19/11/2020

New Console - Playstation 5

 

 
 
Some initial thoughts after playing for a few hours.

The controller really is special and the bundled Astro Playroom really shows off the new features from adaptive triggers to the haptic feedback. The game itself is a trip down Playstaion memory lane with lots of nice touches and nods to classic games.
 
The console itself is heavy & tall but most importantly very silent. Hopefully it will forever stay quiet and the days of PS4 turbine gaming are gone. The dashboard feels very slick, fast & responsive.
 
I've not purchased any other games on launch because I have an extensive PS4 collection to still enjoy starting with Ghost of Tsushima.

16/11/2020

Need for Speed Payback (PS4) - Completed

I've had an itch to enjoy a racing game for a long time and nothing could scratch it until Need for Speed Payback was added to PS+ in October. 



Yes it has a really bad story but where it matters most in the driving it is great fun with four different classes in Drag, Race, Off-Road & Drift. Lots of events for you to complete which follow the main story arc in taking down various car leagues. There are also chips to collect, billboards to smash and tons of challenges from top speed, drift zones, jumps etc. In fact there are too many of these challenges that just litter the map!

To upgrade the cars you can complete events which you can replay if required to earn a card that will upgrade one of six components of your car. You can also visit a tuning shop to purchase these cards using the credits earned during the game. It is not too difficult to get cars up to the max level 18 and 399 rating.

When driving around you may get lucky and find a bait crate. These are great fun, you collect the crate & have to race to the destination with cops chasing you down.

Overall a great fun racing game that I enjoyed playing & it has definetly scratch my racing itch!


01/11/2020

Sayonara Wild Hearts (PS4) - Completed

 

I wanted to take a break from playing Need for Speed Payback to enjoy Sayonara Wild Hearts, Its a short experience just over an hour to play through this musical album. Game play has different sections on endless running, shooting, flying & driving. There is a score challenge to get gold rank on the stages which is very difficult to do on the first attempt but can be achieved with multiple playthroughs. 

20/10/2020

Sniper Elite 4 (PS4) - Completed

There is something satisfying about playing a sniper in a video game, taking your time to line up a shot and then bang! Headshot!

Sniper 4 let me enjoy those moments time after time to ensure I get that need out of my system for good.

Game completed & onto Need for Speed Payback.

PS5 will be arriving soon & Ghosts of Tshushima has been patiently waiting to be enjoyed.

06/10/2020

Entwined (PS4) - Completed

A nice short game where you control a bird & a fish over many lifetimes. One with the left stick & the other with the right, move both sticks in the directions of oncoming portals and collect orbs along the way. When your energy bar is full you can create a link and complete the stage. 

It's a very relaxing game and over in a couple of hours.

Next, I am still working my way through the PS+ game I want to play so Sniper Elite 4.

28/09/2020

Beyond Two Souls & Star Wars Battlefront 2 (PS4) - Completed

Completed two more games this week in Beyond Two Souls, surprised I missed it when it was released on the PS3, enjoyable sci-fi/supernatural story & Star Wars Battlefront 2 the levels where you are flying a tie-fighter/x-wing are the most enjoyable. Looking forward to playing Star Wars Squadron.

22/09/2020

Thank you PS4

 
With the PS5 looming VERY LARGE & assumming my pre-order arrives, the PS4 Endgame has arrived for me. I completed Final Fantasy 7 Remake at the weekend & have no intention of buying any more physical games. Ghost of Tshushima, CyberPunk, Star Wars Squadrons will all have to wait for the PS5 now.

That leaves me with eight weeks to enjoy games given away with PS+ I started with Erica yesterday a short intertactive film and not really much of a game.

Next is Entwined (another short game by Pixelopus who made Concrete Genie) then Beyond Two Souls.

I've loved the console for the games I have played but I am disappointed by the build quality of the Base PS4/PS4 Pro with regards to cooling, I had issues with controller thumb rot in the first couple of years but thankfully not since. My base PS4 still works, the kids use it to play Minecraft/Fortnite but it sounds like a turbine & even the PS4 Pro is tested at times.

I have enjoyed new experiences like PSVR but I mainly play video games for a good story.

1. Horizon Zero Dawn

The story was good but the combat just clicked for me. Hoping it gets a PS5 remaster so I can play it again.

