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  1. Hello "Wonderful" time of the year... bye-bye consistent WiFi... not that I have consistent WiFi normally but this is one of 2 times out of the year (Summer is the other) that it gets REALLY bad! It already ruined my plans for a Thanksgiving Plat! It will be bad until at least January 2nd... so don't get concerned or angry if you don't see me for an extended period of time.

    1. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      Why is that? Too much network traffic in your area during this season? I can imagine most people on vacation clogging up an already slow internet connection. I hope it gets better in the coming days, man.

    2. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      @Honor_Hand Yes, that would be the reason. Especially on "Cyber Monday". Which is tomorrow.

  2. I've been having a lot of discomfort in my feet all over again. As some of you may know, I have a history of varicose vein ruptures in my feet and ankles. I've had 4 total from 2010 to 2017, including 1 that required a blood transfusion due to a low heart rate. All of which I remember vividly. I'll do all I can to prevent another rupture but it's costing me hours of sleep and this is the most likely cause. It's also why I usually post between 1AM and 4AM New York City time. My city may never sleep but I need to eventually!

  3. I just finished the DLC for Marvel's Spider-Man. In the unlikely event I go for a "NG+ Ultimate Run" (I value both hairs on my head after all) what do people recommend is the correct... approach? I enjoy a challenge but I'd rather not lose my temper over a game after all!

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    2. DamagingRob

      DamagingRob

      It's really not that bad, if you're just doing the story missions. Only one or two fights gave me a bit of trouble.

    3. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      As others have said, since you keep all of your upgrades and suits, it's not really that difficult. Just stick to the story missions. When to dodge and counter during fights is crucial for success. Boss fights could prove slightly more challenging, but during your second lap of the game, you should have everything learned already.

       

      For example, the fight against Scorpion and Rhino took me a couple of tries the first time around (because I wasn't quite sure what I had to do and how to do it). Thought it was gonna be just as hard during my Ultimate Run, but I actually cleared it on my first try with ease because I knew well in advance how to do it in a proper way.

       

      Best of luck. :)

    4. iGGTheEnd

      iGGTheEnd

      You can do NG+ and Ultimate in the same run so it is pretty easy,  I did the run in like 7 hours one day.  Best tip is if you are low on health just start swinging and doing tricks so you can heal and then go back to the fight,  I think I died less in ultimate difficulty than normal just because I knew what was happening,  the only difference is you take more damage.

  4. I'm looking to add more people to my meager list of friends, seeing as how I've only been OohYeah127 since October of 2017. For those of you who don't know, I was Icebrand1270 from December of 2008 until September of 2017 until I lost that ID to a bank card hack. So feel free to add me on PSN! Just put PSNProfiles in your request... after all, no one like the blank ones, yes?

    1. MidnightDragon

      MidnightDragon

      Sent you a request

    2. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      Sending a friend request right now. :)

    3. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      @MidnightDragon @Honor_Hand @JayDeLosDioses Thank you for adding me! It feels good to be noticed and appreciated around these parts!

  5. Platinum Trophy 119 is Marvel's Spider-Man! I'm not a big superhero person but this is a rare well-made superhero game. Capturing the action of Spider-Man with his struggles as well, the plot and action were thrill ride in equal measure. I have the DLC and will play it... once I calm down from the ending that is.

    Tough decision ahead: Shenmue 2 or WWE 2K20? I think Shenmue 2 as Shenmue 3 comes out Tuesday. Plus my Internet is in its usual non-working state. Time will tell!

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    2. MidnightDragon
    3. DamagingRob
    4. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      Congrats on the Platinum! :)

       

      This was the first PS4 game I played and got the Platinum for and I thought it was pretty well-made for it being a superhero game. Still got the DLC pending to do at some point.

       

      As for what games to play, if I had any of those two, I'd personally go for Shenmue 2. ;)

  6. [Spider-Man] I started playing this again some time ago on that "Friendly Neighborhood" difficulty that was patched in later down the line (think Story difficulty with Horizon Zero Dawn).

    P.S. No hate please. Plenty of places to debate which difficulty is the "true" setting for this game or any other.

    That said, I have a serious question for those with the Platinum. I'm at Act 3 with 5 trophies remaining. 4 are story-related. The other is the dreaded A Suit For All Seasons trophy. The good news is I am only 2 Challenge Tokens shy of being able to afford a specific suit that would complete the set of purchased suits. Should I replay a Challenge first to get the necessary tokens or do the rest of the plot first?

    Challenge Results are as follows: Stealth: 1 Ultimate and 1 Spectacular out of 4 Challenges.

