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  1. #101: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 Fun: 4/10 || Plat Fun: 6/10 || Difficulty: 3/10 || Time: around 45h || Grind: 5/10 3D Anime fighting games man. They seemed so interesting during the PS2 aera but nowadays they are usually just shit why are games with an Anime license behind them almost always so boring and soulless? Well, let's get started with the review. NS:UNS2 plays better than the first title of the series for sure. You've got a very basic fighting experience with a little bit of depth for character types since you basically have two types - the ones who zone a lot and the ones who rush a lot. Most characters are clearly more or less effective than others, and I'm not complaining about balancing necessarily, I'm talking about fulfilling the role. The story mode fucking sucks. Like if someone didn't watch the Anime it would be just a slightly confusing clusterfuck, but even if you did watch that shit you should acknowledge how terribly paced it is. Imagine having backtracking in your fighting game story mode - what the fuck? They definitely should've just removed the weird "open world" and just stayed with the fights and the cutscenes. Boss fights were easily the strongest part about the game, they were actually really fun and well presented. I would've liked more of those. Hunting trophies for this game on the other hand is more fun than I expected. They've got a lot of elements of what I consider to be a great list. Semi-solid collectibles, lots of side content clears which was alright, I enjoyed the titles. The only trophies that kinda spit in my soup are the online part and the boring "play the campaign for 30h" even tho I finished everything campaign related in 20. Just stop. Stop making me waste electricity letting this shit run over night.
  2. Plat #101: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

     

    3D Anime fighting games man. They seemed so interesting during the PS2 aera but nowadays they are usually just shit 💩 why are games with an Anime license behind them almost always so boring and soulless? Well, let's get started with the review.

     

    NS:UNS2 plays better than the first title of the series for sure. You've got a very basic fighting experience with a little bit of depth for character types since you basically have two types - the ones who zone a lot and the ones who rush a lot. Most characters are clearly more or less effective than others, and I'm not complaining about balancing necessarily, I'm talking about fulfilling the role.

     

    The story mode fucking sucks. Like if someone didn't watch the Anime it would be just a slightly confusing clusterfuck, but even if you did watch that shit you should acknowledge how terribly paced it is. Imagine having backtracking in your fighting game story mode - what the fuck? They definitely should've just removed the weird "open world" and just stayed with the fights and the cutscenes. Boss fights were easily the strongest part about the game, they were actually really fun and well presented. I would've liked more of those.

     

    Hunting trophies for this game on the other hand is more fun than I expected. They've got a lot of elements of what I consider to be a great list. Semi-solid collectibles, lots of side content clears which was alright, I enjoyed the titles. The only trophies that kinda spit in my soup are the online part and the boring "play the campaign for 30h" even tho I finished everything campaign related in 20. Just stop. Stop making me waste electricity letting this shit run over night.

     

    Fun: 4/10 || Plat Fun: 6/10 || Difficulty: 3/10 || Time: around 45h || Grind: 5/10

     

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  3. Nah I'll let day 1 buyers do the beta-testing for me and get the vastly improved second/third version of the console instead. Which is also what I do for games nowadays tbh, never buy day 1 in this industry my dudes
  4. The ranked matches can be boosted with a friend too if you're from the same region. Nowadays the online is a little less active so if you que up at the same time there is like an 8/10 chance to match up. Back in the day you kinda had to do it yourself, yeah, but that's not the case anymore. I've boosted 6 people's online trophies in Injustice 2 so far and everything is 100% boostable without any issues. Of course it's way more fun to actually win by yourself but who would want to do that instead of going the path of least resistance
  5. I usually remote play via Vita when I take a shit. Both of those actions are usually of decent quality and fairly satisfying.
  6. #100: Dead Cells Fun: 10/10 || Plat Fun: 8/10 || Difficulty: 9/10 (becomes a 6 with maximum savescumming) || Time: around 80h || Grind: 4/10 Over the course of this long road to 100 I grew to despise the western AAA industry. Loveless, soulless cashgrabs became more apparent the more time I spent with chasing trophies. I've stopped focusing on most games I've played, I've started watching YouTube, listening to podcasts and getting my entertainment on a second screen while mostly ignoring the games I played on my TV. Platinum trophies became less than Dead Cells to me. And that's because most games are less than Dead Cells. This indie gem should be praised as an absolute superstar of the metroidvania genre. It is the pinnacle of action oriented roguelikes. The controls are fluent and responsive, the visuals are beautiful and the soundtrack is simply epic. Every run you do has high stakes as every moment could end in your permanent death. It is a game that kicks your teeth in but rewards you for becoming better at it far more than most games I've played so far. The plat itself takes you through 5/6 difficulty modes. Each difficulty is disgustingly harder than the previous one with health resources getting rarer, enemies replaced by new, harder units and everything becoming more hostile in general. Even the first difficulty is no joke. But you get rewarded by more cells for better upgrades, by more blueprints for interesting weapons and by learning new strategies. You need to also understand the bosses perfectly since there are no-damage trophies attached to the game. It's possible to savescum those a bit, I decided not to because the game is just so fun no matter how often I had to replay it. The roguelike genre is propably my favorite genre at this point. It seems to get the most value out of games for me, the genre motivates replayability and experimentation at its core. And this game right here is the most well-crafted roguelike I've ever played. It is difficult, crazy, highly cynical and really intriguing. I just had to scrape every other contender for my 100th plat - because this game is such an indie masterpiece that puts the entire AAA industry to fucking shame. This is one of the games which doesn't need side entertainment. It is just that strong on its own. Pick it up. Play it. Give it a shot and you won't regret it! Your dopamine levels will spike, I promise
  7. Plat #100: Dead Cells

