PS3A PlayTime: 17th-23rd June 2013
One game in particular has been dominating the team’s play time this week. You can probably guess which title I’m talking about, but just for the sake of clarity: it’s The Last of Us… obviously. At a time when the industry is almost entirely focused on next-gen, it’s good to know we can always rely on Naughty Dog to remind us just how good PS3 gaming can get.
It will come as no surprise to anyone that my entire week has consisted of playing The Last of Us until ‘stupid o’clock’ every day. After completing the thoroughly compelling, exciting, emotional and nerve-wracking singleplayer campaign, I’ve been utterly pulled in by the supreme multiplayer experience, which includes some of the nicest touches I’ve witnessed in an online game; the story-based missions section is a masterstroke. I’m fairly sure I’ll be saying all the same things next week, so I had better get the thesaurus ready to make this summary seem somehow different in seven days.
I didn’t get to play much of anything this week. Unfortunately I was one of the “few users” who was affected by the 4.45 firmware update bug, so it looks like my PS3 will be out of commission until Sony releases a new fix next week. That’s okay, though; I hooked up my old original model PS3. The Blu-ray drive failed long ago but everything else seems to work fine. I downloaded XCOM: Enemy Unknown on PS+ and am giving it a go. Of course I also still have my Vita so I’ve been getting back into Soul Sacrifice too.
As with most gamers, I’ve been playing The Last of Us a lot and loving it! I’ve also been playing God of War: Ascension and, although I enjoy it, many of the battles feel like filler. Alongside that I’ve started Atelier Ayesha: Alchemist of Dusk and Aliens: Colonial Marines (which is actually awful), carried on with Persona 4: Arena, Resident Evil: Revelations and The Unfinished Swan (I found the night levels to be much better than the day ones) and got my arse handed to me on Marvel vs. Capcom Origins. I also got the platinum trophy in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection which I’m very happy with, and made progress on DBZ: Ultimate Tenkaichi.
At the start of the week I completed my second playthrough of Remember Me to find all the collectibles and finish up any other miscellaneous stuff. I stand by what I said last week that it’s a definite contender for my favourite game of the year so far, and if you ask me has been shockingly underrated by many critics. I’ve also been playing a mix of Final Fantasy XIII, Grid 2 and Scribblenauts Unlimited. Unfortunately I still haven’t really got into The Last of Us yet, but my plan is to focus on it this week (yes, I know I said that last week too, but I really mean it this time!).