It’s been a pretty eclectic week for the PS4 Attitude team, as we’ve recently been playing the likes of Battlefield Hardline, Broken Age, Driveclub, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, LittleBigPlanet 3, Mortal Kombat X and Project CARS.
After being away for a week or so, I was jonesing for some Battlefield Hardline. But first, I had to grab a blast from the recent past and put it in the PS4 drive. “Drive”, being the operative word. With the constant flow of updates, most of the free-of-charge kind, there was no way I was going to miss out on downloading all the new Driveclub DLC and getting back on the road. All of those initial teething problems are a distant memory now, and it has to be said the Driveclub – with an absolute barrage of additional content – is the best ‘arcade racer’ around.
Sure, it isn’t a simulation, like the next Gran Turismo will be and the recently released Project CARS purports to be (a game that I found underwhelming, and Mitch’s review reflected some of my concerns), but it certainly is a lot of fun. And the new Lamborghini pack is worth the entry fee alone. If you haven’t grabbed a copy of Driveclub, you really should. I have a suspicious feeling that you’ll be able to pick up an incredible second-user deal in your favourite local store.
The BFH sessions that followed my return to the track were predictably fun and visceral. It is still my favourite shooter on the PS4 – easily eclipsing the most recent Call of Duty – and almost every multiplayer game includes a stand-out, ridiculous moment that keeps me coming back for more.
I’ve been jumping from game to game this week which has seen me revisit a lot of fighting games, including Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Skullgirls and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3; they’re all still fantastic. As much as I love Mortal Kombat X – and have spent many hours a week on it – I don’t feel that it’ll ever be as competitive for me as those games were. MKX relies on a lot of 50/50s, which ruins the game competitively, as I don’t feel that it boils down to skill. Hopefully a good few balance patches are in the works for it, as it doesn’t feel like many of the characters or their variations are viable yet. It’s hugely fun, but MKX again proves why the series isn’t taken as seriously as the likes of Street Fighter.
I’ve downloaded LEGO Harry Potter 2 to my Vita, which I’m enjoying, as it’s a far better port than the Lord of the Rings one. I’ve also been slaying beasts in Toukiden: Kiwami, and playing through Tales of Hearts R, Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (expect the review this week) and Kingdom Hearts II HD. Plus, I’ve been continuing with LittleBigPlanet 3, which I’m enjoying far more than I expected to. With Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer’s Call (Nocturne) now on PSN, I’ll be buying that soon. MCM London is this coming weekend and I hope to play a few games there, including J-Stars and Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls!
After the brutality of Bloodborne, I needed some comic relief, so the first thing I did this week was complete the first half of Broken Age. Although I’m not usually a point-and-click adventure fan, I always make an exception for Double Fine games, as the world design is always so creative (and more than a little bit crazy). Broken Age often had me laughing out loud, and the twist at the end of Act 1 was ingeniously executed. I really need to find the time to play Act 2 soon.
I also made a start on Project CARS. Slightly Mad Studios deserves a lot of credit for the sheer scope of the game, but I couldn’t help but feel slightly disappointed by certain other aspects, such as the graphics and the handling; both of which – at least in my opinion – are superior in Driveclub. That said, Project CARS is still a fantastic racing sim, and will definitely make the wait for Gran Turismo 7 that much easier.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a PlayTime without some Final Fantasy action. Despite owning Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster on PS3, I couldn’t resist double-dipping on PS4, as I barely made any progress on the original release (mainly because I’ve pretty much ignored my PS3 ever since the PS4 came out!). I’m determined to finally complete it this time, though; in fact, I’ve already exceeded my previous progress, and I’m really enjoying it so far.