     

    Over the course of this long road to 100 I grew to despise the western AAA industry. Loveless, soulless cashgrabs became more apparent the more time I spent with chasing trophies. I've stopped focusing on most games I've played, I've started watching YouTube, listening to podcasts and getting my entertainment on a second screen while mostly ignoring the games I played on my TV. Platinum trophies became less than Dead Cells to me. And that's because most games are less than Dead Cells.

     

    This indie gem should be praised as an absolute superstar of the metroidvania genre. It is the pinnacle of action oriented Roguelikes. The controls are fluent and responsive, the visuals are beautiful and the soundtrack is simply epic. Every run you do has high stakes as every moment could end in your permanent death. It is a game that kicks your teeth in but rewards you for becoming better at it far more than most games I've played so far.

     

    The plat itself takes you through 5/6 difficulty modes. Each difficulty is disgustingly harder than the previous one with health resources getting rarer, enemies replaced by new, harder units and everything becoming more hostile in general. Even the first difficulty is no joke. But you get rewarded by more cells for better upgrades, by more blueprints for interesting weapons and by learning new strategies.

     

    You need to also understand the bosses perfectly since there are no-damage trophies attached to the game. It's possible to savescum those a bit, I decided not to because the game is just so fun no matter how often I had to replay it.

     

    The roguelike genre is propably my favorite genre at this point. It seems to get the most value out of games for me, the genre motivates replayability and experimentation at its core. And this game right here is the most well-crafted roguelike I've ever played. It is difficult, crazy, highly cynical and really intriguing. I just had to scrape every other contender for my 100th plat - because this game is such an indie masterpiece that puts the entire AAA industry to fucking shame. This is one of the games which doesn't need side entertainment. It is just that strong on its own. 

     

    Pick it up. Play it. Give it a shot and you won't regret it! Your dopamine levels will spike, I promise 👍🏼

     

    Fun: 10/10 || Plat Fun: 8/10 || Difficulty: 9/10 (becomes a 6 with maximum savescumming) || Time: around 80h || Grind: 4/10

     

    PSN: TonicLemonIce

     

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    2. ee28max

      ee28max

      Well done! 💯

      Nice milestone :) 

    3. PooPooBlast

      PooPooBlast

      That's a stylish image! Congrats man on the milestone. I remember it felt good when I hit that mark. 

    4. TonicLemonIce

      TonicLemonIce

      Thanks my dudes!

  8. Plat #98: Mortal Kombat 11 (AKA AFK Arena) 

     

    What an amazing game. What an abysmal, dogshit plat. This games trophy list is what it would be like if Ratalaika 🐀 🧀 attempted to design a AAA trophy list. Yeah, this is gonna be another review where I trash the fuck out of a hunt, so be prepared!

     

    So you've got this amazing fighting game right here. It's got a really nice flow to it, every character seems to play better than in prior versions to me. I had a blast playing online 😊 the new mechanics are really cool and Netherrealm seems to get better with every game they put out.

