With the Christmas season now well and truly upon us, this week’s PS4A PlayTime unsurprisingly features some of the biggest releases of the last few weeks, including Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Fallout 4 and Star Wars: Battlefront.
In a shock twist that even M. Night Shyamalan couldn’t have predicted, I played absolutely zero minutes of Destiny this week. Instead, I spent a good amount of time either battling rabid wild dogs off with a nightstick, or running through caves with buns in my hair.
First up was the long-awaited Fallout 4. From the outset, the presentation is slick. While the massive mandatory install chugs its way through to 100%, you’re treated to some excellent cartoons that explain how the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system works. Unfortunately, they start repeating before the mammoth install finishes, but they’re a good way to pass the time. So far, the game itself is all I expected it to be. Huge. Sprawling. Overwhelming in places. Apocalyptic, of course. And more emotional than I remember the last Fallout being, so kudos to the developers for that. Yes, the combat could be a bit tighter, but I suppose it will be once I get more Strength, Perception, Agility and Luck.
As well as a happy jaunt through the irradiated wastelands of Fallout 4, I also took on a good amount of multiplayer in Star Wars: Battlefront. Like Fallout, it is everything I expected it to be; especially thanks to the long build up – which has taken in various visits to the Star Wars Battlepod and the PS4 beta, of course – but I have to say that DICE have done it once again. I can’t fault the game so far, and there’s nothing quite like playing in the Heroes and Villains matches, only to find that you’re going to be popping melons as Leia. Is the Season Pass a little too pricey? Yes, and I can’t support this constant drive to sell games at twice the price by adding in DLC that costs almost as much as the game itself, but SW:B is so good I’ll probably end up forking out for the upcoming additions anyway.
Plans to finally grab the motorbike expansion for Driveclub fell by the wayside, since I was having too much fun battling mutated giant rats or giving random gamers across the globe the wrong end of my Force Grip. Sorry Driveclub, but your time will come again.
I finally picked up Black Ops 3 (and on a double EXP weekend too), so I’ve played a lot of that! I’ve really been enjoying it, although I wish there were more maps. However, as I don’t plan on getting the next CoD, my friends and I are going to get the season pass as we still love Zombies. A few of us used to play World at War all the time, so this is somewhat nostalgic for us.
I’ve also played some Rocket League and plenty of Rayman Legends, revisited Mortal Kombat X (as the season pass is on sale and it’s still one of my favourite games of the year), and started Teslagrad, which seems like it’ll be quite good. Dragon Quest Heroes is still going strong, and I’m really excited to see other games in the series finally make their way over next year. On Vita, I’ve – of course – played loads of Persona 4: Dancing All Night, plus Superbeat Xonic, as I love my rhythm games and they’re both super fun.
This week, I finally got around to playing all of the games I’ve picked up over the last few months… and if you believe that, you’ll probably believe anything. That’s right; I once again spent most of my free time on the game that keeps on giving, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. I’m sure you’re bored to tears with me mentioning it every week, so I’ll simply say that it continues to be awesome. I’ll hopefully find the time to play some other games over the next few days; but, then again, I also said that last week!