Penny Dreadful Season 2 Review

Penny Dreadful

There are some pretty big spoilers coming up from season 1, so if you didn’t watch season 1 I would suggest not reading this blog.

After the events of the first season, it was hard to not start the next season of this show. Eager to see how things would tie together since the first season wrapped up it’s story but then ended on somewhat of a cliff hanger, it made me wonder what this season’s mystery would be and how this group of people would handle whatever was thrown their way.

Picking up where season 1 left off, Ethan wants to flee London after turning into a werewolf and basically ripping apart the little inn, if you could call it that, that he was living in. After the death of Brona he basically has nothing to lose anymore and wants to get out of dodge. He’ll pay one last visit to Vanessa who went through hell last season as her faith was challenged. During this visit they’ll be attacked by this group of witches who work for the devil. They want Vanessa and will stop at nothing to have her. This will propel the events of this season as it’s another fight for Vanessa’s soul as the witches will stop at nothing to bring the devil what he desires most. During this time, Dr. Frankenstein will bring back Brona from the dead and turn her into Lilly. Her sole purpose is as a mate for his first creation, now going by the name of John Clare. Things won’t work out all that well for John and Lilly as the doctor finds himself falling for her, which is weird because he pushes her off as his cousin from the country. Ew. Moving on, Sir Malcom comes into play as a tool this season as the witches see that he’s the only way that they can actually get to Vanessa. They had tried in the past to get to her, but know that she’s vulnerable when it comes to Sir Malcom because of the bond they share. You’ll see more of Dorian this season and see what makes him immortal. While the main story never focuses on Dorian, he still plays an important role and you’ll find out why by the end of the season.

Vanessa Only Episodes I’m really enjoying these episodes that are thrown into each season that concentrate on only Vanessa. She’s a complicated character and is deserving of an episode that delves into her past showing the viewers what made her the way she is and why she is the way she is. These are some of my favorite episodes of each season and this season had a spectacular episode that guest stared Patti LuPone. These episodes have another purpose though that are referenced later on in the season and this episode was a very powerful one that had strong performances from both Eva Green and Patti LuPone.

I really enjoyed this season as it brought Vanessa and Ethan closer together. Even though they’re being hunted, they try to live this semi-normal life and realize that they can’t. Vanessa longs for the normal as she’s been not so normal for her whole life. She knows this can’t be and Ethan hides the secret of being a werewolf from her for most of the season. They’re both dark characters and you really root for them to somehow overcome everything that’s happening to them and be together. I found their relationship and their stories to be the most interesting this season where the other stories were interesting, but not as interesting as these two. Although I have to say that I enjoyed the way that Vanessa and John Clare found each other and interacted with each other through the season. John never seems to get what he wants, but he finds compassion and friendship in Vanessa who doesn’t care that he isn’t normal…or alive. Saying all of that, I have to say that the whole Dr. Frankenstein thing is becoming a little boring now. His naïve ways were once intriguing but have become stale this season and although Dorian is also intriguing, the oh-so charming way of him also become stale. Everyone knows that at this point Dorian moves from person to person, but this time you think that he’s finally found someone when he meets Angelique, a transgender prostitute. The story is a sweet one until it ends.

This cast basically made the show in season 1 and that continues onto season 2. These actors/actress’s really know how to interact with each other and make their relationships with each other seem believable. If the cast was different this show wouldn’t work and it seems like they had the perfect cast as each character is played to perfection. This only enhances the already dynamic show.

Overall I give this season a 5 out of 5.

Once again another stellar season from this show that ends the current story, but also introduces and sets up the next and final season. I’m kind of upset that there’s only 3 seasons to this show, but even now only having only watched 2 I can see why it had to end. Anyway, if you enjoyed season 1 then I would highly recommend watching this season. Why wouldn’t you? You’re probably already hooked anyway. If you’re not sure about continuing with another season, I would say to go for it. The story this season is intriguing and you’ll find it hard to stop watching episode after episode. I do have to say though that once again this is a show that was on Showtime so be prepared for some episodes that are overly gratuitous with the sex scenes. I have to say that I find this as the show’s only downfall because it really doesn’t need it, but that’s what happens with cable shows. Anyway, I really look forward to the third and final season of this show.

