Gaming Goals for the New Year – September 2017 – UPDATE

I swear it feels like yesterday that I posted and update for August and here I am posting an update for September. Next thing you know, I’ll be posting my final update for December and creating all new goals for next year. Anyway, on with my goals and how I did for September.

Gaming Goals for 2017

Have a total of 100 platinum trophies.

– Starting # of Platinum Trophies: 79
– Ending # of Platinum Trophies: 80
At least I was able to get one platinum trophy this month and it was a milestone one with number 80. This was because of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. I enjoyed this game so much that I just had to go back and play multiple time resulting in platinum trophy number 80. I was working on another platinum, but wow is the Shoppe Keep platinum taking a hell of a long time which is probably why no one has it as of yet.

Have a total of 8,500 trophies.

– Starting # of Trophies: 7,711
– Ending # of Trophies: 7,807
Missed that 100 mark again by 4 trophies! Ugh! That is simply just annoying as hell because I was so damn close this time around. I know that 8,500 is far off because the end of the year is right around the corner, but I’ll be happy if I could at least hit 8,000.

Have 150 games completed at 100%

– Starting # of Games 100% Complete: 120
– Ending # of Games 100% Complete: 123
This number went up by three this month and it was because I was able to complete three whole games. That was no easy feat especially with the amount of time I actually had for gaming. Anyway, at the moment 150 is looking farfetched so I’m going to say that if I at least hit 130-140 I’ll be happy.

Have an overall completion rating of 75%

– Starting Completion Rate: 53.57%
– Ending Completion Rate: 53.88%
So I kind of have a love / hate relationship when it comes to this number. After a month of this number dropping drastically, it’s back on the rise again. It’s not where it was a couple of months ago, but I feel like it’s kind of getting there. If I can hit 55% by the end of the year, which I know seems impossible, I’ll be pretty happy.

Complete 10 RANDOM games featured in my I Never Finished…Because…blog

– Starting Number of Games Played from I Never Finished…Because: 0
– Ending Number of Games Played from I Never Finished…Because: 0
Surprise because this number is still at 0. I think it’s going to stay that way no matter how hard I try and it kind of sucks. Anyway, I’m going to have to come up with a better goal next year to get some of these games completed and off of my system. Right now I’m going to say if I can complete one game I’ll be happy.

Play and complete 20 RANDOM games in my backlog.

– Starting Number of completed games in my backlog: 5
– Ending Number of completed games in my backlog: 6
I totally forgot that I had the Hasbro Family Fun Pack: Conquest Edition and there was still a game on there that I didn’t play. I bought this game about a year ago and finally got around to playing Monopoly Plus recently. This was an easy 100% that took me less than 2 hours and it also helped me accomplish a little more of my goal. I probably won’t hit 20 this year since there are a bunch of new games coming out soon, but if I hit 10 I’ll be happy.

Only pre-order 5 new games and save the rest for Black Friday and holiday sales. – FAILED!

– Starting Number of Pre-Orders: 8
– Ending Number of Pre-Orders: 9
Another month, another pre-order and I just couldn’t help myself as I pre-ordered South Park: The Fractured But Whole. I’ve been waiting for this game for a while and knew that I had to have it day one so I put in my pre-order. Still under 15, so I guess it’s kind of a win…

That was it for the month and I’m sure if there wasn’t some stuff I can’t control like Hurricanes and random shit at work that I would have been able to at least get closer to my goals. I’m not saying that I would have accomplished any of them this month, but it kind of seems like the odds weren’t in my favor this month as I tried my hardest to play as much as possible and it just didn’t happen. Anyway, I’ll continue to work on these goals and let you know how I did next month.

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Last Day of June Review (PS4)

Last Day of June

I first noticed this game when I was pre-ordering Life Is Strange: Before the Storm. It came up as a “recommended” game. At first I ignored it as all I wanted to do was pre-order Life is Strange, but I later found myself drawn to it. What did it mean and what was it about? So, I went and looked at a few different trailers for the game before finally deciding to pre-order it. I didn’t know what I was about to get into, but I figured it was worth a try.

Last Day of June is the story of Carl and June. It’s Carl’s birthday and June has a gift that she wants to give him. What’s the best place to give Carl this gift? At their favorite spot by the lake. They enjoy a beautiful day together that gets cut short by some rain. Not having enough time to open his gift, Carl and June head back home only to get into a car accident that will kill June and leave Carl paralyzed. Not being able to cope with anything since the death of June, Carl has become a shell of his former self that is until he finds out that he can alter time and possibly save June.

