Monopoly Plus Review (PS4)

Monopoly Plus

As a child I was always a fan of board games. I loved Candy Land to death and when I finally reached my teenage years, I was introduced to Monopoly. Needless to say, I absolutely fell in love with this game because of it’s whole premise. Move around the board, buying properties, building houses, and collecting money from other people until you bankrupt them. What’s not to love about that? Not to mention that when you’re actually playing with other people the shady dealings that go on. “Oh you can’t afford to pay me for my hotel on Broadwalk? Well, you can try to mortgage just about everything you have…or you could just give me your collection of green properties and we can call it even.” The other person looks nervous before handing them over and essentially handing you the game, as if you didn’t already have it. It took a while for me to realize that I actually had this game with the Hasbro Family Fun Pack: Conquest Edition that I purchased last year, so I figured I would give it a go and see if it held up to my standards.

Anyone remember this game on the Nintendo? So while I played the actual board game Monopoly. Who hasn’t? I also played the Nintendo version that introduced the whole “auction concept” which was just fascinating to me because when you play the board game if someone can’t afford a property it get’s left alone until someone else you can afford the property lands on it and buys it. Needless to say, I loved playing Monopoly hours upon hours on the Nintendo. Anyway else play on the Nintendo? Let me know in the comments section.

Monopoly Plus is exactly like the board game so there isn’t any story to it. I mean if you want to be creative you can make one up in your head, but the main point of the game is to play with other people, move around the board, buy properties, build houses, turn those houses into hotels, and try your hardest to bankrupt the other players in order to win the game.

Overall I have to say that I really wasn’t impressed with this game at all. There are basically two board types, the original board that showcases the classic Monopoly board and the “living” board which shows all different types of animations as you move around the board. There was really nothing special with this game as you can play by normal house rules or set your own rule like whatever is collected from Community Chest and Chance goes into free parking and whoever lands on free parking gets all that money. I couldn’t really find a reason to play beyond the hour and 30 minutes that it took me to get all the trophies for this game, because there really didn’t seem like a point. That’s not to mention that you have to play with another person. There is no AI to play with. This was just a foolish move on Ubisoft’s part in my opinion because I could have seen myself playing for a lot longer if I wasn’t playing against myself. We’ll get to the online multiplayer porting a little later on, but you get my drift. There could have been so much more to do and actually make this game more playable if there was an AI option that had different difficulty levels.

The playability of this game is simple. Pick your board, pick how you want to play, pick your piece, and start the game. All you have to do is roll the dice and click a couple of buttons to make purchases, trades, buy house and hotels, or mortgage properties. It’s so simple that when the controls simply don’t work for whatever reason it makes you want to smash your controller into a million little pieces. How many times do I have to hit R1 to buy a damn house? Apparently a lot because it seems like the game doesn’t recognize it. How many times do I have to mash the damn X button to roll the dice? More than once because the game really doesn’t respond that well to that either. Of course I checked this out on another controller thinking that I was the problem only to find out that nope, it’s the game itself. While this game doesn’t have any bugs or glitches, the fact that the controller isn’t really all that responsive causes some controller breaking moments as you try to purchase that property you want, roll the dice, trade with another player, or put up some houses and hotels. Not to mention the fact that the game animations themselves take way to long to complete making it take a long amount of time to actually move a piece around the board. This becomes annoying quickly and even hitting the skip button doesn’t work all that well or cut down the amount of time it takes for a player to complete a turn on this game.

The graphics for this game are simple and nothing to write home about. I remember enjoying the graphics for Monopoly more on the Nintendo than I did for this game. The classic board is your original board that is just floating in space and you’re living board isn’t much better either. Sure it has some animations added to it and makes it look like a living town or city, but it really does nothing for the game. The graphics were ones that just made me shrug my shoulders and try to ignore them as I went along my merry way playing this game.

Annoying announcer…is annoying. Not only are the graphics lackluster, but the announcer for this game is down right annoying. He repeats the same thing over and over again and after 10-15 minutes of this, it’s time to put the game on mute and hook up your headphones, if you’re playing alone, and listen to some music to make the time go by faster.