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Platinum Trophy Guide – Lara Croft GO (PS4)

I’ve always wanted to do one of these guides, but they do take a while to actually get everything that you need together and even though I try, sometimes that just doesn’t happen or I don’t have video’s to actually show how to get the trophies. Actually, a lot of things go into making one of these guides, but I was able to finally get one guide done and it’s for Lara Croft GO. This guide will take you step by step on not only how to complete the game, but get every single trophy the game has to offer.

When it comes to this game there are a total of 18 trophies, one of which is a platinum trophy. Each There are a total of 7 different levels and each trophy can be obtained just by completing each level. Now there was only one trophy that required you to go back and re-do a part of a level, the other trophies just require you to use all of my Level guides in order to get the trophies for this game.

LEVEL 1

Trophies:
• Key of Snakes
• Archaeologist
• Historian

LEVEL 2

Trophies:
• Into the Abyss
• Key of Stones

LEVEL 3

Trophies:
• Getting Crafty
• Gathering Moss
• Key of Spirits

LEVEL 4

Trophies:
• Put this apple on your head
• Ophidiophobia
• The Atlas of Beyond

LEVEL 5

Trophies: NONE, but you do need to use this walkthrough in order to break all the vases to get two trophies by the end of the game.

LEVEL 6

Trophies:
• Deja-Vu
• Immortal No More

LEVEL 7

Trophies:
• Preservation Society
• Curator
• Back to Reality

Finishing Up…

Trophies:
• Master Builder
• A True Adventurer (Platinum Trophy)

I hope you guys found my first guide to be helpful! I’m always open to suggestions on what my next guide should be so feel free to leave some comments below and let me know which game you would like a guide for. If I have the game and can come up with some videos or a description of how to get each trophy, I’ll make try my best to make a guide for it.

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Lara Croft GO Review (PS4)

Lara Croft GO

This was the last of my sale games. This one I was a little weary of though because I had played Hitman GO and thought it was just OK. You can read my full review of Hitman GO, here. Moving on though, I figured it wasn’t fair to judge a game based on another similar game so I decided to give this one a shot and see if it was in any different or if it was more of the same.

This isn’t your typical Tomb Raider game, but you’ll still be playing as Lara Croft in this short adventure. You’ll have 5 main levels to complete that will involve Lara doing what she does best, raiding a tomb and putting herself in all types of danger. There are two extra bonus levels as well that are similar but only span one level each. This game is strictly strategy based though as you’ll play though each level moving a little “chess” like piece of Lara around a board that’s filled with different obstacles. Avoid all of the obstacles in order to get to the end and move on. Make one wrong move and it’s the end of Lara.

Although this game, like Hitman GO, doesn’t that deep story that both franchises are known for I still enjoyed this game a little bit better. I think the reason was because the story throughout this game was more thought out. You had to collect three keys in order to reach the main prize of the tomb. It’s pretty clear, and I feel like this is one of those game franchises where you can do this with. For me, Hitman GO didn’t do this and it felt like every level was random and didn’t coincide with the previous level. I also enjoyed the strategy based play where you basically had to plan out each move in order to get things just right since making the wrong move usually resulted in death.

When it comes to the playability for this game, here’s the thing, the first 5 levels operated smoothly. You were told how to use the spear, how to move pillars and so on. This was a simple mechanism that worked, but I have no idea what the hell happened when you reached the two bonus levels of 6 and 7. All of these mechanisms that ran smoothly went to shit as the simple task of throwing the spear just wouldn’t work at times. The same thing with the moving of the pillars. I don’t know how many times I tried to grab the pillar only to move without it or finally grab it and move in the wrong direction. This became increasing frustrating and at one point I even thought it was because of my controller. Wanting to make sure it was the game and not my controller, I switched out controllers only to have the same thing happen. It’s like the two bonus levels were completely different from the first 5 and were untested. This is a major problem that I’m probably guessing will not get fixed. If you’re going to put out a whole game, make sure the whole thing works, not just the first part of it.

I really enjoyed the graphics for this game and was once again surprised that it made the transition from mobile to the PS4 as well as it did. The graphics were filled with detail and it really felt like it was a Tomb Raider game. Lara Croft looked like Lara Croft, not like she looks today, but how she used to look, which was a nice bit of nostalgia, and each area was well designed and had an appealing look to it.

