Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review (PS4)

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

I have to tell you that when I first seen this game at E3 last year, I was way overly hyped for it. I knew that I should be because if there has been a franchise that has let me down in the past the most, it’s been this one. The fact that Assassin’s Creed was moving in the direction of becoming a full blown RPG with a female lead and romance options really hit the mark for me though as I was desperately missing a good BioWare game that would do this in 2018. Did this game live up to my incredibly high expectations? After putting in well over 100 hours, I was finally able to get the platinum trophy for this game so that means it’s time for a review.

Taking place in 431 BC, that’s 400 years before Assassin’s Creed Origins for those of you trying to keep track of the timeline, you play as the descendant of King Leonidos. Playing as either Kassandra, my personal favorite, or Alexios you are a misthios. Of course this isn’t exactly by choice as both Kassandra and Alexios are quite literally thrown into this lifestyle. Things are looking up though when you’re hired by a wealthy man to kill The Wolf of Sparta. This will lead you on a journey to finding out who you really are, trying desperately to reconnect with your family, and trying to put a stop to the Cult of the Kosmos. All of this takes place in the beautifully crafted ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War.

I don’t know how many times I’ve said this already, but I absolutely loved this game. Loved it. It was a new and refreshing addition to the franchise and the RPG elements only enhanced the game as it showed how certain decisions, not all decisions, really did matter and shaped the world around you. For example, without going too much into it, one of the first major decisions you’ll make is whether or not to let a family who may or may not be carriers of a plague die. Choose to be a good misthios, or a bad misthios depending how you look at it, and let them live along with letting them keep their money for themselves and refuse to get paid and you’ll come back to a Cephalonia that has been destroyed. This is also the first Assassin’s Creed game where I really cared about my character, how she acted, and the people around her because I was the one calling the shots. This made a huge difference for me and makes me continue to play the game as this is the first Assassin’s Creed that I actually bought the season pass for. Because this is an Assassin’s Creed game, you will play some parts in the future as Layla, who returns from Assassin’s Creed Origins, and I have to say that I can care less about these parts of the game and the modern day war that rages on between the Assassin’s and the Templars. There was a modern day twist that takes place and if Ubisoft is smart, they’ll run with it. Overall, I thought this game as a whole was highly enjoyable and can see myself sinking another 100 hours into the game as new quests and DLC are added.

The one thing that is consistent through all of the Assassin’s Creed games are the playability. They are basically all the same with some change ups here and there to keep everything fresh and relevant. Most of the fighting techniques first deployed in Origins follow you into Odyssey and that was just fine with me because it was a major improvement from the other games in the franchise. While the climbing is still a bit sketchy, even though this is a huge part of the game, gone is the insta death from falling off a building that is too high. I call this a win as the falling insta death was always rage inducing for me. Also, the naval battle! Let’s not forget about that as it borrows heavily from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and even manages to make that better. While all of this is good, there are still the occasional game breaking bugs and glitches that you’ve come to expect from an Assassin’s Creed game. Disappearing people, floating people, random game crashing, I’ve had them all happen. While annoying, for a game this huge they’re to be expected. At least they were few and far in between so it wasn’t something that was happening often.

The graphics have always been a highlight for me when it comes to this franchise. Ubisoft takes you to ancient places and turns them into a living, breathing, sandbox for you to run around and explore. I couldn’t think of a better setting for this game and ancient Greece was everything I expected it to be and more. Ancient Greece is beautiful and alive with people and the main characters of this game are simply flawless. Kassandra is absolutely breathtaking and sculpted perfectly while Alexios resembles what you would expect from a man of that time period. The cut scenes for this game are also beautifully done as your characters face is responsive to the situation and actually show signs of emotion.

Even though the trophies are there I did not play this game for them. There are a total of 51 base trophies and a growing number of DLC trophies as new free missions are patched in and there are six episodes of DLC planned to be released for this game. Right now, the total number of trophies is at 74, but I expect this to grow to at least 100 by the time the game is fully completed. The trophies are what you could come to expect from an Assassin’s Creed game and will take you through the whole game. There are mission trophies, location trophies, sunken treasure trophies, and of course some random trophies thrown in there for fun. Throughout the game there is only one missable trophy, Aphrodite’s Embrace which requires your character to spend the night with another character. Good thing there were plenty of available women for Kassandra and I can say that my Kassandra happily bedded them all, even the bad ones.

The tacked on multiplayer that has been present in far too many Assassin’s Creed games is gone for good, fingers crossed, as Odyssey is yours alone. With so many NPC’s that you can interact with, it never really feels like you’re alone and makes the need for multiplayer disappear.

