This Week in Trophies 10-14-2018 – 10-20-2018

This week was basically and up and down kind of week. I wasn’t really feeling all that great mid week and actually didn’t game for a couple of days in order to rest up. No one really likes to game when they’re sick. Anyway, I was feeling better by the end of the week and tried to get as many trophies as possible. Take a look and see what I was able to get for the week.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 22%

I’m still loving this game and I’m loving the fact that I don’t have to actually work on the story at the moment and I can go around and just do random stuff. If one of the random things I choose to do just happens to be the story, then so be it. If not, I really don’t care as I just love exploring ancient Greece and I love playing as Kassandra.

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Doodle Devil – 100%

I picked this game up on sale yesterday and actually completed it. So while I won’t be saying much about it here, I will say that I have a review coming up for it in a few weeks and will actually have a trophy guide for it as well, so stay tuned for both of those.

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Far Cry 3 Classic Edition – 35%

For some reason I remember having more fun playing this game on my PS3. I’m having a really hard time playing this game for some reason and every time I load the game to play it just feels like this huge chore. I’m not sure what’s going on, but I will continue on with this game to get the platinum because it would look really weird to have the platinum trophy for this on the PS3 and not the PS4.

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Minecraft – 28%

This still isn’t my favorite game, but if I know someone who says, “hey come in my game and get some free trophies,” I’m not going to pass that up. So, that’s basically what I did this week. I knew someone who was able to get me some trophies and I did. Yay trophies.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider – 55%

I finally finished this game this week, and although I did enjoy this game, I don’t think it was worth the $60 that I paid for it. Sorry, but it just wasn’t. The chances of me getting the platinum trophy for this game are kind of slim, but I wouldn’t rule it out. I’m kind of happy though with the 55% that I finished with. I might go back and so some of the challenge tombs and try to complete the game to 100%, but I’m not sure about the difficulty related trophies. I also thought that this was a fitting end to a series that has naturally come to close.

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There you have it, a total of 29 trophies which isn’t bad considering that I didn’t game for most of the week. While it’s not the best week, it wasn’t the worst either. Anyway, this blog is going to be on hold for the next week and will pick up again on November 4th as I have some stuff that I’ll be doing next weekend and will be unable to blog. Shock and horror I know, but we’ll see how many trophies I can get in two weeks time. For the next two weeks though, I’ll be playing some more Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, maybe some Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and of course Red Dead Redemption 2. I’ll let you know how everything goes when this blog resumes in November.

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Most Anticipated Game for November 2018

November 2018

I can’t believe it’s going to be November already. What they say is totally true. After August, the rest of the year just flies right on by and that’s what it’s doing right now. Anyway, November promise to be another great month for gaming, like it usually is so let’s get into what’s coming out and what I’ll be playing next month.

*Just as a side note, my list of November releases is not perfect. There might be some missing, or some dates may change. If you have anything you want to add feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll include it in the list.*

11/06/2018
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom – PS4
Moonlighter – PS4
GRIP: Combat Racing – PS4
Senran Kagura Burst Re: Newal – PS4
Omen of Sorrow – PS4

11/13/2018
FORTNITE Deep Freeze Bundle – PS4
My Riding Stables – Life with Horses – PS4
Hitman 2 – PS4
Spyro Reignited Trilogy – PS4
Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition – PS4

11/14/2018
Fallout 76 – PS4

11/20/2018
Battlefield V – PS4
Carnival Games – PS4
Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase – PS4

11/27/2018
Darksiders III – PS4
Psyvariar Delta – PS4

11/30/018
Ride 3 – PS4

There you have a it, a huge list of games for the month of November, and the only one that interests me enough to get on release day is…Fallout 76. If you’ve read this blog before then you probably already knew that. I also have a huge amount of backlog to work on as well so I’m going to try and fit this in as much as possible especially since Red Dead Redemption comes out only a few weeks before. We’ll see how it all goes.

Now it’s your turn. What games will you be playing in November? Will you be playing Fallout 76 and venturing out into the wasteland or will you be playing the new Battlefield V? Let me know down in the comments section below. As for December, I expect it to be a quite month, but one never knows and we’ll talk about what’s coming out in December next month.

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Ex Machina Review

Ex-Machina

I’ve been wanting to see this movie for the longest time, but it was one of those movies that was released in the theater and only lasted a few weeks. Then, like I usually do, I completely forgot about this movie until it popped up recently on Netflix. Remembering how much I wanted to watch this movie, I went ahead and watched it as soon as possible. See if it lived up to my expectations or if it was just another flop that I wasted two hours of my life on.