There are a total of 15 trophies for this game and they’re all super simple to get. You’ll basically have to do everything the game has to offer from buying property, to winning auctions, to playing locally with 6 people, and playing a game with house rules. This is nothing that can’t be done in an hour and a half or even less. I’ve seen people get all the trophies for this game in 30 minutes.

So there are only two ways you can play this game, with someone sitting next to you or with someone online. I’m going to say right now that the online is completely dead and I wasn’t able to find a match when I tried so after a good 20 minutes of searching, I gave up. Locally, you can either play with someone else logged in or you can play with a guest. Have no one to play with? You’re going to end up playing all by yourself because there is no AI for you to play against.

Overall I give this game a 1 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ It’s the same old Monopoly that everyone knows and loves.

What’s Not So Great:
There is no AI you have to play with someone else or play against yourself if you have no one to play with. Don’t count on the online portion because it’s dead.
Graphics are lackluster and I really expected more for something that was released on the PS4.
Buttons are not at all responsive and you’ll basically be button mashing in order to roll the dice or to buy houses which becomes annoying really quickly.
Moving around the board takes way to long and so do the other animations, at first it’s cool, but gets old real quick and even hitting skip doesn’t help.

I would give it my strong recommendation to just skip this game. Even if you have a group of people and you want to play Monopoly, you’re better off going out and getting yourself a board so that you can play like that because there is nothing special about this game. Also, now a days if you get a board, there are like a million to choose from. You can even get a Mass Effect one if you want. Anyway, I know the trophies for this game are easy and if you’re in it for the trophies you’ll want to play this because not many games can give you 15 trophies in 30 minutes. If you’re not in it for the trophies and you’re looking for a decent game of Monopoly move along because you aren’t going to get it here. And here I thought that Ubisoft couldn’t screw up a game as much as they screwed up Tetris Ultimate. I hate it when I’m wrong.

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This Week in Trophies 10-08-2017 – 10-14-2017

For me this was a pretty hectic week with work and all and I barely found myself having enough time to play anything so most of my trophies were actually earned on Friday and Saturday. If I didn’t get those trophies it would have been a pretty boring week for trophies, but I was able to accumulate a decent amount of trophies this week, so let’s take a look at them.

Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series – 80%

The latest episode for this game was released this week so I was able to play it and finish it, which means that I won’t be giving any details on this episode just yet and you’ll have to wait until the review. I will say that I enjoyed the episode though and look forward to the final episode.

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The Four Kings Casino and Slots – 54%

This game just keeps adding more and more DLC and trophies to the list that it’s just crazy. I’m really not a fan of this game since it seems a lot like a casino version of PlayStation home, but the trophies seemed easy enough and I’ve been ignoring this game so I gave it a chance. The trophies that I got were really simple since they were for the slot machines and it’s easy to put them on auto play while I do something else. I only really have to look up during the bonus rounds.

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Wolfenstien: The New Order – 15%

I started playing this game yesterday after I watched a friend play the first hour of it. It’s one of those games that have been sitting in my backlog for so long that I decided the hell with it and just started it. I’m also streaming this game on my Twitch account which you find here. So far I’m enjoying the game, even though I’ve died like a million times already, and am really interested to see where the story goes.

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A total of 22 trophies to round out my week which isn’t really that bad considering I only got two days in of actual game time. Anyway, as for next week, I’ll be playing the new Life is Strange: Before the Storm episode, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and more Wolfenstien: The New Order. I’m also trying to come up with a more consistent stream schedule since I won’t be doing Let’s Play videos for Wolfenstien: The New Order or South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Until I have everything figured out and I can post a tentative stream schedule, make sure to watch my twitter page since I always post when I’m streaming and when I’m finished if you want to watch me play. I’m also looking for game recommendations. If there’s anything you want to see me play and I actually already have it, just let me know in the comments section and I’ll try to fit it into one of my streams. Other than that I’ll let you know how things work out next week.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 1 – Awake Review (PS4)

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

A few weeks after the reveal that there was a Life is Strange 2 in the works, that wouldn’t center around Max for understandable reasons, Life is Strange: Before the Strom was revealed at E3. To tell you the truth it was the highlight of my E3 and as soon as I was able to pre-order it I did so. I eagerly awaited the release of this game so much that I was totally into the whole countdown thing and then when I was finally able to play it, I played through the whole first episode without stopping.

