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Games Inbox: World’s funniest video game, Monster Hunter 15th anniversary, and Crash Bandicoot nostalgia

Portal 2 – the funniest game of all time?
The morning Inbox wants to see a Devil May Cry spin-off dedicated to V, as one reader wants to know if Sony has secret E3 plans.
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Funny ha ha
The reader talking about Borderlands and how its sense of humour is one of the best bits is dead on, and I think they’d be crazy to tone that down or get rid of it. But between that and the talk of Monkey Island recently it got me thinking about what has been the funniest game ever.
I’ve got a soft spot for Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, which is quietly hilarious all the way through (the less said about the sequels the better) and of course all the LucasArts games were very funny, as well as Psychonauts.
But I think the top two contenders are The Stanley Parable and Portal 1 and 2. Both of which have quite a lot in common actually, as they’re first person games with no shooting but an omnipresent voiceover trying to ruin your life. I think it’s got to go to Portal 2 in the end but interested in what other people think. Although the real take away is that there’s not nearly enough funny video games!
Dalton



 



V Part 2
Just finished Devil May Cry 5 and wanted to say how much I enjoyed the whole thing. Probably my favourite of the series and not a sign of dumbing anything down to keep the mainstream onboard, really top work.
The best thing, or at least the best surprise, was definitely V though. An amazing new character that I loved to play as. GC were right that he almost unbalances the games because you don’t want to give up and be the others.
I would love to see him get his own spin-off now and expand on his gameplay further, get a much larger range of demons he can summon and have them upgradeable and maybe even evolve. Turn it into a kind of Shin Megami Tensei action game. Loved both this game and Resident Evil 2 this year and love that both show you can have the best of both worlds in terms of old school design and modern graphics and presentation.
Thornberry Bill



 



Sony’s year off
Now that we’re inching closer to E3 (I assume you’re going as usual, GC?) I’m realising more what it means that Sony won’t be there. Are we really not going to get any updates on The Last Of Us Part II, Ghost Of Tsushima, or the other games this year? What about Dreams, which I thought was meant to be out relatively soon?
Surely they must be planning to host their own event, either the same week or just before or after. It just seems like giving Microsoft an open platform otherwise, where they can pretend that Sony are irrelevant because they’re not turning up.
Even if Microsoft don’t announce much do Sony really want to give them the opportunity? I suppose it doesn’t really matter. I own both consoles now so I’ve got no real horse in this race anymore but it just seems odd, and more glad than ever that Nintendo Directs are a thing as I wish that’s how the other two did their announcements as well.
Chris Carter
GC: We will be going, yes. As for whether Sony will have its own event close to E3, there have been vague rumours but nothing substantial.



 
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The power of nostalgia
I consider myself an experienced gamer who has pretty decent and varied taste in games. I like a challenge and have battled through the likes of Bloodborne, recognising that its challenge is overcome through patience and skill.
So I don’t say this lightly, but Crash Bandicoot is quite frankly a terrible game. A game whose challenge relies on a poor sense of depth perception and whose gameplay is simplistic and repetitive.
I find it truly astounding how the remake has garnered so much acclaim considering the core gameplay hasn’t changed.
Never before has game angered me so much; not because I kept dying but because the game is poorly designed and the challenge is built around this.
Sorry for the moan but it really has annoyed me.
John



 



Hard figures
For those interested in sales figures, after the Chart-Track ones for last week were leaked/given out, Devil May Cry 5 sold 116,202 copies to get to number one in Japan, compared to just 20,872 in the UK. Despite what you might think Devil May Cry isn’t especially popular in Japan, although the results were lower than the approximately 150,000 that some were hoping for.
As in the UK though it’s almost exactly the same as DmC: Devil May Cry, so probably about 20% more once you add digital. The PlayStation 2 original had the best opening for the series with 352,668 sales, although of course things were very different then.
Normally you expect to see any number one Japanese game sell at least 100,000 in a week, although that’s become less common as the years have gone by. I always find looking at the stats interesting as Media Create release all the figures for Japan every week and have done for years. Although sadly they may stop soon and make the information private like Chart-Track do.
Statto



