The Callisto Protocol – Will It Be Scary and a Good Game? (Photo: Krafton)

The Tuesday Letters site is excited about the second Super Mario Bros. movie trailer, as one reader is upset that there is no new F-Zero.

As a huge Dead Space fan, I’m looking forward to digging into the Callisto Protocol this weekend, although I’m not quite sure what to expect from it. This got me thinking about what is the best horror game, rather than what is the scariest question – which is usually asked.

Games like Silent Hill, Project Zero and Amnesia: The Dark Descent are all very scary, but I think they are technically and game not that great. They’re great horror games, but they’re not really great games in their own right, if you know what I mean.

I think Resident Evil is probably the best example of a game that would be good even if it didn’t have any horror elements, although I think it would seem very repetitive if you just shot human bad guys all the time.

Horror games are weird because a lot of the features you’d expect from a normal game like decent controls and combat aren’t really needed, and I think that’s one of the reasons I like Dead Space because there’s many in those things are better and are really scary at the same time. Curious what others think.

investor relations
Angry to hear Nintendo say no to a new F-Zero because the developer wasn’t big enough, but they could have if they just said yes and gave them a budget. I can’t help but wonder why Nintendo doesn’t apply this logic to Game Freak, which seems to be understaffed and overworked.

As other readers have said, Nintendo is meant to help with the technology, but it shouldn’t stop there. Nintendo obviously has a tight ship, they know how to make games, how to do quality assurance and how to manage expectations, but even though Game Freak has been around for so long, they don’t.

Nintendo still owns a huge chunk of Game Freak, so why aren’t they investing more in it? Give them all the money they need and make sure the games are as perfect as a “regular” Nintendo game? Unless there’s some weird legal reason for that, I just don’t get it.

With virtually every major game this year leaking and streaming about a week before release, I worry about the impact this will have on publishers. They don’t like physical games anyway and while I’m sure they’ll want to ditch it entirely, I don’t think they’ll go that far. What I see though is that every game looks like Call of Duty without anything saved to disc so if people get copies too soon they won’t be able to do anything with it.

You can still sell the game as normal, but it’s really just one big round of receipts. It’s not ideal, but businesses do it to themselves. You should know they’re lax because they usually aren’t, but if every game’s story is ruined a week before release, what’s the point? This is an unfortunate situation.

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With a huge Black Friday sale I managed to get a physical Sonic Frontiers cart on Switch for just over £20. Delivered on Sunday, woop woop!

Other than the camera clicking around in a few random places, I’m fine with it.

You mean why did it take Sega so long to make a good 3D version? If something like this could have been around in the Dreamcast era, it could have saved Sega (as it was back then).

As a side note, I’m thinking of writing a Reader’s Feature for portable emulator consoles. How would this represent the (usual) gray area of ​​emulation?

Next generation
Count me among those people who don’t know what the fuss is about Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. The graphics aren’t great, but I wouldn’t say they were terrible either. And I didn’t experience any performance issues either, aside from a few framerate hiccups.

Can I try some of the new Pokemon designs instead? The last few generations have all been good, but I especially like Tinkatink Evolution Tinkaton, which is some kind of gremlin/fairy with a giant hammer and the dolphin evolutions that go amusingly weird.

The puns are also very good and I laughed out loud at Annihilape, Fidough and Cyclizar. For me it is a great game and I will play it for many more hours.

Replace Xim
I read this article about Overwatch 2 players being mad at console players using keyboard and mouse; It is always interesting to read about using XIM.

However, something is wrong. You don’t get mouse movement with an XIM. Reddit users claim that people can do 180 twice as fast is not true. You can only move as fast as a right analog stick will allow.

For PlayStation 5 users, you cannot use XIM unless you install the PlayStation 4 version of the game, which negates the framerate benefits of the PlayStation 5. For all those who do, you can only use the officially licensed variants of a XIM.

The Hori Tac Master gives PlayStation mouse and keyboard. It is also identified as a controller and you get aim assist while using it. Again, this is an emulator and is actually a movement of the real analog stick disguised as a mouse.

There is also the Splitfish Frag FX product. Allows the use of a nunchuck and a mouse. Again, you get aim assist that can be used for any game on PlayStation 4. All games identify them as standard DualShock 4 controllers.

The main difference between these products and XIM is that with XIM you can use any mouse or keyboard, nunchuck, etc. can use whatever you want. It’s a little more versatile, but it’s only a third-party take on officially licensed controllers. It’s like what Scuf is to a Razer Raiju.

On Xbox you can use a XIM as it is backwards compatible with other controllers.

I have an XIM. I have been using it for years. I can’t use it for Overwatch 2 on PlayStation 5 so I just went back to the controller just like I did for Battlefield. I used to have a Splitfish (I’m hopeless with a keyboard) and it was fine, but I had some problems with the mouse and switched to XIM.

I hope this helps bring some much needed balance to these discussions, because it’s just not the cheating device that people imagine.

keep talking
I see that the second trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie Tuesday will be revealed, so I’m looking forward to that. I imagine Princess Peach and a few other characters will appear in it, but the big test is whether we hear more from Mario.

There wasn’t really much to judge in the first trailer, so now we get to see if Chris Pratt was really a good choice or not.

busy work
So when news of a likely PC port of Gran Turismo 7 hit me, I wondered: who is it for?

Sim racing on PC is already very well served, even with the death of the Project CARS series we adopted Automobilista 2 with a variety of car classes and tracks, and Asseto Corsa Competizione if you just want GT3 and GT4 racing.

Then you have the original Asseto Corsa, RaceRoom and iRacing to name a few, all available.

Project CARS 3 (which I believe is still available) is a copy of the Gran Turismo formula for buying and upgrading cars – and we’ve all seen how well it’s been received!

For lighter, arcade-style fare, there’s the GRID series.

We also have Ian Bell and Mildly Annoyed trying to get a new sim racing series off the ground.

I guess the point is that sim racing on PC is a niche market, but it’s crowded. I think Polyphony Digital envisions they can step in and clean up brand awareness, but I’m not so sure that’s going to happen.

Still, it will be interesting to see if anything comes of this!
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Inbox also works
Why was there never a real hedgehog Pokemon? The only one I know of is Shaymin, which is really rare. Is this some sort of deal with Sega not to step on their toes?

Can’t say I got decent packages during Black Friday. All I was hoping for was Elden Ring and it wouldn’t budge. Me neither.

Hot topic this week
Next week is The Game Awards, which, especially in the absence of E3, has become the biggest venue for new game announcements and images of upcoming games, so we want to know… what are you hoping to see?

It doesn’t matter if the game has already been announced as long as there’s a reasonable chance it will be revealed next week (we’d say GTA 6 is highly unlikely before everyone writes about it – but who knows).

If this is a game that was announced but showed little to no footage, what are your hopes for the first trailer and what the game itself will be like? Overall, what is your most anticipated game for 2023 and beyond?

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