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  1. @Kristycism badges? Sign me up! I'm not sure about most of the games yet....looking at my backlog, I don't know if any of them have a black main character...maybe MLB The Show 19? I only have one trophy left for that game...but it's a trophy I may never get so I don't feel bad about having that on my list. Here is my list so far: United States Thanksgiving (November 28th): Final Fantasy VIII - I'm very thankful they did this Remaster! Looking to make this my 100th platinum. Black Friday (November 29th): Darkest Dungeon - You need to spend a ton of money to upgrade your characters and the village. Saint Lucia's Day (December 13th): Alice: Madness Returns - Alice is a young girl. Las Posadas (December 16th - December 24th): Mass Effect - Not sure about this one...I mean it's a game in space, but I don't know how much traveling there is. Winter Solstice (December 21st): Hanukkah (December 22nd - December 30th): Christmas (December 25th): Kwanzaa (December 26th - January 1st): MLB The Show 19 - Very diverse cast of characters. Boxing Day (December 26th): New Year's Day (January 1st): I'll figure out the rest as I go! Thanks for hosting!
  2. Since we're keeping this to PS4...Final Fantasy most definitely will not make this list. In no particular order, here goes: 1) Batman Arkham series: I've loved every installment in this series, including the often shit upon Origins. There is a broad range of things to do, the combat is fluid and the story is usually good enough. Plus I love Mark Hamill as the Joker. If it wasn't for the server instability...I actually really enjoyed the MP aspect of Origins. It was a cool concept of Joker Bad Guys vs Bane Bad Guys vs Batman and Robin. The constant dc'ing is the only thing that made it suck. It was the series that kick-started my trophy hunting ways and I was more than happy to revisit it on the PS4. 1.5) XCOM 2 - I love TBS games and this one is the cream of the crop. The fact that it was free last year with PS+ would make the subscription worth the price of admission. The DLC's actually add value. The game is hard and unforgiving and the loading times were a real bitch. I remember playing this during the World Series when the Cubs won, and it'd take an entire half inning sometimes for a level to load. I've heard they fixed this issue and I highly recommend everyone play this game. 2) The Last of Us Remastered - This game grabbed me in the prologue and didn't let go until the end. I've never played a game that was so emotionally exhausting. I'd also never played a real 'post apocalyptic zombie' game before, so that was a fun experience as well. Grounded mode was extremely challenging (I played it from beginning to end, not end to beginning like the trophy guide recommends) and there were several places that took a lot of practice before I could get through it. 2.5) God of War - I love mythology and I loved how they were able to interweave Greek and Norse mythology together. I liked the old hack n' slash style of the previous games, but I didn't mind the switch to this open world format. Being a relatively new dad at the time added some extra emotion. The game was only challenging in a few places and there were several spots were there could have been a lot of downtime or boredom....your bodiless companion added a lot of interesting context and background to the story. The landscape was also amazing and nothing beats the first time you meet the World Serpent. 3) Horizon Zero Dawn - Aloy is one of my favorite characters of all time. This story was also something that fell right into my wheel house. I wasn't expecting the how it unfolded and I was truly engrossed in this story. The controls were really easy to learn and I loved the stealth aspect. This was another visually beautiful world. 3.5) Shadow of Mordor - I love The Lord of the Rings and it was a lot of fun to jump into Middle Earth. The Nemesis system in this game was really cool. I liked this game because it mirrored the Batman combat system and added an element of stealth with the bow. Shadow of War was fun as well, but there wasn't enough new stuff to bring the same 'wow' feeling that Shadow of Mordor did. 4) The Banner Saga Trilogy- The Oregon Trail meets Telltale meets XCOM meets Norse style mythology....that's a win win win win for me. This series was recently available on a great sale. I will say that it is not a 'fun' game to 100%, but if you don't care about those is a really good series and I love how you can carry your save over from game to game to continue the story. 4.5) Until Dawn - I love the Telltale, choose your own adventure style of games and this was the first 'horror' game I've ever played. I don't really consider The Last of Us to be a horror game. This was interesting story and I did jump out of my chair a few times at the surprises. It was another unique experience for me, which is probably why it makes my 'top 5' 5) Kingdom Hearts II - Last but not of the Kingdom Hearts games did crack my 'top 5'. This game was the best in the series from top to bottom. Everything was improved and even though I'll never fully understand the story in this series...I loved everything about this game....except Atlantica....that place was a waste of time. The Gummi ship was vastly improved, the combat was top notch and there was a real challenge to this game. If you only play one game from this series...this is the one to play...of course you should play them all, but definitely this one. Other than playing video games...counting is probably the next best thing I do. This is probably the most boring top 5 of all time...a lot of AAA titles and nothing really controversial....but remember folks...I missed out on a solid decade of gaming due to my love affair with Final Fantasy XI so a lot of these games that were 'stale' or 'didn't add anything new to gaming' were all very new and very revolutionary to me.
