Today’s PlayTime is a mix of old games, new games, and games that look new but are actually old (otherwise known as remasters), including DmC: Devil May Cry – Definitive Edition, Guitar Hero Live, NBA 2K14 (not a typo), Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Rocket League, The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Zen Pinball 2.
This week I put all my gaming efforts into Zen Pinball 2. I started with the newly released Balls of Glory table pack featuring Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, American Dad, and Archer. The tables are pretty awesome and feature all the best lines from the shows. I’m a huge H. Jon Benjamin fan so the Archer table (and Bob’s Burgers for that matter) is my favorite of the new bunch. However, I did notice that he probably has the fewest quotes on his tables, which is somewhat weird.
I also played a bunch of other tables, on both PS4 and Vita. I’m not a fan of how Zen Studios keeps separate scoreboards across the systems, though. My Vita scores are solid, but my PS4 ones are lacking. Well, they were lacking. Now they’re starting to look rather decent. Better watch out, DolphGB, because I’m coming for you!
Most of the last two weeks has been dedicated to Persona 4: Dancing All Night. I’ve spent about 30+ hours on it and I’m addicted, it’s such great fun and the story is great! I love seeing the characters back in action and can’t wait to play more of it! I also have the platinum trophy before it even releases here. With P4DAN giving me rhythm fever, I’ve returned to both of the Hatsune Miku Project Diva F games too!
I’ve been playing the Uncharted Collection, although I’m stuck on a particularly tough bit on Crushing on 2; however, I’ve done it once, and I’ll do it again! Rocket League has Halloween drops at the moment, so I’ve been collecting those, as well as playing Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend (which is fantastic) and the DMC remaster on PS4 (the reboot). I loved it and this isn’t my first time playing it, but it’s a shame that Capcom apparently have no plans to continue the series, as it’s a favourite of mine.
A new, surprising, addition to my library is NBA 2K14. I fancied a sports game and always liked basketball, so when I saw it for a fiver on PS4 I thought I’d give it a shot. I’m enjoying it and if I find myself having fun with it after a couple of weeks, I’ll take the plunge and buy 2K16, and make more of an effort to follow the sport.
MCM London just passed once again, and I had a great time meeting new people and buying lots of merchandise! It was mostly anime merchandise, although I did pick up some Atelier related items and some gaming t-shirts (Persona and Steins;Gate), along with S;G and BlazBlue calendars for next year.
Most of my free time over the last couple of weeks has been spent on first-person puzzle game The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition, which released on PS4 recently, and is absolutely incredible. You play as a sentient android, and are tasked with completing a series of increasingly complicated puzzles by a disembodied voice known only as Elohim (the Hebrew word for God). Not only is the gameplay extremely clever, but it also looks great, and features a surprisingly deep story (most of which you are required to discover for yourself). I genuinely can’t recommend it enough, so if you enjoy first-person puzzle games, you really need to give The Talos Principle a try.
Meanwhile, over the weekend I’ve been playing a lot of Guitar Hero Live, which is easily the most innovative entry in the series since the original, way back in 2005. As someone who is used to earning 5 stars on most Expert songs with ease, GHL’s new six-button layout felt a little strange at first, but I’m gradually getting used to it. The live action backgrounds in the career mode are admittedly pretty cheesy, but the overall production values are extremely high, and I’m sure that GHTV (the game’s 24/7 music channel) will keep me coming back for a long time yet.