Please consider sending in your own festive Reader’s Feature to air during the Christmas break while we prepare our own Christmas and New Year programming for the end of the year. It can be about anything, but if there’s something you’ve been meaning to write about but haven’t gotten around to, now is the moment.
One reader is underwhelmed by Resident Evil Village, therefore the Monday Inbox wonders how different Breath Of The Wild 2 will be from the previous game.
As we stagger towards another lockdown, or whatever it is that’s going on this Christmas, I was thinking of getting into a new online shooter. I don’t have an Xbox, so Halo is out, which leaves the obvious candidates as Call Of Duty: Vanguard and Battlefield 2042. I’m not interested in Vanguard for a dozen different reasons and while I accept it’s not meant to be terrible, I just can’t get excited about it.
Battlefield 2042 does seem more interesting on paper, in terms of the different modes and scale of the combat. I even like the setting, even though there’s not a story mode, and the graphics look great. But looking around online the game seems to have nothing but negative talk surrounding it and very low users numbers, on PC at least.
Is the game basically DOA? The whole scene seems dead and probably a mistake to get into from the start. After all that talk, before it was released, of Battlefield beating Call Of Duty and it turns out that both of the games have basically been rejected by their fanbase. On one hand it’s good to know people don’t eat up this stuff without thinking about it, but on the other I’m really not sure what to play now. Maybe Apex Legends?
I was hoping that they would show Starfield at The Game Awards just so we could get an idea of how much spaceship combat there is in it. As a lifelong Elite fan I just cannot cope with how boring Elite: Dangerous is and keep hoping they’ll release a ‘proper’ Elite 4 that’s single-player only. Even though I know they won’t.
If Starfield lets you go into space whenever you want, and pick a fight with whoever that would be fantastic, as far as I’m concerned. I am a bit disappointed it won’t have aliens in it though. Having just humans is probably to make it seem more realistic but I’m willing to bet there’s a lot more in the game that’s more unrealistic than aliens. Take it away
Can I be a contrarian and say I don’t think It Takes Two is really that good? It’s fun to play in co-op, but what isn’t? For me, the whole game breaks down because the two main characters are completely unlikeable. I don’t think they’re meant to be but I didn’t want to ‘be’ them or hear them go on about themselves endlessly. It was actually a pretty bad story and tonally it couldn’t decide whether to go for a Pixar style approach or something darker. The whole bit with the elephant is just plain weird and completely out of synch with the rest of the game. To me the whole thing seemed more like a good idea than a good game.
Logey Slow reaction
As a 45-year-old gamer who started on an Acorn Electron, I am guessing I am one of the first people who have been gaming since childhood to hit middle age, and in the last year or two I have noticed an alarming drop off in my abilities. The game that has brought this on is Returnal. I am fairly sure at a younger age, with better reactions, I could have easily got through it, but I am still raging through the third level six months on. The other game I play that has hammered that home is Apex Legends. I have some younger gamer friends who consistently do better than me, and occasionally I do feel a burden.
Best and worst Regarding the definitive version of Resident Evil 4, for me it’s the PlayStation 2 edition or the HD editions on PlayStation 3/Xbox 360, PlayStation 4/Xbox One, and also PC.