From about five minutes in, I knew that I loved this game. I loved the concept of the game and the thought of loving someone that much that you would do whatever possible to try and save them if they died. I found it interesting that throughout the game you’ll be able to play as the people who had an affect on June’s death and you’ll do this through paintings. While searching for these paintings you’ll also learn about Carl and June’s history. You’ll see the blossom of a new relationship between the two of them to happy times when June finds out that she’s pregnant, to horrible times when June loses the baby, and then watch as they both recover from the loss of a child that they both wanted. When you find the images of the towns people, you’ll get to play as them and see how to alter their day to save June. First you’ll get to play as the little boy. The little boy just wants someone to play with after losing his best friend. He’s left in a town with no one his age and is also hurting. Put him in the wrong place at the wrong time and he’ll be the cause of June’s death. Then you have the best friend. The best friend is desperately in love with Carl even though he only has eyes for June. Knowing this, she knows that the only way to alleviate her pain is to get the hell out of dodge. Put her in the wrong place at the wrong time and she’ll be the cause of June’s death. You’ll also get to play the part of the hunter who is obsessed with his family’s legacy that when a little bird steals one of his most cherished possessions he’ll do anything possible to get it back and because of it he can also play a part in June’s death. Then there’s the old man who gives June the gift to give to Carl. What part does he play in all of this? All of this combined tells the most emotional story that I’ve ever experienced in video games.

You will totally need a whole box of Kleenex for this game. You really can’t help but feel for Carl because throughout the game who can see how much he truly loves June. He’ll do anything to save her and when he realizes that altering one action in time changes another and it results in the same thing, June’s death, you can’t help but feel for him. You feel his frustration because he’s doing everything he can even though he’s causing a ripple in time. There are few games that have made me feel emotionally wrecked after playing a game and this is one of them as I cried my way through the last half hour of this game.

The playabily of this game is super simple, but it gives you a lot of difficult puzzles to solve. This was an interesting aspect of the game as you try to find a way to make the day end perfectly and hope to save June. If you feel like you’ve messed up you’ll be able to rewind and go back to that character and try something different. The only problem that I had was that after unlocking the boy, the best friend, and the hunter that you couldn’t switch between them in the same scenario. You had to play as one character, set them in place, and then go back to the picture room, rewind to another character put them in the proper place, and then go back to the picture room again to go back to the last character, rewind, put them in the proper place and see how things turn out. I think the transition would have been a little more smoother if you were able to change characters while playing out a scene instead of having to go back and rewind on each character separately. Other than that the game ran smoothly and there were no bugs of glitches.

The graphics were one of the highlights of this game because they were just amazing. They looked a hell of a lot better than a lot of AAA games out there and were fitting for the game itself. You could tell that the graphics were crafted with love and care and that they weren’t just thrown together. The game was full of subtle little details in the graphics that probably took a long time, but in the end worked out perfectly and just enhanced the story as a whole.

Finish this game and do everything it has to offer in order to get yourself 21 trophies. It was a little disappointing that there wasn’t a platinum trophy for this game, but that can be overlooked because the story, which is why you should be playing this game, is amazing. The trophies are super simple too as you aren’t really meant to concentrate on them. This is one of those games where you shouldn’t just play because the trophies are easy because you’ll be missing out.

This is strictly a single player game and it’s done that way for a reason. It’s done like this because you’re supposed to be experiencing what Carl is going through and how he’s feeling. There’s no reason to have someone else in your game with you. Not all games have to have multiplayer and this proves it.

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ The story for this game is just amazing and will draw you in and keep you there after the first five minutes of the game.
+ Challenging puzzles throughout the game that will keep you on your toes.
+ Simple playability that will help you concentrate on the story.
+ Bug and glitch free playing experience so you could play this game in one sitting and not have one single problem.
+ Beautiful graphics that a lot of time and effort went into and it really paid off as it fits the game and the setting.

What’s Not So Great:
As I mentioned before there was the slight inconvenience of not being able to switch up characters during one scene and having to finish the day and go back to another character to start their day. Things would have been a little smoother if you were able to switch between unlocked characters.
Unfortunately, there is no replay value to this game and having missed two trophies, I went back to get them but felt emotionally drained that I got them and stopped playing.

