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Video games Inbox: Will there ever be a Half-Life 3?

Half-Life 2 – might there ever be one other one? (pic: Valve)

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With individuals beginning to consider The Sport Awards this 12 months, and what new video games may be introduced, the one which popped into my head was the one I can assure they’ll by no means announce: Half-Life 3.

However why? Why is Valve like this? I do know there’s no level asking that query as a result of individuals have been asking it for many years at this level, but it surely simply defies all sense. Valve are the form of those who make Nintendo look open, pleasant, and predictable. However I do not know why.

Gabe Newell does interviews and stuff, so it’s not like they’re extremely secretive like Rockstar, they only… don’t care? I assumed they had been perhaps constructing as much as one thing with Half-Life: Alyx, which I haven’t performed as a result of it wants VR however which I perceive does reset the tip of the story to date, in order that persevering with with Half-Life 3 wouldn’t be so sophisticated to get into, however after that… nothing.

I ask the query will there ever be a Half-Life 3, however you’d should say that primarily based on the likelihood the reply is, sadly, no!

Final gen sequel
I’m what I assume to be about half means via God Of Struggle Ragnarök and I’m probably not feeling it. All of it seems fairly and works effectively however I simply really feel like I’ve seen all of it earlier than, and I don’t simply imply the final sport.

There’s one thing about all of it that feels very old school, like you possibly can inform the degrees had been designed for the PlayStation 4 and that’s why they’re so small and constrained.

However I don’t actually perceive that as a result of the PlayStation 4 model was fairly a late reveal. I assumed Sony was implying on the time that they solely selected it being cross-gen on the final minute, due to the PlayStation 5 inventory issues. However that may’t be proper, certainly?

I’m positive they’ll by no means say for positive however no matter’s happening I’m much less serious about taking part in the sport than I’m in seeing a real subsequent gen sequel.

Pressured to innovate
Yeah, there isn’t a means that Microsoft purchased Activision Blizzard only for Sweet Crush. I’d half consider it in the event that they’d been saying it from the beginning however solely now, when issues are getting dicey as as to whether the acquisition will likely be allowed? Nah.

That mentioned, I don’t care if Microsoft did purchase them to make Name Of Responsibility unique. Why shouldn’t they? It’s their cash their losing. I’d welcome it changing into unique as a result of then Sony could be pressured to make a competitor they usually may provide you with one thing higher.

Any excuse to pressure these firms into really doing one thing new. In fact, I’m saying that as somebody that doesn’t actually care that a lot about Name Of Responsibility besides, that’s my opinion.

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Stress-free battle
Have been completely loving Bayonetta 3 and simply beat her final evening. Superb all the best way as much as the tip, and past really. My absolute favorite bit was the boss battle with Madama Butterfly flicking bubble bathtub at a large monkey homunculus as they each floated within the clouds. And sure, that’s an precise factor that actually occurs.

The extent of creativeness and couldn’t give a fig-ness about this sport is off the size and I adore it. It hasn’t been a lot of successful, as you’d anticipate, however kudos to Nintendo for funding it anyway, as a result of I’m positive they knew that may occur.

I haven’t performed Elden Ring but, so it’s positively my sport of the 12 months. I’m positive it gained’t win that both, besides in my head.

GC: That bit is nice. The monkey is a reference to the Monkey King out of Journey to the West.

One and solely
RE: Cubby and never replaying video games. I’m precisely the identical. I’ll play one thing as soon as and regardless of how glorious it’s, I like to depart the expertise there as I’m apprehensive the second time gained’t be as memorable.

Elden Ring is a superb instance. I additionally pumped 250 hours right into a playthrough and did intend to replay it BUT really, for now not less than, I’m pleased with one superb expertise.

It’s the identical as studying books. Even my favourites I feel I’ve solely learn as soon as. Some movies I’ve seen a number of occasions however typically simply because they’re on TV and I form of passively eat.

It’s an attention-grabbing one for positive although!

Award predictions
Starting to start out questioning what may be at The Sport Awards subsequent month, since we’re lower than a month away now. I’m not a fan of it, but it surely’s mainly became what E3 was by way of the variety of bulletins, simply sleezier and like one large advert inside an advert. However hey, that’s progress for you.

