Gaming Goals for the New Year – January 2019 – UPDATE

This month was an OK month for me gaming wise. I feel like I got a bunch done, but I also feel like I didn’t get anything done at the same time. This sucks, but it was the first month of the year and I was super busy with work and just life. Life gets in the way sometimes and I also realized that I had to cut some of my goals, because I couldn’t keep track of them. I’m totally face palming right now by the way. Anyway, I had to cut the goals that had to do with ranks because I played a bunch of games, but didn’t record their starting ranks and then the ranks that I ended with, so we’re going to pretend like I never even mentioned those goals. Shh… Anyway, let’s see how I progressed on my goals this month.

Gaming Goals for 2019

Have a total of 175 platinum trophies.

– Starting # of Platinum Trophies: 101
– Ending # of Platinum Trophies: 102
I was only able to get one platinum trophy last month, but I promise that this month I can almost guarantee at least 6 platinum trophies. I know that sounds super ambitious for me, and believe me it is, but I have some games stored up that only need a few trophies and a few hours so this will bump up my platinum count so I’m not worried about this goal at the moment.

Have a total of 10,500 trophies.

– Starting # of Trophies: 9,075
– Ending # of Trophies: 9,176
I have no idea how I got over 100 trophies last month, but it totally happened and I’m not going to complain about it. Now with my plan on getting 6 platinum trophies for this month, I might be able to either match this number or go past it. I’m not sure yet since I haven’t crunched the numbers but we’ll see how things turn out at the end of this very short month.

Have an overall completion rating of 75%

– Starting Completion Rate: 55.27%
– Ending Completion Rate: 55.47%
This is more of an ultimate gaming goal for me instead of a yearly one. I would love to one day have a 75% completion rating, but for now I’ll take what I can get and I went up a full .2% last month so I’m going to take it. This number will probably see another spike for this month and then after that I think it might be all bets are off, but we’ll see.

Start and Complete 20 new games that are not in my backlog

– Starting Number of New Games Played and Completed: 0
– Starting Number of New Games Played and Completed: 0
Right now I don’t have any new games. Surprising right? Everything is backlog because a new year means everything that I bought last year gets tossed into the backlog folder. I think once I start adding new games into my collection that I can start working on this goal, but for now it stays at 0 as I have no new games. Sad right?

Play and Complete 10 games that have already been started from my backlog.

– Starting Number of New Games Played and Completed: 0
– Starting Number of New Games Played and Completed: 1
I’ve already made some progress on this goal as I had started Dying Light a really long time ago and finally got the platinum trophy for it this month making it complete. Go me! I think this goal will be super easy as I plan on getting those 6 platinum trophies this month and three of them are for games that I’ve already started so boom, this number will already be up to 4 by the time February is over.

Start and Complete 15 games that are in my backlog.

– Starting Number of New Games Played and Completed: 0
– Starting Number of New Games Played and Completed: 0
I haven’t even had the chance to start a new game in January. I wanted to so badly, but it just didn’t happen. This sucks and I’m really desperate to play something new, especially something from my backlog and something that I bought on sale during the holidays. I’ll get to it this month but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to complete anything.

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

– Starting Number of New Games Played and Completed: 0
– Starting Number of New Games Played and Completed: 1
I did really good this past month and only pre-ordered Anthem. I’m not even sure I’m going to like this game, I have to be honest and say that I didn’t really like the VIP demo, but I’m going to wait until the game comes out to give it a chance. Anyway, I’m also doing this new things where I only pre-order one game a month if it’s a game that I want day one. Everything else will have to wait and I’m pretty sure I won’t even hit anywhere close to 10 this year.

There you have it. My numbers show that I made decent progress on my goals, but that doesn’t mean that I feel like I made progress. To tell the truth I’ve ben working so much lately, I’ve barely had time to put on my PlayStation and the last trophy that I got was 5 days ago. That being said, things won’t be slowing down for me for a while, but I do need to make some time for gaming because all work and no play makes me and this blog very boring. Come back next month to see how I did in February.