Ex Machina is about Caleb, played by Domhnall Gleeson. Caleb is your average programmer at an internet company until he gets the chance of a lifetime. To meet the creator of the company Nathan, played by Oscar Isaac, and take part in a secret underground tech experiment. Caleb thinks that he’s won the lottery at this point especially when he finds out that Nathan has developed a fully functional AI, Ava, played by Alicia Viklander. During his stay there, Caleb will take part in the Turing Test to see if Ava can truly pass for a human or if she’s too much of an AI. This will take a wild turn of events as Caleb begins to doubt everything, even his own existence, and leave you with an ending that was jaw dropping.

I have to say that I just loved this movie from start to finish. The story was an interesting one and I enjoyed the interactions between Caleb and Ava as Caleb took part of the Turing Test. I will admit that the movie is a weird one and has some weird scenes, but what sci-fi movie doesn’t? I mean seriously, every sci-fi movie has some weird scenes in it. They kind of break of the seriousness of the movie and kind of serve their own purpose. This movie was super serious though and I liked watching the progression of how Caleb felt about Ava over time. I also liked how easily manipulated he was by not only Ava, but Nathan as well. Caleb was just one of these guys that wanted to learn and believe which left him vulnerable and gullible to this game that Nathan was playing. While the whole movie was interesting from start to finish, the ending really was just jaw dropping and will make you re-think the whole movie.

Hmm…this movie reminds me of something. While watching this movie, I kept feeling like I had seen this before. It wasn’t because I had watched it and then forgot about it before realizing that I watched the movie while watching the movie. It was because it reminded me of that seven minute short that was released by Quantic Dream, Kara. The movie feels like it really borrows heavily from this little seven minute short that turned into Detroit: Become Human. It did this so much so that I had to watch Kara after watching the movie to make sure I wasn’t just making things up. I really liked how the movie did this because I remember watching Kara when it first came out and being amazed by it.

These three actors along with the addition of Sonoya Mizuno make up the whole movie. The movie revolves around them because they are the only ones in this underground bunker. They really worked well together and when things were going great you would think that they were the best of friends and then when the mistrust and the other issues started to come into it, you really felt the suspicion that they had of one another. I have to say that Alicia Viklander did an amazing performance as Ava and was completely believable as an AI who was trying to function as a human. These actors really make the movie more intense and bring the movie to life.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

I thought this movie was amazing and really didn’t get the credit that it deserved. The whole movie from start to finish was just mind blowing and the ending was just in a different category of endings. I would say that if you’re a fan of sci-fi movies and the development of actual AI then this is the movie for you because it has all of that. If you aren’t really a fan of sci-fi or AI type things, I would say to still give this movie a chance because you never know. It wasn’t all just science and programming, it was about real interactions and a blur between what was real and what wasn’t. I can’t say it enough how great this movie actually was. I would say that if I had the chance to watch it again that I totally would.

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I Never Finished…Peggle…Because

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Peggle was one of those game that the only reason I ever started it in the first place was because it came with another game that I bought which was Plants Vs. Zombies for the PS3, you can read my review of that game here. This game came in a nice little package of three games and out of the three, I finished Plants Vs. Zombies to 100%, never finished Peggle, and never even started Heavy Weapon. Since I started Peggle, but never finished it, it’s time to find out why.

In Peggle, each different level and area brings you a new challenge, clear the little orange balls from the board of blue balls. Yes I know that sounds weird, but it is what it is. Anyway, each area will have its own Peggle master to lead you on your way and help you get clear the orange balls. You’ll also have different challenges to complete, an adventure mode, and even an online multiplayer mode. It seems like you can never run out of things to do in this game and really you can’t as this is one of those games that you can just keep playing and playing.

I really do enjoy Peggle. I even have the platinum trophy for Peggle 2 on the PS4, you can read my review of that game here. This being the first Peggle game was very different from the PS4 game, not in a bad way, just in a this is the first game in the series way. While some might think it’s simple to just hit a bunch of orange balls and move onto the next level, it’s not as simple as you think. This game actually requires some thought put into it as well as some luck. It’s a 50/50 type thing and the reason why I never actually finished it was because I just grew a little frustrated with it after playing a level over and over again and not being able to beat it. Stuff like that happens to everyone and after trying to beat a level for a couple of days, I just gave up and never went back to this game.