  3. Thanks for the heads up! If it gets bad enough, I guess I'll switch over to the PS4. So far the loading times take a bit, but I haven't had any issues with the game itself. I'm still getting to know each character type so am having a lot of fun still. I didn't realize you could continue on after beating the game, so that's good to know as well. I learned last night that the Grave Robber is extremely OP. I beat a Shambler the other night and he left my party in...well...Shambles. I really wasn't prepared to fight it and my Plague Doctor, Antiquarian and Man-at-Arms all died in the same round due to heart attacks...the quest I was on was to collect three stolen grain and I only needed one more to finish. I decided to look for it with only my Grave Robber left. I figured worst case scenario, I get the trophy for a full party wipe, best case I finish the quest. I was able to solo three battles and get the last grain. I would Shadow Fade to go to stealth, then use Toxin Trickery for the dodge and speed boost. Then I would just cycle Shadow Fade and Pick to the Face. I almost never got hit and was able to mow through the enemies. I wouldn't have realized how strong he can be if I didn't decide to screw around. I'm starting to develop more favorite characters than spots you can use in a mission. Almost every character is a ton of fun. Is Stygian a lot harder so far?
  4. You got me worried. That better not happen. The only missable trophy is the Catch trophy, but fortunately you can get that like 10 minutes into the game so it isn't a big deal. I don't think you can screw yourself over on Perfect Knight. It is annoying to redo all of the side quests, but the Riddler trophies carry over to both playthroughs, so at least you don't have to duplicate that. I found the helping the Political Prisoners to be the most annoying to redo...but that wasn't that bad either. You can screw yourself in Arkham Origins, because there is a Predator Challenge that can only be done in one area and it doesn't reset after you beat it. You also have to do the challenges in order, so if you aren't to that challenge by the time you get to that predator need to do another playthrough. There is nothing in Arkham City like that though. My last side quest to get that trophy was Zasz. For this map, I always started with this challenge and just reset if I missed it. I found the easiest place to get this done was from the Gargoyle on the opposite side from where you start. There is a guy that stands still over there and you have all the time in the world to line up your shot. After you get him down, usually three or four bad guys run over. You usually have a few seconds to line up another shot, if not if you wait there, the thermo guys will come look at you. They give you a lot of time to line up your shot as well. If you miss one shot, retry. It took me three or four tries to get that one. If you get all three, just take your time to do the rest. I find hanging out at the walkway in the middle of the zone gives you a good view to do the mine explosion. He tends to lay them in the same places, so just pick one and wait for him to set it and boom. I found the Youtube videos not to be extremely helpful, since they are like speed records and I don't have that kind of skill. But some of the challenges are uniquely set up and the order you do them does kind of matter. Honestly, the biggest pain in the ass for me was anything involving Catwoman's Caltrops...half the time the enemy just kicks them out of the way. I found they work better if you don't throw them at an enemy, but put them around a corner or something and they run into them. For campaign maps, I save the penalties for combat challenges since I found those very easy compared to the predator challenges. On the campaigns where this is no fighting, I would front load the penalties. I would try my hardest to get as many out of the way on that first challenge since your retries to count against you until you beat the zone. There are a few exceptions since the booby trappd gargoyles make a level infinitely harder.
  5. It's been a couple of weeks since my last update so here we go: The game I should be focusing on is Alice: Madness Returns, but I really haven't touched this game in about a week or so...I really need to play this one since it is the one I am going to be able to finish in a timely manner. It's really bothering me how many active games I have on my plate right now and I need to trim them down. I'm trying to play MLB The Show 19 at least one game a day to try and whittle away that last trophy, however I will probably be hovering around 400 points for the rest of my life. I win one lose two, get d/c'd on one, run into someone with a thousand games under their belt. I mean the good thing is I am in almost every game. Most of the time it is 1-0 or 2-1 or something....last night I had a game that went 15 innings at 0-0 and I lost on a game ending's depressing. I'll probably need to win about 10-12 games more than I lose in any stretch to actually get to 800 points. This game is going to end up a regret lol The game I most want to play right now is Path of Exile. I'm really enjoying it. It is a Diablo clone, with a lot more nuance and stuff to learn. I know I haven't scratched the surface yet on it, but I don't think I'll regret this one since the game is at least fun. I'm also really enjoying Darkest Dungeon. My new favorite setup is the Vestal, Jester, Hellion and Man-at-Arms. The Hellion is a beast and so versatile. Man-at-Arms seems to compliment the Hellion well. I get what you were saying @Rally-Vincent---about it being a bit repetitive. I'm about 17 weeks in and it is a lot of the same thing over and's just a matter of farming the materials to upgrade until you can make the final push. I'm trying to target some of the random trophies while I'm farming...I'll probably turn on the DLC around week 52. So my immediate goal is to get back to Alice and finish that up.
