Prison Architect: PlayStation 4 Edition Review (PS4)

Prison Architect: PlayStation 4 Edition

I picked this game up recently for a Black Friday in July sale, even though I was supposed to wait for the actual Black Friday sale. One of the main reasons I played this game so quickly was because it didn’t require much space on my PS4 hard drive and I’m down to just about 25 GB’s. My PS4 won’t let me go any lower and I have no idea why, anyway that’s not the point. The point is if this game is good enough to get my seal of approval, so keep reading to find out.

The one thing I wasn’t expecting was for this game to have an actual story. I thought it was going to be just another one of those sandbox build games. I was sadly mistaken as the basic tutorials for the game are shown in a story mode. In this story mode, you’ll learn that all the prison stories are connected in some way and that each man, I really thought there would be some women prisons so that it would be like I was playing Orange is the New Black but I digress, is in prison for a reason. Can they be redeemed or will they be stuck in the system forever? You’ll see how the story goes and decide how you’re going to run your own prison either by helping these men or damning them for their crimes.

I really enjoyed this game, so much that I spent three whole weeks playing it. The story mode was something unexpected and I liked that it showed you how to play the game while also telling a story. The story was well thought out and I couldn’t have asked for more when it came to this game. The sandbox mode was the highlight of the game, of course, as the whole point is to run your own prison without someone telling you what to do. I have to say that I found this game a lot easier to play and really get into than I did Tropico 5, which is a good game in its own way as well. As with Tropico 5, I did have to start a bunch of different sandbox games until I was able to find the right kind of prison that worked for me and was efficient to run. Overall I had over 10 different prisons, not including the prisons in Warden Mode, and I didn’t regret any of them. Now Warden Mode, while similar to sandbox mode, is different because you’re coming into run an already established prison. While not as fun as the sandbox mode, it’s yet another aspect to this game.

The playability of this game was rather simple and even though there is a lot to learn about this game in order to run your prison efficiently, it’s all very simple and doesn’t require you to be a genius. Even the most unexperienced time management / simulation game players will still be able to play this game with ease. Throughout the game I didn’t experience any glitches or game breaking bugs at all. Everything ran smoothly and was actually really enjoyable since I didn’t have to worry about saving every five minutes. The only complaint that I have is that this game moved from the PC to the PS4 and it shows because the writing in the game is super small and I had to sit really close to my TV in order to see it all. Not really all that comfortable when you’re trying to relax.

The graphics for this game were something that I really liked. I liked that instead of the realistic look that Tropico 5 had gone for, this game did the complete opposite and made everything cartoon like. The snapshots that you collect throughout the game were done graphic novel style which was in contrast to the actual graphics of the game. Overall it all worked out for a pretty awesome visual presentation of the game as a whole. When it comes to graphics in a game, it has to work for the game itself and this game had all the right things going for them in the graphics department.

There are total of 31 trophies for this game, including an almighty platinum trophy. Believe me though, the 30 trophies that you have to collect in order to get the platinum is no cake walk. No matter where you look at it, on your PS4 or on PSNProfiles.com, the platinum is Ultra Rare and it’s for a reason. Do not play this game thinking that you’ll be getting a super easy platinum trophy because you’ll be in for a rude awakening.

While there is no multiplayer for this game, there is a system where you can upload and download different prisons and in order to get one of the trophies you’ll have to do so. This works great and you get to see what other people are building and all that, but the only problem I had with this was that you had to create a Double 11 ID, which was something that I didn’t want to do because it seems like more and more game companies are trying to get you to do this in order to experience the full version of their game.

Overall I give this game 4 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Original story in the form of a tutorial that gets you ready for the meat of the game which is the sandbox mode.
+ There’s so much to do that the story, sandbox mode, and warden mode will have you playing for hours on end.
+ Really great graphics that fit the game and enhance the gameplay.
+ No bugs or game breaking glitches, make each and every playthrough a smooth one.

What’s Not So Great:
There’s a lot of reading for this game, which is really not a problem, except that the writing in the game is super small and you’ll have to sit super close to your TV if you want to be able to read anything.
If you want to upload your prison or download other people’s prisons you’ll have to do so by getting a Double 11 ID, and if you don’t because you don’t want to sign up with another game company you’ll miss out on some good content.

