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  1. Finally my first update after moving back to Switzerland: PS3: Assassin's Creed Liberation HD - 0% => 21% Bioshock - 9% Far Cry 3 - 11% PS4: Darksiders Warmastered Edition - 0% Limbo - 0% => 90% Metro 2033 - 0% => 72% Uncanny Valley - 0% => 100% Watch Dogs - 0% => 98% I started the Summer challenge with Watch Dogs. In the beginning I was enjoying it a lot (maybe due the fact that it was my first open-world game in a while)! The environment and Chicago were beautiful with a lot of details. Especially, the atmosphere during or right after a rain storm was incredible! The main story was interesting but nothing special and most of the characters were ok. However, after a while I more and more realized how tedious the side missions and collectibles were...I mean its great to have a lot stuff to do next to the main story but in this case its done in a completely wrong fashion. All of them followed the same pattern over and over again and the final one missions were as anti-climatic as it can get. For example, I was getting really invested in the Missing Person and Human Traffic Investigation just to end up disappointed. Furthermore, the hacking mechanic seemed fun but never really reached its full potential. Honestly, I liked the main story in the DLC more than the one of the base game. However, they managed to make the side stuff even more dreadful... All in all the game was not too difficult (and my critic sounds harsher than it should be) but the trophies got annoying really fast and overshadowed a potential great game. BUT don't get me started with the Traced Trophy... Next were two shorter indie games. Again I don't know why I've waited so long to play Limbo. It was a great experience and left my speechless more than once. The mystery behind the story and the "simple" but awesome graphic style made it this game into something truly special. After the first couple of levels I was getting a bit arrogant and thought it will be a piece of cake to finish this game with less than 5 deaths...but boy oh boy I was wrong ๐Ÿ˜… don't get me wrong the game is not impossible to beat and the various puzzles are solvable after a couple of times even without a guide but at the moment I can't think of a way to beat the No Point in Dying Trophy... Uncanny Valley was another hidden gem in my huge backlog. During my first blind playthrough, I've managed to get 3 trophies out of pure luck but didn't reach a satisfying ending (in my opinion). However, with the help of some guides the game is easy and fast to beat. It seems to be just a small indie game but it actually has a lot of replayability and I'm not sure if I have seen all the different endings, despite having gained all the trophies. In the end, I was enjoying Uncanny Valley way more than I was expecting but I have to admit, without guides I wouldn't have been able to beat it 100%. My opinion towards Metro 2033 is a bit mixed. On the one hand the atmosphere and world building is incredible. For example, stepping outside the tunnels for the first time or hear the fight between the Communist and Fascists in the! My imagination was also quickly captured by the way the game was portraying the miserable life after a nuclear war in the subway system. However, Metro 2033 was not without its flaws and bugs. More than once I was stuck between invisible walls without a chance to move or perform certain actions (like putting on the gas mask or taking out the lighter). Unfortunately, reloading the chapters did not solve the problem, so I had to start a fresh game (luckily it happened in the beginning hours). An other negative point that broke the immersion was the horrible (and almost comedic) German audio ๐Ÿ˜‚ I've never heard a Russian speak like this in real-life. And even though the world seems unique on first sight, it got repetitive after a while...tunnels will stay tunnels regardless which faction is controlling them Nevertheless, I enjoyed the game and really wanted to witness the ending. I will take my time with the second playthrough and try to finish first some of my PS3 games in the meantime.
  2. I'm currently at 97% and just missing the 10 successful "online Decryption games". Therefore, I assume they count towards getting 100% in the game. However and as stated above, you don't need to do them in order to get the platinum trophy.
  3. Really tempted to get the Skyrim Special Edition + Fallout 4 G.O.T.Y. Bundle but at the same time I would like to have them in their physical form....
