Sony’s November 15 PlayStation 4release date is the “it just got real” day for this latest round of console wars. I had one of the best and worst gaming opportunities this summer when the disc drive on my Xbox 360 died. Since I’m buying two brand new consoles and had a huge backlog on my hard drive anyway, I traded in all my 360 discs and essentially paid off the PS4.
Don’t let me fool you, I’m not usually that well prepared. It feels good to have all that taken care of, so now I can concentrate on what I’m actually going to play on it. My PlayStation Plus has expired, so I’ll need to renew since it is now mandatory for online play.
My GameStop experience has been fun. A couple of the titles I’m really excited about (Infamous: Second Son, The Order: 1886) won’t be available at launch. That didn’t stop the clerk from assuring me that they would be and pressuring me to pre-order them. I did not bother to tell them I have been writing about these release dates for months. Don’t ever change, GameStop, don’t ever change.
A couple of weeks later while shopping for used games I checked on the status of my PS4 reservation. For a few frantic minutes, they had a problem finding it. I went through sorrow, anger and an indescribable feeling of having started a series of columns about my PlayStation 4 impressions without actually being able to get a PS4. After they located it, I took some deep breaths and reminded myself that I play video games to relax.
DriveClub is free, so I’m obviously getting into that. Consoles getting into free-to-play is definitely something I want to encourage, especially if this game is the standard. Nothing looks Zynga-ish here. Hey, if your DriveClub needs somebody that as a driver makes a really good writer, let me know.
I am usually not in favor of purchasing a game twice, but I have missed playing Injustice: Gods Among Us on my 360. The Ultimate Edition includes the six DLC characters, 30 skins and 60 new S.T.A.R. Labs missions. I have said this on more than one occasion. If you are a fan of DC Comics, fighting games and certainly if you love both, you should own Injustice.
Whether you’ll be in line for a PS4 at midnight Nov. 15 or feel you can wait until you won’t get crushed, you have to admit Sony does some great commercials.
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