Complete this game and do everything it has to offer in order to get 18 trophies. There are 17 regular trophies and then one platinum. The trophies are super simple and some just require you to play the game. The only difficult trophies are for the collectibles. There are times when you’ll have to go back because you missed one of the many vases you have to find throughout the game, but at least the game gives you the option to go back to the specific level that you have to go back to and even tells you if you were able to get all the collectibles or not.

This is strictly a single player game, just how I like my games. No need for other people to play with or trying to bribe one of your friends to help you out. It’s all up to you.

Overall I give this game a 3 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ While there isn’t a spoken story, there’s still a story and if you’re a Tomb Raider player it’s easy to follow along.
+ The game is interesting and strategy based meaning you can’t just run into the tomb and shoot your way through it. You actually have think about your moves ahead of time.
+ The graphics transfer nicely from mobile to PS4 and it brings back the old design of Lara Croft that everyone knows and loves.

What’s Not So Great:
While the first 5 levels work perfectly, the last two levels will make you think like you’re playing a completely different game as the things that used to work, no longer work how you want them to.

I really wish I could have scored this game higher because I did enjoy it and I enjoyed it a lot more than Hitman GO, but the simple fact that the performance of this game went downhill for the last two bonus missions were a big no-no. This was simply uncalled for and just bad game design and development. It was seriously like playing a new game and it kind of ruined the experience just a bit for me. Sometimes a game could be good, great even, but it takes something like the end part of the game not working for it to ruin the whole game. I would suggest that if you purchase this game that you do so cautiously. The first 5 levels will give you a nice challenge as you move though each level and while the last two bonus levels will do the same thing, the mechanisms won’t work and you’ll want to toss your controller through the window. At least if you’re going to buy this, make sure you don’t pay the full $9.99 and pick this game up on sale.

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Gaming Goals for the New Year – July 2017 – UPDATE

I really don’t know why at the end of the month when I write these blogs that I’m always so shocked. I always find myself thinking, “wow is it the end of the month already?” Then I groan because it turns out that I’m a grown up and can’t spend my time playing video games all the time and that these goals that I set are never going to get accomplished no matter how hard I try. Anyway, that doesn’t stop me from trying so let’s take a look at my progress for the month.

Gaming Goals for 2017

Have a total of 100 platinum trophies.

– Starting # of Platinum Trophies: 77
– Ending # of Platinum Trophies: 79
Thanks to some cheap and easy sale game this month I was able to add the Puzzle Showdown 4K platinum to my collection as well as Lara Croft GO. Even though I’m one trophy away from 80, I’m not sure if I’m going to make the 100 this year. I might, you never know, but that’s looking like it’s not going to happen. As long as I hit 80 and go a little over…maybe even hit 90, I won’t be too upset about that.

Have a total of 8,500 trophies.

– Starting # of Trophies: 7,531
– Ending # of Trophies: 7,627
I still couldn’t even hit 100 trophies this past month. Yet another disappointment. Even though a lot of games were on sale and I got some quick and easy trophies it really didn’t help all that much. I’m less than 1,000 trophies away from my goal, but there would have to be some kind of gaming miracle at this point for me to get 1,000 trophies by the end of the year.

Have 150 games completed at 100%

– Starting # of Games 100% Complete: 117
– Ending # of Games 100% Complete: 120
This number jumped up by 3 this month, which wasn’t bad. Thanks again to those games that I bought on sale. It would have been one more to make 121, but Horizon Zero Dawn added some DLC with New Game + and a new Difficulty that I didn’t feel like jumping in and playing at so there went my 100% on that game. Anyway, another 30 games and I should hit my goal. I’m still pretty confident that I can do this.

Have an overall completion rating of 75%

– Starting Completion Rate: 53.70%
– Ending Completion Rate: 53.96%
Look at this number climb this past month! Look at it, look at it. I’m saying that because it’s going to plummet next month when I start just about 7 new games that I might or might not be able to finish. I can’t believe that there are 7 games coming out next month that I’ll be playing. Three of them are episode based, so they’ll get completed eventually, but the other 4 are non-episodic games and those are always fickle so we’ll see how low this number goes.

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
This is still at zero because for some reason I can’t bring myself to turn on my PS3. I have no idea why, I even considered purchasing the year subscription to PS Now just to play some PS3 games that I actually still own. I couldn’t justify doing that either because even though $99 or the year is a good price, I already own these games and a PS3. I should just play them on there. Right? I don’t know anymore.

