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Best of 2020: Astro’s Playroom, and Tom’s other GOTY picks

I thought Astro’s Playroom was going to be a throwaway pack-in title. I was wrong.Given that the PS5 had big hitters Spider-Man Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls arrive alongside it, Astro’s Playroom being my favorite launch game is hugely surprising. I figured it would be a gimmick-fest: a few bleeps and bloops out of the DualSense speaker, turn the controller to move a robot’s head from side to side, kind of thing. What I got was a wonderful ode to PlayStation and the best example yet of what the future of video games could feel like.Astro’s Playroom is undoubtedly what…

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PS5’s DualSense is mindblowing, but I’m already concerned about the battery life

No joke, PS5’s DualSense might be one of the best controllers ever made. But the battery life could be a problem. Credit has to be given to Sony for the quality and innovation packed into the PlayStation 5’s new controller. The DualSense is slick, comfortable, and though the left stick is still in the wrong place (take it to the comments, people), it genuinely feels like one of the best controllers ever made.It’s a good generation for control pads in general; the Switch Pro Controller is great, the Xbox Series X & S have a strong tweak of a trusty…

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Astro’s Playroom and PS5’s DualSense: The PS5’s secret weapon has made me rethink my multiplatform purchases

Buying the “best” version of a multiplatform release has become trickier than sticking to the most powerful hardware.Astro’s Playroom, which comes with every PS5, shouldn’t be dismissed as a simple pack-in title. In fact I’d go as far as to say that it’s one of the most essential PS5 gaming experiences available at launch.Designed to showcase the PS5’s brand new DualSense controller, Astro’s Playroom is a 3D platformer with zones designed around components of the PS5. One level is the GPU Jungle, for instance, complete with subsections like Renderforest, Teraflop Treetops, Raytrace Ruins, and Mt. Motherboard. There are four of…