  6. Yeah, that is generally how I play on my Vita...I'm good at tuning out the TV though (too good at tuning out my wife too if you ask her lol 😉) I may end up doing something like that as I get closer...I just hadn't played in a while and was getting my mojo back. It wasn't a chore so much as I just didn't want to get stuck behind doing a repetitive wall right after Space Hulk. I thought it'd be nice to get that other monkey off my back...but I just wasn't quite into it. Conversely, I'm really liking DD a lot. I think I've finally figured out enough where I'm not really confused about what is going on. The only thing I wish, was that there was an extra row to stash loot. You need to bring a ton of different items with you on treks in, which take up valuable inventory space and the loot you get takes up a lot of space too. You end up either needing to skip Curio's because you don't have the item needed to open it safely or throw out the less valuable loot to make room for the more valuable. I mean it adds to the challenge, but you never have enough room. I think you'll enjoy DD. My new favorite class is the Hellion. Did you find the notes help? I feel like I'll just need to do it enough times where it is muscle memory.
  7. I forgot to put my final stats in September so the stats will include two months of numbers. I finished three games in October though: LA Noire HC requirement (31 hours) Counts towards another event (Bingo) Completed all current DLC for the game Space Hulk HC requirement (150+ hours) Counts towards another event (Bingo) Got first trophy over a year ago SOMA HC requirement (7 hours) Started this month My final stats for the month are (+ September: September/October Progress: Platinum trophies: +7 90~>97 100% completed: +11 100~>111 Completion: -1.21% 98.24~>97.03% This year progress: Platinum trophies: +23 74~>97 100% completed: +32 79~>111 Completion: +0.75% 96.28%~>97.03
  8. I haven't given up...but the repetition to get better at each level was a little tiresome. After spending the past several months, spamming the same thing every 20-30 seconds for the 40k kills...I just wanted to do something that progresses and changes lol I'll be focusing on DD for now on my Vita and I will definitely go back to SMB before picking up anything else on the Vita. I added it as a game in the UR event just to remind myself I need to do it Great job on the Necrodancer progress! I am really intrigued by how hard it is...but don't know if I'm there yet with giving that game a try. I generally suck at rhythm games and feel like I would get frustrated too early on. I agree. The Welcome to the Chip trophy is the matching system is ridiculous. So far I have 415 points towards the 800...but my record is 8-11. I'll probably be stuck around 400 points for the foreseeable future since I'll lose points for every loss above it. I'll get to 450, go back to 395, etc. I'm a bronze level 27 in the game and they matched me up with a diamond level 100. My record was 8-10 and his was 697-812...needless to say he put up a 9 spot in the second inning and I forfeited...because why waste 45 minutes on the game I know I won't win. The most runs I've scored in a single game so far was 5...I'll play one game a night and see how long it takes...MLB The Show 18 was definitely a much easier game, even if the rarity says otherwise.
  9. October update from me...pretty sure I keep making this harder for myself as I keep starting new games. They are all from my backlog so I'm still in the spirit of the event...just not what I was planning lol. I've added MLB The Show 19 and Darkest Dungeon and finished LA Noire and SOMA sooooo net sum zero with less time to do it now Alice: Madness Returns PS4 10% Alien: Isolation PS4 0% Beyond: Two Souls PS4 0% Darkest Dungeon Vita 16% Detroit: Become Human PS4 0% Doom VFR PSVR 100% Final Fantasy VIII Remastered PS4 0% Forgotten Anne PS4 100% Game of Thrones PS3 100% Hard Rain PS4 0% Hitman Go: Definitive Edition PS4 100% Hue PS4 100% Indigo Prophecy PS4 0% L.A. Noire PS4 100% Life is Strange: Before the Storm PS4 100% Mass Effect PS3 0% Mass Effect 2 PS3 0% Mass Effect 3 PS3 0% Mass Effect: Andromeda PS4 0% MLB The Show 19 PS4 90% Soma PS4 100% Spec Ops: The Line PS3 0% Tekken 7 PS4 100% The Order: 1886 PS4 0% The Wolf Among Us PS3 0% VR Karts PSVR 0% What Remains of Edith Finch PS4 100% Ten games down....Seventeen to go...