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The Countdown to Spooky Empire – March 2019 – Part 1

As you guys know, I’m a really big fan of conventions and head off to MegaCon every year. Last year, at the last minute, I decided to give Spooky Empire a chance and enjoyed it so much that I’ll be heading back to the first of two events that they put on and hopefully be able to attend the second one as well.

Let’s start by going over the ticket prices. The ticket prices are pretty standardly priced and that’s a good thing. One day passes range from $30 – $35 depending on what day you want to go while the weekend passes are $65. The VIP package is decently priced for a 3 day convention at $225 and it’s the package of my choice mostly because of the seating at the panels. VIP’s come first and getting the best seats means that I can get some really good footage of the panels to share with you guys.

Now onto my favorite part of any convention, the guests!

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci

Conventions usually have one really big star to draw people in and Christina Ricci is it for Spooky Empire. Appearing only Saturday and Sunday, I have to say that this announcement kind of sold me on going to the March event instead of just the October event. Her prices are pretty decent as well with an autograph being $50 and a professional photo-op being $75

Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas

Mostly known for his role in Netflix’s new hit show, The Haunting of Hill House, Henry Thomas was also in E.T. This is a maybe for me because there are no prices just yet and the one thing that needs to be done before a convention is the planning of how you’re going to spend your money. It really sucks going to a convention only to find out that you didn’t budget right and now can’t afford an autograph or picture that you wanted.

Fairuza Balk

Fairuza Balk

Can I just say how excited I am about this guest? I loved her in The Craft and was unable to go the first time she was at Spooky Empire so being able to get a second chance to meet her is just amazing. She’s also another star that does not have a price.

The Cast of Cujo

Cujo

Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh Kelly, and director Lewis Teague will all be in attendance for the weekend and I have to say that I love how Spooky Empire can get full casts to join their lineup. This is a great way to get every signature you need for a movie / tv show and you don’t have to go convention hunting to do so.

The Cast of E.T.

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With Dee Wallace and Henry Thomas already attending, getting Robert McNaughten and Matthew DeMeritt was a smart choice to do another cast reunion even though this reunion is sorely missing Drew Barrymore

Terrifier Director and Star

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The director Damien Leone, of small indie film Terrifier, will be making an appearance as well as star Art the Clown, David H. Thornton, will be there all weekend and if I can get over my fear of clowns I might just watch this movie before the convention.

Kane Hodder

Kanbe Hodder

Portrayer of Jason in four Friday the 13th films, Kane also stars in Hatchet and this is one of his many appearances at Spooky Empire.

Ricou Browning

Ricou Browning

The Creature from the Black Lagoon returns and I have to say that Ricou comes with an awesome setup to the show as he has on displace a replica of The Creature from the Black Lagoon costume. I missed meeting him last time, but will hopefully be able to get around to him this time.

Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd

Just announced a few days ago, right when MegaCon made a huge announcement of their own, Christopher Lloyd will be joining the lineup for Spooky Empire. Appearing only Saturday and Sunday, Christopher Lloyd has his own pricing for autographs and photo-ops that you can buy in advance. I will say that I think the prices for him are a little ridiculous as his autograph is $80, which I don’t have a problem with, but if you want something personalized to you it’s an extra $20 making the autograph $100. This is just one of those things that makes me a little jaded about conventions at times. It costs an extra $20 for him to write your name on the autograph? All of the other stars happily do this for free, so this extra charge kind of hits a sour note for me and I’ll be skipping the autograph and photo-op, which is $90, for this event.

So far the lineup is looking pretty damn good for the March show and I’m pretty excited that I have the opportunity to go again. I’ll be updating this blog again at the end of next month with hopefully some more announcements and again in March before the show.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Legacy of the First Blade – Episode 1 – Hunted DLC Review (PS4)

Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Legacy of the First Blade

Because sinking over 100 hours into the main campaign of this game wasn’t enough, I decided to buy the season pass and play all of the DLC for this game. I’ve already played the first of 6 DLC’s planned, along with some additional feats that have been added, and got all of the trophies for this DLC. So, that means it’s time for a review.

