Games Inbox: Is Final Fantasy VII Remake being episodic a good idea?

The evening Inbox is impressed by Sony’s State of Play, as one reader is unsure what the politics of Ghost Recon: Breakpoint are trying to hide.

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Episodic Fantasy

So I see Square Enix has confirmed that Final Fantasy VII Remake is still going to be released episodic, which is maybe not a surprise but still a bit of a disappointment. Is this going to be the modern day equivalent of swapping discs when you get a certain way through?

I do understand that there was probably no way around the problem, so I’m not going to complain to much. The only thing I would say is that I wish there was at least an option to have the battles turn-based. All the gameplay and controls are already there in the original, they just have set them up with the new graphics and there you go. But, I’m guessing they want.

The graphics though… I don’t see anyone complaining about them. They look phenomenal, not just from a technical perspective but also interpreting the original low-poly designs into something modern. Things like Cloud’s hair still look ridiculous but I think that’s all part of the charm.

God knows when the first episode will be out, let alone the last, but I’m still excited for it. The crazier the better!


Good state

That Sony State of Play thing was pretty good was pretty good for something so short. Not sure why it was so short, mind, but at least we got to see something new for Final Fantasy VII Remake at last. And finally we might get an actual good Predator game, too. As soon as that music started I knew what it was, so I’m hoping the team behind have as a good a grasp on the original movie as those that did Alien Isolation.

I was also seriously impressed by the graphics for Away: The Survival Series, although I didn’t really get what kind of game it was. It seemed a kind of linear platformer? Never played MediEvil before, so I have no opinion on that, but I do agree that Riverbond looks fun. I wish Sony would advertise indie games more though. They weren’t exactly overrunning in terms of time so they could’ve packed in much more if they wanted. But it’s pretty obvious they don’t really care anymore.


Priority speed

When do you think your Rage 2 review will be up? I’m pretty excited for it but still think I’ll wait for the reviews (I guess it could end up being trash) although I’m more interested in waiting for the Digital Foundry analysis.

Bethesda say the base console version will be 30fps but the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro will be 60fps. If it’s not a rock solid silky 60fps on Pro then I’ll get it on PC. I’m hopeful it will be though as Bethesda has also said the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro will run at 1080p. I’ve seen no mention of higher resolution modes , as they are prioritising speed.
Simundo Jones

GC: Review copies came in very late and only on PC, so while the embargo is Monday we don’t think we’ll make that. As far as we know most other sites are in a similar situation.


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Politician’s answer

I’m really starting to get sick of Ubisoft saying their games aren’t political. At this point I don’t even understand why they give interviews when they go out of their way not to say anything at all. What’s particularly bizarre is when they start bringing Tom Clancy into it and saying the games are just works of fiction like the books. Why does being a work of fiction mean it can’t also be political? Tom Clancy wrote political thrillers, that’s what his job was. In terms of plot the games are political thrillers. Their stories are literally taken from news headlines, with the war on drugs, domestic terrorism, and so on.

The thing I don’t understand though is are they trying to not put off left-wing customers, who might be worried the game’s plot is too right-wing. Or are they worried that any mention of the games being political will put off the alt-right, because they’ll assume it’s liberal (which Tom Clancy absolutely wasn’t). It’s such a mess. I agree just making a Terminator game would’ve been a lot better.
Perspex Knight


Noise escalation

Talk about first world problems! That reader who was complaining about the loud fan in his PS4 Pro must have either a faulty console or broken hearing as my Pro is absolutely fine. Some free advice though, turn your TV up!

My Pro is definitely noisier than my Xbox One X though but that’s, because I haven’t played on my Xbox since Cuphead was released! It really is an expensive ornament, when is the next exclusive game for it being released because I genuinely don’t know of any?

GC: Our PS4 Pro fan is also annoyingly loud, it’s a common complaint. And turning the volume up sounds like a pretty terrible solution to the problem. The known Xbox exclusives this year are Gears 5, Ori And The Will Of The Wisps, and Battletoads – although none of them have release dates yet.


