It’s been business as usual at PS4 Attitude this week, as the team have been playing a handful of recent releases – including Battlefield Hardline, Bloodborne, Mortal Kombat X and Omega Quintet – while our Zen Pinball 2 rivalry continued unabated.
Other than the continuation of the internal Zen Pinball 2 battle, I’ve spent all of my gaming time in that other warzone – Battlefield Hardline. And I’ve discovered that I’m half-decent at Hotwire; the multiplayer mode where you steal marked cars and drive them at high speed across the map. This is good, because it makes up for my lack of decency in the other modes. Everything about this incarnation of Battlefield makes up for the last, and I love it… even when I’m losing.
I spent the majority of this week playing Zen Pinball 2 on the Vita. Unfortunately I didn’t surpass DolphGB as the Pinball Champion of the handheld, but I did make decent progress. I’ve been primarily playing Zen Studios’ latest tables so it was interesting to go back to the developer’s earlier releases and see just how much they’ve improved over the years. The old tables aren’t bad, though; the new ones are just miles ahead.
I also downloaded two Metal Gear Solid games; Peace Walker HD (which I’ve never played) and Portable Ops. They were finally on sale on the PlayStation Store so I was able to get them on the cheap. Now I can continue my chronological playthrough of the series before The Phantom Pain comes out in September. If only I can figure out how to get Portable Ops onto my Vita, I’ll be good to go.
My week has once again been dedicated to Omega Quintet and Mortal Kombat X. I also returned to Tales of Hearts R, having not played it in a long time. I think Hearts R is one of the finest Tales games available, and I love Omega Quintet (although I have a few complaints with the gameplay and graphics; you can read about them here!).
I also got the MKX platinum trophy, which I’m very proud of and still play it regularly. I’ve been playing Nidhogg with a friend on PS4, which is a hilarious experience, and I recommend it whilst it’s on sale in Europe. Newcomer Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo has been settling in on my Vita as a fun, arcadey experience. I gave Hustle Kings a go as a fan of Pure Pool, but I think I prefer the latter still. I’ll also be playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn again now, as I’ve finally re-subscribed!
Completing Battlefield Hardline and Mortal Kombat X last week meant I was finally able to put some serious time into Bloodborne; a situation I’d been dreading and looking forward to in equal measure. The last From Software game I played was Demon’s Souls (and, even then, I didn’t get particularly far!), so I guess you could say I’m not exactly an expert.
However, to my surprise, things actually seem to be going fairly well at the moment. My biggest accomplishment so far was defeating the first boss on my first try, before levelling up once. Unfortunately, this must have been partly due to beginner’s luck, because not all subsequent bosses have gone quite as smoothly; although I always triumphed in the end. I absolutely love the chilling atmosphere of Yharnam, so I’m looking forward to exploring the rest of the world.