It’s been an emotional week at PS4 Attitude, for two main reasons. Firstly, DolphGB finally got his hands on No Man’s Sky; a game that conjured up memories of him playing the original Elite when he was a child. And secondly, I discovered just how many levels higher Mitch is than me in Overwatch.
Once upon a time, when I was a slip of a lad, a man named David Braben changed my world. The game he produced? Elite. It was amazing. In wireframe 3D, I could fly through space, battle pirates, trade materials and minerals, and dock with space stations. It held my imagination for years.
As computing and console power improved, there was always the promise of a new Elite that would be – could be – a modern spiritual successor to the original space exploration game. But despite those advances, nothing came close. Until now.
No Man’s Sky is that successor. It isn’t perfect – that’s for sure – but it is truly incredible. Fascinating, smart, and mind-bogglingly expansive, it is set to fill my universe for a long time to come. Not everyone will enjoy the game but, more than Elite Dangerous (which is produced by Braben himself, and a game I’ve played in VR), NMS is the 21st century Elite I’ve been pining for.
This week, I’ve been playing plenty of Overwatch and managed to get a season high of level 60 in Competitive, which nets me 200 competitive points! I’m not too far off getting a golden gun now, which I’ll likely buy for D.Va. I’m now level 122 and still nowhere near done with the game; it’s quickly become my favourite FPS, so everyone should give it a go if they like the genre, or even if they don’t! Blizzard have created something truly outstanding here, and I can’t wait for more heroes and maps to become available. Also, the recently released Bastion short is superb.
Another game I’ve had my hands on is MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death which I’ll be reviewing shortly. It’s a pretty standard first-person dungeon-crawler; I’m enjoying it, but the grinding isn’t something I’m particularly enamoured with. I’m a big Compile Heart fan, but prefer their traditional turn-based stuff rather than their more experimental/dungeon-crawler stuff. While I’m a fan of new IPs, this isn’t where the studio’s strengths lie.
Now I’m just waiting for God Eater and Hatsune Miku to release!
Like Mitch, one of my most played games of the last couple of weeks was Overwatch: Origins Edition. However, unlike Mitch, I’m only level 28, meaning that he is getting on for 100 levels higher than me! After I reached level 25, I started playing in the ranked Competitive Play mode with some friends, which started fairly well but went downhill from there, so the less said about that the better. Fingers crossed I can do better next season!
Meanwhile, on PC, I’ve been revisiting two of my favourite games of the last half decade: Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. I picked up Legends during the Steam Summer Sale a couple of months ago, while Origins is currently free on Uplay, as part of the publisher’s 30th anniversary celebration. Both titles still stand out as two of the best 2D platformers of recent years, and I’m having a blast playing through them again; they also look amazing on my ultra-widescreen monitor!