Proof of concept

Bit sad to hear that Capcom hasn’t got any big new games coming out till this time next year. That early spring release slot was working out really well for them. But if Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 were test to see if people were still interested in old school franchises it all seems to have been a huge success.

All the talk of ports and remasters makes me think that a Dino Crisis remaster similar to Onimusha must be on the way and that’s there a good chance that both might get a remake or a sequel at some point. Not sure if that means they won’t have much at E3 but I’m going to bet we get the Resident Evil 3 annoucement at least. Maybe some kind of Marvel Vs. Capcom update too. Do you have any idea yet what’ll be there, GC?
Benjy Dog

GC: We don’t know, although if we did we couldn’t tell you.


Trusted reviews

Count me as another person looking forward to seeing Detective Pikachu this weekend, tonight in fact if you use this on Friday! I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers but I did watch this review from Mark Kermode, who I always respect, and he seemed surprisingly positive despite knowing absolutely nothing about Pokémon.

It sounds like as long as you don’t go in expecting a classic, and accept that the first half is better than the second, it’s going to be okay. Or at least that’s what I’ve gathered from reading other trusted reviews. Hopefully the second film will adapt Pokémon Snap and that’ll finally force them to make a sequel!
King Zilla

GC: We like Mark Kermode too, and that review seems pretty spot on.


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Hubristic outcome

I agree with what seems to be a general consensus that the emergence of loot boxes is not one of gaming’s finer achievements. Though I never buy them I concur with Colmin, in a previous letter, that they add nothing constructive to a game and unbalance it. There’s also the concern of impact on children of what can be seen as unlicensed gambling.

However, I’m very wary of encouraging the intervention of politicians in this issue. There is a long inglorious history of politicians not understanding various forms of popular culture ranging from home videos to music, often leading to badly drafted laws which are used to go beyond their original intention. Certainly bans and/or censorship more often than not are the result of political self-interest than the common good. And I hardly need add that the present climate has illustrated acutely that politicians are not imbued with any kind of competence.

Although not as prevalent now, undoubtedly many readers here are well aware that games have often been used as a scapegoat for society’s ills. A random example off the top of my head was the tragic stabbing of a teacher in 2014 by a 15-year-old pupil where certain sections of the media and some politicians blamed games, notably Dark Souls. Clearly they hadn’t played the game, were largely ignorant of its content and woefully misunderstood the tagline; ‘Prepare to die’.

So, with this in mind, while Senator Josh Hawley raises some interesting points albeit with heavy emphasis on ‘think of the children’ the usual questions need to be asked; does he have a vested interest, who’s lobbying him and is he vulnerable to losing an election? Appealing to an older generation over misplaced concerns is a common trait, particularly as they are more likely to turn out to vote. Certainly, his proposed bill seems to be short on detail and leaves a lot of scope to go beyond the issue of loot boxes.

Often the better solution comes from the community. Star Wars: Battlefront II is an obvious example of a community backlash which led to EA selecting reverse gear so fast we could still smell the rubber tyre marks on the tarmac. This proved to be far more effective than any kind of law or ban.
Paul Williams

GC: We agree entirely. Although we do feel publishers have brought this upon themselves. Rather than make any effort to self-regulate they pretended the problem didn’t exist and ignored governmental concerns from around the world.


Inbox also-rans

Come on GameCentral, I know you’re not massive fans but surely even you are a bit hyped for Final Fantasy VII Remake…
NongWen (PSN ID)

GC: It’s not like we hate it or anything. But, err… the graphics looked good.

Stellaris is free to play this weekend on Steam.
Andrew J.


This week’s Hot Topic

With Pokémon: Detective Pikachu out this week, the subject for this weekend’s Inbox was fairly obvious: what’s your favourite video game movie?

What movie based on an existing video game franchise is your favourite and why? Is it a good movie in its own right or do you just enjoy the connection to the game? Are there any TV shows or cartoons that you’d rate higher and what do you think in general is the best way to adapt a video game into live action or animation?

Why do you think so many movies get things wrong and what advice would you give on upcoming movies or your own dream projects? And do you think Detective Pikachu (or Sonic) will change anything?

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