In today’s PS4A Picks, you can discover the PS4 Attitude team’s opinions on Bloodborne, Destiny, Final Fantasy XIII (yes, XIII!), Ratchet & Clank and Rocket League… but not Street Fighter V.
When it was suggested that Bungie had a ten-year plan for Destiny – a claim it has since rebuked – I wondered if the title really had the staying power to last that long. And yet every time I pick it back up again, it sucks me in and keeps hold of my attention entirely. Over the last two weeks, there has been a mixture of patrolling the solar system, taking part in the Iron Banner online events, completing increasingly difficult Prison of Elders campaigns, continuing the story added on by The Taken King, and lots (and lots) of multiplayer action. One thing is for sure: there’s always something to do in the world of Destiny, and since TTK arrived on the scene (and following the rebalancing of the Light system, and the addition of the Dreadnaught), it is more enjoyable than ever.
I know there isn’t a ten-year plan for this title but, if it did last that long, I wouldn’t be at all surprised. Destiny may well have had its detractors and critics when it first arrived on our shores, but Bungie has listened, updated, and altered the game to the point where it really works. If only Activision didn’t charge full game price for DLC, I’d be an ecstatic Destiny owner. We’ll have to see what happens next, but hopefully the future of the game includes more expansions, at a reasonable price.
A part of me wants to talk about Street Fighter V, but my online experience with that game (as much as may love it) has been so frustrating; Capcom has clearly rushed SFV out of the door so fast in time for Evo that it’s almost depressing. So, I’m not going to talk about it.
Instead, I’ll talk about Bloodborne. I still think it’s a weaker instalment when compared to Dark Souls III, but my second playthrough was much more enjoyable than my first. I have one boss left in the DLC, and two trophies to go until I achieve the platinum, but I’m taking a break as I’m simply From Software’d out now! It’s certainly one of the strongest exclusives on PS4, and I hope we see another one someday.
Basketball has come to Rocket League! It keeps bringing me back; it’s easily one of the games I’ve played the most on PS4, as well as one of the most fun. I enjoy basketball as a sport, so it’s nice to see it adapted to Rocket League, and the effort that’s gone into recreating noises and such is outstanding. The gym map has quickly become a favourite of mine, so I hope this mode sticks around like the hockey mode has done, as it’s much too fun for it to disappear. Even if you don’t enjoy sports, you should definitely give Rocket League a go. It’s post-release support has been fantastic.
I’ve been getting all nostalgic this week, with the awesome Ratchet & Clank remake on PS4. Rather than create a standard remaster, Insomniac instead used the 2002 original as a starting point, then tweaked it with remixed and extra planets, and added many of the weapons and features from later R&C games. Of course, it does all of this with the graphical might of the PS4 behind it, so it frequently looks gorgeous. 3D platformers are few and far between these days, so it’s great to be able to revisit a genre that I enjoyed so much when I was younger.
Speaking of nostalgia, I’ve been meaning to replay Final Fantasy XIII (for about the sixth time!) for months now, and I finally made a start on it over the last couple of weeks. Despite all the hate it receives, it’s still a serious contender for my favourite game of all time, as I love every single aspect of it; from the colourful characters and story to the phenomenal visuals and music. I’m on Chapter 7 at the moment, but my intention is to eventually play through the entire FFXIII trilogy, so expect to hear more of my exploits in Cocoon and Pulse in future PS4A Picks!