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ This is the first Assassin’s Creed that is basically a full RPG where the decisions that you make matter.
+ The story is an interesting one that has a ton of twists and turns and will keep you intrigued and continue to play to see how it ends.
+ The playability for the franchise continues to improve as fighting techniques get better and falling insta deaths are removed.
+ Ancient Greece is the perfect setting for this game and is just brought to life on the PS4. Every inch of the map is beautiful and the characters, both playable and NPC, are crafted beautifully.

What’s Not So Great:
Assassin’s Creed can’t seem to stay away from the bugs and glitches. Though they are few and far in between, which is a huge difference from other games, they still exist.

This is a must play game. It doesn’t matter if you’re a huge Assassin’s Creed fan, a moderate one, or not a fan at all. This is just one of those games that as a gamer if you don’t play you’re missing out. This is coming from someone who hasn’t always been that praise worthy of this franchise. To be honest, this franchise had more downs than ups, but playing this game is something that you will not regret. Without the presence of a full new Assassin’s Creed this year, I would say that this is the perfect time to pick up this game and play. For once, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Assassin’s Creed.

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A Wrinkle in Time Review

A Wrinkle in Time

To be honest, I really had no interest in watching this movie, I picked it on a night where I basically couldn’t find anything else to watch. I seen this on Netflix and figured why not. It’s not like I read the book, I know I’m so uncultured, and was super excited to see this adaptation of it. Like I said, it was just there, and I needed a movie to watch. So with no expectations I went into this movie. Keep reading to see what I thought about it.

A Wrinkle in Time is about Meg Murry, played by Storm Reid, and her little brother Charles Wallace, played by Deric McCabe. Outcasted at school because of their missing father, Mr. Murry, played by Chris Pine, the children rebel and act out. Mr. Murry was a famous scientist who went missing after an experiment, others say he went crazy and left his wife and kids while other say he had an affair. It’s great for children to hear this about a father that they’re hoping one day comes back. Anyway, Charles Wallace will come in contact with Mrs. Which, played by Oprah Winfrey, Mrs. Whatsit, played by Reese Witherspoon, and Mrs. Who, played by Mindy Kaling, and find that their father isn’t missing, but has been lost in a Wrinkle in Time for the past five years. To find him Meg, Charles Wallace, and their tag along classmate Calvin, played by Levi Miller, will have to enter this wrinkle and face the danger of negativity to get their father back.

While this movie did have its moments that were touching and made you reflect on things and maybe see somethings in a new light, all of this was overshadowed by the presence of Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who, who are larger than life and take up too much of the movie’s runtime. All of the Mrs.’s felt like guest appearances that were taken too far when the story should have concentrated on the children more. Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin all have their own problems and they’ll have to get through them in order to pass through this wrinkle in time in order to find Mr. Murry. I feel like the movie would have been better and should have been better if the Mrs.’s roles were reduced to about half of the time that they were on screen. Also this movie reminded me of Little Big Planet 2 for some reason, probably because of the whole negativity taking over the world thing, but anyway it was kind of a snooze fest and had me pretty bored as I checked my phone frequently to see if I had a new match on my dating app, sadly I did not.

In a movie where the children are supposed to shine as actors to play these parts, it was Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling who stole the show with their over the top performance and believe me it did not help the movie one bit. I will say that Chris Pine played a great part that was more like a guest appearance and it worked perfectly for them. The over the top performance by Winfrey, Witherspoon, and Kaling, just ripped this movie apart and there was no coming back from that.

Overall I give this movie a 1 out of 5.

While touching and heartwarming at times, all of that is overshadowed by over the top performances that take away from the plot of the movie. This is sad because I feel like the plot had a lot of potential but it just couldn’t be achieved when the movie basically concentrated half of it’s time on the three superstar actors that were picked for the Mrs.’s roles. This was annoying and made the movie boring and just unwatchable at times. I would suggest staying away from this and if you’re looking for something similar, but be warned it’s a whole lot sadder, I would say watch Bridge to Terabithia instead.

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I Never Finished…Rocksmith 2014…Because

Rocksmith 2014

At this point I was tired of playing with plastic guitars and dreaming of playing my favorite songs on a real guitar so I decided to run out and buy this game when it was on sale. I had an electric guitar that was bought for me as a present when I was a teenager just sitting and collecting dust so I figured it was time to wipe off all that dust and put it to good use. This game promised to teach you how to play guitar in 90 days, but if it’s on this list that means that I never finished it. The real question is, even though I didn’t finish it did I learn to play guitar?

This game is basically a more real version of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. You have to us an actual guitar that plugs into your PS3 and from there you’ll be given instructions on how to tune your guitar before going in and starting. You’ll learn to play the guitar by playing the chosen songs that are given to you, or you could buy songs to learn to play, and each time your skill increases, so does the difficulty of the song. There are also mini games that prove as exercises in order to teach you how to play the guitar better.

