It’s been a bit quiet around these parts again; that’s mostly due to personal commitments, but it’s also because of one particular black box…
Ok, I know I said that I wasn’t going next gen for a while but I really couldn’t resist. I was in a position where, after I’d taken a look at the finances, I could actually manage to afford to get one. I figured that if I spent time saving up for one I’d end up spending the money I put aside each month on something else and never end up with one. So I took the chance and got one while I could, as an investment for the future.
Of course, peer pressure played a part to some degree as well. My friend at work got one back in January and was constantly saying how good his PS4 was and how I should get one. I’m not proud to say this influenced me somewhat, but don’t we all rely on the opinions of friends and family anyway? I was always going to get one so I suppose it was only a matter of time.
I know, I’m kidding myself, but I’m still happy with my purchase. Money still remains a problem though, as with the price of the games I can only afford to buy one every few months. I don’t really see that as a bad thing though. For one; there’s not a big library available at the moment and, two, I can spend more time with each game than I normally would. The problem I had with the Xbox 360 is that I bought so many games that I had trouble finishing games I already had before I was moving on to the next one. We’re still in the early days of the PS4 so I do understand that it’s not going to be like the latter days of the 360 yet, although it will come with time. Gone are the days when I can spend money on games all the time – especially with a wedding coming up – so I now have to choose the games I really want to play and hope that they’ve got enough longevity to keep me occupied for a while.
I’m also going to be borrowing games off friends, which is what I’ve done with the game I’m currently playing: Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. I only actually own one game at the moment (aside from the free PSN Plus games), Killzone Shadow Fall that game with the console, and that will probably remain the case until Watch Dogs comes out at the end of May. Killzone isn’t a game I would have bought myself, and it’s not really what I expect from a next gen game. Sure, it’s got a nice shiny layer of eye-catching graphics over the top of it, and it injects a bit of colour until the usual bleak grey battle-torn landscapes that make-up a Killzone game. But it’s the same point and shoot mechanic and it doesn’t add all that much to the formula. So when my friend offered to lend me AC4 I jumped at the chance.
I held off playing AC4 on last gen because I was always intending to get it for the PS4. At its heart it’s most definitely a last gen game, but the added shine and boost in graphical prowess makes for a damn good looking game on PS4. You can’t help but admire the way a setting sun reflects off the rolling Caribbean seas, and the way that luscious green bushes sway in the wind. Yeah, it’s not like swaying bushes is a new thing – but it just looks a damn sight better. Not that next gen is all about graphics, it will remain about gameplay and the added processing boost the new consoles give, but you still want to see a good looking game on your shiny new console.
I’m spending a great deal of time with AC4; collecting every little item on offer, doing every side mission and exploring the seas. It’s the best Assassin’s Creed since the second one, with the naval aspects making it a far better game than it would be without. I haven’t tried the multiplayer yet, and I don’t know if I will, but for now I’m thoroughly enjoying being a pirate.
Anyway, that’s enough about my PS4 for now. I’ll try and write here as much as possible, although it may end up being longer posts rather than lots of shorter ones. We’ll see.