So it's already been well over a day since the PS4 officially launched. I figured I would recap the launch and my first day with the system, because I want to.
I got left work on Thursday night, around 10 PM. On the way home I made a quick diversion and drove past Gamestop to see if there was a line. At that time, there didn't seem to be, and there was only a single white car parked outside of the lot. When I turned around and drove back home, another vehicle also parked there, a black van. But there still didn't seem to be a line.
I went home, as I had planned to. At first me and my girlfriend and I were thinking of going straight to the store and hanging out outside for a while. But since they didn't seem particularly busy, and we still had almost 2 hours to wait, we decided to leave about half an hour later. I changed into my regular clothes and we chilled for a while.
It must've been about 11 PM when we decided to go to Gamestop, and when we got there, a BUNCH of cars were now there, filling up most of the spaces in the lot. I was shocked at how quickly things had changed in an hour. A guy had set up a table outside of the store and was actually selling hot pizzas for $5, and I was interested, but we had no cash. The store was open and people could still walk inside and buy stuff, so we went in and looked around at some games - why not?
While we were checking out some games by the register, one of the workers asked us if we wanted to get our receipt finalized. I said "sure", because receipts are always good, but didn't understand that this was something we had to do. They asked us if we wanted their $40 replacement warranty, we bought it, and then they printed out a sticker and placed it onto a new receipt, and told us that if we lost it, we lost our PS4.
We headed outside, and I thought we were going to hang out in the car for a bit, but then my girlfriend said she thought there was a line so we went back to the front of the store. It turned out there wasn't a line, just a bunch of people clustered in groups. 11:30 came and people were still shopping in the store, but then finally at about 40 after everyone was sent outside. And then the workers told us that our receipts were numbered, and we had to work out where we were in line. I was #50, so I was near the back of the line, There was only a group of people behind us, so maybe 54 people were picking up PS4s that night tops.
We waited until midnight... And then a little after midnight, and they began calling people in by 2's. The first 16 people or so went quickly, since several of them weren't present. Then things really dragged on for a while. Still, all things considered, it went pretty fast. And towards the end, the pizza guy announced that all of us who were left would get free pizzas. Score!
When we were called into the store, I finally realized how much colder it was outside. Being inside was nice. We got our console, chatted with the staff for a moment, and we were outta there - with a free pizza, of course. It must've been 12:30-40 AM when we got home.
It took me a while to get everything out of the box and get the PS4 hooked up, as I ate late-night victory pizza. Once we reached the part where the system asked for our Internet key, I had to take a few minutes to stop and find that information again. and then there were the updates to download and install.
Though I was determined to play games for a bit, my girlfriend was tired at1 AM and wanted to go to bed. But I wanted to play around on the system for a few minutes. I went to sign into PSN... And nothing. I tried again. Still nothing. I must've spent another 20 minutes just doing this, before I came online and realized that PSN was just down. Whew, nothing wrong with my PS4! Lol.
By this point, I was getting tired. But I had to play some Knack before bed, so I did. And right from the start... I enjoyed it quite a bit! From the moment I fired up the game and saw him moving around on the start screen, to my last moments of awake time battling through some robots in a garden. I like Knack's character, I like the story and voice-acting, and I like the battling - repetitive and simple as it is. I'm almost reminded of arcade-style games and even old console games when I play it. Could it be better? Definitely. But it is by no means awful. It's one of those games that not everyone would be into, though.
I went to sleep around 2 AM. I had to wake up at 7 AM.
I woke up at 6:30 and slumped out of bed. My girlfriend was already awake, baking cookies. I got myself around and, surprisingly, I managed to sober up pretty quickly for only getting 4 1/2 hours of sleep - they must've been some pretty solid hours.
I had a few free minutes, and went into the living room and fired up the PS4. I decided to fire up Resogun. I played around on it for maybe 15-20 minutes tops, but there it was, and it was fun. Really does play a bit differently than Stardust, especially because of the whole human-rescuing component of it. I enjoyed my time with it, and came close to beating the first boss twice before shutting down and leaving the house for a vet appointment.
My girlfriend and I paid a visit to her workplace for a while, then stopped at her bank, then went to Denny's for breakfast. It was cool of her to pay for that, and I was full of excitement to see the return of Hobbit-themed meals and sides. I decided to go for the ala carte grand slam items - the pecan cinnamon pancakes, the honey french toast and the (returning) sausage link. I also got the pumpkin shake. Everything except the sausage thing was good - I recall disliking that last year, I guess I just needed re-convincing. No cards to collect this time around, but that's cool. The real prize is the food.
Full, we stopped at a home building store, bought groceries, and went through a coffee shop's drive-thru before returning home. My girlfriend wanted some time with the PS4, and deservedly so, so she played some Contrast. The game did look pretty cool, I liked the art design and the characters. The mechanics were interesting, but most of the puzzles seemed kind of simple - still, I could see more being done with the shadow and light manipulation in a sequel perhaps. I have no idea how long or short the game is, but my girlfriend played for over an hour and had collected almost 10 of these orbs, of which the game says there are 10. Hopefully there is more to it than that - the game does keep saying Act 1, so I'd imagine there are at least 3 acts?
I got around for work and left, and was gone working most of the evening. Finally got home around 10:20 or so.
My girlfriend was playing Knack and had made it further than me - while I was still pretty early in the game, she was on level 5 or something. I logged in and joined the game - almost instantly - as robo knack. We played co-op for quite a while there, I forget when exactly but I think we were still playing after 1 AM.
I decided to check out Warframe for about 30 minutes and... That actually might be pretty cool, idk yet. I was getting tired playing it, so it's probably foolish that I went on a mission and was playing the game online with other people, but it was still pretty fun. I think there might be a lot of depth involved with this game since it's been around for a while on PC, and there's a bit of a learning curve for stuff, but maybe I will keep with it? Who knows. But a nice addition to the collection for a free game.
So the only games I haven't played at all yet are Contrast, though I watched that, and Killzone. And I want to have some free time when I am not tired to work on Killzone.
Looking forward to getting in more time on all of these games. I like Knack, Contrast, Resogun and even Warframe so far from what I've played. So this is a nice start. Killzone should be pretty impressive.
I haven't messed much with the Share feature, but I see it getting a lot of use. The only problem is, I own all of the games that are out which I am currently interested in. When FFXIV goes live on PS4 I will probably wanna check the streams out, just to see what it's like. Is it out already? Idk. Anyway, it might be a while until I will want to watch someone else's streams.
Well, I am tired. But that was pretty much my first 24 hours with the PS4. Didn't get to really dig into things, but my time with all of these games so far has left me anxious for more. But alas, sleep takes priority here.
I will probably talk more about the PS4 in my next blog. Or maybe not. Idk. I write this blog mainly for myself, but I do kind of miss having followers who read it. I don't seem to have much luck publishing blogs to the forums and getting responses there. But that would be nice.