As you can see from the picture above, I was able to get a total of 9 trophies for this game. 8 of them out of the base 12 trophies and 1 of them out of the 3 DLC trophies. Yes, this game had DLC. Can you believe it? Well it’s not that farfetched since Peggle 2 had DLC too. Anyway, I’m missing some big trophies for this game that include completing the challenge mode, scoring 20 million in adventure mode, beating 3 other people in a Peggle party by 100,000 points, and the list goes on. These aren’t easy trophies. They range from Rare to Ultra-Rare so I’m not that upset about not having them. Now if they were Common trophies, I might be a little pissed, but they’re not so I’m totally fine with not having them.

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

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I’m not going to say that I’m never going to play Peggle again. I really do enjoy this game and the little craziness that is Peggle. I’m just going to keep this game on the backburner of games that I would play again if I had all the time in the world. Although, I feel like if I had all the time in the world it would be like that episode of the Twilight Zone, where all that guy wants to do is read and when he gets all the time in the world to read his glasses break. That would be me. All the time in the world to game and my glasses would break. Anyway, if and when I get the time I wouldn’t rule out playing Peggle again.

Now it’s your turn. Love this game? Hate it? Get it on disc with Plants Vs. Zombies or did you download the game? Let me know down in the comments section. Now for next week, a game that I thought would be easy yet it’s been sitting on my trophy list untouched for 5 years. I bought this for my PS Vita, but because it’s a cross buy I can also play on my PS3. While I haven’t played it on the PS3 only on the PS Vita, next week I’ll let you know why I never finished Dragon Fantasy Book 1.

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This Week in Trophies 10-07-2018 – 10-13-2018

While this week wasn’t as great as last week, I still had a pretty decent trophy haul that I’m proud of and I was able to stream a lot more. While I wasn’t able to stream as much as I wanted to, it was still something. I think of this week as kind of a win-win type week, so let’s get into my trophy breakdown for the week.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 18%

Have I said how much I absolutely love this game? I want to play this game 24/7 and I still feel like that wouldn’t be enough to embrace this whole game. The map is huge, the story is intriguing, and everything just feels right with this game. I love this game. I’ve said that already right?

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Far Cry 3 Classic Edition – 34%

This game on the other hand, I’m not enjoying as much as I thought I would have. I really enjoyed playing this game on the PS3, but I’m having a really hard time playing this game on the PS4 for some reason. I’m going to finish this game, but it’s just taking a while and I’m getting a little antsy when it comes to this game.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider – 40%

So I have been dragging my feet to play this game because it was just super boring to me and the whole thing made no sense, but I’m at this part now where I’m having this big revelation. I’m really enjoying the game now and I want to, no need to, see how this game ends and see if this big theory I have on the game is true or not. I won’t spoil anything here, but I look forward to continuing this game.

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There you have it, a total of 22 trophies for this week, not bad, but not as great as last week either. I’m pretty happy with my overall trophy haul and will continue to stay on this path for this week. The following week is going to be chaotic with the release of Red Dead Redemption too and the fact that I’ll be taking a little break from gaming and this blog. We’ll see how it goes though and I’ll let you know how everything worked out for this upcoming week next week.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man Review (PS4)

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To be honest I wasn’t even supposed to play this game. I was either going to wait until it went on sale at Christmas time or I was just going to skip it all together. It just so happens that I went on a little bit of a game binge and purchased a bunch of games and this was one of them. I went in with really no hype or prior judgement because I didn’t read much into it. After almost two weeks, I fully completed the game and got myself another platinum trophy, so that means it’s time for a review.

In Marvel’s Spider-Man you’ll play well, Spider-Man. When you’re not playing a Spider-Man you’ll be playing as Peter Parker. So, everyone knows the story of Spider-Man, he was bitten by a radioactive spider and got spider like powers. Now he takes down the bad guys of NYC and tries to be a do-gooder. In this little adventure you’ll be taking down some small time criminals, someone that is close to Peter and he admires, and Peter’s mentor that has gone a little insane. During this time you’ll swing your way through NYC and take on various different tasks in various different locations. You’ll also get play as MJ, Spider-Man / Peter’s ex-girlfriend, and Miles, someone that Peter comes across later on in the game after some events. While they don’t have Spider-Man powers, they still have missions and have to be super sneaky and use their own ways to get around instead of webbing, punching, and kicking their way through missions. You’ll also see what Mayor Osbourne is up to during this time and how he plays a role in the whole scheme of things. The adventure is an overall interesting one and of course ends on a cliff hanger that leaves this series open to multiple sequels.

