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Games Inbox: Should Konami make a Metal Gear Solid 6?

Metal Gear Solid 5: Should There Be Another? (photo: Konami)

Thursday’s letters page asks if Horizon Forbidden West has the best graphics on PS5, as a reader recommends XCOM 2 on Switch.

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let it lie
I’m not expecting too much from Gamescom next week, or rather Geoff Keighley’s before, but since he’s friends with Hideo Kojima, I think we might get the official announcement of his new horror game. This in turn got me thinking about what happened to all the talk about Konami getting back into gaming, with new Silent Hill games and a new Castlevania.

These rumors have been around for years and we haven’t had a hint, a whisper, or a mine of data. I imagine there’s still a reasonable chance they’re coming, even if it’s just a coincidence and nothing to do with the rumors, but it also made me wonder if they’d ever dare to make Metal Gear Solid 6 without Kojima.

As much as I’d love to play a new game, I think it’s probably best left dead. Even if they somehow managed to get Kojima back (I imagine he likes the money, after all), I think it’s been too long. Apart from anything, I think people just don’t like stealth games anymore. Although later games started moving away from this anyway, it doesn’t feel like a very solid foundation for an action game anymore.

I was curious to hear what others thought, but while Metal Gear Solid 5 wasn’t necessarily the best ending to the series, it was at least still a good game. I think I’d rather have more games getting worse and worse.

The last race
I would love to see a new Wave Race, but I think the problem is that racing games in general don’t sell like they used to and there isn’t enough money to be made from them anymore. That’s the bottom line for not only F-Zero, but WipEout, Burnout, Split/Second, and any favorites you want to bring back.

EA can barely get Need For Speed ​​to sell these days, so only the serious driving games really sell, and for some reason Forza Horizon. (I don’t hate it, but there are much better arcade racers out there, I guess it’s because Microsoft gives it so much marketing.)

At least F-Zero gets to have a cameo, more than that really, in Mario Kart. Heck, even ExciteBike does it. I wonder why they never thought of making a mostly underwater course for the game, which could be an homage to Wave Race (they could do the same thing with gliders for Pilotwings), but maybe they tried it and found it not fun . Maybe in Mario Kart 9?

Wave Race 64 is a game that I would love to see a remake of, as I would worry that any sequel would end up adding complications and silliness. The simplicity and seamless feel of the original is what makes it great, even after all these years.

early release
So the Nintendo Switch is getting a little hot and the Mario Kart 8 DLC will last until the end of the year…that pretty much confirms we won’t be getting Mario Kart 9 until the Switch 2, right? Considering Mario Kart 8 is technically a Wii U game and the Switch never got its own unique entry, I would have preferred Mario Kart 9 over the DLC now, but I guess it’s never worth trying to tell Nintendo what to do. .

But it makes me think it will be a launch game or come out in the first year. Not just because it’s been a long time since the last one, but because Nintendo will be doing everything they can to replicate the success of the first Switch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe came out just a month after the Switch itself and is still the best-selling game ever, so I don’t think it takes a business genius to think that maybe I should try this trick again.

I know Nintendo can be unique, but I don’t think they are stupid.

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Give and take
I have to say, the Fallout TV movie is suddenly looking very interesting thanks to these leaked set photos. I also agree with GC’s implication that the actual settings make a difference and that these settings will not only make the show look better, but are kind of and indication of how much effort is being put into it. Those jokes comparing Obi-Wan Kenobi to Doctor Who really weren’t too far off the mark, which is strange given how the technology looked in The Mandalorian.

I guess the game example would be if you gave Unreal Engine 5 to someone with little experience and you had time, you still wouldn’t have a good game, so it’s kind of the same deal with TV and film. I’m curious to see where they go with the story because I wouldn’t say Fallout 3 or 4 had particularly memorable plots, so even if it’s not a 1:1 adaptation, there still isn’t necessarily much going on. pull beyond the backstory, which is good.