In episode one, and throughout the whole three episodes, you’ll get to play as Chloe Price. Everyone who played Life is Strange already knows Chloe and knows what she’s been through, but this will take place three years before the arrival of Max. After not only losing her father, but also her best friend, she’s having trouble coping as a teenager and goes from being that normal teenager to one of the most angsty and rebellious teenagers around the town of Arcadia Bay. She’ll disobey her mother, hate her mother’s new boyfriend David, get into as much trouble as possible in school, and most importantly meet Rachel Amber. Episode one sets all of this up for the rest of the season. It shows how Chloe is making the transition into the person that we see her as in Life is Strange, minus the blue hair. While you don’t have the power to rewind time, I’m pretty sure your whit and sarcasm that can be used throughout the game will come back and bite you in the ass.

I really enjoyed this episode, I had one minor problem that I’ll address later, because it was nice and familiar to go back to a place before there was this huge storm threating it and there was a girl there who was able to rewind time. What was everything like before the arrival of Max and what was Chloe like before seeing her best friend again? This was all a very interesting dynamic to see in this first episode and I enjoyed the first real meeting between Chloe and Rachel Amber. This episode basically served as an introduction and I was completely fine with that because I liked exploring Chloe’s home life and interacting with familiar characters like Joyce and David while also exploring her school life and interacting with more familiar characters like Nathan Prescott and Victoria Chase. It was an interesting dynamic to see if they were the same people three years before the first game. Even though this episode was super long, I never found myself bored and was actually disappointed when it ended because I could have kept playing.

The Minor Problem I Mentioned The one and only problem I had with this game, which is pretty awesome, isn’t the fact that the same voice actress doesn’t play Chloe. I tried not to get involved with the whole voice actor strike drama, but the fact that I felt like I had to play Chloe a certain way. Chloe isn’t a blank slate like Max was. You could play Max to be any way you want her to be, but Chloe is different. She’s an already developed character and although you were given choices, I felt like I had to make what would be considered the wrong choices because I felt like that’s what made Chloe into what we see in Life is Strange. Make Sense? Anyway, if anyone else had this same problem, let me know in the comments section.

If you’ve played Life is Strange, then the playability for this game is basically the same. You’ll make your way through different scenarios and basically make decisions that will eventually come back and effect the episodes later on in the game. There were a few problems with the looking around portion of the game and trying to focus on an object or a person to either look at them or interact, but that was pretty minor. Other than that the game played bug and glitch free.

The graphics for this game were pretty simple and mimicked the graphics for the first game. They were really nothing to write home about and were just there. They didn’t feel special in anyway, but the main point is that they fit the game and the feel of the game so they worked.

Finish this game and graffiti your way through town in order to get the first 11 trophies for this game. By the end of the game if you do this for every single episode you’ll be able to get yourself a new Life is Strange platinum trophy. The trophies really aren’t hard to get and if you set out and explore you should be able to get all of them, I personally missed three, but if you don’t’ get all of them you can easily go back in collectible mode to clean up.

There is no multiplayer for this game, or even crowd play, which is all good to me. For a moment though, I did wonder about is this game would have multiplayer. What if someone else was controlling Rachel Amber. It would change the game completely and would be an interesting dynamic, but that being said it’s not like I would want to see that feature, just something that popped into my brain.

Overall I give this epiosde a 4.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Great introduction into Chloe three years before the arrival of Max.
+ An inside look into what Chloe and Rachel Amber’s first meeting was like and the relationship between the two girls that evolve from there.
+ As always a strong shout out to the soundtrack for this episode which was just amazing as the original Life is Strange soundtrack.

What’s Not So Great:
A few missteps when it came to focusing on an object and trying to interact with it.
Since Chloe is an already developed character, if felt like she had to be played a certain way and wasn’t a blank slate.

