This week, the PS4 Attitude team has been playing Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, FIFA 14, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack and Need for Speed: Rivals, as well as PSN titles Doki-Doki Universe, Escape Plan and Warframe. The Vita and PS3 even got a look-in too, with games like Dead or Alive 5 Plus, Rainbow Moon and Saints Row IV.
This week I’ve been travelling, so haven’t had the opportunity to get any really long gaming sessions under my belt. I did, however, take the opportunity to play a few of the titles and demos I’ve been neglecting on the PS4. Warframe is highly enjoyable, but beyond the standard shoot-and-slash gameplay it has an obvious depth that frankly scares the you-know-what out of me. I can see that if I don’t play it on a regular basis, I’ll be so far behind the masses that it’ll make things tough. I did enjoy it though; I’m just not sure I can dedicate the time needed when I have so many other ‘shooter’ options.
Doki-Doki Universe is adorable on the PS4 and with the PS3 and PS Vita versions thrown in for good measure, it’s a slam dunk at less than the cost of a round of nutmeg mochaccinos. I’m already hooked, and I’ve only played the demo levels so far.
Earlier in the week, before all the travelling, I did manage to get through the pre-credits section of the singleplayer campaign in Killzone and, of course, I kicked a ball around in FIFA 14 too. I plan on getting back into Battlefield 4 this coming week – with the holiday season nearly upon us, I’ll finally be able to put in some decent sessions with the black rhombus (and the Vita, when the family want to watch Home Alone for the twentieth time).
Unfortunately this week didn’t allow me much time to spend on the PS4. I would have liked to hone my skills on Killzone: Shadow Fall or finally begin Knack but the general busyness of work and life wouldn’t allow it; although I did manage to have Netflix streaming in the background while I worked for a good portion of the time.
Everything is not lost, however, as I was able to get a little bit of mobile gaming in on the Vita from time to time. You probably already know what I’m about to say too, because it’s the same game I’ve been playing for the past few weeks. Yes, Rainbow Moon makes another appearance on my weekly PlayTime, and will probably be featured in many PlayTimes to come.
This week I’ve been playing a lot of Knack. I’ve now finished it and enjoyed it a lot, but I felt that the final boss was a bit of a design disaster and didn’t mesh well with the game’s controls.
I’ve been playing Killzone: Shadow Fall and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag online but haven’t spent much time with either of their campaigns. I’m planning to change that soon; I think with Killzone I’ve just been a tad burnt out on FPS games, despite how pretty it is. Need for Speed: Rivals continues to be good fun and is gorgeous, definitely one of the better Need for Speed games of recent years. It’s like an open-world Hot Pursuit!
On PS3 I finished Saints Row IV and it was good fun, though I still feel that The Third was better. I caved in and bought Dead or Alive 5 Plus and The Walking Dead on Vita. DOA looks and plays great on the Vita. The touch screen battles (a separate mode, completely optional) has you fight in first-person and is quite weird, but at least shakes things up a bit. And my Vita is rarely turned on without playing a bit of Treasures of the Montezuma Blitz!
This week, the game I’ve played most by far is Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (on PS4… obviously). I’ve already written in detail about how much I’m enjoying it, so I won’t reiterate any of that here, except to say that it’s still awesome. Yesterday, I was shocked to discover that my play time is approaching 12 hours, because it’s absolutely flown by.
I’ve also played a fair amount of Escape Plan, which works fantastically well on PlayStation 4. It admittedly loses a little of its appeal without the Vita’s touch-centric inputs, but I’m actually finding that the DualShock controls are much more precise, which makes the game a lot less frustrating!