Returnal, Skyward Sword and the value of video games | Opinion

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ArchangelMike1003d ago

Quote/: "Sony Interactive Entertainment's Eric Lempel said: "We have been thinking about how we unite all of these great games under one brand, and really the purpose of that is to make the consumer understand that, when they see this brand, they're getting ready for a robust, innovative, deep experience that they've come to expect from games coming from PlayStation." /endquote

I get that, but the problem is that Sackboy: A LittleBig Adventure, and Spiderman: Miles Morales are both Playstation Studio's games; but they were both £60 at release. So there's nothing to say that Returnal cannot be £60 at release - unless Sony really are convinced that it's a AAA game experience on par with Demon's Souls - and to be fair we just don't know, all we have to go on are trailers. However it is a good sign that Sony have the confidence in HouseMarque to make Returnal a true AAA experience.

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VersusDMC1003d ago

Skyward sword and the pokemon remakes are 60 each. Returnal, Ratchet and demon souls are 70. Looking at them side by side you don't see why the PS5 games would cost 10 dollars more?

Nintendo broke the industry pricing standard by pricing their handheld games and remasters at 60 when they were 40 industry wide. People let that slide so now games are going up. Why would companies not raise prices when they are clearly putting more money into their games while Nintendo charges whatever they want for last gen looking products?

But buy whatever you want...just don't complain about a 10 dollar hike while giving Nintendo a pass.

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philm871002d ago

I rarely get a game on release so the price increase doesn't bother me too much. Can soon get these games for a reasonable price second hand within a month or two of release. Not great for the digital market though as there's not that choice, just sales which bring the price down to £40/£50.


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jznrpg193d ago

Both great games.
System Shock remake seems like it’s been in development forever but I hope it’s made well and doesn’t feel too dated.

I haven’t played it in a long long time it was almost 20 years ago when I was also a PC gamer.

Returnal is also an amazing game. Great fast paced fun and the world , story and atmosphere with top notch gameplay.

Definitely recommend Returnal and if you haven’t played the original System Shock games I’d recommend trying to the remake I have it preordered.

shinoff2183193d ago

I still have to play returnable. I liked their other couple games.

Babadook7192d ago (Edited 192d ago )

“Returnable”. Lol. Sounds like a back handed compliment there. Damn auto uncorrect.

ravens52192d ago

Ye, you should try it though. Great game and I had no intentions at all on returning my Returnal, ever. Still have to platinum it.

TheColbertinator192d ago

"Returnable" is the word of the day

Yui_Suzumiya192d ago

Yeah, I've been waiting for the System Shock Remake since 2009 or 2010. Been a hell of a long journey but every time it gets shown it looks better and better. It would have been cool if Warren Spector would have stayed on board and also produced System Shock 3 which did get unfortunately canceled.

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GhostScholar193d ago

Returnal was very good technically but had it not been a souls like I think it could have been incredible.

Magatsuhi193d ago

Returnal is not a soulslike game.

Chevalier193d ago

How is it like Souls? It's a 3rd person rogue like game. It's different every time you play.

Einhander1971192d ago

It's rouglite still annoying!!

remixx116193d ago

You have no idea what you're talking abour

blackblades192d ago (Edited 192d ago )

Right and if it didn't have the elements its has now it maybe be fine but it wouldn't be returnal as we know it and like. Like if someone know a game is gonna be a souls lite or rogue lite and dont like those games then why bother getting it and coming on the internet with the negativity of it it shouldn't been those types of games.

ravens52192d ago

Lmao you definitely didn't play it lmao

Einhander1971192d ago

Totally agree that's what killed it for me. Unfortunately I can't spend hours on a game i have a life as well. Going back to square one every death pissed me off to be honest. Give me your down votes I don't give a shit, it's my opinion.

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DivineHand125192d ago (Edited 192d ago )

There is fun to be had with Returnal and it is a very challenging game that rewards perfection. I haven't completed it as yet and I would not recommend anyone pay full price for this game.

It is simply not for everyone especially when there are plenty of other great PS5 games out there. The problems I have with it is that the story is cryptic and it is a rouge like not a souls game. If you die and don't have any special items in your inventory to give you a second chance, you have to start from the first level. There is no respawning at the last bonfire.

There should be a mode in this game to make it less of a rouge like where you can spawn like the From Software games to make it more accessible instead of losing all your loot and progress.

Not that I am hating on the genre because I enjoyed Risk of rain 2 and Wizard of Legend. What made those games great is that even though they were rouge like, the length of the game is reasonable. Returning feels like a full length game with rouge like elements. A mistake in my opinion.

Chevalier192d ago (Edited 192d ago )

I've never played a Rogue Like and don't play all the Souls games and I had an amazing time with this game. I actually managed to beat it too although I did die on the first boss like a couple dozen times so it was definitely a challenge.

My recommendation is early on when Ether cost is low I would us it at the little station thing before you move ok to unlock as many items as possible before the 2nd half of the game because the cost goes up. If you know when to use the items it can literally be the difference between dying or moving forward. Pick the weapon you're most comfortable. Although if you have the Pylon it is a really good weapon on almost every boss and enemy except I think the 4th or 5th boss.

If its still too hard then maybe play Co-op with a friend? It's a little easier when you have a friend who can revive you. Plus having 2 different type of weapons will make it easier as well.

I will say after you get the hang of it it's not too bad. I think I managed to beat 4 of the bosses on a single try. It turned into an absolutely amazing experience.

DivineHand125192d ago

I think or hope I am at the second half of the game as it is now daytime in the first level and the place looks like ruins in the Amazon. I will give the game another try when I feel motivated enough.