Monkey Island 2 – Luasfilm’s best? (pic: Disney)
The Wednesday Inbox wonders if Sony will make an exclusive Star Wars game to match Microsoft, as one reader looks forward to The Medium.
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As if the news about Lucasfilm Games wasn’t good enough less than 24 hours later we get a new Indiana Jones game announced. Now that’s service! I was a little down at the original announcement to be honest, as it seemed like a minor thing just to hype up their Star Wars games. Nothing wrong with that but, as GC pointed out, Lucasfilm/Arts used to be much more than that.
I’m very glad to see that Indy is getting a new game but I do hope it’s something more than just a Tomb Raider/Uncharted clone. Obviously both games were heavily influenced by the films but an official Indiana Jones game should be more than just a clone of things that were copying it in the first place. I know there’s no chance of it being a graphic adventure but I hope it’s got plenty of non-action parts and puzzling too.
As for what happens in the future the opportunities seem endless. There’s an infinite number of Star Wars games you could make, even before The Mandalorian blew everything up, and I agree that this means we’re probably going to be seeing a lot more in the future.
But I also hope we see other sequels or brand new IP too. Lucasfilm made lots of really innovative games and I’d love to see a modern equivalent to the graphic adventure as well as direct sequels/reboots.
It’s really great news to me and I’ve been thinking all day about what games I’d like to return. But what counts as the best Lucasfilm game? For me it comes down to Monkey Island 2 and Day Of The Tentacle, two true classics with great jokes and dialogue from a time when most games didn’t even have a proper plot.
OG Tomb Raider
So I’ve just seen the announcement about the new Indiana Jones game from Bethesda and I’m excited for a number of reasons. 1. I absolutely love the genre 2. I absolutely love Indiana Jones and 3. It looks like it might be another Day 1 gamepass game (potentially).
Most commentary seems to be from fearful PlayStation owners that it might be an Xbox exclusive and I kind of hope it is. Despite already announcing quite a lot of games for the future Xbox is still lumbered with the ‘no game’ schtick. This would be a Spider-Man level exclusive and though it might be fairly far out, it’s still another exciting announcement nonetheless. But I’m guessing we will have to wait and see what happens in regards to exclusivity, though the choice of MachineGames as the developer is inspired, could they potentially pull a Guerrilla Games?
The other chatter I saw online regarding the game was that it would just be a ‘reskinned Uncharted’. I don’t really know how people dare say that when the Indiana Jones IP has been around for ever, three decades longer, and it’s had multiple games that pre-date Uncharted like Indiana Jones And The Emperor’s Tomb on the OG Xbox and PlayStation 2. I’m shocked people would dare say that with a straight face when Tomb Raider pre-dates Uncharted by over a decade.
Happy 2021 to all the staff at GC, I hope everyone is staying sane during lockdown 3.
Jay (graffitiheart89 – gamertag/PSN ID)
GC: They haven’t said what genre it is yet.
RE: Bethesda/Todd Howard and MachineGames making an Indiana Jones game. Xbox has long since needed an alternative to Uncharted, could this be the answer? That doesn’t make much sense when you consider Tomb Raider/Uncharted all derive from Indiana Jones, but Indy potentially being exclusive to Xbox could be a big deal. A huge deal.
I’m more hyped by the fact MachineGames are developing the game.
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Short and sweet
How anyone can say they’ve nothing to play is beyond me and I feel they must have the most narrow, nitpicky taste in games. I agree that triple-A games are not as plentiful as they once were due to longer, more costly development cycles, which is concerning but that’s a separate issue. Outside of triple-A there is more than enough quality games released. It seems to me the people who complain they’ve nothing to play are overly concerned with just playing the most hyped new releases, like reader Gosling yesterday.
And even though I agree we now see less triple-A games I don’t agree with Gosling that they are like gold dust. In the past few months I’ve picked up Immortals Fenyx Rising, Star Wars: Squadrons, Cyberpunk 2077 on PC and really looking forward to Hitman 3, especially as I have PlayStation VR. On that note when do you expect your Hitman review will be up and will you be trying it out on PlayStation VR for reviewing purposes?