Although this game suffers from some minor flaws, it’s still an amazing game and worth every single penny. The ending of the game is bittersweet and it’s just one of those games that has a lasting effect on you when you play. This game as an absolute gem and I’m so happy that I found it and got the chance to experience it. I’m going to say that this is one of those games that can’t be missed and it shouldn’t be missed.

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La La Land Review

La La Land

I was super excited to finally be able to see this movie because I had been waiting since it was in theaters. I used to go to the theaters all the time, but with the rising cost I usually don’t venture out unless it’s something that I really really want to see and I couldn’t’ justify it for this movie. I was content waiting and figured that I would either rent it on PSN or wait for it on HBO. Luckily my wait wasn’t a long one, so keep reading to see if this movie was worth the wait.

Set in modern times, I didn’t get that vibe from the promo’s but I rolled with it, Mia, played by Emma Stone, is trying to do what everyone in Hollywood is trying to do and that’s become a famous actress. She’ll go to audition after audition while she works her day job as a barista. Mia will find out that this is an uphill climb that really isn’t working out all that well for her even though she’s doing everything right. She’s never right for the part and she really just doesn’t fit into the whole Hollywood stereotype thing. Then there’s Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling. He’s a jazz musician in a dying industry as no one really wants to listen to classic jazz anymore. He isn’t having it though as he works on trying to open up his own club which doesn’t exactly go as planned. Both Sebastian and Mia will meet and fall in love before the pressures of Hollywood will pull them apart in this musical. The question is though, will love conquer all and will everyone get the happy Hollywood ending they deserve?

I really hate saying this, but 20 minutes into the movie I knew that I was going to absolutely without a doubt hate this movie. By the end of the movie, I don’t think I could have hated it anymore. I don’t see what was so hugely special about this movie that everyone went crazy over it. For a musical, the singing is just awful and the story line is just a clichéd one. I can’t say that there was a single scene in this movie that I actually enjoyed and didn’t cringe at. I tried to like this movie, I really did especially since I had heard such great things about it, but it feels like everyone was watching a different movie than I was because this movie just didn’t have it. The movie tried to mix this old timey feel with modern times and it became annoying really quick. Just as you were getting into this old timey Singing in the Rain type vibe a cell phone would go off, pulling you right out of the moment and giving you a WTF moment. Not to mention the fact that this musical was really missing it’s mark with the music and the singing itself. Both the music and the singing were subpar and really took away from the movie as a whole.

That Damn Ending! Not only do I have a strong dislike for the movie, but I have a strong dislike for the ending. It was intentionally an unhappy one, and not one in the same respect as Moulin Rouge where it ended that way for a reason. This movie ended in a way where basically everyone got what they wanted but really didn’t. An “alternate” version was shown as a tease and then quickly rectified as the movie ended on a bittersweet note. I’m not saying that the ending would have improved my dislike for this movie, but it would have helped just a little and maybe put a smile on my face instead of having me roll my eyes because someone thought it would be more artistic and sad to end the movie they way it was ended.

There’s no doubt about it that both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have great on screen chemistry. This is not only seen in this movie, which is difficult to believe, but also in other movies they have both starred in. Needless to say though, these actors weren’t fit for their respective roles and it make the whole movie awkward. I have to say that for two actors who I have a great amount of respect for and as much as I enjoy their work, they did not make this movie any easier to watch as they were both wrong for the roles of Mia and Sebastian.

An Oscar for Best Actress? Really? I know the race for best actress this past Oscar season was a little lackluster because Natalie Portman was nominated for Jackie which was just a huge failure, you can read why I think that here, but seriously how the hell did Emma Stone win for best actress? Granted, besides Jackie I didn’t see Ruth Negga in Loving, Isabelle Huppert in Elle, or Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins, but seriously out of all of these actress’s, Emma Stone was the best? In that respect I think Emma Stone is a great actress, but this was definitely not the role that should have been her first Oscar win.

Overall I give this movie a 1 out of 5.

If you’re a huge fan of musicals like myself, then please do yourself a favor and skip this movie. From beginning to end, that damn ending, it’s just horrible and not even worthy to be compared to the great musicals of any time. The story is a clichéd one, the music is bad (who knew a musical had to have good music), the singing is off, and the acting as much as it tries to work just doesn’t. I’m sorry, but if you’re looking for a good musical to watch I would say try watching Singing in the Rain, Moulin Rouge, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, or Rent. You’ll have a much better experience watching these movies and you’ll come out not feeling like you just waisted two hours of your life.

