Games Inbox: Has Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare’s realism gone too far?

The evening Inbox is doubts if Beyond Good And Evil 2 will ever come out, as another reader pleas for R-Type Final 2 Kickstarter support.

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I never heard any of this stuff about Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare before, that all sounds… really exploitive? I mean, since when has Call Of Duty ever been realistic? I know child soldiers and gassing and everything exists in real life but is that really a subject you want people to be playing for fun? Especially a game whose main audience is impressionable teenage boys (as if anyone ever pays any attention to the age ratings).

If this was a more serious game, something like This War Of Mine, it’d be fine but Call Of Duty is a dumb blockbuster and Activision has already been directly comparing the new game to No Russian, which was also controversy for controversy’s sake, just to increasing the game’s notoriety.

People talk about games being taken seriously as an art form but when major publishers are pulling this sort of thing with mainstream franchises it just all looks very sordid and desperate. I’m sure it’ll work perfectly for them.


New trend

That Borderlands 2 DLC thing is actually a really good idea. So good I’m surprised it’s not occurred to anyone before. Remind everyone of a beloved older game, get them up to speed on the story, and have them pumped for the cycle.

It’s a lot of time and money to create a new expansion for free, but I’ve got a feeling this is going to pay off for them and I would be very happy if this became a regular thing.

My only issue is that Borderlands 2’s graphics really do look indistinguishable from Borderlands 3. It’s hard to understand why there was such a long wait for a sequel given how little has changed. That’s not necessarily a complaint but it is weird.


Horses for courses

Would I be alone if I said that I had never played a Pokémon game? With this and my dislike of Zelda games I wonder if I actually can be called a gamer?

If you don’t want to spend £70 on Move controllers, check out Cash Convertors website. I got two for £50 and they seem to work as expected. I’ve completed Arizona Sunshine and The American Dream using the controllers. As GC says, they aren’t anywhere near perfect but the will do the job most of the time. Sometimes they charge higher for the controllers but just keep checking. The Aim Controller is expensive too, but it seems to work a little more consistently.

Last thing. Some great news about Borderlands 2 DLC. I don’t think there were any stinkers apart from the Arena DLC, which was a boring grind fest.

GC: Well, you certainly don’t seem to be someone that likes Nintendo games. But that’s fine, Borderlands 2, and whatever else you like, is good too.


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Slow-moving Topic

Here is a suggestion I have for a weekend Hot Topic.

With hundreds of wrestling/fighting and combat games officially licensed what would you say has been the greatest game ever made and why? Also, of the many wrestling/fighting and combat games you have played which one would you say had the most content and had the better features? And in the future what do you think the next generation of wrestling/fighting/combat games should offer?

Finally, do you think that certain games of these types that have been released in the past should become free in the future when next gen consoles hit the market, to celebrate the release of the newer titles for the next gen systems?
gaz be rotten (gamertag)

GC: We had a Hot Topic on this subject a couple of years ago, we’re not sure enough has really changed since then to warrant another.


Striking out

As other readers have recently commented, I too am impressed with the final line-up of the Mega Drive Mini; have had one on pre-order since it was first announced. Though I will have to wait until December, as it will be an Xmas present…

I was a SNES owner in my teens and, from my personal perspective of being only casually familiar with the best and/or most well-known Mega Drive titles, the line-up is almost wholly inclusive. Apart from Desert Strike I can’t think of anything missing, and the wealth of titles new to me makes the system even more appealing. Alisia Dragoon looks particularly interesting (also what a great name), this coincidentally having just been recommended by fellow reader Chris C. The shared energy system reminds me of Liberation Maiden.

The only shortcoming so far is having three-button controllers as standard outside Japan, when some of the titles are clearly intended for six. But hopefully this will not significantly affect the overall enjoyment (can one reassign the default controls in Street Fighter II, I wonder?). I would also like to see Sega improve on the NES and SNES Mini and make the controller cables long enough to not need an extension…
Graham Wade
PS: When you review the Mega Drive Mini, please would you consider stating the specific power requirements, so readers can buy an AC adapter if necessary? Many TVs, etc. only have 500mA USB sockets (all mine are) and, if anything like the NES and SNES Mini, the Mega Drive Mini is likely to be at least 1A.

GC: Sure, we’ll try to remember.


Future Topic

Now that is a topic I love: SNES vs. Mega Drive. Has this ever been a Hot Topic? I would say the SNES. As some have rightly said it’s games are timeless and could be contenders for best games ever.

In our school we had a kid who had all the best SNES and Mega Drive games and wouldn’t lend any out to anyone, as he was worried he wouldn’t get them back. Well he was right, as I had a boxed SNES copy which I lent out and didn’t receive it back.
Alek Kazam

GC: We don’t think it has. That’s probably one to leave until the Mega Drive Mini is out though.


Get on with it

Am I the only one that has a hard time believing Beyond Good And Evil 2 will really come out? They’ve been talking about the game for what seems like a decade or more and I don’t see what an Earth a sweary space pirate simulator has to do with a sequel to the original game.

And that livestream was terrible. It didn’t show anything major and just gave the impression they were messing around with the artwork all day instead of getting any work done. I’m all for creatives having enough time to get their ideas out but at this point I have no faith the game will ever be finished.

GC: You are not the only one that thinks that, we can assure you.


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Short-term giantism

So, Pokémon Sword and Shield are apparently getting rid of the random battles, instead finding exclamation marks in tall grass or finding wondering Pokémon in the field. I don’t mind random battles, for the most part (I think I tended to only get annoyed with them in the Victory Road sections) but I understand other people despise them, so fair enough. I suppose it will also help when chaining for shinies.

I kind of got the impression that the regions will all be surrounding the city in the centre of the map, sort of like Hyrule surrounding Hyrule Castle. I’m not sure how I feel about that, if I’m correct. It would certainly be a huge change to the design, but it might risk making the journey feel less epic.
My main criticism would surround the Dynimaxing or whatever they called it – it seems that they keep introducing a mechanic to change how battles work, but then they throw it away when they make the next generation. I suspect this mechanic won’t be around for very long, either.

Also, I recently saw Pokémon: Detective Pikachu at the cinema and I thought it was really good. If I were eight years old, this would easily join the tapes that I wore down (along with Back to the Future 2 and Watership Down).

The main final twist was predictable, but the rest of the film didn’t go how I expected. Ryan Reynolds was excellent – hearing him tearfully singing the Pokémon theme tune had me in tears… of laughter.

I remember when he was announced as the voice and there was a petition to get Danny DeVito to voice Pikachu instead. I attempted to imagine that, but accidentally thought of Gilbert Godfried instead, and I loved it.
Joseph Dowland

GC: We got the impression it was the open world Wild Area that was the centrepiece of the map, but hopefully things will be clearer at E3.


Inbox also-rans

I feel it! E3 fever is gripping! Looking forward to being surprised, disappointed, and confused in equal measure!

Just to let everyone know but R-Type Final 2 has reached it’s minimum Kickstarter goal. It’s still got a long way to go for the stretch goals though so please support it here.
Purple Ranger


This week’s Hot Topic

With E3 due to start in just a few days the subject for this weekend’s Inbox is obvious: what are you expecting out of the show and what are you most looking forwards to?

What are your predictions for the major announcements in terms of games, hardware, and things like new streaming services? What do you expect to hear from the likes of Microsoft and Nintendo and what games reveals are you most anticipating?

What are you resigned to not hearing about and what do you think will end up being the biggest news from the show this year? What unannounced games do you think might be revealed and what previously unseen ones do you think will make the biggest splash?

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