Ask CVG Anything: The worst gaming sequels and best console ever

You asked, we answer - it's the first in a regular series of CVG Q&As

Ask CVG Anything is a new feature that does exactly what it says on the tin. We asked followers on the CVG Facebook page and forums to send in their best game-related questions, and as long as they won't land us in a foreign jail somewhere we'll do our best to answer them.

If you want to see your question featured in a future edition of Ask CVG Anything, either add it as a comment in this article or keep an eye on our Facebook page or forum where we'll be regularly asking for more. Until then, here are this week's answers...

Do you think that the Call Of Duty series has done more harm than good to the gaming industry? - flash501
Rob - The only harm COD has done is it's built an army of people that have a massive problem with it for no fair reason. COD is an enormous blockbuster and wonderful success story for the industry that also happens to be an amazingly fun series of games. Coming from an age where cheap movie tie-ins were the prolific success stories, we'd say COD has been a godsend for the business.

Chris - On the other hand, it could be argued that COD is so high profile that there's undoubtedly a chunk of 360 and PS3 owners who will only buy that one game and play nothing else for a whole year.

Tamoor - I don't think there's anything wrong with having people that play Call of Duty and nothing else, it's no different than the gamers that play nothing but FIFA, or a particular racing series. The issue that people have with COD is that it became a blueprint for all modern shooters and therefore there isn't much variety. But I don't think COD should be vilified just for being successful. I still really enjoy the series, I think it could do with some more radical design changes, but I still have a lot of fun playing.

My first computer was a Dragon 32, I wanted a rubber-keyed Speccie but my mum thought she should buy Welsh! Any of you ever use one of these? - Anthony Vaughan

Chris - I did have a Spectrum 48k with those glorious rubber keys. I don't want to go down the boring "kids today don't know how good they've got it, we had to sit for 20 minutes loading a game" route, but I do vividly recall playing Bear Bovver (it was like Burger Time but had a bear trying to drop batteries onto the back of a lorry, here's a video) for so long that I fried my Spectrum's power brick and smoke was coming out of it. It had to get sent away to get repaired. God bless you, Bear Bovver.

Tamoor I was born in 1987, I just looked it up on Wikipedia, there's your answer.

How do you feel about microtransactions appearing in full priced retail games? - dwhlufc

Rob - It's an idea as old as horse amour - and will very likely become norm during the next generation. The key is fairness - publishers know microtransactions are unpopular when combined with full-price games and they need to make sure microtransactions offer something new and valuable to the customer. Trying to sell a £40 experience for £65 will not work in the long term.

Chris - I think as long as it doesn't take the form of on-disc DLC then people generally will accept it. I'm also not keen on day-one DLC - there's a psychological aspect there that it could've somehow been added to the game in time for launch.

Tamoor - I understand why day one and on-disc DLC rubs people the wrong way but it doesn't bother me at all. The exception is when the content has been ripped out and it's noticeable (like in Assassin's Creed 2's missing chapters) or its omission reduces the quality of the core experience (like Asura's Wrath's ending). If the game I paid for feels finished and of a high-quality, I have no issues with DLC.

Which Pokémon X/Y starter will you be choosing? - Jonathan Cromie

Chris - I've always had a bit of a soft spot for fire-types, so by default I suppose that means I'll be going with Fennekin. I do prefer the look of Chespin though, he looks like a proper geezer. If anyone reading this is completely lost, here's a look at the Pokémon X and Y starters.

Tamoor - I really haven't liked any of the Pokemon beyond the original 151 so I just go with whatever looks the coolest. None of the X/Y starters look very cool to me so I'll be going with that stupid looking frog, then embarking on my quest to acquire a Haunter and Squirtle.

Will the Wii U be a success? - Barry316

Rob - Depends how you define success. Will it capture the same market share as the Wii? Absolutely not. Will it sell enough units to eventually turn a profit overall? Probably not. Will it last more than four years? Maybe. Will it host fun games you can't find anywhere else? Yes.

Chris - I think it will eventually but it'll take time, much like the 3DS did. It's a very awkward time to be releasing a console like the Wii U, and it's not a console that's as immediately easy to "get" just by looking at it like the Wii was. Once the good exclusive releases like Pikmin 3, Zelda, Mario Kart, Monster Hunter, Lego City, Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2 etc start appearing and once Nintendo figures out how to advertise the thing (because the rubbish Danone-style Eurodubs aren't working), then I reckon things will start to look up. It'll take a while but Nintendo was declared "doomed" after releasing its last three "underpowered" systems and each time it's ultimately succeeded.

Tamoor - I really hope so, I really love the console and think it has a lot of potential. From the business perspective, I don't think it'll match the Wii, that was a one-time phenomenon. Personally, I'm really excited for the games on the way: Pikmin 3, Zelda, Monster Hunter, Mario, Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, Yoshi's Yarn and whatever that Xenoblade title is. I wish Retro Studios would show off what it's up to, I could do with a new Metroid too.

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