After the last PS4A Picks article, it should come as no surprise that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End remained one of the PS4 Attitude team’s most played games of the last couple of weeks. However, it was also joined by Blizzard’s chaotic multiplayer FPS, Overwatch: Origins Edition, which released last week.
When you have to travel a lot, you also have to sacrifice important gaming time. I have considered, on many occasions, packing the PS4 in the suitcase and taking it with me, but have never felt it was the right thing to do. Sod’s Law dictates that the first time I do will be the next time the airline loses my case. So I plugged my DualShock 4 into the PC, and set about trying PC Remote Play to determine how fit it was for purpose. Could I really play Uncharted 4 while on the road, packing no more than a DS4 in my carry on?
TL;DR – no.
It may have been my shoddy Internet connection and the poor router I have, but I couldn’t get U4 to play without metric tonnes of lag and one massive, comedic freeze. Poor Nathan was hanging on to a ledge for about ten minutes before I could reconnect and get his feet back on solid ground. That man must have triceps as big as The Rock’s. So, with a heavy heart, I shuffled off to the US west coast without a PS4-playing option, and waiting to pick up the story from where I left off.
When I did finally get a chance to wrap things up, it was beautiful. Naughty Dog’s story telling is, in U4, as good as anything they’ve ever created (The Last of Us included), and the final scenes not only helped to reminisce, but also served as a way to ensure you weren’t left feeling that there might be ‘one last job’ on the way. The perfect end to a most wonderful series – one that helped define the modern PlayStation, in many ways. Now, for me, it is time to dig into the multiplayer side of the game. I’m way behind the masses, so let’s hope I can catch up fast. First port of call? Dress Drake up in a pink bunny onesie and grab a semi-automatic.
Having spent roughly 14 hours on the beta, I was eager to get back to playing Overwatch, after its full release this week. It really is amazing and one of the most creative, engaging FPS games I’ve played, and easily one of the best games of the year. All of the 21 characters are a joy to play as, although I do spend most of my time playing as D.va! It’s unique and I recommend everybody to give it a go. It’s accessible and not as competitive as many other FPS games, and could be the game that makes you like the genre; it’s definitely a breath of fresh air. In a word, Overwatch is amazing, and I can’t praise Blizzard enough for their work on it. The CGI shorts and comics are great too!
Another game I’ve spent over a dozen hours on this week is one that isn’t out until early June, which is One Piece: Burning Blood. I can’t talk about it much yet, but those who enjoyed J-Stars will enjoy this. It also respects the series and brings it to life wonderfully; expect more when my review goes live! I’m likely to be playing both of these games for a fair bit more, with Overwatch likely being a weekly staple for the foreseeable future. However, there’s also the new Witcher DLC coming out soon, which I’m looking forward to playing; even though I still need to finish the main game and the first DLC! Those Gwent cards are just so good!
What better place to start than with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End? It’s undeniably a fitting finale to Nathan Drake’s story, but I was a little disappointed that I was able to guess one of the game’s biggest plot twists (which I alluded to last time); it was still one hell of a ride though. Now that I’ve completed the game on Hard, I intend to complete it on an easier difficulty soon, to mop up any missed collectibles or miscellaneous trophies; however, I don’t intend to go for the platinum any time soon, as I expect Crushing difficulty will frustrate me way too much!
I also played a decent amount of Overwatch: Origins Edition, which – as Mitch has already pointed out – is amazing. It wasn’t really on my radar leading up to release, but I decided to give it a go after seeing the glowing reviews, as I’m a big fan of Blizzard Entertainment. Ordinarily, I don’t particularly enjoy online multiplayer shooters, but Overwatch has well and truly got its hooks into me, due to its cast of colourful characters, awesome cartoon art style and over-the-top gameplay.