Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – have you played it? (photo: Activision)

Wednesday’s letters page looks at the strange case of Metal Gear Solid being translated into English, as one reader bet Elden Ring for GOTY.

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Waste of money
Like many, I played in the A sense of duty: Modern Warfare 2 because I pre-ordered it and concluded it was… kind of bad? The graphics are good despite all the glitches, but it’s just so boring! There’s what I thought would be a nice homage to All Ghilled Up and a battleship level from the original game, but they go on forever and even when they’re over, it’s back to more sniping and low excitement combat.

It’s trying to be intense, and it is at first… until you realize the logic of what’s going on, and how simple and limited it all is. The original Modern Warfares knew how to get in and out quickly so you never realize you’re being manipulated (in a good way). The new game seems either too dumb or too complete for that.

I also really enjoyed the first Modern Warfare reboot, but it’s a much worse story and has almost nothing to do with the original Modern Warfare 2. It’s amazing to play something that looks so good and has had so much work put into it, and yet it all feels sluggish and uninteresting . It doesn’t really matter because I bought the game for the multiplayer, but it all seems like a huge waste of someone’s money.

The newcomer is friendly
I’ve always been bullish on the Bayonetta games despite having a Wii U, and Bayonetta 2 got decent reviews when big Wii U releases were few and far between. I got the impression that I would find them annoyingly difficult and give up.

After reading your Bayonetta 3 review I think I may finally jump in and see what all the fuss is about. Great review.
John Atkinson

GC: thanks It’s also not a particularly difficult game and we played it on normal mode.

Third time lucky
I’m so excited to read that Bayonetta 3 is another great installment in the series. Admittedly, like GC, I had my doubts. Not only has Platinum’s output recently been poor compared to their previous high standards, but I also don’t think the Bayonetta 3 trailers look very good. For some reason, the graphics and gameplay felt out of place compared to 1 and 2.

However, I trust GC’s review and can’t wait to play Bayonetta 3 now, after all it was your reviews of the first two games (which are now some of my favorite games) that got me into the series in the first place !

GC: Nice to hear. You are right as long as the marketing was bad. Although Nintendo paid for the sequels, or at least Nintendo of America never seemed to know what to do with the series.

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Interpret vs. translate
I have to disagree with Ghostcaller and his suggestion that Metal Gar Solid wouldn’t have been possible without Kojima. In my opinion, the best dialogue in any Metal Gear Solid game is the original PlayStation dialogue, and that’s thanks to American translator Jeremy Blaustein.

There is a great article about this A polygon and since reading it, it’s helped me understand why the hell it’s so hard to follow what’s going on in all the subsequent Metal Gear Solid games.

GC: This is a good article. Kojima’s reaction to it not being a 1:1 translation always felt wrong.

4th birthday
Has the inbox magic worked again? A new Parasite Eve? I’ve only played the second game and never beat it but that has to do with the final boss and my ineptitude at combat but if they’re bringing it back then redo this one. It’s great even now. I replayed it on the PlayStation 3 and, again, failed at the last hurdle, but had a great time.

As for the guy who wants Resident Evil characters to get superpowers? Play Parasite Eve. She’s already got them, and the game is very similar to the early Resi games with some light RPG elements thrown in for good measure.
Bob wallet

GC: If there are licensing issues, as it seems, remastering or remakes may not be possible. Our bet on a new game.

A dog’s life
A bit disappointed with the GC Resident Evil Village Winters expansion review. However, I’m still looking forward to it and got it on pre-order. The main thing for me is to play the Village again in third person. The way Resident Evil should be!

In response to LastYearsModel’s email on Tuesday. I think Capcom’s dog video is intentionally misleading. They know how popular the dog is with fans and what they showed would cause a sensation! My theory, based on the footage shown, is that either it’s not the same or you have a certain amount of time to get to the dog before it dies.

I hope I’m right because it will help you later – an unforgettable part of the game.
Tony- -1975 (PSN ID)
Currently playing – A Plague Tale: Requiem (PS5) and Return To Monkey Island (switch)

GC: It was in the demo we played and there didn’t seem to be any way to help. Perhaps this may change after launch.

Multiverse game
Just an idea I think would be good for multiplayer games. What if different games allow other games to use each other’s cards?

You can play Halo on a Sea Of Thieves island, Fortnite on a Call Of Duty map, or Forza racing on Mario Kart tracks. These could be old cards from old games in new games.
Johnny Alpha SD
Currently playing: Portal 2

A good harvest
So Elden Ring is a clear contender for game of the year, and now so is Bayonetta 3, which is surprising (if only because of Platinum’s recent run of games), but what’s left of God Of War Ragnarök? It seemed to be a major competitor to the Elden Ring, but I have a feeling it’s not an innovator based on the previews.

It all seems to depend on how the story unfolds, because I don’t think it’s going to win many awards for its relatively unchanged gameplay or even the graphics, which, while good, are naturally limited to the PlayStation 4 presence.

Even though I’ve only played Elden Ring, I still think it will get most of the awards, including from the GC. God Of War, I think, will just see more of the same, and may even spoil the ending. Bayonetta 3, which I admittedly know nothing about, but the pacing issues seem like an issue, is also a sequel that is obviously similar to what came before.

You could argue that Elden Ring is just Dark Souls 4 with a different name, and I agree that it’s a shame that every big game is basically a sequel, but at least Elden Ring is technically something new. Even as a fan of Fromm’s work, I found it new and exciting in terms of open world.

So that’s my prediction for the game of the year. Although, really, we should just be glad there are three good contenders because we’ve been in the worst region ever during the summer games drought.

Inbox also starts
You know, if it wasn’t for the current crisis and the lack of them in the UK, I’d be tempted to buy one of those real Mario Karts “for my kids”. We have a turtle and a bowl of fruit, what else could you need?

The Resident Evil 1 remake was made 20 years ago?! Thanks for making me feel like an old GC… Just proves its quality, but the fact that it’s still being re-released today and is so good that a new remake isn’t needed yet.

This week’s hot topic
Halloween is just around the corner, so this weekend we want to know what the best survival horror game ever is and which upcoming game has the best chance of winning.

Big-budget horror games are rare, but suddenly there are plenty of them, including remakes of Resident Evil 4, Dead Space and Silent Hill 2, as well as The Callisto Protocol, Alan Wake 2 and all the other Silent Hill games – plus many more.

Are you excited about the new releases and do you think this will usher in a new era of successful horror games or is it just a blimp? If you’re not interested in any of the new games, what is it about your personal favorite that you love so much?

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