Welcome to Boss Fight Friday, a weekly video game hot stove where the writers of Game Savvy give their take on video games and where you, the reader, get to start the weekend off right. Last week we discussed video games being turned into movies and television shows. The week prior we discussed our E3 predictions if you’d like to check those out as well!
This week we’re discussing the latest video game news from this week including Death Stranding release date trailer, the latest Pokemon news, Square Enix’s Avengers project & more! Enjoy!
Q1: The Pokemon direct earlier this week revealed quite a few surprises. What are your thoughts on a Pokemon game you can play while you sleep?
Nana: Sounds… interesting.
Tyler: I think it’s interesting like Nana said. A lot of outlets focus on a lot of negative aspects of video games and truthfully, video games are very time consuming which can motivate people to make unhealthy choices like miss out on important sleep. So I think it’s great that they’re implementing game mechanics into a healthy action like sleeping, much like they did for walking and getting outside like Pokemon Go did.
Bri: I think it’s great that the Pokemon Company is continuing to produce games that promote personal health. I’m curious as to how they’re going to measure whether players are actually sleeping though.
Em: Playing games and sleeping are my two favorite things so this seems ideal. I also don’t get enough sleep ever, so if the idea is that it encourages good life habits I am very down for that. I love Pokémon. Soothe me to sleep, Eevee.
Steven: I spend at least 75% of my time awake playing video games so spending sleeping time doing that sounds great.
Q2: With Death Stranding being confirmed for a 2019 release what are your predictions for this next dive into Hideo Kojima’s mind?
Nana: More political talk about how people have become VERY divided.
Tyler: I think it’s going to be an extremely convoluted piece that has more flash than depth, more cutscenes than gameplay and more actors than game designers. I don’t have high hopes for it but I’m extremely ready to be proven wrong.
Bri: I don’t think it’s possible to predict Kojima. His ideas are all over the place.
Em: I know nothing about Death Stranding and I’m honestly not that interested. It’s not my type of game. I hope it’s fun.
Steven: It’s an MGS game without the title and I’m super excited for it.
Q3: With Square Enix’s Avengers Project being confirmed to be at E3 2019 what are your hopes or expectations?
Nana: I want to see how it plays out, maybe it will be like a Tomb Raider game.
Tyler: There’s a part of me that wants a build-your-own superhero RPG where you get to pick your powers through a skill tree and even design your own costume and character while fighting alongside The Avengers. Then there’s another part of me that wants to fight as Thor or Hulk or Iron Man. So even somewhere in between would be awesome.
Bri: We already know to expect more of a cinematic storytelling experience. While I loved Infinity War and Endgame, I hope it’s a bit of a departure from what we’ve seen in the movie theater. I dream of a Marvel Video Game Universe that includes Marvel’s Spider-Man from last year.
Em: I hope they see what was successful with the Spider-Man game, that people want to feel like the superheroes as they play. I also want it to be open world because I love open world games.
Steven: I’m always down for more Avengers. I like the idea of it being customizable, I think if it was the Injustice 2 style customization would look really well, with certain pieces giving different stat bonuses.
Q4: Anthem recently received another set of updates to fix more issues and add more ease-of-life features, do you think it will ever be able to make up for all of the shortcomings at launch?
Nana: Really depends on how EA markets it.
Tyler: I think Anthem was a huge disappointment. Anthem was one of my most hyped games for this year, and I think most gamers can say the same thing. But it was another game that just lacked creative direction. After reading Jason Schier’s article on the development hell the game went through, it’s pretty amazing it launched at all. You can see at its core, it’s a crazy good concept but it’s execution just falls so short. In short, I don’t think it can recover after leaving such a bad taste for gamers. However, we’ve seen redemption stories like No Man’s Sky before.
Bri: Nope. I said it when the beta launched and I’ll continue to say it, Anthem is a lost cause at this point. It’s a monumental failure for Bioware and they only continue to disappoint with Anthem.
Em: I hope so, I don’t think they’ll get back the fans they lost, which is too bad, but as someone who enjoys the game I hope they keep expanding it and improving it rather than just giving up.
Steven: I enjoy Anthem but I think it will go down the path of the first Destiny it won’t be seen as a success until the end of its life cycle.
Q5: Rumor is the Smash Bros. Ultimate will soon receive VR support, do you think this will work or is VR trying too hard to be relevant?
Nana: It won’t work. How would VR work for a game like Smash?
Tyler: I think VR is absolutely trying too hard to be relevant. Investors kept hearing “VR” and would salivate at the thought of the technology so they’ve been pushing and pushing and pushing. How would VR work with Smash? My puny mind can’t currently comprehend how that will work. While I can see the potential of VR, I can’t see it being a practical everyday piece of technology. Now, augmented reality… that’s a whole different story.
Bri: This would be a firm example of VR trying too hard to be relevant. I can’t even fathom how this would look for the player.
Em: I think VR is trying too hard. It’s something that isn’t practical for everyone. Maybe someday when the tech isn’t as expensive it’ll be better, or it might just flop. Just make fun games.
Steven: How would this even work?