    Combat: 4 Spectacular out of 4 Challenges. Drone: 2 Spectacular out of 4 Challenges. Bomb: 1 Spectacular out of 4 Challenges.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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    2. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      @JayDeLosDioses Thank you for the advice. I did one of the Drone Challenges and improved my score to Spectacular, getting the Challenge Tokens I needed. Then I did the final mission and got my Platinum Trophy! Good thing I did it this way as I don't think I could have picked myself up after that ending... and I'm not even a big superhero person.

    3. JayDeLosDioses

      JayDeLosDioses

      Congrats mate :highfive:

    4. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      @JayDeLosDioses THANK YOU! As I said, it was a good thing I did the replaying of challenges before the final mission or I would have needed a significant break before going back to the game. Heavy ending to be sure.

  7. How has no one called out Everybody's Gone To The Rapture yet? I had it when I was still Icebrand1270 (I've only been OohYeah127 since 2017) and could have gotten it via PS+ if I had waited 3 months. I get that it looks good but it's living proof that graphics do not guarantee a good game. Pretty as a painting... and you move as slow as if you are carrying a large oil painting under each arm and are afraid to drop it. The Platinum Trophy may be named This Pattern Is Mine but the game should be called This Pattern Is Slow. And the opera music... maddening!
  8. This "graphics first" mentality of modern-day gaming -- gamer and dev alike -- has really gotten on my nerves as of late.

    It's one of the main reasons I shun AAA games to begin with. To mention nothing of the games I have done that have delivered on graphics and absolutely nothing else. Everybody's Gone To The Rapture, EA UFC 2 and EA UFC 3, The Order 1886. I'm sure I can think of others if I wasn't so angry right now.

    I got into an argument with grown men on social media... friend of a friend so to speak... about graphics not too long ago. When I said that graphics don't matter I was told that I was saying it because I was bad at those games and was also greeted with GIFs of a laughing Stone Cold Steve Austin. Can we say "immature"?

    I'm not saying I would enjoy stick figures. I'm saying I would enjoy games with a good control schematic (read: not Heavy Rain) and not needing a Day 1 Patch like they do now. I openly wonder if the aim for graphics is the cause of other issues. Unlikely, and I'm no expert. Just a thought.

    Probably not a bright idea to put this here, but just frustrated right now.

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    2. LucianaRosethorn

      LucianaRosethorn

      Can't really say I've ever played a game which looks mind blowing in general, graphics really shouldn't matter if you decide to play a game or not. Never cared for FPS or graphics, as long as the gameplay is good that's all what matters. I didn't buy a game just so my eyes can have a treat, I brought it so I can sit down for hours actually having fun. 

    3. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      Thank you everyone! Great feedback! I honestly expected to be stomped on here but everyone cheered me up.

      In a related story, a friend of mine talked to me about that argument I mentioned and he called them "visual fools"! His words, not mine. He is around my age and is disappointed by many modern-day games so I see his thinking. Nice to have people understand me if nothing else.

    4. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      I find games are a combination of elements, not just graphics, Sure, good visuals are important but then, equally important are gameplay, design, characters, story, writing, sound design, music, et cetera. Some people assign more weight to certain elements based on their preferences but I do find a bit silly how some people judge games entirely on graphics. Like, damn, I'm sure it can have other merits as well besides looking pretty, right? There are great titles out there that also try to delve deeper into other aspects. Maybe some games are a dream to play and control fluidly, maybe others want to tell you a gripping story, and then there are those than want to wow you with their unique sound design or nifty visuals.

       

      People have been graphic whoring since ever. Back then it was which sprites looked better, and in the late 90s-early 2000s, people were also fighting over which blocky character looked better and the like. From what I see, that argument is always going to exist, but that's just people that assign way to much emphasis on that particular department. 

  9. Well I saw what 2K meant by simplified controls in WWE 2K20. The reversal button is remapped to the triangle button and the cross and square buttons will be pressed simultaneously for finishers. Sounds more like rebalancing than simplifying. We'll see how it goes I guess.

    That said, I'm looking forward to it. Hey, at least I bruise many egos. What more could I want? *evil laugh*

    Come Tuesday I play it. Trophies are semi-unimportant as I'm unlikely to get online much to begin with. Here's hoping I find players who are just as confused as I am by the new button layout and defeat them, yes?

    Well, seeing as I'll probably focus primarily on that, I hope to see all of you with updates eventually. Just try not to argue too much while I'm away, okay?

  10. Looks like the "Roster Reveal" is complete for WWE 2K20. If it isn't yet, it likely will be tomorrow. Time to avoid nasty "roster" arguments!