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I Never Finished…Retro City Rampage…Because

Retro City Rampage

I picked up this game for free during the holiday time of 2012. Still unemployed after 3 years, I was basically giving up all hope that I would ever find a job which was why I decided I would go back to school. Since it was winter break, I was trying to fit in as many games as possible because that’s what you do when you’re in your late 20’s at the time and have just re-started going to school to try to get a job. Anyway, Retro City Rampage was free and because it was the holiday time my friends were off doing what they did with their families. I never did finish this game though, keep reading to find out why.

Taking place in the great year of 1985, I say great year because it was the year I was born, you play as “The Player.” Very original. You’re a thug for hire and during a bank heist that goes wrong you find a mysterious telephone booth. This booth will fling you into the future where you’ll meet a rip off of Doc Brown who thinks that you’re a hero. You’ll have to help Doc fix his time traveling car in order to get back to 1985. This will get you in all kinds of trouble, plus it throws in a bunch of 80’s references just for good measure. So think, Back to the Future meets Grand Theft Auto.

I used to not really want to say this about games, but I’ve become more comfortable with it now especially when games are horrible so I’ll go ahead and say it. I hated this game. HATED IT. I thought it was the worst game I ever played as I couldn’t find anything that was at least redeeming about this game. I played for maybe half an hour trying to not only figure this game out but get around the city it throws you in before throwing in the towel because I just couldn’t anymore. Good thing I was still heavy into Mass Effect 3 MP at the time and I had much better things to do like work on my leaderboard standings.

As you can see from the picture above I was able to get 1 trophy out of 14. It’s the most common trophy in the game with a percentage of 96.16% of players getting this trophy and it’s the one for committing a crime and getting the police’s attention. To the 3.84% of players who did not get this trophy, how did you not get this? It’s basically the first thing you do in the game. Seriously. Anyway, all of the other trophies range from common to rare to ultra rare and are for things you have to do in the game as well as some stupid stuff thrown in there just to piss the player off.

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

Did you read before where I said I hated this game? Yeah, that means that there is a 0% possibility that I will ever play this game again. Even if this was the last game on the face of the earth that I could play, I wouldn’t play it. That doesn’t mean that it’s currently not sitting on my system just for me to scowl at as I pass it by because it totally is.

Now it’s your turn. Were you one of the many people who were suckered into this game because it was free? Did you end up hating it like I did? Maybe you genuinely enjoyed it and thought it was a great game. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. Now for next week, another game during the holiday time. This was a “I’m tired of being with my family and miss hanging out with you, so can you pick up this game for us to play” type of thing. This was when I was still buying games to please other people. Looking back I just shake my head for being so…stupid. Anyway I was pretty familiar with this game because I had spent a lot of quarters playing in my younger days and thought what the hell. Unfortunately, I never finished it and next week I’ll let you know why I never finished The Simpsons Arcade Game.

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This Week in Trophies – 09-24-2017 – 09-30-2017

I’m going to warn you right now that this is going to be a super short blog because I have no idea where I went wrong this week. After the non-release of Batman: The Enemy Within, all we got was a trailer for the upcoming episode, I spent the rest of the week playing Shoppe Keep…and nothing else. So yeah, I didn’t even get that many trophies, but let’s get into what I was able to get.

Shoppe Keep – 55%

At the moment I have a love hate relationship with this game because while it worked just fine, there was this patch and now the game crashes on me every so often and has lag. This sucks because a few times I forgot to save after a day was over, or a few days, and basically lost all of my data. I’m really close to finishing up and just need 5 more trophies for the platinum, but there is a hell of a lot of grinding involved. While I would like to become the first person to get this platinum trophy, I don’t know at the moment if it’s going to happen because it’s just seeming like a huge waste of time.

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And that was it for the week. I know a pathetic amount of trophies with only four trophies to talk about. For the upcoming week though, I plan on playing Shoppe Keep, but just not as much and then trying something different for this month. So, this is October and you know I have this thing about horror games. I own a bunch of them, but I push them to the side because they freak me the hell out. Anyway, I’m going to try and play some horror games this month. What do you guys think? I’m also going to be playing a few other new games, but I’ll be starting Until Dawn either today or sometime this week. I’ll let you know how things turn out for me next week.

