God of War and Nintendo Labo

I bought a PS4.  Maybe I haven’t written an article in a month because I am ashamed of my shifting gaming allegiances.   But really it was inevitable, because I love playing video games so much that I knew deep down a PS4 would someday be mine.  I picked a great time to buy a PS4, with God of War being hailed as one of the greatest games of all time.  So of course I couldn’t resist the hype and I bought God of War, along with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, The Last of Us: Remastered, NieR: Automata, Yakuza 0, LittleBigPlanet, and Bloodborne.  Bloodborne was free for PlayStation Plus subscribers in March, which was the apple that knocked the cart over, but I really haven’t played it much.

I really enjoyed Dark Souls III, but Bloodborne is a bit too stressful for me. I think all of the souls games are a bit too much for me in terms of difficulty.  I did manage to beat Dark Souls III, but it felt more like work than play.  I really want to get lost in a fun world, with fun characters.  The worlds of Souls games do not invoke fun times.  They are mere gloom, doom, death, and trial and error.  The balance between my skill and the difficulty of the game lean too much towards frustration for me to fully enjoy the games.  In learning this I have also reworked my favorite games list of all time.  I had to pass the time somehow on my 12 hours flight to Hawai’i.

Maybe I’ll write an article about my trip to Hawai’i some other time, but for now I know you are wondering about God of War.  God of War has tentatively entered my favorite games list of all time, and I haven’t even witnessed everything yet.  I was on the fence about the game until I reached an area with a canoe that Kratos and his son paddle around.  Then something amazing happened, the son asked Kratos to tell him a story.  I’ll leave the details up to you, but this type of world building really transformed the game from a simple action game into an experience.

I love world building in games.  I was just talking with Brian (you remember Brian right, weekend editor, mango lover, plays basketball) about the Codex in Mass Effect.  I read the entire Codex, I learned everything about the Mass Effect world.  I probably missed some things, but I love learning about a world.  Think about the amount of time it takes to write all the small things in a video game that most players will never see.  Sometimes I think about the writer that is working really hard on something that he knows most people will just glance over.  Then I think about Spoon Deep in much the same light, even though we are small I still enjoy creating content for others.

You may be wondering if I have switched to a PlayStation fanboy.  But really you should never ask the question.  I love all video games, no matter which console they are on.  The Xbox platform has the best backwards compatibility, some great multiplayer games, and good community.  PlayStation has some epic first party single player games.  And Nintendo has cardboard that you can make into a piano.  Yes the Nintendo Labo is incredible.  Brian will tell you how amazing PC gaming is.  We’ve got a lot to discuss before E3 begins in just over a month and lots of changes still coming to Spoon Deep as we grow and learn together.

For now just enjoy playing some video games.

Jake “prettyboyplaid” Fredericks


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