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Games Inbox: Video games vs. kids, Bloodborne perseverance and Hot Topic part 5

Dishonored – how do you fit in games like this and having kids?

Dishonored – how do you fit in games like this and having kids?

The evening Inbox has some epic suggestions for Star Fox’s soundtrack, as one reader recommends Dark Souls II on PC.

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+2 Child Rearing

Great Hot Topic this weekend. Loved hearing about everyone’s favourites from the last gen. Especially because I’m still going through it.

I got way behind with the games I wanted to play due to two small children taking up my precious time. I’ve managed to get them to age/level six and four and it is the best and hardest thing I’ve ever done. Well they are both at school now and are keen gamers too (Skylanders and Lego Star Wars) and I am working my way towards going next gen.

Lately I’ve completed Dishonored, Far Cry 3, BioShock  2 and Infinite. I was just about to start Mass Effect 3, but with all the love for Red Dead Redemption this weekend I think I’ll finally start that. I’m not a big fan of westerns, which has probably made me keep putting this to the back of my backlog.

I nearly forgot, my favourites of last gen {for me PlayStation 3} is both the Fallout games. It’s the only game that would make me go next gen now if Fallout 4 came out. Well, I’m also tempted to get an Xbox for the first time, for Elite. Keep up the good work.


Constant fighting

I could go for the most atmospheric games of the generation (BioShock and Red Dead Redemption), the best shooting mechanics (Vanquish), the best storytelling (Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons, The Walking Dead), best world design (Dark Souls), or the most clever and original (the Portal games). However, among these there’s been one constant I always return to: Street Fighter IV.

Accounting for every iteration (and there are many) I reckon I’ve easily passed the 1,000 hour mark, and you know what the funny thing is? I’d consider myself average at best!

One character alone takes weeks of solid play to excel with, and months more to master. This game boasts the most technical, virtually flawless combat system I’ve ever witnessed in a video game and despite the game being seven (!) years old the expressive, cell-shaded visuals only seem to improve with age. So there it is, the genre-revitalising Street Fighter IV series.
Sausagejockey42 (gamertag)


Yearly fix

The last gen game that got me excited was Zelda: Skyward Sword. Yes, not the best in the Zelda series, but I really enjoyed the game from start to finish

I maybe slightly bias as I’m a huge Nintendo and Zelda fan, gutted I won’t get my Zelda fix this year, may have to fix it with Majora’s Mask again.

Can’t talk about last gen without also mentioning Super Mario Galaxy though, both beautiful and ingenious games that captivate the imagination. Had great fun playing through with my eldest son.


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Heroic epic

To echo some of the comments of last weekend’s Hot Topic. I too found I enjoyed Super Mario Galaxy more than the second one. I thought some of the musical compositions where incredible and where only ever really overshadowed by how good the gameplay actually was.

I’m hoping Nintendo do something very similar with the upcoming Star Fox game, in a sort of full-on orchestral ‘heroic space’ music sense. If there is indeed such a term?

With Nintendo now venturing out onto smartphones and tablets I think they could do a lot worse than conjure up some musical rhythm game based on some of their best musical scores. It certainly wouldn’t do them any harm, or even infringe on their existing games.

Instead it would give fans a bit more to chew on and maybe even turn a few new to Nintendo gaming heads, If indeed I am right in assuming that that’s what Nintendo are hoping to achieve with this radical shift in direction?

Bonus content could also be added to games too depending on how well you fair on the rhythm game. New sword and shield designs for Link, stonewashed denim for Mario, and also vice-versa with the tablet game too, things like that but nothing that takes away from the gamer that just buys the actual console with the main game.
freeway 77
PS: I apologise for the whole stonewashed denim Mario thing, it was the best I could do off the top of my head while writing this.


Extra hours

OK, I’ll be that guy, RE: Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin. £30 on Steam and £12, if like me you already have all the previous DLC.

Needed a break from Bloodborne and feeling intrigued to see what the differences were like, so bought it. After putting three months into it on PlayStation 3 in the summer, and Steam telling me 462 hours on PC since xmas, it really does feel fresh (yet comfortably familiar).

Grand Lance near the start! Boss kills guaranteed! Ember for the blacksmith and access to the uchi also early on? Oh go on then.

Quick run up to Heide’s Tower for a laugh? Err no, bit harder this time, won’t spoil it.

Not to mention – though I am – a certain enemy keeps reappearing at quite inopportune moments but seems to be worth taking him down for the loot he drops.

You want chunks in the Gargoyle covenant? Ha ha, can be three grey phantoms on one poor under-levelled noob. Good luck getting to ring the bell this time mate. There is Bob Hope and then there is no hope!

