Despite the fact that Halloween was months ago, this week the PS4A team have been playing a number of horror games – namely Bloodborne, Resident Evil 0 HD and Until Dawn – alongside PlayTime regulars Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Star Wars: Battlefront.
Author’s Note: We haven’t heard much from DolphGB this week, but we did find this mission report, hidden in the depths of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
“The men are clearly getting restless. Fights are breaking out across Mother Base, and more men are ending up in the sickbay, thanks to injuries sustained at the hands of their ‘teammates’ rather than the enemy. I should probably make more appearances, but I feel my skills are best served in the field.
While it is nice having D-Dog along for the ride, and he does have his uses, that little scoundrel gets in the way at times. Maybe if we took that darn patch off, he’d have a better sense of depth, and he’d stay out of my way. Who knows? Still, the development team are pulling their weight. The upgrades keep coming, and that’s helping me take down the enemy, one stealthy mission at a time. Plus a few dozen stealthy side missions too, of course. Anything to avoid heading back to Mother Base, really. There’s still a lot of work to do there, and while it is nice watching the sun go down over the water, there’s no nightlife to speak of. At least when I’m in the field, I can set off some fireworks.”
This week I finally got around to playing Until Dawn, and I’m disappointed I waited so long to play this fantastic horror game. I spent an entire day playing through the entire story for the first time and loved all the twists and turns it took. The characters are all fantastic, and while I had my own ideas of where the story was heading, I never really knew 100% what was coming. That’s more than can be said of most horror films.
By the end of my first playthrough, I saved a respectable 5 out of the 8 characters. I look forward to going through again and hopefully saving them all. I also like how the game includes multiple behind-the-scenes videos that explore its development. I love watching this kind of content, and I wish more developers included them in their games. I’m even more excited for Until Dawn: Rush of Blood for PlayStation VR now!
I’ve probably spent most of my time this week on Resident Evil 0 HD, which I’ve completed and loved; I’m not sure why it got its share of hate as it’s a great game. Capcom have done a great job with this remaster, just as they did with Resident Evil 1 HD.
I’ve returned to Bloodborne as the DLC is on sale, but due to From Software’s annoying way of implementing it, I have to start a new game and get to a certain point before I can access it. Thankfully I enjoy it, even if I do feel the game lost steam towards the end, so I look forward to replaying it. Star Wars: Battlefront still manages to be the most enjoyable FPS I’ve played in years and I’m likely to get the season pass at some point, especially as I’ve been annoyed with Black Ops 3, due to its poor servers and gameplay that encourages anything bar completing the objective (unless the objective is solely to get kills). Rocket League has been great fun too.
Tales of Zestiria, Amplitude, Trails of Cold Steel and Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate round up what I’ve played this week, and I’ve had a lot of fun! February is packed with games I’m excited for, so I can’t wait to get my hands on them. I’ve also joined Netflix, so I’m not just watching anime when I do sit down to watch something!
After shaking things up a bit for the last two PlayTimes, I was back to my old tricks this week; by which I mean the only PS4 game I played was Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. Don’t worry, however, as tomorrow sees the release of a game I’ve literally been waiting years for – namely The Witness – so no doubt I’ll have plenty to say about it in next week’s PlayTime.
When I wasn’t on FFXIV, I was probably playing Rare Replay on Xbox One, which I’m still hugely enjoying. The compilation features a truly ridiculous amount of content, so I can see it taking up a lot more of my time in the future. Speaking of Xbox, I also plan to return to The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings soon, thanks to the wonder of backwards compatibility (and the fact that it is currently free!).