The Friday letters page promotes Thank God You're Here! about GTA 6, how a reader dreams of Resident Evil Village.
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Changing the strategy
These Xbox sales figures in Europe are apocalyptic, there's simply no other word for it. They're shockingly bad and even more so because they're supposed to be way, way in the middle of the generation and coming out of Starfield. Instead, they are moving backwards.
I simply don't see a future for the Xbox as a console anymore. It literally makes no sense when they are already the biggest publisher in the world now that they bought Activision Blizzard. This is the opposite of Sega and the Dreamcast. Instead of running out of money and being forced to give up making hardware, Microsoft has all the money in the world and should be using it elsewhere.
Activision and EA don't feel incomplete because they don't have their own console, so why should Microsoft? We're always told there's more money in software than hardware so they shouldn't care, but something tells me they'll still see the move to third parties as a humiliation and won't do it, which will only set the Xbox brand back.
No one likes or is loyal to Activision, Microsoft should take advantage of this and make Xbox synonymous with gaming and keep Sony in check that way instead of continuing to fight a battle they can't win.
Evil up there
5:30 am, Thursday, December 14th. My wife wakes me up, as I screamed in my sleep, pushing away a screaming older woman and dreamed that we found ourselves living upstairs in our house.
Rewind eight hours and I've just played the first 30 minutes of Resident Evil Village, which included a recap of the events of Resident Evil 7 – the exploits of the troubled Baker family.
I don't like to think I'm that suggestible, but I'm just going to prepare myself for the rest of my move.
Fr Thomas Donnelly
I'm sure I won't be the only one saying this, but the developer is saying that GTA 6 is harder to launch on PC, seriously?
So a game developed, compiled and refined on a PC is more difficult to release in that format than on a console?!
That's before you even consider that current consoles are just stripped-down PCs and any PC used to play the new release will have specs far superior to current consoles.
Rockstar knows that because it has to launch many people will double dip (buy the game in two formats). That's okay, just be honest about it!
Merry Christmas everyone
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The technology and animations in GTA 6 seem extraordinarily advanced and all, but I just want to draw your attention to the Day of The Devs indie showcase a while ago because some notable games were revealed and shown more.
I love the look of this quaint, quintessentially British indie about a salesman who ventures into a small English town and gets involved in a series of strange and fun activities. Thank goodness for the charming inverse of photorealistic games!
Last Chance Saga
I really hope Sega's plans with all these classic revivals come to fruition, because this is basically the last chance to get it right. You can't mess it up and start again a year or so later, people won't tolerate that. And if you wait five years, to let the stench pass, people who remember the game for the first time will pick up their bus passes.
We have no way of knowing if it will work or not, but more than knowing who is making the games, I want to know what kind of budget they have. At least half of them look like very low budget indie stuff and there's an obvious reason why Sega would want and try to keep costs down, but do it cheaply with no chance of reaching potential and again, you've ruined your big moment.
A lot could go wrong here and I really have no idea how it will all turn out.
So I'm speaking for a lot of people, especially fans and streamers, when I say that I'm looking forward to what the PS5 Pro has to offer. Obviously, it hasn't been formally announced yet. It hasn't been confirmed yet, we've only heard rumors of the specs. It's probably about a year away, or almost a year. But it looks ridiculously powerful, from what we've seen so far.
It could very well allow for 8K gaming and with GTA 6, releasing in 2025. We may well have a title that can demonstrate these specifications. But I hope Sony shows a willingness to actually make more effort this time. I never brought a PS4 Pro. I didn't see the reasoning behind it, because the changes were minimal. Based on what I heard and read from users.
So I know Sony will charge over £500 for the Pro and I'm praying, hopefully, they listen this time. I'm going to order this and hand over my vanilla console to my little brother.
Quick message to apologize for misleading me about a free game every day starting Wednesday, December 13th on the Epic Games Store. I was confused why they were giving the game (Destiny 2 Legacy Collection) away for free on Wednesday instead of Thursday like normal.
There's another free mystery game on Wednesday, December 20th. Destiny 2 Legacy Collection is free until Wednesday, December 20th.
I just completed the Final Fantasy 16 story tonight and although I'm not a big fan of the combat (too easy), in the end I'm a big fan of the story and it even sparked some excitement in me!
I'm a little confused by at least three hints throughout the game that it's set in the same world as Final Fantasy 9, but not much more than that!? Has anyone else noticed any?
The three I found were:
The refuge is the ship called invincible in Final Fantasy 9 – someone says that in the game, I didn't invent that!
There's a book in a cabin somewhere that references the 'glittering island', which is in Final Fantasy 9 and transports you to the other planet (Earth).
The red planet in the sky next to the moon is Earth in Final Fantasy 9, but called Metia in Final Fantasy 16
I was hoping for more references, but in the end I was very satisfied with the story. Worth the £50 or £60 I spent as that easily equates to £1 an hour.
GC: There are considerable expansions coming, so maybe things will be expanded there. Or perhaps the supposed remake of Final Fantasy 9 will pick up the subject again.
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In my opinion, Phil Spencer has to go to Xbox. He's been in this position for 10 years and nothing has improved and now we find out he's only getting worse? His plan isn't working and we need a new one.
Am I misremembering or didn't the director of the two Star Wars Jedi games leave Respawn? That's not a good sign. I wonder why he left and where did he go?
GC: Stig Asmussen, yes. He left in September, shortly after saying he wanted it to be a trilogy. He has yet to appear anywhere else.
This week's hot topic
The 2023 Game Awards took place last Friday, revealing not only the award winners but also the usual set of new trailer reveals, but what did you think of it?
How much attention do you pay to the award nominees, and overall, do you think the winners were vindicated this year? Do you think there is a better way to organize the awards and do you think there are any categories that should be added or removed?
What do you think of the emphasis on new trailers and announcements? Does this improve or detract from the awards ceremony? Is the large amount of advertising distracting or is it an understandable necessity to fund the event?
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