After a break last week, PlayTime is back with a bang, with the PS4 Attitude team playing a wide range of both new and older games, including The Heavy Rain & Beyond: Two Souls Collection, Hitman, Life is Strange, Rocket League, Senran Kagura: Estival Versus, Street Fighter V and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, as well as various PS3 games thanks to PlayStation Now.
I have just had the most varied two weeks of gaming in months. Here’s how it began; I sensed that a pattern was forming. I’d get the weekly ‘PlayTime reminder email’ and would wax lyrical about my latest squeeze. I can be quite an obsessive gamer, especially with sandbox titles or multiplayer environments that speak to me. It happened with The Last of Us, where every week was an update on my latest battle, and it was going on again with Metal Gear Solid V. So I thought ‘Hey – why don’t we switch this up a little?’.
My first port of call: PlayStation Now. I grabbed a free 14-day trial and set off into the world of PS3 classics. In the last two weeks, I’ve button-mashed my way through Injustice: Gods Among Us, driven a classic Ferrari in F1 2013, and played a few rounds of an old favourite, Everybody’s Golf: World Tour. In fact, I’ve played more PS3 titles in the last two weeks than I had played since the first day of owning a PS4, despite the fact that the PS3 still sits by the side of the slanty black box.
Then, when I wasn’t playing a little MGSV to keep things moving, or strolling down a PS3-laden memory lane, I grabbed hold of two important beta titles. First up was the “stress test” of Uncharted 4’s multiplayer, which it turns out I’m pretty good at. The screenshot I posted over on Twitter wasn’t an isolated incident, and I can tell already that my obsessive self will be deep into this game come May. I also took Hitman for a ride and liked what I saw. It might not have the graphical bells and whistles I was hoping for with a PS4-native Agent 47 title, but it plays well and feels smart.
In all, I’ve had a blast. While I’ll always be drawn to a single title that grabs me, throwing some variety into my life has been fun. And I’ll be paying for PS Now when the trial expires too. All I need them to do to make me euphoric is port over an SSX title or two, and we’ll be laughing all the way down the slopes.
Two weeks of PlayTime is easy because my busy schedule has unfortunately not allotted me much time to spend gaming. The previously skipped PlayTime I actually didn’t play anything at all, so there wasn’t that much to miss. This past week I did manage to play a bit more Life is Strange.
I’m still enjoying it so far, although because the game is so heavy on the story and dialogue I don’t get too far whenever I play. I’m the kind of person who checks out every corner, every character you can talk to, etc., so progress is slow. I’m really digging the music more than ever, though. I love the moments where you can just sit down and take a break while music quietly plays in the background until you’re ready to get up. It’s rather calming. Here’s to hoping I’ll have more time to sit down and play more games in the coming week!
Two weeks’ worth of PlayTime? Let’s see what I can remember. A good place to start would be my return to the Uncharted Collection to get the platinum trophies (again, as I have them on PS3) before the release of Uncharted 4. I recently platinumed Uncharted 1 and I’m well on my way to getting it for Uncharted 2!
Street Fighter V hasn’t received its March update yet and I’m eagerly awaiting it, but otherwise it’s still good fun; although it needs some balancing – Zangief’s hitboxes and animation times are incredibly annoying. Senran Kagura: Estival Versus has been busily jiggling away along with Vita’s Shinovi Versus, Meanwhile, Rocket League has zoomed around for much of my online play time. However, Black Ops 3 hasn’t been touched much, as I feel like I need a bit of a break from it and the same goes for Star Wars Battlefront – they’re great games, but I’m a little burnt out on shooting right now.
As a huge fan of Quantic Dream, it should come as no surprise that my most played game of the last couple of weeks was The Heavy Rain & Beyond: Two Souls Collection. I begrudgingly decided to skip last year’s digital release of Beyond on PS4, in favour of holding out for the double pack on Blu-ray (which, incidentally, comes on two discs!), so I decided to start with that game first.
Say what you like about the divisive gameplay and story, but Beyond holds a very special place in my games collection. I’m just over halfway through right now, and am falling in love with it all over again. It already looked incredible on PS3, but the PS4 version is nothing short of phenomenal; it genuinely could pass as a native PS4 game. I’m really looking forward to platinuming it for a second time, before moving on to Heavy Rain; another of my all-time favourite games.
As well as Beyond: Two Souls, I’ve spent some time on Bit Trip Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien and Toki Tori 2+ on PS4; two absolutely awesome 2D platformers that I have previously played (and really enjoyed!) on other platforms. Like Mitch, I’ve also been playing Senran Kagura: Estival Versus, although I’m not allowed to talk about that just yet…