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Games Inbox: What’s the best video game for kids to play?


Ratchet & Clank – a rare treat for kids

The morning Inbox tries to guess how Nintendo will follow-up Super Mario Odyssey, as one reader wonders if a first person Witcher would work.

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Age gap

Found your preview for Starlink quite intriguing, especially as I have kids who are growing up now and I really don’t know what to let them play. Like the guy said, you’ve got obvious baby stuff and then it’s almost a ten year leap from that to super violent and sweary stuff. They were too young for Skylanders when that was a thing and now I can’t think of anything except Lego games (which I don’t like) and Nintendo games (which I don’t have the console for). The only exception is the Ratchet & Clank reboot.

So that means, at least till Starlink comes out, there is nothing obvious for me to get them at all, except old games. This really is a terrible state of affairs that all of the big games companies should feel ashamed of. How do they expect to tempt kids away from smartphones if they’ve never had any decent game on consoles they could legitimately play until they’re well into their teens.

Would be interested to hear any games that people feel are appropriate. I know there are some that are not ‘too’ violent but I really shouldn’t have to be picking at scraps like that. Games still get called only for kids but that’s so not true for more reasons than you think.
Dramer

 



Signature features

Great news about CD Projekt making more Witcher games. It always seemed odd that they wouldn’t but I guess they were trying to drum up more interest in Cyberpunk 2077 in the meantime (which totally worked). It is hard to predict what they’ll do with the new game, especially as The Witcher 1 and 2, which I imagine many console owners aren’t that familiar with, are quite different games.

I’m willing to bet that they will still keep the open world though as that’s also a big part of Cyberpunk and seems to be becoming one of their signature features. I do think there could be a chance it’s first person though, especially if Geralt isn’t the main character. It cold be that you just play as a customisable character, like Cyberpunk, which I think is the main reason they choice third person before.

Or maybe they’ll go with a party system. I think it would be a shame if all the games were stuck in the mould of The Witcher 3, just because that was the popular one. I’d like to see CD Projekt continue to innovate and I’m hopeful they will.
Terry Gold

 



Losing your appetite

We had someone writing in recently about how they get stuck right at the end of a game but for me, I’ve begun to worry that I keep losing interest about 10 hours in and then not only can’t muster the enthusiasm to carry on but switch to something else either. Maybe it’s just the weather promoting apathy but I haven’t been grabbed by any game this year really.

After how much I enjoyed last year I don’t think I’ve suddenly lost interesting in gaming or something but there’s something about this year’s crop of games that I just haven’t engaged in. Even things like God Of War I’ve lost interest once I’ve realised that I’ve kind of seen everything and there aren’t going to be any other regular enemies.

I think that’s the general problem actually: games padding themselves out just to seem long when they’ve already run out of new things to throw at you. I’d give Hollow Knight a go but I’m worried I won’t like that either. Maybe I just need a rest from gaming for a few months, so I come back hungry.
PhantomZ

 

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Slow on the uptake

So I see Jurassic World Evolution got to number one in the charts, even though it was out on digital a few weeks ago and is kind of a slow strategy game. Jurassic World 2 (I can’t remember what it’s actually called) is also going to do over $1 billion at the cinema as well and yet… well, I hard need to say it do I? Where are the dinosaur games!

It seems to me that following cinema trends is a bit like third parties supporting a Nintendo console. Publishers always think it’s going to be a flash in the pan and so never bother, and then when they realise they’ve missed out on a band wagon they dither about and then still end up doing nothing because it all costs too much money and they don’t want to take a risk.

At least with superheroes you have to buy a licence (although not necessarily I guess, you could just make them up) but with dinosaurs you’re free to make whatever you want! Jurassic Park has been going as a franchise for 25 years, superheroes have been the biggest thing on the planet for at least 10 years, how much more proof do they need that these are subjects people are interested in? Just crazy.
84Colbat

 



The next jump

Although I don’t imagine we’ll see another big budget Super Mario for a good few years yet I wonder now what direction Nintendo will take with the series? Odyssey was very much a back to basics approach but if it’s equivalent to Super Mario 64 I don’t see them doing anything like Super Mario Sunshine next.

Maybe they’ll try a 2D game again, but I’d like to hope that the New Super Mario Bros. series is now dead and anything they’d do would be a bit more inspired than that. They’d need a gimmick for it though and I’m not sure what it’d be unless it was just a different art style.

This is one aspect of Nintendo being unpredictable I like, because it means whatever they do will be a surprise and they’re not just going through the motions and doing an obvious sequel. I will take some obvious DLC for Odyssey while I’m waiting though!
Mortimer

 



Strange request

Just to go back to that prediction about the best-selling games of 2018, I noticed Spider-Man was at number 10 which will presumably making it the best-selling superhero game since the Batman: Arkham games. Maybe even better than them as I’m not sure exactly how they did.

Do we think this will have any effect on companies making other superhero games? I’m a bit gutted we still haven’t seen anything of Square Enix’s Avengers or Guardians Of The Galaxy games and I’m getting the feeling now that they’re probably going to be next gen.

I hope the delay is that Marvel is going to get involved themselves and announce a whole bunch of games. But I fear the real reason is they’re just busy taking loot boxes out of the after the failure of Star Wars: Battlefront II. What I’d do for a Doctor Strange game…
Cycelator

 



No Rush

I really hope people take GC’s advice and get Onrush now that it’s on cheap. (A sadly inevitable indication of how badly it’s sold up to this point.) We had loads of letters earlier this months asking about arcade game recommendations and alternatives for the PlayStation 4.

As soon as one was made I notice people got strangely quiet about it. If I was a games company I wouldn’t dream of making an arcade racer, it’s clear people haven’t got a passion for it and they’re never really going to be a hit. I don’t know why but the truth is undeniable. Microsoft and Sony seem to be able to push things through purely on the back of them being exclusives but when even Need For Speed becomes non-viable you know something’s up.
Namd

 

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Success in the middle ground

It didn’t seem to get much notice when it came out but as a fan of Life Is Strange I took a chance on Vampyr and I really liked it. I was bit worried it didn’t do that well, but according to Dontnod it’s sold 450,000 copies. And according to them as long as it makes it to 500,000 it’ll turn a profit, which it’s obviously going to do now. Not only am I please it did well, because I liked it, but it’s a rare insight into how much non-blockbusters sell and how well they need to do to wash their face.

Vampyr isn’t a triple-A game but it’s not some cheap indie game either. The graphics are good, they obviously spent a bit on decent voice-acting, and the game is generally well made and professional. So I would’ve expected it to need to sell quite a bit more of that to turn a profit. The fact that it doesn’t have to makes me wonder why we don’t get more of these mid-budget games, especially after everyone was so amazed at Hellblade… and then completely failed to learn anything from it.

The other interesting thing is how much profit actual indie games must make when they say they’ve sold a million copies. Hollow Knight is close to 2 million already I think so that must’ve been a huge (and deserved) windfall for them. Now consider how much EA must’ve lost by selling just 1 million copies left than the expected for Star Wars: Battlefront II – considering how the entire industry immediately changed their approach to loot boxes.
Bluto

 



Inbox also-rans

Wednesday morning’s Inbox had talk of the Xbox One X as best console of the generation. My neighbour used to have a Ferrari on his driveway but it didn’t have any petrol in it.
Dave

What, that’s a scam site? Google has been going downhill with its advertising prioritising over searching. I would have bought that game myself if I didn’t have Persona 5 already. Why do they use PayPal? Madness!
Ste C

 



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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