For reasons that make absolute sense, I don't like it when I'm asked to pay for services I used to receive for free. Case in point: online playing on the PS4, which requires PlayStation Plus membership at $70 (AUD) per year. Compare that with online playing on the PS3, which requires nothing but an Internet connection.
Yet I recently became a PlayStation Plus member. The reason? There is more to it than online video gaming action. PlayStation Plus comes with other bonuses, most notable of which is the ability to get certain games for free each month. As it happened, one of this month's games turned out to be a game I wanted to have a go at: Velocity 2X. It's an "arcade of old" style shooter, but it packs interesting punches: from time to time it turns into a platformer, and - more interestingly - the regular shooter action receives an adrenaline boost through the ability to teleport across the screen. The game uses that ability quite brilliantly. The result is high on, well, velocity.
Velocity 2X is probably not the game I'm yearning for the most. It's not of Mass Effect grade, but rather a filler. The point is, $70 a year offers decent value in the filler department: I get to mess around with a constant supply of nice and perhaps not so nice games to try out. Life can be much worse.
It could still be that those $70 are a waste for another reason. At the moment my PS4 is still yearning for a proper big title to rob me of my life with. That is about to change shortly with the upcoming acquisition of Destiny, followed by the November releases of Grand Theft Auto 5 for the PS4 and that most anticipated of games this year: Dragon Age Inquisition. You know, that game that's Mass Effect set in a Dudgeons & Dragons like universe. Once those arrive, the fillers would be forgotten.
Then again, Dragon Age's cooperative multiplayer promises to be everything Mass Effect's cooperative multiplayer was and then some, which would mean I would that online capability. So those $70 won't be wasted.
One other thing to note with regards to PlayStation Plus is to do with the downloading aspect. Modern games constitute fairly large downloads, measured in the gigs. Between that, Spotify playing music in the background and Netflix, it has become clear our ADSL connection simply doesn't cut it anymore. We need the NBN.
Problem is, with the Liberals in charge and their impression of fast Internet being pure bred carrier pigeons, I foresee much misery ahead.
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