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  1. Game 2: 2064: Read Only Memories (I decided this one counted after playing it because you do end up with different companions twice in the game other than the little robot who is always in the party, and these guys end up on the screen a couple of times while in the party) - Monthly Theme (Someone on your side) - Complete a game you started this month
  2. @MarkusT1992 Would 2064: Read Only Memories count? It's a visual novel type game but you spend most of it wandering around with a little robot, who you do see on the screen sometimes when you're interacting in a room O.o I started it this weekend for a moderately quick platinum but I'm not sure if it counts or not
  3. First Platinum for the Month: JAK AND DAXTER: THE PRECURSOR LEGACY (PS4 version) - Monthly Theme (Someone on your side) - Hardcore ("Animal" companion) - 10 year old game (Original Jak and Daxter released in 2001, and remakes count) - Complete a game that counts toward a different PSNP event (Gaming by the Numbers) - Complete a game that you started this month (First trophy on the 4th)
  4. Aaaaaallllright so this month is basically RPG month for me! I was all worried that we wouldn't be able to use RPGs because some of them the party members are only visible when you fight, but then I read someone asking just that and got that as long as you see them on the screen with you at some point (such as in the background in battle) that counts. SO LET'S DO THIS! Last month I only completed two games, but I updated them as I completed them and my trophy count on the beginning post has them updated there. But I will add them here for completion's sake and any checking that needs to be done: July Beginning Stats Number of achieved platinum trophies: 7 Number of 100% completed titles: 10 Current completion percentage: 22.84% 1. Beholder: Complete Edition (Rainy Day Theme Platinum/Hardcore Requirement; Complete a game that counts towards a different PSNP event (both Kill Your Completion X and Gaming by Numbers); Complete a Game that you started this month (Began this game on the 1st of July)) 2. Burly Men at Sea (Rainy Day Themed Platinum/Hardcore Requirement; Complete a Game That Counts Toward a Different PSNP Event; Complete a Game That You Started This Month) August Beginning Stats Number of achieved platinum trophies: 9 (+2) Number of 100% completed titles: 10 Current completion percentage: 23.67% (+0.83) Games planned for this month: Jak and Daxter, various RPGs
  5. Final Overview! I've got to say I liked every game I played for this event, and hopefully plan to platinum them all hopefully within the next year. I gave them all ratings within the mini-reviews, though I think I'll re-evaulate them this time around and give them same "trophy" rating that voodoo used on their final evaluation. 1. Beholder Complete Edition (PS4; Genre: Management Sim) I actually platinumed this one so it comes first in the list. It was a very fun little management game with an interesting concept and lots of things to do. The platinum was a little repetitive but I still enjoyed seeing how everything changed and how each scenario had multiple outcomes. There were a load of different endings that were basically all needed for the Platinum, but they were interesting enough. 2. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (GotY Edition) (PS4; Genre: Open-World Action-Adventure) This is the next game out of the lot that I plan on platinuming. I had a lot of fun with the open world and the nemesis system mechanics. I'm actually hoping for this one to be my 10th platinum, so I'll be working on that one next. It's the one I played the most of after I had finished my three days with, easily. So far I've no complaints with it, and am really excited for the sequel. 3. Cities: Skylines (PS4; Genre: City-Builder) I didn't give a formal post for this one because I've been very busy the past few days. I actually have really strong mixed feelings about this one. I love the concept, but the controls really have me confused and I feel like I'm going to have to spend a lot more time with the game to figure everything out. However, if you know and love city builders or Paradox games, it's definitely a good game and I think with some TLC and learning I'll really enjoy it. 4. XCOM 2 (PS4; Genre: Turn-Based Tactics) I enjoyed what I played with this game, though I can tell that platinuming it is going to be very difficult. I also want to play the first game before continuing with this one, so it did not get a lot of extra play time from me. Difficult tactics/squad based strategy, but interesting and fun. 5. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (PS4; Genre: Third-person Shooter?) I've still got to say this one is really weird for me. It's also, I believe, very often going for ridiculously cheap on the PS Store so anyone who wants a fun little shooter I encourage you to pick it up. It's chaotic and ridiculous but was very fun even for someone like me who often dislikes shooters. 6. Tooth and Tail (PS4; Genre: RTS) I was very, very pleasently surprised with Tooth and Tail. The controls really transfered over to the PS4 much better than I expected and though I know a lot of fans of RTS games like the micromanagement the limited ability to do so was welcome for me as I am really unskilled at that aspect of RTS games. I would definitely reccomend it for RTS fans and even non RTS fans looking for a fun skirmish game. 7. Reus (PS4; Genre: Indie/God Game) What a fun game for short bursts of play. The timed games were something I really enjoyed, though I would also love to have a game mode where you can just keep playing forever. Maybe those are available later, I just haven't unlocked them. The game also seems to keep you unlocking things bit by bit which is something I really enjoy. It's a niche game, and I gave it a lower rating for that I beleive but I personally beleive it's great and thus will be upgrading my trophy score. 8. Defense Grid 2 (PS4; Genre: Tower Defense) I have to say I liked the witty banter and dialogue in this one between the characters more than the game play. I'm assuming the gameplay picks up in later parts of the game but it was still fun to see tower defense blasting aliens into oblivion. I also feel like I would enjoy it a lot more if more of my friends had the game and I could be comparing my scores with theirs. 9. Moonlighter (PS4; Genre: ARPG/Rogue-lite) I was really hyped up for this one by multiple friends and I have to say that they weren't wrong, I do love this game. Both parts of the gameplay (dungeon crawling and shop management) are quite fun to me, though I would like the abiltiy to have upgraded bag space. As one of those people who slow walk back to town in Skyrim because I'm weighted down with EVERYTHING in the dungeon, limited bag space kills me. 10. GWENT: The Witcher Card Game (PS4; Genre: Card Game) Everything I know about this game has apparantly recently been tweaked as a large overhaul was released a couple of days ago with enormous amounts of balance changes. However, I did enjoy what I played. Though, I played in Beta and it has changed insanely since then, so given the clear mutability of the game I think I will give this a lower score than I orgiinally had. Still tons of fun, still free to play. Other games played during the event. Burly Men at Sea (PS4; Genre: Indie/Story Based) Platinumed this while looking for something to do to break up a day of frustrating gaming. Was one of those really short games that had an easy plat, so I powered on through it. Was pretty fun but very niche. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (PS3; Genre: Action/Adventure) Completed the main story/single player during the event and now have moved on to multiplayer trophies. Yes, I'm trying for platinum. Yes, I'm crazy. Thank you very much to voodoo_eyes for this event, I tend to have netflix syndrome when it comes to my games (browse forever and never actually choose anything to play) so having a list of 10 games I knew I had to get at least a FEW hours in was great. I'll be back for the next event, for sure! STARTING STATISTICS: Games played: 382 Games completed: 10 Trophies earned: 917 Trophies unearned: 2496 Completion: 22.84% Trophies Per Day: 0.28 ENDING STATISTICS: Games played: 376 (I deleted a few 0% games from my list that I abandoned during this time frame either due to unavailable servers or soon-to-be-unavailable-servers that I didn't want to try to rush the platinums for) Games completed: 12 Trophies earned: 1108 (What? How the heck did I get so many extra?!) Trophies unearned: 2948 (I think these numbers are a bit messed up) Completion: 23.67% Trophies Per Day: 0.34 So yeah, I guess in the spirit of the event I failed because my completion percentage went up, but at the same time, I managed to complete two games and actually start a bunch that were 0% on my list. Bring on the next event! I can't wait!