When it comes to this game, I’m 50/50 on the enjoyability of it. I really liked swinging through NYC and completing various side missions, finding the collectibles, and completing the many different hideouts and labs throughout the city. On the other hand, I really could not get invested into the story until the very end of the game. After that it felt like it was too late because the story was over and it ended on a little bit of a sour note. I do have to say that while I didn’t like the first post credit scene, that revealed something to Peter, I did enjoy the second post credit scene and it was one of those scenes that is going to make me buy the next game. That being said, I really feel that the story of this game fell flat. It tried to push too much into too little of a game. What are the chances that all of Spider-Man’s arch enemies get out of jail in one major jail break and wreak havoc on the streets of NYC? What does that leave for the next game then? I think that the story was just too much and would have been fine with just one main enemy to fight and then leave the other enemies for other games. It was like they just forced all of these huge enemy boss battles into a small period of time, which was the end of the game, and it made it less enjoyable.

The playability of this game isn’t bad. The kicking, punching, and webbing stuff kind of felt like a Batman game and got boring really fast. There are only so many times that you can just beat people up before it becomes way too routine and feels like a chore. The swinging through NYC and taking on the various other activities through was phenomenal and was some of the most fun that I’ve had throughout the game. At first I thought the swinging part would be difficult and just too complicated, but it was made flawlessly and it was done in a way where it was extremely easy to get used to and it felt like when you weren’t swinging it was a huge hassle. I really enjoyed the fact as well that the game just played flawlessly. There were no bugs or glitches or any other problems that I encountered throughout my whole playthrough. I didn’t have to worry about the game crashing or anything else and that made it even better.

My favorite part of this game was the graphics, but not all of the graphics. My favorite graphics were of course the city scape. How could you not love how NYC was built in this game and just how real it felt? The views were just amazing and one of my favorite part of the games was swinging through times square which was done perfectly. Like I said before though, not all of the graphics were great and I felt like a lot of the cut scenes suffered in the graphics department. The faces were a little awkward at times and although they looked real, in the same sense they just looked off. I can honestly say the only face that was done completely right in the game was the cameo from Stan Lee. The rest of the faces were just not that impressive. Not to mention the people in the street were the same repeat of people throughout the whole game. Once again I realize that there are a lot of people that need to be generated, but a little change in different areas would have been nice to see.

Now for the trophies, there are a total of 51 trophies for this game and each of them are super easy to get making this probably the easiest AAA platinum trophy that I’ve ever gotten. There is nothing that’s missable and as long as you complete the game to 100% and do everything this game has to offer, there isn’t a reason why you wouldn’t get the platinum trophy for this game. I can’t say that there was a time that I thought I wouldn’t get the platinum trophy because even though there are a lot of collectibles and things to do, they just come naturally during the course of the game. Even the little silly trophies that are thrown in there like getting on top of the Avengers tower, is just something that you’ll eventually do. Not to mention that all the collectibles are marked out clearly on the map and there’s no way that you’ll even miss anything.

This is strictly a single player game and I like that. Kudos to the developers of this game for not adding on some tacked on multiplayer although, I’m not sure how that would have even worked. I really like that a lot of the Sony exclusives concentrate on being single player orientated for us non-multiplayer people out there.

Overall I give this game a 3 out of 5.

What’s Great:

+ Swinging through NYC is the best part of this game and one of the most fun things to do in this game. Not to mention that it’s also flawless and it isn’t complicated at all.
+ This game is packed with content from story missions, to side missions, to collectibles, and just taking down bad guys, there isn’t a time when you’re searching for things to do.
+ Not only is swinging through NYC fun, but the graphics for the city are spot on and beautifully crafted. It’s really amazing how real and how life like the city looked in this game.
+ Can I just add I how amazed I was that there were no bugs or glitches in this game that hindered it in any way? This was a really big accomplishment and something you don’t see often.