I really put a lot of time and effort into this game. So much that my electric guitar string popped and I had to switch to using my acoustic guitar. Just a tip to anyone who plays this game, this game was not meant to be played using an acoustic guitar. It doesn’t pick up the notes that are played right and it just turns into a big mess. So basically there you have it. I could have went out and bought new strings for my electric guitar, but decided not to and was disappointed when my acoustic guitar didn’t work so I stopped playing all together. But did I learn to play guitar? I learned to play Love That’s Gone by La Sera really well until I stopped playing. If you asked me to play the song today I would just laugh. So no, I didn’t even learn to play guitar.

There are a total of 48 trophies for this game and I was able to get 3 out of those 48. This is really sad and pathetic, but I will say that the trophies are hard and even though some of them are common a lot of them are ultra-rare. This game really wants you to learn the guitar and when you do and you’re playing at a pro level you’ll get trophies. I think that if my electric guitar string didn’t pop I would have gotten some more trophies for this game, but that’s just the way things are.

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Probability of this game getting played again…3 out of 5.

Since way back in 2013, I’ve been saying that I’m going to buy new strings for my guitar, but that hasn’t happened since. Because the year is still new I’m going to say that I’m going to go out and buy those strings this year, re-string my guitar, and finally learn to play. Why not? I still would really love to play the guitar especially since I was classically trained to play the piano. A fun little fact about me.

Now it’s your turn. Did you love this game? Hate it? Miss Rock Band or Guitar Hero? Actually learn to play the guitar because of this game? Let me know down below in the comments section. As for next week, another free PS+ game. This one was doomed for hitting this list from the moment I played it because I wasn’t going to buy all of the DLC that came with it and even if I did I was never going to finish it for some other reasons. Next week I’ll let you know why I never finished Pinball Arcade.

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This Week in Trophies 01-13-2019 – 01-19-2019

This week was just one of those awful weeks when it came to trophies. Just awful. I don’t know how else to describe it really. It’s one of those weeks where I didn’t even get enough trophies to warrant a blog, but here it is. The only good thing worth mentioning was that I was able to get my first platinum trophy of the year. So, let’s take a look at my pathetic trophy count for the week.

Dying Light – 71%

I did it! I finally got the platinum trophy for this game and it only took almost three years to do so! While I won’t say much about this game right now because a review is coming, I know I’m still backlogged with the reviews, but I will say that I enjoyed the game but ended up hating it by the time I was finished.

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Word Search by POWGI (PS4) – 64%

This was my in between game again this week and I made some progression on it. Unlike the other games by POWGI, this one you have to play each and every puzzle in the game to get the trophies for it so I still have a lot of puzzles to go but I’ll get to all of them eventually.

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There you have it, a lousy 6 trophies this week. Yes, I say lousy even though one of them was a platinum trophy. Hopefully this will change in the upcoming week as I plan on playing the new episode of The Walking Dead, the new episode of DLC from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which has already given me some grief, and hopefully get a new trophy in WWE 2K19 because it’s PPV week! I’ll probably play some other games in between so come back next week to see how I did.

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review (PS4)

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

So by now, you have to know that I love Borderlands. You don’t just get video game tattoo’s of games that you don’t absolutely love. Anyway, I was super excited about this game because it took place during that in-between time of Borderlands 1 and Borderlands 2. Also, because it told the story of Jack and would act as a lead in for what would possibly be Borderlands 3. It took years, and the urging of my buddy @tjarvinen6, before I was able to get all of the trophies for this game, so that means it’s time for a review.

In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, you get to play as Athena, my personal favorite, Wilhelm, Nisha, Claptrap, Jack the Doppelganger, and Aureila the Baroness. As one of these characters you’ll answer a call put out by Jack looking for Vault Hunters. When you head to meet Jack, you’re in for a surprise as his station is under attack by Colonel T. Zarpedon, her legion, and some weird alien. Jack will help you escape facing certain death himself and shoot you through space hoping you survive so that you can eventually see what’s going on with Colonel Zarpedon and as is the point with any Borderlands game, find a vault.

One of the things that I like about this game is that it’s told by Athena after she’s been captured by Brick and Mordecai at Lilith’s demand. This takes place in the future after the events of Borderlands 2 where Lilith is still pretty pissed that Roland was killed and it’s Athena’s second appearance since the Secret Armory of General Knoxx DLC. Not only that, but it gives you a different look at Jack as a character. I’ve never really considered him a bad guy and this game tells you the story of how he started off wanting to do something good for Hyperion and his final descent into what the player sees him as in Borderlands 2. It also tells the story of some well-known villains from Borderlands 2, Wilhelm and Nisha. This is the good that comes out of this game. The rest of the game though is highly debatable as it has a lackluster story, even more lackluster than Borderlands 1, and not enough story to really pull you into the game and make you care about what’s going on. That being said, even the shooting and looting fails in comparison to Borderlands 2 and makes you wonder if this will be a continuing trend for the hopefully upcoming Borderlands 3.