Overall I really enjoyed this episode and am looking forward to the episodes to come especially the farewell episode because of course I had to get the deluxe edition. I would say that so far, if you’re a fan of Life is Strange that you’ll want to play this game if only to get one more chance to see and actually play as Chloe before Life is Strange 2 comes out. I’m not too sure about the release schedule for this game so if you’re good with waiting and seeing when the next episode comes out go ahead and pick this game up now and playthrough the first episode because you won’t regret it. If you’re the type that wants to play all of the game when it’s all released then you’ll want to wait until everything is released.

SPOILERS! Below are my choices from the first episode.

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This Week in Trophies 10-01-2017 – 10-07-2017

This week was an interesting one as at some points I had a lot of time for gaming and at other times I had no time for gaming. This is the time of the year when I’m really big into watching current TV shows, unlike the summer, and have to try and find some balance with my time. A lot of the time this means that my gaming gets cut short, but I feel like I accomplished a lot this week since I did get my 81st platinum trophy. Keep reading to see how my week went.

Shoppe Keep – 64%

I was able to get one trophy for this game this week and I seriously have no idea what the hell happened to this game after the latest patch. This game constantly keeps crashing over and over again during random sections, there’s a ton of lag, and overall it’s making for a really unenjoyable experience. No one has yet to get the platinum trophy for this game and while the appeal of being that first person is really strong, I hate the on going struggles with this game so I’ll play when I have a short period of time to play and am in need of something quick.

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Batman: The Enemy Within – 40%

With the second episode finally being released this week, I was able to find some time to actually play the entire episode. My thoughts on the episode will have to wait until my full review which will be coming out shortly. If you’re interested I did do a let’s play for this episode which you can watch here.

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Until Dawn – 100%

There you have it, platinum number 81. Very proud of that number at the moment. Anyway, last week I said I was going to play a horror game this October and I totally did and even got the platinum for it. Score one for me. Anyway, like with all games I finish, you’ll have to wait until my review to see what I thought about the game.

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And that was it for the week. A nice 26 trophies compared to last week. Not bad, but not great. Now onto next week. Apparently the next episode of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series comes out on Tuesday so I’ll be fitting that into my schedule for the week. Other than that I’m not sure. I want to do a Let’s Play video series for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, but I’m just trying to find some time to actually get to it. Should have probably did that while I was actually playing. I also want to try and fit in a new game some time this week. We’ll see how the week goes and I’ll let you know next week.

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Gaming Goals for the New Year – September 2017 – UPDATE

I swear it feels like yesterday that I posted and update for August and here I am posting an update for September. Next thing you know, I’ll be posting my final update for December and creating all new goals for next year. Anyway, on with my goals and how I did for September.

Gaming Goals for 2017

Have a total of 100 platinum trophies.

– Starting # of Platinum Trophies: 79
– Ending # of Platinum Trophies: 80
At least I was able to get one platinum trophy this month and it was a milestone one with number 80. This was because of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. I enjoyed this game so much that I just had to go back and play multiple time resulting in platinum trophy number 80. I was working on another platinum, but wow is the Shoppe Keep platinum taking a hell of a long time which is probably why no one has it as of yet.

Have a total of 8,500 trophies.

– Starting # of Trophies: 7,711
– Ending # of Trophies: 7,807
Missed that 100 mark again by 4 trophies! Ugh! That is simply just annoying as hell because I was so damn close this time around. I know that 8,500 is far off because the end of the year is right around the corner, but I’ll be happy if I could at least hit 8,000.

Have 150 games completed at 100%

– Starting # of Games 100% Complete: 120
– Ending # of Games 100% Complete: 123
This number went up by three this month and it was because I was able to complete three whole games. That was no easy feat especially with the amount of time I actually had for gaming. Anyway, at the moment 150 is looking farfetched so I’m going to say that if I at least hit 130-140 I’ll be happy.

Have an overall completion rating of 75%

– Starting Completion Rate: 53.57%
– Ending Completion Rate: 53.88%
So I kind of have a love / hate relationship when it comes to this number. After a month of this number dropping drastically, it’s back on the rise again. It’s not where it was a couple of months ago, but I feel like it’s kind of getting there. If I can hit 55% by the end of the year, which I know seems impossible, I’ll be pretty happy.

