The Tuesday Inbox looks back at K.K. Slider performances through the years, as one reader is concerned about DualSense accessibility.
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I read Chris’ letter last Monday and his fatigue with Assassin’s Creed Unity, raising many valid points around the multitude of objects and chests to find in the game. In truth, it didn’t get better going into Syndicate and you can understand the reset for Origin and Odyssey. Where I feel it has some merit is the sheer catharsis, especially now, of being able to walk around Paris and to a similar extent London, despite their historical settings, enjoying the virtual sensation of being around crowds. With Unity, changing the audio option to have the crowd speak in French added to the ambience and provides a means of escapism.
Perhaps it would make an interesting feature: virtual escapism. One of the highlights of Unity though is the presentation of Notre-Dame, especially given the damage to the cathedral and the means to just walk around and appreciate seeing the building in its original state. The bonus sections set in and around the Eiffel Tower at various junctures of history from the Belle Époque to the Second World War were also a fascinating experience not ordinarily experienced in gaming or indeed media in general.
Not the best game in the digital ether by far, and open to justifiable criticism on its release but today it feels like a solid experience, having smoothed over a lot of the issues from launch and just a nice way to escape life at the moment and soak in Parisian culture and be amongst people again.
I agree with Klomp’s suggestion that The Elder Scrolls 6 is the next holy grail of gaming, now that Final Fantasy 7 Remake is out. At least for me personally, in that it’s one game I’ve waited for a long time for and would probably just about be tempted to buy on day one no matter what. I can’t believe it’s been this long since Skyrim and we’re still waiting. I can only assume Elder Scrolls Online has been very successful for Bethesda, so they’ve been in no rush with the next mainline sequel.
But, just to be unnecessarily pessimistic for a second, I think it could be a bit of a be careful what you wish for situation at the moment. Things were very different back in 2011 and Bethesda have essentially been lurching from controversy to controversy ever since (with a few positives along the way, Dishonored for instance). The situation with Fallout 76 was almost a wilful exploitation of that fanbase in my opinion.
Making The Elder Scrolls 6 right would require massive investments into staff costs and a new engine, which they won’t see any return on for several years. I’m just not sure how palatable that is to the people at the top in Bethesda anymore and shudder to think what they’ll resort to in the interests of getting their payout sooner rather than later – I imagine it’ll involve a lot of exhausted developers and a lot of bugs.
PS: Can’t wait to see if the Inbox magic will work on Chaos Legion, that was indeed a deep cut.
End of the beginning
So I finally invited K.K. Slider to my island paradise (SW-0703-4469-5210, Jab, Applegrove) and as he parked himself in front of Residential Services and the town all gathered he proceeds to play a catchy tune and the credits roll… What the heck, now I don’t think I’ve ever seen the credits on an Animal Crossing before, though I probably have and I just can’t remember!
Most people would call that ‘the end’ but having just unlocked pathways, terraforming and been 1.2 million bells in debt to Tom Crook ahem, Nook, there’s plenty more to see yet.
big boy bent
GC: The credits always roll during a K.K. Slider song, since the very first GameCube game.
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RE: Choasphere616 and not being able to buy games you got from PS Plus and only being to gain access to them by re-subbing.
I was doing a few amen brothers when reading your letter. I’ve not had PS Plus for a while now but have over 100 games on the service I don’t have access to. But when I checked yesterday it seems I can now buy them at the current store price be it full or sale, unless my account is bugged. See this video.
Wouldn’t be the first time a useful feature has completely passed me by on PlayStation. Took until about a year ago to find out you can reveal hidden Trophy details by pressing square. Also, about a year of owning a busted up second-hand PlayStation 3 that DualShock 4 is compatible with PlayStation 3 minus motion controls and weirdly the Home button doesn’t work, meaning you need your DualShock 3 to get back to the home screen.
Thanks to Commodore_Fan in the Underbox the other day, the game I’d been trying to name was indeed In Memoriam (for some reason I’d gotten ‘Memento Mori’ stuck in my head, which I knew wasn’t right, but felt was close!). Having had a read up on it, the game sounds even more interesting than I’d remembered, as not only would you receive emails from others supposedly investigating the case, but eventually the killer himself, taunting you.
Sadly, it looks like I was right and the websites created for the game are no longer available, and even a fan project designed to preserve all the info on a private server is also now defunct. So looks like I’ve missed my chance to play what sounded like an interesting game.
