Tentative Twitch Streaming Schedule for the Week of 10–29-2017 – 11-04-2017

Here is my upcoming Twitch streaming schedule. I probably should have mentioned last time that my times are eastern, which would have probably helped. As always, this is subject to a lot of change depending on if I actually get games, if I beat them, or of course if something else comes up. I will try to stick as close to this schedule as possible, and you could always follow me on Twitch or Twitter to see if I’ll be streaming or not.

SUNDAY10-29-2017

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm – ???
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – ???

MONDAY10-30-2017

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – South Park: The Fractured But Whole

TUESDAY10-31-2017

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Assassin’s Creed: Origins

WEDNESDAY11-01-2017

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – South Park: The Fractured But Whole

THURSDAY11-02-2017

No Stream

FRIDAY11-03-2017

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Assassin’s Creed: Orgins

SATURDAY11-04-2017

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm – ???
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – ???

There you have it my streaming schedule for the next week. I know you see a lot of question marks on there, mostly for Sunday and Saturday and those mean that I will be streaming at that time, but I’m not sure what. A buddy of mine has recently picked up Diablo III and wants to start from scratch and stream it together so if he’s on at those times when I’m streaming we’ll be streaming that together and if not, I’ll pick something else to stream.

Just as a side note, I think I’m close to finishing South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and if I do then those streams will be cancelled so that I can finish that game up and get the platinum trophy for it. Also, I am always looking for suggestions on what you want to see me stream. I’m even open to doing a co-op stream if anyone is interested let me know and we can set something up.

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Throwback Thursday Review – Diablo 3 (PS3)

I was so excited for this game when it came out! Not really being a PC gamer I’ve heard about this game from a couple of people and how awesome it was but never got the chance to play it. Once this was added as a PS3 game I just knew I had to give it a try. Here’s what I thought about Diablo 3.

Since this is the third installment of the game and I didn’t play the previous two, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to catch onto the story and be able to follow along. I’m glad to say that the story, even though interesting, is simple enough that you can play this game without playing the previous two. In Diablo 3 you get to choose from six different characters and classes. To be honest I didn’t even try out all six characters. I played as the Demon Hunter and absolutely loved it so I just played as the Demon Hunter the whole time. Back to the plot of the story, it’s a basic Heaven vs. Hell type of thing where the lords of Hell are trying to overtake the Heavens and it’s up to you to stop them. You’ll have some help from Tyrael, a fallen angel, along with a variety of other characters throughout your journey.

When you play this game for the first time, the story will hook you and keep you playing. It flows nicely and it keeps you interested enough that you have to see what happens next. After you’ve played 6+ times the story gets a little boring and by that time you really aren’t playing for the story anymore as much as for the loot. Either way you’ll still be playing this game for hours and hours upon end. Just to tell you how into this game I was, I played for just about three months straight. I would suggest playing on different difficulties for each playthrough since it keeps things challenging unless of course you just want to randomly kill things. The choice is really up to you but I enjoyed the challenge of advancing the difficultly level each time I started a new game.

The playability of this game is simple. You run around, kill stuff, loot, and complete quests. The only thing that can get a little tricky is leveling up your character and managing your inventory. If you’re used to the types of games that have you constantly doing this then it’ll be a breeze, but if you aren’t I can see where things can get a little tricky. Either way you should be able to learn quickly enough how to manage your inventory and how to level up your character. My various different playthroughs of this game were all bug and glitch free making me a very happy camper.

The graphics on this game aren’t bad. They aren’t the greatest either but there’s really nothing to complain about when it comes to the graphics. The only thing I can nit pick on if I really wanted to was that everything just seemed very small. The cut scenes are pretty phenomenal though so bonus points there.

There are a total of 46 trophies for this game which aren’t a lot but there’s a reason that this platinum is as rare as it is. You’ll have no problems completing the story trophies or even the leveling up trophies. If you play long enough you’ll reach level 60 in no time. As long as you continue to up your difficulty level you’ll also get the trophies for completing the boss battles on the harder difficulties as well with no trouble. The only trophies that will give you the most trouble are All That Glitters and Demon Slayer (Hardcore). With Demon Slayer (Hardcore) you have to play a character in hardcore mode and get them to level 30. The only catch is that in Hardcore mode if you die then you’re character can no longer be used. For this I would recommend playing a ranged character like the Demon Hunter. Now for All That Glitters. For this you will have to farm your way to 5,000,000 gold. The gold you get from selling items doesn’t count and this strictly has to be gold that you’ve picked up throughout the game. This will require a lot of farming and a lot of playthroughs.