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: 5
While I did play games in my backlog this month, I didn’t finish any of them. I did finish new games though, which don’t count towards this goal. I’m in a no win situation here so I’ll continue to try and finish some backlogged games, but the rest of the year is super busy with new games that I’m not sure if I can do it.

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

– Starting Number of Pre-Orders: 4
– Ending Number of Pre-Orders: 6
So I completely failed this goal this year. Yes, I’m already up to 6 pre-orders since I pre-ordered Sonic Mania and I pre-ordered The Long Dark just last night in order to get it at a discount. By this point I’m kinda like screw it. I already blew this goal to hell so why not keep going. There are a bunch of games that I want to get and I might as well just get them.

That was it for the month. A decent month I want to say even though it really wasn’t. I mean I made progress on a lot of my goals, and even failed one, but knowing that I’ll probably not make the rest of them by the end of the year is kind of a downer. Anyway, I’ll always keep trying and I’ll let you know how things go next month.

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I Never Finished…Scott Pilgrim vs. The World…Because

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Another free PS+ game as I gave up on my quest to finish my games in alphabetical order. Yeah, you knew that was going to happen right? Anyway, the funny thing about this game was that I downloaded it because it was free, but I also downloaded it because at the time it was my then-friend’s most favorite movie in the entire world and I had never seen the movie. Makes no sense right? Tell me about it. So the plan was that I would play the game and then we would watch the movie together. Thing is I never finished the game.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World let’s you play as multiple different characters, that you know from the movie and graphic novels, as you loosely follow the graphic novels plot and try to defeat Ramona’s seven evil ex’s. This game is one of those action packed 2D side scrollers that doesn’t let you progress into the next screen until all enemies on your current screen have been defeated. Each different character has their own move sets which makes the game easier or harder depending on your play style.

I was really into this game and was having a good time with it until the final boss battle. For the life of me I couldn’t beat the last boss. I have no idea why and to this day I don’t know what the hell was going on when I was playing. Anyway that was the one and only reason why I never finished this game. I just gave up. When you lose over and over and over again, sometimes it’s just best to put down the controller and never pick it up again.

So did you ever watch the movie? Actually, I did watch the movie. That same year for my birthday, I rented the movie, my then-friend already owned the movie, and we watched it together while talking over the phone. It was actually a really great birthday. I hadn’t had one of those in a while, but the real question is did I like the movie? While I told my then-friend that I did. Friends don’t poo-poo their friend’s favorite movie, I actually didn’t. Sorry, just not my type of movie.

As you can see from the picture above I was able to get 4 out of the base 12 trophies. There were another 7 DLC trophies added later on. I never bothered getting the DLC, but the regular trophies that I had left would only require a few more tedious playthroughs which isn’t impossible. Anyway, I probably got the easiest trophies this game had to offer.

Trophy Milestone! This game gave me one of my trophy milestones. If you frequent PSNProfiles.com, then you know that they not only track your trophies, but also these small milestones in trophy hunting. Anyway, the trophy from this game Shopaholic was my 1,000th trophy. That was five years ago and it’s kind of crazy to think about it like that.

Probability of this game getting played again…2 out of 5.

While the possibility of this game being played again is very low and probably won’t happen, I won’t rule it out either. This game has some nostalgia for me and one day I might pick it up and give it a go even it makes me want to toss my controller out the window. For now though, this game will sit on my currently unused PS3 along with every other PS+ game that I downloaded and never finished.

Now it’s your turn. How did you feel about this game? Was it too difficult for you to beat, there’s no shame in admitting that. Are you a fan of the movie / graphic novels and decide to pick this game up, or were you like me and only picked it up because it was free? Let me know in the comments section and as for next week, another PS+ game that I got for free and never finished. Hell, I think I played one match, didn’t know what the hell was going on and shut the game off. Next week I’ll let you know why I never finished NFL Blitz.

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This Week in Trophies 07-23-2017 – 07-29-2017

This was a crazy week, lately it seems like which week’s aren’t crazy, but I tried to get in as much gaming time as possible. With it being close to the end of the month, I really didn’t want to start any new games. Shocking I know, but I wanted to go back and try to finish up some games. I did get a platinum trophy, and if you keep reading you can see which trophy it was for and how the rest of my week went.