What’s Not So Great:

This game tried to pack way too much of a game into too little of a time frame. The story was overloaded with almost all of Spider-Man’s biggest enemies and instead of doing this, the game could have concentrated on one main enemy leaving the game open to even more sequels. This would have made the story more personal and less of a big cluster fuck by the end of the game.
The kicking, punching, and webbing got old way too early as it was the same thing over and over again without change. Yes, you could use different webs and different abilities based on the suit you wore, but it just didn’t matter. It was the same thing for each fight and it got boring really fast.
While some of the visuals were nice, the cut scenes were sorely lacking, and the facial animations felt like they tried way too hard to project and they just didn’t. This was a big disappointment because the scenery was nice, but the main cut scenes were not. Not to mention the people on the streets of NYC were way too repetitive.

Even though I’m not the biggest Spider-Man fan, I was able to see both the good and bad of this game. I will say for the most part the game was a good one, but that the main story was lacking and that kind of took away from the immersion of the game. Story missions, especially the ones where you didn’t play as Spider-Man felt way too tedious and also had the insta-fail moments in them that made them frustrating. The game also ended on a bit of a sour note that wasn’t all that pleasant but in the same time the appeal of a sequel was there and will make me come back for another dose of Spider-Man. I would say that if you’re a huge Spider-Man fan, you’ll want to get this game. It features almost all of Spider-Man’s arch enemies and all the familiar characters that you’ll know and love. If you’re not a Spider-Man fan, I would say that if you like the feel of a Batman / inFAMOUS type game then you’ll enjoy this game. You might want to pick it up on sale though instead of paying the full $60 for it. If not, I would say that even though this is an easy platinum trophy to go ahead and skip this game because it’s going to get boring really fast and your money could be spend somewhere else.

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Life of the Party Review

Life of the Party

This was one of those movies that I never had the chance to see in the movie theaters. Sometimes there are so many things to see at once and you kind of have to pick and choose and although I really wanted to see this movie, I just couldn’t find the time to do so. Anyway, I was finally able to do it which means that I had some pretty high expectations going into the movie because one, the previews looked hilarious, and two it had Melissa McCarthy in it. Were my high expectations for this movie met? Keep reading to find out.

After dropping her daughter off for her senior year at college, Deena, played by Melissa McCarthy, finds out that her husband is divorcing her. This causes the little structured world that she lives in turn upside down as she prepares for basically losing everything. She decides though that instead of moping around that she’s going to go back to college and finish up her senior year, since she dropped out because she was pregnant, and finally get her degree.

While this movie had its funny and touching moments, like all movies created by Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone do, this movie just didn’t work. It felt stale and a little played out by this point even though Melissa McCarthy takes on a different role then she has from other movies that she’s been in. I thought that the concept of the movie was creative, but the delivery just fell flat and while it was funny, it wasn’t the normal Melissa McCarthy laugh out loud funny. Also, the touching moments felt a little off beat as they really didn’t come off all that well. I think this movie had everything in line for it to be successful, but just failed at all of them. This wasn’t your normal Melissa McCarthy funny and that hurt the movie a lot. Maybe the type of comedy that people know Melissa McCarthy for is just being over played and it’s time for something new.

Saying all of that, I want to say that I still think that Melissa McCarthy is brilliant and I think that’s she’s a great writer and comedian but this isn’t her best performance. There are a bunch of other people in this movie, but instead of creating this an ensemble movie it instead solely concentrates on her while making the rest of the cast the supporting members. Even when it’s about someone else in the cast, she’s always there. I think that was one of the problems with this movie. Also it felt like the cast just didn’t click all that well like it did in previous movies and that caused a major problem.

Overall I give this movie a 2 out of 5.

I really wasn’t feeling this movie and thought that it was probably one of the worst movies that Melissa McCarthy created and played in. The movie was a little on the short side, which seeing how bad it turned out was probably a good thing, but it just didn’t deliver on anything. The comedy, while there, was short lived and not that funny and the same goes for the touching moments. Not to mention the cast didn’t really click that well. This movie just felt really stale and played out and even Melissa McCarthy couldn’t save it or create it well enough to be a hit like her other movies. I would say that if you’re a Melissa McCarthy fan, you’ll probably want to see this, but prepare to be disappointed if you’re expecting anything like Tammy or The Boss. If you’re not a fan and are looking for a comedy, skip this one and watch something else.

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I Never Finished…Tetris…Because (PS3)

Tetris

This is a game that I’ve been playing since the release on the NES. Now I might not have known what I was doing on the NES and just trying to make different designs on the board, but when this game was released for the PS3 I was a complete master at it. I had not only mastered the NES version, but countless others and it was time for one more, except I never finished this game. Keep reading to find out why.

