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  1. Like the Pirate's Code...these are more general guidelines than actual rules. I disagree with most people saying that the games have to be fun to be worth playing/finishing. Sometimes it is good to have a challenge and to force yourself to do something hard that maybe isn't fun. I like to think it builds character. That's not to say everything needs to be hard. I'll compare this to a runner. I highly doubt there are many marathon runners that genuinely are having fun when they are 20 miles into it on a hot, humid day. But they relish the challenge and push themselves to finish, even if they want to give up. That same marathon runner may run a 5k for fun every once in a while because they do enjoy running. For me, occasionally I like to pick that marathon type game for the challenge, even if it means I'm not having fun 100% of the time. The best example of that on my profile (that I've finished so far) is Catherine. I enjoyed portions of the game but had a miserable time trying to do the Babel stages and really didn't have much fun. But I'll tell you that it is probably the platinum that I'm most proud of. Having said that, I just started Leisure Suit Larry...that is my version of the 5k. I'm playing that for fun with no stress. I can appreciate and enjoy both for very different reasons. My own personal guidelines that I only hold myself to: Rules in stone: -100% every game. Don't let it beat you. Keep coming back even if you want to bang your head against a wall (I'm looking at you Space Hulk ) -Check trophy guide ahead of time. If no missables, playthrough blind and cleanup later. If there are missables, take note of where in the game you need to use a guide and follow it. -No 3rd party, share play, etc. I need to earn all my trophies. -No Boosting if boosting is we take turns standing in front of each other shooting each other in the head. Boosting is ok if it is playing the game together to get the trophies. -Take part in community events to broaden trophy list. Take recommendations outside of my comfort zone (still need a fighting game) -Only buy a game if it's on sale unless it is from a series I love. Then it's ok to pre-order. -Only one PSN account. No trial or alt accounts. If I play it...it is on my profile for better or worse. -If I'm frustrated, walk away and come back and try again later...but always come back and try again -Only stack a game I truly like and never back to back. -Never region stack, cross-save autopop. Play all of the games. Rules I try to follow -One game per console at a time (SMB and Space Hulk have made me break this rule) -When playing a series, play them consecutively and in order -One trophy a day I'm sure I'm missing a few things, but that is basically it.
  2. Platinum #86 Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep I finished up BBS yesterday and I really enjoyed this entry as well. I still think that KH2 was the better game to play, but the story in this one was the best they have put out so far. At first I thought it was going to be annoying to playthrough the same game three times with different characters, however they did it well. I played in the recommended order of Terra ~> Ventus ~> Aqua. When playing as Terra, you could see why he would feel the way he did toward Aqua by the end and I had a hard time understanding Aqua's perspective. Getting to play as Aqua, you got to see how she developed her impression of what was happening to Terra and that it was more from concern than lack of trust. Playing through the story three times from different perspectives made the story much more compelling and I was more attached to these characters than I have been to any of the others so far. It was also nice to see how the wheels of the whole series were set in motion. While playing through the story three times was a treat...having to complete the Reports for all three was quite a bit tedious since there really was nothing new to add after you've done them once. I kind of wish I did Terra's story then completed his Reports before moving onto Ventus, because by the time I finished up the last of Aqua's reports, I was two weeks removed from the story and I'm sure I'm forgetting some details heading into Dream Drop Distance. The other thing I thought that KH2 did better was the battle system. I enjoyed the different Drive Forms much more than the Command Menu. I can't help but feel that SE wants to prove that the battle system from KH: CoM is a good one, so they keep bringing it back in some form. Don't get me wrong, this is much better than CoM and the card system...but cycling through commands and having cool downs is a little annoying in the heat of battle and I found their shortcut menu from the previous games flowed much better during combat. I'm hoping they do more with Terra, Ventus and Aqua in the later games because they have become my favorite characters in the series. That might be blasphemy because of Sora...but I don't find him as relate-able. He is all good and pure and trusting/naive, with no real flaws to speak of whereas I could really empathize with the BBS crew. That's not to say I don't like Sora and Riku, I just haven't been as into the story as much prior to BBS. Overall, the only really difficult trophy was the Mysterious Figure fight as Terra. The MF fight with Terra is 85% luck 15% skill, however it was light years easier as Ventus and Aqua. I spent about two hours with Terra, dying around 100 times or so before I won and then beat MF on my first try with Ventus and second try with Aqua. The invulnerability while rolling/cart wheeling makes the fight almost a joke.The Maestro trophy wasn't as bad as I was anticipating and everything else was really manageable. I did it all on Critical so was able do to this in one playthrough. Similar to KH2, I think critical affected the regular monsters more so than the bosses. I probably did the game in about 85-90 hours. If you haven't played this game yet, it is worth your time. Despite the grind, I really enjoyed this game overall and I'm really hoping they keep up the momentum with these last few games. I started DDD and I'm a little concerned....
