I bought the PS5 as soon as it was released. I never intended to, but when I saw the option to get the next-gen console – the all-out-of-stock-next-gen console – I jumped at the chance. I set up a payment plan and bought some games; I didn’t have a PS4 so there were plenty of classics to fill my time until the big exclusive came out.
Initially I had a lot to play with. I played The Last Guardian, which I really liked, and The Last of Us, which I didn’t put in much jail. I know it’s a classic, but the awful reality of it all disappointed me and despite its quality shining I couldn’t enjoy it. I bought Miles Morales with a remastered (or at least modified) Spider-Man and had a great time with its simple combat system and fun exploration. Bloodbourne was clearly a lost piece in all of this, but the Alden Ring brought me to Soulsbourne for the first time, so I missed that boat. I’ll definitely have to wait for the PC port to arrive, right?
“But what about the God of War (2018)?” With tears streaming down your cheeks, I can hear you shouting, “Didn’t you play God of War (2018) ?!” I did, and it was fine. I liked the sweeping camera, but the combat bang was average and as I was told it never caught me. It was better than Horizon, so I’ll give props for that.
Anyway, after plowing into the PS4 library (and Miles Morales), I jumped into the recently released Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, which was also released for the PS4. Fast forward a few months, and I also played Rachet & Clank: Rift Apart, which was a few hours of fun. If you’re a Ben Sledge reader, you’ll know how I felt about the Final Fantasy 7 remake (if not: I didn’t finish it).
Now that we’ve crossed out a really interesting list of video games I’ve played on the PlayStation 5, you’ll see my problem. How many PS5 unique games have been released from Ratchet & Clank? No, Ghostwire: Tokyo was also released on PC. Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Integrade is now on PC as well. Gran Turismo 7, you say? I can do without it.
I am in a lucky position where I have a very powerful PC to play the game and also an Xbox Series X with a game pass. With that combination, what does it mean to own a PlayStation 5? For first party titles, of course. But if I don’t like Horizon and I think God of War is okay, maybe it’s better for me to go to the darkest room of the game pass to play something new? At least when Halo Infinite was disappointing, I didn’t pay Rs 60 for it.
At the end of the day, I realize I’m not enthusiastic about the God of War: Ragnarok. If I put the PS5 I might be able to play it, because I like Norse mythology enough, but to put a 500 quid spaceship under my tee to play just one game in 2022, is it worth collecting the dust? Not for me.
I am slightly inconsistent with my time in this article. I’ve already sold my PS5, I did it this weekend. But the announcement of The God of War: Ragnarok release date (and the teenage CGI trailer) convinced me that I had made the right decision. If you already have an Xbox Series X or PC, you don’t really need a PS5. You don’t have time to play every video game and some bangers will inevitably pass you by. Maybe Ragnarok is that blast for me. This Xbox might be exclusive if you stick to Sony’s console. But now that third party PlayStation Exclusive pops up on PC a few months later, there’s no reason to be a little impatient and save yourself half the grand.
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