  6. Game 9: Moonlighter (July 25th - July 27th) Time Played: 6 hr Trophies Earned: 3/57 (4%) Current Completion: 24.03% (+1.38%) Well, Moonlighter is really, really fun. I'm not good at it at all, as expected, but I'm slowly getting better! I have gotten to the point where I can take out the first two bosses in the first dungeon without getting hit! (Yes, yes, I know. That's not much of an accomplishment, but hey, I'm taking it slow. I'm going for the platinum for this thing which includes taking out the boss for each dungeon without getting hit, and with the last hit coming from a broom. So there's that.) The game is a mixture of shop sim and Binding-Of-Issac-esque Roguelike dungeon crawl where you explore randomly generated dungeons, then bring the remains of the monsters you kill back to town to either sell or craft items with. It's incredibly fun and also quite complex, with very limited bag space adding to the strategy you have to use when playing to make sure you get the most out of each trip. I definitely reccomend this game to anyone who likes roguelikes, and if you like management sims, hey all the better! 8.5/10 Game 10 Preview: Cities: Skylines (July 28th - July 30th) Game Stats: 13,260 Game Owners; 451 (3.4%) Platinum Achievers/ 16 (0.12%) 100% Completed; 12% Average Completion 90 Trophies (1/5/18/66) DLC Owned: Season Pass 1 Playstation Store Description: - Build the city of your dreams: Bring on a smog-filled industrial revolution or create a quiet beach town ideal for tourists powered by renewable energy. Build it your way! - Multi-tiered and challenging simulation: Playing as the mayor of your city, you’ll be faced with balancing essential requirements such as education, water electricity and much more, along with your city’s economy. - Extensive local traffic simulation: Managing traffic and the needs of your citizens to work and play will require the use of several interactive transport systems. - Districts and policies: Be more than just another city hall official! Create a car-free downtown area, assign free public transport to your waterfront, or ban pets in suburbia. - After Dark included: Watch your city become an entirely different place at night: a day-night cycle will have your citizens seeking out places to unwind after work. Being a massive Paradox fan, I'm pretty sure what I'm expecting with this one. And that's probably why I decided to save it for last. Knowing Paradox I'm going to get sucked in very quick with all the nitpicky little controls and details and my first playthrough will be an enormous mess of me trying to figure out the controls (which in the PDX games I've played so far have been decently intuitive) and also trying to figure out the little tips and tricks and ways that things work in the game, while in this case making a massively clogged and inefficient city that will eventually spiral into ruin. THEN I'll start up another city and do minutely better. And so on and so on. This game I've heard of as being a massive slog for trophies, but that's fine. I have 200 hours logged on the PC version of Stellaris (and plan to get the PS4 version at some point as well), bring it on, Paradox! (TLDR: Cities Skylines is a very complex city builder with a trophy list (so I've heard) to make you cry. Also being a Paradox game there are a ton of DLCs (6 at the time of writing, 7 if you include After Dark which was originally a DLC on the PC version but was included in this one) and yes, all the DLC have trophies. Oh sweet, sweet 100%, you are so far away.)
  7. Game 8: XCOM 2 (July 22nd - July 24th) Time Played: 3 hr Trophies Earned: 2/81 (2.4%) Current Completion: 23.80% (+1.16%) I had a lot of fun with this game, though yes, I did die. A lot. I'm not very good at these kind of games, haha but I love them anyway. I also realized I had access to the first XCOM through Playstation Now, so I didn't go any further than the three hours for the event because I want to play the first game first. XCOM is a squad based tactical game where you go on missions to try and stop aliens from causing trouble on Earth. I assume you fail in the first game since this one starts with the earth under alien rule. But I didn't want to get any more spoilers so I stayed away from furthering the story. You can research things that you bring back from missions, create all of your friends to fight (and die) with you. You can create new items, there's a lot of base management and in between strategy, and it seems like a very complex game. Like I said, I stopped early because I want to go back to the first game, but what I saw looks very fun and I had a blast even though I lost half my squad in each fight. I'd give what I saw an 7 or 8/10 but I'd like to reserve judgement until I've played a bit of the first game! Game 9 Preview: Moonlighter (July 25th - July 27th) Game Stats: 3,908 Game Owners; 63 (1.61%) Platinum Achievers/100% Completed; 22% Average Completion 57 Trophies (1/1/9/46) Playstation Store Description: During a long-passed archaeological excavation, a set of Gates were discovered. People quickly realized that these ancient passages lead to different realms and dimensions – providing brave and reckless adventurers with treasures beyond measure. Rynoka, a small commercial village, was founded near the excavation site providing refuge and a place for adventurers to sell their hard-earned riches. Moonlighter is an Action RPG with rogue-lite elements following the everyday routines of Will, an adventurous shopkeeper that dreams of becoming a hero. My brother recently got a Switch for his birthday (I was planning on getting one as well, but you know, adulting got in the way) and he's been playing this game. And one of my other friends with a Switch is also playing this game. They both said I would love it. From what I can tell, you're a little guy who inherits his family shop, and has to raid dungeons to get the items to sell in the shop. He wants to be a hero so you have to fight your way through randomly generated dungeons, upgrade your armor and weapons, and then continue through to stronger and deeper dungeons. Really looking forward to this one.