In Legacy of the First Blade – Episode 1 – Hunted, you continue your journey as either Kassandra, have I mentioned that she’s my personal favorite, or Alexios. During this time, you’ll encounter Darius. Darius is the first person to wield the hidden blade that fans of the franchise know so well. During this DLC you’ll also encounter Darius’s son Natakus if you’re playing Kassandra or Darius’s daughter Neema if your playing Alexios. This change up of if Darius has a son or daughter will make more sense in episode two of the Legacy of the First Blade DLC. Taking place fully in Macedonia, you’ll learn about a new cult, which seems to be a common theme in Odyssey, and learn about the first member of the Assassin’s order.

By the time this DLC came out, I had already finished the main campaign of the game which meant that the DLC was available to me and I was way over leveled for it which was fine by me. If you’re playing for the first time, the DLC won’t be available until you reach level 28 and chapter 7 of the main campaign. Anyway, even though I found this DLC to be a little on the short side, I thought overall that it was an enjoyable addition to a story that I desperately wanted to continue. I liked how this DLC basically stuck to one part of the huge Assassin’s Creed Odyssey map instead of making you traverse through all of Greece to find your quests. The fact that you stayed in one area made you appreciate that area a little more as it may have been a little underappreciated throughout the main campaign of the game itself.

The playability of this DLC was exactly as it was for the rest of the game, but some new skills have been added to the skill tree for you to try and see if they’re a good fit for you and your character. While all of this was good, I was expecting to be able to finally wield the hidden blade as I realized that I didn’t get a chance to do so throughout the whole main campaign or the DLC and kind of missed it, but was sadly disappointed as the DLC ended and no hidden blade was awarded to Kassandra. I’m sure by the last episode this will be rectified. Other than that this DLC was totally flawless as the various different patches that have been released from the time the game has come out began to clear up some of the bugs and glitches that I mentioned in my initial review of the game.

The graphics for this DLC match the main game and are just simply stunning. The graphics for this game and the DLC continue to impress me and will continue to do so until the game is finished.

There are a total of 5 trophies for this DLC and they are all easy to obtain. All you have to do is finish the DLC, assassinate the new cult members that have been added, and do some random things. None of these are missable and just require you to make the most out of the DLC.

There was no multiplayer in the main version of this game so I really didn’t think it would be added on for the DLC, and it wasn’t.

Overall I give this DLC a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ You get to take a quick journey with either Kassandra or Alexios and get introduced to the Assassin that started it all.
+ Various patches and this DLC itself fix some of the pre-existing bugs and glitches within the game itself making the DLC run flawlessly.

What’s Not So Great:
I found this DLC to be a little on the short side and that’s with doing all of the side missions and getting all of the trophies.

Overall this was an enjoyable but short addition to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. I liked how it introduced the first Assassin and added to the already existing story. That being said, I’m currently playing the second episode and will be weighing in on the controversy surrounding that episode soon. For now, I would say that if you finished the game and want to continue your journey to pick up the season pass since you’ll be able to play the DLC right away as you should be way over level 28. If you haven’t finished the game, I would say to hold off on the season pass for now until you finish the main game because you are going to need the best weapons and armor for this DLC. Also, depending on where you stand with the controversy surrounding the second episode you may want to wait and see how Ubisoft plans on redeeming themselves.

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Tully Review

Tully

When I first seen the trailer for this movie, I thought it was an interesting one. Being a fan of Diablo Cody, I kept this movie on my radar for a while until I forgot about it. This happens because honestly there are just so many movies to see and other things to do. Anyway, I just happened to see this movie premiering on HBO and decided to give it a watch. Keep reading to see what I thought about it.

Tully tells the story of Marlo, played by Charlize Theron. Marlo is pregnant with her third child at the start of the movie and before having her third child you get a glimpse of her life. Dealing with two children is hard enough and it’s taking a toll on Marlo as her second child has special needs and her husband is basically absent most of the time. After giving birth to her third child, Marlo continues to stumble downhill until she hires Tully, played by Mackenzi Davis, as her night nurse. Things start to look up for Marlo at this point until things spiral out of control again.