There is no story for Tetris. You basically set up your game and start moving your blocks around in order to make lines. The more lines you get, the more points you get, and the more points you get the higher level you get. A higher level of Tetris also means a higher level of speed that the blocks are moving down towards you at. This makes for great fun, and the addition of multiplayer for this game wasn’t bad either, if you had someone to play with.

While this isn’t my favorite version of Tetris, I would have to go with the classic NES version as my favorite, I will say that this is my favorite PlayStation version of Tetris. There has been a PS4 version, and we’ll get to why I wasn’t so happy with that one and why I didn’t finish it later on. Now onto the PS3 version though. I thoroughly enjoyed this game, even though none of the later released versions of Tetris stick close to the NES one, I liked the new spin on this game. I liked the challenges, I liked the new style, and I even liked the multiplayer, when I had someone to play with. Overall it was just an enjoyable experience. Even though I enjoyed playing this game, I also never finished it. That’s mostly on me because even though I could play Tetris for hours, days even, there were just other things to play at the time and while I continued to try to fit this game in, my time with this game just got less and less until I just stopped playing.

There are only 12 trophies for this game and as you can see from the picture above, I was able to get 6 of them. I think that getting half the trophies for this game isn’t all that bad actually and I’m pretty proud of myself for doing it. There are a few difficult trophies left, some multiplayer ones and I’m not even sure if the servers are still running for this game at this point, and some challenge trophies left. Overall it’s a do-able trophy list if you have the time and dedication to get all 12 trophies.

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

I was scrolling through my downloaded PS3 game about a week back and seen this game and I kind of got into that Tetris mood all over again. I’m not sure when I’m going to be able to play or if I’ll actually go and play, but I would like to think that one day I will go and replay this game possibly soon if I have some extra time. I know the whole extra time thing seems like a joke at this point, but it’s true. If I had some extra time I would like to go and play this game. Not even for the trophies, but just for fun. I’m completely happy with my A rank in this game and at least having half of the trophies for it.

Now it’s your turn. Love this game? Hate this game? Have been playing Tetris forever like me and have a favorite version? Let me know down in the comments section below and for next week another unfinished game. Another game that I started long ago and then tried to finished it because I was trying to raise my overall completion. As you can tell that didn’t work out so well since I’ll be talking about it next week. So come back next week so I can tell you why I never finished Peggle.

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This Week in Trophies 09-30-2018 – 10-06-2018

This was another awesome week of gaming for me as I crushed it again in the trophy department. I really had a great time gaming this week and even though I crushed it in the trophy department, I still really wish that I had more time to game. Doesn’t every adult though? Anyway onto the trophies that I was able to get for the week.

Marvel’s Spider-Man – 100%

I finally got the platinum trophy for this game. This was a huge success for me and I can’t wait to talk more about this game in my upcoming review this Wednesday.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 12%

I was extremely hyped about this game and when I finally got it on Friday I couldn’t wait to play it. Turns out the hype is real and I am really loving each and every aspect of this game. I can’t play enough of it and at this point it feels like I have to force myself to play other games that I was playing in order to finish them up when all I really want to do is play this game 24/7.

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Far Cry 3 Classic Edition – 26%

I’m still enjoying this game as I’ve only really been playing it one day a week. I’m going to try and up that, but with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey I feel like it’s going to be impossible. I will try and switch things up a bit, but we’ll see how it goes.

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Life is Strange 2 – 18%

I finally finished the first episode of this game which means I’m not going to say a lot about it here and you’ll have to wait for my review which will be out next Wednesday.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider – 17%

I really don’t know what to think about this game. When I’m playing it I feel like I can’t put it down, when I’m not playing it, it’s the last thing on my mind. I’m on the fence with this game and I think I just need to progress through the story a little bit more and see how things go.

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Word Search by POWGI (PS Vita) – 67%

I’m slowly making my way through this game and heading towards the platinum trophy. Since I’m playing on the PS Vita it makes it a little easier to play since I’m just basically playing whenever I’m watching something boring on TV or something that I’m really not into. It’s a great game for that.

And that’s it for this week, a total of 42 trophies which makes me extremely happy since by the end of the month this is going to completely drop to nothing as I head off to Spooky Empire, which promises to be the darker side of comic-con. That’s not until the end of the month though so I have plenty of time to make up for all the gaming that won’t be done that weekend. For the upcoming week I’m going to try and mix things up and play some Assassin’s Cred Odyssey, Far Cry 3 Classic Edition, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. I want to give these games some equal time and attention so we’ll see how that goes and I’ll let you know my progress on the trophies next week.