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Marvel’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series – Episode 3 – More Than a Feeling Review (PS4)

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

After last episode’s cliffhanger of an ending, I was super happy that the third episode was released right around the time I was actually playing because I was able to jump into it and to see what was going to happen. There were a lot of questions unanswered and I wanted to see how the game was going to handle it. I didn’t think that I would actually be enjoying this series all that much, but it’s slowly growing on me. Anyway, onto the review.

Picking up right where episode 2 left off, Peter and Gamora have entered the temple that the Eternity Forge is pointing them to. Peter thinks, or you can make him think, that he’ll find his dead mother there and while he’s there you’ll get a sneak peek into one more memory of his mother. While Peter is going through his only little trippy event, so will Gamora as she remembers what happened between her and Nebula when they were tasked to kill Tar-Voll. You’ll see how Nebula betray’s Gamora, but it’s not what it seems. When both Peter and Gamora wakeup from their little trip, they finally find what the Eternity Forge has been leading them to. It’s not Peter’s mother, but instead it’s Mantis. Mantis has been the one who was sending Peter the vision apologizing for acting like his mother. She refers to Peter as the “Celestial-One” because he’s the one who’s supposed to hold onto the Forge which has the power to bring people back to life. It’s going to be up to Peter though if he wants to use the Eternity Forge, which will cost him another life, or if he’s going to destroy it.

Although this episode was a little on the short side, much shorter than the other episodes, it was probably the best one to date. Bringing Mantis aboard the ship will cause some problems as she can read people’s feelings and emotions and there are a lot of these among the Guardian’s. Peter has to clear all of this up before Mantis can lead them to yet another temple and then decide what to do with the Forge. The team is split when it comes what to do with the Forge and no matter what Peter does someone is going to be pissed at him. You’ll have to make the hard decision at the end leaving this episode in another cliffhanger.

I have to say that the playability of this game went a little downhill this episode as the loading times seemed to take a little bit longer than they have been and at times if felt like the game was going to stall. This isn’t good and hopefully the next two episodes don’t follow this same pattern. On that same note, Telltale nailed it with the QuickTime events during the action sequence as you get to utilize all of the Guardians during the big action sequence and it really pays off and proves to be an exciting part of the episode. Other than that this game was bug and glitch free.

The graphics for this episode are still a little cringe worthy for me and I’m really not digging them. I know I said this before and I’m positive they won’t be changing for the final two episodes, but it is kind of a hindrance on the game. It’s like something that’s always in the back of my mind no matter how hard I try to concentrate on the story of the episode.

As with the previous two episodes if you finish this episode you’ll be 6 trophies closer to getting the platinum for this game. As always, just play the episode how you want and the trophies will pop naturally letting you concentrate on the story itself instead of worrying about getting trophies.

Another multiplayer free game unless you choose to play with other people using the crowd play feature. Still have no idea how this works and if you use it feel free to drop me a line in the comments section and let me know what you think about it.

Overall I give this episode a 4 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Having to solve the emotional problems between the Guardians, it’s fun having to go back and forth as Peter to see how you can help each member of your team.
+ The action sequences and how they play out are really making each episode and are fun and exciting when they play out.

What’s Not So Great:
A short episode that felt a little bit rushed when there are still two more episodes. This episode could have been fleshed out just a bit more then it was.
Graphics are still a bit of a hindrance since they don’t match up with the game.

This episode ends on another cliffhanger which is a little frustrating because who knows when the fourth episode will be released. It could be next month, it could be in two months, you don’t know and that’s a little frustrating especially with a cliffhanger ending. I would say if you’re like me and cliffhanger endings frustrate you if you can’t play the next episode to hold off on getting this game since it seems like every ending is a cliffhanger and it’s reached that point where there are no more episodes. If you don’t mind cliffhanger endings and want to experience this game then go ahead and pick this one up as it seems to get more and more interesting with each episode.

Spoilers! Below are the choices that I made for the third episode.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

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Hidden Figures Review

Hidden Figures

Being the sorta NASA geek that I am, this movie really intrigued me because before this movie I had never known about these women that worked at NASA and helped John Glenn get into space on the Friendship 7. This was another one of my “hunker down” for Hurricane Irma movies and I figured that while the power was still on I would watch this since I had wanted to watch it and hope that the power didn’t go out. Luckily it didn’t for this movie so keep reading to see what I thought about this movie.

