It’s been a week of hardware revisions and graphics comparisons, which has made things pretty interesting. As we learn more about the PS4 Slim and the PS4 Pro though you can only imagine that attention needs to shift back to PSVR sometime soon. If there’s anything to come out of the Sony’s forthcoming schedule it’s that we’re going to learn if you can release three substantial products within two months of each other.
I thought that PSVR was going to be the big story for Christmas. The huge glut of exclusive console titles that its bringing with it really will make for a discernible difference this holiday season, particularly in the ongoing battle with Microsoft, but right now it feels as though its being overshadowed – in main by PS4 Pro. Suddenly this is where the cutting edge lies, and attention is focussed on whether you can afford a new 4K, HDR-enabled TV rather than a PS Camera and a couple of Move controllers. Right now Sony is only really in danger of one thing; losing to itself, but PSVR in particular needs that install base for developers to see it to be worthwhile, and for every pre-order cancelled in favour of PS4 Pro they put that in jeopardy.
Perhaps though we should all just appreciate what we have – even on the internet! – and I’ve definitely appreciated my first hands-on with Forza Horizon 3 which is shaping up to be one of the finest open-world racers of all time. I’ve also been getting into Paper Mario: Color Splash, despite the missing letters in the title as well as returning to the original Dead Rising with it’s re-release on PS4.
Miguel also got into the Dead Rising spirit with Off The Record, as well as a spell on Yakuza 2, though that’s all he’s been able to squeeze in. Kris meanwhile raved about RunGunJumpGun which is an uber-cool auto-running platformer, with great cyberpunk pixel-art and an amazing soundtrack. Expect a review soon!
Jim has been getting into a couple of games this week, but not his multiplayer favourites;
This week’s been a bit of a quiet one for me. No Uncharted 4 or Overwatch. Instead I’ve put more time into Syberia and then played some Ni No Kuni on PlayStation 3. It’s just as fab and enchanting as it was back in 2013. However, the weird combat mechanics continue to perplex me despite being several hours in. There was some One Way Trip too but I’d rather not talk about it. Although interesting, just talking about the game triggers a nauseating effect.
Sadly Tuffcub is finding No Man’s Sky just a bit dull, which is exactly what he was expecting so at least he’s not chomping at the bit for refund! He’s also been painting his flat – and his cat, but only a tiny bit – so not much else has been getting played though he’s started The Bunker for a review which may well appear next week.
Dave has had a pretty good week, having received random consoles through the post, though sadly it wasn’t a new PS4 ‘Slim’.
I’ve just been playing the things I was reviewing: Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas, and I also played Bioshock Collection (Bioshocks 1, 2, & Infinite).
I also randomly got sent a PlayStation in the post that was chipped. I know this because my old imported copy of Dragon Warrior 7 worked. Bit redundant now that Dragon Quest VII is available on 3DS, but amusing all the same. There were also a bunch of games there, along with a few niche ones I’m interested in playing at some point when I have the time!
Finally, head honcho Tef dropped in to let us know that he’s mostly been playing Mafia III which is shaping up nicely, though there’s parts that he’s yet to be totally sold on. One thing’s for certain; the city of New Bordeaux is a hit with him, as is the 60s setting, but look out for his final thoughts in the near future. Otherwise he dabbled with Dead Rising 2 and he’s been playing with the PS4 ‘Slim’, which is a nice piece of kit, but immediately looks to be superseded by the upcoming PS4 Pro.
But, enough about us, what have you all been playing?