With myself and Matt not able to fit in much gaming recently, today’s PS4A Picks is brought to you by Dolph and Mitch, who continued playing the awesome No Man’s Sky and Overwatch: Origins Edition.
There are several types of gamer in the world, but I’m going to address two of them.
Let’s use GTA V as an example. You might be one of those people that diligently goes through the story, moving through the branches in the order suggested or signposted, and getting to the conclusion. You might then spend hours collecting everything else, or you may not care for the add-ons, but either way the story comes first.
Or you might be more like me. The story is where I start because I know that’s where the introductory scene-setting and control mechanics are, but then I like to do my own thing. I like sandbox games because there are no rules. There’s plenty to do in GTA V, lots to collect, and even when I’m not collecting things, I am happy just roaming around. I’ll spend hours exploring before I move the story forward a single chapter.
Either way, both types of player have had value from the game. Both paid a similar amount to experience it in the way they wanted. Now enter No Man’s Sky.
For me, it is (as I’ve said before) the 21st Century ‘Elite’. And let’s be fair — Elite didn’t have a story either. For someone like me, who enjoys roaming around, doing what the hell I like, NMS is great. It has enough for me to do that it keeps me interested, and Hello Games have balanced each planet so that I never truly get stuck there (although I’ve come perilously close a couple of times). Obviously, the lack of a real story (although there are plenty of interactions with other species) doesn’t worry me in the slightest. I can imagine that the story lovers, though, could get frustrated.
But let’s be clear about one thing. If you bought NMS and played it for 3-4 hours, then realised it wasn’t for you, I’m cool with that. But don’t be that gamer that plays it for 20-50 hours, and then says ‘give me a refund’. That’s like eating the whole meal before complaining that the steak wasn’t cooked to your liking, and demanding a free meal. Maybe the marketing of the game is at fault here for setting expectations beyond its means, but I’m still a happy NMS pilot. I think it is a remarkable feat and perfect for those times when I just want to do my own thing, not unlike playing a supercharged and altogether more interesting fl0w or Flower, in fact.
A new season has started, and I’ve been called in to do my part. Playing Overwatch last season I managed to reach level 60, so this season I’ve been placed into Platinum, and I’m already nearing Diamond! I still main D.Va and Soldier, although I also play a lot of Mei in competitive too, but I tend to stick with those three. It’s great fun and I’m excited to see where I’ll be when the season ends because it’s been very promising so far! However, I am currently super disliking Zenyatta at the moment and 100% believe he needs a nerf – he’s less of a support character right now as his base attack and discord orb are so incredibly overpowered. #NerfZenyatta
Another game I’ve spent a lot of time on – 25 hours and counting, in fact – is God Eater Resurrection. I loved Burst on PSP and this is even better! I’ve been playing entirely solo, unless you count the AI, but I’ve been competent and only lost one battle to date, despite nearing the end of the game. It’s great, addictive fun and whilst I’m not in a rush to finish it, I am looking forward to seeing how God Eater 2: Rage Burst improves on this already fantastic formula! It can sometimes be a bit repetitive, but it’s been dragging me back for hours each day. The wait was certainly long, but was worth it.