Lara Croft GO – 100%

I finally finished this game and got the platinum trophy. While it didn’t take that long, only a couple of weeks, it kind of felt like it took forever to finish this game. Anyway, when I finish a game I don’t like to talk too much about it here. You can find my full review of this game up on Wednesday.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider – 23%

To be honest, I really didn’t want to play this game this week. I put in my disc for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls when it told me that an updated was needed. Instead of waiting for the update, I took the disc out and put this disc in instead. I swear with this game though every single time I think I’m close to the game ending, it feels like it just starts all over again. I have no idea what’s going on, but I did enjoy my time playing.

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Pure Pool – 54%

I started playing this game again this week because I needed something quick to be able to play at night after work and I really couldn’t find another game that I wanted to play. I was able to rack up a decent amount of trophies for this game this week and was pleasantly surprised. I’m not sure if I’ll keep playing in the weeks to come, but it was fun while it lasted.

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And that was it for the week. Not bad, but not that good either. This upcoming week is going to be a complete mess but I’m hoping to play some Gems of War, if Guild Wars starts up again, and then on Tuesday I’ll be playing The Long Dark which is a game that I’ve been looking forward to for the past few weeks. Other than that I have no idea what’s going to happen so I’ll let you know how everything goes next week.

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Friends from College Season 1 Review

Friends from College

To tell you the truth, I had seen some of the previews for this show and really thought about passing it up. I wasn’t a huge fan of most of the actors in it or the premise, probably because I couldn’t relate, but apparently my mind was changed. I have no idea why, no that’s a lie. I do know why and it’s because I really wanted to see Cobie Smulders in a new role since playing Robin on How I Met Your Mother. Anyway, there weren’t a lot of episodes so this called for a binge watch.

The first 8 episodes of this show introduce you to six people who have been friends from college which was 20 years ago when they were in Harvard. You’ll be introduced to Lisa and Ethan Turner, played by Cobie Smulders and Keegan Michael-Key, who have been married since shortly after college. They’re on their way back to New York where the rest of their “friend group” currently lives. While there, neither of them have jobs so they’ll be living on their friend Marianne’s, played by Jae W. Suh, couch. Not much is told about Marianne other than she lives this bohemian life style because the main story focus’s on Ethan ad Lisa. Ethan has been having an affair with Sam, played by Annie Parisse, for the past 20 years. Sam is married and has kids with another guy and is quickly approaching the big 40. Ethan in the meantime will be trying to write his next novel only to find out that the best thing for him to write at the moment is something for teenagers where he could then sell the rights and have a movie made. He’ll get some help in this department from his friend Max, played by Fred Savage, who is basically his publisher. Meanwhile Lisa will be on the search for a job and a purpose as she tries to unsuccessfully conceive a child. During this time she’ll meet up with her ex Nick, played by Nat Faxon, who is also part of this whole friend group. Nick does nothing but pick up younger women because he’s a trust fund baby and basically doesn’t have to do a damn thing.

I found none of these characters to be relatable or even redeemable. They’re all pretty horrible people, maybe that’s what drew them to each other in the first place, and throughout the 8 episodes of this show it shows how horrible they are. Personally I don’t understand how these people are friends in the first place as they all seem to have nothing in common really other than the fact that they went to college together and are horrible people. They’ll lie to each other, treat each other like utter crap, and do things that aren’t acceptable, yet they somehow remain friends. This I can’t understand. Maybe because I don’t know people like this or never had this type of experience. I’m not sure a lot of people can say that they’ve been friends with someone for 20 years and have acted the way these characters act in the show. It just doesn’t seem real and this made the show less enjoyable.

This ensemble of a cast works OK together. They’re kind of mismatched and don’t seem like they would be the type of people that would be friends in the first place. This kind of shows as there are a lot of awkward moments and the show just seems off because of it. In their own right I’m sure a lot of these actors/actress’s are great, but together it just seems like they don’t work because there isn’t a lot of chemistry between them.

Overall I give this season a 2 out of 5.

Don’t get me wrong this show is genuinely funny at times, but those bursts don’t of funny don’t last throughout the season. There are parts during the season that are boring or just plain unrealistic making this show even harder to relate to. I really feel like this show had a huge missed opportunity because it could have been something good. Instead it was just a show of people who really can’t let go. College was 20 years ago. Sometimes it’s best to just move on and you aren’t always friends with people for that long because they change or whatever. Anyway, if you don’t mind watching people do horrible things to other people who are supposed to be their friends, feel free to watch. If you’re looking for something that you’re going to relate to then look somewhere else.

