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The Friday Inbox thinks the next generation should be delayed by at least six months, as one reader is unimpressed by Days Gone.

Bravely Default 2 surely it wont be the Switchs big Christmas release? (pic: Square Enix)
The Friday Inbox thinks the next generation should be delayed by at least six months, as one reader is unimpressed by Days Gone.
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The year that Nintendo forgotOK, I admit it. I have no idea whats going on with Nintendo right now. Why would they not announce anything new? Do they not like having people be hyped for their games? Why release Panzer Dragoon the day you give it a release date? I know thats not Nintendos game but call me old fashioned but I like a chance to read up on reviews and save up before I buy a new game.
Are we really looking at a future where Bravely Default 2 is the Switchs big Christmas game? It looks fun, and I like that theres a demo, but surely its not their headliner. And if its not then what is? I cant even really guess what it is in an ideal situation, other than a brand new IP, so would it really have hurt to throw us a bone here? What a bizarre and completely avoidable situation that doesnt seem to benefit anyone.
The only positive I got from the mini Nintendo Direct is that Nintendo is still interested in pushing ARMS, so it could be in line for a sequel, and that appearing as a spirit or assist trophy doesnt rule a series out from having a proper fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. So my hope that well get a Resident Evil rep. (hopefully Jill Valentine) is still possible. Although who knows when well hear about thatTopaz
Soon is a long time comingOK, I think Nintendo has officially gone off the deep end now. Its half a year now since they had the last proper Nintendo Direct and Im not even sure they actually announced anything new in that one, just talked about their Christmas game. Whats going on?!
If I wasnt stuck inside I would seriously be thinking about selling my Nintendo Switch right now. Animal Crossing is not for me and that means I have precisely nothing to look forwards to at the moment. I dont even know what to hope for as everything points towards Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 still being years away and Nintendo has literally nothing else scheduled except a remake of an old Wii game I had no interest in the first time around.
What am I supposed to be using my Switch for in the meantime? Indie games are great and all but I bought the console to play Nintendo games and apparently they forgot to make any this year? That sounds like a joke but at the moment it seems literally true, since Animal Crossing was only out this month because it got delayed from last year.
Could we seriously go through a whole year without a single major Nintendo release? I dont think that even happened in the darkest days of the N64 or GameCube. Everyone keeps saying theyll announce new games soon, but soon seems as far away as ever. I think theres now a very good chance that we wont hear anything till not-E3 in June. Which also means no new games till June. Thats not good.Crispin
Empty shelvesApart from Bravely Default 2, which I hope lives up to the original, there wasnt really much of interest for me in the Nintendo Direct Mini. But surely by clearing the decks like this, Nintendo must have some exciting stuff up their sleeves for the proper one that should be imminent. Maybe theyve been so quiet cause theyre going to go absolutely nuts with announcements? Or its just going to be Wii Music 2
Good news on the Epic Games publishing deals. I love Inside and The Last Guardian so it will fascinating to see what those two studios come up with next, especially without financial strains. Its nice to see a company support games without the bottom line as their main motivation.Ryan OD
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Surviving the T-virusAs much as Im looking forward to Resident Evil 3 the whole idea of a virus infecting a city and everyone running from cover or changing into zombies is a bit awkward. Obviously Capcom didnt know beforehand, and the game is a remake of a really old game, but it could put people off. Or maybe theyll really get into the idea of surviving an epidemic by shooting their way out and solving a few weird lock and key puzzles. If only the current self-isolation was that simple.
Im also curious to see if more games get released in April that werent originally planned. Theres some big games out next month but hardly anything else, I guess because they knew how everyone would be playing Final Fantasy 7 Remake and didnt want to go up against it.
But now people have got more time on their hands we could do with more indie games and other stuff to fill up the time. Also, its cheaper and I know I can barely afford the two remakes now, even though Ive been planning to get them for ages.Cole Slaw
Rubbish partyIm a little late to the party, I know, but just wanted to write in to say how disappointing Days Gone is. I knew it hadnt reviewed well at the time it came out, so all I hoped from it was something to pass the time until the The Last Of Us Part 2 comes out. But geez its a really hard game to get along with!