  8. Game 7: Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (July 19th - July 21st) Time Played: 5 hr Trophies Earned: 6/64 (7%) Current Completion: 24.30% (+1.46%) What a completely strange and yet SO enjoyable game! It basically makes a parody of most FPS games and has a lot of game styles based on those games (capture the flag, wave defense, capture/defend objectives, etc etc) where players are either on the plants team or the zombies team. Each team has a handful of playable characters that have three activated abilities each. Each playable character has unlockable skins (bought via random booster card packs, or two skins get showcased a week and those can be bought straight out) and I averaged about 10 games to gain enough to buy a skin outright. Each skin slightly modifies one of the abilities of the original character (changes an acid spit to a fire spit, causes bullets to do less damage but chain to other nearby enemies) but doesn't make them (at least from what i've seen) overpowered. Sometimes you can get thrown off by a new skin if it does sometihng radically different than what you're used to that character doing but nothing too crazy. At first I couldn't find anyone to matchmake with but then I realized there was an event going on and that's where everyone was. It was total chaos with everyone racking up 10-15 kills a round (usually a round lasted 5-10 minutes) and absolutely totally fun, even when losing. Anyone who likes shooters, squad based games, would definitely reccomend. 8/10, will come back for plat. Game 8 Preview: XCOM 2 (July 22nd - July 24th) Game Stats: 86,646 Game Owners; 730 (0.84%) Platinum Achievers / 204 (0.28%) 100% Completed; 12% Average Completion 81 Trophies (1/2/18/60) Playstation Store Description: Earth has changed and is now under alien rule. Facing impossible odds you must rebuild XCOM, and ignite a global resistance to reclaim our world and save humanity. • XCOM ON THE RUN: Take command of the Avenger, an alien supply craft converted to XCOM’s mobile headquarters. You decide where to guide your strike team, how to grow popular support, and when to combat enemy counter-operations. • RECRUIT RESISTANCE FIGHTERS: Five soldier classes, each with its own skill tree, let you create specific soldiers for your tactical plan. • A NEW BREED OF ENEMY: A diverse cast of enemies offer a distinct tactical challenge. • RESEARCH, DEVELOP AND UPGRADE: Use your Scientists and Engineers to research, develop and upgrade weapons and armor to fit your preferred tactics. • EACH MISSION IS A UNIQUE CHALLENGE: Go on missions around the world, with virtually infinite combinations of maps, missions and goals. I'm prepared to make characters, fall in love with them, then watch them die. I'm prepared to rage at the screen at percentage to hit chances that just refuse to work with me. I'm prepared to get my butt handed to me on a plate by aliens. It will happen.
  9. Game 5: Defense Grid 2 (July 16th - July 18th) Time Played: 4 hr 30 min Trophies Earned: 27/63 (38%) Current Completion: 24.47% (+1.63%) I actually really really enjoyed this game. I had a ton of fun playing it, and the very sparse story that is there is very enjoyable with the different AI personalities arguing and bantering back and forth. I've only played the first two missions though there are a lot of different gameplay choices and difficulty settings and I haven't messed around with those very much. One of the things I did like was that if you have a friend who has played the game up in the corner as you play you see what score they had at the same time in the level. It's a cute little feature and I wish I had more friends that played (If you play, hit me up, always glad to have more PSN friends!) because I only had one friend who seemed to have played just the first few levels. The gameplay is basic tower defense with interesting little enemies but I'm still getting new towers and new enemy animations so I'm still learning the game basically. Overall though, I really really enjoyed it and would give it an 8/10 if you like tower defense games! Game 7 Preview: Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (July 19th - July 21st) Game Stats: 80,800 Game Owners; 7,388 (9.14%) Platinum Achievers / 1,521 (1.88%) 100% Completed; 30% Average Completion 64 Trophies (1/2/8/53) Playstation Store Description: The battle for suburbia grows to crazy new heights in Plants vs. Zombies™ Garden Warfare 2! In this hilarious, action-packed shooter, zombie leader Dr. Zomboss has strengthened his horde and rebuilt suburbia as a zombie utopia. But hope remains, because for the first time the plants are taking the offensive in an all-out attack to reclaim their turf. Play as both the plants and zombies in new 24 player multiplayer and 4-player co-op modes, or go at it solo or in split-screen against the AI across all game modes. Garden Warfare 2 also introduces the Backyard Battleground, your very own interactive hub where you and up to 3 friends can take on daily quests, challenges, and interact with your favorite PvZ characters. I have absolutely no idea what this game is, what it does, or how it plays. I picked it up during a sale for like $3 last summer and I've never touched it in all that time. Time to dive in and figure out what this is all about!