  4. The Secret World of Oil by Ken Silverstein Really interesting look behind the scenes of one of the world's most crucial industry. Silverstein also investigates traders, fixers, American law firms, lobbyists and PR agencies that protect and whitewash the petroleum dictatorships. Especially when he gets these normally secretive people to talk open, you as a reader realize how shady these trading processes really are.
  5. Finally managed to start Metro 2033 Redux and boy oh boy am I enjoying it so far ๐Ÿ‘Œ next to it I'm trying to finish all the side-missions for the Watch Dogs DLC...unfortunately it gets a bit repetitive after a while
  6. #26 Watch Dogs 100% Clear This is the platinum trophy and is unlocked automatically when all the trophies have been unlocked. Finally done with the base game of Watch Dogs ๐Ÿ˜… in the beginning I was enjoying it a lot (maybe due the fact that it was my first open-world game in a while)! The environment and Chicago were beautiful with a lot of details, the story interesting and most of the characters were ok. However, after a while I more and more realized how tedious the side missions and collectibles are...I mean its great to have stuff to do next to the main story but in this case its done in a wrong way. All of them followed the same pattern over and over again and the final ones were as anti-climatic as it can get. And don't get me started with the Traced Trophy...๐Ÿ˜ค
  7. Watch Dogs 100% Clear This is the platinum trophy and is unlocked automatically when all the trophies have been unlocked.
  8. I started with Watch Dogs last Friday and I'm enjoying the game and especially the story it so far. At the same time, trying to reach Level 50 in Star Wars Battlefront 2 but I'm losing interest after a couple of rounds because the grind is just so tedious....
  9. After the fun Spring Challenge I would really like to join this Summer Season as well. Despite finishing some games here and there, my backlog seems to grow every day more and more ๐Ÿ˜ƒ PS3: Assassin's Creed Liberation HD - 0% Bioshock - 9% Far Cry 3 - 11% PS4: Darksiders Warmastered Edition - 0% Limbo - 0% Metro 2033 - 0% Uncanny Valley - 0% Watch Dogs - 0%
  10. Last Update: First of all, I wanted to say thanks for letting me participate despite being a little late to the party ๐Ÿ˜ really liked the challenge!!! It pushed me to play, even though I was not in the mood or felt lazy after work. Usually, I ended up having a lot of fun and finished games that otherwise would still lay dormant on my backlog list ๐Ÿ˜… Bastion - 45% => 82% Burnout Paradise Remastered - 82% => 86% Gravity Rush Remastered - 100% Lords of the Fallen - 67% Mirror's Edge Catalyst - 100% Oxenfree - 60% => 100% Pyre - 0% New Entry: SOMA - 0% => 100% Burnout Paradise Remastered was a blast and played its big nostalgia factor pretty well. The gameplay stayed the same and makes it easy to just switch on your console to play for a bit. None of the trophies are demanding and silly things distracting you in the open world is the only danger I was able to achieve all the "Single-Player" trophies without any problems, however, I'm still missing a lot of the online achievments. On the one hand, I was having problems to find people joining the sessions I've created. On the other, players in public groups were usually doing different stuff and didn't seem to focus on the trophies at all. Eventually, I will have to set up a boosting session here but luckily the requirements for the remaining things are pretty straightforward. I had Bastion in my backlog for a long time but hesitated to start it (I don't no why in retrospective). I'm really glad I played this little gem of a game and recommended it to my friends right away. The art-style is just astonishing and the "simple" story actually had some really interesting aspects. I have to admit that the levels seemed a bit repetitive in the beginning but the game really grew upon me and I ended up liking the second playthrough better than the first one. I was able to focus more on the story and the various weapon styles. I managed to beat 3 out of the 4 dreams after some exercising, with all 10 Shrine Idols invoked, but did not even came close to finish the last one ๐Ÿ˜’ After a while I stopped trying due to time constrains but I also didn't want to ruin my impression of the game. I will tackle it again during my third playthrough in Score Attack Mode in order to earn 1,000,000 points. Gravity Rush Remastered was another (rather) short game, which positively surprised me and I can't wait to play the sequel. You just have to like Kat and