The last console I played on was the good ol' PS2. Since then I've been a PC gamer, and up until earlier this year I exclusively played video games on my PC. Now I got a PS4, and I've already completed three games on it. If you read my previous post where I asked what kind of gamer you are, you won't be surprised by this list of games I've played.
Horizon Zero Dawn
The first game I played on the PS4 was Horizon Zero Dawn. When I got this game I knew absolutely nothing about it, other than the fact that we play as a redhead with a bow and arrow in some sort of wilderness setting. That's it. But I remember the game being praised as one of the best games in recent years, so I took a leap of faith and got it. And I absolutely loved it.
The story was intriguing and very well written. Set in the future, mankind regressed back to the stone age, living in tribes, worshipping the sun, using primitive tools, the only signs of our current civilisation were ruins of old buildings and machines that acted as animals. Nobody knows where these machines came from, and nobody knows what happened to the old civilisation, or mankind, whom the characters in the game referred to as "the old ones". Throughout the game we uncover what happened to humanity, why civilisation regressed, and why our character, Aloy, is key to all the events that unfolded throughout the game.
The gameplay was challenging, but also very fun and satisfying. Aloy was so fun to play as. She was a badass, witty, and an ace with a bow and arrow. The game is an open world explorer, so we ran around various areas on the map, hunted machines, fought off factions of bandits, visited all kinds of tribes which lived in very different ways. The missions were really fun, the combat was satisfying, it was just a really, really fun game to play. After completing the main game I continued with the DLC which served as a great conclusion to my time with the game. Loved it.
The Last Of Us
Compared to Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last of Us was a lot more cinematic, more story driven, and focused less on gameplay in my opinion. I enjoyed it, just not as much as the previous game I played.
It was an extremely emotional and touching story, focusing on Joel, a man who lost his daughter during a zombie outbreak, and Ellie, a young girl who somehow developed immunity to the zombie infection. Together they travelled across a torn country, ravaged by the zombie outbreak, military quarantines, and of course, bandits and thugs, as they tried to get to a group known as the Fireflies who they believed could somehow study Ellie to develop a cure for the zombie apocalypse.
Gameplay was quite clunky, not as satisfying or rewarding as the gameplay in Horizon Zero Dawn, but like I said, this game focused heavily on the story, and it indeed was a great story. Some people might not enjoy the game, as like I said, the "game" element can be quite light, but those who are intrigued by the story will undoubtedly be looking forward to the sequel.
On to the game I'm currently playing, Spider-Man. This game, is amazing. I just 100%-ed the main story and am now playing through the first of three DLCs.
Gameplay is incredible. So many good things about it. Swinging through NY is so fun I never use the fast travel feature. I also like how the background music starts playing the moment you start swinging and stops once you land. A very superhero touch. Combat is so fun and satisfying, the way Spidey can jump and flip between baddies, thwip his webs here and there, jump off walls or hang from the ceiling and yank thugs into the air and suspend them from a cocoon, so much fun! There's so much detail in the game and in the city, it's truly remarkable. From the citizens walking around NY giving you high-fives, to the pigeons that cast shadows as they fly around, to all the Marvel easter eggs in the game, like the Avengers Tower, the Sanctum Sanctorum, Alias Investigations, and the Wakandan embassy, the dev team really paid close attention to as many details as they could, and it shows.
The story was amazing as well. With Doctor Octavius transforming to Doc Ock before our eyes, Peter and MJ having relationship problems, Fisk behind bars leading to a power vacuum in the city, and with Aunt May also heavily featured in the game, this isn't just a good Spider-Man story, it's a great superhero story as well. Miles Morales is also in the game, and we get to play as him for certain missions too (we can also control MJ from time to time).
There's so much to love about this game, I really hope we get a sequel sometime in the near future (with more Spidey-MJ banter).
I still have a few games on my list to go through. God of War, Watch Dogs 2, maybe even Red Dead Redemption 2. Any other games you'd like to recommend for me? Also, what games have you been playing recently?