Despite trying my hand at most entries in the series, I’m no expert on From Software’s SoulsBorne games. I usually get an hour or so into the game and then come to a stop, take Sekiro for instance which I gave up on shortly after writing some first impressions. With the arrival of the PlayStation 5 though (and more on the console itself here), the big new generation launch title is Demon’s Souls, and I did the right thing by picking up a copy.
It’s been a little over a week since I picked up my PlayStation 5 from GAME, and I thank my lucky stars I was able to get an in-store pre-order without having to rely on delivery services. I’ve been able to spend plenty of time with Sony’s chunky machine, and as this is the first time I’ve been able join a new console generation from day one, it’s time to share my thoughts.
This is the way we reach the next generation, not with a bang, but with a squabble between GAME and Yodel, and amazon delivering pet food not consoles (Chris Evans, November 2020).
Ok, so maybe we shouldn’t try to rip off T.S Eliot again (that’s an understatement – Ed), but following the launch of the PlayStation 5 this past Thursday we are now officially into the next generation with all of the new machines from Sony and Microsoft now available…stock permitting. This though might be one of the longest transitions between generations we’ll have witnessed for many years. By my reckoning there are only two new-gen exclusive titles (Astro’s Playroom and Demon’s Souls on the PlayStation 5), with many other big hitters such as Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty appearing across the generational divide, and you have to wonder how long it will take until support for the older consoles starts to fall away.
They’re perhaps thoughts for another time, but for now, let’s get on with Our Week in Games…
When I was playing, and delivering my Verdict on Gears Tactics earlier this year, I mentioned that I was planning to go and finish the game off in quick fashion. That didn’t happen at the time, but with this turn-based tactics take on the Gears franchise landing on the Xbox One and Series machines last week, I returned to find a new Jacked up experience on offer, along with a range of quality of life improvements.
Inevitably, my children have started badgering me for a PlayStation 5. Of course they have – the Youtubers they’re obsessed with won’t shut up about how great they are, they’re constantly appearing on adverts for great looking games and it’s been roughly a week since the kids have asked me for anything expensive.
I’ve tried telling them, time and time again. Look, you’ve already got a PlayStation 5. Over there is the PlayStation One, and over there’s the PlayStation Four. That makes five PlayStations.
Because I’m a dad, and that’s how dads are. …
It’s been an interesting week, and that’s even when ignoring the politics and the fact I spent the last 4 days watching a map while people talk.
A lot has been happening in the world of Mass Effect. Bethesda not only announced the remastered version of the original trilogy (despite it being leaked some 4 days earlier) but the also announced a new Mass Effect game.
Now I didn’t actually think Andromeda was that bad. I really liked the more open world side of the game; it got the balance right between allowing some exploration while not descending into a find and shoot ‘100 space pigeons’ farce that GTA turned into. The Giant not-at-all-like-Dune sandworm sections are still standout moments in gaming but the vaults did get VERY samey very quickly and the less said about the main enemy the better. On the whole though i enjoyed it, so I found the lack of continuation on that story a little sad.
Now we don’t know much (but we know we love you) about the new title save for one Screenshot, but it seems likely that we’re leaving the Andromeda galaxy far far behind. We’ll keep you posted on updates when we get them.
It’s dark outside and I can hear the distance wails of a screaming fetus. One of my children has been accidentally blown to pieces, my wife has been decapitated and there’s an old lady with a knife slowly wandering round my house trying to kill me. I am most definitely back at Lakeview Cabin.