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Games Inbox: Video game comfort food, Mortal Kombat for beginners, and Mario Party 10

Dying Light – cheerful carnage

Dying Light – cheerful carnage

The evening Inbox considers the chances of a Bully sequel set in the UK, as one reader offers a free copy of The Order: 1886.

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Good for what ails you

Bought Dying Light on Saturday. I paid £35.99 off the PlayStation Network Store. I’m going through quite a tough time in my life at the moment so a new game does wonders to keep your mind off things. It was GC’s 5/10 review versus the enthusiasm of regular readers lot have said on the inbox, Underbox, and Facebook.

After a few hours of it, I though it was a bit hit and miss, but after a dozen or so hours, I’m starting to really ‘get it’. The parkour works brilliant, I’ve never once got frustrated and I always get to where I intend to go. Smashing a zombies (Zombiekicker) head in, is so so cool.

Graphics are nice. My main praise is the fictional city of Harran, I salute Techland for designing a fun, believable and pretty sandbox. I’m definitely going to sink hours into this!
Dan Perrott


Tourist information

I bought Mario Party 10 over the weekend for the kids (honest) and it’s just dawned on me that there are an unusually high number of shipwrecks in the Mushroom Kingdom. One might argue that they’re Bowsers defeated airships but they can’t all land in the sea surely?

I think the Mushroom Kingdom tourist board really need to look at this method of transportation. It looks like the safest way to get to the Mushroom Kingdom would be by foot and even that has it’s pitfalls as our favourite moustachioed friend would probably tell us.

Just saying.
freeway 77


Exclusive in lieu

I enjoyed reading the article on what Rockstar’s next game might be this morning. Personally I would love to see another Bully game, as I think it is underrated and would love to see it set in a normal English school rather than a boarding school or academy.

I would also like to see Agent above all the other possible games, however I think this is unlikely at this stage. I forgot that Sony had paid for the exclusive until you mentioned it and it made me think that rather than getting Agent, Sony have kept a deal in place but are going to receive certain exclusive benefits now and for the next few years instead.

I think this started with the GTA V PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 bundles and maybe could continue with the story DLC being a PlayStation-timed exclusive. Whatever they announce though I’m sure I’ll be very excited.
Kurt Lewin

GC: Or Rockstar could simply have given the money back. But we agree that the most likely explanation is that Sony has organised some other form of exclusive. GTA used to be considered a PlayStation franchise, and Sony would no doubt like to return to those days.


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Beginner’s Kombat

I told myself I wouldn’t purchase Mortal Kombat X, but it was hard to ignore the positive response the game has received. That and Amazon have been selling the game for a great price. I’m absolutely rubbish at fighting games, that’s the reason I didn’t want to purchase Mortal Kombat X. I do have fun with fighting games, but I feel as though my deficiencies ultimately limit the amount of enjoyment I can derive from the genre.

I really would like to improve my fighting game skill beyond nil, but I really don’t have the patience or time to do so. The last fighting game I played on a home console was Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, and that was years ago. I still play Street Fighter IV, Tekken 3D, and Super Smash Bros. on my 3DS; and they are fun, but the cramped button layout and newcomer-friendly touch controls aren’t really conducive to increasing one’s skill.

I understand the basic movement and blocking, and I can more than hold my own against other terrible players. But as soon as I’m up against someone with a modicum of skill I turn into a deer in headlights: everything just moves so fast and there’s so much happening that I just freeze.

I noticed that GameCentral said Mortal Kombat X was a good starting game for novice players, perhaps it will be perfect for my fighting game comeback, a Mortal Komeback, if you will.
iLike Fat Ladys (gamertag)/ Selfish_Lover17 (PSN ID)


No move

I’ve always been an early adopter of the new generation of consoles but not this time. I can’t believe that two years have passed and there is still no reason that I can see to invest in a PlayStation 4 or Xbone.

I’m still playing through my PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 backlog. I also bought a pre-owned Wii U recently and for a bargain price have rediscovered that old Nintendo magic from my youth. There isn’t a great choice of games but choose carefully and quality over quantity becomes apparent.


Greed is legal

Surprised to see Nintendo being let off the hook by some people regarding their YouTube policy. I know legally they are entitled to enforce this policy and these nasty YouTubers shouldn’t be using their intellectual properties to carve out a career, however it just seems so greedy to me.

If it was an indie team I would totally understand, but a massive firm like Nintendo… it’s unnecessary in my opinion, regardless of whether they are permitted to or not.
Joe Apps at Dimp Digital


Spirit of giving

I just wanted to thank Choasphere616, as I was the recipient of his kind offer of an Interstellar code, I’m really looking forward to watching it over the weekend.

In the same spirit I have an unwrapped physical copy of The Order: 1886 that came with my PlayStation I would like to pass onto a GC reader. I don’t know how this normally works do you pass on the email or postal details with the readers consent?
Flexi_Timms (PSN ID)

GC: That’s especially generous of you. It’s usually easiest for a reader to email us the code they want to pass on. But in your case we’ll forward the email to you, of the first person that can tell us which famous London football club was founded in 1886.


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Disunited front

I’m getting mixed feelings regarding the Battlefront announcement. I know there is a lot of criticism being levelled at the lack of a single-player campaign, but this isn’t my main issue with the game as the Battlefront games never really had dedicated campaign modes. My favourite parts of the original Battlefront games were the Galactic Conquest modes, where you could go from planet to planet initiating wars for control or defending your planet and sadly from what I’ve heard this isn’t included.

Another grief of mine is that when the cancelled Battlefront III gameplay was leaked we saw the ability to go from ground to space battles seamlessly. This was always one of my hopes for future Battlefront games and some of my favourite parts of Battlefront II were the space dogfights. But it seems that this isn’t part of this vision for Battlefront, which seems to focus mainly on ground battles. It sure does look like a stunning game but forever the cynic, I’m having a hard time believing that was created using the game engine, or that the game will look that good.

I am slightly concerned that it will become just another Titanfall and will lose it’s player base within a couple of months (don’t get me wrong, I loved Titanfall). I’m glad to see the third person to first person transition will be returning and that the oft-forgotten split-screen will be included. Now I just need to see more of the game and what planets and types of vehicles/soldier types there are.

I do think the idea of releasing in November is a little short-sighted, seeing as I think we can all safely assume that Call Of Duty: Black Ops III will also be releasing in November 2015 and in the grand scheme of things, the casual gamer in the street will almost always choose Call Of Duty over any other online shooter on the market. Apart from all that, I’m incredibly excited to see what they can do with the Battlefront series and because I am a sucker for anything Star Wars, I have already decided that this will be the game that makes me get an Xbox One/PlayStation 4.


Inbox also-rans

RE: Star Wars: Battle Pod. Not sure if I missed the boat on this one but found one of these little beauties on Bournemouth pier! Best £2 ever.

Something GCers may have missed. The BBC2 show Collectaholics on Friday 17th featured a huge collection of original arcade cabinets. Well worth a look on iPlayer.
half_empty80 (PSN ID)


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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