This week, the PS4 Attitude team has been fighting monsters, sneaking through refugee camps and travelling through time, in a trio of awesome Japanese games; Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Steins;Gate.
I travelled around a lot this week, so my chances to play were few and far between. When I did get time to squeeze in a little PS4-based gaming, I decided it was time to catch up on old titles I’d picked up but never had the opportunity to try. This week, the biggest of those was Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
I say ‘biggest’ but, of course, this is a game that is famously an ‘MGS Lite’ experience. It looks good, of course, and it’s definitely nice to see Snake back in action. I don’t dislike it, but there is no getting around the fact that I’ll likely have this done, dusted, and in the bag within a couple of hours. Interestingly, I was reminded to grab the disc and play this because it showed up as a free title in PlayStation Plus. If you’re a subscriber, you can now no longer use the short running length as an excuse, citing ‘value for money’ as a reason to leave this alone. Do yourself a favour and pick this up now. After all, it is – officially – the last MGS title to have ‘A Hideo Kojima Game’ on the cover.
I’ve mostly been playing (or should that be ‘reading’?) Steins;Gate this week. I’m actually finishing it off right now, so expect the review really soon and, well, I can say that it’s the highest score I’ve personally given a game. If you like visual novels, then you have to get this. If you don’t, you’re just hurting yourself; don’t hurt yourself, guys!
I might aim for the platinum in Steins;Gate as I already have most of the endings and I’m finishing the true ending up now, leaving me with just Kurisu’s and Mayuri’s still to get. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions and it has made me tear up more times than I can count; it’s such a beautiful, well-written story that you can’t help but become attached to the characters. It’s easily going to end up on my top ten games of the year, and you should definitely give it a go too.
Otherwise I’ve been playing Operation Abyss which I’m not having fun with at all, Ultra Street Fighter IV on PS4 which is much better to play now that it’s been patched, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 which has been great fun, and I think that’s it for this week.
After focusing on other games for the last few weeks, the past seven days have been almost entirely consumed by Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. I’ve been continuing with the seemingly limitless end-game content, in the hope that I’ll be in a fairly decent position by the time the Heavensward expansion arrives later this month; I’ve still got a lot to do before then, though!
I also tried out a couple of recent PSN releases on PS4, namely Beach Buggy Racing and Sparkle Unleashed. If you ask me, Vector Unit and 10tons are two of the most underrated indie developers around, and while neither of the aforementioned games are particularly original (and can’t completely conceal their mobile origins), they’re still a lot of fun in short bursts.