Just over a month since its inception, Playstation Plus has managed to deliver a satisfactory return on my initial investment. I wouldn't dare say that it is an essential service, but for those of us (read: me) who usually waste untold hundreds (read: thousands) of dollars on mediocre downloadable games, Plus provides a disincentive for my usual impulse purchase habits. Why? Because whatever I buy might be offered up free (or at a discount) in the coming months. While I am yet to touch the complementary Minis and PSone classic offered up this month, Zen Pinball has been a fun distraction this past weekend.
Now when I say Plus has proved to be a deterrent for my compulsion to purchase downloadable content, I'm not being entirely honest with you. Having utilized the Full Game Trial function to download open world, superhero action game inFamous, I found myself compelled to finish a game that I had previously owned, twice. In this hour of play, I came to understand why I had not previously enjoyed my time with this Playstation 3 exclusive: I was playing it wrong. In the quintessential example of a superhero action game done right, Crackdown; you can walk the streets of Pacific City, confident that you are able to withstand the most formidable of attacks provided that you don't stand still for a prolonged period. Your enemies employed strategies that were for the most part, incapable of causing a great deal of harm (once again, unless you stood motionless for a few minutes). With inFamous however, your enemies are rabid, intelligent dogs with eyes greater than that of ten hawks sandwiched together. They hunt you down, and for a superhero, they effectively make you feel powerless.
So instead of playing inFamous like an arrogant, invincible god of war; I'm trying a new approach. Now I'm playing it like a cover shooter (with freaking superpowers!), and I'm actually enjoying it. Enjoying it enough to buy it for a third time. At least now its a Platinum title. Right?
What have you guys been playing over the weekend?