Happy New Year! In the first PlayTime of 2016, the PS4 Attitude team have been playing some of our favourite games of last year, including Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Helldivers, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Shovel Knight and Star Wars Battlefront.
Before I get into my PlayTime entry, which covers the last fortnight, I’d like to say Happy New Year to all our readers, friends, and – of course – our awesome team. May 2016 be incredible for you.
In the last two weeks, I’ve had a lot of time to catch up on the gaming side of life, and there is one title I’ve focused on during the holiday period. While I had enjoyed quite a lot of game time already in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain during the last quarter of 2015, I hadn’t had a chance to play through the game in entirety on my own PS4. This was my chance to spend some quality time with Snake, little DD, and my trusty horse. The hours I’ve put in so far reminded me why this had to be my Game of the Year. Despite all the titles I’ve played in 2015, nothing else quite matched up – as a full release game and not a DLC or expansion – to Metal Gear Solid. I’m still only scratching the surface in my own playthrough; I imagine it’ll keep me busy until Uncharted 4 hits the charts. Let’s see how true that statement holds over the next few weeks.
Over the past two weeks I played more of my 2015 Game of the Year; Helldivers. If you missed this game when it first came out back in March, now or really anytime is good to pick it up. Arrowhead Game Studios have done a fantastic job at supporting the game with multiple DLC releases, so even if you did pick up the game on release but haven’t played it in a while, there’s plenty of new content to sink your teeth into.
I also downloaded the horror game Until Dawn when it was on sale the other week, but I haven’t actually gotten around to playing it yet. I’ve heard really great things about the game; thankfully no spoilers, though, so I can go into it fresh. I’ve been itching for a good scare lately, so I have high hopes for Until Dawn.
The past two weeks have seen a lot of gaming time for me, including a few standout titles from this year such as (deep breath) Disgaea 5, The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Dragon Quest Heroes, Black Ops 3, Mortal Kombat X, Star Wars Battlefront, Tales of Zestiria, Guilty Gear Xrd, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Trails of Cold Steel, Yakuza 5, Shovel Knight and Persona 4: Dancing All Night.
So, Shovel Knight is a title I’d had my eye on for a while, but the whole retro-inspired art usually doesn’t do it for me. I loved it back in the day, but it’s the blend of gameplay and visuals that made those games for me, and whilst I’m disappointed by a lot of indie titles that mimic the visuals but lack the gameplay I’m looking for, Shovel Knight hits it right on the head! It’s a fantastically fun game and I’m looking forward to playing through it again as the Plague Knight. I’d recommend this to anybody in spite of how difficult it can be at times, because it really is as amazing as people have said!
Star Wars Battlefront is another game that’s surprised me. The Force Awakens hype got to me as I loved that movie, and so when Battlefront dropped to £28 on PSN, I got a PSN card online that saved me a couple more quid and got to downloading! I’ve been enjoying it and there’s definitely a lot of content, the gameplay is solid and the visuals and audio both capture Star Wars perfectly. I’m not too excited about the season pass, but I’ll likely buy it when it drops in price.
I’ve already spoken in length about my Game of the Year, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, so you should definitely give that a read if you want my thoughts on it. I definitely don’t regret my decision because it’s still providing plenty of fun, even though I’ve played each song through on the hardest difficulty multiple times; well, maybe not EVERY song (and certainly not the DLC songs because they’re super hard), but I’m getting there! I’m looking forward to a game-packed 2016!
How have two weeks gone by since our last PlayTime?! Since then, I’d love to be able to say that I completed my entire backlog of games, but – for what feels like the hundredth time – the only PS4 title I played was Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. It’s by far my most played game of 2015; and, being realistic, it will most likely also take that crown in 2016!
However, I did also manage to play some more on my newly acquired Xbox One, which is good fun, although the PS4 is still the better console in my opinion. Strangely, the vast majority of the games I’ve been playing are actually Xbox 360 titles like Hydro Thunder Hurricane, Portal: Still Alive and Super Meat Boy; I can’t deny that the console’s backwards compatibility is a pretty cool feature.