Checkpoint: Just One PS4 Game Edition

Checkpoint - Just One PS4 Game Edition

I just got back from trading in inFamous: Second Son leaving me with only one PlayStation 4 game, Battlefield 4. (My brother has his copy Call of Duty: Ghosts but let’s just consider that gone).

I’ve played Mercenary Kings, Outlast, Resogun and a tiny bit of Don’t Starve: Console Edition but for me, the PlayStation 4 is pretty much a wasteland at the moment.

Watch_Dogs doesn’t appeal to me above $20. I’m waiting for Rayman: Legends to hit the same price point as well. The only other disc based title that appeals to me is Wolfenstein: The New Order.

This kind of drought was to be expected and thankfully DICE made Battlefield 4 playable because without it, I don’t know what my PlayStation 4 would be used for. It’s not even my go to Netflix or Blu-ray machine — that honor goes to the PlayStation 3.

Thankfully E3 2014 is just over a week away.

I wish I could muster the will to play and finish Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. It’s not clicking with me. I keep blaming the fact that I have to use the Wii U Gamepad to play it but I don’t think that’s the only reason. The same criticisms I had with Donkey Kong Country Returns could be levied here.


Outlast (PS4) Review

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Red Barrels Games’ Outlast will have a special place in my game history. It will live alongside Amnesia: The Dark Descent as one of the few games to unsettle me to the core and caused me to yelp aloud. Like Amnesia, it was also be recognized for not sustaining its oppressive atmosphere for long and eventually unraveling into an adventure that I couldn’t wait to complete.

It’s amazing how similar the two games’ trajectories were. I was completely immersed and taken by the Outlast’s disturbing setting. The mental hospital setting in video games is as tired as the Middle East but well executed designs can still be effective. Jump scares may be cheap and I have seen plenty of them over the years but they’re still effective when they’re planned accordingly.

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