GC: The fact that there are alternatives is the separate issue, not the ever-decreasing number of triple-A games. And the last few months were the Christmas rush, so hardly a typical example. This is part of why we were so enamoured by Spider-Man: Miles Morales: a much shorter but better paced game than normal triple-A titles, that could be made in a shorter span of time. We’d love to see other games follow in its stead, as opposed to more bloated 60+ hour games that would’ve been much better at a third the length.
My only Wii U double dip on Switch so far has been Mario Kart 8 (unless you count Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which could be considered as v1.5 of the Wii U games, I suppose) but I’d already decided I was probably going to get Super Mario 3D World again, as it’s a great game.
I watched the Bowser’s Fury trailer and I’m still not entirely sure what it is, but it certainly looked nice so I’m definitely in. The main game possibly has my favourite end game Bowser battle ever.
I pre-ordered Super Mario 3D World months ago, not realising it wasn’t out until February the 12th but I have to say after seeing the new trailer I’m very much looking forward to it. I did play it on the Wii U but it’s such a good game I don’t begrudge paying to play it again. I love me some Mario goodness.
PS: Are you reviewing Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood for PlayStation 4? The last time I looked it wasn’t up on the GC release schedule.
GC: It’s on there, for February 4 – although we’re a little suspicious of whether it’ll make that date.
Last gen miracle
Wow! Played my first session on The Last Of Us Part 2 last night, the graphics are stunning! The facial animation and the environments are just astounding, with some absolutely beautiful detail on display. It’s a bit early to judge anything about the story or gameplay but if they have even half the level of craft of the graphics then this game is going to be something very special.
To think that the game can even run on my base PlayStation 4 is mind bogglingly, it’s nice to know there’s life in the old machine yet. The PlayStation 4 was the first non-Nintendo machine I’ve ever owned and it’s been a pleasure having it. I recently ended up counting the number of PlayStation 4 games I’d played and was shocked to find it was 66 games finished with 10 more ready to play. That’s easily the most games I’ve ever had on one console!
Here’s hoping when I eventually get a PlayStation 5 it can live up to its predecessor’s legacy. If nothing else I can’t wait to see what Naughty Dog’s next game will look like!
Above Medium interest
Happy New Year to you all and all the readers.
I have an Xbox Series X on the way and managed to get it via Xbox All Access so have Game Pass with it for two years, which is a great way to buy it.
I must say that I’m really liking the look of The Medium and good to know it’s going to be on Game Pass.
Any idea when the review will be up?
GC: Not yet, but we’re definitely looking forward to it.
Japan Studios’ Knights Of The Old Republic 3
I have to say that I share other readers’ pessimism about the future of BioWare. No matter how they try to dress it up all those people leaving the company at the end of last year was not a good sign, especially as one of them was the main Mass Effect guy.
The excitement around Mass Effect 4 was mostly that the old school veterans were coming back to sort things out. The problem with Andromeda was that it was an inexperienced team and if that’s what we’re back to… I fear the worst.
Dragon Age 4 is hopefully not in quite as bad a place but even so I’ll be shocked if it turns out to be a great game. I hope it is but… the signs are not good at all.
Funny that that other reader would write in and say that Bethesda and Obsidian can’t do Knights Of The Old Republic 3 now that Microsoft owns them and then the next day we get Bethesda doing an Indiana Jones game. Was Inbox magic involved in that at all? I’d say a Sony studio should do the new Knights Of the Republic but they haven’t really got anyone that does role-playing games.
So Microsoft now have a potential exclusive Indiana Jones game? Will this be the second time that they’ve tried to buy themselves an Uncharted equivalent, after Rise Of The Tomb Raider was a timed exclusive? I don’t know why they’re obsessed by the idea, seeing as Sony doesn’t seem to have any plans for a new Uncharted.
Those PlayStation 5 release dates are actually pretty encouraging – a lot of interesting looking stuff coming out relatively soon.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Cranston and asks what’s your most replayed single-player game of all time?
Not counting multiplayer-focused games without an end, what game have you come back to again and again and why? Is it the gameplay, the story, or because of some special meaning the game has in your life?
Do you replay the game on the format it was originally released on or is part of the reason you’ve replayed it so much the fact that it keeps getting updated and re-released? What could make you stop replaying the game and do you think you ever will?
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