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
Surprise because this number is still at 0. I think it’s going to stay that way no matter how hard I try and it kind of sucks. Anyway, I’m going to have to come up with a better goal next year to get some of these games completed and off of my system. Right now I’m going to say if I can complete one game I’ll be happy.

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: 6
I totally forgot that I had the Hasbro Family Fun Pack: Conquest Edition and there was still a game on there that I didn’t play. I bought this game about a year ago and finally got around to playing Monopoly Plus recently. This was an easy 100% that took me less than 2 hours and it also helped me accomplish a little more of my goal. I probably won’t hit 20 this year since there are a bunch of new games coming out soon, but if I hit 10 I’ll be happy.

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

– Starting Number of Pre-Orders: 8
– Ending Number of Pre-Orders: 9
Another month, another pre-order and I just couldn’t help myself as I pre-ordered South Park: The Fractured But Whole. I’ve been waiting for this game for a while and knew that I had to have it day one so I put in my pre-order. Still under 15, so I guess it’s kind of a win…

That was it for the month and I’m sure if there wasn’t some stuff I can’t control like Hurricanes and random shit at work that I would have been able to at least get closer to my goals. I’m not saying that I would have accomplished any of them this month, but it kind of seems like the odds weren’t in my favor this month as I tried my hardest to play as much as possible and it just didn’t happen. Anyway, I’ll continue to work on these goals and let you know how I did next month.

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Last Day of June Review (PS4)

Last Day of June

I first noticed this game when I was pre-ordering Life Is Strange: Before the Storm. It came up as a “recommended” game. At first I ignored it as all I wanted to do was pre-order Life is Strange, but I later found myself drawn to it. What did it mean and what was it about? So, I went and looked at a few different trailers for the game before finally deciding to pre-order it. I didn’t know what I was about to get into, but I figured it was worth a try.

Last Day of June is the story of Carl and June. It’s Carl’s birthday and June has a gift that she wants to give him. What’s the best place to give Carl this gift? At their favorite spot by the lake. They enjoy a beautiful day together that gets cut short by some rain. Not having enough time to open his gift, Carl and June head back home only to get into a car accident that will kill June and leave Carl paralyzed. Not being able to cope with anything since the death of June, Carl has become a shell of his former self that is until he finds out that he can alter time and possibly save June.

From about five minutes in, I knew that I loved this game. I loved the concept of the game and the thought of loving someone that much that you would do whatever possible to try and save them if they died. I found it interesting that throughout the game you’ll be able to play as the people who had an affect on June’s death and you’ll do this through paintings. While searching for these paintings you’ll also learn about Carl and June’s history. You’ll see the blossom of a new relationship between the two of them to happy times when June finds out that she’s pregnant, to horrible times when June loses the baby, and then watch as they both recover from the loss of a child that they both wanted. When you find the images of the towns people, you’ll get to play as them and see how to alter their day to save June. First you’ll get to play as the little boy. The little boy just wants someone to play with after losing his best friend. He’s left in a town with no one his age and is also hurting. Put him in the wrong place at the wrong time and he’ll be the cause of June’s death. Then you have the best friend. The best friend is desperately in love with Carl even though he only has eyes for June. Knowing this, she knows that the only way to alleviate her pain is to get the hell out of dodge. Put her in the wrong place at the wrong time and she’ll be the cause of June’s death. You’ll also get to play the part of the hunter who is obsessed with his family’s legacy that when a little bird steals one of his most cherished possessions he’ll do anything possible to get it back and because of it he can also play a part in June’s death. Then there’s the old man who gives June the gift to give to Carl. What part does he play in all of this? All of this combined tells the most emotional story that I’ve ever experienced in video games.

You will totally need a whole box of Kleenex for this game. You really can’t help but feel for Carl because throughout the game who can see how much he truly loves June. He’ll do anything to save her and when he realizes that altering one action in time changes another and it results in the same thing, June’s death, you can’t help but feel for him. You feel his frustration because he’s doing everything he can even though he’s causing a ripple in time. There are few games that have made me feel emotionally wrecked after playing a game and this is one of them as I cried my way through the last half hour of this game.

