Games Inbox: What would be the perfect Game Of Thrones video game?
Telltale’s Game Of Thrones wouldn’t be hard to beat

The morning Inbox talks about NieR: Automata’s combat and soundtrack, as another reader learns to appreciate Titanfall 2.

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Hard to imagine

Although I think there’s a good chance the Bethesda Game of Thrones leak could be real, I’m not sure it’s really a good idea. Obviously The Elder Scrolls and Game of Thrones have a lot in common in terms of basic setting but that’s about all. Game of Thrones is all about a huge cast of characters and political intrigue, whereas Skyrim is just you as one person trying to make all the difference.

A Japanese style role-player with a party system would actually make more sense, but I’m pretty sure we’re not going to get that. Otherwise I don’t know what else Bethesda would do. I can’t imagine them spending all that money on the licence to make a strategy game, but what else would fit?

I think the truth is the best option probably was a Telltale game, only not made by Telltale because they seem to have lost their mojo long ago. I also can’t imagine Bethesda making a graphic adventure either, but well, hopefully they have a better imagination than I have.
Cranston

COD wars

I played the Call Of Duty: WWII beta over the weekend too, and I would generally agree with your write-up. I thought the maps were fine, but there is a bit of an empty feeling to the action. Like they’ve taken out all the bits people didn’t like any more but not replaced it with anything new. I’ll still probably keep my pre-order but I suspect I’ll be playing it more for the story and Zombies mode, although I did like War if there are enough other maps.

I’m one of those that would’ve preferred Modern Warfare 4 than a historical game, as after Battlefield 1 I think I’ve had enough of rubbish old guns and tanks. I do wonder if that’s what they’ll do for next year’s game. Which by my calculations should be Treyarch’s turn. Hmm… so maybe not. But would they do Black Ops IV? I think they probably will actually as I think that’s still the most popular of the futuristic games, and they do have a history of… historical settings.

I guess the fact that I’m actually interested in the future of the series means that WWII has done its job to some degree. But I’m still wary. Making a WWII game is kind of a free pass, it’s what you do after that that I think is really going to settle the future of the series.
Golem

That art of hype

Although I appreciate Yu Suzuki saying that the facial animation isn’t done yet I have to ask the question of why show it? I mean, if there’s one thing Shenmue fans are known for it’s patience and although they won’t care about the weird faces (assuming they get fixed) all this is going to do is put off people that only had a passing interest.

Hyping video game is a tricky business though, I’ve realised over the years, and I’m beginning to think that Bethesda’s approach of only revealing them six months ahead of time is maybe the best way. I know they only started doing it to hide how bad Fallout 4 is, but if people don’t expect to see games until then I think that would be best as the default. Since there’s nothing stopping them showing it earlier if they think they’ve got something rock solid earlier.
Palmer

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Take my money

I just paid £4 for the best game I’ve played all year – and I’ve only just scratched the surface. Up until now, Injustice 2 and Halo Wars 2 have been my favourite games, but having just got the EA season pass I downloaded Titanfall 2.

I played the original and enjoyed it, but this has perfected every criticism I had of it and refined what was already good.

The shooting mechanics are fun and snappy and make games like Battlefield and Destiny feel very sluggish.

The customisation is really fun – I decided to spend about £7 and bought loads of cosmetics to get me going. I don’t usually buy this stuff but as I only paid £4 for this, via EA Access, I honestly felt I would like to give the developers more money for creating such a great game.

The campaign is also miles better than any first person shooter I’ve played this generation, easily better than games like Halo and Gears Of War. It combines great action pieces, almost Call OfDuty quality, with a great pace, an average story but with fun characters and amazing visuals. Also combining some Portal type puzzles.

The multiplayer I’ve only just had a handful of games, but it was excellent fun and I can’t wait to dive in and start unlocking some cool gear.

I’d totally recommend it even to people who played the original and didn’t think it was for them – this game deserves more credit! The only downside is Sonic Mania is now on the backburner for the indefinite future…
Brando M83 (gamertag) Add me!

Shopping, American style

Just came across this stream which is a games store that streams live and shows games, as well as discusses news while they are also serving their customers.

Recently they were showing some of the classic games they had in stock, as well as answering gaming questions and discussing other gaming related subjects. It is a regular show and is actually entertaining and one of the streams well worth spending a few minutes of each day watching.

You can see some of their streams here and see a lot of the stuff they cover.
gaz be rotten (gamertag)

GC: The shop is in Ohio?

You’ll get square eyes

I like twitch-based gaming, so I like to be close to the screen when playing as it helps with reactions. I need all the help I can get. I’ve found a 27″ screen is the perfect size and have set up my gaming space around that. (I will get around to painting that wall, just want to try to S Rank all levels on Thumper first).