  10. Game 5: Tooth and Tail (July 13th - July 15th) Time Played: 6 hr 30 min (plus probably a couple more tonight before moving on to the next game) Trophies Earned: 15/38 (25%) Current Completion: 24.24% (+1.40%) Despite my small ragequit moment that I had about 5 hours in (whoops! ^^;) I really, REALLY enjoy this game. I was skeptical about the controls for an RTS working on the PS4 but yes, they were actually pretty decent. There isn't anything to allow for true micro but you can control each unit type separately from each other or all of your units at once. The game has a learning curve that started challenging me about halfway through (though I will be the first to admit that I'm not GOOD at games). I haven't touched Mutliplayer yet because I want to play the whole story and learn how all of the different units work before playing. The story is pretty dark but there's also a lot in there that made me grin with little references or the way characters talked. The music in my game (as well as the language spoken by the characters) made multiple of my family members peek their head into my room to figure out what the heck I was doing, but my brother after watching for a couple of matches went and bought the game for himself so I have someone to play multiplayer with now! I will be coming back to this to platinum eventually as I have a bit more of the story to go and then I'll dive into Multiplayer and figure out how the heck I'm going to climb the ranks! Overall: 7.5/10 or 8/10, very much reccomend! Game 6 Preview: Defense Grid 2 (July 16th - July 18th) Game Stats: 7,944 Game Owners; 2,061 (25.94%) Platinum Achievers; 55% Average Completion 63 Trophies (1/1/3/58) Playstation Store Description: Defense Grid 2 is the next evolution in tower defense. In Defense Grid 2 players will discover new additions that will require the player to change their tower strategy. Defense Grid 2 offers dynamic content where gameplay is constantly changing. There are a million different ways you can beat a level so your solution is truly your solution. The addition of cooperative and competitive multiplayer brings a whole new experience to Defense Grid. The mix of strategy and puzzle gameplay promises to be fun and engaging. From RTS to Tower Defense! Part of me wanted to move on to PvZ: Garden Warfare this week but I decided to go with this one instead because I actually wanted to give it a try last night but didn't because I knew it was coming up in the list. I've heard great things about this and I do love a good tower defense so let's see how it goes! There's not really much to say because I don't know much other than it IS a tower defense, so I'm going in blind.
  11. Bonus Game: Burly Men At Sea Game Stats: 31, 925 Game Owners; 21,406 (67.05%) Platinum Achievers; 71% Average Completion 25 Trophies (1 6 14 4 ) Playstation Store Description: One of TIME’s top ten games of the year, Burly Men at Sea is a folktale about a trio of large, bearded fishermen who step away from the ordinary to seek adventure. Set in the waters of early 20th-century Scandinavia, the game's story branches through a series of encounters with creatures from folklore. You play as storyteller and wayfinder, shaping the narrative around three ungainly heroes. Play through once for a single tale, then set sail again to uncover paths to new adventures. Playtime: 2 hr 45 minutes I got very frustrated with Tooth and Tail today and decided screw it, let's platinum one of the short games I have in my backlog. This was a 0% game that I had gotten from PS+ back in November and so I decided to give it a try. Personally, as a game developer I thought it was a very interesting game. The art style and sound effects are very simple and fit the idea of the game very well. The game runs through a playthrough of the story in about 5-10 minutes each, with three branching choices that determine where the story goes from there. There are 12 possible endings, and the game remembers what you have done before (the characters will remark upon things they have already done or greet other characters as though they had seen them before upon replaying). A very quick platinum that I achieved in about three hours that really cleared my mind from the frustration I had been having with Tooth and Tail (one level in particular, though I will NOT let it beat me haha!) Very cute, very simple little game that I can definitely see as not being everyone's cup of tea, but if you go for it for the easy platinum, you do owe it to yourself to actually take the two or three hours and enjoy the experience. I give this 6/10 just because it does seem very niche, though I personally enjoyed it very much. Now back to Tooth and Tail!
