Ten days ago, I picked up a Playstation 5. I set it up that weekend, downloaded the PS5 version of Final Fantasy VII: Remake and went through the process of migrating my save file across. I played for a bit, slowly remembered how to fight properly (although I was still pretty bad about shifting between characters as often as I should) and then put it aside again.

The Playstation 5 was really a purchase of opportunity, I put in a preorder when I saw I could, but wasn’t expecting to be able to pick it up until much later in the year.

So it hasn’t really fit in with my plans. >:/

I think the console has spent more time charging my phone between Teams calls than actually being played so far. Which is… Not ideal.

I’m not sure which side of cause and effect it’s on — but the whole sticking to a plan, minimising jumping from game to game and playing to schedule stuff is starting to chafe.

That didn’t take very long, did it?

Although… Upon further reflection… Playing to a Schedule kicked-off back in March. FFXIV and Monster Hunter Stories 2 were back in July- and I’m not quite ready to be off the FFXIV train yet.

As much as some of the self-imposed restrictive requirements are starting to chafe, FFXIV isn’t in that bucket.

All this is really just backstory though!

Backstory to the fact that I made my first two PS5 game purchases today. I haven’t had a chance to play either yet, but they’re downloaded and ready to go!

Returnal

Skill-Up’s coverage of the game is what initially convinced me this was going to be a ‘must have’ game.

Official Description: After crash-landing on this shape-shifting world, Selene must search through the barren landscape of an ancient civilization for her escape. Isolated and alone, she finds herself fighting tooth and nail for survival. Again and again, she’s defeated – forced to restart her journey every time she dies.

It’s a rogue-lite — i.e., you die and restart, but can get permanent unlocks that aid you in later run, as opposed to a rogue-like where you don’t and your ability to progress is solely down to your improving as a player.

But from the negative reviews I’ve seen, it errs too far toward that rogue-like end of the spectrum for some people. There is a feeling it is stingy with the permanent unlocks and that RNG of the runs holds too much sway over how well, or not, you do.

I guess I’ll find out for myself soon though, as I plan on playing this one tonight!

Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Ultimate Edition)

No particular reason for using Skill-Up’s video this time… Just continuing the theme.

Official Description: Miles Morales discovers explosive powers that set him apart from his mentor, Peter Parker. Master his unique, bio-electric venom blast attacks and covert camouflage power alongside spectacular web-slinging acrobatics, gadgets and skills.

I was happy enough with just the standard edition for Returnal; but I went Ultimate Edition here for one simple reason — it comes with the PS5 enhanced version of the previous Spider-Man game. I’ll definitely be starting there. Although uncertain whether I will tonight or not.

That may come down to whether I end up reaching a point of wanting to throw the controller as a result of Returnal or not, methinks. ;)

So the PS5 might finally get turned on a little more now, and not just to charge my phone.


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Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

4 Comments

Jaedia · August 16, 2021 at 9:38 pm

Grats on the PS5! :o Dan has had zero luck, still. I dunno about this sticking to a schedule nonsense though. :P Unless you enjoy it, that sounds too much like work to me, lol.

    Naithin · August 16, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Yeah, getting a PS5 has definitely been tough! No-one here was even taking pre-orders on their shipments for quite a long while. Just happened to wander into an EB Games at a time they’d just started up taking them again.

    They still thought it’d be September or later before shipment came in, but got lucky.

    But aye, the plan/schedule stuff I put down as an experiment — one I think might just about have run its course. :P

Nimgimli · August 17, 2021 at 1:03 am

You could always play FFXIV on the PS5. Probably not for group content (it takes a lot of practice to get good with the controller in that game, in my admittedly out-of-date experience) but it’s great for solo stuff or crafting or exploring.

I played both the Spiderman games on the PS5 and enjoyed them. They do have that open world “Way More Things To Do Than You Need To Do’ situation tho, so be wary of that!

I’m waiting for Returnal to go on sale since I’m pretty sure it’d frustrate me and I wouldn’t get far in it.

    Naithin · August 17, 2021 at 8:51 am

    I think FFXIV has different licenses for every environment / means of sale, my license is from Steam and I’m reasonably sure won’t then as a result let me play on PS5?

    I haven’t opened Spiderman yet, but I did get a few runs into Returnal. I can see the potential for it to annoy people for sure; but it hasn’t hit me that way yet. I would definitely prefer playing it (given the shooting elements) on PC with mouse + keyboard but it’s also in the bucket of good enough that I don’t mind adapting to controller for it. :)

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