The final week before Christmas, an exciting time thinking if there will be any video-game goodies under the tree come Christmas day, I’ve put a list out to Santa so hoping for the best. Hope you all have lovely Christmases and Holidays. In the mean while to pass the time here’s what we’ve been up to the last week.
Gravity Rush Remastered
I’ve got to the end of my PlayStation 5 games, well, that’s technically not true. I’ve stopped playing 2 of them (Sackboy & The Pathless) because I wasn’t getting on with them. So while awaiting any potential new PS5 or PS4 games for Christmas, I’ve been playing some more backlog games.
Gravity Rush is a game that I seemingly hear overwhelming positive impressions on. Originally for the PlayStation Vita, this game got a remaster touch from the kings of remakes/remasters BluePoint games and was brought to the PS4. It also spun up a sequel which I equally have waiting to play.
First off, this game is really, really charming. The soundtrack for each new city you unlock is warm, friendly and really sets the tone. The crust of the game is that you play a gravity shifter who’s forgotten how she ended up to be in the city of Hekesville. Not even remembering her own name she is given the name Kat by a helpful member of the police force, mainly because she has a strange cat with a celestial visual following her everywhere.
The City of Hekesville is under threat from weird shadowy beings known as nevi that come in all manner of shapes & sizes. They have specific weak points that Kat must attack using her ability to master gravity.
This is where the game is excellent. Controlling Kat and mastering the art of wall running, or gravity kicks is amazing. As you become more levelled up by collecting power gems, the ability to fly across the city as if you were a super hero is really cool.
I completed it in around 3 long-ish stints, the main game itself compromises of 21 chapters, but the remaster version also includes 3 DLC packs that were released for Vita. The missions do get a little repetitive some times, and some of the boss nevi fights get a tad infuriating, especially as health gems start to be come more scarce in some of the levels.
But I really enjoyed it, it was a nice change of pace from other games I’d played recently. The tone was very reminiscent of JRPGs that I used to adore back in the day. From the soundtrack to the comic book like cutscenes, it just revitalised an appreciation of games of that style that I once had. I’m looking forward to getting into part 2.
Grand Theft Auto Online
This year has obviously been a weird one. This time of the year would usually be filled with outings with friends and family and having a jolly good time. But we can’t do that sadly, we can’t enjoy pint after pint with friends in the pub. I hope that 2021 brings us that back. So to counter this, my friends all grabbed GTAV & Red Dead Redemption 2 from Amazon for pretty cheap.
After spending the day reinstalling GTAV on the PS5. We all hooked up online in a friends-only server around 7pm. The sheer laughs that followed were simply fantastic.
Going to the casino spending $30k on champagne to pour over one another. Racing to the top of Mt Chilliad in any form of transport other than flying. Completing a drop off mission in 30 minutes, trying to steal planes from the army base. Just plenty of laughs had.
Then to top it off, we went clubbing. Yep, we went to the night club behind the casino and spent a good few hours there buying virtual drinks. Dancing in a group like we would have done in real clubs when drunk. It was just a really good, funny night. I’m looking forward to more it and getting together on RDRII to see what we can get up to on that too.
In a time where I thought I’d be spending every moment playing through Cyberpunk 2077. I’ve actually found myself playing more Destiny 2. The games winter event ‘The Dawning’ went live last week and I wanted to give it a try and see what it was all about this year. Since then I’ve spent a fair amount of time grinding away for essence in order to make cookies for the various NPC’s across the system. Yea, that’s right I’ve been baking digital cookies and I love it.
I was a little unsure about how I felt about the reduction in content when Beyond Light released. In fact, I still think it’s overall a bad move to take stuff away that people paid for. That being said, as a semi-casual Destiny player, I’ve found myself with more than enough content to be getting stuck in to and grinding since last month. I’ve rediscovered my love of Destiny – even though I still don’t think it’s in the best place right now.
The general gameplay is just always too much fun for me to ignore.