The Friday card page has more tips for getting the most out of Microsoft Rewards, as a reader defends Splatoon 3.
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cool trailer bro
So, um… I just saw The Super Mario brothers movie trailer and it was… pretty good? There wasn’t anything super funny (I’m not sure what the fungus joke was supposed to be), but he looked great, didn’t seem embarrassed about the origins, and his voices were fine. I would prefer Mario to be Italian, but I felt a bit of an accent, and I could imagine it being much, much worse (sorry Bob Hoskins).
In fact, I thought the best thing was Luigi at the end, which looked really cool and, again, like the games. It could almost have been a sneak peek at Luigi’s Mansion 4 (where’s that game, anyway?!).
So yeah, it looks pretty good. I have no idea if it will be a hit or not, but I would take the family to see it, whether they want to or not! Now get started on that Zelda movie, because if it looked this good, I’d start camping outside the theater right now!
the real mario
So, as expected, Chris Pratt can’t pull off the voice of Mario. Jack Black as Bowser sounds great. The opening scene with the penguins was fun, so I hope they continue the comedy throughout the movie.
The only thing I really hope doesn’t happen is that we see real life mixed with CGI. This is a video game adaptation, so make it look like a video game.
CG: That seems unlikely. Unless maybe when Mario is on the real word, if that’s where he comes from.
Is it just me or does no one play Overwatch 2? Not only am I the only one among my friends who plays it, but I seem to be the only one who knows that it was tied or that it was free to play.
I don’t know exactly what Blizzard did to make the game less popular, but it certainly seems that way to me. Unless the whole discussion is happening in some other space that I’m not even looking at.
It would certainly be ironic if Microsoft finally got the purchase of Activision Blizzard and then both Call Of Duty and Overwatch saw a massive drop in popularity. Nothing stays on top forever and while I don’t like acquisitions, I actually agree with the idea that there’s nothing Microsoft can buy that Sony can’t counter in some way.
Which makes me suspect that Sony will probably create their own military shooter at some point in the future and probably a hero shooter as well (or maybe that could be the same game). Microsoft will clearly get away with it, so my advice to Sony is to accept that and start planning the counters now.
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Wait and see
£100 for a Far Cry 6 Game of the Year edition? £50 for an upgrade? Have I been living under a rock or is Ubisoft grossly overestimating the popularity of Far Cry? I can’t even begin to think about spending that kind of money on the game. I’m sure it’s fine, Far Cry 4 and 5 were, but those are crazy amounts of money.
I hate to be the last to say it, but other publishers can’t seem to get around but unintentionally make Game Pass look better and better value for money. It’s starting to seem like buying anything at full price now is just a waste of money.
It’s not even anything against Far Cry 6 especially, I mostly enjoyed the previous games, but the current issues only make it more obvious how expansive video games can be and how it can easily shrink from nothing if a game happens. go on sale or appear on Game Pass. Waiting for that to happen is increasingly the only sensible option.
I quite like the cel-shaded/anime thing going on with Need For Speed Unbound, but what worries me is how seriously he seems to be taking it. I feel like this should be a little more self-aware and goofy, instead of being so obsessed with looking good.
There are very few arcade racing games out there today and the few that do exist, like this one and Forza Horizon, always have the same obnoxious attitude, which seems to be overcompensating for the fact that they’re trying to look American but are in fact made in checks notes Guildford and Lemington Seaside Resort.
Sometimes it’s more fun to be a jerk than a badass.
one rung below
Contrary to the letter from earlier this week expressing disappointment in Splatoon’s single player, can I just say how much I’ve been enjoying it?
It reminds me more of the shrines in Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, with loads of assorted puzzles or two- to five-minute action rooms to clear. It also has some Mario-esque qualities of ideas that are brilliantly implemented for a handful of levels that are never seen again. Entire sections designed around mechanical crab tanks, light gun-style rail sections, etc. they bring different experiences to the main multiplayer modes.
I’ll be in the minority on this, but I think it’s just a level of quality below Nintendo’s top tier. Bosses in particular work beautifully with Splatoon’s mechanics. However, it’s a very smooth evolution after the excellent Octo Expansion, so you can appreciate the slightly interesting reviews. Personally, I could do without the story and the overworld and would be happy to jump right into each level.
iemcr (NN ID)
it all adds up
RE: dan69247 and Microsoft Rewards.
I can’t imagine anyone doing a ton, but it’s pretty decent. I believe the maximum monthly points available without receiving any of the purchases is about 20,000 points, as this article shows, which will give you all the information you need.
That converts to around £17 a month in store credit. In 19 months of owning an Xbox Series X, I’ve racked up 270,000 points, which converts to a £230 store credit.
RE: Microsoft Rewards tips for dan69247. I recommend checking out the Rewards app on the Xbox itself and trying to complete as many daily, weekly, and monthly challenges. Points quickly add up, especially as you build streaks. Add to that the bonus you get just for opening a Game Pass game, plus more for simply “signing in” to the Xbox mobile app every day.
But also install the Bing app on your phone and you will get different daily challenges – you can easily get around 100 points per day just for five minutes of your time there. The best part is that you don’t necessarily need to fill out all the questionnaires, just open most of them. It took me a while to learn that.
Ditto Searches: I haven’t switched to Bing as my search engine of choice (DuckDuckGo FTW), but have used it occasionally, such as when challenges call for it. The easiest points considering the actual search terms don’t matter.
Strangely, there are also monthly punch cards to earn more points if you specifically log into Rewards using a browser instead of the app.
I’m a fan of rewards; I’m hoping to save enough points to buy a wireless headset, but I wonder how long we have before they make it less generous and more exploitative.
FoximusPrime81 (gamertag/NN ID/Twitter)
Inbox also ran
Horrible to hear about the death of 4A Games developer defending ukraine. Maximum respect for him and sad condolences for his family.
I’d love to say that people are just betting on Sony right now, but then I read the history about PlayStation Stars. What are they doing?!
This week’s hot topic
This weekend’s inbox topic was suggested by reader Razzledazzle, who asks what game mechanic you’ve never been able to master.
His example was the web-swinging in Spider-Man, but it can be anything in a game, from a general concept like flying to something more specific like special moves in a fighting game.
Are you completely incapable of pulling off the mechanic or is it rather that you’re not very good at it? How much effort have you made to improve and what would you change to make it easier?
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