Games Inbox: How much do you pay for old video games?
Bayonetta 2 – how much is a three year old game worth to you?

The evening Inbox has more ideas for Nintendo’s 2018 line-up, as one reader suggests a Soldier Of Fortune HD Collection.

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Age discrimination

Thanks for your Switch predictions for 2018. Unbelievably it’s the first time I’ve owned a proper Nintendo home console since the NES in the early 90s. Playing through Super Mario Odyssey over Christmas brought back waves of nostalgia for those classic gameplay days.

You mentioned the potential release of two Bayonetta titles in 2018 for the Switch, which got me pretty excited. I really enjoyed the first game on the PlayStation 3 but missed out on the sequel due to not having a Wii U. Looking at pre-orders on Amazon I was expecting to pick it up for a reasonable price.

How can they justify £49.99 for a game that’s over three-years-old?! It’d almost be cheaper to pick up a second-hand Wii U with the game instead. Is the average punter really going to fork out 100 gold coins to own both when they were pretty niche titles in the first place?! Nintend’oh.
The Dude

GC: That price includes both games, not just the second one. But either way, we’re uncomfortable with the idea that a game should be deemed virtually worthless merely because it’s a few years old. That’s certainly not the case with books, movies, and music.

Christmas reading

A belated Happy new year GC and all its readers! Hope everyone had a good gaming Christmas. Enjoyed the features over the festive period, especially the Reader’s Feature Don’t beat your games… complete them by John Weston, which is my attitude towards gaming too. I will try harder difficulties sometimes if I’m feeling like a challenge, but I’m not ashamed to admit I play on easy most of the time – I just want to have fun and adventure.

Also, I totally agreed with the one on Sunday about Ubisoft and their terrible endings. (SPOILERS AHEAD!) I’d also like to add Assassin’s Creed II – Ezio spends years of his life killing anyone remotely involved with the conspiracy that cost the lives of his father and brothers but when he finally confronts the man that’s been at the heart of it all, who was there when his family members were hung and constantly taunted him over the years he just beats him up, as killing him ‘won’t bring my family back’!

I know they were tied to when historical characters died, but it all felt so unsatisfying. Especially when in Brotherhood he’s back on the murderous, vengeance path after what happens to his uncle.

And Far Cry 4 where, after Ajay finds out just what his father and mother did and who Lakshmana was, he deals with all this shocking information with no reaction whatsoever! Also, whichever resistance leader you pick you are dooming Kyrat to a horrible future.

I like the gameplay of the Far Cry series but I’m wary of 5 because how Ubisoft seem incapable of doing satisfying endings.
LastYearsModel09 (PSN ID)
PS: Your titles for our letters always make me smile, especially the one on my last letter: ‘Lie back and think of Nathan’. I really don’t need an excuse! Do you come up with them together or is it one person’s job?

GC: We just make them up, or occasionally use the reader’s suggestion.

On target

After your recommendation I bought Sniper Elite 4 to play during the holidays and I must say I’m highly impressed with it.

I found the game frustrating and difficult at first, but after I got used to the controls I really gelled with Sniper Elite 4. It’s a beautifully designed title that rewards the player throughout.

Seeing screenshots of the killcam I initially thought the feature would be an unnecessary flourish, a reward for gore hounds, but it’s so immensely satisfying when the X-ray style cut scenes flash up in the game.

I think the greatest aspect of Sniper Elite 4 is its nuance. The levels are large enough to allow real freedom, you can opt for stealth or go in all guns blazing, there’s a large variety of weapons and equipment.

The only other Sniper Elite game I’ve tried is the first one, and that was so impossibly tough it put me off the series. The fourth game is great though, I’m glad I bought it instead of Ghost Recon: Wildlands, which sounds a bit simplistic in comparison.

Although that Predator add-on sounds brilliant.
msv858 (Twitter)

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Unknown Soldier

I have always been a great fan of the Solider Of Fortune series. The second game, Solider Of Fortune II, was ahead of its time and even for a game released a long time ago it still remains well known for its accomplishments.

The other games, if they were included as a possible HD Collection, would I feel make many Solider Of Fortune fans really happy to get a HD Collection for games consoles and PC. With the vastly significant capabilities of current consoles like Xbox One X/PS4 Pro and PC compared to what was available when Solider Of Fortune 1, 2, and 3 was released these games in a HD Collection, even at 1080p or 4K, would look and run spectacular, allowing these classics to be enjoyed even further by existing or new fans.

Would GameCentral or anyone welcome a Soldier Of Fortune HD/4K collection?
gaz be rotten (gamertag)

GC: No, not really. To be honest, we’d forgotten there even was a third one.

