It’s finally happened! The PS5 has launched around the UK, meaning that various members of the TSA team have wrestled Sony’s gaming behemoth to fit it into TV cabinets that were designed for a DVD player and a Sky box. Miraculously, mine actually fit my cabinet, meaning that it’s only the chunky Xbox Series X that gets to stay on display/run the risk of being used by a small child as part of a futuristic Lego city.
With two new consoles to play, I’ve been filling my eyes with new-gen loveliness then, and it’s been Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Dirt 5, Astro’s Playroom and Godfall for me so far. Godfall is perhaps the weakest entry of the lot, but mostly because it’s so shiny that it actually hurts my eyes. I can’t wait to spend more time with everything this weekend.
Aran has also continued his journey into the new generation. “So far I’ve mainly been playing Gears Tactics, which is a fun tactical title even if some of my plans are ruined by poor accuracy. Started AC Valhalla where I promptly ignored finishing the first mission to go explore instead, and I have also been playing Astro’s Playroom which may just be one of the most joyful games I have played in years.”
Jim meanwhile has been dipping his toes in Dirt 5 and CODBLOPSCW (what a wonderful acronym) but most of his time this week has been spent with Demon’s Souls, telling us “It’s really drawn me in despite being tough as nails and me being one of the heathens who would have liked an easy mode bolted on. I can’t fault Bluepoint for the direction they’ve taking though. It’s just a brutal and beguiling now than it was ten years ago.”
Meanwhile, Steve is nearly done with his Hard playthrough of FFVII Remake, “I’m just bashing my head against the secret boss before finishing the last two chapters”. He’s also played some PC titles for review, picked up MH Generations for Switch on sale and tried to ignore everyone else on here tempting him with their new console experiences. “I’m looking to get back to Demon’s Souls on PC – although the slightly souped up emulation doesn’t look as impressive as it did before Bluepoint got involved.”
Gareth has been playing Shadow Fight Arena and Chicken Police for review, with a bit of Shadow of War thrown in. Reuben on the other hand dropped into the “fantastic” Astro’s Playroom and “really enjoyed all its little quirks and nostalgic references”, before playing the PS4 version of Devil May Cry 5 on PS5. Over the last week he’s mostly been playing NieR on PS3 “to fill a blatant gap in my gaming history” and the excellent Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity on Switch.
Tuffcub has played Destiny 2, but wait! He’s also played “Spider-Man: Miles Morales which is very snazzy, Astro’s Playroom which is just bloody fantastic, and AC: Valhalla which has turned out to be the first AC since Black Flag that I really like, and its got nothing to do with all the big burly bearded men. Well, maybe a little bit. There’s a lot more weight to combat, it feels nicely crunchy rather than the skippy floofy combat in the more recent games. I’m also appreciating you can climb anywhere, all those mountains that other games would go “Nope, not going up there” are available to summit. Also: Thank heavens for next gen – no bloody loading screens as soon as you want to talk to someone! Yass!”
Nic B, like many others it seems, has had his PS5 mysteriously disappear when an Amazon driver was supposed to safely deliver it to his hands. Given the context of this year, that is utterly rubbish, and we hope that some solution is found exceptionally fast. Thomas Harrison-Lord was lucky enough to receive his PS5 and has played through Astro’s Playroom and found it to be the perfect antidote to 2020, saying “I almost felt emotional at times, such is the love that’s gone into even the smallest of details.”
And finally, Tef has been bouncing around a bunch of games, from WRC 9 and Dirt 5 last weekend, to trying his hand at Gears 5 and Halo: TMCC multiplayer and their new 120Hz modes – he’s been thoroughly punished for his foolhardiness, with so many more experienced players out there. He’s also started his own personal journey into AC Valhalla (instead of briefly piggybacking on other people’s saves), and played Tetris Effect Connected to wind down in the evenings, quite enjoying its collaborative multiplayer modes.
Now then, what have you played? Have you been getting on the new-gen train?