Games Inbox: Do you always wait for game reviews?Call Of Duty: Black Ops III – not a straightforward review

The morning Inbox looks for advice on Shadow Of Mordor’s DLC, as one reader tries to spend no more than £4 on the Wii U eShop.

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Reviewing policy

I know you’re not allowed to say whether you actually have a copy of Fallout 4 and other games (but why can’t you say when the embargo is?) but I’m fascinated by all the restrictions and rules you have to follow to get a review done. All of which seem pointless because if it’s an attempt to stop spoilers it never, ever works. I assume because people just steal copies as soon as they end up in a warehouse, which having worked in a shop before is generally at least a couple of weeks before release.

Like anyone I’d prefer a review to come out a good few days before the game, but I realise that the publishers generally want it as late possible (everybody knows good reviews don’t help but bad ones can do damage). But what about online games like Call Of Duty: Black Ops III and Star Wars: Battlefront? How are you, or anyone, going to cover those?

I’ve got no answers to be honest, but I don’t like the idea of reviews coming out days after the game. Not just because I want the buying advice earlier but because it plays into the hands of publishers that want to pull the wool over your eyes.
Banshee

GC: It’s pretty normal for a NDA to ask you not to say if you’ve got a game or to stop you from saying when the review embargo is (since sometimes they change it at the last minute). Single-player only games like Rise Of The Tomb Raider or Fallout 4 are still fairly straightforward to review, but, as an example, we won’t be able to do a full review of Call Of Duty: Black Ops III until next week, as the servers won’t be online until Thursday and all of the modes need multiple other players to test properly.

Strict budget

I have £4 left over from when I bought the extra Mario Kart 8 content for the Wii U. I was just wondering can anyone recommend any quality game or games that I can get from the eShop to use up this £4? I know there won’t be many but any suggestions would be great!

Many thanks,
Zee

GC: If you use the advanced search in the eShop, you can see everything within that price range. That includes most of the Virtual Console NES games and some decent indie games like Gunman Clive HD Collection and Swords Soldiers.

Virtual questions

I have been following PlayStation VR with great interest, and have a few questions about it as I am considering purchasing one next year:

When you get one do you have to buy the PS Camera and Move controllers separately or will they be included?

When playing a game, do you need a lot of room or can you remain seated whilst playing?

Is it possible to play normal games and films on it or do they have to be specific to PlayStation VR?

From your experience of PlayStation VR, how immersive is it and would it make someone prone to motion sickness easily?

Apparently from what I can gather, it is quite something and some of the games look great. I wonder how much it will be adapted for other forms of media as I think the potential applications could be phenomenal and I am getting quite excited as it nears release. Hopefully No Man’s Sky will be compatible as I think that would be mind blowing. Many thanks.
z0mb13ch0pp3r (PSN ID)

GC: Considering there’s no release date or price Sony hasn’t talked about bundles yet, but we imagine there will be one with Move controllers. You can play games seated, and it should be possible to watch any film via a cinema app. Although we’ve only seen that on the Oculus Rift it seems a pretty basic feature and we imagine the PlayStation VR will have it too.

We’d also imagine that going forward games will be designed with VR in mind, just as they were with Kinect last gen, but it seems unlikely that existing games will work off the bat. As for motion sickness we’ve never suffered from it, so can’t really comment. Although we don’t recall meeting any fellow journos that have complained about it either.

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Accurate information

In reply to Bigbadman, there is only limited maps on Warzone, which is why you keep getting the same ones. I’m pretty sure the intention is to add to them, but not sure if we will have to pay for the privilege. Modes like Capture the Flag are available, but only currently in the Arena (4v4), I can’t think of the name of the playlist off the top of my head at the moment, but it is the first one available.

From what I understand Big Team Battle, which is what I think you are referring to, is alleged to be coming in December with a selection of maps to boot. I think that this is also a free download as well, however these days you just don’t know! I am sure if this is all just rubbish I read on the net then GC or the Underbox will no doubt correct that.
WAYNEOS

Signing up

RE: Squirm2000. I’m host of the Halo 5 Squad and have now added you as a friend, but seem to be having difficulty adding you to the GC Halo Squad. You say you have joined but I haven’t received a join request from you, so I think you may have joined the wrong squad. Here is the link to the GC one.

