Just while we’re all getting hyped about the PlayStation 5 can I take a moment to say how irritatingly loud the PS4 Pro is? Sony are keen to talk about Mark Cerny as if he’s some kind of engineering genius but next time can we have a console that doesn’t sound like an aircraft revving up for take-off?
The noise is horrendous, especially given how quiet my Xbox One X is. The worst thing is when it suddenly gets even louder for no reason, like no reason at all – I’ve seen (or rather heard) it do it on map screens and inventory but not in the middle of a busy action scene. I’d say it was broken but it’s been like that since day one and everyone seems to have the same complaint.
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I can understand the lukewarm reviews and responses to Days Gone but personally I’m loving it. As an open world explorathon it’s gaming heaven, nothing more enjoyable than skulking around, picking off zombies and rummaging around people’s houses. It could do with some more interesting things to discover, and it doesn’t have the majesty of Zelda: Breath Of the Wild, but being real-world based that’s understandable. It’s still a beauty to roam around in, like a walking simulator only with something to actually do in it. And a bike.
What I’ve experienced of the story, cut scenes, characters, and dialogue has been pretty poor though and I’m guessing that’s mostly what reviewers and those gamers that have finished it have seen of the game, that’s highlighted by comments about the lack of hordes. I’ve been playing it for a week and only just discovered my second camp but I’ve already seen four or five hordes, had a tentative attempt at taking one out (after six petrol bombs and a couple of grenades chucked from relative safety it hadn’t made much difference so I legged it) and got swarmed by another after panicking and running into a dead end.
As I understand it there are about 40 hordes in the game, which seems enough but not so many that they outstay their welcome. I like the idea in the Inbox of letting the hordes roam freely though and maybe merging together, I’d hope for that in a new game mode along with more survival-based gameplay.
PS: Did GC forget it was a bank holiday on Monday, don’t remember there ever being a normal Inbox on one before?
GC: Sometimes we do a normal bank holiday service. Especially when we forget there’s one coming up…
I have to agree that it’s pretty gross seeing people downlplaying, or even mocking, developers’ working conditions. You’re happy to benefit from the product of their labour but the second they complain suddenly they’re a subject of ridicule.
Well, I never thought I’d end up agreeing with an American Republican politician but I’m all for him trying to get loot boxes banned. Except I’d do it for everyone, not just kids.
This week’s Hot Topic
With Pokémon: Detective Pikachu out this week, the subject for this weekend’s Inbox was fairly obvious: what’s your favourite video game movie?
What movie based on an existing video game franchise is your favourite and why? Is it a good movie in its own right or do you just enjoy the connection to the game? Are there any TV shows or cartoons that you’d rate higher and what do you think in general is the best way to adapt a video game into live action or animation?
Why do you think so many movies get things wrong and what advice would you give on upcoming movies or your own dream projects? And do you think Detective Pikachu (or Sonic) will change anything?
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