Reading this week’s (slightly delayed) PS4A Picks is a bit like taking a trip in a time machine, as it features the classic titles of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, as well as the futuristic Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and PlayStation VR; what an age we live in!
There’s a certain irony in spending a few hundred of your favourite currency on the latest and greatest device, only to have it happen at a time when you’ve got to travel all over the world so you can’t use it. Or maybe there’s no irony there at all – maybe it is just unfortunate. But either way, that’s exactly what happened to me recently after taking ownership of a sparkly new PSVR.
In between mammoth sessions locked up in a plane, or working hard in various cities, I have had a chance to spend a little time in the future (well, the present), and Headmaster still makes me smile every time I play it. Such a simple mechanic – heading a ball into the back of the net, or on targets to score points – but the writing and Portal-style dark humour get me every time. If you have a PSVR and haven’t picked it up, go and do so.
I’m back in the country for two weeks before I head off again, so expect a little more variety next time around. Now that I’ve said that, anything that stops me playing more on the PSVR over the next two weeks can be truly categorised as ironic. Take that, Alanis Morissette.
This week I’ve been playing a lot of Exist Archive, a JRPG from tri-Ace that is heavily inspired by their own Valkyrie Profile series. I’ve found myself really enjoying its accessible but deep game play, and its story and characters are well developed. Mino Taro does the character art and he’s quickly become a favourite artist of mine; especially with his work on Root Letter, which is by far one of my favourite games of the year.
There is another game that has blown me away recently but, considering it is under embargo, I’ll not mention it. Expect more on that tease soon!
OK, so it’s time to come clean. I bought Infinite Warfare with the Modern Warfare remaster and, like many people, I expected little from the former and all from the latter. So here is my confession; I prefer Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer to Modern Warfare’s multiplayer. I’m ashamed to say it, but the newest iteration has better spawns and is just more fun to play in general.
Skyrim has come back into my life as well. I won’t talk too much about it as I plan on dedicating a whole article to it, but suffice it to say that even though I’ve played 450 hours of Skyrim on PS3, it has managed to hold on to my affection even into its move to the next gen.
Last time, I still hadn’t downloaded any full games for PSVR, so I thought it was about time I did, starting with PlayStation VR Worlds. Developed by Sony’s London Studio, it’s a collection of five distinct experiences, and serves as an example for the potential of VR in the future.
To be honest, they’re not all amazing (in fact, Scavengers Odyssey is the only PSVR title to date that has made me feel genuinely sick), but the games that work do so extremely well. My favourite is The London Heist, (a story-based, first-person shooter thriller), although I’m also partial to a game of Danger Ball, which is basically 3D pong, and is awesomely addictive.