Not really a big fan of multiplayer I have to say that I thought this game had some pretty badass multiplayer. I actually enjoyed opening my game up to random people and having them join my game. Not only did you get more experience this way but you also got more gold this way as well. Most of the people I encountered were friendly enough and I had no problem doing this. The only thing I would suggest is playing through the story by yourself the first time to truly experience the story before opening up your game or joining someone’s game.

Overall I give this game a 4.5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Interesting enough story that will hold your attention the first few times you play.
+ Bug and glitch free.
+ Badass multiplayer makes the game more enjoyable.
+ Phenomenal cut scenes.

What’s Not So Great:
Farming trophies are bad.

I thoroughly enjoyed this game. I spent a lot of time playing it and basically knew all of the ins and outs that this game had to offer. The only real problem I had was with the whole farming things to reach the 5,000,000 gold which made the game just a little less enjoyable. Other then that it has a cool story and it offers a lot of game play for your money. I would suggest picking this game up and giving it a try.

Next week is the last Throwback Thursday Platinum Trophy review. I’ll be reviewing my 22nd platinum trophy Smart As. This was given for free one month with PS+ and since I like brain type games I knew I had to give this one a try. Even though the platinum trophy reviews are done after next week, fear not because after that I’ll be reviewing the games that I’ve completed at 100% that had no platinum trophy.

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To Farm or Not To Farm

Whether or not it’s a good idea to farm while playing video games is an age old question. Some think of it as cheating while others find this the best way to do things. Some games are meant to be farmed and some games do whatever they can to prevent farming. Me? I’m kind of undecided when it comes to farming and here’s why.

I find that in a way farming ruins video games. It makes them not fun anymore when you do the same thing over and over again in order to get more money or more weapons. The last thing I want to do after a stressful day is to log onto my favorite video game or my video game of choice at the moment and go to the same exact spot I was yesterday to do the same exact thing I did yesterday so that I can get a couple more thousand dollars or hopefully get a few more new weapons that I can use to farm again tomorrow. Doing something that repetitive over and over again day after day makes that particular video game become boring and I’m more likely to stop playing that game all together.

Now, while I feel that farming ruins video games I will admit that I have farmed once before in order to get a trophy. In Diablo III the very last trophy that I needed to get my platinum was All That Glitters. In order to get this trophy you have to pick up 5,000,000 gold. You can only get this gold from enemies and not from the sale of your left over loot. If you played Diablo III then you know that even at the hardest setting you’re probably getting around 400,000 gold for each playthrough. Highly annoying especially when it takes well over 10 playthroughs which can take anywhere from 10-20 hours if you’re quick. So, with a little over 1 million gold to go, I farmed. I got the platinum trophy for this game in a little over 2 hours.

Even though I got the trophy that I needed and the platinum, I didn’t enjoy doing this and hated that I was kind of forced to do this in order to complete the game and get that last trophy. I feel like as much as I enjoyed this game this kind of ruined it just a little for me.

While some developers don’t care what you do when you play their game, others don’t want you to play their games like this. Take Destiny for example. Developers say that farming for loot at one of the “Loot Caves” on the map, isn’t the right way to play this game. While I tend to agree with the developers, I think that this is one of the games that forced you to farm for loot. Before the patch, which supposedly fixed the loot problem, the lack of loot was just disgusting. This was the only way to get loot which is why I stopped playing Destiny right after I wrote about the lack of loot. I was tired of farming for loot and farming for materials to upgrade my items. I began to do the same thing day after day after day and it was boring.

Final Verdict? Farm if you want…or don’t. It’s really up to how you feel like playing. The one thing I will say is that I don’t find this as a form of cheating. You aren’t altering the game in any way for your own personal gain, you’re just playing the game. It’s the same portion of the game over and over again, but If that’s how you feel like gaming, then go for it.

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