There’s a touch of déjà vu surrounding today’s PlayTime, as DolphGB has continued to play Destiny, I continued to play Final Fantasy XIV, and Mitch continued to play a whole bunch of games including The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Bloodborne and Rocket League.
There are times in life that you make yourself a promise. I promise I’ll book myself a short break when the next public holiday comes around. I promise I’ll read that J.J. Abrams book one day, instead of leaving it sealed. I promise I’ll play something other than Destiny every week. But it turns out that we all break promises to ourselves. In my case, I’m guilty of all three of the above. Another public holiday will be spent sitting at home. The apparently brilliant “S.” remains mint and untouched. And I played nothing but Destiny all week, despite promising myself I’d check out other things I’ve actually paid for, such as the latest Battlefield Hardline DLC.
Of course, I reached level 40, and of course I now need to get much, much better Light levels if I’m going to be able to take on some of the level 41 and 42 challenges without dying 1,000 times. Heck, I need better gear if I’m going to be able to solo some of the latter Taken King level 38+ missions. But there’s no doubt about it: since the arrival of Destiny: TTK, the game is even better than it was before, and it has completely sucked me in.
Other than Destiny, I did set up the official PS4 Attitude community courtesy of PS4 Firmware 3.0. Just search for ‘PS4 Attitude’ in the new Communities section of the Friends menu (you’ll never guess what the primary game is right now – it begins with ‘D’ and rhymes with ‘mestiny’) and join us for chats, parties, and a general sense of togetherness.
I’ve played a fair bit this week, with The Witcher 3 seeing plenty of play time; it’s still so, so fantastic. It has such a rich world and characters, and it’s visually outstanding with voice-acting and music to match. On the other hand, I also finished Bloodborne and felt it really lost steam towards the end – the bosses all become very similar and – honestly – the game wasn’t all that challenging. The ending is utterly rubbish and I don’t think I’ll be going through it again, as I still feel that From Software can’t develop well enough to keep up with their own ideas.
Rocket League proves to still be one of the best multiplayer games about, and although the multiplayer for The Last of Us is poorly balanced and has more than a couple of bugs, it’s still very fun and I’ve been playing it regularly; I wish Naughty Dog spent more time on it though. I bought Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for PS4, so I’m looking forward to going through it again, as the opening hour or so was hugely nostalgic for me. I’ve been keeping up with One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, too.
I’ve not played much of them yet, but Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4 are both pretty enjoyable, but I think I’m too stuck into The Witcher to spend too much time on them yet – silly me for buying three massive games at once! I’ve also been in the Rainbow Six: Siege beta and I’m really disappointed with it, despite having no expectations. I get that it’s a beta, but it’s just so buggy; however, the biggest issue is that the concept really doesn’t entertain for long. Consequently, although matches are short, they feel like a drag. I certainly won’t be buying it at full price, but I don’t expect it to have a very popular online presence for too long.
Not for the first time, this week I spent pretty much all of my gaming time on the amazing Final Fantasy XIV, mainly because I decided to create an alt character; something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I’m really enjoying playing through the story from scratch as a completely different character and class, so I’ll no doubt be playing FFXIV for a long time to come. That said, I fully expect my weekly PlayTime to get a much-needed shake up soon, what with Rock Band 4 and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection both releasing this week, and many more titles set to join them in the run up to Christmas. One thing’s for sure; it’s going to be an expensive few months!