As we approach what is possibly destined to become the biggest videogame launch in history, this week gave at least half of the PS4A team a chance to wrap up their current ventures so that, from tomorrow, they can focus on Grand Theft Auto V! Before that though, let’s talk about The Last of Us, Killzone: Mercenary, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix and Rayman Legends.
Of course I played The Last of Us. I couldn’t really keep calling it an obsession unless a good deal of my gaming time was occupied by Naughty Dog’s masterpiece, could I? But this week has also been marked by some outstanding games that don’t include the words ‘last’ or ‘us’ in the title. First up is the brilliant Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Josef Fares has created something really special here so look out for the review on PS3 Attitude soon. In addition, I’ve been playing a lot of Killzone: Mercenary on the Vita. I really can’t commend it enough. How they’ve managed to pull off an FPS on the small screen that looks, plays and feels as good as Killzone 3 is beyond me, but they have. Killzone: Mercenary is super-slick and will keep me knee-deep in Helghast until the PS4 comes along.
Unfortunately I haven’t had any time to play anything this week, either on the PS3 or even the Vita. The good news is that I have a whole bunch of new games to play this coming week. And no, unlike everyone else I’m not talking about Grand Theft Auto V. Instead, I did manage to pick up both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (or whatever the unnecessarily long title is) on the PS3 and Killzone: Mercenary on the Vita. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some time to play both of those this week.
I’ve been playing a lot of Kingdom Hearts HD this week and am nearing the end of the original game at the time of writing this – forgot how addictive it can be! I’ve also been playing Max Payne 3, Ni No Kuni, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 1+2, Mortal Kombat (both new and the remake of II) and Time and Eternity, which finally annoyed me to the point of not picking it up again. It forces you to grind for a boss and the battles are long and repetitive, so it’s a bit off-putting. I’m sure I speak for most, if not all, of the team here when I say that Grand Theft Auto V is likely to eat a lot of my gaming time next week, but I hope to make a start on Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and carry on with Atelier Ayesha too. On Vita I’ve been playing Persona 4: Golden, Quell Memento, Elminage Original (expect a review soon!) and Treasures of Montezuma Blitz.
As with last week, over the last seven days I’ve mainly been playing Rayman Legends and Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate. On Rayman, I finally freed all 700 Teensies, so the only thing I have left to do is gather 1,000,000 Lums to unlock the last character (I’m on about 820,000 right now). It really is an incredible game, and definitely the best platformer I’ve played since Rayman Origins. On Dead or Alive, I’ve pretty much unlocked all the trophies I can be bothered to get for now – the only ones I have left are for playing a certain amount of online matches, which I can’t face at the moment because the netcode is simply too temperamental. What with Grand Theft Auto V out tomorrow, it’s really quite convenient that I’ve reached a sensible place to take a break from these other games – it’s almost as if I planned it that way, isn’t it?