Games Inbox: Is GTA 6 a disappointment already?

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GTA Online – the GTA leaks don’t make anyone happy (Photo: Rockstar Games)

The Wednesday letters page has little sympathy for leakers who don’t check their sources as one reader looks forward to Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

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First impression
I’m just going to come out and say it: that GTA 6 leak made the game look awful. I know it’s all early stuff, but the graphics aren’t what I’m talking about. If someone leaked 30 minutes of footage from GTA 6, including the source code, I’d expect a bigger revelation than “you can lie on the floor to shoot” or “we copied and pasted some hunting gear from Red Dead Redemption 2” .

There should be something, a hint of a new idea or a new direction, but I’m getting nothing. The whole thing could easily pass for GTA 5 and again, I’m not talking in terms of the graphics, but in terms of the things you do, which are apparently the same as always.

I know it’s GTA and this is exactly what GTA looks like, but it all seems so unexciting. I’m sure there will still be a billion copies sold, because who doesn’t want GTA 5 something better, but for me this was a very disappointing revelation/leak.

If I were Rockstar I’d put out an official trailer ASAP and set up their booth right now because right now it really doesn’t seem like they’re aiming very high.

Call for optimism
I’ll probably make myself look very uncool, but I’m really looking forward to Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Everyone hated Vanguard, but it seems to me that the new game looks really good. It’s the modern age, they give zombies a rest and they won’t be stopped by Warzone because a new one comes out.

Word from the beta seems to be mostly positive, so I’m officially stoked. Given the mess Battlefield is currently in, military shooters are becoming quite rare these days. Everything is just hero shooters and kid stuff right now and that’s not really my thing.

I’ll wait for the reviews, but I’d be surprised if Modern Warfare 2 wasn’t both a critical and commercial success and the best in the series for at least a decade.

The long wait
I’m having a hard time understanding the benefit of a detachable drive to a console, but I assume it’s the only way Sony can resize the PlayStation 5. It doesn’t sound like it will make much of a difference though, so the wait remains for the PlayStation 5 to be the ugliest console ever made.

I understand its size is out of their control (although Microsoft seems to handle the Xbox Series X much better), but I wish they’d just admit the thing is unimaginably ugly and redesign it. It’s happened to many other consoles before, including PlayStation consoles, but I feel like Sony is too proud to admit a mistake and we’ll be stuck with that twisted monster forever.

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take my money
An Iron Man single player game from the folks who made Star Wars: Squadrons and Guardians Of The Galaxy? Yes, I’m sold. Where do I pre-order?

Seriously though, I already have really high hopes for this and I’m glad EA has seen the light of day with single player games. Especially since the same developer is also working on the remake of Dead Space.

People will probably talk about the robot suits in Anthem, and they were clearly inspired by Iron Man, but the most important thing to get it right is Tony Stark himself. You would think that Robert Downey Jr. was irreplaceable, but I actually thought Josh Keaton in Iron Man VR did really well, better than Nolan North in the Avengers game.

Combine that with a good script and you could easily have a game as good as Spider-Man. I just hope they have some of its weirder enemies in the game like Big Wheel and Living Laser.

The secret of success
I think it’s hilarious that EA thinks the Activision Blizzard acquisition is good news for them. “When Call Of Duty magically disappears, everyone will want to play our game again!” Nobody wants to play Battlefield! The reason 2042 was a flop wasn’t because people were busy playing Call Of Duty, but because 2042 was worthless.

I’m surprised so many publishers just don’t get it: if you make a good game, people will buy it. Names and franchises are important to a certain extent, but since it’s a great game that you can play with your friends, that’s much more important for these types of games.

I mean, for example, why do you think Apex Legends was successful? It certainly wasn’t because it was a spin-off of Titanfall, but because it was fun to play. That’s all things.

you know it
I’m not surprised that Capcom is quickly bringing Winters’ storyline to a close in the Resident Evil Village DLC. The newfound love for the third person seemed very suspicious and I’m sure they probably think they want to follow up on the remakes instead of Village, which I think most people didn’t like that much.

I didn’t mind Village, but for me it had three major problems: it wasn’t scary, it wasn’t funny and it was too much pure action games. There was That bit that was scary, but that was really all, which was due to the fact that there was too much action and too much of the rest was a bit too familiar Resident Evil tropes.

The stuff that was new was generally good and I think that should be the lesson for Resident Evil 9. The problem it’s not funny is because the script is no longer the product of bad translations, just American writers trying to make it sound vague that way. It doesn’t work and seems fake and trying, contrary to the harmless absurdity of the old games.

I’m fine with them bringing Leon, Jill and the others back for the next game, but I hope an effort is made to give them the right personalities. It’s really still just costumes and names, and nothing more. One of the few shortcomings of the remakes is that they haven’t addressed this and I assume this means Capcom doesn’t see it as a problem.

hype deflation
I understand why Rockstar is so upset about that GTA 6 leak, because it doesn’t portray the game in a very good light at all. We all know it was far from finished, but it was all so disappointing that it must do a lot of damage to the hype for the game, especially for people who don’t pay that much attention to games.

If Rockstar ends up throwing the book at the hacker, I won’t blame them. This leaker culture has gotten out of hand and it’s ruining game reveals and all the hard work people put into it.
Insane Flame

Old Fashioned Reveal
I really don’t have much sympathy for this Jeff Grubb guy, who apologizes for misunderstanding the Zelda remaster rumor. I mean, according to him, the only thing he forgot to check was a Nintendo rumor? You know Nintendo – which absolutely no one is ever good at predicting. That’s kind of A-incompetence for someone whose bread and butter is leaking game news.

And what does he do in the same breath? Immediately make a claim for another remaster that I have a hard time believing to be true. I can’t think of a single time Nintendo announced a Christmas game this late in the year and, as GC pointed out, it doesn’t make sense anyway, because the whole point of such a remaster is to get people in the mood for the new game. And that probably won’t happen for another two years.

I feel like the whole factory of leaks and rumors has gotten out of hand. Not in the sense that they’re inaccurate – most are for the money – but in the sense that they take all the fun out of the reveal and make it harder for the developers.

If we had E3 these days, I don’t think it would work anyway, because we’d know everything in advance, via a trickle feed of blurry screenshots, 10-second videos, and second-hand descriptions. I’d much rather have publishers take the stage and roll a trailer, but that almost seems strange and old-fashioned compared to what we get these days.
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Inbox is running too
With all these rumors and leaks right now, why haven’t we heard anything about XCOM 3? It’s literally the only one of the Nvidia leak that hasn’t been proven to be true and it’s the one I wanted the most!

Nice review of Roadwarden, I will definitely get it given the price. Great to see such an old-fashioned style of play making a comeback while still staying in touch with its roots.
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This week’s hot topic
After last weekend’s Inbox on favorite fantasy video games, this week asks the related question: What’s your favorite sci-fi game?

It can be a licensed game if you want, but also try to include a game that started in video games. How big are you a fan of science fiction in general, and how much of a distinction do you make between relatively grounded settings and space fantasy?

Do you think there are too many or too few sci-fi games right now and what kinds of games would you like to see more of, including specific genres like space battle simulators and sci-fi horror?

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