It does make me wonder how noticeable 4K over 1080p is on a screen of this size. The testimonials about big 4K/HDR TV gaming sound stunning but I’ll probably always game on this type of set-up.

On a side note, managed my fourth world record (first across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) on a Rayman Legends online challenge. The game’s out for Switch on September 12th and I can’t rate it enough, Thumper also. In fact, the Switch has had a very decent launch window. I didn’t really believe Nintendo when they said they’d learnt from the Wii U and would see that the Switch would have a steady stream of quality titles, but they’re not doing too badly at the moment.
Simundo Jones

Quick discount

After a quick browse on the PlayStation 4 store I noticed that Elite Dangerous is on offer. Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t it only released last month? Does this indicate initial sales were poor?

I’ve looked at purchasing myself, but the two separate downloads are quite confusing and off-putting, as I and probably others, aren’t quite sure as too which version would give the experience we’re after. So come on Frontier, just pack it as a single package. Some of us don’t like decisions.
Anon
PS: Could I be considered for the Jak And Dexter code if available?

GC: Since it’s digital-only there’s no way to tell how successful it is unless Frontier say something, but it’s been very popular for years on Xbox One and PC. However, we’re not sure Elite Dangerous is really the sort of game for people that don’t like decisions. We’ll send you the Jak and Dexter code though.

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Fighting talk

NieR: Automata’s combat system is terrific. It may not boast the same level of nuance and depth seen in the Bayonettas, but the fabulous sense of style, precision and fluidity here is every bit the equal of the sensual witch’s repertoire of mayhem. Once again Platinum Games have proven to me why they are veritably the sultans of the roaming beat ‘em-up type of games.

I also have to heap special praise onto the evasive mechanics here, they are every bit as gloriously gratifying as in the Bayonettas in my opinion. Countering enemies right after you’ve weaved a barrage of a machine mobs’ concerted attacks is one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced in an action game.

There’s an incisive, adroit sense of feedback and spectacle to the evasive system that most other games could learn a thing or two from for certain. Absolutely masterful work by Platinum Games here.

Also, I can’t get NieR: Automata’s phenomenal music out of my head. It’s easily up there with Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Bloodborne, and Dariusburst Chronicles Saviours soundtracks for sheer musical genius in recent times.

The way the music adapts so seamlessly and dynamically to reflect certain moods, actions, and situations is such a meticulous aspect of the game design. Especially the exquisite manner in which the vocals gradually enter the mix to accentuate the emotions being conveyed in the magnificent musical compositions.

Did you know that the language that the vocals are sung in is a blend of English, Japanese, and French, GC? An otherworldy and enchanting little detail that.

Story and character wise the game’s latent potential also becomes more and more prominent the more I unravel the fascinating motivations behind the key players. Rarely have I witnessed such heart, soul, and humanity in a game’s story and character. There are some brilliant moments of levity in the desolate world that were handled deftly too.

I’m currently a couple of hours into 9S’s campaign now and viewing certain events through a different perspective, and the game elaborating on the themes and character motivations explored in the first play through has really recapitulated just how edifying and poignant the story in this game is. One can’t help but to salute Yoko Taro’s exceptional endeavours here.

I implore anyone that’s wavering between whether to purchase NieR: Automata or not to just give it a chance and support such an intrepid and incomparable experience. It’s a special game that deserves to played by as many people as humanly possible!
Galvanized Gamer
PS: Take a listen to this beautifully serene, pensive and ethereal piece of music from the game.

Inbox also-rans

I was just wondering about Hitman: Season Two. I love this game, it’s the best one I’ve played in years, and I’m anxious to find out if another part is coming out. Please, inform me.
Anon

GC: Well, Io-Interactive say they plan to make it. But cutting loose from Square Enix and going back to being independent will create a lot of upheaval for them, so we wouldn’t expect anything too soon.

I’m really looking forward to Wolfenstein: The New Colossus when it arrives in October. The New Order was one of the first games I played on my PlayStation 4 and everything from the characters that I cared about to the gameplay were very refreshing so I have high hopes for the sequel.
Shura_Charger (PSN ID)

This week’s Hot Topic

Now that Gamescom is over and the summer games drought is also ending, the subject for this weekend’s Inbox is what new 2017 game are you most looking forward to now?

There are dates for all the big name games here on our release schedule but you’re free to suggest any game you like, as long as it’s out between now and the end of the year. How long have you been anticipating the game and at what point did you decide you were definitely getting it?

Or have you not made your decision yet, and if so what are you waiting for and what could change your mind either way? How many new games do you expect to buy, or receive as gifts, between now and the end of the year. And is that more or less than usual?

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