Hello readers. If you’ve been following Shoot the Rookie for a while you may know that there has been something missing from my life. A space to be filled. A void into which I could only stare sadly.
Yes, that’s right, I have been lacking a PS4…
…but no longer!
The space on my gaming shelf is now home to an adorable little PS4, and to mark this occasion I have written this celebratory post for your enjoyment.
I’d been planning to buy one for quite some time. A year? Two years? For all eternity? Who knows! It had been a long time anyway.
The time had finally come to take action, and so on September 1st 2018 I went to the video game store (G-Force Games) and bought a nice shiny PS4, bundled complete with 2015’s Bloodborne.
There had been much swithering in my household over whether or not to buy a PS4 Pro instead. It is a lot more money but had seemed like a good idea. However, the realisation struck us that this console generation might be near its end and at the moment everything will play on a standard PS4. Also, from reading copious reviews, it seemed as if the PS4 Pro’s main point of interest was looking amazing on a giant and ridiculously expensive television. Since my TV doesn’t even display in 1080p, I decided there was no point spending the extra money.
Anyway, technical specifications are not something I tend to think about that much. Oh no. I prefer to think about GAMES! Obviously I’m way behind most people here. Many of you will already have played a lot of the PS4 games I’m interested in, but since they may contribute heavily to what I write about here for the foreseeable future, I’m just going to go ahead and talk about the games I’ve got and the games I want!
The first games that the Shoot the Rookie household has for the PS4 are Persona 5 and the aforementioned Bloodborne. I’m about 6 hours into Persona 5 and it seems excellent, although much darker than I had expected. It is also still leading me around by hand, so I’m hoping to get a bit more freedom to roam around soon. As you may know if you read the blog regularly, I am a bit of a JRPG junkie so am very excited about playing more and getting to know the characters and battle mechanics.
Bloodborne on the other hand is a game for my partner to play. I am far too rubbish at video games (and too much of a wimp) to play it myself, but I did have a little go in a safe area. From the little I played I can say it feels amazing and I’m particularly liking the way the ‘dodge’ feels. From watching my partner playing, I can also add that it is a beautiful looking game with wonderfully atmospheric music and sound design. It is a much scarier game than I had expected, thinking it to be more action than horror, but really it is both. The fighting mechanics, which utilise a stamina meter, are extremely clever, as is the levelling system. Although it received an Edge 10, I’m not sure it is going to be quite there for me due to the lack of character interaction and story, but looking forward to finding out more anyway!
There are loads of other titles I’m excited to play on the PS4, including, but not limited to, Final Fantasy XV, Tales of Berseria, Horizon Zero Dawn and NieR: Automata, but they will have to wait for my bank account to refill.
In the meantime I’ve found there are also a pleasing number of demos to play. I’m a big fan of demos. They not only give you a chance to try out games you are looking forward to, but also allow you to try games you are not interested in, in order to confirm if your lack of interest was correct. We went on a bit of demo spree and got the demos for Resident Evil 7, The World of Final Fantasy, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Gravity Rush 2, Yakuza 6, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and .Hack//G.U. Last Recode (yep, that one’s a bit of a mouthful!). I haven’t got around to looking at them all yet (although Uncharted has been tried and deleted. Still not interested), but I’m excited to see what they are all like.
Given the amount of time it takes me to play a game, and the fact that there are still a ton of games I want for the Nintendo Switch, I haven’t thought too much about upcoming releases for the PS4. That said, I haven’t been particularly hyped about any of the recent announcements (apart from the Spyro Reignited Trilogy!!!). For now though there is plenty to keep me busy, and I’m looking forward to what will come next.
So did you enjoy any of the games I’ve mentioned here (no spoilers please)? Perhaps there are some titles you’ve played that you think I’d love? Or maybe you are just after any opportunity to chat about your favourite PS4 games? Let me know your thoughts below, or come find me on Twitter or Facebook!
Thanks for reading,