Rise Of The Rōnin – PS5 exclusive but not made by Sony (Photo: Koei Tecmo)

The Friday Letters website believes that Sony should stop paying for so many exclusive PS5 consoles, as a reader suggests the next generation of the Switch 2 franchise.

Interesting trailer from Sony about the new year’s lineup, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who notices that the only real first party game is the Concord Live Service game, which isn’t so encouraging for them. Sort of a big comeback year for homebrew games.

Based on the trailer, I’d say the games I’m most interested in are Dragon’s Dogma 2, Rise Of The Rōnin, and Tekken 8. I’m not a huge fan of the series, but I can imagine Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth will also be a big hit with some people. I might also be interested in Silent Hill 2, although I don’t have much faith in Bloober Team, so we’ll have to wait and see.

However, I would say that overall it is a good show with something for everyone. I agree with the reader that there are no notable games to look forward to in 2024. Nothing on the scale of a new Zelda or Spider-Man yet, but who could have predicted Baldur’s Gate 3 this time last year?

Here’s hoping we get another surprise (or two) like this and that the wait for all these games and more is worth it.

Mercenary business
So the PlayStation trailer was a bit of a surprise. Apparently, Sony held on until just after Christmas, and as always, the lack of first-party games is telling. Considering what Sony has done in the last generation, I find it crazy that Microsoft has currently announced a dozen first-party games and Sony… one. Oh, and that live service Concord game that I don’t think will ever come true.

It’s a nice trailer and I’m personally excited to see Rise Of The Rōnin and Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth turn out exclusively for PlayStation 5, but not from Sony. The problem is next time: What’s stopping Microsoft from simply paying Square Enix and Koei Tecmo more to get them exclusive on Xbox?

Deals like this must cost Sony a fortune, and I think it would be much better to invest that money in its own studios and intellectual property rather than just bringing in these paid mercenaries to keep their empty schemes alive. I’m hoping for a change of course when the new boss comes in, but I don’t expect it.

The sleeping Zelda
During and after watching Moana on New Year’s Day, I felt an overwhelming urge to play The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker, so I fired up the Switch (note: having not played since the end of Tears Of The Kingdom not, I would use the switch I). I can’t turn it on even after charging it overnight; seems if you hold down the power button at the top for 20 seconds and then tap it again (you’re welcome) it pops right out.

Why isn’t The Wind Waker available on Switch in any form?! Retro library? Enjoy. Compilation of Zeldas? NO. Standalone remaster? Refused! Oh the salt spray, how I long for you, an adventure on the high seas, torn from my mind and trampled by a rush of Japanese businessmen.

Sea of ​​thieves? Hmmm… Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag? Naa, I wanted all the traditional Zelda magic, but on the sea, bosses and dungeons, boomerangs and hook shots. Maybe one day, or maybe on the Switch 2, or maybe I should just switch to Retro! I go to Facebook Marketplace.
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Third lot
So what happens to Bungie if Destiny 2 continues to underperform and Sony takes over? It would be hard to imagine Sony ever paying for a Destiny 3, and I think that’s the only thing that will really change things.

Before watching, I actually thought that Destiny 2 started out as a PlayStation 3 game, but that wasn’t the case. Still, it feels that way, and as someone who has played it before, I feel like the whole thing has lost its momentum and is moving slowly at this point. I’ve tried going back a few times but it feels old fashioned and I’m just repeating old tricks.

But that’s Bungie’s bread and butter, so now they have to risk Sony emptying the studio and moving people working on their other live service games to other developers. An unfortunate end for such a well-known company, but I just don’t think this year will go well for them.

No sense
Am I the only one who turns off the haptic options on a DualSense? At first it all seemed pretty cool, but as expected, Astro’s Playroom was the only game to use it in an interesting way, and now it seems like it’s just there, as one developer recalls.

I’m all for increasing immersion, but in most games all it does is increase the effort required to pull the triggers, so I just disable it as soon as I realize it doesn’t add anything interesting. Is there a current game that makes good use of this?

So many games, so little time
Happy New Year, gamers.

I used some gift cards that were gratefully received to fund my Nintendo account. I bought Amnesia: Collection, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus at a bargain price and Return Of The Obra Dinn. It worked really smart and cost significantly less than £30 (the last one was full price but I’m really looking forward to playing it).

It seems like I see so much impatience and negativity regarding upcoming games and delays. It shouldn’t be like that. For Gordon’s sake I have to play Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Moss: Book 2, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Spider-Man, Battlefield 1 and many more; even though I own them. I think it’s fun to vary and explore tastes rather than focusing on one game and genre and demanding a sequel immediately after the credits roll.

Cheesy Christmas TV movies, mincemeat and cognac on the sofa with my significant other may have strengthened my goodwill in this cheerful atmosphere, but I stand by my feelings.

Happy 2024 everyone.
D Dubya

Intellectual property
Happy New Year everyone! Now that the Switch seems to be done and dusted, I wonder what Nintendo’s first new IP will be for the Switch 2? We have very little from this generation, just things like ARMS and Ring Fit Adventure, and less than the Wii U, which I find disappointing.

But what new genre could Nintendo come up with with a new Switch 2 game? Will we ever get something with a more serious plot from them? A soulslike maybe? Or maybe a MOBA effort? It always amazes me that they didn’t. I hope we find out this year!

Long short list
Wouldn’t it be typical of Nintendo to add an extra line to toothpaste with Switch 2?

I’m thinking of a new 3D or Wiimote-like widget. Maybe an ultralight wireless augmented reality spec or a monocle that’s virtually weightless and offers a subtle HUD and full peripheral vision to combat disease? Third time lucky after Virtual Boy and the boxes?

2023 was definitely the year of the Switch (and the Switch Lite) for me, with first-party hits and indie gems galore. I don’t really see how a new device can improve on the Pikmin 4’s graphics or the OLED’s big, vibrant screen, but hey ho.

Thanks, GC, for your efforts in 2023. It’s amazing that independent video game journalism still exists and isn’t subject to too much advertising or publishing pressure. We’d all rather have a late review than pay for an ad.

Here’s a small list of unusual indie gems, perhaps aimed specifically at older gamers, on the Switch (old and new – mostly £2-10) that I like:

  • Yokus Island Express
  • Air twister
  • Kaze and the wild masks
  • spinach
  • Very good
  • tint
  • Switch lever
  • Monkey Barrels
  • Fashion Police
  • Lumines remastered
  • No tension
  • Fluffy horde
  • Crazy
  • Pale Sword DX
  • RetroMania Wrestling
  • Golf story
  • Strike Sisters
  • Arkanoid – Eternal Battle
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus
  • Deflector
  • Toadee and Topdee
  • Storm 4000
  • Akka Arrh
  • Tetris Effect: Linked
  • Neo cabin
  • Orbital cargo section
  • Panzer Dragoon: Remake
  • Momonga Pinball Adventure
  • Jet Cave Adventure
  • Slaycation paradise
  • ProtoCorgi
  • Cloud punk
  • Dead Z meat
  • Mantis Burn Racing
  • Cats and the other lives
  • Thimbleweed Park

I look forward to Mario and Sonic entering the public domain in 60 years and we can finally have the Mushroom Kingdom horror movie we’ve all been wanting.

I bet Baldur’s Gate 3 didn’t sell particularly well on console. I know literally no one who has played it and almost no one who has heard of it. It’s totally a computer thing.

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