It could be that the show ends up having a more interesting story than the games, which can then reabsorb those ideas for Fallout 5. That would make the show even more worthwhile.
not missing

cause and effect
I was ready to read that Dr Disrespect story, about Call Of Duty ripping off one of his designs, and see something with a vague resemblance, but this… it’s really the exact same thing. Especially since it has happened before, I don’t understand what they thought would happen?

That no one would notice? That if they did, they wouldn’t say anything? I mean that Dr. Disrespect isn’t a fair guy, he has Call Of Duty in his sights as it is, so when do things start ripping him off? I mean, it would be within his rights to sue them. Especially since, as noted, the skin is completely ill-suited for WWII.

So Call Of Duty: Warzone 2 release date is mid November and God Of War Ragnarök is November 9th and Pokemon Scarlet/Violet is November 18th, and… is that the whole month? The busiest month of the year has three games, with very few people likely to be interested in all of them. It’s a shockingly bad turnout.

There’s also Skull And Bones, for the two people who are looking forward to it, and Square Enix’s Harvestella, which I think is kind of a Harvest Moon game, and then you start getting into the smaller releases. 2022 has been terrible. I know the start of 2023 seems really strong, but this year was the same and then nothing for months and months.

As others have said, though, it’s the lack of information and hype that bothers me the most. There is literally nothing to look forward to at this point and I’m sick of looking at my backlog, desperately looking for something to grab my attention.

Better than you think
RE: John’s email about how XCOM 2 works on the Switch. I bought it in a previous sale and it compares very well to the PlayStation 4 version.

I haven’t played it in a while, but I remember it not looking as sharp as the PlayStation 4 version, resolution wise, but the load times are faster and worth buying in my opinion.

brilliant game
Chevy Malibu (PSN ID)

Starting at the top
I’m one of those people who got a copy of Horizon Forbidden West along with my new PlayStation 5 last month and I just finished the game. It wasn’t free or anything, but there was a bit of a discount, so it wasn’t quite the price, but I think it was worth every penny.

I was a bit wary of the game because I hadn’t played the original and heard a lot of mid-range comments about it being all graphics and no gameplay. I agree that the graphics are definitely the best feature, along with the excellent robot dinosaurs, but I wouldn’t say the game was bad at all, far from it.

The combat is fast and nice and I like the platforming and exploration involved. It’s not as deep, and it’s obviously not as good as Elden Ring and Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, but it’s not exactly unique in that. It’s definitely way better than any Ubisoft game I’ve played recently and what I didn’t really like is the constant changing of weapons that are like slightly better than the last one…maybe it’s hard.

I hate it when games do this. It doesn’t add anything other than going through the menus and I’d rather just have a handful of weapons that you can maybe upgrade and leave it at that. If I’ve spent more time playing with one in a menu than actually using it, something has gone wrong.

Overall though, I’d say I enjoyed the game and I’m very impressed with the graphics. Would you say they are the best on the PlayStation 5? Is it all downhill from here?

GC: There are arguments for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, but we’d argue that Horizon Forbidden West had better overall looks and better gameplay.

Inbox works too
I think EvilMoomin is on a slippery slope charging her laptop etc. at work. Soon they will be leaving with tea bags and bog roll in their pockets. Then it will move on to bigger things: light bulbs, office furniture, floorboards and the like.

Your release schedule is missing the physical release of these two games: The Ascent: Cyber ​​Edition and Psychonauts 2: Motherlobe Edition. I use your calendar regularly so I know what games I want to buy.

GC: We don’t usually add physical editions, but okay.

This week’s hot topic
This weekend’s inbox topic was suggested by reader Cranston, who asks what’s the most invested you’ve ever been in a console war?

Which generation were you most passionate about and which side were you from, between Sega, Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox and others? Do you regret any of the things you said or did at the time and feel that you were ultimately right about the side you chose?

Have you ever regretted picking up a console and investing in that generation or the start of the next? What part of the modern game industry would you have found most surprising at the time of your console war?

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