This Week in Trophies 07-12-2015 – 07-18-2015

I was just totally disgraced by last week’s showing of only 3 trophies and I knew this week that I had to redeem myself. I just had to and there was no question that I was going to do it. By the end of the week, I not only redeemed myself but I completely smashed my own expectations on how many trophies I could get this week. Take a look at what I got.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – 81%

I’m so close to the platinum trophy for this game that if I stopped now it would be an absolute crime. I finally reached level 50 this week which seemed a lot harder this time around then in Borderlands 2 as well as I started three new characters. I finished with every characters skill trophy except for Claptrap which I’m still working on. I also completely finished all of the trophies for The Holodome.

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Rocket League – 62%

After reaching level 50 in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, I wanted to try something new before starting a new playthrough. After looking through my list, I decided on this month’s free PS+ game. I’m happy to report that I am only 8 trophies away from the platinum after only 3 days of playing since I started on Thursday. The last 8 trophies really just require me to continue to play the game so we’ll see how it goes this upcoming week.

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And that was it for this week. This was probably one of the best trophy weeks that I had in a while and that makes me happy. Now for this week, I’m going to continue on with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Will I get the platinum by the end of the week? I’m not really sure since I still have a lot to do, but I’m not giving up. I’ve spent so much time on this game and I want that platinum. I’m in the same boat with Rocket League as well, but I think as long as I continue to play a couple of games a day the platinum trophy will come naturally. While I work on these two games, I’m going to go back and try to finish up Sparkle 2 on my PS3 which has been neglected, I’ll also be starting Fallout 3 this week, and I’ll be playing Episode 5 of Game of Thrones when it comes out on Tuesday. Another busy week, and I’ll let you know how it all turned out next week.

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This Week in Trophies 07-05-2015 – 07-11-2015

This has to be the worst week of trophy hunting that I’ve ever had. I’m not even exaggerating because this week I got a total of…wait for it….3 whole trophies. 3! I can’t even believe it. I don’t know why, but for some reason I thought I got more but then I took a look and was like what the hell. Anyway, here are my three trophies for the week.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – 58%

The trophies for this game are coming along really really slowly now. I’m currently at level 46 and am working my way through the story again in order to reach 50. I thought I could do it this week, but that whole day I spent devoted to playing Mass Effect 3 multiplayer probably didn’t really help all that much. I’m going to continue to work on this game this week which will probably be my main focus.

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Ice To Meet You

And that’s it, but there’s nothing like a really crappy week of getting trophies that motivates me to do better next week. Now for this week I’m going to continue to play Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Probably play a little less Mass Effect 3 multiplayer and try to finish up a couple of small games here and there.

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Weekly Trophy Tip – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – Who Needs Air?

Another Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel trophy coming at you this week. This is one of those trophies where you basically just have to sit around and do nothing but press a button every so often and the trophy basically earns itself. You’ll need to do some work though before getting the trophy but it shouldn’t be a problem.

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Suffocated for 5 continuous minutes without dying – Bronze
TIP: For this trophy I found it best to use Athena, but then again I always think it’s best to use Athena for this game. You’ll want to power her up to at least level 25 and make sure that your skill points go in the Phalanx skill tree. Doing this will allow for Aspis to regenerate health every time Athena pulls up the shield.

Once you have Athena powered up correctly, fast travel to Serenity’s Waste and get rid of your oxygen mask. Don’t throw it away, just unequip it and step outside. Once you do that Athena will start to suffocate and in order for this to work make sure she doesn’t lose more then 250 health points before pulling up Aspis. Let Aspis do it’s thing and let Athena hold onto it for the full cycle. Once she lets it go wait for it to recharge before pulling it back up again. Do this for five minutes until the trophy pops. Check out the video below to see how I did it.

Have anything additional to add to my tip? Let me know in the comments section below and I’ll add it in and give you credit. Need help with a specific trophy? I’m always looking for my next weeks tip so throw out some suggestions in the comments section. If I have the trophy I’ll post a tip on how to get it.

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This Week in Trophies 06-28-2015 – 07-04-2015

Besides hitting my 5000th trophy this week, the week as a whole would have been pretty uneventful if it wasn’t for the addition and completion of Scrabble to my trophy list. While Scrabble took me a whole day to finish, I continued to play Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and I even got in a little Mass Effect 3 multiplayer like I had wanted to. Here’s how my week played out.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – 54%

I finished up my first Athena run this week and started some of the DLC so I can continue to level up to 50 with Athena. I also picked up a few extra trophies here and there for doing those specific type of things. This week I plan to continue on through the rest of the game, hopefully finishing up a couple of DLC trophies as well as getting Athena to level 50 so I can start on another playthrough.

