Playstation 4 Impressions Roundup

Posted on Dec 22 2013 - 1:52pm by Strong Island Rob

The Video Games

 

Playroom-

Ok, so this really isn’t a game as much as it is a showcase for what the Playstation camera can actually do and honestly, it showcases the peripheral quite well. Playroom uses the sensor bar from the remote as well as all of the other functions in a clever and interesting way. I don’t see myself coming back to this pack-in title regularly, but to showcase to your friends what this system can do, it is perfect.
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Resogun-

Where in the world did this little guy come from? All of the hype really is justified with Resogun. As a fan of almost everything Housemarque I knew this would be well polished and beautiful. The one turn off here was the aspect of saving the humans. To me, that sounds like the entire game is one long defend mission that we all know and hate throughout all of gaming. This is not the case though. The protecting the humans is pretty much the main part of the game play, but it is also only one of the many factors which makes this title so special. Protecting the humans does not annoy or come off as a gimmick. This really is the crux of the game and along with the weapons, the bosses and the actions Resogun RESOnates with me really well. See what I did there? I can really see why Housemargue’s latest entry is one of the best reviewed titles from the ps4 release.

 

Blacklight :Retribution-

Free-to-play games are taking the gaming world by storm. Whether it happens to be your cup of tea or not, free-to-play doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Zombie Studios decided to port their previously released PC only title on the PS4 only to be met with mixed results. Sure, it’s pretty and the controls are solid, but there is not much here that I find all that compelling. I mean, if you have no other online multiplayer games to enjoy then go for it. Hey, it is free-to-play, but if you are looking for a really fun free-to-play title, then look no further than the next title on my list.

 

War Frame-

Now, this is more like it. Alright, War Frame is not perfect by any means, but boy is it fun. Combining great shooting mechanics and pretty stellar sword play, War Frame brings on the fun in droves. You can take on missions alone or with friends. Either way, this game is just fun. Players choose from unique powers and abilities to different guns and swords and each weapon upgrades individually. Although War Frame is quite fun, there are a few draw backs such as the lack of explanation as to how upgrading and combing powers work. And what is with the magical cards? I have no clue, but for a free-to-play game that is as cool as this one, Ill let it slide.

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Flower-

When flower was originally released it was hailed by gamers and critics alike. Thatgamecompany had made a small impact with Fow, but were hoping to achieve more with Flower. That is exactly what this daring company had done- they created a game that was not only a game, but a beautiful piece of interactive art. As beautiful as Flower was on the Playstation 3, the power of the PS4 really makes this title shine. This version of Flower is perhaps the most beautiful title on the system with every independent blade of grass and whir of wind gracefully moving on their own. This is one game that needs to be played to truly understand.

 

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag-

How many Assassin’s Creed titles do we actually need, especially after last year’s luke warm third numbered entry. What’s that, this one is actually really good?  While I cannot compare the PS4 version against the PS3 version of the game, what I can say is that I really enjoy Blag Flag so far. The game play is all very familiar and still comes with all of the pros and cons of the previous iterations. The combat and sea exploration feel wonderful and visceral while the platforming and free-running is still a bit problematic. This is especially true when chasing a thief or running from a barrage of swords and bullets. One more complaint that I have is the graphical upgrade. Black Flag looks pretty darn good, but I was never truly convinced that I was playing a PS4 game.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts

Call of Duty: Ghosts is another example of how the upgrade from the last-gen to next-gen fails to truly impress, visually. Ghosts plays and feels great and I don’t regret forking over the extra ten dollars for the slight upgrade. This title does in fact look pretty great and I am happy to have it in my collection, but I was just hoping the leap between consoles would be a bit larger. If you have Ghosts on the PS3,you will find this upgrade just worth the extra cash.

 

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Finally! I was looking for my next-gen experience and I have found it. KIllzone may not have the most unique game play out there, but with its pretty great use of the touch pad and some insanely gorgeous graphics, I have finally found what I have been looking for. The campaign is actually pretty intense with a touching start to the story. The graphical fidelity is so superb that every performance sells the on screen interaction greatly. I have not competed the entire campaign, but I cannot wait to see what’s next, especially in the form of multiplayer. If you own a PS4, you owe it to yourself to pick this title up.

 

The Playstation 4 has made somewhat of a splash in the gaming community in more ways than one. Not only has the PS4 become the best-selling launch console of all time, but with its focus on games and gamers, Sony may have redeemed themselves from their previous outing. Not all press has been positive however, with gamers out right dismissing the system as nothing special. No matter what system you chose this generation, you cannot go wrong, but for me the PS4 is the way to go.

What do you think about the Playstation 4 as a console? What are your favorite games? Have you purchased the new and improved Playstation camera? Share your comments and questions below and remember for everything Playstation 4, keep it here to Structure Gaming.

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