  10. Oh man, that sucks. I made two of every save file because I made that mistake when playing Re: CoM. Fortunately, I had completed Sora's save file already when I saved over it by accident with Riku's so it could have been worse...but I didn't make that mistake again with the games that needed multiple save files. Good luck 😭
  11. I'm in this exact same situation lol I only get an hour or two a night to play, and I have four 'active' games I'm trying to juggle...not sure I want to do this again I am really enjoying all of them (well not MLB The Show 19 so much anymore) and having a real hard time picking which one to play. When I'm playing one, I'm thinking about the other. I feel like I need to just focus on Alice since that is the shortest one to clean up my active game list. I started Path of Exile, which if you closed your eyes, you would think you're playing Diablo. It's actually a lot of fun if not completely overwhelming with how expansive the skill tree is. No worries if it works out it works out, if not maybe something else will sync up. Time zones won't make this easy for us lol
  12. I'll sign up I have a lot of UR games in my pipeline and several I'm already working on. Here's my list: 1. - Darkest Dungeon (1.79% / 0.52%) - 15% done so far 2. - Path of Exile (0.56%) - 5% done so far 3. - MLB The Show 19 (0.26%) - 90% done so far 4. - Super Meat Boy (0.20) - 79% done so far 5. - The Long Dark (1.02% / 0.22%) - Not Started 6. - Transformers: Devastation (0.95%) - Not Started 7. - Mount & Blade: Warband (1.16%) - Not Started 8. - Everybody's Golf (4.27%) - Not Started 9. - Enter the Gungeon (4.36%) - Not Started 10. - Hollow Knight (4.04%) - Not Started This is a pretty ambitious event...a couple of these I may not be skilled enough for...but I'll give them a try! Thank you for hosting!
  13. I generally don't, however I was running out of inventory wasn't until the next quest that I learned by accident how to equip the trinkets, which in turn opened up some inventory space. I usually keep it in the middle. I don't like getting stressed just by walking, but I want decent drops. As it gets tougher, I'll probably go with max torchlight. So far, I touch all the curios...most are nothing or bad...but I can't not check them I'm jealous! Renauld was gonna be my guy! I almost lost my Leper too, thankfully he didn't die from his heart attack. That would have been a true kick in the nuts. I haven't done a ton of stuff in town yet...I'm trying to save my resources until I have a better idea what is going on. Sadly, Renauld was a guy I had spent money on to remove a quirk, so that was a waste. I figured out camping a bit yesterday and I feel like I'll want to focus on upgrading skills first. /edit Thanks for the curio tip...I never would have thought that using items on them would affect what they do lol
  14. I've liked the Leper a ton so far. He can take a beating and deal a beating and I love that he can heal himself and remove some stress too. I lost my Crusader though lol I'll get another one at some point I'm sure, but I was bummed cause he got me through the first three missions. I screwed up and thought I selected a short dungeon, but chose a medium dungeon. I only brought 8 torches and the darkness made him highly stressed and he died of a heart attack 😭 Renauld is gone but never forgotten! I had to quit that mission because I lost him and everyone else was near a heart attack as well. I almost made it too...I only had one room left to go. I had an Arbalest, a Flagellant, the Leper and my Crusader in that party. Not much for healing, but I thought in the short dungeon it wouldn't matter. I'll probably mix and match quite a bit since each character has some pretty cool abilities. I like the Plague Doctor too...he looks like someone out of The Dark Crystal. The controls on the Vita are a little switch characters in the dungeon by tapping on the back of the needless to say I switch characters by accident constantly. I really don't like that 'button' on the Vita since you hands naturally go there. Of the four games I'm playing right now...I think I like DD the best so far. Path of Exile is actually pretty fun's basically a super complicated Diablo clone...I think the trophy list on that one is mostly misleading...nothing has been hard so far but I'm sure that will change during the endgame.
  15. I was hoping to start Alien: Isolation this week, however I've been playing games extremely out of character for what I usually do. I have four games that I'm actively playing, and have been enjoying, so am really having a hard time picking which I want to play. Due to that, I'm limping along in all of them and won't have Alice done in time to start before Halloween. I think I've finished all the fun parts of MLB The Show 19 and all that is left is the scary grind. If you try hitting in the online mode...that's pretty scary lol I'll probably be celebrating Thanksgiving with Alien at this rate. I guess Darkest Dungeon is kind of scary. I have a Leper in my party and I think he's my favorite so far. I like that he can de-stress himself and heal at the same he does pretty good damage. I've only done about 5 missions so far, but I think I'm going to roll with the Leper, Crusader, Vestal and Highwayman. I've liked those the most so far from what I've played, but all of them are pretty useful so far. I'm thinking of joining that UR event...I'm currently playing four games with UR plats and plan on doing a couple others next year so it makes sense. I think that ABC one may be too limiting for one year. I only play maybe 25-30 games a it would be rough to need to make sure each one is a specific letter...I do like the concept though. It's a bummer there wasn't a Halloween event this year.