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Scrabble – 100%

I got this game on Tuesday and finished it on Wednesday which isn’t really saying much, but it was my first board game type game on the PS4. I’ll have my full review up of the game sometime this week.

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And that was it. It was a pretty blah week and it wasn’t even because I spent a lot of time playing Mass Effect. To tell the truth I only got in a couple of hours of Mass Effect 3 multiplayer and the rest of my gaming time was spent on Scrabble and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. For this upcoming week I’ll continue to work on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel since I’m still really enjoying it on the PS4. I might throw in a new game some time this week, but if I do it will be a small one.

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Pet Peeve: Huge Day One Patches

I never really had a problem with day one patches. It was just something that I expected when I installed a new game and I never really minded as long as it made the game run better and hopefully problem free. What I do have a problem with though is this new introduction of these HUGE day one patches. You know the ones that I’m talking about, they’re the ones that take up just way to much memory and take way to long to download. At first it just seemed like a rare occurrence, but now these patches just seem to be getting larger and larger and a little to frequent for me.

The first time I ever really noticed a huge patch that needed to be downloaded when I got a game on release was Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. I install the game into my system and of course there’s a patch. Not a problem right? Wrong. The patch was 8.3GB. 8.3GB! Do you know how much space that takes up on a system that is already way over crowded. A lot, so much that it left me with only a few GB left on my system as a whole. Even though I was annoyed at this I was able to understand why this patch was so huge. A new DLC for The Pre-Sequel, Claptastic Voyage, had to be downloaded. My annoyance quickly faded while I waited patiently, a little over 2 hours, for this patch to download.

After my experience with Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, I once more didn’t have a problem with any day one patches. Nothing seemed overly large or unreasonable until the time came to install The Elder Scrolls Online day one patch. After deleting a bunch of games from my system just to fit the required install size, what pops up? A day one patch. Figuring that it couldn’t be that bad, I check out my download queue to see just how long it’s going to take since I was eager to play and to my surprise, the patch is 15GB. Almost double the Borderlands: The Handsome Collection day one patch. What the hell! After waiting just about 4 hours for this patch to download, I didn’t even want to start the game.

When does it come to the point where day one patches are just too big and in a way ruin the initial game playing experience? I would have to say that anything over 5GB, I’m being really lenient here, is just way to big and just uncalled for. Patches are supposed to fix stability issues, framerate issues, and other technical problems and if a day one patch is over 5GB it makes me wonder what is really going on with the game that I’m so eager to play. Are there going to be a lot of problems? Will the game constantly crash? What’s wrong with the game that it requires that big of a fix on release day.

Huge day one patches also make me think that a game just wasn’t ready for release and should have probably been delayed just a little longer in order to make things perfect. In a time where everything is fixed after release with a patch, when is enough enough? It’s my hope that The Elder Scrolls Online isn’t setting any kind of precedent for other games, don’t even get me started on the latest patch that was also over 15GB, because it sets a bad example. Huge patches that gamers just accept tell other developers that they can be lazy and slack off with fixing problems before a game is released because hey if there’s a problem they could always release a 15+GB patch day one.

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Weekly Trophy Tip – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – 360 No Scope

This is the type of trophy that I really enjoy getting. It’s a rare trophy that is super easy to get and really just requires you to be patient. This week’s trophy is coming to you via Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. While many people will try to get this trophy right away, I’m going to tell you now that you will fail multiple times and getting this trophy will become frustrating. Here’s how to get this trophy quickly and efficiently.

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While airborne, spun 360 degrees then got a kill with a Sniper Rifle without using the scope – Bronze
TIP: For this trophy, I’m going to suggest waiting until you are at least level 10 or over so that you can either purchase, loot, or use a golden key to acquire a high powered Sniper Rifle. Once you do this you want to head to a low leveled area on your map like Serenity’s Waste. You’ll find some Kraggons there that are extremely low leveled so the area is perfect. Once you spot a group of Kraggons approach them so that they start attacking you. Jump in the air with your sniper rifle equipped and boost yourself up. Spin around 360 degrees, which means that you’ll end where you start, and then shoot one of the Kraggons. You’ll have to shoot from the hip since if you use the zoom you’ll use the scope and then you won’t get the trophy. At a higher level, it should be one shot one kill, but if it doesn’t happen right away keep doing this until the trophy pops. Remember, the higher the level you are and the higher the level your Sniper Rifle is the easier it is to kill your enemy. Check out the video below to see how I did it.

