Games Inbox: At what point do you use a guide for help in a videogame?

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Games Inbox: At what point do you use a guide for help in a videogame?



The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild – when would you ask for help?The evening Inbox is unimpressed by February’s big video game releases, as one reader predicts a Rocksteady Justice League game.
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Time to help

Interesting reading all the people berating the reader for looking up a FAQ for Zelda: Breath Of The Wild as soon as he started. I certainly didn’t play it that way and feel it would have ruined the experience. But once I’d beaten the game, some 200 hours later, I did the start looking through guides and videos to see what I missed. Apart from the korok seeds I wanted to get everything else and I was quite proud to find that I had missed very little.
But that’s my general policy: beat a game as well as you can then mop up the rest with the guide. But is that what everyone else does? I guess some people must start cheating straight away, if they’re rushed for time or whatever but for me that ruins the whole experience and makes it pointless.
Might be worth a Hot Topic in the future but I’m curious as to when and if people look for help elsewhere. Or do some just take that a hint to give up and move on to something else? I’ve certainly seen it like that sometimes.Joe P.

 

Bad February

Is anyone else a bit disappointed with how 2019 is turning out so far? Sure, Resident Evil 2 was great but I haven’t been too impressed by anything else yet. Kingdom Hearts III isn’t my thing, Far Cry: New Dawn looks lame, and I don’t have an Xbox One for Crackdown 3. Metro Exodus has reviewed well but wasn’t originally something I had any interest in, while Apex Legends and Tetris 99 are kind of the opposite of what I’m usually interested in in terms of single-player games. Although I do appreciate that they seem pretty good.
There have been a lot of games out for this time of the year but the problem with being more like Christmas is that most of the games are kind of overblown and bad. Perhaps things will pick up later but I haven’t got a particularly good feeling about Rage 2, The Division 2, or Days Gone.
I think I am beginning to prefer games that are announced out of nowhere as I think the problem here is that there’s so much anticipation and/or you get so sick of hearing about a game that it can’t help but disappoint.Donalon

 

Microtransaction monster

So I see there’s more whispers that Rocksteady are going to announce a new game soon. Apart from this being like the 100th time I’ve heard this they’ve surely got to announce at some point. The main rumour, since they debunked Superman, is that it’s some kind of multiplayer game and I just realised the reason they haven’t revealed anything is that it’s like Square Enix’s Avengers game and it was originally going to be some kind of loot box-filled microtransaction monster and they had to change plans when they realised everyone had turned against it.
Of course they’ll never admit that if it is true but I don’t see any reason for this taken so long or them being so secretive about it – that goes for both companies really. The irony is though that this might mean we get an Avengers and a Justice League online game (assuming that’s the best guess of what Rocksteady’s game is) coming out at more or less the same time. Who knew superhero team-up multiplayer games were like buses? I just hope they’re not like Anthem.Woodstock

 
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No more apocalypses

I will be purchasing a Switch at some point this year, as I am just about finished with my 3DS and I like to keep a little bit of Nintendo in my video game life. I have been gaming since the days of the ZX81 and no company during my time gaming has released the quality of games that Nintendo has. From the NES through to the Switch Nintendo games consistently manage to be fun, enjoyable experiences.
Too many games these days take themselves far too seriously, as they try to pander to an adult audience. Adult-themed stories and ultra violence seems to be the go-to cliché for modern games yet Nintendo still see fit to release cartoony games about plumbers with magic hats and this is why I continue to love them.
Having played Zelda: Breath Of The Wild on my Wii U, Super Mario Odyssey is the game I look forward to the most on the Switch, along with a general lack of post-apocalyptic worlds!TheCRASSmanPS: Could the guy in the comments section who was comparing Switch prices with Xbox One S prices please tell me where I can get a brand new Xbox One S for £129.99 as I can’t find them for anything under 189.99 (don’t make things up to suit your narrative).

 

Big collaboration

I still have no idea what cancelled game Nintendo could be planning to bring back but I have been hearing about Microsoft and Nintendo supposedly working on something ‘big’ as a joint project. These sort of things are always a disappointment so it’s probably just that rumour about Minecraft in Smash Bros.
But I bet Microsoft are also trying to get Nintendo to allow xCloud to run on Switch. There have been specific rumours about this before and if you think about it the Switch really is the perfect format to run streaming games, with Microsoft handling the streaming and Nintendo providing the console.
It doesn’t sound like the sort of thing Nintendo would do but we shouldn’t forget that they’re under new management nowadays and I get the feeling they’re more open to this sort of thing nowadays. Mark my words!Johnson

 

Not time for value

My only issue with Game Pass, and that of any subscription service, is that I won’t have the time to extract the clear value for money they offer. But due to a promotion over Christmas I decided to pay £48 for 12 months. It’s only February and it’s already proved excellent value in throwing up games I’ve wanted to play but not picked up for various reasons.
The games in question are Hellblade: Seuna’s Scarrifice, Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor Game Of The Year Edition, We Happy Few, Batman: Return To Arkham, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, and at the end of the month Alien Isolation.
I still wouldn’t pay for the service at full price for the stated reason. But if you’re on a budget and don’t care about playing stuff straight away it offers a great a library of games, far better than I ever expected for the money.Simundo Jones

 

World building

For those that have got into Civilization VI on Switch there was a recent bit of news on the subreddit where developer Aspyr said they were definitely bringing the Rise And Fall and Gathering Storm expansions to the Switch.
They later ended up deleting the comments which seems like a pretty big admission that it’s true. I’ve always been a fan of the series but it really does work great on Switch and I’m glad to see such a good effort was made in making it work. And that 2K seem to be pretty quick of the block bringing the expansions as well.Doshin

 
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No angels

With Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice a little under a month away and YouTube channels starting to show a more detailed look at the previously seen demo area, I was just wondering when we could expect your preview?
Personally, I’m very much looking forward to playing this on the 22nd of March, although seeing Activision’s name related to this game in any way does create a level of conflict.
I’ve detested Activision and the way it operates for some time, resulting in me boycotting their games. That’s my choice and my way of not supporting the way they push their business ideas onto consumers. I just hope Activision haven’t had too much of a hand in Sekiro’s development outside of just publishing the game like Bandi Namco has before.Christopher Smith
GC: We already had a hands-on at Gamescom but there’s another event coming up next month. Activision don’t appear to have any input on the game, although we’re not sure why you’re singling them out beyond any other major publisher.

 

Inbox also-rans

Far Cry 5 is now 20 squid on the PS Store! To paraphrase Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner: ‘Time to buy…’Rangersingh (PSN ID)
I usually dust off the ol’ Xbox 360 once a year or so to give Batman: Arkham Asylum a blast… and now Return To Arkham is free on Game Pass there’s 1,000 Gamescore coming this way!big boy bentPS: Plus of course Arkham City.

 

This week’s Hot Topic

The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader gaz be rotten, who asks what Nintendo remake would you most like to see on the Switch?
Although Nintendo aren’t known for remakes they have made plenty in their time, such as the surprise annoucement of a remake of Game Boy game Zelda: Link’s Awakening last week. That suggests that nothing is off limits for them so what would you do in terms of suggesting other games for a similar treatment?
What do you think your choice of game would gain from a remake and what kind of graphical style would you choose for it? How much would you change about the gameplay and are there any 2D games you’d like to become full 3D or add modern features like online multiplayer?
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