The playabily of this game is super simple, but it gives you a lot of difficult puzzles to solve. This was an interesting aspect of the game as you try to find a way to make the day end perfectly and hope to save June. If you feel like you’ve messed up you’ll be able to rewind and go back to that character and try something different. The only problem that I had was that after unlocking the boy, the best friend, and the hunter that you couldn’t switch between them in the same scenario. You had to play as one character, set them in place, and then go back to the picture room, rewind to another character put them in the proper place, and then go back to the picture room again to go back to the last character, rewind, put them in the proper place and see how things turn out. I think the transition would have been a little more smoother if you were able to change characters while playing out a scene instead of having to go back and rewind on each character separately. Other than that the game ran smoothly and there were no bugs of glitches.

The graphics were one of the highlights of this game because they were just amazing. They looked a hell of a lot better than a lot of AAA games out there and were fitting for the game itself. You could tell that the graphics were crafted with love and care and that they weren’t just thrown together. The game was full of subtle little details in the graphics that probably took a long time, but in the end worked out perfectly and just enhanced the story as a whole.

Finish this game and do everything it has to offer in order to get yourself 21 trophies. It was a little disappointing that there wasn’t a platinum trophy for this game, but that can be overlooked because the story, which is why you should be playing this game, is amazing. The trophies are super simple too as you aren’t really meant to concentrate on them. This is one of those games where you shouldn’t just play because the trophies are easy because you’ll be missing out.

This is strictly a single player game and it’s done that way for a reason. It’s done like this because you’re supposed to be experiencing what Carl is going through and how he’s feeling. There’s no reason to have someone else in your game with you. Not all games have to have multiplayer and this proves it.

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ The story for this game is just amazing and will draw you in and keep you there after the first five minutes of the game.
+ Challenging puzzles throughout the game that will keep you on your toes.
+ Simple playability that will help you concentrate on the story.
+ Bug and glitch free playing experience so you could play this game in one sitting and not have one single problem.
+ Beautiful graphics that a lot of time and effort went into and it really paid off as it fits the game and the setting.

What’s Not So Great:
As I mentioned before there was the slight inconvenience of not being able to switch up characters during one scene and having to finish the day and go back to another character to start their day. Things would have been a little smoother if you were able to switch between unlocked characters.
Unfortunately, there is no replay value to this game and having missed two trophies, I went back to get them but felt emotionally drained that I got them and stopped playing.

Although this game suffers from some minor flaws, it’s still an amazing game and worth every single penny. The ending of the game is bittersweet and it’s just one of those games that has a lasting effect on you when you play. This game as an absolute gem and I’m so happy that I found it and got the chance to experience it. I’m going to say that this is one of those games that can’t be missed and it shouldn’t be missed.

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This Week in Trophies – 09-24-2017 – 09-30-2017

I’m going to warn you right now that this is going to be a super short blog because I have no idea where I went wrong this week. After the non-release of Batman: The Enemy Within, all we got was a trailer for the upcoming episode, I spent the rest of the week playing Shoppe Keep…and nothing else. So yeah, I didn’t even get that many trophies, but let’s get into what I was able to get.

Shoppe Keep – 55%

At the moment I have a love hate relationship with this game because while it worked just fine, there was this patch and now the game crashes on me every so often and has lag. This sucks because a few times I forgot to save after a day was over, or a few days, and basically lost all of my data. I’m really close to finishing up and just need 5 more trophies for the platinum, but there is a hell of a lot of grinding involved. While I would like to become the first person to get this platinum trophy, I don’t know at the moment if it’s going to happen because it’s just seeming like a huge waste of time.

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And that was it for the week. I know a pathetic amount of trophies with only four trophies to talk about. For the upcoming week though, I plan on playing Shoppe Keep, but just not as much and then trying something different for this month. So, this is October and you know I have this thing about horror games. I own a bunch of them, but I push them to the side because they freak me the hell out. Anyway, I’m going to try and play some horror games this month. What do you guys think? I’m also going to be playing a few other new games, but I’ll be starting Until Dawn either today or sometime this week. I’ll let you know how things turn out for me next week.