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This Week in Trophies 06-21-2015 – 06-27-2015

This was one of those strange weeks where I feel like I didn’t get enough gaming time in to the point where my mind is like “GAMES, GAMES, GAMES” every five seconds while I’m trying to get other stuff done, but I did rack up a decent amount of trophies. With the release of the newest Tales from the Borderlands episode, this was basically a Borderlands week for me. Here’s my breakdown of trophies for the week.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – 31%

I continued to play the Pre-Sequel this week, and I feel like even though I liked it on the PS3 I didn’t give it much of a chance. I only played through the game once before tossing it aside, but I feel like with the PS4 version I might actually attempt the platinum. I’m almost done with my first story playthrough and I plan on playing the DLC after the main missions of the game. I’ll probably get to the DLC this week and then I plan to start my True Vault Hunter game with Athena.

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Tales from the Borderlands – 65%

I was really eager to play this game on Tuesday and it was one of those times where I was constantly checking the PSN store to see if it was available to download. I have to say that this was probably the best episode in the series so far and I’ll have my review of it up by the end of the week.

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That was it for trophies for the week. I did continue to play Sparkle 2 even though I didn’t get any trophies for it and I would have been playing The Elder Scrolls Online if I still wasn’t waiting for that damn patch to download. This is partially my fault since I didn’t feel like keeping my system on to complete the download and it’s only really been downloading when I have my system on, but it’s also part of the games problem because a patch shouldn’t be over 15GB. Anyway for this upcoming week I plan to continue my Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel journey and play Sparkle 2. I’ve also had this strange need to play Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. I really don’t know why and I’m not even sure if the servers are still active, but I might give it a try this week.

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This Week in Trophies 06-14-2015 – 06-20-2015

While I’m continuing to play The Elder Scrolls Online every once in a while, I kind of got tired waiting to log in all the time and decided to start a not so new game this week for those times when I don’t feel like waiting to log in, which in most cases I really don’t feel like waiting around to play a game so I just don’t play. The start of a new game usually means a bunch of trophies, so this week was ok when it came to trophies. It wasn’t great, but here’s how my week played out.

The Elder Scrolls Online – 5%

I was able to get one random trophy this week along with a story mission trophy. While I’m progressing in the game it just seems like it’s taking a really long time and I always get side tracked when I enter a new area, probably because there are a bunch of side missions that I always get stuck doing. Anyway, I’m still enjoying my time doing random stuff, but I just haven’t been playing all that much.

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Sparkle 2 – 61%

I finished up my hard playthrough this week and I’m currently working on my nightmare playthrough before I start the survival and challenge modes. Even though this is the third time I’m playing this game, I’m really enjoying it and I look forward to finishing it so that I can start Sparkle Unleashed on the PS4.

Rollers of the Realm – 70%

I started playing this game again this week because I recently seen that a patch downloaded for this game. Hoping that this patch cleared up some of the trophy issues that I was having, I was glad to see that after a few frustrating rounds of arena I was able to get a trophy that I should have gotten a long time ago. Since this game and it’s trophies are now functioning properly I’ll continue to play and hopefully be able to get the 100%.

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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – 12%

I started this because it was sitting on my PS4 taking up space, plus I needed something new to play while I played The Elder Scrolls Online. Sometimes it’s just like that where you can’t strictly play just one game. Besides, I always like getting back into Borderlands and in this game I really enjoy playing as Athena because let’s face it, her shield is just badass.

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So for this upcoming week I will continue to make my way through Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. I’m not really sure if I’ll be getting the platinum for this game since I don’t even have the platinum for this on the PS3, but you never know. I’ll also be continuing my journey through The Elder Scrolls Online while playing Sparkle 2 and Rollers of the Realm in between.

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In Game Tutorials. Too Many Vs. Too Little

Since game manuals are kind of obsolete at this point, a game still has to tell you how to play. Or do they? I’ve played a hell of a lot of games, I mean seriously a hell of a lot, and I’ve come to notice that while mostly every game tells you something while playing about the basic controls there are some games that tell you nothing at all. While I can’t stand over instructions that sometimes pause the game during important moments, I also can’t stand a game that doesn’t tell me what to do or give me any direction on how to play.

