also The Last Of Us, I purchased the collector’s edition for the PlayStation 3 and started playing, then I heard that a remastered version for the PlayStation 4 was coming out so I stopped playing after about an hour into the game and waited for that to be released.
Then when I purchased it for the PlayStation 4 I played it and got to more or less the same point I was already at with the PlayStation 3 version before getting bored and stopping playing. I should go back to it really but I have such a backlog at the moment that I don’t know when I will get the chance.
Great topic for a discussion by the way, thanks guys.
RE: Middlemiester. I can tell you a game I have no regrets about not finishing: L.A. Noire. Boy did that game get dull fast. I think I made it to disc 2 before completely giving up.
One I regret not finishing was Destruction Derby 2. I was never good enough to get into the top league or whatever it was called and then my PlayStation 1 died. I have recently been trying to get it to go back and finish it.
PS: Thanks for the console info GC.
With the second paid DLC pack for Mario Kart 8 due to arrive this Thursday, I thought I’d take the time to plug our Facebook group, dedicated to all things Nintendo, Mario Kart 8 being a popular discussion topic. The group started as a place to organise regular Mario Kart 8 tournaments, but it’s become much larger than that over the last half a year or so!
We have hourly tournaments every night from 8pm to 9pm, followed by an ‘after hours’ tournament from 9pm – 10pm, the latter of which will be dedicated to the new 200cc speed once Thursday arrives. On Sundays we have a two hour tournament from 9pm – 11pm. If you’re not feeling shy, we have regular threads dedicated to banter and trash talk during tournaments as well.
With 190 members discussing Nintendo broadly the community is very lively, and we’d love to see some new racers line up on the grid. All the entry codes for the tournaments can be found in a pinned post at the top of the Facebook group. Feel free to add me as a friend on Nintendo Network too, my ID is below.
I look forward to seeing you on the track!
super_slackster (NN ID)/jonobabes13 (Steam ID)
PS: I advise prospective newcomers to Mario Kart to ignore the Inbox letter by The Runaway Train on the 10th April telling you he should not be hit with shells. He should ALWAYS be hit with shells. ALWAYS aim for him. Amusing comments on the Facebook group are sure to follow!
I’m almost certain I’ll be too late, but Arsenal was the famous London football club founded in 1886. Would be great to win a copy of the copy, but win or lose; GC has the best online community I’ve found.
GalacticNorth (gamertag/PSN ID/NN ID)
GC: We’re afraid you were too late, but yes: they are good.
Arsenal were founded in 1886. If I’m the first correct answer however, please pass the copy of the game onto the second correct answer as I don’t have a PlayStation 4, just felt compelled to answer as I’m a Gooner!
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Cranston, who asks what’s your favourite weapon or attack in a video game?
You can name anything from a particular gun or melee weapon to a unique fighting move, special attack, power-up, or computer-controlled helper character. Vehicles are fine too, as long as it’s used to cause damage in-game then it’s still valid.
What is it about your choice that’s so much fun to use? Is it simply the amount of damage it causes, the unusual nature of how it works, the difficulty of pulling off its attacks, or simply the noise it makes when it works?
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