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Marvel’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series – Episode 3 – More Than a Feeling Review (PS4)

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

After last episode’s cliffhanger of an ending, I was super happy that the third episode was released right around the time I was actually playing because I was able to jump into it and to see what was going to happen. There were a lot of questions unanswered and I wanted to see how the game was going to handle it. I didn’t think that I would actually be enjoying this series all that much, but it’s slowly growing on me. Anyway, onto the review.

Picking up right where episode 2 left off, Peter and Gamora have entered the temple that the Eternity Forge is pointing them to. Peter thinks, or you can make him think, that he’ll find his dead mother there and while he’s there you’ll get a sneak peek into one more memory of his mother. While Peter is going through his only little trippy event, so will Gamora as she remembers what happened between her and Nebula when they were tasked to kill Tar-Voll. You’ll see how Nebula betray’s Gamora, but it’s not what it seems. When both Peter and Gamora wakeup from their little trip, they finally find what the Eternity Forge has been leading them to. It’s not Peter’s mother, but instead it’s Mantis. Mantis has been the one who was sending Peter the vision apologizing for acting like his mother. She refers to Peter as the “Celestial-One” because he’s the one who’s supposed to hold onto the Forge which has the power to bring people back to life. It’s going to be up to Peter though if he wants to use the Eternity Forge, which will cost him another life, or if he’s going to destroy it.

Although this episode was a little on the short side, much shorter than the other episodes, it was probably the best one to date. Bringing Mantis aboard the ship will cause some problems as she can read people’s feelings and emotions and there are a lot of these among the Guardian’s. Peter has to clear all of this up before Mantis can lead them to yet another temple and then decide what to do with the Forge. The team is split when it comes what to do with the Forge and no matter what Peter does someone is going to be pissed at him. You’ll have to make the hard decision at the end leaving this episode in another cliffhanger.

I have to say that the playability of this game went a little downhill this episode as the loading times seemed to take a little bit longer than they have been and at times if felt like the game was going to stall. This isn’t good and hopefully the next two episodes don’t follow this same pattern. On that same note, Telltale nailed it with the QuickTime events during the action sequence as you get to utilize all of the Guardians during the big action sequence and it really pays off and proves to be an exciting part of the episode. Other than that this game was bug and glitch free.

The graphics for this episode are still a little cringe worthy for me and I’m really not digging them. I know I said this before and I’m positive they won’t be changing for the final two episodes, but it is kind of a hindrance on the game. It’s like something that’s always in the back of my mind no matter how hard I try to concentrate on the story of the episode.

As with the previous two episodes if you finish this episode you’ll be 6 trophies closer to getting the platinum for this game. As always, just play the episode how you want and the trophies will pop naturally letting you concentrate on the story itself instead of worrying about getting trophies.

Another multiplayer free game unless you choose to play with other people using the crowd play feature. Still have no idea how this works and if you use it feel free to drop me a line in the comments section and let me know what you think about it.

Overall I give this episode a 4 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Having to solve the emotional problems between the Guardians, it’s fun having to go back and forth as Peter to see how you can help each member of your team.
+ The action sequences and how they play out are really making each episode and are fun and exciting when they play out.

What’s Not So Great:
A short episode that felt a little bit rushed when there are still two more episodes. This episode could have been fleshed out just a bit more then it was.
Graphics are still a bit of a hindrance since they don’t match up with the game.

This episode ends on another cliffhanger which is a little frustrating because who knows when the fourth episode will be released. It could be next month, it could be in two months, you don’t know and that’s a little frustrating especially with a cliffhanger ending. I would say if you’re like me and cliffhanger endings frustrate you if you can’t play the next episode to hold off on getting this game since it seems like every ending is a cliffhanger and it’s reached that point where there are no more episodes. If you don’t mind cliffhanger endings and want to experience this game then go ahead and pick this one up as it seems to get more and more interesting with each episode.