Every game needs a basic type of instruction. Sure everyone knows that pressing up on the left analog stick usually makes your character walk while using the right analog stick makes your character look around, but what about all of the other buttons? You know since there are like a bunch of them on a standard controller. What do you do with them? When do you have to use them? This kind of basic instruction is really only needed once and is of course helpful, but what about instructions that really aren’t so helpful or just too frequent. Take Borderlands 2 for example. I recently completed this game again on the PS4 and I found it highly annoying the way the game paused every so often if I picked up something new or the game wanted me to learn how to use the menus. At first it seemed helpful but soon became extremely annoying since the game was interrupted over and over again by this annoying presence of an in game instruction guide. This isn’t the only recent game that has done this though, I’ve also had the same problems while playing Dragon Age: Inquisition and even more recently while playing The Witcher 3. Sometimes enough is enough. If I need to learn more I can also go to the manual that is usually located in the options menu. I know all of this can be turned off in the options menu, but it just feels like it’s something that I shouldn’t have to do.

While there are those games that over instruct, there are those games that don’t even instruct you on what to do at all. My most recent game of no instruction was The Unfinished Swan. I spent three or more minutes staring at the white screen in front of me when the game first loaded waiting. I wasn’t sure if there was a glitch or my game didn’t load right. Just when I was about to reboot the game, I accidentally hit the R2 button which fired off my first paint ball. Seriously? Some type of simple instruction would have been nice and it wouldn’t have ruined the whole “art” feel of the game. Not only do some games have no instruction at all, but some instructions are so obscure that they have you scratching your head wondering what the hell you actually have to do.

At the moment there really doesn’t seem to be a balance between over instructing and under instructing. Some games do it too much, some games too little, and some none at all. While I would like to see some sort of balance in upcoming titles, it just doesn’t seem like there ever will be. Unfortunately that means that games that over instruct and games that under instruct will continue to annoy me while games that perfect this equation of balancing instructions perfectly will continue to earn my respect and praise.

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Power Leveling. Is It Wrong? Is It Right? Or Is It Just Plain Rude?

As you probably already know, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Borderlands world recently with the release of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for the PS4. While I’ve enjoyed most of my time shooting and looting around Pandora, when starting my True Vault Hunter playthrough to reach level 50 I’ve encountered more then my fair share of power levelers. If you play Borderlands you know what I’m talking about. It’s those people that hop into your room at a much lower level, I’ve had people jump into my room when I was a level 45 Siren with their level 19 character, with the sole purpose of using you just so that they could advance their character at a faster rate. This then goes on to lead to many annoying experiences and made me wonder if this power leveling technique was wrong, right, or just plain rude.

When it comes to a clear wrong or right when talking about power leveling, I think the whole subject is kind of a grey matter. It’s not straight out the right thing to do when you start a new character, but it’s not necessarily wrong or frowned upon either. If you want to spend hours ducking in the corner of my game just to level up without actually doing anything, then whatever that’s on you. It’s not something I would necessarily do because when I play Borderlands, I want to actually play Borderlands not just sit in the corner doing nothing.

Even though I don’t necessarily find power leveling right or wrong, I do find it extremely rude when someone just pops into my game with the intent to power level without even asking me. Every now and again when I’m playing I would have a friend message me seeing if they could come into my game with their lower level character, and I would then send them an invite. I knew I could handle myself in the game and didn’t mind the fine ass loot that would drop because I had more people in my room. What I do mind is when my room is open and Random Joe decides to just drop in with his lower level character and just expect me to help him. I don’t know Random Joe, so why should it be my responsibility to help him?

Not only does Random Joe want to power level off of you, but he only wants you to do certain missions. Random Joe will constantly switch your missions to the missions he wants. Seriously? Not only am I power leveling you, but now I have to do what you want in MY game. This isn’t the only thing Random Joe will do either. Random Joe will hide out in the corner until you kill a boss and then run out and try to collect the Orange weapon that was dropped. Random Joe is one sneaky bastard that you have to block so that you can get the weapon for yourself. At this point, Random Joe gets the boot because I’ve had just about enough of his crap and I get the nasty message about stealing his Orange weapon and then kicking him from the game when he’s been helping me out this whole time. Sigh…multiplayer.

While I haven’t power leveled because to me it’s just plain boring, I don’t think it’s a clear wrong or right. If you want to power level fine, if you don’t then fine. The only thing that I find power leveling is extremely rude, especially if you just pop into my room and expect me to just help you out. All I ask is that if you’re going to power level is to send me a message and just ask me. Or just actually ask me because I know you probably have a microphone. It’s not really hard and the worst thing I could do is say no.

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