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Puzzle Showdown 4K Review (PS4)

Puzzle Showdown 4K

As I said in my previous reviews, a few weeks ago I picked up four games that were on sale and this is one of them. You can read my review of my other sale games Baseball Riot, here, and Tina’s Toy Factory, here. I had also been watching this game for a while now because of my love for puzzles. The only thing with actual puzzles is that once they’re done you either take them apart after spending hours doing them, or put them together and try to store them somewhere. Anyway, I figured a digital way to put together puzzles would be fun and it was on sale so I figured I would give it a go.

Since this is a game about putting puzzles together there is no story. This is one of those games though where I really wasn’t expecting one to begin with because it’s just about putting together puzzles. You have over 50 puzzles that you can put together and you can chose a bunch of different options ranging from how many puzzles pieces, to if you want to be scored, and what kind of background you want when putting your puzzle together. The possibilities are endless and there are enough puzzles to keep a puzzle junkie like myself busy for hours.

I really enjoyed this game because it gave me digital puzzles to put together and then cleaned them up for me when I was done. I didn’t have to do this myself or try to glue them together and then store them somewhere, I was just able to put them together and move on. The pictures that they give you to choose from are stunning and range from abstract, to people, to animals, to cityscapes, and landscapes. I never found myself getting bored while playing this game and when I was done I just moved onto the next puzzle.

The mechanics for this game are super simple because you have your puzzle board and you’re given five puzzle pieces. Pick your piece and see where it fits on the board. If you’re looking for a challenge turn rotation on because the pieces won’t be in the correct position when they’re given to you. The one thing I didn’t like though was that you were only given 5 pieces at time. Now if these aren’t the pieces that you want you can discard them one at a time, but this is an overly complicated thing to do and takes up a lot of time. Other than that the game ran bug and glitch free.

The graphics for this game were great because they were puzzles which are pictures that you have to put together. The pictures chosen for this game are beautiful and I really enjoyed putting together the different types of puzzles. I did have a problem though with the background that wasn’t the puzzle. It was this color changing background with floating puzzle pieces. At times this became hard to look at and was distracting as the puzzle pieces changed colors randomly going from dark to light and depending on the size of the puzzle you were working on it became a little disorientating.

Finish this game, which isn’t a hard thing to do, and you’ll walk away with 16 regular trophies and a platinum trophy. Not a bad deal if you ask me. The trophies are super simple and you’ll get them just by playing. There are a few trophies that require some co-op play, a trophy based on time, and a grindy type of trophy. The grindy type of trophy is fine because you’ll have to complete 50 puzzles. If you use the 28 piece puzzles you can blow through this is less than an hour. The co-op trophies aren’t bad and if anything you’ll only struggle with the time limit trophy which requires you to put together a 510 piece puzzle in less than 2 hours.

I noticed the co-op portion of this game after I purchased it and cringed at the thought of playing co-op. Shout out to LMD for helping me out with these trophies and then for sticking around even after the trophies were earned. I found the co-op to be fun as it became a competition to see who could place the most amount of puzzles pieces and score the most points. Who knew that putting together a puzzle with someone would actually be that much fun?

Overall I give this game a 4 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ You get to put together puzzles without having to think about what you’re going to do with them afterwards.
+ There are a bunch of puzzles to work on and not only are there different types of puzzles, but they’re all beautiful.
+ The co-op mode is actually really fun because it turns puzzle creating into a competition if you want and who doesn’t love some good competition?

What’s Not So Great:
You only get 5 puzzle pieces at a time and it’s really a pain to discard them to get another random piece instead of being able to choose which piece you want next.
After you finish all of the puzzles and do everything the game has to offer, there really isn’t a replay value.

If you’re a fan of putting together puzzles then this is the perfect game for you. There’s plenty of puzzles to choose from and a bunch of different ways to play. You can even play with a friend if you want. Although I would recommend picking this game up and giving it a try, I wouldn’t recommend paying the full $9.99 for this game and instead try picking it up on sale. When it comes down to price, it’s not worth the full price especially since after you finish there is no replay value.