Spoilers! Below are the choices that I made for the third episode.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

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This Week in Trophies 09-17-2017 – 09-23-2017

This was a super crazy week for me, mostly because of work, which just completely and utterly sucked. I mean I know it happens, but I really hate when it happens because of office politics and all that other crap. Once again gaming was my means to escape it all and I think I did pretty good this week. Without talking more about my boring work life, let’s see what trophies I was able to get this week.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – 100%

I’m so glad I was able to get this platinum trophy making this my second Uncharted platinum trophy. I won’t say much about the game here so you’ll have to wait for my full review to see what I thought of the game. Unfortunately that’s going to be a little while from now because as you know my reviews are super backlogged, just like all the game I still have to play.

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Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 – 60%

A new episode of Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 came out this week and luckily I was able to play it. I’ll have the video of my playthrough up by this evening, fingers crossed, and my review for the episode will be right after my Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review.

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Shoppe Keep – 44%

I first seen this game in the PSN store in the weekly sale bin. I always check there even though I know I don’t need anymore games. Anyway, at first I was like this game looks stupid and then I was like this game looks like it could be fun so I purchased it. When I first started playing I thought the game was horrible and stupid, but I continued to play because I wasn’t going to give up that easily. Needless to say that I am now addicted to this game and have put countless hours into it when I should be playing some other stuff. Anyway, this game isn’t without its flaws, but I am growing fond of it.

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And that was it for this week. A stellar week with 29 trophies in total. Not all that bad as I’m up to 7,803 trophies in total. I’m pretty proud of that. Now for the upcoming week, I’m going to continue playing Shoppe Keep because I know I can get the platinum trophy in it and I’m going to play until I do. I’ll also be playing Uncharted: The Lost Legacy again even though I have the platinum. Why? Because I’m going to be making a let’s play video that might have some random trophy tips in it here and there. I’ll also be playing the new Batman: The Enemy Within Episode when it comes out later this week. Other than that I think I’m pretty set on games for the week, but you never know. I’ll let you know how things turn out next week.

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Most Anticipated Game for October 2017

October 2017

The season of major gaming is upon us. It’s weird to see that it’s basically the end of the year already, but there are a bunch of games planned to come out from October to December, so let’s just get to it and see what’s coming out and if I’ll be buying into the hype and getting any of these games or just sitting and working on my backlog.

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

10/3/2017
Batman: The Enemy Within – The Telltale Series – PS4
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – PS4
Battle Chasers: Nightwar – PS4

10/10/2017
Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle – PS4
Raiden V – PS4
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – PS4
Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online – PS4
VR Karts – PS4

10/13/2017
The Evil Within 2 – PS4
WWE 2K18 – PS4
Friday the 13th: The Game – PS4

10/17/2017
Grand Turismo Sport – PS4
South Park: The Fractured But Whole – PS4
Axiom Verge – PS4/ PS Vita

10/24/2017
Velocity 2X – PS4 / PS Vita
Just Dance 2018 -PS4
Yomawari: Midnight Shadows – PS4 / PS Vita
Chaos;Child – PS4 / PS Vita
Road Rage – PS4
Deer Hunter: Reloaded – PS4
Rapala Fishing: Pro Series – PS4
Rugby 18 – PS4

10/27/2017
Assassin’s Creed: Origins – PS4
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PS4
Little Nightmares – PS4

10/31/2017
Beast Quest – PS4

And that wraps it up with a huge month full of AAA releases as well as the usual WTF releases that everyone has come to know. As of right now, I know for sure that I’ll be picking up day one South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Those are really the only two games that I’m going to be able to afford and my wallet already weeps. That’s not saying that I won’t be picking up some games during the holiday season such as Road Rage, if it ever comes out, and Wolfenstein II, even though I haven’t played the other Wolfenstein games yet. I might also pick up The Evil Within 2, if I could actually push myself to play the first one that’s on my backlog, and Friday the 13th: The Game. Those two are definitely maybe’s because I’m not into horror games and I have no idea why I even picked up The Evil Within to begin with.

Anyway, now it’s your turn. What games will you get picking up for the month of October if any? Are you going to be picking them up day one…or will you be waiting until some holiday sales to try and give your wallet a break? Let me know in the comments section.

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