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  1. Auto-pop is unlikely; not only have they not mentioned any kind of cross-save, this isn't a free PS4 -> PS5 upgrade. They might auto-pop if you have Control: Ultimate Edition, but not if you just own the base game.
  2. You probably scored 27,000 points. If you score more than 25,000 points in a round, it actually rolls you back to zero, as noted in the OP.
  3. OK, after an entire day of matchmaking and experimenting, I am here to report on Black Flag multiplayer, and the best way to check off those pesky multiplayer trophies and get your shiny platinum. This includes the Blackbeard's Wrath DLC trophies for those of you who have it. The important points: 1. A lot of the multiplayer trophies cannot be boosted in private matches. Sacred Land definitely requires a "public" match, and possibly Queen Anne's Revenge and Elevator to the Gallows as well. 2. Public matches are way faster than Wolfpack solo. The servers are still just barely functional enough to do clan matchmaking, and if you can get into a 2v2 game, you'll gain XP at least twice as fast as trying it yourself. We were able to get four players from low levels to 55 in a single ~8 hour session. 3. Private matches have an XP penalty... and clan matches count as public matches! This method exploits the fact that clans haven't been relevant since Quake was released in 1996. With two clans consisting of two people, you are extremely likely to be paired against each other, and once you're in a game you're good to go. Phase 1: Set up your clans - Find your boosting partners and decide on the teams. Everyone join the same PSN party, just to make things easier. - From the main multiplayer menu, one person from each team should hit R1, and select "Manage your clan status" - Invite your partner. - Once they've accepted your invite (in-game, this isn't a PSN clan), go back to the main multiplayer menu and select Custom Match. - Tap the touchpad to group with friends. Pick your new clan member and make sure they're in the same group as you. You want two groups of two people! - If this is all set up, you should be able to set Matchmaking to "Clan", which is exactly what you want. Set the Session Type to Adversarial, and the Mode Preference to Domination. - Select Search Session and cross your fingers. If all goes well, you should get matched up into a game with one clan vs. the other clan. That's actually the hard part! Ironically, much like Abstergo, Ubisoft itself is the real final boss. Step 2: Grind that XP - Domination is basically the "control an area of the map" mode. Each team should grab one checkpoint, and leave the third one blank. This will stop the meter so you have the full 10 minutes. - Find a bench near (but not inside!) one of the checkpoints. Have the "pursuers" sit on the bench (for example, if you find a good bench near checkpoint A, and checkpoint A is white, the white team should sit). The game will tell you whether you're a pursuer or a target. - The other team (the "targets") stands in front of the bench, and lets themselves be killed by the pursuers. With a full focus bar and the bench bonus, you can get 1500 points per kill. - Tap the touchpad to check your score once in a while. Do not score score more than 25000 points in a single match! The game will not actually save your XP progress if you do! - Once the bench sitters hit around 23-24K points, find a similar bench near the other team's checkpoint, and swap roles. The "pursuers" should always be doing the killing, and the "targets" should let themselves get killed. - Repeat until the round is over. If you want to end a game early, have one team capture the third checkpoint. Do not let one team control all three checkpoints, as that will trigger point bonuses that might push you over the 25,000 point limit. - Back at the voting screen, vote for the same map again and ready up. This will net every player between 10,000 and 25,000 XP every round, and a round lasts 10 minutes at max. That's much, much faster than 6000 XP every 20 minutes doing Wolfpack solo, and far less annoying. At the same time, the winning team can get Sacred Land, and other players can coordinate their own abilities and the Copycat perk to check off All-Rounder and the rest of the trophies that depend on specific abilities. Notes on the DLC trophies: - For Queen Anne's Revenge, an acrobatic kill is one where you are crouched on a wall. That means either hanging off the side of a wall, or perched on top of a fence. If you're standing on a roof, that's an aerial kill, which is not the same thing. - For Elevator to the Gallows, you have to be at the top of the lift. Booby trap a lift, ride it up while it's charging, then let your pursuer follow you up. - For Preemptive Strike, make sure whoever you hit with Sabotage actually tries to use an ability after you hit them. - For Sacred Land, you not only have to be the top scorer, but your team has to win. See you in AC: Valhalla! Special thanks to @wolfpack7-1, @DuckFeet-, @Lord_Pece, @AwkwardManc, @Ninanya93, @BulimicZombie, and the rest of the AC4 boosting thread!
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    Platinum #94 - Castlevania Requiem


