This Week In Trophies 05-10-2015 – 05-23-2015

This edition of this week in trophies is totally supersized since it includes last weeks trophies as well. After a week of feeling like absolute crap, it’s nice to finally start feeling better and getting back to doing what I love, which is gaming. While I didn’t even touch my PS3 or PS4 while I was sick, I have to say that my PS Vita became my best friend this week as I carried it just about everywhere I went and spent some major time playing between bouts of passing out from the over load of medication I was taking and watching many many reruns of The Facts of Life. Here’s how the past two weeks treated me.

The Unfinished Swan – 100%

I finished this game up early in the first week and was really glad to have done so. I didn’t get that much enjoyment out of the game as a whole and I’ll be posting my full review later this week for the game. Let’s just say though, that I’m glad it’s over and I don’t plan to play this game on any other platform.

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The Handsome Collection – Borderlands 2 – 100%

Even though I got the platinum for this a couple of weeks ago now, I just really wanted to finish this game up completely and get the 100%. I worked pretty hard farming to finish up some left over DLC quests and a couple of other things along the way. I’m just glad that it’s done and I have a new 100% game to add to my collection.

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Don’t Starve: Console Edition – 28%

I started playing this game again as I waited for The Witcher 3 to come in. I started this game a long time ago, probably when it was free for PS+, and just forgot about it afterwards. I’m glad that I started playing this game again and hopefully some day I’ll be able to get the 100% on it.

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Pure Pool – 55%

While I am in no way going for the platinum trophy for this game, I do like to pick it up time to time between games and just play when I have some free time. Any trophies that I get are just an added bonus.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare – 44%

This was just another game that was sitting on my system that I decided to play while waiting for The Witcher 3 to be released. I did actually enjoy picking this game up and playing again since it had been a while. Who knew that I was so close to getting so many trophies if I had just kept playing. Anyway, I’m kind of addicted now and have continued to play this game on and off.

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Sparkle 2 – 100%

While I was sick, I finally finished up the Vita version of Sparkle 2. It took me way longer then I expected since I would constantly fall asleep while I played, but at least I got it done. I’ll probably start the PS3 version some time this week.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 1%

I finally got around to playing this game and so far…I’m not really sure how I feel about it. I encountered a couple of problems actually trying to get the game to start, which is just a bunch of absolute crap because how can you not notice that your game isn’t loading during QA testing, and I’ve had a couple of other problems along the way as well. I’ll be giving this game another chance though as I continue to play through the story a little more.

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Fat Princess: Piece of Cake – 55%

Another game that I just started playing again after I finished with Sparkle 2 on the PS Vita. I didn’t really realize how close I was to the 100% and only have a few more trophies to go. I’ll probably continue to play this game just to get the 100% and delete from my system to clear up some memory.

Murasaki Baby – 100%

Another Vita game that I started when I was feeling just a little bit better and was pretty sure that I wasn’t going to pass out while playing. I played the whole thing in one sitting and got all the trophies. I’ll have my full review of the game in a few weeks.

So there you have it, all of my trophies for the past two weeks. What a crazy couple of weeks and I’ll be looking forward to things getting back to normal. As I play The Witcher 3 a little bit more, I’m sure next weeks trophies will be a little lighter since the trophies for The Witcher 3 seems to be very sparse, but you never know.

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Free Games Aren’t Really Free

This one’s a shocker right? Free games not really being free. How brilliant is this concept though? I mean you get a game, for FREE, but then you’re gouged with micro transactions. Sure, you don’t have to purchase those transactions to buy extra lives, extra turns, extra fake money, extra donuts, extra clams, extra diamonds, and whatever else the game uses as its money grabber, but it’s still there. Every time you play you’re given that not so subtle reminder that “Hey! You’re out of what you need to continue playing this game. Now you can wait XX amount of hours to play again…or you could give us MONEY, your real hard earned money, and play right now.” What happened to the game being free?

Like many other gamers, I get suckered into getting these free games. Each time I do my wallet lets out a sigh of relief and I groan in frustration when I have to wait to play a game or pay up. At first when this concept of free gaming came up I didn’t think prices were that bad for the “extras.” They ranged from $0.99 to just about $4.99. Considering that some games cost you $60+ this seemed like a pretty decent price, but now things just seem to be getting out of hand.

Take Fat Princess: Piece of Cake for instance. You’re given a certain number of lives every 16 minutes, but you can use real money to buy coins to get more lives. Your coin packs range from $0.99 all the way up to $49.99. Seriously? $50 for fake coins to use in game in order to get more lives to that I can play more and not wait? And then what happens when the coins run out, you have to buy more all over again. What the hell! Don’t get me wrong though I’m having a fun time playing this game, but it is no way worth $50+. I didn’t even pay that much for the original Fat Princess game so there is no way in hell I’m going to pay that much for FAKE money.

This isn’t the only worst offender out there, there are seriously too many to name, but this is the most recent. While I don’t use these features and refuse to pay actual money for extras on a game that is supposed to be free, a lot of people do. Even though that person chose to pay real money for fake in game items, that doesn’t make it right. Doing this is really just bad business. These companies are ripping gamers off by charging these insane prices for in game items. Why not just charge for the game to begin with? That way everyone wins and everyone is happy.

While these so called free games could have a decent price tag of anywhere from $9.99 – $14.99 to just unlock the whole game, they don’t. Instead these games choose to rip people off by encouraging them to pay over and over again for in game items and to me this makes no sense. Gamers lose while game companies profit, and then these game companies wonder why they get bad things said about them. So my final verdict is to play the free games, because they‘re games and they‘re free, but don’t give those companies a dime for them. Don’t buy any extras no matter how much you think you need them and use these games as time fillers. Have 15 minutes to play? Play one of those many free games, save your 3+ hour gaming time and money for some actual decent games that are worth the money.

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