I thought this movie was just OK. I really couldn’t get into it as there was nothing relatable in it for me. I do applaud Diablo Cody for making movie about postpartum depression. This disease is often overlooked even though there are more than 3 million cases of it over the course of a year. Marlo was one of the more severe cases of this disease and it shows how all of her symptoms, which are obvious throughout the course of the movie, are just overlooked by the people around her. She’s not seen and she’s not taken seriously until the end when a major twist is revealed. The twist was a really interesting one and made the movie, but it happened too late in the game for it to actually save the movie.

Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis really make this movie as they have a great back and forth between one another. The rest of the cast is a good stand in but don’t really matter. Ron Livingston plays the absentee husband pretty damn well and I’m not sure if he’s just that good of an actor or if he’s just bored with this role as he’s kind of typecast as the same character over and over again. Anyway, the cast tries really hard to make this movie work, but it was a really difficult task.

Overall I give this movie a 2 out of 5.

While this movie tries to shine a light on postpartum depression, I feel like it didn’t hit the mark with me or probably a lot of other viewers. I still applaud Diablo Cody for her effort, but this just wasn’t a movie that I found interesting in any way. I honestly don’t even know how to categorize this movie. It wasn’t a comedy and didn’t really feel like a drama either. I would say that if you miss this movie it wouldn’t be a huge loss, but if you do watch this movie, don’t go in expecting something life changing or altering.

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I Never Finished…Pinball Arcade…Because

Pinball Arcade

It was pretty damn clear that I was never going to become the rock goddess that I always thought I would be and playing Rock Smith 2014 proved that, you can read why I never finished that game here, so it was onto the next game. The next game just happened to be a free pinball game that I got thanks to PS+. There were just a few tables to play at first and then the dreaded DLC came along. Keep reading to see why I never finished Pinball Arcade.

Pinball Arcade is just that. It’s a pinball arcade filled with old pinball machines recreated and put on the PS3 for you to enjoy for the life of the PS3. One of the great things this game does is take really old, really popular, and sometimes really obsolete pinball machines and digitalizes them so that you can enjoy them once more without having to go and look for them at some random place that still has pinball machines.

I really did enjoy this game and the 4 original pinball machines that came with this game. They were new to me since I had never played them before and I thought it was a cool game because it actually felt like I was playing pinball. I remember being able to go to a local arcade and play actual pinball machines so this was just great for me. What stopped me from playing though was the tremendous amount of costly DLC that released new pinball machines. I could have finished the main set of games and be done since I had come so far, but I just gave up after a while as some objectives became frustrating and it made the game not fun to play anymore.

As you can see from the picture above, I was able to get a total of 6 of the 12 base trophies, 96 trophies all together if you count the many seasons of DLC that came out. I’m happy with the trophies that I got. I pretty much did the standard tour of trophies and am just missing some goal orientated trophies that are ranked very rare to ultra rare.

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

While I’m happy with my B ranking in this game, that doesn’t mean that I don’t go back from time to time just to play this game for fun. If during that time I get some trophies, then I get some trophies. If not, then I just play for fun. The one thing I do refuse to do with this game though is buy all the DLC that is associated with it as I feel that it’s priced way to high even if some of the pinball machines that they have are some of my all time favorite.

Now it’s your turn. Did you love this game? Hate it? Feel like you were trapped by PS+ since you were only able to get the first 4 tables and nothing more? Let me know down in the comments section below and for next week, sadly anther Call of Duty game that I never finished. Still on my Call of Duty high from playing Ghosts, I decided to go and buy Black Ops 2. As you probably already guessed, I never finished this game so I’ll let you know why next week.

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This Week in Trophies 01-20-2019 – 01-26-2019

After last week’s lackluster show of trophies, I knew I had to amp things up a little this week, even if I didn’t have a lot of time to play. Working, taking on extra side work, and getting tattooed all in one week take up a lot of time that I would usually spend gaming, but I think that I did a decent job this week so let’s take a look at the trophies I was able to get.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 89%

I completed the second episode of DLC for this game this week, which means I can’t speak of it here and took on some additional feats in the process which gained me a few new trophies for this game.

