Another weekend has come and gone and, thankfully, I’ve managed to get in some decent gaming time. Friday was a public holiday in South Africa, but since I took off the Thursday, I was afforded a four-day weekend. This also lead to me digging into a few games that I’ve been meaning to.
Firstly, no, I didn’t get around to playing Silent Hill (or F.E.A.R.), but those are still on the cards.
Horizon Zero Dawn
I finally started Horizon Zero Dawn, which a friend lent to me ages ago (he has my copy of Yakuza 0). While a full review will come once I finish the game, what I can say it’s that is absolutely stunning. Its breathtaking visuals are what current generation gaming should be and shows just how much power the base PlayStation 4 still has left in it. Almost all of the facial features are just astounding with special attention being focused on character eyes.
The gameplay has also been enjoyable, though it feels a lot like an open-world Tomb Raider (reboot series) title. Of course, that’s not a bad thing, but it does make me want to play the latter game instead.
I’ve also found it to be a mentally taxing game. With most titles, I’m able to watch a TV show or movie while playing, but not with Horizon Zero Dawn. Much like reading, it takes me a bit of time to get into it when first loading the game up, and the slightest disturbance can take me out of the experience as well.
Since I enjoy tackling sidequests in open world games more than the main storyline, my progress has been slow. I should be able to play more of this next weekend.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Doom II, and Battletoads Arcade
A friend popped over on Saturday evening for a gaming session, which we usually go once every two months or so. This gave me a chance to finally try out Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. It’s a fighting title set within the Persona 3 and Persona 4 universes.
It features a surprisingly easy control and battle scheme, which lead to us having many down-to-the-wire moments. Much shouting and swearing ensued, which lead to a great time with the game.
It’s a game I’ll pick up again one day to play through the full storyline. But first, I need to actually complete Persona 3 FES and Persona 4.
That evening we also tried out Doom II‘s co-op mode and ploughed through the Battletoads Arcade game (which is included on the Xbox One‘s Rare Retro Reply collection).
Doom II was a fun endeavour, and I realised I’d never actually played the game before. I mean, I ‘ve played through Doom, Doom Ultimate Edition, Doom 3, and Doom (2016), but somehow this one escaped me. The controls were easy enough, but it was definitely tougher than the original Doom, especially during co-op with friendly fire on.
Battletoads, though feeling a bit easier than the original, was still a bastard of a game. Thank goodness the re-released version includes an unlimited amount of lives. It kicks our asses plenty of times but still ended in many laughs.
And that’s it for the latest update. I don’t think I’ll be playing any video games this week as I want to finally finish 2061: Odyssey Three by Arthur C. Clarke – I’m a slow reader.