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Games Inbox: What is the best video game of 2024 so far?

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Games Inbox: What is the best video game of 2024 so far?

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Prince Of Persia: The Lost Crown – one of 2024’s best (Picture: Ubisoft)

The Thursday letters page wonders how many hardcore gamers there really are, as a reader asks what will be at the 2024 PlayStation Showcase.

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Game of the quarter
I’d have to agree with Angry_Kurt and say that Prince Of Persia: The Lost Crown as the best game of the year so far is a good call and on the mark. I played the demo and saw enough that I liked, so I bought the game as soon as it was heavily discounted. At the moment it’s just over £20, so it was a no-brainer. It was a toss-up between that or The Mobius Machine, which GC reviewed recently, which scored lower on the review and is around the same price point now.

What’s more, I watched the breakdown of its performance on Digital Foundry and even if you’re playing on a Switch it’s running at 60fps at 1080p docked. If you’re lucky enough to have a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X it’s up to 120fps at 4K. All versions across the board are well tuned so you’re getting a great game at a good price.
Nick The Greek

Logical conclusions
Not really any new information, in the story about what people were playing last year, but to see everything laid out like that… it’s hard not to be worried about the future of gaming.

The tiny number of people playing and appreciating the video games we talk about everyday on the Inbox is depressing and shows that for so many ‘gamers’ all video games means is an excuse to go online and talk to their mates.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that, but it means the number of people that like more complex or unusual games is much smaller than we probably think. You can’t even say it’s always been like this, and we just didn’t know either, since so many of the most popular games are free-to-play live service games.

It’s not hard to see what conclusions a bean counter looking at these figures would come to…
Lempton

Catching up
The 3DS was a good handheld console, for the time, but I’ve always felt Nintendo have always fallen behind with graphics and power, as it’s so-called competitors. Which I personally think they haven’t ever caught up.

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Nintendo have had some very good games, but sometimes feel like they are still stuck in the 90s to the early 2000s.
Rob

GC: This letter certainly seems like it’s stuck in the 2000s. The 3DS outsold its rival, the more powerful PS Vita, by over 60 million consoles.

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Invisible improvement
I find it interesting some people can’t visually see the difference between 30fps and 60fps. I notice the difference immediately, and I’m not a pro gamer. You can easily put this to the test without a video game.

If you change your TV setting to smoothing/motion flow, it changes the standard frame rate from 24/30 to 60/120 on modern TVs. The result is a ‘soap opera’ effect. It’s extremely jarring. But unlike video games, it’s unnatural. I find it hard to believe nobody could notice the difference with this simple experiment.

30fps in games can be mitigated with good motion blur. Without it, the frame rate is very noticeable to me.
Anon

Summer event
If Silent Hill 2 is going to be the most exciting thing at PlayStation’s summer showcase then we really are in trouble. I guess maybe it’s the only one we know about for sure, especially given all the leaks, but what else is Sony going to do?

They know the Xbox summer showcase went down really well last year, so are they going to have a counter to that, that really makes an effort? What do they mean by no major releases before next year and does that still leave space for little things like Astro Bot and this Concord live service game?

I don’t know, obviously, but what I’m also hoping for is that we can get an announcement for the new boss for PlayStation. They’ve got no big games out for 12 months and no leader… is it any wonder people are losing faith?
SDA

2024 roadmap
So I’ve decided to go on a gaming spree and speed running marathon, for 2024. Here is my progress, so far. Think I’m doing pretty well. If I do say so, myself. Just finished wrapping up Forspoken. I’ll say this, not a bad game at all. Has a decent story. Frey is a decent character, not the worst, but not the best. Overall, I can’t wait to begin extending, my list. Here’s to a great journey ahead.
Shahzaib Sadiq

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Video games that I’ve beaten in 2024

(1) Batman: Arkham City (Steam Deck)
(2) Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Steam Deck)
(3) Ghost Of Tsushima (PS4)
(4) Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS4)
(5) Fallout 4 (Steam Deck)
(6) Far Cry 4 (PS4)
(7) Doki Doki Literature Club! (Steam Deck)
(8) The Elder Scrolls 4: Skyrim Special Edition (Steam Deck)
(9) Dishonored (Steam Deck)
(10) Horizon Zero Dawn (Steam Deck)
(11) Forspoken (PS5)

Successful Fallout
Since this Fallout TV show actually looks good and will probably be a hit does that mean we’re going to get an Elder Scrolls show as well? That is basic TV/movie executive logic: if one thing is a hit get the closest other thing to it and do that as well.

The Amazon Lord of the Rings series is awful and I don’t really like House of the Dragon either, so I do feel there’s a space for a not-super-serious fantasy show that also wouldn’t necessarily be that expensive (Skyrim is basically just Vikings with the occasional dragons). I’d watch it.
Clarke

Slim chance
So, the other week, my phone decided that it didn’t want to recognise my SIM card any longer. Which was lots of fun. I had to go to the store of my local provider to get it sorted. Which is EE. For my many sins. Who am I kidding? They’re all pretty much the same.

After an interminable process, I somehow managed to survive the barrage of aggressive sales speak, even though it took me a few days to get things sorted. Yes, days. But they have managed to tempt me with something. They offered me a PlayStation 5 to go home with as part of some sort of instalment plan. About £31 a month, I think.

I couldn’t take advantage of it at the time, as I didn’t have enough credit on my flexi plan… or something. Blue sky thinking. Outside the box. Be a strawberry. Get it while stocks last; blah, blah, blah. Hubba, hubba, hubba – who can you trust?

Now, you might say that this works out more expensive in the long run. It might. I haven’t asked that. That being said, I’m on benefits and am long term mentally ill. My chances or even ability to escape the poverty trap is… slim. Slimmer than any PlayStation Slim. Ha ha.

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So this may well be my only chance to upgrade to a next gen console. And there are a few things I would like now. Mortal Kombat 12(1), Tekken 8, Baldur’s Gate 3, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, and maybe even Dragon’s Dogma 2 when it gets discounted. It kind of looks like it’s only worth about £25. I do love a good character creator.

So… is that worth it? Anybody else taken advantage of this?
DMR

Inbox also-rans
So how long until Sony announce they’re buying Arrowhead? I’m really enjoying Helldivers 2 and these recent updates have been good too, they’re really getting everything right at the moment.
Soldat

Will second GC’s review of Pepper Grinder. Bought it because it was cheap and because of the Drill Dozer connection and it has not disappointed. Definitely the best indie game I’ve played this year.
Focus

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