It’s a fact of life that a ridiculous amount of games are released in the run up to Christmas, which explains why several titles make their PlayTime debuts this week, including Rock Band 4, Super Meat Boy, Tales of Zestiria and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.
This week I played Super Meat Boy on the PS4 and the Vita. It’s a great game that you can just pick up and play for a few minutes at a time, which is perfect for someone like myself who has been extremely busy these past few weeks. The controls are very precise, even on the Vita, so any high amounts of deaths you might accumulate are entirely your fault. And trust me, you will die. A lot.
I also played a little Disgaea 4 – yes 4 – on the Vita as well. Playing 5 on the PS4 drew me back into the series and I have 4 already downloaded on my Vita, so I thought why not. Now I can play Disgaea both at home and while I’m away. It’s the perfect scenario!
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection released this week, and I’ve already finished the first game on Crushing and half of the second! I platinumed them originally and hope to do the same again. They look and play great and really hold up against recent releases.
I’ve also had my hands on Tales of Zestiria which I’m enjoying too, but you’ll be able to read more in my review later this week! Rocket League (of course) and The Last of Us have seen some online play, along with the Star Wars: Battlefront beta which hasn’t sold the game to me, so I think I’d rather buy Black Ops 3. Super Meat Boy has been a great Plus addition; it’s not as difficult as I expected it to be, although there are some very frustrating levels! I touched on Guilty Gear Xrd for a bit as well, as I’m still waiting for the DLC to come to Europe…
I revisited my PS3 to play Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, which I’ve been waiting ages for, as it’s a crossover fighting game with plenty of my favourite novels and anime including Golden Time, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, Toradora!, Sword Art Online, Accel World, Durarara!! and A Certain Magical Index. It’s great fun and I hope the PS4 update eventually arrives over here too.
Last week finally saw the long-awaited arrival of Super Meat Boy on PlayStation; a day I’ve been patiently waiting for ever since I traded in my Xbox 360 a couple of years ago. It’s just as incredible as ever, and I absolutely love the new soundtrack (the Cotton Alley music in particular is awesome!). I’ve already completed the Light World, but everyone knows that the real Super Meat Boy doesn’t start until you enter the Dark World. I remember getting extremely stuck on more than a few of the later levels in the past, so I look forward to many more deaths in the near future!
As well as jumping over deadly rotating blades, I’ve also been strumming the hell out of a plastic guitar, thanks to Rock Band 4. Amazingly, my old guitar still works (more or less!), despite being seven years old, so I’ve been rocking out all weekend. My only complaint is that Harmonix is being very slow in re-releasing the legacy DLC on PS4; of the dozens of songs I’ve bought over the years, only 15 are currently available. This is a real shame, because the on-disc track list isn’t exactly amazing, so fingers crossed that I’ll be granted access to my full Rock Band library soon.
Finally, I couldn’t finish this week’s PlayTime without a nod to Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, which looks to be an impressive port of three fantastic games. I’m currently just over halfway through Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, which has been a lot of fun so far. The shooting mechanics still feel extremely clumsy at times, particularly on higher difficulties (it’s possibly the only cover-based shooter in history in which you’re protected from gunfire more effectively when not actually in cover), but the story, setting and characters are as just as great as I remember.