If you’re familiar with the Borderlands series, then this game will feel familiar as all of the main gameplay elements stay the same. The only new thing added was the need for oxygen since you’re playing is space. This at times puts a damper on the game as you run out of oxygen, depending on the power of your OZ Kit, and you frantically search for oxygen hoping that you don’t die. The class of characters gets switched up a bit this time as you don’t have the standard siren, tank, gun expert, and melee expert. While Wilhelm is your tank option, Nisha your gun expert, and Athena your melee option, there is no siren. Claptrap has random powers that serve as a hinderance most of the time to you and your co-op buddies, while Jack “inspires” people, and Aureila has an ice storm. These are an interesting change ad mix up for this game, but it’s not enough. All of this is over shadowed by a faulty and confusing map and another game where the driving is just awful. Not to mention the various different bugs and glitches that are at times game breaking.

The graphics are the standard graphics you can expect from a Borderlands game. This isn’t in anyway an insult because I love the graphics and art style for Borderlands because it’s different and refreshing in an age where everything has to look super real. This game doesn’t do that and instead offers graphics that are comic book like and I really love the feel to them. It enhances the game and makes it stand out from other games.

Let’s talk about the trophies for this game. There are a total of 51 trophies for this game, 64 if you count the 3 trophies that come from The Holodome Onslaught DLC and the 10 trophies that come from the Claptastic Voyage DLC. These are the typical trophies that you can expect from a Borderlands game and including story mission trophies, side mission trophies, leveling up trophies, and of course the crazy trophies that require you to do something crazy. All of these trophies require some time, dedication, some major grinding, and three co-op partners for one trophy. While these are pretty easy to get, some just pop from dumb luck like Collateral Damage and Elementalist, you’ll probably have the most difficult time with Who You Gonna Call which requires 4 people to complete the sub-level 13 mission. With the servers being pretty much dead for this game, I suggest setting up a trophy session via PSNProfiles.com

As with all Borderlands games before it, there is no actual multiplayer for this game in the traditional sense, but some good old fashioned co-op. This is one of the things that I love about Borderlands especially now that I have a buddy who isn’t so damn serious about this game. While playing this game alone is just fine, playing with someone with a similar playstyle is always better. The servers are stable enough as well that there’s no interruption or lag during playtime.

Overall I give this game a 3.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ This game tells the story of what happened in the Borderlands universe between Borderlands 1 and Borderlands 2, along with the story of how Jack came to be the character we meet in Borderlands 2, and leaves this series wide open for a Borderlands 3.
+ There are 6 new characters for you to play this time around, some with skills that you’ll be used to and some with skills that are new.
+ The graphics are not only a highlight of this game, but the series as a whole as they enhance the actual gameplay.

What’s Not So Great:
While the story for this game is good, it’s not the same caliber of storytelling that you are used to from Borderlands 2.
The maps are just horrible for this game and can even be called useless at times as they really aren’t any help with finding objectives. Also the driving, did I mention that the driving for this game and the series as a whole is just horrible?
There’s also the huge fact that this game suffers from game breaking bugs and glitches.

Not really the next chapter of Borderlands that everyone was hoping for, this is a decent entry in the series that tells the story it needs to tell and leaves things way open for the much anticipated Borderlands 3. That’s still a thing right? The only thing that I really enjoyed about this game was being able to play as Athena and being able to hear her side of the story. As a die hard Borderlands fan, this is the one game that I will not be going back to and really can’t recommend this game. The only good selling point for this game is that if you want Borderlands 2 or your PS4 is that this game comes with it so why not play it. Other than that, I would say to give this game a pass and continue to wait for Borderlands 3.

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Review

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

I’ve wanted to see this movie for the longest time because Wonder Woman is one of my all time favorite comic book characters. Seeing what made her come into creation and why sounded intriguing to me. Unfortunately, my movie theater did not play this movie and to be honest, I added it to Hulu a long time ago and forgot about it until I noticed it when searching for a movie. After such a long wait, my expectations were extremely high. Keep reading to see if my extremely high expectations for this movie were met.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women tells the story of the creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston, played by Luke Evans. Before creating Wonder Woman, Marston and his wife, Elizabeth Marston, played by Rebecca Hall, both worked at Harvard where he was a professor and they were both perfecting the first ever lie detector test. That’s where Olive Bryne, played by Bella Heathcote, comes in. A student of William’s, she soon becomes both William’s and Elizabeth’s assistant to helping perfect the lie detector test until she becomes so much more.

