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  1. Platinum #239: Assassin's Creed Liberation HD

     

    There's only three unique Assassin's Creed titles I haven't done, with Valhalla it will be four unique titles.

     

    The Vita version has annoying online trophies on top of ridiculous grinds, the PS4 version has an array of bugs and glitches from what I've heard from the Assassin's Creed fanbase. At this point I'm greatly limiting what I have left on PS3 and Vita as I plan to go full on PS4 by the end of this year or sometime early next year. But curiosity got the better of me and I bought the Assassin's Creed Liberation/Freedom Cry bundle available on the PS3. I was satisfied with my purchase.

     

    Freedom Cry I've done twice already on the PS4 version of Black Flag and as a separate PS Plus title back in late 2018, so it was pretty easy and straightforward to do a third time for the PS3 standalone. Liberation was a game I have not played before, and for being a handheld, it's not too bad.

     

    As Aveline you grow up to find your mother missing. Your father is a caring individual and your stepmother does what she can to look after Aveline. Tension grows in New Orleans, and your journey as an Assassin takes you to the Bayou and Chicken Itza, to assassinate Templars responsible for the disturbances.

     

    Right off the bat, I realized this was a lower budget Assassin's Creed game. Liberation was to Assassin's Creed what Uncharted: Golden Abyss was to Uncharted. Both were made for handhelds initially, both are lower quality and both don't have as good set pieces. There's not a lot that stuck to me as memorable, it's pretty standard Assassin's Creed fare. Liberation can't really compare to II/Brotherhood or even AC III as those were all developed with higher production values. None of those games would fit on a PS Vita, and being that this is a PS3 port this game has a much smaller file size.

     

    Aveline just didn't captivate me all too much. I appreciate that Ubisoft went along with a female protagonist, but compared with Evie Fyre of Assassin's Creed Syndicate, she does nothing all that great. From the way she treats herself, she is still pretty young, as though she is still trying to grow out of her adolescence even though Ubisoft probably would of listed her as somewhere in her early - mid 20s. She is understanding, but likely isn't capable of being a leader like Ezio or have the sheer willpower to correct what's wrong like Connor. Therefore I definitely think she is one of the weaker protagonists in the franchise. I didn't find any real bad qualities about her, but nothing she does throughout the story gives me a reason to really care about her in the end. 

     

    As far as the gameplay goes, it's pretty standard fare. The story is quite short compared to the mainline Assassin's Creed titles, the 100 percent sync requirements are perhaps the easiest by far. A few that required me to take no damage aren't too bad if you study how to tackle different enemies. The side content was boring and uninspired. Having three different personas for Aveline just felt unnecessary and tedious. The lady persona was by far the worst for me. She cannot climb, go any faster than a slow jog, and is incredibly weak, with only her hidden blades and poison for weapons. The collectibles served no real point, there are unique collectibles for each persona and you're basically running around for a good hour or two until you collect them all. The Bayou was horrible for getting collectibles, being attacked and killed by alligators while navigating through a swamp wasn't fun. I also ran into a bug where Aveline would continue to be in her swimming animation even though I was clearly on dry land. I had to replay a mission then exit out of the memory to fix the bug.

     

    There is a sort of ship mini-game that allows you to buy ships and then send them off to other cities to make money off of supplies that particular city demands. The only reason to bother with this is to make money, and you need a lot of money to buy all the pocketwatches. I personally didn't bother with any of the upgrades apart from upgrading my smoke bomb pouch, which made a couple missions a lot easier since smoke bombs themselves are ridiculously overpowered in this game.

     

    Not much else I can say on Assassin's Creed Liberation HD. It's not a terrible game, far from it, but it doesn't rise much above the realm of just being okay. It's not a great game, it's not particularly memorable, it just feels like a spinoff more than it does in being a proper Assassin's Creed. The Chicken Itza parkour sections were probably my favorite bit about this game, the set pieces were done nicely and the graphics are sufficient, they were well designed. Graphics aren't bad at all but this is essentially a handheld game, so they weren't anything too spectacular.

     

    For the more determined Assassin's Creed fan, you can't go wrong with playing this game. If you only plan to play a few Assassin's Creed games, my advice is to skip Liberation. You're not missing out on a lot.

