The morning Inbox is enthusiastic about the Lego Dimensions expansions, as one reader argues that old games shouldn’t be remade.
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We don’t talk anymore
I see a lot of people complaining about DLC and microtransactions and whatever nowadays but I have to say none of that really bothers me. It’s pretty easy to avoid if you don’t want to encourage it, and I’ve never heard of any of it being described as even slightly essential.
But you know what does bother me about modern gaming? That nobody talks online anymore. I remember when I first started on the Xbox 360 you would meet random people all the time and get into a chat and maybe even become friends. This happened to me many times over the years and although, sure, there were idiots who were purposefully unpleasant they were mostly kids and easily blocked.
But nowadays you never hear anyone talk any more. They either wait till they’re in party chat or just don’t seem to have a microphone plugged in at all. This is obvious a reaction to the swearing 12-year-olds, and I guess I can’t blame people but it does seem a shame. It’s like an aspect of gaming has been lost and I don’t see how we can get it back. I’ve noticed it for years but especially in Overwatch, which really needs it for the teamwork.
I love it when a plan comes together
Some of these Lego Dimensions additions are just bizarre! Beetlejuice?! Mission: Impossible?! The A-Team?! I love that most of them are ‘80s classics, and therefore blatantly aimed at the dads who the kids will be playing with, and trying to talking into buying them the games and toys. I can’t fault their logic either, because it’s definitely working on me.
I was a bit disappointed to see no Star Wars, but presumably they haven’t yet had time to take advantage of the fact that Disney Infinity has been canned. But can you imagine what’s going to happen when they add Star Wars and Indiana Jones to this thing? And maybe even Marvel and general Disney characters? They might as well make Lego brick legal tender.
But as everyone seems to agree they’re actually pretty good games, so why not? I’ve played the Doctor Who and Portal 2 level packs and the amount of love put into them is pretty impressive. They’re not the world’s best games but they’re fun and literally anyone can play them. Good on them I say.
Hostien’s comment about the sixth generation Grand Theft Auto games being so graphically dodgy nowadays that they’re barely playable saddened me somewhat.
For me the cruder, more basic graphics of retro games have a charm of their own. Hostien’s email also got me thinking about the cultural ramifications of remakes and remasters.
Surely classic games should be left alone by publishers and forever sold and played in their original state? After all, it’s the original version of the game that earned the title its classic status.
If someone new to gaming plays a classic game for the first time shouldn’t they ideally play the original version without any improved graphics? Then their experience of the game matches everyone else’s and it’s authentic.
I’m probably being picky or over analysing a simple marketing device but I can’t help believing it’s a shame that a new gamer would choose a remake over an original version because of flashier graphics.
I was trying to think of comparisons in other media. Could you argue that if someone’s only seen the digitally enhanced versions of Star Wars they haven’t really seen Star Wars?
If the above statement is true, someone who’s only played the Resident Evil remake hasn’t really played Resident Evil, have they?
GC: The choice to watch Star Wars in its original form would be a fine thing, but ignoring that you do make an interesting point. GTA is a complex example, as there’s many different things that you might want to fix about. But you could argue that something like the remaster of Shadow Of The Colossus invalidates the original version. The improvement in frame rate makes a huge difference, and the game would’ve clearly been made that way from the start if the horsepower of the PlayStation 2 had allowed it.
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Watch Dogs got switched off after a few hours, what a load of drivel. It all felt contrived and Aiden was so unlikeable I just couldn’t hack it. Yes, that pun was intended.
Let’s look back at Assassin’s Creed when that first released, I feel it suffered similarly to Watch Dogs. However, at the time I think Assassin’s Creed maybe got a free pass where Watch Dogs didn’t years later.
I’m getting a real vibe that Watch Dogs 2 is going to follow in the footsteps of Assassin’s Creed II and whilst keeping similar themes, refine the gameplay, narrative and the ‘hero’. I for one am eager to find out if I’m right!
GC: That is a good point. Assassin’s Creed II is one of the most dramatic increases in quality, from original to sequel, there’s ever been.
Fall of Iron
I’m not sure Bungie did much of a job hiding the fact that Destiny: Rise Of Iron was just a last minute stopgap because they couldn’t get the sequel out this year. I didn’t see anything new or interesting, including the boring looking new zone and enemies that are yet again just slight edits of ones that already exist.
I kind of liked that the boss battle at the end looked like something out of Contra though, and I hope the final game has more stuff like that. But I’m not sure I’m going to be jumping on board. I enjoyed Destiny when it first came out, but there’s only so long the same thing can keep your attention. A sequel I would’ve gone for, but this just seems like whatever they could rummage up at short nocie.
And if they let everyone who pre-orders get a Gjallarhorn automatically isn’t that just going to end up with everyone running round with the same weapon? I mean, customisation only goes so far.
GC, do you think one of the new rumoured consoles might be released without a disc drive?
I just wonder whether Microsoft would do this with the slim version, or in addition to a slim version, at a cheaper price. I can imagine a lower price point would be popular in their own back garden, given high Internet speeds in the USA. It may even prove to be popular here in the UK.
GC: As we understand it Internet speeds can be highly variable in the US, depending on location. Still, it’s not out of the question if it’s an optional model. But Microsoft will be wanting to attract as many people as possible with the basic Slim model, and won’t want to do anything that could put anyone off. Even if there is a marginal cost saving/price reduction.
Dream come half true
It’s good to see that my wish for Naughty Dog to do a Goonies game has been partially fulfilled with the franchise heading to Lego Dimensions. I’m quite excited by a lot of the other IPs too. I’m a big fan of Adventure Time and it’ll be great to have a Gizmo minifigure.
I like that the longer Story Packs seem set to come with new builds for the portal itself. I have wondered about customising the existing one but now I can use someone else’s imagination instead.
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Adam and Eve it
I really like Deus Ex: Human Revolution, so a bit surprised it’s taken this long for them to come up with a sequel. 2011 is a long time ago now, and I’m going to bet most casual gamers have forgotten the game even exists. Although I suppose it was never really for them, so it’s nice to hear that they haven’t tried to dumb the sequel down or anything.
I do agree that Adam Jensen is the worse thing about it though, with his stupid voice and silly-looking sunglasses. The thing that gets me is that he doesn’t look or sound like anyone else in the game either. Like you can almost imagine people sniggering about him behind his back when he leaves or asking, ‘Why does he talk like that?’
A proper role-playing style character creation tool would’ve been much better I think, and I hope they add that to the next sequel. I’m interested though. If the game reviews well I’ll be happy to step back into the world, even if I do have to play at being such a try-hard.
If Lego Sonic The Hedgehog ends up being better than the real games I think that’s a sign Sega should just hang up their running shoes. I’ve got a feeling they’re going to get horribly embarrassed. As if they weren’t already by Super Smash Bros.
I thought Ubisoft said Watch Dogs 2 was going to be a completely different game to the first one? It look exactly the same to me, just slightly brighter. I’ve got little faith, especially since everything in that trailer was probably fake.
This week’s Hot Topic
It’s E3 next week, the biggest video game preview event of the year, and that means the subject for this weekend’s Inbox can be only one thing: what are you most looking forward to?
This year’s is an unusual E3, with some publishers not having their usual stands and yet still planning to unveil new games – or show others in playable form for the first time. It’s also heavily rumoured that Sony and Microsoft are going to unveil new upgraded versions of their consoles, although there’s no guarantee of that.
You can find our predictions of what will be announced here, but we also want to know what you think will be revealed. Do try and keep things within the realms of believability, but given last year’s Final Fantasy VII remake and Shenmue III unveilings we admit that may not rule out much.
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