It’s been a quiet week for gaming at Attitude Towers, although we still managed the odd session on Destiny, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Guitar Hero Live, Mad Max and Zen Pinball 2. Two games we didn’t get to play this week, however, were Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition and Resident Evil: Revelations, but you can’t have everything.
As is usual for me this year, I’ve been away travelling the friendly skies, so I haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to my favourite pastime – getting Legendary gear in every slot on Destiny. And to be honest, I don’t feel like I’m even close to achieving it. I did get a few decent games in this week, but the rewards were scant at best. And despite the fact that I love this game dearly, Activision’s monetization strategy is starting to leave a bitter taste in my mouth.
As if it isn’t bad enough that The Taken King – while great content – cost as much as a full game, now we have micro-transactions within the game to contend with too. Clearly, World of Warcraft isn’t the guaranteed $1bn per year it used to be (it is losing millions of subscribers per quarter), and the publisher is having to over-compensate in other areas. Thankfully, the in-game purchases at present are for some rather average/silly/uninteresting emotes, and the game gave me just enough “silver” to buy a couple, helping me realise that I needn’t bother topping up my wallet. Even so, the trend still worries me. Destiny still holds my interest, but Activision is potentially tainting the waters.
I continued my conquest in Zen Pinball 2 this week, mostly on the PS4. I got some high scores on a few tables, and managed to just get on the board for others. Between the PS3 and the Vita I’ve played the majority of the tables, so it was just a matter of recording a score for the PS4 version.
I was going to play Resident Evil: Revelations on the PS3, but it took absolutely forever to download and install the game. I never realized how much of a chore it was to download a game on the PS3 until the PS4 came out; it’s miles ahead of its predecessor. I’m still looking forward to playing Revelations, though. I purchased both that and Revelations 2 on the PS4 for less than $25 thanks to the current Sale of the Dead promotion going on; not too shabby.
I’ve been pretty busy with work this week, so I haven’t done as much gaming as I would have liked. The main titles I played were Guitar Hero Live and (surprise, surprise) Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, both of which continue to be awesome. I also finally picked up Mad Max, along with recent RPG release Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition, although I’ve only played the former so far (albeit briefly!). I’m still very near the beginning, but it looks brilliant and the gameplay seems great; it plays a lot like a third-person version of Rage, which is no bad thing.