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  1. Platinum 175 Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS4 version) October 21st, 2021 I wanted a cool Platinum 175 (and not my usual "trash" Platinums) and I found it... I think. A fun spin on Greek mythology with enough weapons, armor and monsters for an entire army of Greek Gods, you are Fenyx, a Shield-Bearer about to fulfill a destiny unlike any other and defeat Typhon, the scourge of Olympus. With puzzles befitting of Legend of Zelda games, good action and some fun twists in this quirky story, I definitely had a good time and was satisfied to make this Platinum 175. If you seek the Platinum, make note of the grinding (Heroic tasks, upgrading weapons and armor, upgrading potions, upgrading skills and special attacks) and collectible (Mounts, Wings, Phoenix skins) trophies. This won't be straightforward, even with a walkthrough. I figured out most things on my own but still needed a little guidance online with puzzles... although that will vary with each person. Something to keep in mind. At the risk of showing off, I confess to a single "point of pride": saving the final story-related trophy (Mission Complete) for last. It is an unorthodox tactic in a game with collectible trophies but I like to "walk through the front door" whenever possible. I did this with Ghost of Tsushima and with games on my old ID as well. It felt good to finish the game without a cleanup phase, to be sure. Anyway, that's all for now. See you next time!
  2. I could write a book called Unpopular Gaming Opinions based on my gaming opinions. It would be read by no one but would be fun to write. But would be read by no one.
  3. Platinum 175 is Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS4 version)! A fun spin on Greek mythology with enough weapons, armor and monsters for an entire army of Greek Gods, you are Fenyx, a Shield-Bearer who is about to fulfill a destiny unlike any other and defeat Typhon, the scourge of Olympus.

    With puzzles befitting of Legend of Zelda games, good action and some fun twists in this quirky story, I definitely had a good time and was satisfied to make this Platinum 175. Not a huge milestone but a nice one to have a "respectable" game with... I think.

    If you seek the Platinum, make note of the grinding (Heroic Tasks, upgrading weapons and armor, upgrading potions, upgrading skills and special attacks) and collectible (Mounts, Wings, Phoenix Skins) trophies. This won't be straightforward, even with a walkthrough. I figured out most things on my own but still needed a little guidance from online sources with puzzles... although that may vary per person. Something to keep in mind.

    At the risk of "showing off", I confess to a single "point of pride": leaving the final story-related trophy for last. It is an unorthodox tactic in a game with collectible trophies but I like to "walk through the front door" whenever possible. I did this with Ghost of Tsushima and twice on my old ID as well. It felt good to finish the game without a cleanup phase, to be sure.

    Anyway, that's all for now. See you next time!

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    2. MidnightDragon
    3. ShonenCat

      ShonenCat

      Congratz! 🎉🎺🎊 

      B64-CBB48-008-C-4-B3-E-9-ABB-98-CE589478

    4. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      Congrats! :)

       

      This is the Zelda-like game from Ubisoft, no? Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of Ubi myself but this game, in particular, has caught my eye from the little footage I've seen. That and the fact that the gameplay is very reminiscent of a Zelda game. Glad to hear that you had a good time with it. Seems like it might be worth picking up and trying out myself.

       

      And come on, getting all collectibles and upgrades first and just leaving the last story trophy for last to pop the platinum alongside with it, that's just cool. x3

  4. [Immortals Fenyx Rising-PS4 version] Only 1 Trophy remains... and it's for beating the game! That's right, I've already got all the Wings, Phoenix Skins, Mounts and Heroic Tasks done! (Most of them on my own too... but still grateful for YouTube guides.)

    It's definitely unorthodox to save the final story-related trophy for last in a game that is heavy on collectibles. However, it's not the first time I've done it. I did it successfully with Ghost of Tsushima and twice on my old ID. And if you can and you enjoy the story, why not? I'M READY! LET'S DO THIS!

    1. MidnightDragon
    2. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      UPDATE: Platinum is mine... and it's Platinum 175!

  5. Happy Birthday to the first gaming console I ever owned (although not the first I ever played). The NES is 36 years old today! Although I started gaming on my father's Atari 2600 as a toddler, I first owned an NES on Christmas in 1989 at the age of 9. I performed a "clean sweep" of 3 series in those days: Ninja Gaiden 1-3 (very different than the ones today... super-difficult platformers with cutscenes featuring words and still shots with mouths moving), StarTropics 1 & 2 and Mega Man 1-6. Memories...

