I’m playing a game right now that combines one of the most well-told, emotional stories in video gaming history with seamless controls and action sequences that leave me out of breath. The graphics are so crisp and realistic, it looks as if I’ve upgraded my rig’s video card to GTX 1080 or Titan territory—but I can’t possibly do that. First, high-end cards are way too expensive these days, and second, this gaming rig doesn’t allow for upgrades.

The game I’m playing is God of War (2018), and I swear it’s making me a better person. Or better at least at killing gigantic foes rendered beautifully on the PlayStation 4. It’s gaming of this caliber that keeps me interested in consoles, even though I’ve long been primarily a PC gamer.