Sunday, 24 November 2013

BLOG -- My Vacation + Brief Impressions of the PS4

So my week-long vacation is nearing an end. Once I turn in for today (in about an hour), I will be waking up to another work day. Man, does a week fly by so fast! As a follow-up to my last blog, here's how I did with my to-do list:

-Check out the Animal Stories exhibit at Gardiner Museum
-Watch Gravity in 3D in theatres with my sister and her fiance
-Check out Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
-Look into getting my passport (I still don't have one I will need / want one by the new year)

-Karaoke for 2-3 hours straight!  
-Check out J-Town (I want to eat some melon bread again)
-Check out a couple restaurants I haven't been to before (I checked out one restaurant)
-Get acquainted with Python (I still haven't read my 100 pages for my New Year's Resolution!)
-Some secret stuff

Then, more to remind myself, here's a list of some of the things I did each day:

-Checked out the Animal Stories exhibit at the Gardiner Museum
-Went to J-Town, and then remembered that it's closed on Mondays (whoops)
-Watched Batman Forever on DVD
-Played a bit of Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PS4

-Went to J-Town (yay, melon bread!)
-Did a bit of shopping
-Watched Gravity in 3D with my sister and her fiance
-Stayed over at my sister's place

-Attended Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

-Watched Batman & Robin on DVD
-Played a bit of DC Online Universe on the PS4
-Played more of Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PS4
-Played a bit of Resogun on the PS4

-Cracked open my Python book (finally!)
-Started playing Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine MMORPG on the PC (I need more friends online...)
-Watched the first 11 episodes of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai anime series (sequel to Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)

-Had a game day with my sister, her fiance, and a friend
-Stayed over at my sister's place

-Finished watching Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai.
-Cleaned my room a bit
-Blogged this entry

Now, what am I going to do with my final hour of vacation? Hmmm... hahaha.


As some of you might have noticed from my entry above, I have a PS4 now. Unfortunately, I didn't get to play with it enough during my vacation, but I'll give my brief first impressions of it. I played a bit of Resogun, DC Universe Online, and Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PS4.

- It is relatively fast. After setting it up, whenever I turn on the system and select my PSN, logging in is almost instant. With the PS3, I often had to wait a while to be logged into my PSN.

- The PS4 interface looks convenient and clean. What can I say, I like the look of it.

- The graphics capabilities are nice. Some of the maps for Call of Duty: Ghosts look so beautiful, especially Stonehaven. The graphics for Resogun look really nice, too.

- Sharing content to Facebook / Twitter seem like an easy process. I haven't tried it myself, but it sounds easy (the PS4 controller has a "share" button after all). Once you press it, you are presented with options to either share a screenshot, gameplay video of the last 15 minutes, or to simply stream your gameplay experience. I may share some Call of Duty: Ghosts videos down the line.

- The slant design of PS4 is functional. I think this slant is really nice, since there is less chance of the disc slit getting covered in dust.

- Like with the PS3, it takes forever to get to the Playstation Store from the PS4. It's so weird. Accessing the Playstation Store is quick from the PSVita. Everything else about the PS4 is quick, but not this?

- The background music for the PS4 is boring-ish. It makes me sleepy, lol.

- The PS4 doesn't note the last time your PSN friends were active (the PS3 did). It's trivial, but I kinda liked knowing.

In short, the PS4 is a slick and nice system. But right now, it's not a must-have. Even though Assassin's Creed 4 looks like a very promising game (I don't have it), and Call of Duty: Ghosts is addictive (but not as addictive as Black Ops 2), I think I could have waited till more games came out for it before picking it up. I'm actually a bit sad that I had to unhook my Xbox360 to hook up the PS4. I still have some games to play on the Xbox360.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions about my experience with the PS4, feel free. You all have a good week! :)

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