  2. Honestly man, you've already done more on Crypt of the Necrodancer than I will EVER do. There's only two trophies left that are above a 1 percent, everything else is a sub 1 percent and those will be a real challenge to get. This game still is one of the hardest games on PSN to platinum. Not counting broken online servers, glitched trophies or that sort of thing. Floriiss basically said it took him 900 - 1000+ hours to platinum Crypt of the Necrodancer, and that's counting RNG and sheer luck and skill. Insanity. If getting Crypt done doesn't label you a hardcore gamer, I don't know what does.
  3. Very nice checklist. If only I can make the game cover images look that small.
  4. I personally enjoyed the little cutscenes that played before and after each world. Helped give the game some humor and life. Ripto I felt was a little better than the villain in the first game. Hunter was like your old longtime buddy who always goes for the next challenge. I never played the Spyro games as a kid, so the nostalgia just wasn't there for me. I can spoil you with Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon, but I'll leave that up to you.
  5. Arcesius said Trackmania was his hardest plat, which is saying something considering some of the impressive stuff he’s done on his account.
  6. Am I the only guy out there that doesn’t care about the PS5 reveal, or just the console in general?

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    2. Spaz

      Spaz

      I may just skip the PS5 entirely.

    3. Neputyunu

      Neputyunu

      I just bought a Switch. And I have with PS3, Vita and PS4 so many games combined and still to buy... I would wait until PS6 gets announced to get the best (read: silent) version of PS5 Pro (and cheap af games). Like my PS4 Pro is. Maybe I am just going to skip the PS5 because I really have hundreeeeds of games... It does not bother me to not be up2date.

      @DrakeHellsing I just bought a Switch Lite. It is only 210€.

    4. MidnightDragon

      MidnightDragon

      No plans to get one soon, but still curious 

  7. You never bothered to respond back to me after I sent that video to you via PM. Did you watch it? Back to topic, I was a huge fan of Dragonball Z. I basically watched all the episodes on Toonami on Cartoon Network, back when that station was good. Anime was always better at keeping a long and interesting story arc. Watched my share of Inuyasha, Big O, and several other anime shows. Western cartoons to an extent have always infused a little bit of humor, even if that wasn't the main premise in Batman: The Animated Series and Gargoyles. Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron was another cartoon I enjoyed growing up, but every episode was basically a one story plot involving a villain trying to take over the world/city. The 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon show defined a generation of kids, I was too young to really catch on to it until it's later years. As I grew older I came to accept that western cartoons and anime was like comparing apples to oranges, you can't make a proper comparison because they are two entirely different cultures. Akira is still my favorite anime movie ever made. Avatar: The Last Airbender was no doubt inspired by anime, the story arc was interesting and it took kids completely by surprise because it premiered on Nickelodeon. Nick was basically a station for witty, humerous cartoons that focused on comedy and teaching kids the values of life. Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Doug, Rocko's Modern Life, Ren & Stimpy, Rocket Power, Cat Dog, the list goes on. Nickelodeon was an awesome channel for kids. What it has today is a complete joke. Cartoons were simply better in the 1980s and 1990s. A few from the 2000s were good, namely Avatar, Samurai Jack and a few others. I never said Avatar: TLA needed to be 20 seasons long. I simply said it deserved to get better treatment. Spongebob Squarepants practically sucked all the life out of Nickelodeon. Nobody today remembers Rugrats, Hey Arnold or Doug. But you mention Spongebob Squarepants to somebody in their 30s and they'll immediately know what you're talking about. Spongebob was one of the last great cartoons to come out of the 1990s. The early episodes were good and memorable. But the Nickelodeon executives decided to milk the franchise because it was amongst the most popular shows out there for kids. Avatar: TLA was a major shift from the norm, because Nickelodeon up to that point was primarily known for making witty humorous cartoon shows and sitcoms aimed at kids and young teenagers, like Drake & Josh. The Amanda Show was basically a kid version of Saturday Night Live, it was still fairly good. Mary Kate & Ashley could of made something like that had they had a career at Nickelodeon. I give credit for Nickelodeon for giving Avatar a chance. But it definitely deserved at least 4 - 6 seasons. It doesn't need 20 seasons. Just look at The Simpsons.
  8. Assassin's Creed Liberation HD isn't quite as bad as I was expecting. The qualities of this game immediately reveal this was a handheld title. The graphics, the acting and the length aren't quite up to par with the mainline Assassin's Creed games.

     

    When this is finished I will have three Assassin's Creed left. Chronicles, Origins and Odyssey. Well technically four, because by the time I get around to Odyssey, Valhalla will probably be out. Despite my gripes and complaints, getting the entire series done is a major accomplishment, especially with all the DLC complete.

     

    I won't bother with all the stacks, that is just overkill.

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    2. Copanele

      Copanele

      Hey, I am actually glad that you are getting along with the game! (enjoying it would be too much XD) Wasn't the case for me that's for sure. 

       

      Sooo if you want to go for all games in the franchise (wow a challenger appears lol) do not underestimate Chronicles. There's 3 games there and completing each will take more skill than any AC game. Even if they are 2D there are parts where you truly have to be an assassin (especially China Chronicles). Regardless, major accomplishment if you get them done. 