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Gaming Goals for the New Year – September 2018 – UPDATE

I was pretty nervous about this month actually. The year is just about over and my goals are basically not even close to being accomplished. I’ve made minimum progress on these goals at best and things just haven’t been going my way. Then there was the fact that towards the end of the month I binge bought a bunch of games knowing that I would have new games to play in October. What did I get myself into this past month? Anyway, keep reading to see how I progressed on my goals.

Gaming Goals for 2018

Have a total of 125 platinum trophies.

– Starting # of Platinum Trophies: 91
– Ending # of Platinum Trophies: 95
After getting two platinum trophies last month, there was no way I thought I would be able to make that much progress again for another month but I completely surprised myself and not only got two platinum trophies, but four! At this point I’m really confided that I can at least hit that 100 mark by the end of the year and work towards getting past 100 next year. I’m so close to my triple digit number at this point that I’m trying extremely hard to reach it. I want to be a member of the 100 platinum club too!

Have a total of 10,000 trophies.

– Starting # of Trophies: 8,592
– Ending # of Trophies: 8,759
I totally crushed this goal again as I was able to go well over the 100 mark and almost hit the 200 mark. I’m extremely proud of myself since this has been an extremely rare occurrence as of late and I’ll basically take it. I’m really close to hitting the 9,000 mark and I’ll be happy once I hit it and make some progress towards 10,000. Now getting to the 10,000 mark is going to be a stretch this year, but I’ll be well on my way towards it by the end of the year.

Have 175 games completed at 100%

– Starting # of Games 100% Complete: 135
– Ending # of Games 100% Complete: 138
Again, another goal that I actually crushed this month, even with the minor setback of one my finished games getting DLC, I was able to add three finished games to this list bringing my total up and making me get even closer to my goal. As I’ve said before, I know this goal of 175 is far-fetched so I’ll be happy with hitting 150 which at this point looks really do-able.

Have an overall completion rating of 75%

– Starting Completion Rate: 54.65%
– Ending Completion Rate: 54.67%
This time the weirdness with this number is completely on me because I started a bunch of games that I came nowhere near completing at the end of the month. I totally binge bought a bunch of games the past few weeks of the month and started them knowing good and well that I would never get close to finishing them in September. I might finish them in October and hopefully this number will go way up.

Start and Complete 10 new games that are not in my backlog

– Starting Number of New Games Played and Completed: 5
– Starting Number of New Games Played and Completed: 8
I am now two games away from this goal! I’m extremely pleased with myself as I was able to both start and finish three games that I started this year including Steven Universe: Save the Light, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection, and God of War. All of these games were purchased this year and I’m super excited that I was able to finish them and not add them to my growing list of backlogged games. At this point I would be extremely surprised if I didn’t reach this goal.

Play and complete 25 RANDOM games in my backlog

– Starting Number of completed games in my backlog: 5
– Ending Number of completed games in my backlog: 6
This goal is always hard because it means playing a bunch of older games that I might or might not have any inkling of interest to play anymore, but I do try to get things done no matter how hard it is. I finally was able to move this number up one tick at least this month as I finished Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. No matter what though, with this number I’m always happy because it means that I at least got some games out of my backlog, not as many as I wanted, but at least it’s something.

Only pre-order 10 new games and save the rest for Black Friday and holiday sales

– Starting Number of Pre-Orders: 4
– Ending Number of Pre-Orders: 6
This number only went up by two this month and I would say that I’m doing pretty well when it comes to pre-orders. At this point I’ve only pre-ordered Life is Strange 2 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. I really only expect this number to go up another two games as I finish out my year with Red Dead Redemption 2 and Fallout 76. I’m not really planning on pre-ordering anything else, but time will tell and if I do pre-order something else at least I’ll still have two games left for my goal so I shouldn’t go over it.

And that was my month. It was pretty awesome as I really progressed on my goals. I had some minor setbacks, which you can’t even tell due to some streaming issues, but other than that I did pretty well for myself and I’m happy about that. Next month I’m going to try my hardest to do the same even though I’m not sure how that’s going to work out because I will be gone from gaming for a few days, but I’ll tell you more about that next month, and I’ll also tell you how my goals progressed.

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