If you’re a fan of time management / simulation games, then this is one that you can’t pass up. It’s really rare that when these types of games come on the PS4 that they’re any good, but this one is. It not only lets you build the prison of your dreams, but it also walks you through each step with a tutorial that has an unexpected story to go along with it. This is a great game for beginners as well as experienced players that shouldn’t be passed up.

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This Week in Trophies 08-14-2016 – 08-20-2016

While I was only able to get 18 trophies this week, it was still a pretty exciting week as I got 100% completion on two games, one which had a platinum trophy, and made some progression on a game I really didn’t see myself playing all that much this week. It was a less hectic week for me which was actually pretty nice. Anyway, here’s a look at how my gaming week went.

FEZ – 100%

I know I just started this game two weeks ago and was able to finish it. It’s a good feeling to finally have finished playing this game. If I liked it or not is another blog. My full review of FEZ will be up in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned if you want to see what I thought about it.

Angry Birds Trilogy – 37%

I really don’t know what it is about this game, but sometimes I just need something as simple as launching a bunch of birds at a bunch of different objects so I don’t have to think all that much about anything. Funny thing is that it actually makes me think about other thing since I’m not concentrating on the game. Things like work which is actually no fun. Maybe no more Angry Birds this week.

Prison Architect: PlayStation 4 Edition – 100%

Yay! Because I finished this game this week. It was a pretty awesome feat actually as I got stuck on getting the last snapshot that I needed for the final trophy and the platinum. Either way I finished the game and got the platinum making it platinum trophy #61. I’ll have my full review of this game up right after FEZ.

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That was it for this week. A pretty exciting week because of the two games that I completed. Now for the big question of this upcoming week. I actually have no idea what I’m going to play. I said this last week, but I’m seriously going to try and get some more Ghostbusters in. I really want to finish that game and be done with it for good, I also need a new PS3 game for my Sunday’s and I’m kind of feeling like an RPG but I’m not sure. I’ll let you know how things go next week.

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This Week in Trophies 08-07-2016 – 08-13-2016

Things for me kind of went back to normal after a string of basically weird weeks. I guess they all can’t be weird, which of course is a good thing because I’ll take normal when I can get it. Anyway, this week I continued to play some games that I’ve been playing while also finding a game to replace Mass Effect since I’ve finished all three games. I know I have to go back to the first one and get the platinum, but that will be done at a later time. Here’s how my trophy week went.

FEZ – 33%

This was the game that I decided to replace my Mass Effect binge day with. What’s now my FEZ binge day, this is one of the games that was on my list of games that needed to be completed. I figured I needed something a little lighter after tackling all three Mass Effect games and this is going to do just fine for me. While I’ve played this game before, I decided to start fresh and so far I’m enjoying getting back into this game.

Prison Architect: PlayStation 4 Edition – 70%

While I finished the story, I’m now working on cleaning up the rest of the trophies in Sandbox mode before having to go back and collect some snapshots that I missed along the way. I’m still enjoying the game and I think this time I finally was able to get my prison just how I wanted it. Now I just have to get the platinum for this game.

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Ghostbusters – 28%

Playing this game is a real chore and I only played it once this week. I was able to get some trophies for it, but at this point I’m just a little over it. The story just plain sucks for this game and the action part isn’t so great either. This is turning out to be a total waste for me, but I still want to finish it. Maybe I’m missing something and it’s really a great game. I doubt it, but stranger things have happened.

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Angry Birds Trilogy – 33%

I played this game one day when I came home from work pissed off. I don’t really know why but by the time I finished playing this game I was even more pissed off than I was when I started. It’s just something about this game that puts you in the worst possible mood ever when you’re done. Anyway, at least I got a trophy out of it.

That was it for this week, next week should be more of the same as I continue to play FEZ, I might even finish it and move onto something else, Prison Architect: PlayStation 4 Edition, Ghostbusters, and probably something else that I don’t even know of yet. I was really really tempted to download Indigo Prophecy since it came out this week, but I don’t know when I’ll find the time or energy to even play at the moment, but I might just break down and get it this week. I’ll let you know how things turned out for me next week.

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This Week in Trophies 07-31-2016 – 08-06-2016

Another crazy week in general, but I’ve learned that this is now my life in general so I might as well just deal with it as it comes. Anyway, between a crazy work schedule (again) and a not so crazy tattoo appointment (I’ll tell you more about that later this week) I was still able to get a somewhat decent amount of trophies this week. Take a look at what games I played and what trophies I got below.