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I Never Finished…Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood…Because

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

I had originally played this game when it came out, before I had my PS3 hooked up to the internet and knew there was such a big multiplayer thing going on, and absolutely loved it. I spent hours playing it until I was finished with it. When I was finished with it I put it to the side and picked it up again once I had my PS3 hooked up to the internet and decided that I was going to start getting my platinum trophies in alphabetical order. I had just gotten the Assassin’s Creed II platinum so Asassin’s Creed: Brotherhood was next. But I never finished it, keep reading to find out why.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, puts you back into the shoes of Ezio Auditore picking up right where Assassin’s Creed II left off. You’ll also play in the present as Desmond Miles as him and the rogue team from Abstergo have fled to Monteriggioni where they can safely run the Animus and try to find the Apple of Eden. While the stuff with Desmond is short lived and you’ll spend most of your time in the Animus playing as Ezio, this is probably the best part of the game because you get to run around 1499 Rome. The game also offers new mechanics like recruiting other assassin’s as it’s Ezio’s main goal to take down the Borgia family while restoring the Assassin’s Order. This game was also the first Assassin’s Creed to introduce multiplayer. Yay. That was sarcasm.

After playing Assassin’s Creed II, I really enjoyed this game. I thought this paired up with Assassin’s Creed II was the best in the series. I always enjoyed playing as Ezio as well so it was a win-win situation. I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed this game, I thought at the time the graphics were just amazing and I loved climbing the buildings and activating the eagle eye to get a 360 view of the area I was in, exploring the tombs was fun, recruiting new assassin’s and using them in battle was new and innovative, and then there’s the multiplayer. I hated this aspect of the game and it’s probably the main reason why when I restarted playing this game that I never finished it. Don’t get me wrong, the concept of the multiplayer is interesting. You’re basically in the Templar training program and it’s a pretty well thought out structure for the multiplayer, if everyone played that way. Instead everyone runs around like a chicken without a head trying to kill each other. After playing about 20-30 minutes of this, it gets old really fast.

As you can see from the trophy picture above, I was able to get 37 out of the base 51 trophies for this game, 37 out of 61 if you want to count the DLC which I might or might not have, I’m not really sure. So what am I missing? A few really simple single player trophies and then most of the multiplayer trophies. I have the basic multiplayer trophies, but am missing the really grindy multiplayer trophies that require you to play for hours upon hours upon hours. I have to say that the most grindy multiplayer trophy that I have is Needle in a Haystack. Do you know how long it took to actually kill my target from a haystack? So long that it felt like forever and that was basically it for me as that was the last multiplayer trophy that I got.

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

If I go back to play this game then it’s going to be for the actual game itself and not the multiplayer. This is one of those games that I’ll never get the platinum trophy for because the multiplayer is way to grindy and I just don’t have the time or patience for it. I think it would be fun to revisit the game again even just to see how the graphics hold up and start the story all over again.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Now it’s your turn. What did you think about Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood? Did you love it? Hate it? Were you able to get all of the multiplayer trophies or are those stopping you from getting the platinum trophy? Let me know in the comments section below and for next week, a game that was free because this was the time when I was basically playing anything that was free. It’s a game based off a movie that I didn’t even see, but at the time it was my former friends favorite movie. Moving on though, next week I’ll let you know why I never finished Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

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This Week in Trophies 07-16-2017 – 07-22-2017

I have to say that this is going to be a really quick little blog because I didn’t get much done this week when it came to trophies or even gaming for that matter. It was one of those weeks where I had a lot of work, a lot of web design stuff with my oh so wonderful clients, a day when -gasp- I just didn’t feel like gaming, and he fact that my arm still kind of hurt from last week’s tattoo session. Anyway, here are the trophies I was able to get this week.

Lara Croft GO – 52%

I could have finished this game this week, but didn’t. I did add another two levels of this game to my YouTube channel so if you’re looking for some walkthroughs you can find them here. I’m really enjoying this game a lot more than Hitman GO. Mostly because even though it’s a puzzle game, there’s still a story being told where it seems like the Hitman game didn’t have that. Anyway, I’m hoping this week I can at least get the platinum for this game and finish up my video’s for this game.

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And that was it for this week. I told you it was going to be a quick blog. This upcoming week seems like a normal one so I should be able to game a little bit more. I’m going to try and finish Lara Croft GO and if I actually do then my video’s will be up on YouTube by Saturday. While I’m still playing this game, I plan on trying to get back into playing Rise of the Tomb Raider, some Diablo III and then try not to start something new with the new month approaching and it being a busy one with all these games coming out. I’ll let you know how everything goes next week.

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