After a month-long break, it’s time for another PS4A Picks! Over the last few weeks, Mitch couldn’t decide whether he likes NieR: Automata, Sam returned to several games in his seemingly bottomless back catalogue, while I was pressured into buying For Honor (which I’m not bitter about at all).
I’ve been playing a lot of NieR: Automata, a game I’ve wanted since I played the first NieR (which is in my top 10 games of all time) and, at the moment, my feelings are somewhat mixed. Twenty hours in, and I feel like I haven’t got much in the way of story, but rather plenty of backtracking.
I’m enjoying the story and characters, but it feels like a lot of work to get there, whereas I never felt that way with the original NieR, which was better paced. I’m going to keep playing to get all the main endings and fully understand the story, as only then will I be able to make my mind up on it. Regardless, it’s still lovely to see NieR return.
Disc Jam hit PlayStation Plus, and it’s one of the best games to hit the service, even though it has some severe server problems. It’s great fun and easy to pick up and play, so my friends and I have been playing it a lot. We’ve even had tournaments and played late into the night, and we won’t be stopping anytime soon!
It’s been an unbelievable four weeks of gaming for me. Firstly, a return to the Sherlock series with The Devil’s Daughter. It may not be as lovable as the Crimes & Punishment instalment, but it’s still a solid addition to the series, which I enjoyed immensely. After all, I got the platinum, so I must have liked it.
Secondly, a return to the stress inducing world of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. It’s a multiplayer game for when relaxing isn’t the aim of your gaming session, although it is very satisfying when you somehow manage to win when you are the last man standing on your team.
Thirdly, a return to Final Fantasy XIV as I realise that the release of the Stormblood expansion is not far away, and I haven’t even started Heavensward, so I think it may be time to really knuckle down. Speaking of Final Fantasy, I also briefly returned to FFXV, which in my absence I seem to have fallen out of love with. I can’t put my finger on why, but it just seems a little stilted for me.
And the final return I’ve made is to a game I loved but never finished, Sleeping Dogs. R.I.P. United Front Games; your tales of the Sun On Yee Triad in Hong Kong were exemplary. By the way, I promise to play some new some new games very soon. My pre-order list is bulging and ready to blow.
Due to the release of a certain other console earlier this month, I haven’t played on the PlayStation 4 as much as usual recently. However, regular readers will know that one game I will always find time for is the amazing Final Fantasy XIV. My biggest accomplishment so far with my new character is earning the Archmage title for reaching level 50 with all Disciple of Magic classes. Level 60, here I come – and then, once Stormblood is released, level 70… eventually.
Another game I’ve been playing is multiplayer hack-and-slash title, For Honor (must resist temptation to add a ‘u’!), after a friend borderline forced me to buy it a couple of weeks ago. It’s a decent enough game, but I often find it more frustrating than actually fun, so it hasn’t managed to pull me away from other games. It’s undoubtedly a cool concept, however, so hopefully Ubisoft can work through some of its current issues and draw me back in.