The last couple of months have been full to bursting with big releases, so today’s PlayTime features a fittingly huge amount of games, including Battlefield Hardline, Bloodborne, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, DmC: Devil May Cry – Definitive Edition, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Game of Thrones, Life is Strange, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and Tales from the Borderlands.
This week has been a repeat of the last, only with more Battlefield Hardline and less Bloodborne. I felt like the balance was too much the other way around last week, so it seemed only fair. And truly, BFH fixes everything that was bad, and annoying, about Battlefield 4. It is slick, quick, exciting, and the multiplayer modes are a lot of fun. It is accurate, glitch-free (so far), and plays better than almost any other shooter on PS4. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes first-person shooters, and not just for the multiplayer experience; the campaign and story are brilliant for solo players too.
Unlike the past two PlayTimes, I finally managed to find some time to play a game or two. Actually, it was three if we’re keeping track. I’ve had Final Fantasy Type-0 and Bloodborne since they came out, but only just now had the chance to sit down and play them.
I started out with Type-0, and immediately got a sense of how dark the game is in the opening minutes. It’s definitely the most morose out of any of the Final Fantasy games I’ve played, and is heavily influenced by its militaristic setting. So far, I like the three-team-member structure for each of the missions, and the active battle system reminds me a lot of Kingdom Hearts. I also spent a little time with the Final Fantasy XV demo that came with Type-0, which is a blast to play as well. For a demo, it’s pretty expansive. I haven’t done much exploring yet, but it’s already done its job in getting me excited for the full release, whenever that may be.
Finally, I closed out the week with a little Bloodborne. I’m fairly familiar with the Souls games, so jumping into Bloodborne was relatively simple. Don’t get me wrong; I still find myself dying an obscene amount of times, but I think I’m off to a better start than in any of From Software’s previous games.
After an insanely busy two weeks, it’s nice to finally get back into playing some games, even if it was only for a brief period of time during the weekend. Hopefully I’ll be able to spend more time with both Typo-0 and Bloodborne this week as well.
This week has been mostly dedicated to the excellent The Awakened Fate Ultimatum and Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea. Both are phenomenal JRPGs which you owe yourself to play if you’re a fan of their prequels or the genre in general.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin on PS4 has continued to utterly destroy any resemblance of gaming skill that I thought I had, but I’ll nevertheless be pushing on with a review; especially as I have a handful of friends who want to know my thoughts on it, and whether it’s worth picking up again if they already played it on PS3.
With April now here, I’m excited for the releases of Mortal Kombat X and Omega Quintet, as well as a new season of anime, of which I’ll be following seven shows. It’s going to be a good month!
This week, I played not one, not two, but three episodic games; completing the latest episodes of Game of Thrones, Tales from the Borderlands and Life is Strange. All three were awesome, but the latter is by far my favourite. Life is Strange deals with issues that everyone can relate to, but that are rarely touched upon in videogames, so I have to give credit to Dontnod Entertainment and Square Enix for taking a risk with this game (the second episode also gets extra points for opening with a song by Alt-J; one of my favourite bands).
Speaking of Square Enix, I also completed my first playthrough of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and unlocked its platinum trophy in the process. It’s a fun game, and I’ll most likely play it again at some point, but its PSP origins are a little too obvious for my taste, so I didn’t enjoy it anywhere near as much as other recent FF titles (several of which are among my favourite games of all time). I also returned to the fantastic DmC: Devil May Cry – Definitive Edition; trying out the various difficulties, and completing the Vergil’s Downfall campaign for the first time.
Finishing up those games meant I was free to pick up a handful of other recent releases, although the only two I’ve made a real start on are Battlefield Hardline and Resident Evil: Revelations 2. From what little I’ve played, both of them seem pretty great, so expect to see them in future PlayTimes.