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season – 48%

While I finished the episode, I didn’t get all of the trophies for it. Not really a big surprise as it seems like this game will have to be replayed to be able to get all of the trophies anyway. I really enjoyed the episode though and if you want to watch me play it and see what choices I made, you can do so by clicking this link.

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Word Search by POWGI (PS4) – 73%

I’m so close to finishing this game and I really can’t wait to get the platinum. I feel like not getting the platinum is holding me back from finishing Word Sudoku because for some odd reason I feel like I should get the platinum in this game first before moving onto Word Sudoku. I said it was weird, I never said it made sense.

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Word Sudoku by POWGI – 76%

I played a little bit more of this game, but as I mentioned before I’m staying away from the platinum for now until I can get the platinum in Word Search. Overall though I am enjoying this game and find it both challenging and enjoyable at the same time.

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WWE 2K19 – 91%

I won my PPV event thingie and got the trophy that I’ve been waiting over a month to get. I know I’m only four trophies away from the platinum, but I really feel done with this game. That can always change and it usually does, but we’ll just have to wait and see how I feel about this game going forward.

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Word Search by POWGI (PS Vita) – 79%

I’ve become bored with Gotham and am pretty glad that it’s in it’s last season so while I watch I’ve been playing this game slowly. There have been a couple of oh shit moments on Gotham, but not enough that I want to put down my PS Vita completely and just watch. Anyway, I was able to get a few trophies this week because of that.

And there you have it, a total of 25 trophies for the week. A nice decent week considering that I only got 7 trophies last week. I want to do better this week and I really hope that I can. My plan is to continue with Word Search on both PS4 and PS Vita hoping that either this week or next week I can get the platinum so then I can get the platinum in Word Sudoku. I also plan on playing the new episode of Life is Strange 2 and continuing to play some Fallout 76. I might even start a new game this week so I’ll let you know how everything turns out next week.

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Most Anticipated Game for February 2019

February 2019

The first month of the year is basically coming to a close and it’s time to see what’s on the plate for next month as far as new releases. I have to tell you that I planned on buying a bunch of games day one, but things have changed so I am going to be limiting myself to one new game a month, if that month has one new game that I want then I’ll pick it up, if it has two or more games that I want then I’ll be making a choice of only one game, and finally if that month has nothing new that I want then I’ll be playing my backlog. Let’s take a look at February’s releases.

*Just as a side note, my list of February 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.*

02/05/2019
RIOT: Civil Unrest – PS4
Spike Volleyball – PS4
Pro Fishing Simulator – PS4

02/08/2019
Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 2 – PS4
GOD EATER 3 – PS4

02/12/2019
Jump Force Ultimate Edition – PS4
RICO – PS4
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel – PS4

02/14/2019
Code: Realize Wintertide Miracles – PS4

02/15/2019
Metro Exodus – PS4
Far Cry New Dawn – PS4
Dragons Dawn of New Riders – PS4

02/19/2019
Death end re;QUEST – PS4
Steins;Gate Elite – PS4

02/22/2019
Anthem – PS4

02/26/2019
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame – PS4
Trials Rising – PS4
RPG Maker MV – PS4
NieR: Automata Game of the YoRHa Edition – PS4
DiRT Rally 2.0 – PS4

And there you have a it, a decent amount of games that are coming out in February. Some pretty big games are coming out and the rest just feel like filler, but that’s usually how it is. So, there are two games on my radar for February and they are Anthem and Far Cry New Dawn. One is a tired and true series and one is a completely new IP from a developer that I love. The choice was a hard one, but my most anticipated game for February and the one game that I’ll be getting day one is Anthem. To be honest I’m not too sure about this game, but I am a BioWare fangirl and I want to support the company and the new games that they release so there you have it.

Now it’s your turn. What games will you be picking up if any this month? Will it be Anthem? Will it be Far Cry New Dawn? Let me know down in the comments section and I’ll see you back here next month to go over the games that will be coming out in March.

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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.

Rocksmith 2014

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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