It’s no secret that I love my PlayStation. It was my friend’s PlayStation 2 and a Saturday afternoon playing God of War back in 2006 that got me back into video games after a bit of a hiatus during the early 2000s.
It has been a pretty solid relationship since then. I had to save a ton of money just to afford the excessively expensive PlayStation3, which I only got a couple of years after its launch and at no point was I disappointed with my decision in going with it instead of the Xbox 360.
I also had to wait a bit before I could afford a PS4, and only because FNB had it on their Smart Device programme did I manage to get one eventually. Since then I’ve played almost everything exclusively on the console with the exception of Forza on the Xbox One. That all changed quite a bit recently, and there’s several factors to it.
Along came the big N
I will be the first to admit that I never really gave Nintendo too much attention, but when the Switch was announced, I was intrigued. I finally got one last year, but for some reason, the console just didn’t quite click with me. I tried playing Super Mario Odyssey, but for some reason it didn’t gel with me. I struggled to get into Mario Kart 8 Deluxe since I just couldn’t keep up and the Joy-Cons were cramping up my hands.
So it was Dawid that kept insisting I get myself a Pro Controller, but the price of it was obviously a big reason I struggled to commit to the idea, it was when I finally caved and bought one that the Nintendo Switch suddenly became something else for me and I actually started enjoying the games I played on it.
At the same time, I was getting a bit tired of my PS4. I finished the insanely good Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which I spent a lot of time mastering, leaving me with a bit of an empty feeling inside, and the follow up game I played, Days Gone, ended up being somewhat of a let-down. So, I was looking at my PS4 library, didn’t really feel like playing anything on it, turned on the Switch and proceeded to play and thoroughly enjoy Bayonetta and finally Mario Kart 8.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love my PS4, and still have a ton of stuff to play on it, but what happened is it opened my eyes a little bit. I’ve always held that I’ll play any game on any platform, but I didn’t fully embrace that idea until very recently. It’s also good to know that I have so many options now, with this month, my most anticipated game is the Nintendo exclusive, Astral Chain. Yeah, weird right?
I think what I’m trying to get at is that we should all be more open to the idea of other platforms and what it has to offer. Playing exclusively on just one platform for any reason other than cost is silly because trust me, you might be missing out on something truly special.