I really enjoyed this movie. I thought that the premise of the whole movie was enjoyable. It’s been disputed that this wasn’t the whole truth, probably because of the highly sexual nature of this movie which shows both Elizabeth and Olive together as well as Olive and William together. Whether true or not, what’s not debatable is that both of these women inspired Wonder Woman and made Wonder Woman what she is because they both embody the perfect woman, the perfect balance, and that’s what Wonder Woman is. There wasn’t a time in this movie, which had a run time of almost two hours, that didn’t have me captivated. I was actually upset when it was over because I just wanted to know more. There were little bits at the end that explained what happened after the movie ended, but to be honest if the film was longer I wouldn’t have minded one bit. I also enjoyed how this movie was basically told as a flashback as William is fighting for his work to not be banded for showing certain images and the context of the original Wonder Woman comic that were too controversial at that time.

The Relationship Between Olive and the Marston’s While this movie shows that Olive had a sexual relationship with both Elizabeth and William, she even had William’s children, I can’t help but feel that she was more into Elizabeth than William. Throughout the movie, Olive is seen pursing Elizabeth and the approval or disapproval on Elizabeth’s part changes the course of the movie. When Elizabeth is approving of Olive’s actions, Olive is at her happiest. When Elizabeth is upset or pushing Olive away, perhaps because of her own insecurities about her sexuality, Olive is miserable. In this open relationship between Olive, Elizabeth, and William, it seems like William is an afterthought and Olive is only with him at Elizabeth’s approval. Let me know what your take on all of this down in the comments section below.

I loved the cast of this movie. It couldn’t have been more perfectly casted as all three actors, Luke Evens, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcore, made this movie. The chemistry between Hall and Heathcore is of the charts and makes this movie more enjoyable. Without the cast working as well as they did together this movie wouldn’t’ have been as good as it was.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

I thought this movie was just amazing. I loved it from start to finish and couldn’t have asked for a better movie. While all of this movie might or might not be real, the story of how these two strong women became Wonder Woman was. Saying that, I will say that this movie was gratuitous at time with the sex scenes, but they felt like an important part of the movie and not something that was thrown in for the shock value. If you’re interested in seeing how Wonder Woman came to be the icon that she is today than this is the movie for you. If you’re going to be squeamish about three consenting adults in an open relationship with complex dynamics, then I would say to skip this movie.

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I Never Finished…NHL 14…Because

NHL 14

In my quest for finding a game smaller and less aggravating than Choplifter HD, which you can read about why I didn’t finish that game here, I found this on sale in the PSN store and picked it up. I hadn’t played an actual sports game since my PS2, so you have to know that this game was extremely cheap for me to actually buy it. Plus there was my love of all things hockey, so I picked this one up in hope that I would be able to play a few games before heading into work and then playing a little when I got home and going from there. Turns out that didn’t happen and I never finished this game, so keep reading to find out why.

NHL 14 offers a bunch of different modes, but the one that I actually played was Be a Pro. In this mode you were able to make your character, kudos to NHL 14 for letting me create a woman who played hockey with the guys, and go on your journey from the small leagues of hockey to the big leagues of hockey. I really liked the different aspects of this mode especially because they tried to make it like an RPG inside of a sports game. Unfortunately this was the only mode of the game that I played so I know nothing else about this game.

While I really liked the Be a Pro Mode, after a while it was just doing the same thing over and over again and it was the repetitive nature of this game that made me push it to the side. I had forgotten how repetitive sports games were and I later came to realize that this purchase was just a mistake. At least it wasn’t a costly one because I only payed about $5 for this game so at least I didn’t pay the full $60 which would have just pissed me off so badly. Anyway, I played this game for a few weeks before calling it quits and never looking back. Until recently. A few weeks back I went and tried to play this game again while I was downloading some video’s from my PS4 and spent about 5 minutes with this game before shutting it off. Trying to start new just didn’t work for some reason even though I deleted all of my data and the graphics were just horrible so I shut it off.

Out of the 50 trophies for this game I was able to get a sad 7 trophies for this game. They were all random trophies for the Be a Pro mode like creating a character, doing some interviews, going out on the town with a teammate, and getting into a fight. All normal hockey stuff. Anyway, there are a bunch of trophies for this game and for playing every single aspect of this game which is actually really difficult because the platinum trophy has a percentage on PSNProfiles.com of 0.28%.

Probability of this game getting played again…0 out of 5.