2. God of War

That story 😃

3. The Witcher 3

Still the best RPG this generation. Cyberpunk out soon can’t wait to play that on the PS5.

4. Red Dead Redemption 2

I love westerns & Rockstar delivered another great experience to enjoy.

5. Spider-Man

Easily the best super hero game ever made at least until Miles arrives.

6. Titanfall 2

That single player campaign is amazing, a new twist at every turn and I love Mechs. Another game I hope is remastered on PS5 so I can play it again.

7. Metal Gear Solid V/Death Stranding

I put both of these together because KOJIMA!  

8. Uncharted 4

A fitting way to end the Uncharted franchise although I fully expect a new game to arrive on the PS5 at some point. 

9. Last of Us 2

Completed a few weeks ago damm Naughty Dog are at the top of their game.

10. Destiny

Yeah the story sucks but as multiplayer experiences go this is easily the most fun I have had this generation. Anyone up for the Vault of Glass?

Honourable Mentions

Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Dragon Quest Builders, Stardew Valley & No Mans Sky.

Thank you PS4, cheers & bring on the PS5! 

21/09/2020

Final Fantasy 7 Remake (PS4) & Erica (PS4) - Completed

First lets start off with Final Fantasy 7 Remake which is much better than I expected it to be and I really enjoyed the new chanegs to the campaign. The combat takes a while to gel, I was playing on classic which gives you a slight pause so you can go through and figure out which spell/ability you want to use.

Now begins the long wait for part 2.  

Having completed FF7 Remake I now have no more physical games to play and due to arrival of PS5 in November I'm not buying anymore. Instead I am going to enjoy the many PS+ game I have in my library yet to play.

So Erica was the first I decided to enjoy, it is an interactive film basically with you making the choices. The plot is nothing special but it is short enough to complete in one sitting.

 


17/09/2020

Animal Crossing (Switch) - Completed

I could play this game forever but I don't enjoy games that entice you to play daily or do not have a defined ending. So after seeing the credits and playing for a little bit longer I have decided the game is complete.

Switch focus now to Final Fantasy 7 Remake on the PS4.


01/09/2020

The Last of Us 2 (PS4) - Completed

Completed The Last of Us 2 recently, no surprise that the quality is top drawer from Naughty Dog. The game is however very violent, truthfully too violent for my liking but I very much enjoyed the story it told. The combat was a slight improvement over the first game and playing with headphones the audio was amazing.

Very impressed they managed to squeeze this much out of the PS4.

Next Animal Crossing & Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

05/08/2020

Concrete Genie (PS4) - Completed

Concrete Genie completed, a fun indie title with a unique painting gameplay to summon genies to help you solve puzzles and draw what they desire.



Next is The Last of Us 2.

10/07/2020

iOS/Switch Update

Apart from the PS4 I play my iPad quite a lot, in fact, more than my Switch.
I have updated my Play & Completion section with recent iOS titles.

With iOS the majority of games are never-ending you just keep on playing because there is always new updates, more levels or new events. Games that I have stopped playing I will add to my completion list for example like Clash Royale or State of Survival where I have played in excess of 50 hours plus on each!

So what am I playing currently?
Poker Showdown is my current favourite it is a western style rpg where you use poker hands to do battle reminds me a lot of the great Sword & Poker games.

Motorsport Manager Online, Township, Boom Beach, Score Hero, 8 Ball Pool & Mini Metro are my quick five minute fix games that I tend to play most days.

On the Switch I have been enjoying a fair bit of Mario Tennis & Ring Fit Adventure.

08/07/2020

The Outer Worlds (PS4) - Completed

Feels like a fallout game but so much better with the different planets you can visit & the many characters in the game. Each quest has a good story to follow and always ensures you meet some surprises along the way. There are six companions in the game but you will quickly find the two you like for me that was Parvati & Ellie.

It has a fallout style opening in which you wake up from a hibernation chamber & begin a quest for Doctor Welles. The main questline could have been slightly longer but leaves it with an ending that is sure to have a sequel. There are many side quests, tasks & companion quests to complete.

Here's hoping that the sequel is not an xbox exclusive.

Next to play something a little shorter in Concrete Genie.