  3. I've played a few sports games in the past couple of years, but I don't find them as fun unless it's couch co-op. I grew up on Madden, NHL Hockey and some iteration of Baseball game (was never into soccer games that much) but always because I had someone sitting next to me to talk shit too or something. I mean, I guess you can do that now with headsets, but it was more fun with my friends. Since my kids aren't old enough, I don't really have anyone to sit down and play games with so I've lost interest in the sports genre for now. I'm sure when my kids are older, I'll get back into it. Honestly, if Tom Brady wasn't on the cover of Madden 18 and there wasn't a Tom Brady trophy, I may not have gotten that game 😎 But it had been about 15 years since I had last played a Madden game so I figured it was worth a chance either way. Nice! Back when the graphics required you to use your imagination in games! I still love the original Ice Hockey game on the NES when your choice was Fat guy, Medium guy or Skinny guy. While I'm not much for playing games I don't generally like for the sake of diversity, I occasionally like to mix something in to see if my tastes have changed. I still want to add a fighting game at some point and was thinking about MK 11...but I have too much crap on my backlog to clutter it with games I might get to. I think so long as 100% is still possible, I'd be happy/content. I'd be frustrated if I couldn't get 100% anymore. Not enough to make a new profile or anything, but it'd be pretty disappointing to feel like it is no longer possible. That's another reason I feel like I try to do only one game at a time, just so that I don't lose that opportunity. I'll need to hurry with Mass Effect I feel since it could only be a matter of time before they go all Naughty Dog on us. NFL Blitz tried to do this a little I think. Not exactly going Hulk or Laser Eyes, but it was much more over the top and arcade-y. I had more fun with the NHL Hitz and NBA Jam. I'd probably try a game like you're suggesting though. It'd be cool to earn xp and give them special abilities or something.
  4. B2 knocked off the list with Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. Up next on the docket is Dream Drop Distance!
  5. Got my first game in the pyramid done with Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. Next up is Dream Drop Distance! 91% 21% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
  6. Finished my first game of the month with Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. It covers the Hardcore requirement for the month as there is action that takes place in the Seven Dwarve's mine in addition to inside a dungeon (prison cell dungeon). I'm also using this game for other events (Bingo, Gaming by Numbers, Gaming Pyramid). The game really was pretty good. I rank it second best on my list of KH games so far just behind KH2.