I know this year I’m supposed to go back and replay some older games to get my rating up on them and help with my completion rating, but this is just one of those games that I can’t do it and it’s because I did try to go back a few weeks ago and play this game. That being said, I can’t see trying to actually play this game and spend more time on it then I already have. It’ll just be one of those games that will sit there and have the D rating that it does.

Now it’s your turn. Did you love this game? Hate it? Let me know down in the comments section below. Now for next week, a game that I had been wanting to get for a while. I was tired of playing with my plastic guitar and playing Rock Band and Guitar Hero. It was time to put an actual guitar that was bought for me when I was a teenager to good use and actually learn how to use it. So I went out and bought Rocksmith 2014 which promised to teach you guitar in 90 days. If it’s on this list you know I never finished it and next week I’ll let you know why.

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This Week in Trophies 01-06-2019 – 01-12-2019

I have to say that this week was kind of a blur to me as I really have no idea what the hell went on for about half of it. I worked a hell of a lot, I feel like I played a lot too, but the only way to prove that s by showing off my trophy gains for the week. So, let’s get to it and see what trophies I was able to get this week.

Fallout 76 – 28%

I hit a couple of snags with this game this week as the game locked up quite a few times when loading and it made me a little bitter about this game. What made me absolutely salty about this game though was that I was hunted and killed in my camp, when I was scrapping all of my stuff which means that all of my junk fell and my killers picked it up and ran. By the time I got to them and killed them in an effort to get my stuff back, they either didn’t have it or just left so that my bag of goodies didn’t drop. This made me pissed as it takes a while in this game to collect stuff and scrap is to that you can build and do other things and it’s like I have to start over now.

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Word Search by POWGI (PS4) – 61%

At times I didn’t have much time to game this week and this was a good fill in for that, or I wasn’t in the right mind to actually play a full game so I used this game as a chance to just kick back and relax while I listened to some music. In the process I also got some trophies so it was a win-win.

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Word Sudoku by POWGI (PS4) – 63%

Desperately needing a game like Word Search, I decided to give this game a try since it was sitting on my system and found it to actually be fun. It challenged me and I really enjoyed that because it takes the classical Sudoku but puts a spin on it by using words instead of numbers. You can switch it to numbers mode, but it’s far more interesting in word mode than numbers mode. I’m enjoying this game and am well on my way to getting the platinum for this game before moving on the PS Vita version of this game.

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Youtubers Life – 17%

I ran into another problem with this game this week as it seems like when you reach a certain point in the gamers path that you just don’t get what you’re supposed to be getting out of this game. This is disappointing as it’s basically a dumbed down version of The Sims. I decided to start on a new career path so we’ll see how it goes.

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Word Search by POWGI (PS Vita) – 73%

I used this game to play something while watching some TV this week and was able to get a trophy out of it. Compared to the PS4 version of this game, I’m a lot closer to getting the platinum trophy for this game which won’t be that bad once it finally happens. I’m actually looking forward to it so that I can remove this game from my Vita and replace it with Word Sudoku by POWGI.

There you have it a total of 31 trophies this week. Not a bad week, but not my best week either. I really thought I got a little bit more in the trophy department, but like I said before this week has kind of been a blur for me as I’ve been working a lot and took on a few side projects to make ends meet. That being said, next week promises to be more of the same so I’m going to continue playing these games basically and see where that leads me. I’ll let you know how things turn out next week.

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – Claptastic Voyage DLC Review (PS4)

Borderlands; The Pre-Sequel - Claptastic Voyage

If you know me then you know that I just love Borderlands. I didn’t always love it as one point in time I refused to play it until it was pushed on me and I played it for the sake of playing it. I still really didn’t like the game at that point. It wasn’t until I was kind of pushed to play by myself that I began to appreciate it more and grow to love it. Now it’s in my top 10 list and it’s one of those games that I keep on my system and go back to play every now and again either to help out some random person or just to play a few missions myself. Anyway, this was one of those DLC’s for the Pre-Sequel that I was looking forward to because it kind of promised to be Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep story heavy. Unfortunately though it really wasn’t what I was expecting and this was just going to go on my I Never Finished list until my buddy @tjarvinen86 wanted to get the platinum for this game and to do that we had to do it right meaning we had to also get the 100%. So, needless to say I was able to get all of the trophies for this DLC so that means it’s time for a review.

In Claptastic Voyage, you can play the character that you were playing through the main campaign whether it be Athena, my personal favorite, Wilhelm, Nisha, Claptrap, Jack the Doppelganger, or Aurelia the Baroness. Taking place after the main campaign of the story, the DLC is narrated by Athena at the urging of Claptrap as he asks her to tell everyone the story of another mission that Jack sent them on. While each character will have their own motive for going on the mission, the main mission is basically for you to become digitized and go into the mind of Claptrap to retrieve the H source which will make Jack even more powerful than he is by the end of the game. The outcome will lead directly into the opening sequence of Borderlands 2.

