The start of the year is always quiet in terms of big releases, which is fine, as this week it allowed the PS4A team to catch up on an eclectic mix of games, including Amplitude, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Star Wars Battlefront, Trine 3: The Elements of Power and Zen Pinball 2.
This week I got to play a little of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Pack for Zen Pinball 2. That includes The Force Awakens table, which focuses on Rey, Finn, Poe, and basically all of the good users of the Force. The pack also includes the Might of the First Order table, which focuses on Kylo Ren and Star Killer Base.
After playing both tables I think I prefer the Might of the First Order, if not for just hearing more of Kylo Ren talk. However, in typical Zen Studios fashion, both are fantastic. I love being able to recreate scenes from The Force Awakens or just take in the little nuances of the tables, like the flamethrower Stormtrooper. I loved watching The Force Awakens in theaters, and love it even more in pinball form.
My play time this week hasn’t been very different to what you’ve seen before. To start, I’ve enjoyed Star Wars Battlefront, which I’ve spent over 20 hours on – something I didn’t expect I would do so quickly – and I’m still loving it. It’s the most enjoyable FPS I’ve played in a long time.
Black Ops III managed to annoy me a lot this week, with awful servers for Zombies (which are much laggier than multiplayer servers), and just poor balancing overall. It’s still fun, but Battlefront has definitely overshadowed it for me – you won’t catch me on BOIII without friends! Rocket League, Amplitude, Tales of Zestiria, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, Dragon Quest Heroes, Fallout 4, The Witcher III, Mortal Kombat X and Final Fantasy VII also got some PS4 play time this week, although some much more than others!
I’ve been on my Vita a lot this week too, playing Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Hyperdimension Neptunia 3 (the new game is out next month!) and Corpse Party: Blood Drive, which I can’t say I’m enjoying much. I plan to restart Persona 4: Golden on my PS TV soon too, as it looks great on the big screen.
Thanks to having a few days off work, I was able to make some good progress on Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City this week. I also completed Trine3: The Artifacts of Power, which was fantastic. Admittedly, it’s incredibly short (mainly because it is clearly the first part of a bigger story), but I really enjoyed the experience while it lasted. The highlight was a chapter set entirely within the pages of a book, which was brilliantly designed.
I even found the time to complete Amplitude, which I thought was awesome, so I’m a little surprised by the lukewarm critical reception. In particular, the electronica soundtrack has taken a bit of a beating, but I personally loved it, as it fitted perfectly with the game’s almost hypnotic visual style. Rhythm games are always hit or miss with me, so I’m glad to say Amplitude is definitely the former.