 



Offal and leftovers
I’ve noticed that a few video games, including new releases, end up with unused content that is on the disc but never comes to light or ever gets experienced by players. A few examples of this happening in the past are Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, Dead Rising 1 and a good amount of other games that have had this problem.
With newer games, I am not sure if this still happening. However, I’d love to see developers at least try to add this unused content in future DLC updates after the games are released so that extra stuff already included on the disc is available as people already paid for it when buying the disc or digital version of the game.
Another thing I’d love to see developers do is when releasing new DLC is to recycle unused content on the game disc which could be used to create extra maps, vehicles, and whatever the case may be. The modding community has done this before and demonstrated this can be done. It would be a great way for them to cut the amount of time it would take, as well as ensure any content they spent time working on but quickly cancelled would not actually be fully wasted.
It will be interesting to see if unused content reoccurs in the future and which developers will eventually decide to recycle unused content to create additional maps, vehicles, etc. or whatever the case may be with the specific game in question.
gaz be rotten (gamertag)
GC: It’s just unfinished content left on the disc or purposefully cut from the final version. Just like a movie there’s a lot that’s left on the cutting room floor, often because it’s not up to the same standards as the rest of the game.



 



Anime or bust
I would absolutely love a Netflix style anime of Dark Souls and/or Bloodborne, much more than boring old Dragon’s Dogma. Now that it’s been suggested I’m kind of shocked it hasn’t already happened. Castlevania Netflix has been a revelation for me and much better than ever trying to make a game into a live action movie.
A live action Dark Souls, with people dressed up in the gear and everything would look ridiculous, and probably be really boring and pretentious, but an anime… that could afford to be super authentic and add a lot to the way people think about the series.
Kinks12



 
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Too much of a good thing
Initially I was very excited to see The Messenger get a release date of 19 March for PlayStation 4. I’ve always loved a good Metroidvania and I believe this game played about with the formula a little. But then I remembered I was getting a little fatigued and irritated with the whole formula by the end of Hollow Knight. That and hard games in general, also competitive online games too.
I still really enjoy all of the above I just think, like open world games, you need to ration yourself otherwise they become a chore rather than a rewarding joy. I’ve some work colleagues who game and when thinking of something we could play together the Switch was a popular choice. I think we were all after a knockabout fun experience, rather than the high octane play of something like Apex Legends.
Regarding Metroidvanias and Metroid Prime 4 I hope Nintendo mix it up to the same degree as Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. Having Samus retain all her abilities and the entire game world explorable pretty much from the start sounds good.
Regarding, The Messenger how much of a traditional Metroidvania is it? I’ve purposefully kept myself in the dark about it to avoid spoilers. Game trailers seem to be becoming like movie trailers where they show way too much. I regret a little watching the recent launch trailer for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
Simundo Jones
GC: We haven’t played The Messenger, so we’ll be curious to see the PlayStation 4 version ourselves. Our understanding is that its biggest influence is Ninja Gaiden II (aka Shadow Warriors II) on the NES, and only becomes a Metroidvania later on.



 



Inbox also-rans
For anyone that got into the series with Monster Hunter: World it’s the series’ 15th anniversary this month. Just goes to show that it’s never too late for success (outside of Japan)!
Solarax
Am I out of the loop for not knowing who Jade Raymond is? Her face is familiar but looking at her Wikipedia page it doesn’t seem like she’s done an awful lot beyond the first (rubbish) Assassin’s Creed.
Kev
GC: She’s more a producer than a developer; she’s a well-known figure in the industry though and her appointment is a clear sign of how much Google is trying to make a splash in the games market.



 



This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Ishi, who asks what is your favourite video game soundtrack of the current generation?
That means anything on the Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, 3DS, or PS Vita – or any new PC game from early 2011 onwards. You can recommend a single song or a whole soundtrack, but we want to know what you think has been the best video game music for the modern formats?
What do you think of current trends in video game music and do you think this generation has been better or worse, in general, for video game music? And do you own any recent soundtracks separately, either as downloads or on CD or vinyl?
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