As much as I’m a fan of this series, I’m not really a fan of this DLC. Although I will say that the story is a fun one as you get to poke around inside the mind of Claptrap, it in no way is comparable to Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep when it comes to the story. The story is there, but what makes this DLC lengthy is the mutator rounds which is basically just another Holodome Onslaught type of thing, not the story. Of course it tells how and why Claptrap is the only one of his kind left and I guess that was the main point of the DLC, but it could have been done in a different more interesting way. This DLC felt like a chore to play as the maps were difficult to navigate and if you were lost then you were kind of fucked. Whether playing alone or playing with a buddy, nothing made this DLC fun and after a while, the story of it just fell flat as you were running around constantly getting lost or having something random happen. I know that the randomness of this DLC was supposed to be like that because you’re in the mind of Claptrap, but it was still frustrating and made this one of the less enjoyable Borderlands DLC.

The playability of this DLC was the same as the game itself. Everything that was in the main campaign followed over into the DLC which was good because you were still able to do everything that you were used to doing during the main campaign. The big problem that I had with this game though was the maps for each area of the DLC. The maps were so difficult to navigate as sometimes you would use teleports to take you to a place only to find out that you passed the place up somehow and you had to do this section all over again to get it right. Then there were parts of the map that required precise jumping. Like that really happens in a Borderlands game. No precise jumping lead to a lot of dying and a lot of time just sighing and trying to finish this DLC.

The graphics for this DLC are the same as the main game and they aren’t that bad. They aren’t the greatest as this game was just a port from the PS3 version, but they aren’t the worst either. I’ve always held a fondness for the graphics when it comes to Borderlands because of how different they are. They take the comic book / graphic novel type of art and bring it to life in a game. I think it’s awesome and it’s something that this game does best.

Now onto the trophies for this DLC. There are a total of 10 trophies for this DLC and unfortunately there is one missable trophy that if you don’t get it on the first go around you’ll have to play about half of the DLC all over again either with a different character or on a harder difficulty in order to get it. I’m talking about the Wheely Fast trophy, which kind of turns you into Indiana Jones as you have to outrun a bolder. I have to tell you that the first go around when I originally played this DLC back in 2015, I missed this trophy and because of that I completely gave up ever getting this DLC done again because I didn’t feel like putting myself through this DLC again. When my buddy, @tjarvinen86, said that he still had this mission open in his game and we were getting the trophy, it motivated me to go through and cleanup the trophies for this DLC which are fairly easy as long as you don’t miss that one trophy. The rest of the trophies are of course story based and grindy, but nothing that can’t be done.

I’ve played this DLC alone and I’ve played it with a buddy. I have to say that I enjoyed this DLC a lot more playing with a buddy. This is one of those DLC’s where you should play with someone who isn’t always so serious and just wants to have fun because this DLC, just like the main game, isn’t meant to be taken seriously. It’s supposed to be fun and you’re supposed to be a jackass. I’ve played Borderlands a bunch of ways. I’ve played with real serious people where things had to be done a certain type of way, I’ve played by myself where I just did whatever the hell I wanted, and I’ve played with people who need to have certain loot drops and would save and quit when a loot drop didn’t happen. This was the first time that I played with someone who just wanted to be fun and it really made a huge difference. This DLC like the game was made to play in co-op and the servers are stable enough that you can do it so why not take advantage of it?

Overall I give this DLC a 3 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ If you ever wanted to go inside the mind of Claptrap to see what’s really going on in there, now is your chance. Spoiler alert, it’s just as crazy as you probably already imagined.
+ This is the final DLC for the Pre-Sequel and it leads up to the opening sequence of Borderlands 2 which is nice especially if you want to play in order. While it doesn’t have that huge Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep story, the story is there and it’s worth playing.
+ The graphics for this DLC are consistent with the rest of the game and it’s worth noting that for a huge game like Borderlands, the graphics are unique and interesting and really make the game.
+ While you can do this alone, it’s more fun to co-op this DLC because Borderlands was meant to be played with friends. Not only does it make the loot drops better when you fight the main boss battles, but it makes the DLC itself more fun.

What’s Not So Great:
The maps for this DLC are just horrible. You will find yourself getting constantly lost or constantly dying as you try to get from one part of the map to another. This makes the DLC become annoying and at times just unplayable as you want to rage quit.