I’m actually hoping for information on Elden Ring DLC, however I’m unsure how doubtless that’s as a result of it hasn’t been hinted at or leaked but. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor could be nice, and I feel very doubtless. Hopefully that Transformers sport as effectively.

I feel there’s an inexpensive likelihood of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom however I don’t know if Sony or Microsoft would exhibit something large. Microsoft did unveil the Xbox Collection X there so I assume there’s a very good likelihood of Fable or one thing. Sony although, they’ve by some means develop into much less predictable than Nintendo currently.

Konami nonetheless appear to have a variety of secrets and techniques, so perhaps a brand new Castlevania too? We’ll by no means get all of that however I’m hopefully we’ll get one or two not less than, as a result of in the meanwhile 2023 is trying fairly empty when you get previous February.

Dangerous identify
Attention-grabbing that the God Of Struggle developer is engaged on so many alternative tasks. Even for those who assume one is God Of Struggle 3 and one is a reside service sport that’s nonetheless finally one model new, doubtlessly attention-grabbing issues.

I do know it’s probably not essential however I do want Sony would give their studios correct names. Santa Monica Studio ought to be up there with Naughty Canine however no one ever bear in mind their identify. Though I assume it’s higher than the Japanese one, which was known as… Japan Studio.

An afterthought
With all of the speak about assessment scores final week, I felt like throwing in my twopence: because of the poison that’s social media, all the things is now both the perfect factor ever or so dangerous that you just may as effectively commit seppuku for being concerned in its manufacturing.

There isn’t any nuance, no in between, and for those who deviate from the in-group’s opinion then you’re worse than Joseph Stalin.

Anyway, earlier this 12 months I used to be taking part in Resident Evil 6. Sadly my graphics card, after which motherboard, died, so it took me a very long time to get again to it. Now having completed it I can say that I’m completely amazed… at how dangerous it’s.

I do know that lots of people declare that the story shouldn’t be essential, but it surely actually is. With out the story, you don’t even have the design on the play space (e.g. the mansion), you don’t have enemies. The story, the narrative, is a crucial a part of the sport. All these components feed into one another.

However in Resident Evil 6 it actually seems like an afterthought. In an effort to perceive what’s happening, you need to shoot simply missable collectibles. That’s an enormous deviation from all of the earlier video games, the place you may choose up notes, which might additionally level you in direction of puzzle options, a deviation from good design. Although, this one barely has any puzzles anyway.

The enemies are largely annoying bullet sponges that don’t react to being shot. Narratively they’re unconvincing, too. ‘Yeah, I’ll deliberately infect myself with this factor as a way to develop into an insect as a way to struggle for my nation.’

The brand new characters had been poorly developed, Jake’s significance was fairly nonsensical, as had been the villain’s motivations (except, after all, you occur to shoot the proper collectibles, then you possibly can examine them in a hidden menu).

Ada’s marketing campaign felt tacked on due to how (mercifully) quick it was, although it featured one of many solely puzzles within the sport (severely, there have been solely about three of them).

It was not scary, threw out all the things that was good concerning the earlier video games in favour of chasing the Name Of Responsibility viewers (who could be taking part in Name Of Responsibility as an alternative of this) and was mainly only a irritating, boring slog.

Thanks, I hate it.
Joseph Dowland
Presently taking part in: No Man’s Sky (Change) and Ys Seven (PC)

Inbox also-rans
Why is Tekken on sequel quantity 8 however Road Fighter is simply on 6? They actually should’ve been cranking these Tekken video games out again within the day, however I’ll be trustworthy I don’t actually bear in mind numbers 4 via 6.

Blissful birthday for Wednesday, Shigeru Miyamoto! You made a few of my favorite video games/issues/anythings ever and I’m going to be gutted when your time is up.

This week’s Sizzling Matter
The topic for this weekend’s Inbox was impressed by reader Neil Down, who asks what you consider assessment scores and the present state of online game criticism.

Would you like critiques to be accompanied by a rating and in that case what’s your most well-liked scale by way of what number of it’s out of? Are there any specific websites, together with this one, that you just assume might do issues otherwise and what do you consider those who don’t have a rating in any respect?

Is there something you’d change about how we or others go about critiques (apart from the timing, there’s nothing anybody can do about that) and do you assume the general normal of critiques at the moment is healthier or worse than it was? What do you consider combination websites like Metacritic and do you employ them?

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