     

    Well not better in the story department tho. God, this story was so garbage it actually made me mad. An interesting premise of evil Raiden immediately ruined by a retcon during the first quarter and everything got retconned again at the end 😩 nothing they built up until this game mattered and in the end this game didn't matter too - good job for slam dunking the story of your entire license straight into the trashcan you stupid monkeys in the writing board. The story alone will remove 2 points of fun for me here.

     

    The actual plat? Glorified ratalaika. It's so easy, it's embarrassing. Past the story (which you can breeze through on very easy) and arguably 2-3 tutorial fights you don't have to win A SINGLE FIGHT. You can lose every single one online. You can do everything else with the bots. Having the Injustice 2 bot was already worrying, but this shit right here takes the cake since you're never challenged as a player in the slightest. Like I've actually had Ratalaika plats harder than this one.

     

    Just take the time to set your AIs on every character and let the bot do your job. The path of least resistence for this plat is devolving the game into a dogshit browser game visual novel where you just press X to get into the next fight. And you idiots cry about easy games - well this one doesn't even need gameplay for like 90% of the trophy list.

     

    I'm furious that I wasted my time doing this shit. I've spent electricity letting the game run in the background while I watched movies and read comics and pressed the continue button with my foot once in a while. If this is how the future of Netherrealm plats looks like I'll stop supporting their games my dudes. This garbage juice of a plat is disgusting.

     

    Fun: 4/10 || Plat Fun: 2/10 || Difficulty: 2/10 (+1 for tutorial missions) || Time: around 50h (of which I played like 8 myself at max) || Grind: 7/10

     

    Pic related, this is what you have to do in order to plat this game. Just eject your brain and press X. You won't need it for this one. ciyep7lsnxf21.jpg

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    2. DamagingRob

      DamagingRob

      Congrats?

    3. ee28max

      ee28max

      Well done! 💯

    4. TonicLemonIce

      TonicLemonIce

      Thanks my dudes, always happy to entertain! 

  9. I feel you bro, I have that exact phenomenon happen to me each time I plat a Yakuza game. It's so mindblowing, I literally can't enjoy anything afterwards. I don't even play anything for the rest of the day. Just let it sink in my dude. It's the sign of a great game.
  10. People play phone games all the time on public transport, because let's be real - what's the alternative? The Vita isn't for everybody and pretty much dust in the wind nowadays, the 3DS is old news too and the Switch basically needs a bag to carry around. Like there is absolutely no competition whatsoever. I still use my Vita all the time. Commuting sucks and the Vita makes it so much better. Sony dropping it like that makes me sad.
  11. Seems kinda shit for the most part, but at least not as shit as the EU Black Friday Sale At least some interesting anime and mango games I guess.
  12. Well R&D is a weird, weird place my dude. I don't know about the exact breakdown but it seems like the R in R&D was heaaaavily emphasized here since Dead Space 3 carried the early models of EAs monetisation techniques you can see in every game nowadays.
  13. Thanks my dude! Fuck yeah, coffee is amazing - the dark juice of life man I pretty much never add anything to my coffee, I drink it black. My cold brew recipies usually work in coffee/water releation. I use 1:7 for that all-day sip and 1:2 for the kick-my-face-in-at-morning cup. How about yourself? Condensed milk is amazing by the way, I love it! But instead of adding it into my drinks I usually use just spread it on the bread with butter. It's like the more delicious edition of honey or jam 👍 Thank you bro! You should definitely try cold brew at least once, tell me how you liked it! And what do you mean by right combo for unsweetened green iced tea? Like ratios or actual blends?
  14. Definitely for Yakuza 0. This one is the definitive best game I've ever played in my life. It is really close to being perfect for its genre. The story is jawdropping, the gameplay insanely fun, the presentation perfect and the side content crafted with love, care and thoughtfulness. Also it's one of my proudest plats. I've done so much research for it, I even google translated several japanese guides. I've become really good at majong, I've refined my skills on those arcade classics and I've learned to keep track of my collectibles. This game made me not only a better player all around, it also made me a better trophy hunter. Thank you RGG and thank you Yakuza 0. You have reignited my spark and my passion for video games again.
  15. Thanks my dude! Well I for one drink my coffee black usually and cold brew is a pretty sick twist - it removes all acidity and most bitterness from the flavor. Gotta put it on your bucket list to give it at least one shot my guy, it's quite an interesting experience!