Mass Effect 3 – 100%

Another milestone for me as I completely finished another Mass Effect game to 100%. I’m really happy about this latest one and it came right before my tattoo which had some significance for me. Playing the whole story through this time from the first game to the last gave me a bit of a different perspective on the game as a whole. Was I still a fan of the ending? No, but I do have a new sort of respect for it as well as a few more new theories.

Batman – 20%

Yes I know, another Telltale game. This one is different though and while I never like giving anything away here, I’ll have my review up for this game within the next couple of weeks. I will say though that after a string of really horrible Telltale games, I enjoyed this one a lot.

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Ghostbusters – 14%

I started this game this week on a whim. It was another purchase due to the Black Friday in July sale that I told you about last week. So far I’ve had a ton of problems with this game ranging from the disc not working to loading times taking well over 10 minutes. Not to mention that this is a really crappy game to begin with.

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Prison Architect: PlayStation 4 Edition

I continued playing this game this week and was able to get through all of the prison stories. Now I’m working on the Warden mode along with the sandbox mode. I have to say I’m having a hell of a time with the sandbox mode for some reason because the stupid thing will at first work fine and then stop working all together. Like the construction on my shower. One minute it’s fine, the next my workmen are running around like chickens without heads while the shower is not done being built! What the hell?!

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That was it for this week. For the upcoming week…drum roll please…my schedule is going to be crazy. Who knew right? I’m going to try to get in as much gaming time as possible as I try to finish up both Prison Architect: PlayStation 4 Edition and Ghostbusters. I’ll probably get back into Saints Row IV: Re-elected while trying to figure out what Playstation 3 game to start on next. I’ll let you know how everything went next week.

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This Week in Trophies 07-24-2016 – 07-30-2016

This was an exciting week in trophies as I was able to get a ton of them. This was due to the fact that I was wait for it…wait for it…demoted this week. Yes, one whole week after my promotion to begin with I was once again demoted. There’s a long and boring story that goes along with it that seems like something out of a movie, but that’s just how it goes. Anyway, I channeled all of my extra energy that I had exerted the week before into my new position back into gaming because why the hell not. Anyway, here’s how my gaming week went.

Saints Row IV: Re-elected – 83%
I finally finished the main story of this game and was able to get into some of the DLC. Unfortunately I still have a bunch of things to do for this game and it’s getting a little more than boring now. I really want to get the platinum trophy for this game but I’m losing a lot of my original interest in it now as I just play to complete challenges and try to get my 40 hours in. I did finish one of the DLC’s completely and I’ll have a review of that DLC within the next couple of weeks.

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Fallout 4 – 90%
Not only did I play the new Vault Tech DLC that came out this week, I even went back and completed the previous Contraptions Workshop DLC. Neither of these DLC’s were what I was expecting them to be and I’ll have my review for both of those DLC’s this week and next week. While I’m not going to be playing Fallout 4 again anytime soon, I still look forward to the release of Nuka World.

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Minecraft: Story Mode – 88%
With the release of episode 7, I figured I might as well play it since I payed for it even though I wasn’t really into it all that much. Needless to say, I completed the episode as I always do when I play and the review for this newest episode will be up within the next couple of weeks.

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Prison Architect: Playstation 4 Edition – 5%
I had a moment of weakness last week as there was a Black Friday in July sale and I kind of splurged some of the games I had been waiting to buy. This was one of them and since I was a little bored with Saints Row IV: Re-elected and this was the smallest game memory wise that would fit on my system, I figured I might as well give it a try. So far, I’m enjoying the game and the little story that goes with it. This is one of those games that I’ll definitely be continuing to play in the upcoming weeks.

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A pretty exciting week gaming wise as I got screwed over royally at work. Now I’m not sure if the upcoming week will be as exciting since I do have a tattoo appointment mid-week to finish up my FemShep tattoo from a couple of months ago. Did I mention that I almost got screwed out of my tattoo appointment because of a horrible spiteful person that I work with that I now have to call my boss? That’s a story in itself, but needless to say I will be gaming in my free time as much as I can and that includes trying to get the last three trophies I need to finish up Mass Effect 3, trying to complete Saints Row IV: Re-elected, and getting into Prison Architect: Playstation 4 Edition a little more. I’ll let you know how things went next week.

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