Games Inbox: Was Sony wrong to publish Stellar Blade?

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An unusual PS5 exclusive (Picture: Sony) The Thursday letters page worries that there are no first party PS5 games with a release date, as another reader wants a new Fallout game. To join in with the discussions yourself email [email protected] Only on PlayStationGood, fair review of Stellar Blade, GC. I don’t imagine that was an easy one, if the game is good but other stuff around it is so icky. What I don’t understand is why Sony would want to pick up this game to publish and not tell the developers to think again when it comes to the main character, especially if it doesn’t have any influence on the rest of the game. For a company that’s trying to be open to everybody, publishing a game where the character looks like she’d be over-the-top in Dead Or Alive Xtreme Volleyball seems like a really weird move. I hate to think they did it just to get people riled up, but I’d imagine the main character is only likely to have a negative effect on reviews and general audiences. Although I’ll be honest, the thing that put me off the most was the price. I know it’s the same for all Sony games but there is no way that I’m going to pay £70 for an unknown new IP that got good but not amazing reviews. That game’s going to be discounted before you can say Black Friday and I really don’t know why they even bothered starting it off at full price. Like the reader said yesterday, surely they’d sell twice as much, or more, at half the price. I really struggle to understand why Sony published it at all.Sieben Date unknownSo, now that Stellar Blade is out we’re down to there being no scheduled first party games at all, in terms of ones with actual dates. So that means the only games we know about are Concord, which is meant to be out this year, and Marvel’s Wolverine, which is maybe 2025, if we’re lucky. Beyond that the only Sony games I know about are the live service Fairgame$, which I don’t think has a release year, and Kojima’s Physint – also date unknown. How has Sony allowed things to get this bad? What are people supposed to be buying a PlayStation 5 for? Oh, I’m really looking forward to that new game, err… that probably exists, but they haven’t really said. All I can say is that their summer preview event better be really good. I’m going to bet it isn’t though.RoryB GC: There’s also the Until Dawn remake sometime this year and Death Stranding 2 sometime next year, also by Kojima. Creator’s voiceFor anyone wanting to find out more about the creator of Balatro there is a podcast called Eggplant: The Secret Lives Of Games. It is episode 136, Going in Blind with Balatro. Just a quick thanks to Andrew J for the amiibo link. I have finally been able to grab the Sonic The Hedgehog amiibo. Thought I’d never get the little fella.Chaosphere616 Email your comments to: [email protected] Infinite problemsI’m going to guess that most of Ubisoft’s summer showcase is going to be devoted to Assassin’s Creed, considering they haven’t shown off Infinity yet and they’ve got so many other games on the boil that also haven’t been seen yet. I know the series has its critics, but I’ve always been a fan, at least in measured doses – I don’t need a new one every year. I do worry at what Infinity is going to be though. As my understanding is you don’t buy it separately but it’s something you get for free and can run all future games from, probably having an interface set in the present day or something. That all sounds cool enough, but Ubisoft keep calling it a live service title and since it’s not a game in itself it’s pretty obvious that’s going to mean a lot of microtransactions, skins, and the likes. I know, I know: I don’t have to buy it. But all this monetisation stuff is just so exhausting sometimes. I’m already wishing I can just start the games and play them as normal, without Infinity.Talkclose No negotiationsI enjoyed reading Mark Fitz’ nostalgic N64/PS1 letter on Wednesday, where he mentioned Super Mario 64, GoldenEye 007, and Zelda: Ocarina Of Time and it got me thinking… which other consoles have had three titles which are absolutely non-negotiable 10/10 classics, like these were back in the day? The PS1 games he mentioned (Grand Turismo, Metal Gear Solid, and Final Fantasy 7) were excellent but were more 8 possibly 9/10 titles. Any thoughts GC and GC viewers?Adams6legend GC: The Switch has more 10/10s than any recent console but Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is arguably the only one that’s a mould-breaker in the manner of those other games. Quick releaseI agree that it would be madness to wait until 2031 or whenever to make the next Fallout. The show will be long gone by then and all this goodwill will have been squandered. If I was Bethesda, I’d get Id Software to make some sort of shooter and scale back on the role-playing elements. Make it clear it’s not meant to be a normal game and you could have some decent gunplay for once as well. Get a good story in there, that ties into the show, and you’d have an instant hit. The problem is, as we all know by now, games take so long to make now that that’d still take four years or so. But I wonder what Id Software is working on right now? Probably a new Doom game but maybe they could adapt that to be a Fallout game instead? Not literally turn the game into one but use its basic gameplay and graphics and then come back to Doom 3 later? The inability for gaming to quickly pivot and react to anything is a real shame and, as we know, is only getting worse. Maybe they could get an indie developer to do something instead, because it’d be quicker, but that’s not really the same, is it?Freddy Strange voicesRE: Dragon’s Dogma 2. I really liked the first game, especially the Dark Arisen expansion, and the sequel is my game of the year so far. But I have to ask, what is going on with the people reading out the lines? I reckon they’ve all had a liquid lunch before work and decided to troll everyone en masse.Chevy Malibu (PSN ID) GC: We suspect it’s the case of an American or Japanese voice director not realising just how silly they all sound. More TrendingFallout 4 next gen update – when it’s out and what’s in itStellar Blade review – fighting through the male gazeGames Inbox: What Nintendo games will launch with the Switch 2?Games Inbox: Will GTA 6 have campaign co-op?Read More Stories Late flashI’m not sure this No Rest of The Wicked dev is necessarily wrong about early access but way to make yourself seem like an arrogant git. As far as I can tell his game is a generic Diablo clone, whereas Dark Souls is one of the best and most influential games of all time. Based on quality, maybe he should’ve just released their game as normal, like From did? And then he has a go at Sony and Nintendo for not allowing early access? Nintendo?! GC already gave the obvious example of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom but, especially given their complexity, Nintendo games are basically always bug free and highly original. And they didn’t get either by relying on early access. Personally I’ve never liked the idea. I don’t want a game made by committee, especially a committee of gamers that know nothing about making games. I think I’d much rather stick with Nintendo and all the other great developers of the world, than relying on just throwing a game out there and slowly fixing it as you go. I can see maybe it’s useful for indie developers, in terms of getting money rolling in, and you can’t argue with the results of Baldur’s Gate 3, but in general, I’d rather developers just made the game themselves and finished it before releasing. I don’t think that’s old fashioned, that’s the way that has the most consistent results.Focus Inbox also-ransSo if they make a Kingdom Hearts movie, and manage to make sense of the plot, can we just swap that into the actual games. I can’t believe how complicated they’ve got.Anton Why does June 21 seem so far away? I want to play Shadow Of The Erdtree now, dammit! I’m looking forward to that more than most full games.HGW Email your comments to: [email protected] The small printNew Inbox updates appear every weekday morning, with special Hot Topic Inboxes at the weekend. Readers’ letters are used on merit and may be edited for length and content. 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