Raven ๐Ÿ˜Šwell actually all the characters are adorable. The art-style (both in-game and cut-scene) just matched perfectly the story and created a beautiful world, I was happy to visit. The gravity mechanics were something fresh but I had to get used to them. However, I wished they were more precise because I not only missed enemies but also various landing points and screwed up several time challenges. Even though telling the story in various chapters is a nice idea, the gameplay unfortunately didn't change a lot and got repetitive towards the end. Thats a bit sad because the premise and location of each chapter was different but you ended up doing the same things over and over again. Nevertheless, Gravity Rush made me realize that I should start playing more Japanese games in the future. Lords of the Fallen was my very first PS4 game and I'm still having mixed feelings about it. During my first attempt (back in March 2015), I've just made it past the first Boss and never touched it again until this Spring Challenge! Nothing in the game really appealed to me...the story is boring and predictable, there is not a single likeable character and I've never got used to the clunky gameplay. Even after learning the mechanics and the different fighting styles, my initial impression still was a huge drag beating the game once and I just could not force myself to go through it for a second or even a third time. I did not play the first entry of the series and went into Mirror's Edge Catalyst pretty much blind. Even though the story was average (and the end predictable like a Hollywood movie), I had a blast with the game and the parkour mechanics overall. The open world gave me a unique feeling of scale and running form one end of the map to the other just never got old. However, finding all the collectibles or finishing all dashes with a 3 star rating was a tedious task...(I'm talking to you "Scenic Route" ๐Ÿ˜ค ) Oxenfree was hands down the highlight on my list. The story is incredible and the atmosphere just so immersive. After starting the game, I couldn't stop playing cause I wanted to know what is going to happen to Alex and her friends. Shame on me for waiting soo long to play this game each playthrough was different and the various "timelines" did not seem forced upon the player but expended the story with interesting details. Cannot praise this game enough and I'm looking forward to Night School Studio's new project. Unfortunately, I was not able to start Pyre during this Spring Challenge but I was sneaky enough to finish SOMA instead. And boy oh boy was this a hell of a ride ๐Ÿ˜ฑ The game itself is not really difficult but some of the puzzles were a bit tricky (but impressive), however at no point is a guide required to solve them. Usually, horror is not my favorite genre but this game and its atmosphere just sucked me in completely. The characters, story and setting gives you a lot to think about and made me question what really defines being human. Maybe this sounds a bit over the top but the narrative of this game is truly phenomenal. There is actually so much backstory and attention to detail that it sometimes overwhelmed me. Therefore, I started to watch various videos on yt regarding the lore after I beat the game and it pieces the narrative together in a really nice way, which I wasn't able to while playing. Some informations presented there provided me a much clearer picture of what exactly happened to the world and characters. Can't wait to find out more and really delve deeper into SOMA and its mysteries.
  11. Strange Brigade Collector's Edition ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  12. (Long-overdue) Update: Bastion - 22% => 45% Burnout Paradise Remastered - 68% => 82% Gravity Rush Remastered - 0% => 100% Lords of the Fallen - 8% => 67% Mirror's Edge Catalyst - 26% => 100% Oxenfree - 60% Pyre - 0%
  13. Hitler: Volume I: Ascent 1889โ€“1939 by Volker Ulrich A really interesting read, which gives you new insights about the political figure of Hitler, his rise to power and his methods of leadership. The author is given you a lot of details about Hitler's life from his childhood to the eve of the Second World War against the politics of the times, and manages therefore to unveil the man behind the public persona.
  14. Eyeshield 21 Volume 16
  15. Same here and this was my very first PS4 game. Can you imagine? ๐Ÿค Never got used to the clunky gameplay and the boring story. Furthermore there is not a single likable character or memorable scene...currently Im trying to finish it at least once but its not fun at all