Project Ragtag – it only lives in your dreams

The morning Inbox tries to unravel the mystery behind Waluigi, as another reader talks up the joys of Hollow Knight.

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Always on my mind

Can’t help but nod sagely with all the people complaining about not being able to play games in this heat. I’ve always assumed that one of the reasons E3 is in June is because it provides a distraction, so we can all sit around imagining what games we can play even if we’re too distracted to partake.

Thinking about games is certainly the only effort I’ve made lately, as I weight up the possibilities of what to get for Christmas, what I’ll think will flop, and what Nintendo’s secret games might be (a disappointment, I’m sure).

And then it occurred to me that no matter the weather I probably spend more time thinking about games than I do playing them. Daydreaming at work or wherever I’m bored I’m sure must take up more time overall, especially if you add in reading about them on GC and elsewhere. I’m not even complaining either, it all keeps me entertained and at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about.
Trepsils
PS: I’ve also been imaging what that Uncharted Star Wars game would be like if, you know, they actually made it.

 



Grand plan

So obviously Nintendo has some more Nintendo Directs this year, but do we expect them to say anything about games out next year before… Next year? I’ve not much interest in Smash Bros. myself but I am curious about what happens after it’s out because at that point Nintendo runs out of their major franchises. They will haven’t done everything obvious at least once by that point, except for Animal Crossing. Which I assume they will recognise is not going to be much interest to core gamers.

So will they start doubling up then, with new Mario and Zeldas, or will we start to get a steady flow of new IP? Or maybe just second-stringers like Pikmin and Kid Icarus and (urgh) Kirby.

I think that’s the fascinating thing about Nintendo. Not only are they totally unpredictable but they’re just inconsistent enough that you can’t ignore the fact that they might just have completely messed up and there isn’t some great masterplan waiting to be unveiled. I wonder which it will be this time?
Proost

 



Perfectly remade

With all the talk of Resident Evil 2 lately I went back to the original remake and you know what? It still holds up. I’d also rank it as still the best remake of all time because unlike Shadow Of the Colossus it does add a lot to the original game in terms of content and tweaks and yet it still remains the same old cheesy charm and mixes the scares up enough for it to not be predictable and still be scary.

And the graphics are really, really good too. You can see they lost a bit scaling up from the GameCube but they’re still really impressive giving that and the remake’s age. A part of me wishes Resident Evil 2 used the same pre-rendered camera set-up, although overall I think the direction they went is good.

I’m as sick of remasters as anyone, but remakes… that I’m all for if they’re done with as much care as this. The only one I’m not so certain about is Final Fantasy VII, because they seem to be changing too much. They should have got Capcom to help because from what I can see they get the balance just right.
Sarge

 

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Open secret

Since we’re all drunk on Metroidvania love at the moment I have to ask how much you think the Castlevania game rumours are true? I assume that’s the Konami secret you were hinting at before E3 but of course that never happened.

I’d love to see Konami redeem themselves and the franchise but somehow I can’t quite believe. But then again Super Bomberman R was pretty good, and probably the best that series has been for a good decade or so.

I do agree that the best bet would be to hire one of these indie teams, to do an official game. Things like Hollow Knight and Ori And The Blind Forest are great and I can only imagine they’d jump at the chance to do an actual Castlevania or Metroid. It is very strange that the only Metroidvania games that don’t get made are those from the franchises that created the genre!
Spence

GC: We do believe the rumour is true, yes. The ‘R’ series has been pretty low budget so far though, so we’d caution getting too excited.

 



Joke villain

I never did ‘get’ Waluigi, Wario makes sense – he’s like the anti-Mario and they just turned the first letter upside down.

Waluigi is obviously the anti-Luigi but his name only makes sense in relation to Wario. I feel like his name should be Ruigi but that only vaguely makes sense with a lower case ‘r’ and it sounds somehow racist.

It probably doesn’t pay to overthink the characters.
Dominic

GC: Actually, they’re both puns based on the Japanese term warui, meaning ‘bad’. Since ‘l’ and ‘r’ are interchangeable in Japanese pronunciation the joke works better with Waluigi, despite Wario being invented first.

 



Seven and a half hours

I bought Hollow Knight for the Switch today after reading your review and ended up playing for over seven hours straight. Great game, it’s fair to say I’m hooked. I didn’t even have seven hours to spare today so now that’s my schedule ruined for the rest of the week!

The only other Metroidvania style game I’ve ever played was Ori And The Blind Forest and gave up on it after losing interest.

Speaking of losing interest I’d have to also say that I didn’t get on with Uncharted 4. The graphics were outstanding and the action segment around the middle mark featuring the high-speed chase was a total masterclass. The rest of the game bored me to tears it was such a chore. I’ve never played another in the series so it wasn’t really fair that I had no interest in the game’s story.

Now to sneak in another 30 minutes of Hollow Knight before bed!
Nick The Greek

 



One year later

It is indeed strange that there’s no word of a PlayStation 4 version of Hollow Knight in the works.

But my most anticipated, or most wanted, is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Does anyone know how long Microsoft secured the exclusive console rights for? I thought it was only 12 months.
Owen Pile
PS: And yes, who are Wario and Waluigi? What do they do all day?

GC: We don’t believe Microsoft ever said how long the exclusivity was. 12 months is a good guess though, which would take it up to December.

 

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Christmas time

Got to agree that Darksiders III release date is pretty weird. It’s a bit after most of the other major releases but I don’t see how if something like Wolfenstein II struggled last Christmas anyone can expect this to do better. Not that I care about the game itself but I don’t like to see any game fail unnecessarily, especially if it’s likely to take a whole company down with it.

I mean, who would bet against me that it’s not going to be at least a third off before the end of the year? Anyone?

The thing that always gets me is that even if money is no object when do they think anyone’s going to buy these games? I would’ve thought the average person is going to buy two Christmas games, maybe three at most. So that’s Red Dead Redemption II, Call Of Duty or Battlefield, and one other…

If you were given Darksiders III for free where would the average person even get time to play it? That’s what I don’t understand. That and why publishers just never learn their lesson, ever.
Smoulders

 



Inbox also-rans

I agree that Epic Games are doing a great job with Fortnite. That stuff with the giant burger just left out in the desert somewhere is pretty hardcore in terms of effort. Pity those actors that just had to hang around until someone found it though!
Jynx

Argos are selling Persona 5 for PlayStation 4 for £23.99, which is their lowest price.
stanley71

 



This week’s Hot Topic

The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Rich, who asks what game or franchise have you never played but always wanted to?

Is it because you’ve never owned the right hardware, that’s kept you from the game, or is there some other reason, such as not enough time or a worry that you wouldn’t be any good at it? What interests you about the game and do you think you’ll actually like it?

Do you generally like to try any game if it is famous or has a good reputation? What puts you off trying unfamiliar series or genres? If the hardware is the primary problem have you ever bought a console or PC just to try one game, and how did that go?

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