       

      Which reminds me... I should get back to Zeusville and finish Odyssey already. That game is sitting way too comfortable on my backlog and it's the last AC game I have to do before Valhalla kicks in. 

    3. Spaz

      Spaz

      @Copanele

       

      Liberation is definitely a weaker title because it was made for a handheld and a different studio at Ubisoft developed it. 

       

      Aveline is a bit of a child, I would say she is around her early 20s. Not as good as Evie Frye, not as strong willed as Ally from Horizon Zero Dawn. 

       

      I heard the PS4 version suffers from a lot of problems, which is probably where the bulk of your complaints come from.

       

      *Aloy

    4. Copanele

      Copanele

      Ah as usual, I didn't check what version you were playing xD yeah on PS4 there were a ton of bugs. 

       

      Aveline as a character is interesting on paper but poorly executed. Besides... maybe I was tired with the game but i actually had to read the wiki to understand the ending. It wasn't convoluted, it was just so poorly rendered and explained I thought I missed some missions. 

       

      Chicken Itza level is nice though, I'll give that. Love the background music. 

  9. The thing with me is I can do difficult platinums if they are 5 - 15 hours long, doesn't matter how many retries I have to do. But throw in a 20, 50, 100 hour slog of boring grinding, it becomes hard to keep me motivated to push forward.
  10. This goes back to me constantly saying AAA studios can no longer afford to take risks. Which is sad, because there is stuff from the 1990s that was more innovative and original than practically any AAA game I've seen in the past five years. Indie games in a lot of respects borrow a lot from the old developers of the 1980s and 1990s. X-Morph: Defense sort of looks like a combination of old strategy games from the 90s, only with a sleek interface and more convenient for modern audiences. That is one big reason I praise the good indies, because they harken back to a time when kids were playing couch co-op with their Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64. In my opinion, this focus on video games having to be all movie like and cinematic like Uncharted 4: A Thief's End isn't why I got into them in the first place. If I wanted to watch a cinematic experience with quality story telling I would watch Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead (early seasons) and Mad Men. I feel it's only going to get worse with me with the PlayStation 5 generation. I play video games to escape reality, not be reminded of all the horrors and sad truths of the real world. The Last of Us Part II is basically another game that is going in that direction. It's another reason for me not to buy that game. Long story short, indie games are generally a preferred choice for people who prefer gameplay over presentation and cinematics.
  11. Trials is several times harder than Pumped BMX+, a lot more commitment is required for the trophies. You're mostly working towards the 500 challenges in Pumped BMX+. Takes about 8 - 12 hours depending on how skilled you are. Doesn't get too bad until you reach the Pro challenges, some of the levels basically require you to do the higher level stunts to get the required score. All of the trick specific trophies are very easy and take 10 - 15 minutes to do them all. The Catfish Challenge trophy is where the bulk of the difficulty lies and where you're going to spend most of your time on. Personally I recommend the game. Nice little indie title, some good music to go with it.
  12. I only do this if there's a monotonous grind ahead of me. If I have to rubber band a controller for a trophy I generally listen to a podcast or watch YouTube videos or Twitch.tv livestreams. The last time I did this was for Driveclub, all other games I've played since I've listened to the music in game.
  13. Ghost Blade HD is an enjoyable "bullet hell" title, not too difficult. Velocity 2X is a mixture of shmup and platformer, fused together quite nicely. Furi I wouldn't necessarily consider a full on "bullet hell", but it's still fun and the soundtrack is kick ass. Those are about the only ones I've really done.
  14. Out of everything in my backlog, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is probably the most challenging game in the list for me. I have very slow reflexes, and even on an OG PS4 console the game moves quite fast. I couldn't believe the amount of times I died on the second hardest difficulty just for making a slight slip up.

     

    I haven't heard anybody really talk about the DLC in the three years the game has been out. It has Mein Leben trophies but are they quite difficult still in comparison to the base game?

     

    Personally I think the story in this game is ass and the political angle is too apparent. I still want to beat this game, even if it takes me 50+ attempts at Mein Leben.

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    2. Gommes_

      Gommes_

      Go for it man!

    3. Copanele

      Copanele

      Best of luck! Always good to go for some crazy challenges.

      Would have played this game too, but unfortunately I do not like Wolfenstein at all. I have heard legends about Mein Leben though.

    4. Spaz

      Spaz

      I've enjoyed the protagonist and games in the series since I was a kid, so that attachment has stuck with me.

       

      Too bad, because I would of recommended The New Order and The Old Blood. Both fun and enjoyable.

  15. Agreed. Assassin's Creed Valhalla just looks a bit too much like For Honor. Some of the characters remind me of God of War 2018. Add in the Game of Thrones feel to it too.