The main characters, who I think were supposed to like, are just horrible idiots. The weird spider sense thing thats used to find clues is ridiculous (at least in The Last of Us its a heightened sense of hearing), and the amount of bugs in it is weird for such a big budget game.
In the very first action scene of the game I came to a spot on the road that had been blocked by cars. Except there were no cars! I drove past the spot only to find my partner being attacked on the other side of a now clearly visible roadblock. I couldnt get back through to him and had to run down to a river and back up the other side to assist. I think its the earliest Ive ever seen a bug in a game like this.
It just makes me appreciate even more how great The Last Of Us was. Chris
Happy new yearI personally think that the next gen consoles should be delayed by six to eight months.
The coronavirus has devastated lives and battered the economy, with many people either losing their jobs or having huge wage decreases for the foreseeable. I cant imagine many folks are going to be flush come November time and I would argue that even Christmas is going to be lean this year.
The best thing that Sony and Microsoft can do at the moment is delay and use that time to manufacture more consoles, because as the country and world pick themselves back up from this, the demand will be huge come early to mid-spring next year, they will have the product to cope with demand and hopefully jobs will be settling down again.
I sincerely hope that the people who do have present or future job uncertainty can weather this storm. I know my job is now hanging in the balance and the last thing Im thinking about is buying a new console at the end of the year, as any money I will have coming in will be paying off debts.
Id like to wish the best of luck to everyone in these uncertain times and stay safe.Phil Spearpoint
GC: Well said.
Open hubWith reference to Jowbullmans request for inspiration on open world games.
Firstly, I noticed you had a PSN ID, so not sure if you also have an Xbox, but if you do I highly recommend Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Although more of a hub world, than an open world I do think it would scratch that itch you have at the moment. Its on Game Pass under Rare Replay, so give it a whirl!James
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Ticking overMy theory as to whats going on with Sony and Microsoft at the moment is that they dont have much more of an idea of when the new consoles are out than we do. The Microsoft CEO talking about people not having the money/inclination to buy a new console sound right to me and I think theyve probably both realised that its probably best to let the current gen go on for six months or a year more than have the new one be dead duck for the same period.
Sony can wait things out because theyve got a bunch of PlayStation 4 exclusives still to come out and they could just ration them out a bit more or they could just end up getting delayed naturally. Youd think that would put Microsoft at a disadvantage but theyve already said the Xbox Series X wont have any exclusives in the first year or so. So logically that means anything coming out for that period will also be on Xbox One so theyve got plenty of exclusives too.
Maybe theyd want to hang on to Halo but theres bound to be smaller games, like Bleeding Edge, they can put out to keep things ticking over, as they also rely on multiformat games. Thats what Id do anyway. Wait and make a proper job of the launch, dont do the usual lame launch and have it even worse than usual because theres no stock and people arent buying them.Panadol
Inbox also-ransThere is a demo of Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories Demo on the PlayStation store if you want to try it out before you buy it. I really enjoyed SOS: The Final Escape on PlayStation 2, so hoping this will be good too.Andrew J.
With all the terrible real world news and its knock on effect on gaming I cant help but think back to the Readers Feature last month that was predicting this would be the worst year for gaming ever. Now it looks like he was underplaying it!Withnail
This weeks Hot TopicThe question for this weekends Inbox was suggested by reader Grackle, who asks if how you play video games has, or is likely to, change during the coronavirus outbreak?
Have you been playing more or less games in the last few weeks and if youre planning to self-isolate, or just spend more time at home in general, do you have any specific plans in terms of what games youre going to play? Are you going to be working through your backlog, for example, or playing something specifically to cheer yourself up?
Will you be playing more online games in order to keep in touch with and speak to friend and family, and will you be encouraging them to play games where normally they wouldnt?
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