Good old Square-Enix, always ready with some new Final Fantasy news for me to make an article about. Yes, I’m at it again – this week there have been two welcome announcements on the Final Fantasy forefront, one of which hints at even more good news on the horizon.
Well, my PS4 arrived just before midday last Friday. I promptly did not open it and went into work for a couple of hours, but when I got home, the packaging was torn asunder. Inside the large Amazon box was my PS4 and a copy of Need for Speed: Rivals (NFS:R). It was the only launch title that I could see me playing for more than just the campaign; I like playing FPS games such as Killzone, but I can’t stand playing them online, so once the single-player is done with, I’d likely never touch it again. NFS:R struck me as a game that I could enjoy for the lifetime of my console. Because who doesn’t want to play Cops and Robbers in an open world environment?
It used to be that Thanksgiving was strictly an American thing. But while the whole eating of turkey, praising of harvests and whatnot is still more or less exclusive to those over the pond, events are starting to bleed through to the rest of society. Most prominent is the ever-growing phenomenon of the Thanksgiving / Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales that take place at this time of year. No longer just the weekend that all American retail employees dread, these few days have become synonymous with getting things on the cheap. There are some real bargains to be had if one looks around.
It was almost a year ago exactly that I was given the opportunity to preview an upcoming indie game by the name of FORCED. As luck would have it, I was kindly offered the chance to do the full review recently, to which I happily obliged. However, it turned out to be a much more difficult task than I had imagined. When I played the preview, I knew nothing of the developers or the hardships they had to endure to get their game to market. Nowadays, most games journalists will know the name BetaDwarf, but probably not for their game.
Before I even begin this review, there are two pieces of preparatory reading. The first is my original preview, which breaks down the basic gameplay elements and the problems I encountered. I don’t want to repeat myself, so quite a lot of this review will simply be what has and hasn’t changed, for better or worse. The second is this, which is one of the most amazing stories I’ve ever seen in game development. If you read these two things in order, you will have some idea of how I feel now.
Because, hand on a heavy heart, I can’t say that I enjoyed FORCED.
There’s only a week left until I’m the proud owner of a brand new PlayStation 4. Since June, it’s been more or less guaranteed, despite some hiccups along the way. Microsoft may have back-pedalled on almost all of their controversial decisions, but Sony had me from hello. The delay of Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs dampened my excitement somewhat, but it also made me realise that I might have a problem come November 29th.
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