This week, Mitch continued his penchant for Japanese games, Sam desperately tried to get better at ranked multiplayer, while I apparently lost all willpower and bought a PlayStation VR.
This week I’ve played a lot of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, and I’m finding it to be a vast improvement over the first game. It still has very simplistic combat, but it looks great and I’m enjoying the new twist on the classic story. I know I’ll return to it time and time again, and I imagine Xenoverse 3 is already being thought about!
I haven’t spent as much time with World of Final Fantasy, although I would like to, as my experience with it so far has been very positive. It’s cute and I’m really liking all of the new characters and gameplay options – it caters to so many JRPG fans. You can even use the classic menu style from the older games, and play it either turn-based like a traditional Final Fantasy game, or in real-time like FFXIII. It’s great fun and I look forward to sinking more time into it.
I also went to MCM London this past weekend and met my hero Nolan North again, so I’ve been incredibly happy – I have a signed photo with him! I also met the amazing Troy Baker who signed my copy of Persona 4 Golden as he voiced Kanji. All in all, it was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had!
Two weeks ago, I talked about the glorious reign of Bournemouth in FIFA 17. It is safe to say that EA clearly heard my cries of despair about the difficulty levels, as the game is now either significantly tougher or I have simply forgotten how to play. Bournemouth is now a mid-table team and I, their manager, am struggling to keep my job.
Thankfully other games have peaked my interest lately too. Overwatch has won my heart again with its Halloween event, Junkenstein’s Revenge; it’s a jaunty piece that is humorous and good fun. You and three friends take on waves of enemies as Soldier: 76, Ana, McCree and Hanzo. Along with the introduction of the Halloween loot boxes, I have been once more hooked by the game. I have also been spending time trying to climb up the ranks of its competitive play, while learning how many expletives I can shout at a cartoon girl who is constantly freezing me.
Rocket League has also been getting my attention, due to the never-ending aim of finally leaving the Prospect rank and becoming a Challenger. It seems no matter how many ‘Epic Saves’ or ‘Shots on Goal’ I make, there appears to be no hope of finally seeing a gold symbol next to my PSN ID. To summarise, I do not perform well under ranked match pressure, no matter which game it is. Having said that, I have been enjoying both games’ Halloween events, despite my usual affinity for hating Halloween, as it dampens my birthday on 29th October.
Having resisted the temptation for a little over two weeks, last Wednesday I finally caved in and bought a shiny new PlayStation VR headset. After a few setup issues (during which I vaguely remember threatening to throw it out of the window), I eventually got it all working properly, and it’s been blowing my mind ever since. Despite owning it for a week, I haven’t yet purchased any actual games for it, as I’ve been working my way through various demos and other free content first.
Although I’ve been impressed with many different titles (The Playroom VR’s 3D platformer level being a highlight), it’s the horror games that have had the biggest effect on me so far. One of the first demos I loaded up was Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, and it didn’t take long before, like an idiot, I was actively shifting in my seat to avoid spinning saw blades, as if they could genuinely hurt me.
Then, of course, we have Resident Evil 7’s Kitchen demo, which could well be the best advert for VR gaming to date. Never have I been forced to pause a game because I feared what might happen next… at least, until now. I’ll hopefully be downloading some full games this week, so expect to hear a lot more from me about PlayStation VR in the weeks and months to come.