Astro’s Playroom

Astro’s Playroom is a pack-in with all PS5s. Aptly, it’s also probably the best console launch title since the near-universal Wii Sports. What starts as a nostalgic 3D platformer becomes something much more reverential to the history of PlayStation, to the point of feeling experimental. The game is mainly about jumping and object hunting, but what sticks out here is Team ASOBI!’s love for video games. One of the many collectibles is the PS Move Sharp Shooter peripheral-hunk-of-plastic-failure-thing, and its blurb reads “Met with Resistance”. Astro loves its history, warts and all, and feels pretty special because of that.

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