    1. KingGuy420

      KingGuy420

      I got mine Xmas 89 as well I think. Before that it was my uncles colecovision

    2. MidnightDragon

      MidnightDragon

      Wow, I’m older than the NES…

  6. Hello everyone! It's been a few days and I wanted to thank everyone for cheering me up after how heavy one update was and how angry another was. But enough about that! Let's get down to business!

    Metroid Dread completely kicked my rear. The only thing I seem to find is... EMMI... and death. Oh well, I had to know.

    Gaming is low-key for now. I'm giving a friend tips for Greedfall (no hate please) as he just started it (read: do side quests). He's not into trophies but likes the story so far. He seemed enthusiastic when I told him about "bosses as big as houses" (the Nadaig)... maybe too much. I guess he'll learn!

    As for me, most of my "good stuff" comes out at the end of this month. Mario Party Superstars, Voice of Cards and Switch Online Expansion Pack (liking that must make me stick out like a sore thumb). I did buy Cris Tales but I haven't gotten around to it (or even installing and patching it). Typical of me, really. At least it gives me time to decide on Platinum 175! Yep, I'm at 174 Platinum Trophies! I need a good one for 175, not my usual trash!

    Until next time!

    1. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      Time to kick Metroid Dread's butt back. x3 For real, glad to hear you're having with your games. It's been a while since I last played a Metroid game. My last one was Prime 3: Corruption. I had a good time with it, and with the whole Prime Trilogy in general. Hope Dread is proving to be just as great even with that difficulty level.

       

      Cheers, and good luck on choosing a cool game for platinum #175. :D

  7. Every time I wish to listen to gaming music my family gives me weird looks and my sister says it's "not a real song". And before you ask, the song she insulted had lyrics so she couldn't use the "no lyrics" excuse (A Conversation With Death from Man of Medan).

    I suppose it is because gaming music is not broadcasted on radio or streamed? I would ask but the "logic" would likely make me angry. (Does radio still exist or am I showing my age? 41 by the way.) Back on topic: I know convincing family I'm right on this is beyond my... meager capabilities. Understanding and respect would be nice, that's all.

    P.S. I'm completely convinced that gaming music is of too high a quality to stream or broadcast. By that I mean it would put modern-day mainstream music to shame... easily! *evil laugh* Just my opinion, of course.

    Thanks for listening to a semi-old man... well, old enough to know what a radio antenna looked like in the 1980s anyway!

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    2. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      @DaivRules I do it at certain times. My family dislikes headphones to begin with since I always have to be on the watch for things like the family cat (he's wild) or my sister coming home from work at Midnight. Family responsibilities and all.

      Thanks for cheering me up, everyone. I have seen footage of these concerts and they look amazing. My dad would have enjoyed attending one with me (money permitting of course). Sadly, he died of a stroke last year. My brother also enjoys this sort of thing to a lesser extent.

    3. Slava

      Slava

      Video game music literally played at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony. This fact alone makes it more real than any music you'll hear on the radio.

    4. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      Yeah, people that say gaming music isn't music don't have a single clue of what they're talking about. I feel ignoring these people and their opinions would be best. Like, let them live their world and you enjoy yours. As long as they don't attack you personally by it, everything should be good.

       

      Many of the guys above posted plenty of examples of video game music being used in big venues and such. It may not be as mainstream as the regular type of music everyone is used to but IT IS still music, and a beautiful one at that.

  8. I normally don't share stuff like this but in recent months I've had to open up about my mental illness, my increasing number of physical ailments and injuries and my ongoing issues with memory and confusing words (often at the worst times). I thank everyone here who has supported me during this when most of the public... were they to find out... would ridicule me, shun me or accuse me of lying for special treatment because I'm "too smart" to be mentally ill.

    Anyway, I had an in-person meeting with a new psychiatrist today. It was good and she asked me many questions, all of which I believed to be appropriate and required. Unfortunately, I didn't do so well with the "memory" portion, namely today's date. Embarrassing, to put it mildly. Sadly, also expected given my current state of mind... and I'm only 41. Sad. I just wish I knew why all this memory loss and "fumbling over my speech" was happening. I have my own theory but it's only that. Sad.

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    2. Cleggworth

      Cleggworth

      Chronic pain can be immensely tiring, Physically and Mentally. Always good to get it out as these things have a tendency to build up and snap

    3. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      You're middle age now, so you definitely need to look after your body.

    4. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      No need to feel ashamed about it. I know what you mean, though. People can be real jerks when it comes to stuff like that. It seems a little understanding or common sense can be too much to ask out of people at times. It's as if it's too difficult to be in someone else's shoes for a moment. A bit of comprehension in situations like this can go a long way.

