Games Inbox: Dark Souls 10th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday inbox wonders if Microsoft is considering buying Activision Blizzard, as one reader wishes, there were more demos.
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Get ready to celebrate
There is another big anniversary this week, which I imagine will not be celebrated for the most part – I only discovered it by accident a while back. But it’s Dark Souls 10th anniversary on Wednesday. Yes, 10 years. I was shocked too.
Needless to say, I am a huge fan of the series and although I had never heard of Demon’s Souls at the time, I decided to give Dark Souls a try and after repeated failures, dismal slowly started to build. progress and eventually mastered the game. A familiar experience, I think, for every player who first thinks the game is stupidly impossible, and then slowly begins to become an expert, beating a game that is much harder than he ever thought possible.
I would definitely not consider myself an above average player in terms of skills and yet I have now beaten all FromSoftware games and actively looking for similar titles because I know it is courage and determination. which gets you to the end, far more than raw skill.
I’m not sure if From is going to recognize the anniversary this week, but I think we’re all going to be happy with Elden Ring not being delayed by means of celebration. We’ve seen so few of them yet that I’m concerned the early 2021 release date is too optimistic.
Take a tour of the rumor mill
So have you seen the rumors going around that Microsoft is about to announce another studio acquisition? Speculation is rife, but it seems the four companies at the heart of the gossip are Ubisoft, Take-Two, Sega, and Square Enix.
I know two of them are Japanese and I guess they will be impossible to buy. Take-Two will surely cost a lot more than buying ZeniMax, and surely Ubisoft has enough to fend off another takeover attempt?
Personally when I started to think about who they could buy that was a big name, I thought of Warner Bros. games, given all the restructuring and everything that happened there. lately.
What do you and other readers think is possible?
PS I am aware this could all be hogwash, but it seems to have gained ground and there is usually no smoke without fire.
CG: We haven’t seen this rumor and from a quick search there doesn’t appear to be any good sources behind it.
Play before you buy
I miss the game demos. The games I bought this year on PlayStation 5 are all established franchises, so I knew what I was getting. There have been a few recent releases such as Kena: Bridge Of Spirits, Deathloop, and Returnal that I’m interested in, but I’m wary of getting it without trying first.
Yes, there are gameplay videos on YouTube but it’s not the same. Back in the days when you got the demo discs with the official PlayStation magazine. Then there were plenty of them on the PlayStation Store instead. Recently, although it does not seem like much.
Tony – 1975 (PSN ID)
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A little ray of sunshine
I was seeing Super Mario Sunshine again and was amazed at how quickly I hit 10 shines. Of course, as I progressed through the first three levels, I never really felt like I had been anywhere different. And the controls are a lot more slippery than I remember, it’s way too easy for Mario to pass and go into the deadly void.
Even with the ability to hover, on the big slide I still lost a few reckless lives from too much speed. However, on the first level, after fixing the bridge, I thought I was going to go on and try to climb the windmill. And Petey the Piranha plant was waiting for me! So I was able to get a shine out of use! What I didn’t know I was capable of doing. It doesn’t add any extra point or anything, but it’s still a nice surprise.
What other games have had some nice, unexpected surprises lately?
After seeing that the Nintendo Switch Online subscription price might be going up to accommodate N64 games, have you heard more about how it might work? Would N64 games be available to anyone with a regular subscription and will the price go up each time you need to renew, or will it be a separate tier that will need to be purchased specifically?
I imagine the first one, but you never know with Nintendo and my subscription needs to be renewed. I don’t want to pay the year just for the ‘N64 Pass’ version which will be released next week!
Sparky the Yak
CG: There weren’t any new rumors, but the implication was that these were additional charges. As you say though, it’s best not to assume anything with Nintendo.
So, I’m really not sure about Rainbow Six: Extraction. It looks pretty poor in terms of design and direction, with an almost soulless sci-fi setting. Looks like Ubisoft doesn’t know what to do with the franchise at this point and is hoping it will continue from Siege as an online shooter.
So why not just create Rainbow Six Siege 2 and have another team come up with something a little more in line with the series’ original vision? Surely I can’t be the only one who wants something akin to classic Rainbow Six: tactical planning, careful staffing of teams and inventories, selection of routes, and implementation of said plan. Sure, it was tough, but it was great when your plan was working.
Maybe there’s no more audience for it, but what about a Rainbow Six Vegas sequel as a better thing? This series mixed a quasi-tactical nature with something a little more accessible and I always thought it worked well, critically and financially unless GC could correct me.
The same goes for Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell, I guess. Maybe a little inbox magic can breathe new life into these franchises. Here’s hoping.
CG: Vegas has a sequel, so it must have gone really well. We’re surprised there hasn’t been a new single-player-oriented game, although if that did happen there would be no way they would call it Siege 2.
Maybe I’m getting carried away here, but could… Activision Blizzard really go down as a result of all these lawsuits and investigations? Unlikely I know but I would bet the house that they’ll be caught lying about the situation, if they have to drop all their notes and emails, and that’s probably going to cause Bobby Kotick to exit at the very least.
The vultures go around in circles I bet. Imagine if they ruined the business for themselves and Microsoft rushed to buy them? Stranger things have happened. Probably.
I would never buy an NBA 2K game because I have no interest in basketball, but reading all the microtransactions is really, well… gross. The little about the BMX bike is just mind boggling that anyone would put up with it without realizing they were being fooled and yet, as you point out, people just put up with it because they are fans of the sport.
From my point of view, the fact that console microtransactions are now almost limited to sports games is a good thing, as I don’t play any of them, but it’s still a shame that it’s allowed, especially since all of these games are rated 3 and that means kids are playing them all the time, trying to get their parents to buy all those super expensive extras for them and engaging in what is basically gambling.
Leave it all unchecked and I’m sure it wouldn’t be too long before EA and 2K and the like start trying to get them back into paid non-sports games as well. They’re probably already there anyway, and I’m just not aware of it because I don’t play them.
GC, I’m assuming you didn’t get a review copy in time to do a pre-launch review? A clear indication that 2K knows what they are doing is wrong.
gVS : We only received a review copy after launch. As of release week, there were only five reviews on Metacritic for the PlayStation 5 version, so it clearly wasn’t just us.
Inbox also works
I would love to contribute / read on a hot topic about the best art in the game box, or maybe even the larger – the most memorable. A chance?
CG: The problem with this is that people are going to be tempted to just name a title and not write anything else, which won’t be very fun to read. But we could give it a go if everyone agreed not to.
Just a brief GC – are you reviewing Lost Judgment and when can we expect your review?
CG: Yes, it should be in place this week.
This week’s hot topic
The subject of this weekend’s inbox was suggested by the notoriouschucky reader, who asks which video game do you feel is worth a full 10/10 rating?
Accepting that 10/10 doesn’t mean something is literally perfect, which game would you give that rating to and why? How well was he rated upon his release and do you think he got the recognition he deserved – and if not, why not?
What makes this particular game better than any sequel or similar game and how much do you expect it to age over time? If it’s already an old game, how has its reputation changed over time and how many lives are there left?
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