The good news is that today’s PlayTime features a lot of new games; the bad news is that one of them is Godzilla. But don’t despair! We’ve also been playing Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess, God of War III: Remastered, Lost Dimension, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and more!
This past week I solely spent playing Lost Dimension on the Vita. I’ve been really enjoying the story, and the way it forces you to constantly switch out characters in your party; unlike other RPGs, in which there’s no real incentive to change your party members other than personal preference. I’m almost through the game and can’t wait to see how everything turns out. I’ll also likely be starting another playthrough, as there are a few hidden secrets that I am yet to discover.
This week I’ve been playing Godzilla (urgh), Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess, Ultra Street Fighter IV and a whole lot of Rocket League. The latter has to be one of the best PS+ games so far; it’s just ridiculous fun, and something that keeps drawing me back in. I’m hoping the server issues are properly fixed soon though, as there have been a good few unplayable matches in the past week or two. I’ve reviewed Godzilla and, well, it’s real bad. I’ve been out a lot more, so haven’t gamed quite as much as usual; that’s going to be consistent now that I’ve gotten a new day job, but there are still a lot of games I’m looking forward to in the next few months!
Just to shock you, this week I played games that weren’t Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (although it does admittedly continue to eat up the majority of my gaming time!). I made a good start on God of War III: Remastered, which is fantastic. The PS3 original was the first GOW game I ever played, but since then I’ve caught up on the rest of the series, so I’m now viewing the Remastered version in a whole new light. The quality of the port is also exceptional, as the 1080p/60fps visuals consistently impress; to Sony’s credit, it’s clear this wasn’t just a quick cash grab.
I played a handful of PSN games too, including PS Plus star Rocket League; which, as many others have already stated, is great fun. Meanwhile, PieceFall proved to be a nice little puzzle game, which was predominantly created by students at Sheffield Hallam University, through Sony’s PlayStation First initiative. It’s crying out for some extra camera angles and alternative control schemes. However, given where the game has come from (and the fact it’s only 99p), it’s very difficult to criticise.
Finally, I was completely captivated by The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, a first-person adventure game that initially released on PC last year. It turned out to be a lot darker than I expected (which, considering it’s about the disappearance of a young boy, is saying something), but I really appreciated its interesting approach to narrative and gameplay. Nothing is handed to you for free, so it’s up to you to explore the picturesque Red Creek Valley at your own pace; and, in the process, unravel the mystery of what happened to Ethan and his family.