While this isn’t the best DLC out there for a Borderlands game, it’s a decent DLC that deserves some recognition. It’s an expansion on the game, but just not what I really thought it would be. It’s kind of hard to top Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep and even though this DLC tried to do that, it really couldn’t. The story was there, but what made this DLC long was the Holodome Onslaught type of battle after the DLC was over. What was enjoyable was that it lead to the opening sequence of Borderlands 2, which was a nice little surprise especially if you played Borderlands 2 first. I would say that if you’re playing on the PS4, that you might as well play because you got this DLC for free. If you have to purchase this DLC for the PS3, I would probably say to pass unless you’re a diehard Borderlands fan like I am. This was a nice ending to the Pre-Sequel, as I now patiently await Borderlands 3 as I have been for the last 4 years.

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Bird Box Review

Bird Box

As much as I wanted to wanted to watch this movie, I was also extremely weary going in. In the past, Netflix has kind of been a hit and miss when it comes to their original movies. Sure this movie showed some huge stars, but we all know that a movie can have a cast of multi-million dollar stars and still be a piece of shit. Deciding to take a chance on this movie, I went in with low expectations. Keep reading to see what I thought about this movie.

Taking place in the near future, Bird Box is about Mallory, played by Sandra Bullock. The beginning of the movie shows Mallory barking orders at two children Boy, played by Julian Edwards, and Girl, played by Vivien Lyra Blair, before putting on their blindfolds and heading out on a 22 mile trek down river in hopes of finding sanctuary. Cut to five years earlier when Mallory and her sister, played by Sarah Paulson, are on their way to the hospital to get an ultrasound on the then pregnant Mallory. There’s talk of an outbreak spreading across other nations of mass suicides, but of course it’ll be figured out before anything like that comes to the US. Cut to ten minutes later when disaster strikes and Mallory finds herself fighting for her life. Finding safe haven in a random house with a bunch of strangers, Mallory will have to learn how to survive without using her sight because the moment someone see’s what’s outside is the moment they kill themselves by any means possible

A rip-off of A Quite Place? The debate between whether or not this movie is similar and therefore a rip-off of A Quite Place, which you can read my review of that movie here, is on. Is this movie a rip-off of a successful movie or does it stand on its own? While at times this movie does seem like a different version of A Quite Place, because in this movie they can’t see and scream really loudly in order to find someone, it is different. Concepts of the “unknown” are present in both movies, even though you know in A Quite Place about the aliens, you never really see them all too much, but each movie stands on its own. I can see where the comparisons come in, but I think that both movies have enough differences that they stand on their own. Let me know down in the comments section if you think that Bird Box is a rip-off of A Quite Place.

Overall I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It captivated me from beginning to end and was intriguing. The characters in this movie suffered from the normal horror movie tropes, but the concept was an interesting one. The image of people killing themselves after encountering the “unknown” were disturbing while the people who felt saved and clear after encountering the “unknown” was interesting. While never truly explained what is plaguing the world in this movie, the fear of the unknown is enough to keep this movie interesting, and gives the characters motive to use their other senses in order to survive. This movie could have done without some things, that I’ll get to in a moment, but overall I would call this movie a success. The only thing that would have made this movie better was to perhaps go into the mind of someone who seen one of these things to see what was so horrifying that they felt the need to kill themselves.

When Did Horror Movies Become So Emotional? Both Bird Box and A Quite Place have highly emotional endings that had this horror movie fan shed a few tears. When the hell did this happen and why did it happen? Horror movies are just that, they’re supposed to scare you, maybe make you think of a “what if” at best, but make you cry? No thank you. Save that shit for drama’s. I can see the emotion aspect of being used to gain more female viewers, but that’s just a slap in the face to existing horror movies fans. If you aren’t a horror movie fan, the promise of some overly emotional ending isn’t going to turn you into a fan or make the movie any more popular.

While I would say that this was a great ensemble movie, it wasn’t. Sandra Bullock is the star of this movie and it basically revolves around her. The other characters in the movie seem only there to advance her story and nothing more. People like Sarah Paulson and B.D. Wong play small roles as does John Malkovich. I find this movie to probably be Sandra Bullock’s most honest role as her rom-com performances seem forced while this role seems to be more fitting. That being said, this is probably my favorite Sandra Bullock movie because it seems to be the most fitting role for her.

Overall I give this movie a 3.5 out of 5.

Don’t get the wrong idea from my rating of this movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I felt horror baited as I was promised a horror movie and at best got an emotional thriller. I watched people disturbingly kill themselves one minute as they seen whatever they saw and the next minute watch a woman fall in love. One minute Sandra Bullock was fighting off a “woken” man with a machete and the next minute having an emotional break through. Other than that I genuinely enjoyed the movie and the thrill and horror of the unknown striking at any moment. If you’re a horror fan looking for blood and gore, I would say look somewhere else because you aren’t going to find it here. If you’re a fan of emotional thrillers and don’t mind seeing some disturbing images I would say that this is a movie for you and is definitely worth a watch.

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