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.


This was posted during Blaugust 2021, the annual blogging event hosted by Belghast. Blaugust is an event aiming to welcome new blogger blood into the fold and revitalise those who’ve been at it a little longer.

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