Hidden Figures is about three African-American women who work at NASA and are just brilliant. You have Katherine Johnson, played by Taraji P. Henson, who was just a brilliant mathematician who was able to crunch numbers like no one else. She was the one who was able to figure out the coordinates for the Friendship 7 mission to pin point exactly where John Glenn’s space craft would land in the ocean so he could be picked up. Then there’s Dorothy Vaughn, played by Octavia Spencer, who taught herself about computer programming and did what people who were trained to do couldn’t, which was program the IBM computers that could run the numbers and calculations that NASA needed faster than their human computers. Finally there was Mary Jackson, played by Janelle Monae, who was a brilliant engineer who faced so many obstacles in order to finish one class so that she could become the first woman and first African-American engineer for NASA.

This movie, just like the women portrayed in it, was just brilliant. It gave you an inside look into Virginia in the 1960’s where there was segregation and it was completely unheard of for not only women, but African-American women to hold such highly powerful jobs. These three women helped shape NASA and it was just an amazing movie to watch. I enjoyed every single moment of it and enjoyed that despite everything each and every one of the obstacles that those women had to face, they each succeeded and went above and beyond. The movie itself was an interesting look into what it was like to work for NASA during that time period and everything that was done in order to get John Glenn into space.

Of course the stars of this movie were Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae who each played the part that they played to perfection and made the movie feel as real as it actually was. The way they portrayed there characters made you feel like their struggles were your struggles and it pulled you into the movie. Kevin Costner and Jim Parsons were also in this movie and played excellent parts. Kevin Costner plays the man who gets things done and helps these women break those barriers while Jim Parsons plays a more cruel and mean spirited Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory. The cast of actors works though and really brings this movie together as a whole.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

This is an excellent movie and if you’re a NASA geek you’ll want to watch it. Even if you aren’t a NASA geek this is still an amazing movie to watch as shows you what these women in 1960 had to endure through and struggle through in order to make it. It didn’t matter how brilliant they were, but that fact that they were not only women but also African-American played a big part in the obstacles that they overcame. Please do not pass this movie up, because not only is it a part of history, but it’s also an amazing movie about three truly amazing women who did amazing things.

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I Never Finished…Sonic the Hedgehog…Because

Sonic The Hedgehog

Out of all the Sega games that were I owned, and I owned a lot, I always went back to Sonic the Hedgehog no matter what. It was like my game for the Sega even though I never beat it. I would spend hours upon hours playing this game as I sat in front of my super small TV just shut out from the world. This was where I was at peace, so when this game was free on the PS3 thanks to PS+, I knew that I had to grab it and immediately play it. Sadly, just like my regular Sega version of Sonic the Hedgehog it went unfinished.

Sonic the Hedgehog is about Sonic. Sonic is a blue hedgehog that is super fast and his main goal is to take down Dr. Eggman because he wants to rule the world. How is he going to take over and rule the world? By turning all these little animals into killing machines. It’s up to Sonic to not only stop Dr. Eggman, but to save the animals as well. Can the fast little hedgehog do it? I have no idea because I never finished the game, but I’m thinking that in the end he does.

Although I genuinely enjoyed this game because it was a piece of nostalgia for me and brought back some of my childhood, I just couldn’t play the way I used to. It probably had something to do with at the time I was desperately trying to get as many trophies as possible and I’m pretty sure this got in the way of me actually playing. I have to say that at this point is probably where I became that hardcore trophy hunter. If I couldn’t get the trophies that I wanted, I would move onto the next game and try to get those trophies. I had to keep my trophy count up. I just had to. Anyway, that’s what stopped me from playing the game because I gave up on trying to get the trophies and I gave up on the game.

As you can see from the picture above I did a decent job of getting 4 out of the 12 trophies this game has to offer. Not bad, but not good either. Like I said, decent. Anyway, I only have 8 trophies left that range from beating the game, beating the game without dying, beating the game in under 40 minutes, speed runs on certain levels, and completing levels. Not exactly the hardest trophies, but not the easiest either.

Probability of this game getting played again…4 out of 5.

Since I’ve been playing Sonic Mania on my PS4, I’ve been thinking about this game and thinking about going back and just playing. Not for the trophies or anything, but just playing for the sake of playing. This might happen sooner rather than later as it would be nice to just go back and see if I could take an afternoon and actually beat the game. If I get some trophies in the process that would be great. Here’s hoping that my ever growing backlog allows this sometime soon.

