It’s hard to believe that the PS4 has already been out for 3 years. It seems just like yesterday I was sitting on a dirty Meijer floor — that’s the midwestern equivalent of Walmart for all of you uncultured folk — playing Persona 4 Golden on my Vita and waiting for the clock to strike midnight. I hadn’t pre-ordered the PS4 so I had to wait in line to ensure that I could purchase one on launch night. Luckily, I got one without a hitch and sprinted out the door with an eager excitement building in my gut.
As I drove home I dreamed about what the PS4 would be like. I couldn’t wait to play Resogun, Killzone: Shadow Fall and most of all, Knack. That Knack anticipation was later squashed when I actually played the game and uhhhh…yeah. Let’s not talk about Knack.
Three years into the console’s life cycle, my favorite game on the system would have to be Bloodborne. I was late to the party and didn’t finally play it until earlier this year but man, what a ride. It was the first Souls game I had played and I immediately fell in love with it. The art direction and aesthetic of the game is both creepy and cool and reminded me a lot of Castlevania. The bosses are tough, but fair, and the enemies were relentless. Most of all, I loved feeling myself getting better at the game as I played. When I began, I could barely walk down a street without dying. But by the game’s end, I was clearing chalice dungeons like a pro. Earning Bloodborne’s platinum trophy is still one of my high points as a gamer and it’s still the most rewarding of the 38 platinums that I currently have.
While these first 3 years of the PS4 have been great, there’s also a lot to look forward to in the future. Horizon: Zero Dawn launches early next year and it can’t come any sooner. Plus, we have other titles like God of War, Persona 5, Days Gone, Death Stranding and my personal most anticipated PS4 game, Insomniac’s Spider-Man. Not to mention, titles like Resident Evil 7 are going to continue that way we think about PSVR, which is still very much in its infancy. And then there’s PS4 Pro, which isn’t for me right now, but is still the first console to offer 4K gaming. That’s a big deal. Sony is firing on all cylinders right now and it looks like that will continue to be true going forward.
I’ve had a ton of great moments with the PS4 these past 3 years. In fact, it’s probably one of my favorite consoles of all time and that’s saying a lot. Realizing the next 2-3 years in this console life cycle will probably be even better than the 3 we have already had makes me incredibly eager and excited. And seriously, Spider-Man is going to be unreal, people.
So tell me, how do you feel about the PS4 three years in? Is it one of your favorite consoles ever? What’s your favorite game you’ve played on it so far? Which upcoming PS4 game are you looking forward to the most? I’d love to hear from you so please, let me know down in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MooreMan12.