Did I mention I bought a PS4?
Years ago. I don't actually recall when.
Oh wait, here's an email receipt from Best Buy...
11/18/18. Must've been a Black Friday sale.
$199. Was that a good price? I'm guessing it must've been. I don't buy new consoles unless I can get them cheap.
I bought it in order to... uh... why did I buy it again? Oh, right. To play Carmageddon. Remember the PC (and Mac) game from the late 90's where you smashed up opponents and ran over pedestrians for points (like the camp classic movie Death Race 2000)? It was so pixelated and goofy as to be completely hilarious. There was also a really good expansion pack and a pretty-good sequel. Then a terrible sequel (which I never bought, since it never came out on the Mac). Then an iOS release in 2012 of the original (complete with lumpy polygons and pixelated graphics).
The original developers rebooted the game around 2015 for the PC (after a crowdfunding campaign and years of delays), and finally a PS4 version called Carmageddon: Max Damage in 2016. So, because I'm a Mac user and could only realistically play the new version on a console, and there were probably... three?... other games on the PS4 I could think of to buy, I decided to buy a PS4.
Two years later.
It came with Spider-Man. I haven't played it yet. I'm not sure I even put in the disc.
I played Carmageddon pretty-much through the whole game. All that's left is to grind through "achievements". Meh. The original was more fun.
I also bought Wreckfest. It's supposed to be like um... that game where you crash into things. FlatOut. Yeah, that was it. So I played Wreckfest for awhile. It was kind of fun. Neat physics. But kind of tedious.
I bought Burnout Paradise too. For some reason. Even though I owned it for the PS3 and played it enough there. The series peaked back on the PS2 with Burnout 3. Pretty sure I've never even put the disc in the PS4.
I bought Dangerous Driving because it's supposed to be more like the classic Burnout series. Did I play it? Not sure. Probably a little. I wonder if there's a folder or something on the PS4 showing me what I've played?
You see, it's been awhile since I actually turned my PS4 on. The last system update was apparently installed in 2019. So the first thing it had to do when I turned it on today was install a software update.
I usually use my PS3 when I watch Blu-ray discs. So the PS4 doesn't even get used for that. Not that I watch Blu-rays (or DVDs) much anymore. I mostly stream through Apple TV now.
What else did I get for the PS4? Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Pretty sure I haven't played that. Again, may never have even put the disc in.
I also bought WRC 8 for my PS4. I really love watching rallying. I really like driving games. I should probably play one of them. I hear WRC 8 is very good. WRC 9 is out now... oh wait, so is 10. And 11 is coming out in the fall. Maybe I'll get that one. If 8's any good. I should probably play it. Or see if I already have.
I also bought Gran Turismo Sport. Because I really liked Gran Turismo and Gran Turismo 2. Amazing games.
I also own Gran Turismo 3 "A-Spec" and GT 4. And 5. And 6. I don't think I played any of them all the way through after 2 though, because A-Spec was pretty disappointing if memory serves. And I have Gran Turismo on the PSP. I often forget I own a PSP. I wonder where it is...
But GT Sport was mostly online. So I didn't play it much. Clearly, my PS4 has gotten very little attention.
So then... why did I even bother turning on my PS4 today after three years of it being idle?
Because, of course, I bought Gran Turismo 7.
Please try to not hurt yourself rolling your eyes. You can get a headache from doing that too much.
Yes - I bought another game for a console I haven't touched in three years. Because, I guess, I'm stupid. And particularly stupid this time, because usually I wait for games to hit the "Greatest Hits" bin before buying them at a fraction of their original price. But no, I bought GT 7 for full price. (But not the $90 anniversary version. At least I'm not that gullible.)
I suppose the reason is, I was really disappointed in GT Sport because there was no traditional single-player career mode, so it's been nine years now since a proper, new release of Gran Turismo. For all intents and purposes, this is the first real Gran Turismo for the PS4. So I bought it. Pretty much on launch day (or launch week).
So how is it?
Well, one common complaint about the Gran Turismo series is the lack of realistic damage.
Nonsense! I can report, first-hand, that the damage in Gran Turismo 7 is incredibly realistic.
Check this out:
Look at that damage! Not only is the plastic cracked along the entire top edge of the case:
But it actually tore the paper insert, too!
So, thanks for that Amazon! That extra touch of realism is just what this game needed!
Would it kill them to invest in slightly-less-flimsy bubble envelopes?
And yes... I returned it. They sent me an (undamaged) replacement right away. Even before I sent the other one back.
Actually, returns are ridiculously easy now with Amazon. I just requested a return, they sent me a QR code, and I took the game and code to my local Whole Foods Market, and they scanned it in and boom! Done! No shipping or packaging required.
So anyway, with an undamaged copy in hand, this evening I was finally able to dust off the PS4 and pop in the game.
As mentioned before, it had to run a system update first. But I expected that. And it took only a few minutes. So kudos to Sony for speeding that whole process up!
Now then, onto the game itself!
Oh, right. Uh... 48 minutes. Well, I guess I can go have dinner or something. But that's fine. If it copies it to the internal drive, the load times will be much faster.
Right. Now to put in the game disc. There are actually two Blu-ray discs for the game. The first disc was just data. The second has the game. It's like swapping floppy discs back in the early days of the Macintosh! Ah good times... good times.
And since this is a brand new game, it should fire right up! Here we go!
I think BattleBots is on tonight. Guess I'll go watch that.
I'm starting to remember now why my PS4 just sits around gathering dust. That's what it's best at.