Games Inbox: Are single-player games under threat at Sony and EA?

Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order screenshot

Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order – no multiplayer here (Photo: EA)

The Monday Letters page thinks there should be more family-friendly video games, as a reader doubts there will be a comeback from F-Zero.

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True to form
I love that EA has made such a mess of their single player tweet that the God Of War director is berating them, not to mention the boss of their very own Respawn studio! It’s even funnier because they tried to be hip with the kids by using a TikTok meme.

I do feel sorry for the low-level schlub who wrote the tweet and how they automatically connected EA with not liking single-player games. What can you really do besides seeing how many times EA has talked them out? Even though two of the biggest upcoming games – Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and the Dead Space remake – don’t have multiplayer at all.

Single player will always be under threat as long as multiplayer is more profitable, but right now it seems to be going pretty well. Right now my main concern is Sony, not EA, and their pivot toward live service games. We’ll see how they are, but if they turn the multiplayer game Last Of Us into a mess of microtransactions, that’s going to be quite the downer from all the critical acclaim they’re getting right now.

Ask a stupid question
Full marks to that Nintendo fan who paid £34,000 to ask a pointless question. He still has shares in Nintendo though, which will probably go up sooner or later, but I’d like to know what he thought they were going to say. Did he think they would just allow a new game out of nowhere? Nintendo, of all companies?!

I think maybe his idea was to let them know there was still interest in the franchise, and the others he mentioned (whatever they were, I’d never heard of most of them). However, I can’t imagine that they don’t know. They really put in some effort to pay tribute to it in F-Zero and I think it’s pretty clear that the only problem is the games just don’t sell enough for more.

That said, if they release a new game…that guy will take all the credit and play him fair.

To be happy
I’m not too concerned about not having a new Sly Cooper or inFamous, but I hope Sony makes an effort to produce more family-friendly games, or even something with a happy vibe. All these ultra grim third person adventures are getting a bit too much for me. They may not have been true classics, but I miss the days of Jak And Daxter, Sly Cooper, Ape Escape and PaRappa The Rapper.

Today, the only ones left are Ratchet & Clank and, I think, Astro Bot. Although I assume the next one for him will be a VR game. I understand the latter was really good, but I’d still rather have a full game equivalent to Astro Bot’s Playroom, which I loved.

If Nintendo is the longest-running company in the industry, you’d think more publishers would realize that family-friendliness is a little more important than just one or two games per generation.

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Breaking the band
Sad to hear that Guardians Of The Galaxy’s lead writer has left the developer. I never thought we’d get a sequel to the game given the cost of the license, but I was hoping they would do something similar. Now, however, there is no ‘she’ and I’m sure many of the others on the team have or plan to move on as well.

It makes you realize that when fans ask for sequels to games after a long wait, it will usually never be made by the same people. And even if they do, their heads will be in a very different space than they were 10 or 20 years ago. Well, at least this means the new BioWare games will be good.

I’ve also always wondered why there haven’t been more connected universes in games and why there hasn’t been one for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in particular.

However, it will be interesting to see if this changes with the Wolverine game Insomniac makes and if it will tie in with their Spider-Man game anyway.
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Now playing: F1 22 (Xbox Series X) and Kirby And The Forgotten Land (Switch)

GC: That will be interesting to see, although Sony already had the opportunity with the Iron Man VR game and did not take it.

Pointless information
It’s really sad to see so many developers like the Monkey Island man and the God Of War team being abused by so called fans. I mean, they call themselves fans, I suppose, but I certainly wouldn’t. They’re just bullies and jerks as far as I’m concerned. And so titled, it’s way past the point of parody.

I have to admit that I find the artwork of Return To Monkey Island quite ugly, but so what? Either I accept it or I don’t buy it. The world will not have ended anyway. Knowing PC owners there will be a mod soon enough that will change the graphics anyway. Although I don’t know exactly what they want. Sprites like the first two games? Animated like the third? I don’t know if either one will work as well today.

As for the God Of War issue, these folks aren’t even mad about anything in the game, just that Sony won’t say when it’s out. When do you think it will come out? It will be October or November and I don’t see what difference it makes at this point as they keep saying it has no delay. If one of these developers had wiped out Nov. 18, would that really have meant anything significant other than harassing an innocent person?

Feel free to ignore
I just bought the new PlayStation Plus membership and took my chances with the Premium tier. I have to say I’m impressed not because of the selection of games on offer, but because it suits my hunger to drop games. I don’t enjoy it and feel guilty for spending over £50 on the first release.

I still think Sony needs to do a better job of making more of their PlayStation 1-3 titles available. There are real gems among them.

Custom View
As for Yureon’s letter and console dashboards, I find that the Xbox Series X/S dashboard gives me pretty much everything I need in a convenient and logically organized style. Coming from Xbox One S last generation, knowing the Xbox Series X/S dashboard would be the same helped inform me of my purchased choice of a Series X (and a Series S for gaming at my partner’s house).

I have 270 games spread across several internal and external drives on my Xbox Series X. At the top of my games list is a filter. By default, these games are arranged alphabetically and there is the ability to change tile size, all console types, number of players, genre, and storage. I can also group by letter, file size and last used, etc. There are more options when you go under each individual game and hit the menu button.

I’ve also organized five groups of games into different categories that I’ve created including pins, Game Pass titles, fighting games, and retro, etc. The home screen can be further customized by using the View button and placing anything where I want. Everything is fast and responsive. Personally I find it all very intuitive and don’t really understand the complaints being made against it.

Xbox dashboard

Dashboard the way you want it (photo: Chaosphere616)

Inbox is running too
If you’re an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, there’s a 30-day trail for Paramount+ as a perk. Enough time to watch Halo. All the best.

I’m always amazed at what games people get excited about. I completely forgot that inFamous even existed and now I’m finding out that there are plenty of people demanding a sequel that the developer should make a statement about it.

This week’s hot topic
Since we’ve just passed halfway through the year, this weekend’s Inbox will act as a semi-annual report asking what is your favorite game from 2022 so far?

It has to be a first-release game this year – so not just what you happened to play from your backlog – but which one was your favorite and why? What do you think of 2022 for games so far and how have you felt lately about the relative lack of new titles and previews?

What are you most looking forward to in the second half of 2022 and how do you feel about the smaller number of releases compared to previous years?

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