Destruction AllStars – have you played it yet? (pic: Sony)
The Thursday Inbox is worried about Sony losing support from Japanese developers, as the Readers’ Top 40 of 2020 is revealed.
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So I’m writing this having put Destruction AllStars on quite early in the evening just to see what it was like. without any real hopes or expectations. I just checked the time and four hours have just completely disappeared so I can only conclude that I’ve been having great fun!
Stranger still for me because I very seldom play anything online, but what a little gem this is and all the better for being free! I like the four different game modes and I’ve really enjoyed trying out a few of the different characters and their vehicles and breaker abilities, I can see me playing this one for a while!
Rickandrolla (PSN ID)
Been playing a lot of Destruction AllStars since it came out on PS Plus and I’ve got to say it’s pretty good. However, it’s already obvious that it’s shockingly low on content and without more I don’t see myself, or anyone else, staying interested beyond a week or so.
That’s fine, it is free after all, but I can’t believe Sony were originally going to charge £70 for this when it was still going to be a launch game. £70 is crazy. Any kind of money is crazy given the lack of content and the fact that it has microtransactions.
Thankfully they saw sense though and while I can’t see this being the next Fall Guy, which is clearly what they’re going for, I can see it slowly growing in popularity if there’s a steady stream of new extras. It’s not a game I’m super excited about but it’s a win in my book, which means Sony is three for three so far with their first party PlayStation 5 games.
PS: I gather you weren’t sent a review copy, GC?
GC: No, we don’t think anyone was, but we’ll try and have a review for it this week.
I’m currently playing Destruction AllStars. Didn’t think I would be that interested in the game but…
I’m loving it.
Cheers Sony, for this cracker. Hopefully more games released through PlayStation Plus in the future.
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Not a single non-Switch game in the entire Japanese top 20 all year? Wow, there’s Nintendomination and there’s whatever’s going on now. Riots over PlayStation 5s or not it’s hard to argue the fact that Nintendo has completely pushed Sony out in Japan and it’s going to be very hard to find a way back in.
Ignoring all the console wars nonsense (please let us ignore it) this is going to have a massive impact on Japanese gaming for years to come, perhaps all time. Japanese developers, particularly those that make the more experimental stuff, usually make games for what is the biggest console in their market – which is clearly the Switch.
That means that in a couple of years the Switch is probably going to be flooded with exclusive new Japanese games, which I can’t say sounds like a bad thing at all. I guess from Sony’s point of view these smaller games are a sacrifice worth making to stay on top in America but it’s a shame because nowhere should be dominated so completely by one company. It’s just not healthy.
I recently finished watching the Apple TV series Mythic Quest. It was surprisingly good, there were a lot of cliches in the show but it did work for me. The best characters were definitely CW Longbottom, a washed-up sci-fi writer and David Brittlesbee a weak, paranoid sycophantic executive producer.
The most interesting episode is number five which didn’t feature the regular cast and sort of reminded me of the interview you guys did with Lorne Lanning, whereby the publisher and the developers have conflicting ideas on the direction of a game.
PS: When can we expect your review of Super Mario 3D World?
GC: We’re not allowed to say when the embargo is.
Making the cut
There’s been some talk recently of Marvel Vs. Capcom 4 maybe happening, now that Marvel has all the rights to its characters again and Square Enix’s Avengers game was kind of a flop. Just wondering what new characters people would want to see? I know GC will say Squirrel Girl, so let’s go with that, but I should say Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, Star-Lord and maybe some other Guardians, Blade, plus a bunch of Fantastic Four and X-Men characters are very likely. Probably someone from the Eternals too, as that’s the next new movie, even though I don’t know who they are.
The Capcom side is kind of hard to do though as they haven’t really invented many new characters lately, but I guess this giant vampire lady is probably a good pick now? And V or Nero from Devil May Cry 5? The GC pick would be someone from Power Stone (not sure who?) but I’d like to see Asura’s Wrath make the cut, although that game may be too old now. I’ll be happy with anything as long as it has The Thing and Wolverine in it though.
GC: Falcon would be the obvious pick for Power Stone, but we’d accept any of them.
I am also impressed by the amount of effort BioWare are putting into the Mass Effect remaster, although I really wish they had done something about the ending. I get that that would need far more work than you’d normally do for a remaster but for me knowing that the end is a complete mess really affects my want to play through them all again.
As far as I know the terrible ending has never really been explained, in terms of what BioWare were going for, but looking back it just seems like they had no idea what to do after the main battle and just ran out of time/inspiration.
You’d think there was simpler ways to handle that problem than… what they went with (spoilers obviously) but the end text strikes me as the sort of thing they wrote with no idea of what it really meant. I’m always surprised and upset when I find out how much of TV in particular works like that. Battlestar Galactica was the first time I found out it was common, but apparently it happens all the time where they just write something cool sounding and then figure out what it means later.
Needless to say it’s not an approach I prefer.
Top 40 hits
I really enjoyed the Top 20 Hot Topic on the weekend, would it be possible for you to publish the Top 40 reader’s games please? As I played a lot of games from previous years last year the only three I could name for my top three from 2020 that I had played were The Last of Us Part 2, Horace, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars.
PS: For The King is free on Epic Store at 4pm today. It was released a while ago on Epic Store for free, so if you missed it before now’s your chance to get it.
GC: Sure, here you go:
1. The Last Of Us Part 2
2. Final Fantasy 7 Remake
3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
5. Ghost Of Tsushima
6. Astro’s Playroom
7. Demon’s Souls
8. Immortals Fenyx Rising
9. Doom Eternal
10. Star Wars: Squadrons
11. Cyberpunk 2077
12. Ori And The Will Of The Wisps
13. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
15. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
16. Streets Of Rage 4
17. Wasteland 3
18. Paper Mario: The Origami King
19. Half-Life: Alyx
20. Lonely Mountains: Downhill
21. Persona 5 Royal
22. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
23. Spelunky 2
24. The Pathless
26. Nioh 2
27. Pikmin 3 Deluxe
28. Fall Guys
29. Resident Evil 3
30. A Short Hike
31. Yakuza: Like A Dragon
32. Tony Hawk’s Pro-Skater 1 + 2
34. FIFA 21
35. Genshin Impact
36. Microsoft Flight Simulator
37. Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
40. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
What will anyone bet me that there won’t be a Nintendo Direct until April? They’ve already missed their chance for an early year one so I’m getting the feeling nothing is coming out anytime soon this year.
GC: They’ll probably have an Animal Crossing one in or before March, since it’s the game’s one year anniversary and they have the Mario crossover coming up.
I’m very curious to see how IO Interactive are going to handle their James Bond game. The worst thing about Hitman is the story but that’s going to be very important in a Bond game, at least in terms of talking to the characters. Hope we see a preview soon.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Gannet, who asks what is your favourite video game genre and how do you hope it will evolve in the new generation?
What do you traditionally consider to be your favourite genre and why? Which games do you think are the best examples and how do they compare to other famous entries in the genre?
How did your favourite genre fare in the previous generation and does it seem to be getting more or less popular at the moment? What do you hope for in the new generation and have any games in the genre been announced or released yet?
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