This week, DolphGB played more Battlefield Hardline (and tried out a load of new arrivals on PlayStation Plus), Mitch played more Japanese games (obviously), and I played more Final Fantasy X HD (and started The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt; which, you may have already heard, is a bit good).
As well as the usual Battlefield Hardline shenanigans, this week I got to grips with three smaller – yet equally interesting – titles. I’d played them all previously at preview events, but thanks to PlayStation Plus I was reminded of them all, and thought they deserved a little more attention.
The Unfinished Swan has already had much written about it, and I find the game enjoyable, with a caveat. I won’t ruin anything for you with spoilers, but I can only play this game for so long before I start to feel a little motion sickness, especially in the ‘all-white’ areas. As the game progresses, this goes away, and the rest of my time within the world has been enjoyable.
Hohokum reminds me of games like LocoRoco, Noby Noby Boy (which wasn’t really a game, was it – more of a digital playground), and Katamari. In other words, it’s unique, fun, and full of discovery; I recommend everyone play this at least once.
And finally, I expect Race the Sun will keep me coming back for more solar-powered adventures for some time. Equal parts exhilarating, enraging and enthralling, this ‘simple’ game features worlds that last for only 24 hours, until a new one appears. Perfect controls, smart game mechanics, and an ever-evolving map make this a winner.
This week I’ve not played quite as much as usual. The list includes Chaos Code, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd, but most of my time has been spent playing Devil Survivor Overclocked on 3DS, which is still brutally difficult!
I went to the MCM Expo this week, where I purchased some anime on Blu-ray, including the fantastic Tiger & Bunny (which I would recommend to absolutely anybody, as I feel everyone could enjoy it), Devil Survivor 2 and the last Kill la Kill box set, which came with a free tote bag. I also picked up a Mashiro Shiina (Pet Girl of Sakurasou) scale figure, an Animatsu mug and various badges. Animatsu also announced that they’re bringing various anime to the UK, including my favourite anime, Golden Time; I absolutely cannot wait!
June is almost upon us now though, which sees the arrival of Batman: Arkham Knight and J-Stars, with One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax, Guilty Gear Xrd and the PS4 version of Ultra Street Fighter IV all releasing around the same time!
I started the week off by continuing Final Fantasy X HD on PS4. As a relative newcomer to the game, if I’m honest I’m not enjoying it quite as much as I thought I would, but that’s probably because gaming has moved on a lot in the last fourteen years. That said, the quality of the port is fantastic, and I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes (for those of you familiar with the game, I’ve almost reached the notorious Thunder Plains).
However, in the last few days I’ve focussed instead on a little RPG called The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Right from the start, it’s difficult to not be impressed by the ingeniously designed CGI opening, or even the short tutorial section that follows, which masterfully introduces both the gameplay mechanics and many of the characters in The Witcher universe.
As amazing as the game clearly is, unfortunately my experience has been soured ever so slightly, due to the widespread bug which prevents you from playing the card battle game Gwent. Knowing that many of the matches are missable, I’ve decided to wait for the upcoming patch until I go much further; it’s been out on PC for a few days, so hopefully it’ll arrive on PS4 soon.