Now it’s your turn. Did you play this game originally on Sega and then pick it up on the PS3? Do you love Sonic? Hate Sonic? Let me know down in the comments section below and now for next week. Next week is one of those games that I picked up because it was free and figured what the hell, I might as well play it because it’s free. Bad choice because it’s on this list so there must be a reason why I never finished Retro City Rampage. I’ll let you know why next week.

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This Week in Trophies 09-17-2017 – 09-23-2017

This was a super crazy week for me, mostly because of work, which just completely and utterly sucked. I mean I know it happens, but I really hate when it happens because of office politics and all that other crap. Once again gaming was my means to escape it all and I think I did pretty good this week. Without talking more about my boring work life, let’s see what trophies I was able to get this week.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – 100%

I’m so glad I was able to get this platinum trophy making this my second Uncharted platinum trophy. I won’t say much about the game here so you’ll have to wait for my full review to see what I thought of the game. Unfortunately that’s going to be a little while from now because as you know my reviews are super backlogged, just like all the game I still have to play.

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Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 – 60%

A new episode of Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 came out this week and luckily I was able to play it. I’ll have the video of my playthrough up by this evening, fingers crossed, and my review for the episode will be right after my Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review.

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Shoppe Keep – 44%

I first seen this game in the PSN store in the weekly sale bin. I always check there even though I know I don’t need anymore games. Anyway, at first I was like this game looks stupid and then I was like this game looks like it could be fun so I purchased it. When I first started playing I thought the game was horrible and stupid, but I continued to play because I wasn’t going to give up that easily. Needless to say that I am now addicted to this game and have put countless hours into it when I should be playing some other stuff. Anyway, this game isn’t without its flaws, but I am growing fond of it.

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And that was it for this week. A stellar week with 29 trophies in total. Not all that bad as I’m up to 7,803 trophies in total. I’m pretty proud of that. Now for the upcoming week, I’m going to continue playing Shoppe Keep because I know I can get the platinum trophy in it and I’m going to play until I do. I’ll also be playing Uncharted: The Lost Legacy again even though I have the platinum. Why? Because I’m going to be making a let’s play video that might have some random trophy tips in it here and there. I’ll also be playing the new Batman: The Enemy Within Episode when it comes out later this week. Other than that I think I’m pretty set on games for the week, but you never know. I’ll let you know how things turn out next week.

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Video Game Tattoo Chronicles – Part 10 – I Settle for Nothing but the Best

For me tattoo season is in full swing because this is the time when my tattoo artist is the least busiest and I can basically make my appointment whenever. This is great for me and great for him because he gets to fill up his schedule. Anyway, this month was time for the big shoulder piece as my Borderlands / Mass Effect mash up sleeve is about 60% complete.

I have a bunch of favorite Mass Effect characters, there’s of course FemShep which is already on my lower arm, Liara, who made her appearance just above my elbow, and now Miranda that gets the top spot as my huge shoulder piece. There are more Mass Effect characters to come, but this was the one that just had to be the center because it’s a badass picture.

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So it was decided that this tattoo would get a Sin City type of treatment in my first full black tattoo making it stand out from the rest of the colors on my sleeve. It brings attention to the tattoo itself and makes it just pop. The session lasted from 12:30 pm to exactly 6 pm and it’s not even fully done.

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It looks done, but of course my tattoo artist wants to add some details to it, some white highlights, some background and he would have done it that very day if there weren’t a mother / daughter combo waiting for him to finish up with me. Anyway, the highlights and some background will come with my next appointment which just happens to be next month.

Because my tattoo artist thinks I don’t give him enough love… If you follow this blog, and read about my tattoo stories, please do me a solid and check out my tattoo artist on Instagram. His tag is gentry_draws. Not only is he a really great artist who does a bunch of different tattoo’s ranging from your typical tattoo’s, to his own original work, and to the excellent stuff he does on my sleeve, but he’s also a really great guy. Head over to Instagram and check him out so that he can stop complaining that I don’t actually mention him anywhere.

Now for next month, I have to say that after getting the highlights and some background done on my Miranda tattoo, I seriously have no idea which character will be next. There are a few more musts for my sleeve before we can start on the actual background that will cover in the blank spots. Those must characters include Garrus, Mordin, Moxxi, and Tiny Tina. I’m really at a loss of what to do next, so next month will be a complete surprise. I have to say that I’m kind of leaning towards Moxxi since it’ll be another rather large piece, but so will Garrus. So…yeah, I have no idea. Want to give me a suggestion? Do so in the comments section below and I’ll let you know what was added to my sleeve next month.

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