       

      But anyway, I am glad to hear you had a mostly positive experience on that psychiatrist appointment. Don't feel down with the memory thing. Memory can be a tough thing. I sometimes forget even the simplest of things for no apparent reason too, haha. xD You will do better next time. Cheer up, man. Stay strong with your gaming over there. :) 

  9. Is it wrong to assume that the day I go to pick up a big game is also the day I'll be interrupted and distracted by anything and everything once I get home to play it?
  10. I think if you put every Platinum in my collection and made it into a stew... with its mixture of obscure, prestigious and absolutely trashy Platinums (most of them trashy by my own admission)... it would make an old-world concoction that would scare thieves! Yes, only I would think things like this. But it beats arguing on social media!
  11. I was thinking... since I have the money... of doing 1 of the following digital-only PS4 games:

    Cris Tales (PS4 version as I don't own a PS5 as of yet)

    Disco Elysium (also PS4 version)

    Actraiser Renaissance

    Castlevania Advance Collection

     

    Trophy difficulty is semi-unmportant as I'm unlikely to have a Platinum before Metroid Dread releases on October 8th for Switch. Besides, I did 10 Plats last month and 8 were the "trash" variety... yes, I have no shame. (Promised I would seek tougher Plats, only somewhat true. Better luck next year.)

    Suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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    2. Rally-Vincent---

      Rally-Vincent---

      Discoe Elysium is great if you like cRPGs.

    3. Dreakon13

      Dreakon13

      @Infected Elite The game is had an absolutely bizarre release structure for its physical.  The PS5 physical was locked behind iam8bit's expensive collectors edition but they recently opened it up to be sold alone.  The Nintendo Switch version is still stuck in it I think.  I think all of these will get a retail release eventually.

       

      The PS4 was announced though and I do see it as some retailers (ymmv depending on where you live maybe).

       

      https://mobile.twitter.com/iam8bit/status/1435683569523773441

       

      https://www.bestbuy.com/site/disco-elysium-the-final-cut-playstation-4/6483140.p?skuId=6483140

    4. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      Retro games are my thing so I'd definitely go for that Castlevania Advance Collection. Never played the GBA games despite hearing they were great in their own right. That collection sounds like a great opportunity to experience them now.

       

      And whoa, I had no clue whatsoever that a new ActRaiser game was in the works. Talk about retro games having such a resurgence in recent times. That would be my second option out of the ones you mentioned there. :D

  12. I started updating my About Me with some of my favorite gaming quotes. The one from Fire Emblem Three Houses, as well as the wrestling quote, were already there. Still, I decided to expand upon it.

    As expected, this followed something of a... depressing trend. Given my history and current struggles, this may not be out of the ordinary. Still, fear not for me, as I am as well as can be expected given my current health conditions.

    I'll likely add more positive quotes later on. Hopefully sooner rather than later, yes? All the same, I hope everyone reads them.

    1. Beyondthegrave07

      Beyondthegrave07

      Fire Emblem truly has some of the best, thoughtful, inspiring quotes in gaming, imo.

  13. Plat 166 is Big Rumble Boxing Creed Champions! An arcade-style boxing game with 20 boxers from the Rocky and Creed movies, it is of average quality. Most trophies are of easy or average skill except for beating an Arcade Tower on Champion difficulty, which is no small feat. There are plenty of grinding trophies as well.

    This is yet another "1st 50 to Plat" moment for me (34 if the position holds up), making 7 this year and 16 overall! GO ME!

    I don't know how many trophies I'll seek before the Switch exclusive Metroid Dread releases on October 8th. Then I will play the exclusively... and lose... a lot. But I will try!

    Until next time!

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    2. ihadalifeb4this
    3. ShonenCat

      ShonenCat

      Congratz! 🎂 Got my eyes on Metroid Dread as well 😁

    4. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      Congrats! ^_^

       

      Now, unlike sim-based boxing games, this one caught my attention. I suck at games that try to replicate real sports, they bore me to death. 😅 If it's boxing we talkin' about, give me Ready 2 Rumble Boxing on the Dreamcast or just any of Nintendo's Punch-Out!! games. Those are awesome, haha. xD Not sure if this one is close to the quality of those, but I'll have my eyes peeled for it in case it drops on a sale or something. 👀

  14. A lot of people online say that. Maybe younger people not used to difficult games?
  15. Actraiser was one of the most difficult SNES games in history. I was expecting a grueling trophy list... and it has indeed shown itself. That said, I never got to play it in my SNES days so I'll definitely try it!