Are you looking forward to it? (pic: Sony)
The Wednesday letters page worries that Nintendo is becoming irrelevant, as one reader wants more open world games where you can fly.
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The big day
Am I the only gamer really looking forward to the PS Plus revamp launching here in the UK this Thursday?
While it is a shame that Sony’s promotional push for it is shambolic, I’m so glad we finally have a decent Game Pass style competitor for the PS universe – about time Sony!
The first four games I’m downloading are the PlayStation 5’s Returnal, Ghost Of Tsushima, Death Stranding, and Demon’s Souls, all of which I desperately wanted to get at launch but couldn’t stomach paying the frankly astronomical (but unfortunately now standard) PlayStation 5 price of £69.99!
Maybe Sony doesn’t want to push the PS Plus revamp globally, as it believes there are consumers still willing to pay full price for these games outright, perhaps?
An example of this is a member of staff at Smyths who I was talking to in the video game section, who said there are plenty of customers who still buy physical copies of Microsoft Flight Simulator, Halo Infinite, etc. despite all these being on Game Pass, wow!
I don’t think it’s very controversial to say that Sony has lost control of the narrative in the last month or so. Microsoft was the only one to put an effort into an E3 style event, so far at least, and for some reason Sony has been secretive and odd about its PS Plus revamp – which I think most people assumed they’d make a big thing of while they didn’t have any games out.
I really don’t think it’s a problem though. You’re only as big as your last game and all that, and neither Microsoft or Sony has had any games for several months. As soon as one of them comes out with something good they’ll be the dominant company and the other one will start sweating, until the situation is reversed, and the cycle continues. It is the way of things.
As far as I’m concerned, the only problem at the moment is waiting until that moment when someone actually releases a big game again. It feels like it’s been ages.
Fly the world
Here’s a question I’ve wondered. Why is flying so rare in open world games? I hope it’s in Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 because it’s one thing I always hope for as the ‘final ability’ and it almost never is. I guess it’s because on older hardware the game can’t load the graphics in fast enough, like happened with the bike in Zelda?
I hope that means that in the next gen it’ll become much more common and we can start to move away from the horse as the vehicle of choice for these games. Don’t get me wrong, horses are cool, but at …read more