Sparky the Yak
PS: Billy Bunter suggested Majestic as a possible title for what I’d been thinking of. I’d never heard of that one before, but it sounded very similar to In Memoriam.
GC: In Memoriam, that was it! For some reason we knew Ubisoft was the publisher. We’d never heard of Majestic before either, but it sounds interesting.
Persona 3 and 4 are a couple of my all-time favourite games (especially in the PSP/PS Vita editions!) so now I think that it’s about time I should pick up Persona 5 seeing as a director’s cut has been recently released.
As I’m not a PlayStation 4 gamer this gen (despite owning a PlayStation 4 twice!) it might be a pointless purchase unless GC know if it has been hinted at that it might be one of those rumoured PlayStation 4 games heading to PC in the near future because I could hold out for a PC release at the very worst.
What would be even better for me thou’ would be if, like, all of the Kingdom Hearts, Yakuza, Final Fantasy games, etc. that finally made their debut on the Xbox platform maybe the Persona series could do the same, but any major Japanese role-playing release would be great.
As Xbox games seem to be making their way to Switch maybe we could see the reverse?
I don’t know about GC or its readers, but heck give me the Xenoblade Chronicles games with Achievement support on Xbox One and I’ll be happy as a pig in mud!
Whilst I’m daydreaming why not dream about a re-release of underrated Wii gems Pandora’s Tower and The Last Story?
I mean, if The World Ends With You can get a Switch re-release why can’t they bring these back?!
Anyway, keep up the good work GC, glad that we can still access all that you do during these mad times. I hope GC and all the readers are staying (indoors!) safe and healthy.
TheSpectre N8 (gamertag)
PS: Currently playing Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix (Xbox One) and Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo Switch)
GC: There’s been no hint of Persona 5 on PC. Since it’s Atlus’ game it would have nothing to do with whatever plans Sony has for its titles on PC.
Not enough cash, stranger
I have a bad feeling about Resident Evil 4 as a remake. I don’t see how it’s not going to control the same as 2 and 3 but that is going to completely miss the point. You’d have to redesign everything about the game and then what’s left? Just a linear third person shooter, no different from the rest. I bet they take all the cheese out too, based on the last two remakes. Anyone ready for a grim ‘n’ gritty merchant?
Obviously we’ll have to wait and see but nothing from the last to games, especially the disappointing Resident Evil 3, gives me much confidence.
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Although the new DualSense controller looks neat I’m left concerned about accessibility issues regarding the adaptive triggers.
As someone who has carpal tunnel in both hands I certainly don’t want to feel the tension in the string on a bow and I’m concerned this may be a compulsory method in some games, with no alternative.
Both Nintendo and Sony have form for putting in motion controls with no alternative control method. I bring up Pokémon: Let’s Go because it was a game I was really looking forward to but couldn’t play due to mandatory motion controls.
I’ve also found that with my carpal tunnel I’ve had much difficulty returning to my Nintendo Wii and PlayStation Vita games in my backlog since I have developed carpal tunnel syndrome.
If developers force the use of the adaptive triggers then it means people with limited mobility issues like carpal tunnel, hypermobility syndrome, fibromyalgia, and Parkinson’s, for example, could easily be left out, unless they want to put themselves through pain.
With Microsoft really paving the way for accessibility and trying to include more people with disabilities I’m concerned that some developers may stumble into this pitfall for the sake of innovation. I’m certainly not saying don’t innovate but just make it optional please.
Hey, GameCentral, do you remember a weekly comic strip back in the day called Computer Warrior? It was about a kid that would get warped into the world of his video games and try to stay alive. Just felt
like reminding you about it.
GC: We can’t say that we do, no.
I really wish companies would make their digital sales info public. All this guessing about whether a game has done well or not is just silly. I don’t understand why they just won’t tell us?
GC: Because companies don’t want you to know. They’d prefer you think all their games were super successful, no questions asked.
This week’s Hot Topic
The question for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Cranston, who asks what game would you like to see get a major remake in the style of Final Fantasy 7?
Despite once being very rare, remakes have become more and more prominent in recent years, thanks to Resident Evil and Final Fantasy, but what games would you like to see get the same treatment? Bear in mind that these would be full remakes, not simple remakes, with perhaps little in common with the original gameplay.
What would you change about the story and graphics and what elements would you ensure were exactly the same as before? Are there any games you wouldn’t want to see undergo a remake or are they all fair game?
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