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November 22nd, 2014

Enter PS4

A couple of days ago my Xbox 360 finally kicked the bucket. Since Rome Girl was going to buy me a Play Station 4 for Christmas anyway she told me to simply get one now, because game playing relaxes me and keeps me generally sane. So, for the past three days I've been fooling around with it. Here's my initial impressions.

Wow, the new controler is cool. It feels much like older ones so there is not much of a learning curve, but there is also a touch pad which allows you to do some interesting things. Plus, it doesn't eat batteries like the XBox 360 controller - you just charge it by plugging it into the  system itself.

The device itself is much, much quiter than an Xbox. You can barely hear it while it's working. That's a good thing. It is also the reason for the one downside of the machine - it's not actually reading your disk while it's playing. Instead the first time you stick the disk in it copies the entire disk to the hard drive. This can take a long time. Grand Theft Auto 5 took nearly an  hour to install, which is not what you want to have happen when you dying to play a new game.

The upshot of that is that once the game has been copied to your system you don't have to deal with nearly any loading time between scenes. It's just able to preload from the hard drive.

Now to the games itself. I have three.

1. Infamous - Second Son. This one has a lot of potential but I haven't seen it realized yet. You become a super hero and work to gain more powers. Plus you can choose to be good or evil. The first 40 minutes of game play, however, involve you jumping around a fish canning factory and then jumping around a bridge. Hopefully I'll eventually be able to use my super powers to kick some ass, but that has yet to happen.

2. The Last Of Us. Quite honestly the best video game I've ever played. It looks amazing. The game play is rationally explained. The story is amazing and doing stuff in the game is fun. It's going to be a challenge for me because stealth is a key skill and I've never played a stealth game before, but that's fine. The game is worth it. I've put about four or five hours of time into playing it and have yet to be bored at all.

3. Grand Theft Auto 5. I've only played a little bit of this. So far it seems like Saint's Row 4 without a sense of humor. That said, killing cops and stealing cars is fun, so I think I'll enjoy it. I just hope it doesn't turn out to be really sexist.

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