    My primary concern for the game is these "simplified" controls being promised but being secretive about at the same time. Point blunt: people are cheap enough online as it is without newcomers being able to be cheap right from the word go. Not that all the complexity is good. Reversal limitations were a bad idea from the start. I know not many people here like online but this is the one game I wish to play online. Must be the indie wrestling announcer in me. Go figure.

    MyCareer seems cool... if a bit weird with the "Mixed Tag Team" approach. Nice to see Mixed Tag matches return. Seems trivial to some but people were asking for that for years. I know I'll be beating up Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch first!

    Time will tell if the game will be as good as last year. I just hope the "simplified" controls don't ruin it. We shall see, yes?

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    2. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      @Nighcisama I'd rather see the commentary fixed than the crowd graphics but graphics are secondary to me due to current-gen sports/fighting games putting graphics ahead of gameplay (ex. EA UFC series). As for GM Mode, I've come to terms that it will never happen because it was in the THQ era, just like Story Designer. Doesn't make it right but I can't change it, that's all.

    3. Nighcisama

      Nighcisama

      Yeah you are probably right. I hope the rumors about a remake or remaster for Smackdown Here Comes The Pain are true, that is still one of my favorite games from the PS2 era and 2k does not have its filthy hands anywhere near it.

    4. Spaz

      Spaz

      That's no surprise. 2K Games has it's hands on WWE just like EA does with Madden.

       

      The same company that charges a fortune for the Deluxe Edition of NBA 2K20. I just don't see the point. Maybe Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and the rest of those overpaid douchebags enjoy paying that much. For smart consumers like myself, there's no way.

       

      Speaking of which, that one NFL game from the PS2 era is still better than some of these new sports games that EA and 2K keep shoving out.

  11. WWE 2K20 is set to release on October 22 and I hope it doesn't take me 2 DAYS to put in the Day 1 Patch like last year. (It was a 3.4GB Patch. Small by modern-day standards. Was a 17-hour job last year. Longer wait than listening to John Cena's "house rules".) Given a lack of interruptions a 4-10GB Patch would be 30 minutes to 2 hours for me given current equipment and good conditions.

    On the non-rant side, it seems like 2K has given all the info they are willing to share pre-release, so I hope to see a "Roster Reveal" soon. Prepare for angry arguments... and not just about WWE PPV events I don't watch due to poor Wi-Fi!

    1. LegacyJKO09

      LegacyJKO09

      i doubt we get a roster reveal but seths getting the lowest attributes possible. damn near smashed my tv tonight.  hopefully Seth gets seriously injured again.

    2. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      @LegacyJKO09 It's getting close so this week should be the Roster Reveal. The release date is October 22 so it would be smart... not that WWE or 2K know smart marketing mind you.

      As for me, far better to wish a nasty breakup for Rollins. Much more humiliating. But that's just me. Must be my time on the indie scene telling me to wish humiliation before injury. Not that I'll ever hang out with a "big leaguer"... or want to. Enough disingenuous people in my life as it is.

    3. LegacyJKO09

      LegacyJKO09

      i still wish GM mode was in. sure Universe mode you can put whoever on what etc. but i miss the aspect of star ratings/fan base for each show. Also if people didn't want to do 2player GM mode with a friend in person, set it up so it could also work online. 

      IE: i draft Raw, you draft nxt or smackdown. i finish my show. cant play till you finish yours etc. like how Woods and Breeze battle of the brands is.

       

      and fair yeah. a lot of fans pissed. so im curious what happens tmrw. But Bray should be champ. should have squashed Rollins. I would love to see WWE viewership decline big for a few weeks. Till its at least past the pro-terrorism ppv.

  12. Now that I have the "Everyone Dies" trophy for Man of Medan, I think the next logical step is "Everyone Lives". Fingers Crossed!

  13. Thanks for the follow! Decided to follow you as well!

    1. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      If you're wondering, I deleted that status update I posted in case my relatives saw it. Shared computer and all. Not my brightest idea. Not worth an argument on a strained family dynamic.

    2. Temmie

      Temmie

      I don't blame you.  Covering one's ass in any situation is always the best advice.

    3. Chocolate GiddyUp

      Chocolate GiddyUp

      Temmie is a great guy, you should of followed him sooner,  the second you laid eyes on his beautiful countenance.

  14. [Man of Medan] After starting over a few times I got the "Everyone Dies Ending" Trophy! *evil laugh*

    Turned out to be a good thing I looked this up as I would have screwed it up. Thank you PS+ Cloud Save!

  15. I just started playing this and this intro song ROCKS!!!