To people who have joined and have not been invited to play yet I apologise as I haven’t got round to adding you all as Xbox Live friends yet, but will do my best to add you. Also, any members who want to help admin it with me, let me know with a message on Xbox Live.

I’ll promote anyone willing to admin and they can add new people. Also, all members can see other members so you can add people to Xbox Live friends, thus we can invite them when we are on.
Big Angry Dad82 (gamertag)
PS: Anyone wanting to join agter reading this, add me on Xbox Live and message me there. Then I’ll add you to the squad.

Against the grain

I have been pleased to see in the last few Inboxes that there has been some love for The Evil Within – I was beginning to think I was the only person who enjoyed it in any way.

I too have found the story to be engaging (if a little cheesy at times) with satisfying enemy encounters and extremely well imagined boss fights. I’m still waiting to play through The Keeper DLC as life with a new baby has taken over somewhat understandably.

All this has got me thinking whether other people have enjoyed games that it seems that critics and fellow gamers alike have perhaps not liked so much, perhaps it could be a Hot Topic to find out what those games were?
Richard Hyde

GC: We’ve done similar topics before, but not for a while. So maybe we’ll give it a go again.

Double dip

I got Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor for last Christmas and I really enjoyed it, and when I had finished it I traded in to another new game.

I’ve just seen recently that there is a game of the year version of Shadow Of Mordor, is the DLC that comes with it any good as I was thinking of buying it?
Andrew J.

GC: We haven’t played it, but we’re sure a reader has, and can advise you.

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All turned out for the best

Just wanted to share a little silver lining story to the GameCentral faithful…

I bought WWE 2K16 this weekend, I haven’t played a wrestling game since the Smackdown days, and haven’t watched it since The Rock’s glory days, but I’d heard good things in previews and the thought of a Stone Cold Steve Austin mide appealed to me.

First impressions were great, a slower pace and at times quite cinematic, I was having fun. Then I had to win by submission and the walls came tumbling down, you highlighted in your review that it’s a weak point but I’d go as far as saying it’s broken. I pummelled my opponent landing submission after submission and got nowhere near victory for a solid half hour. After finally thinking I’d done it and seeing the tap out animation I can only assume the game glitched because the match didn’t end and I was back to square one.

It completely killed it for me in these early days and I traded it in today. At £15 I thought I’d give Destiny a go second-hand, my plan was to hopefully enjoy it and grab the expansions at Christmas. I came home and noticed codes inside the box for all three expansions despite buying the normal version of the game… expecting absolutely nothing I gave them a go in PS Store and couldn’t believe it when they worked!

Now to start grinding…
Robert Jackson

Inbox also-rans

I remember hearing Halo 3 broke some sales record after three days of it’s launch. I’m guessing Halo 5 hasn’t done anything similar, else Microsoft would be busting a gut to tell everyone.
Philip

GC: They released some stats, showing it made more money than Spectre. But it’s the size of the Xbox One userbase that will limit its overall success, not necessarily the game itself.

Just noticed that The Walking Dead: Season Two is going to be on PS Plus for download. Do I need to play Season One?
Geoffrey Wood

GC: You don’t need to, as the story is relatively self-contained. But you may want to as your choices do cary through and… Season One is much better.

This week’s Hot Topic

The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Ghostjizz (PSN ID), who asks what kind of gamer do you consider yourself to be: casual, core, or hardcore?

There are many different names for different types of gamers, and many people that don’t like any of them, but how exactly do you prefer to describe your level of interest in games and how much time you spend playing them? Do you think core and casual are fair name tags, and if not what would you suggest?

Do you even use the term gamer to describe yourself and others, and what do you think of the word and what it implies? Why do you think these titles are so controversial in gaming when similar terms in other hobbies, such as petrolhead or film fan, are used without a problem?

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