  7. Got my first entry done (technically second also, but I don't think KH Re: Coded should count since it's not really a game but has a trophy list.) 900 - Alice: Madness Returns6501 - Life is Strange: Before the Storm6922 - LA Noire3313 - Life is Strange5914 - Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep - 8675 - Kingdom Hearts III2856 - Beyond Two Souls2967 - Alien: Isolation5748 - Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep: A Fragmentary5749 - Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance
  8. Platinum #86 Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep I finished up BBS yesterday and I really enjoyed this entry as well. I still think that KH2 was the better game to play, but the story in this one was the best they have put out so far. At first I thought it was going to be annoying to playthrough the same game three times with different characters, however they did it well. I played in the recommended order of Terra ~> Ventus ~> Aqua. When playing as Terra, you could see why he would feel the way he did toward Aqua by the end and I had a hard time understanding Aqua's perspective. Getting to play as Aqua, you got to see how she developed her impression of what was happening to Terra and that it was more from concern than lack of trust. Playing through the story three times from different perspectives made the story much more compelling and I was more attached to these characters than I have been to any of the others so far. It was also nice to see how the wheels of the whole series were set in motion. While playing through the story three times was a treat...having to complete the Reports for all three was quite a bit tedious since there really was nothing new to add after you've done them once. I kind of wish I did Terra's story then completed his Reports before moving onto Ventus, because by the time I finished up the last of Aqua's reports, I was two weeks removed from the story and I'm sure I'm forgetting some details. I already ranted enough about the Mysterious Figure fight as Terra in a previous post, however it was light years easier as Ventus and Aqua. I spent about two hours with Terra, dying around 100 times or so before I won and then beat MF on my first try with Ventus and second try with Aqua. The invulnerability while rolling/cart wheeling makes the fight almost a joke. The other thing I thought that KH2 did better was the battle system. I enjoyed the different Drive Forms much more than the command menu. I can't help but feel that SE wants to prove that the battle system from CoM is a good one, so they keep bringing it back in some form. Don't get me wrong, this is much better than CoM and the card system...but cycling through commands and having cool downs is a little annoying in the heat of battle and I found their shortcut menu from the previous games flowed much better during combat. I'm hoping they do more with Terra, Ventus and Aqua in the later games because they have become my favorite characters in the series. That might be blasphemy because of Sora...but I don't find him as relate-able. He is all good and pure and naive, with no real flaws to speak of whereas I could really empathize with the BBS crew. That's not to say I don't like Sora and Riku, I just haven't been as into the story as much prior to BBS. Overall, the only really difficult trophy was the MF fight as Terra. The Maestro trophy wasn't as bad as I was anticipating and everything else was really manageable. I did it all on Critical so was able do to this in one playthrough. Similar to KH2, I think critical affected the regular monsters more so than the bosses. I probably did the game in about 85-90 hours. Couple of notes for you if you want to play BBS that might speed things up. The rubber band trick does work on PS4 with the EXP walker. Apparently on the PS3 release, your character would stop walking after a couple of minutes, but that isn't the case with the PS4 release. While I went to work, I used the trick a couple of days for each of character and was able to get quite a few levels. It doesn't help a ton as far as surviving, since everything does a ton of damage, but it does help tremendously as far as the damage you do so it can make the fights much quicker. I found Ventus and Aqua to be especially hard early on as their weapon seemed like a wet noodle more than a Key Blade. The other big thing I found out is that Magnega + Thundaga will pretty much kill everything and keep you safe. My farming deck (when going for Commands and Abilities) was 3 Magnena + 4 Thundaga + 1 Curaga (just in case) and I virtually never got touched. The only enemies that do not get sucked into Magnega are the Wild Bruiser in Neverland and the bosses. I also used this deck to help breeze through the Mirage Arena battles (except the big boss fights I used the Thunder Surge/Curaga decks). I feel like that deck helped shave a ton of time off the hours needed to complete the Reports. Despite the grind, I really enjoyed this game overall and I'm really hoping they keep up the momentum with these last few games. I started DDD and I'm a little concerned.... In other news, I also finished up Re: Coded, but that is just basically watching a movie and doesn't deserve it's own post. I don't really think that entry needed to be made...it just convoluted things up again, but who knows...maybe DDD and beyond makes some sense of it. I also started Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry. I played the first Leisure Suit Larry when I was a kid on my Dad's orange and black, monochrome monitor PC and thought it was funny. I was never any good at it, but it was funny. I also played Leisure Suit Larry 6 in Middle School or High School with my best friend and found that game to be hilarious. I was feeling a bit nostalgic when I saw it was coming out so ordered it. Apparently, despite articles saying otherwise, it isn't available to buy in the NA region yet, so I'm playing the EU release. I played for about an hour or so last night as a change of pace from my KH run and so far so good. Larry's voice is pretty annoying, but the game is pretty funny so far. I also made a trophy from this game my 4000th. You are looking at the proud owner of a Dildo Trophy as a part of my achievements. With Catherine being my 69th trophy, it only seemed fitting to keep the immaturity alive and well and slap a Dildo on my page I will take my time with this game and just play it for an hour here and there if I'm getting frustrated or bored of the grind in KH. Since I'm in like four events right now...I need to update those threads so my Avatar is about to appear a bit on the front page lol
  9. This is the version of DS 2 I have. I didn't realize there was a difference in the main game. I had just assumed it included a DLC or something. In all fairness, I haven't really looked into it yet since I keep putting off this series. Being elbows deep in KH right now, I can say that the biggest difference between the two is the ability to 'continue' and in the later games the ability to 'retry' most boss battles. Critical is definitely a challenge, but the consequences aren't nearly as dire as Souls. I know Re: CoM just about ruined the series for you, but when do you think you might go back to it? KH2 and BBS alone are worth playing. I just started DDD and I'm getting a WoFF flavor so far...but so far it's not bad...just different from the other games. I'm guessing you will trigger the Y2K that was supposed to happen on New Years Eve in '99 What about Phil's Epic Adventure I can get on board with this. It is terribly confusing and God of War did it with Chains of Olympus, Ghost of Sparta and Ascension as well. It's actually kind of funny...my 5 year old son made this same observation last week. I took him to see Toy Story 4 and he was arguing with me that it wasn't actually Toy Story 4. I was trying to explain to him that it was, and he pointed out that they had released two short 'movies' The Toy Story That Time Forgot and Toy Story of Terror. He said this was actually Toy Story 6 and that they were lying by calling Toy Story 4 the 4th one. I laughed and couldn't really argue with his logic and had to tell him he was right. Far and away Final Fantasy for me with 15 titles. Next up is Batman with 10, KH will have 9, and GoW with 7 . Historically and nostalgically, I would have to say Final Fantasy is my most favorite/dominant series since I bought consoles based on that series...however I haven't been as happy with their recent content. I'd have to say from soup to nuts, the Batman series has been my most favorite series to date.
  10. Hmm, that's interesting. Most of the things I read indicated the NA release date was 6/18/19. I wonder what happened... I might end up doing one of these to play it, I just thought it was strange that the articles I read indicated it would be available in NA regions in June, yet I can't find it.
  11. This doesn't appear to be for sale on the NA Playstation Store and Amazon is only selling the EU version that I could find. I didn't see anything about it not being available in NA region when I searched on Google. Does anybody know anything about where to find this? I played Leisure Suit Larry when I was in High School and was feeling a bit nostalgic and wanted to give it a try. Thanks in advance!
  12. Old man here I personally can't stand using my phone for anything other than Clash of Clans or skimming Facebook / forums. I hate texting since I feel like it takes hours to have a 5 minute conversation. I don't like talking on the phone much either, but I'd rather talk and get it over with than fumble with my phone for three hours making weekend plans. I will never post anything from my phone since it is way too cumbersome for me. My phone is where I'll read posts, but I wait until I have a desktop to actually contribute. I actually don't own a laptop and prefer a desktop. My PC is setup right next to my PS4 so it makes it pretty easy to watch Prime or browse different sites while I'm playing. Unless I'm being unproductive at work or playing PS4 next to my PC...I'm not actively doing internet-y things on my phone.
  13. Thank you! I've never scrolled that far down the forum list lol That would probably clean things up as you get more and more. Thanks for the reply! In the OP it says you just need to PM @Dragon-Archon if you're interested.
  14. Do you have a favorite book/movie/anime that you would like to see made into a game? @Dragon-Archon Is there a sticky anywhere with links to all of the previous interviews? I tried looking and they seem scattered.
  15. Yikes...that's warm lol too warm for me! I wasn't sure I believed you...but I beat MF on my first try with Ven...invincible during dodge roll makes it soooooooooo much more manageable lol all I need now are the last two battle commands for Ven and it's on to Aqua!