With the semester finally over, holiday officially begins ! I recently bought a Playstation 4 and I’ve been playing with it for about a week now. TLDR: I LOVE THE CONSOLE AND I’M THANKFUL THAT I CAME BACK TO CONSOLE GAMING. For my in-depth thought, keep on reading.
A general history on my gaming life. I started with the first Playstation. I remember playing a bunch of platformers like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. (oh the good old times!) I then had the Playstation 2, in which I got my first taste of Role Playing Games (RPGs), like Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy. I somehow exchanged the PS2 for the Wii, which was fun for a while, but quickly died out in the long run… Along with the Wii, I also had an Xbox 360 for free because of a promotion at the time when we purchased a new TV for the living room. I hold the console for 4 years and while I had a great time playing the Assassin’s Creed series, there wasn’t as much exclusives that fits my taste. Halo, Gears of War were good, but I didn’t have that same satisfaction for Assassin’s Creed. At the very end, I gave up on console gaming for about 2 years because I thought I wouldn’t have the time to play due to university.
That’s what I thought, until my friend who was in my 2 Japanese classes this year, sneakily convinced me to get a PS4. I was very concerned before making the purchase decision. I had to know if this is the time to go back to console gaming, and whether or not the games it offers will appeal to me. Reflecting on my past decisions to choose consoles that doesn’t have a long lasting appeal, I decided to purchase the PS4 with what seems to be legit reasons:
The Xbox 360 I got for free didn’t have WiFi built in and I didn’t have many friends that either has an Xbox 360 or don’t even play on consoles at all. Now, the “new generation” of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 aims to allow social interactions and considering that I actually have friends that has a PS4, it is assuring that they can recommend me good games to play.
One of the most important factors when it comes to buying a console is the games. Without good games, the consoles quickly lose its attraction and that is never a good thing. Fortunately, the Playstation 4 has some great titles as of 2015, such as Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Batman Arkham Knight. It also has a remastered version of some of the best Playstation 3 games, like Uncharted and The Last of Us, which I sorely missed the opportunity to play. Since the PS4 is not backwards compatible, remastering past games gives people like me who didn’t have a PS3 get a chance to actually experience what can be considered masterpieces at the time. Looking into 2016, the PS4 looks to be even more competitive, with games such as Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy XV, Persona 5 and Uncharted 4. Considering that the PS4 is only in its 2nd year, investing in a console now means that more great games will come out in the near future.
This is a marketing strategy that I know because I study Business at university. Historically, Sony has been very successful with the Playstation consoles and as I’m writing this blog, over 30 million PS4s have been sold, quickly exceeding the records of the PS2. The announcement of the PS4 has me thinking about the brand that the company is trying to embody. The quote “This is for the players” is evident and I have to commend Sony for this. Giving game developer flexibility around the hardware and demonstrate their ability is also important in the gaming industry. I was away from the Sony brand since the PS2 eras and I overall regretted the transition to Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
Now that I’m back to the PS4, I can safely say that I’m a Playstation fanboy. Blue is my favourite colour and the games it offer really appealed to me.
This is an investment for the console’s longevity, because I won’t be able to play in 2016 as I’ll be studying in Japan for the year. But that doesn’t stop me from having a look at the Japanese game library since the PS4 is not region-locked (HORRAY!!). Heck, I could even learn the language as I play, killing two birds with one stone !
Since this is Christmas time, getting a new console would be a good choice. I got the bundle for $549, which comes with a 1TB PS4, along with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (Which are the remastered versions of three games from the PS3). If you’re looking into getting a console, consider what games are you REALLY excited to play and since we’re in a world where the internet is integral to our lives, consider what you’re friends are playing on (that way you won’t have to feel lonely 😛 ).
So, what consoles do you have or maybe consider getting and why ?
In the meantime, I shall be fiddling around with the PS4 until I leave for Japan. More on the exchange to Japan in the upcoming blogs.
Til next time,
Ton-chan ~ 😀