I have summoned three helpers at the start of some levels and three random characters running about randomly is always a blast.

I have actually died a few times in the early stages which has brought a freshness to it and seeing the changes have made it a worthy purchase for me.

So £12 for a game I have already had hundreds of hours of enjoyment from is well deserved for From Software in my humble opinion.


Screw loose

I’ve recently bought a New 3DS XL and I was a bit keen to get my 32GB microSD card installed and play on the 3DS, but before I could install the microSD card I had to unscrew the two screws on the back of the 3DS, as I had trouble getting into the 3DS the screw heads have worn away a little on one screw and more so on the other screw.

I can’t replace the screws as they are attached to the panel, so I phoned Nintendo to see how much a plastic panel and two screws would cost or if it would be free to replace in the 1 year warranty, and they said it was not not covered by the warranty. Which I thought, fair enough as it was my fault and I asked how much it would be to buy the piece, expecting them to say £10 to £20 including postage, and they said £47! So I will make do with what I have got.
Andrew J.


It’s their party

I’m not sure if it’s greed on Nintendo’s part, or just typical of them, but their protection of their intellectual properties is excessive and counterproductive. I don’t have any sympathy for the YouTube personalities having a whinge about losing money on Nintendo content, it’s the business strategy I can’t quite fathom.

Nobody is arguing it isn’t Nintendo’s right to protect their Intellectual properties, but since they’re the only company exercising such restrictions in this sphere, you have to question their motives. The fanboys will defend their policies regardless, but there’s no question Nintendo are backward thinking over this issue and fail to recognise the positives far outweigh the negatives.

Any revenue stream loss to shared gameplay footage would prove insignificant in comparison to the gains made from advertising. In effect it isn’t free advertising, but since other companies are actively spending money on services such as YouTube to promote their products, it just shows the influence it can have.

Meanwhile on other consoles there’s Share buttons and editing suites to share content! Enough said.


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One more shot

Here’s a clip with a selection of my numerous deaths in Bloodborne (Bloodborne Fails) as evidence I don’t consider myself anything like a pro player when I say I got through my first playthrough without any Ornstein and Smough level aggravation. Deaths a plenty but no sticking point where I felt like throwing in the towel, and at all stages I always felt like I was a contender.

My second playthrough though I found Cainhurst Castle and the boss there provided exactly the aggravation I prided myself on avoiding first time around. Even after eight attempts I wasn’t really close to beating him, then for the first time in any Souls games I summoned someone for help who unfortunately died in seconds. Add to that the long load times between deaths, short but tedious treks to get to the boss each time, and trips elsewhere to get more blood vials when I ran out and I was ready to give up.

But I gave it one more shot and I don’t know how but I beat him. At no point was I in command of the fight, I spent most of my time popping vials and running in random directions like an out of control firework but it worked somehow. Upon victory I noticed my heart was actually beating quite fast and was reminded the souls games/Bloodborne can be genuinely exhilarating.

I’ve now entered the other optional area and finding that tough as well, because they are optional I’m pretty sure From Software have made them more challenging than the main areas.

Brilliant, brilliant game.
Flexi_Timms (PSN ID)


Inbox also-rans

Is there a way to play my music on my Android phone in the background whilst playing Xbox One? I still want to hear in game sound effects with my music running in background. I play a lot online and this would definitely be a feature for me?

GC: We have no idea. We’d never replace a game’s intended soundtrack.

I’m intrigued by Azure Striker Gunvolt on 3DS eShop, apparently a Mega Man-esque platform shooter. Can’t seem to find many reviews about though, any chance you’ll be doing one?
Tim F

GC: Yes, probably. It’s been out in the US since August and seems to have reviewed okay there.

Can you please reprint the Crazy Frog Racer review? Come to think of it, what is your favourite GC review/moment Hot Topic. Have we done that before?
scottay2hottay (NN ID)/smjenkins1981 (PSN ID)

GC: That was 10 years ago?! But we have done that sort of Hot Topic before and will no doubt do so again.


This week’s Hot Topic

The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader LeighDappa (PSN ID/Facebook), who asks who is your least favourite video games character?

Particularly when it comes to non-player characters, which one gets on your nerves the most and who have you really wished the game would give you a chance to hurt or kill? Why exactly do you dislike them and do they irritate because of the way they’re written, how they act in the game (in terms of artificial intelligence, etc.), or something else?

How much can something like an annoying character ruin an otherwise good game? And are there any you’ve actually given up on, or actively avoided, just because you don’t like the characters?

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