It’s been a textbook week here at PS4 Attitude, during which the team has been playing several games that have become PlayTime mainstays over the last few weeks. That’s right; the week’s most played games were Grand Theft Auto V, Killzone: Mercenary and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix.
This week I’ve gone back to being a ‘single game man’ and spent my entire week messing around in GTA V. I want to be clear about something though. I don’t play GTA games like a lot of people play them. I’m not that interested in getting through the story as quickly as possible. For me, GTA has always been about the things you can do around all the missions and while I do enjoy moving the story along every now and then, I much prefer the spontaneous nonsense that you’ll find everywhere in San Andreas and Los Santos. I didn’t even pick up Killzone: Mercenary on the Vita this week, despite being away for a couple of days. Most fun I’ve had so far in GTA? Too many moments to mention – I haven’t played a virtual world this rich in a very long time. Possibly ever.
My week consisted of finishing Kingdom Hearts HD, which I did Sunday night. I honestly don’t remember it being as difficult 10 years ago as it actually was. Still, I persevered and managed to complete the majority of everything and died only 148 times. There is still a lot of the optional stuff I haven’t finished yet and I also have Re:Chain of Memories HD to play as well. It appears my Kingdom Hearts fix will continue into the foreseeable future.
I also continued to dive into the Killzone: Mercenary multiplayer on Vita. I’m definitely getting a lot better, thanks in part to me finally being able to afford some of the better weapons and armor. I’m typically not too fond of multiplayer, but the Killzone franchise has always been one of my favorites. I can’t wait until Shadow Fall on the PS4; it’s going to be amazing!
This week I’ve spent most of my time on Persona 4: Golden (which I finished for the second time during the week) and Atelier Ayesha: Alchemist of Dusk (which has started to grow on me with over 20 hours put into it). I’m considering starting P4G for the 3rd time to finally get the platinum, and Atelier Ayesha so I can do some things differently.
I’ve been playing Grand Theft Auto V online too, but some of the teething issues are ruining the experience so hopefully these are sorted out shortly. I’ve also spent time with Remember Me and Fuse, both of which I’ve wanted to play for months, so I’m happy to finally do so as they’re hugely enjoyable!
I’ve also been playing Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Everybody’s Golf (Vita) and Mortal Kombat (Vita), and watched lot of One Piece, which has lead to many late nights!
While the rest of the gaming world is getting frustrated with (and occasionally playing on) Grand Theft Auto Online, I’m still perfectly happy with the singleplayer portion of GTAV. At only 15% completion, there’s still plenty for me to do before I venture online.
Over the weekend, I finally got around to starting a proper playthrough of Killzone: Mercenary. Like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, it’s a great example of how to adapt a videogame franchise for a handheld console, by retaining the core experience but adding new features to take advantage of the hardware. I just wish you could quit in the middle of a mission without losing your progress!
I also started what feels like my hundredth save on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (I’m hoping this will be the one I actually see through to the end!), and unlocked the platinum trophy on Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy on Vita (which remains as good as it was on PS3 (and PS2!)).