    Symphony of the Night still holds up, all these years later. Rondo of Blood is bad and old (sorry Discord people, you know who you are, my mind is made up).


    Verdict: Play SotN, skip Rondo.

  5. I could never get the timing right on the draw attacks, so I went with an older dual swords + kusarigami build. Hit your opponent with sloth & weakness, run behind them, windstorm attack until dead, repeat. It made mincemeat of the main game, but I was getting wrecked in the DLC. The thing about Nioh is that _so_ much of it depends on grinding and crafting the right bonuses onto your equipment. The right skills and points, with bad equipment bonuses, will do a lot less damage than you see in the YouTube videos.
  6. This definitely sounds like the trophies will auto-pop. A lot of the Hitman 1 and 2 trophies are tied to specific challenges/feats in the game, so if those carry over, the conditions for trophy popping would be met as well. Worst case, you have to re-play the Hitman 1 and 2 levels once each so the game registers that you've already hit level 20 or whatever, that seems fine.
  7. Redeem might be the wrong word. What I mean is, after purchasing both Hitman 1 and 2, the Legacy Pack wasn't listed as purchased on the PSN store. In order to get it without re-buying it, I had to start the download from inside Hitman 1. So even if you played Hitman 2 but no longer own it, you still may need to use Hitman 2 to load the Hitman 2 maps into Hitman 3. Then again, it's a totally different console, and this time IOI has posted about carrying over progress, not just the missions themselves. I dunno, they make this so confusing. A lot of people are going to accidentally buy H1 and H2 twice.
  8. Assuming it works the same as before... - If you own Hitman 2 (and its DLC), you will be able to download the matching Hitman 2 Legacy Pack for free. - If you do not own Hitman 2, you will be able to purchase the Hitman 2 Legacy Pack separately. - There will be separate DLCs for the main Hitman 2 missions (6 standard maps + 1 sniper maps) and Hitman 2's expansion (2 standard maps + 2 sniper maps). - You'll likely have to redeem the free DLC from within Hitman 2, so you'll have to find that physical version again.
  9. For whatever it's worth, this kind of thing messes up men's self esteem and impressions of themselves as well, even if you're saying it "as a joke." If you're having an open conversation about how you feel when he watches women on Twitch, you may want to be ready for him to share how he feels when you talk about celebrities you find hot. That's a good thing, for both of you.
  10. This has never been how it worked. The missions carry over, but the progress you make in each game is entirely independent, so you'll likely have to re-play each of the Hitman 2 maps within Hitman 3 to get the 100%. That's going to add up to a _lot_ of Hitman, I'm going to wait for a while I think.
  11. Ugh, really not sure I want to play through Hitman 1 for the third time, and Hitman 2 for the second time, for the 100%. Not surprising they did it this way, but still.
  12. This is the first indication I've seen that, once again, the missions from Hitman 1 and 2 will be available in Hitman 3. No word on whether they'll have their own trophy lists again or not, but it's definitely more likely than before.
  13. I can't believe people have such different rankings, weird. 1) Brotherhood 2) Odyssey 3) Black Flag 4) Syndicate 5) Origins 6) Revelations 7) Unity 8) AC2 9) Liberation 10) AC3 Haven't played Rogue or Valhalla yet (or, somehow, AC1).
  14. Are you sure about this? This is the exact opposite of how the equivalent trophy in The Last of Us 1 worked. You could avoid all the listen mode upgrades during your first playthrough, then upgrade the rest during your second grounded playthrough, and the trophy would still pop.
  15. While this is still a civilized thread, I totally get it. Depressing movies are established, and we accept that not every movie has to have a happy ending, or even a clean resolution. But video games are still a young art form, and games that try the "maybe you were the bad guy all along?" twist aren't always accepted super well. I've written about this before, and how embodying the protagonist makes us relate to the actions they take more than we do when watching a movie. So when those actions are questioned by the game itself, we take it more personally. I don't mind the Lev/Yara storyline because I see it as AnthonyCaliber put it best: "It's not a fun story, but it's the story they needed to tell"
  16. Erm, how many PS5s did you buy?
  17. I originally came here to say "modern times, modern assassins", but I like this answer a lot more.
  18. There's no functional difference between being an ironic bigot and being an actual bigot.
  19. Yeah, post your images that got you banned from the Discord here in the actual moderated forums, see how that goes lol. Alternately, find better Discord servers.
  20. I'd like to get rid of my physical GTA5 disc, which means it's time to finally try and platinum GTA5 itself (not bothering with the DLC). Clearly the multiplayer is still going strong, and I know there's literal free money for playing between now and when it launches on the next console. Are there established ways for ranking up quickly that don't involve getting your account wiped? With years and years worth of DLC and addons, the guides saying "just do stuff and grind" isn't super helpful. What are the best RP-to-time activities if my plan is to get to level 100 and then delete the game entirely?
  21. I believe you're thinking of Purdue, the bankrupt makers of Oxycontin who are currently settling for $8.3 billion for pushing opioids and hiding their dangers for decades. I'm sure Pfizer has their own problems as a big pharma company, but I'm not sure opioids are among them.
  22. It's going to be interesting to compare how the US/UK vs. Russia vaccines go. One rushed to market with safety concerns and political motivations, the other from Western pharma giants with all the limiters taken off. I've had enough medical people feel confident about the Pfizer/Moderna vaccines that I feel confident in them, but I haven't heard anything about the Sputnik vaccine. I really hope theirs goes well.
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    Platinum #93 - The Messenger