Wish upon a mushroom

Happy New Year GameCentral and readers, hope everybody had a good Christmas and new year. RE: Kehaar and Captain Toad reply. I have played Super Mario Odyssey but I think I missed or forgot about that conversation, about Toad mentioning about another game.

Hopefully Captain Toad 2 will be announced in a Nintendo Direct during E3 this year.
Andrew J.

Mario Kart Transformed

Somebody recently asked about ideas for the next Mario Kart. I would like to see different vehicles to give a bit more variety, even though it would be stretching the term kart somewhat.

Each cup of four races could consist of a kart race, a speedboat race, a plane race, and a spaceship race, for example. I think it could work with different types of handling and physics apparent on each type of vehicle.
Maybe this would also introduce the opportunity for some new types of items too.

It could work if Nintendo put their talented minds to it.

Just Giving

Hello and happy new year to GC and all my fellow GCers. I just signed up to Games Blast 2018 to raise money for Special Effect. Me and other gamers who’ve signed up will be creating video content, written articles (I’ll try get a Reader’s Feature written for the weekend it’s running) and live streaming during the event on 23-25 February 2018.

If you want to donate my Just Giving page is here.

And here is all of my links to my various written, video and streaming platforms: Facebook, Mixer, YouTube, and Twitch.
BigAngryDad82 (gamertag)/@Big_Angry_Dad82 (Twitter)

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Nintendo card list

Happy New Year everyone and well done GameCentral, you put out some fine articles over the holiday season.

It seems to have been a much better year for the Switch than Nintendo, or even the most hardnosed of Ninty fans, had ever predicted.

Yet here we are already in 2018, albeit extremely early, and we know very, very little about what’s in store over the next 12 months for our beloved hybrid console.

The ‘cards extremely close to chest’ approach seems to have worked so I see no reason why Nintendo would change now. Not that they ever let that much slip out anyway.

The steady flow of games, and sometimes surprising DLC, for me seems to be the most noticeable change since the Wii U days.

So everyone is expecting some kind of Nintendo Direct this month, in fact it would probably be more of a surprise if we don’t see one at all over the next five or six weeks.

What are we likely to expect though?

Well, Metroid seems to be gaining traction throughout the rumour mill for a release sometime this year. I for one would love to see this.

While I hope the rumours of Bayonetta 3 being ready by mid-year are true I hope it isn’t rushed, and if it is ready then around Halloween time surely must be a perfect release time. If not we are probably looking at Halloween 2019, no rush I can wait.

I reckon Smash Bros. is going to get a look in this year, and not a port of the Wii U version either. A whole new one compatible with the Wii U amiibos of course.

I reckon Zelda: Ocarina Of Time could get a proper polished up remake exclusively for the Switch too. If you think about it both The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess got remakes for the Wii U, so it may be a bit too soon for them. Not Ocarina though, I also fail to believe that Nintendo are just ‘done’ with the old formula. Breath of the Wild is highly regarded amongst gamers and critics alike. What better way to compliment it than with its sister title of equally grand quality craftsmanship?

Pikmin also would be welcome too, and I’m sure it could win many new fans over with its charm and character. Not to mention its great gameplay.

I know I’m just rolling off obvious Nintendo games off my tongue here but they’ve got so many good cards up their sleeve. Their only downside is that they’ve already played two of their aces. Super Mario Odyssey 2 might get a release next year, if Nintendo decide to do it much in the same way as they did Super Mario Galaxy 2.

I can’t see a new Breath Of The Wild style game with the same scope for a few years though.

Others on my wish list would be:

Captain Toad
Beyond Good And Evil
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Professor Layton
Mirror’s Edge
A new Mario Kart (or even just an acknowledgement)

GC: Beyond Good And Evil 2 seems very unlikely for the Switch, given the complexity of the graphics, and we very much doubt EA would go back to Mirror’s Edge, least of all on Switch.

Inbox also-rans

I have a few ideas that could help reboot the Ridge Racer series, if I tell you could you pass these ideas on to Bandai Namco?

GC: That’s not really how things work. You could try their Twitter account, but it’s very unlikely anything would come of it. Feel free to share your ideas with an Inbox letter or Reader’s Feature though.

Hurrah, GC are back from their holidays! Boo, the games industry is basically dead till next month! It must get very drunk over Christmas.

This week’s Hot Topic

Since it’s the first weekend Inbox of the new year there’s only one obvious question to ask this week: what 2018 video game are you looking forward to the most?

You can find our list of the biggest name releases here, which includes the current best guesses as to whether games will or won’t be out this year – so do try and keep your choices as realistic as possible (for the sake of argument let’s assume that The Last Of Us Part II will be released in 2018, even though the real chance is probably no better than 50/50).

What we’re most interested in is why you’re looking forward to your chosen games, and what you expect from them. What do you think of the current line-up compared to previous years, and are there any major forthcoming games you’ve already discounted?

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