Unusually, this week’s PlayTime is dominated by PSN games, including Cosmophony, Entwined, Hatoful Boyfriend, Journey, Roundabout, Skull Girls 2nd Encore and White Night. Don’t you just love PlayStation Plus, Cross-Buy and PS Store sales? Also making an appearance are Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and God of War III: Remastered.
In addition to grinding through Destiny this week, I also picked up and played Entwined. It’s one of those well-designed, beautifully simple games that is also incredibly hard to truly master. The premise is simple – a fish and a bird are in love, but can never truly be together. At the end of each level, they combine into a dragon, and you have a brief moment where you soar together before they are split apart again. The bird and fish are controlled by the left and right analogue sticks respectively. You have to steer the fish through its targets as they hurtle toward you. You have to do the same with the bird. Think of it as a two-character, 3D tunnel-run game.
Now, while there really is only one mechanic involved in getting the fish and bird to merge (ooh err), I found it easy to get through all the levels and complete the game. I managed to get through the whole thing in one sitting, and considering it was a freebie via PlayStation Plus, that’s OK. What is much more difficult it getting all of the trophies. I’m not even halfway there yet, and I’m not sure if I’ll make it to 100%. Sure, some of the issues mentioned in the mixed reviews seen online do exist – when the two characters are close to forming the dragon, there are some timing issues that can make you miss a target when you think you’ve hit it, for example – but in general I think the low scores are a little unwarranted. With thatgamecompany being an obvious inspiration, Entwined isn’t a complete joy in the way Flower or Journey are, but it also has a lot more going for it than Flow. If this is just the beginning for PixelOpus, I’m keen to see what they do next.
This week I’ve been playing a whole lot of Skullgirls 2nd Encore on PS4. Lab Zero Games has managed to make it even more amazing than it was on PS3! I’ve been having bundles of fun with it and I’m excited to have it on my Vita too. I’ve also been playing Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess, Roundabout (which is hilarious), Hatoful Boyfriend (again, hilarious), White Night and Cosmophony. I bought most of these during the latest PS4 sale which I found to be really good; speaking of which, I’m hoping Guilty Gear Xrd is in the proper Summer Sale!
I’m in the Street Fighter V beta too, but haven’t been able to play it whatsoever, which is hugely disappointing. With a little faith, hopefully I’ll get to have a proper go with it before the beta closes shortly. August is almost upon us, which means One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment & Lost Song, and Onechanbara Chaos Z, all of which I’m hugely excited for. It’s going to be a good month!
For what feels like the millionth week in a row, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward was my most played game of the last seven days; that game is just way too addictive! As well as continuing with FFXIV, I completed God of War III: Remastered, which was even better than I remember. Although its presence on PS4 is still slightly confusing (especially with the continued absence of a GOW4 announcement), I’m glad I got the chance to replay it. Speaking of which, I also picked up Journey on PS4, thanks to the wonder of Cross-Buy. I was blown away all over again, and even spent the entirety of my first playthrough with the same companion (something I never experienced on PS3).