    What a thumb-buster! A fun little sidescroller with a lot of very precise jumping and a weird meta story, which I won't spoil for anyone who hasn't played it yet. Took maybe 15 hours, so factor that in when you decide how much you want to spend on it.


    Verdict - Recommended, but pick it up on sale.


    Probably my last platinum of 2020, as I'll be taking most of December off. Unless I get a PS5 while on vacation...



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    Platinum #92 - Owlboy


    Based on the reviews, you'd expect this to be the second coming of pixel games. But ignore the hype; it isn't. It's just another developer dealing with his depression by spending way too long making a mediocre Metroidvania. The graphics are cute and the music is great, but for a game about flying and exploration, the controls are sloppy and the world is too tiny to explore. The fact that they still had to cut content from this game after working on it for 10 years makes me think it was either that, or never ship it at all.


    Verdict: Skip it.

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    2. Beyondthegrave07


      Good to know. Was thinking about picking this up myself sometime, but was on the fence because I heard similar reviews from others. This helps me lean towards no.


      Anyways, congrats! Hopefully, your next game will be better.

    3. ihadalifeb4this
    4. PhyrxianLibrarin


      @Beyondthegrave07 I cannot explain why every "gaming journalist" fell over each other to give this a glowing review. The creators clearly cared about making a beautiful pixely world with unique character designs and music, and they did that. They just had no idea how to turn that world into an actual functional game.

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    Platinum #91 - Dishonored: Death of the Outsider


    A pretty lackluster finale to a great series. The new powers are actually a lot of fun and let you pull off some fun tricks, but I'm a bit sad we'll never see Dishonored 3 (considering how this game ended). I know Deathloop is the spiritual successor to this series, but it's hard to feel as excited for it.


    Verdict: More Dishonored.