  12. Completed Burly Men At Sea Points Earned: 1 +1 For Platinum
  13. Second Game of the Month: Burly Men at Sea Rainy Day Themed Platinum: One of the storyline branches take place inside of a cave. Each storyline branch takes place inside of a whale (they actually complain about how are they going to have adventures at sea stuck inside, which gave me a laugh) Hardcore Challenge: As mentioned, one of the storyline branches involve escaping through a cave Complete a Game That Counts Toward a Different PSNP Event: Also Gaming by the Numbers (second completion for that event as well!) Complete a Game That You Started This Month
  14. Game 4: Reus (July 10th - July 12th) Time Played: 4 hr 48 min Trophies Earned: 1/29 (3.45%) Current Completion: 23.26% (+0.42%) I have to say this is a very fun game. I know I've only got one trophy from it but that's because I'm still figuring things out. Each game takes place in what's called an Era. Eras last 30, 60, or 120 minutes (I've only unlocked the 30 minute eras as of yet) which means each game has a set amount of time. Usually you only have enough time to focus on one "development" or set of requirements that will unlock new items to use in your next game. It means the pace of the game is really slow yet you're scrambling to figure out tactics and strategy within a 30 minute game to reach the requirements of one of the developments. I'm really liking it as I really like strategy games and this one is both a god game and a strategy game for sure. The entire game revolves around your ability to give resources to the land. Villages will then settle around those resources and ask you for specific resources in order to upgrade and get other bonuses. These all work together to create your living, breathing planet and unlock more options. As you play you can make better and better resources for your villages and play longer so they can develop more and more. The set playtime also makes this a great game to pick up if you've only got a half hour or an hour to play. The one downside was that I found the controls to be a bit janky. Sometimes I pressed buttons that for some reason I thought were intuitive but ended up having to cancel out of two or three screens to get out of whatever it actually pulled up, or found myself pressing the cancel button one too many times and ended up cancelling my god's movements because of that (and I may not notice for a few seconds that that has happened because the gods move so slowly). All in all 7/10, will come back in small doses to eventually work my way up to the platinum. It doesn't seem like a particularly HARD platinum, just a long one as each session will unlock one or two developments and there are 70-odd developments all total, most if not all of which are required for the plat. Game 5 Preview: Tooth and Tail (July 13th - July 15th) Game Stats: 1,290 Game Owners; 14 (1.09%) Platinum Achievers; 9% Average Completion 38 Trophies (1/4/9/24) Playstation Store Description: Lead the revolution with an army of flamethrowing Boars, mustard gas-lobbing Skunks, and paratrooper-puking Owls. Tooth and Tail is a Real-Time-Strategy game featuring Single Player, Online Competitive Play, Split Screen, Replays, and more. Build a base, lead your army, eat your enemies! I feel like I'm going to regret this one. The platinum list looks like it contains a lot of multiplayer, and possibly requires you to be GOOD at the multiplayer. I've never been very GOOD at RTSes but I do enjoy them. So we will see! Basically Tooth and Tail is an RTS where you are animals in the midst of a civil war to determine who gets to eat who (basically the losers become the meat that the others eat. It's very dark.) There's a single player campaign but also online multiplayer, and I have no idea how RTS controls will carry over to the PS4 (though the store advertises that they specifically designed the controls for the Dualshock so we'll see), but this game looks like my childhood favorite book series, Redwall, went down a dark Orwellian path. I'm intrigued to say the least!
  15. Ooh, goodie. I was looking at that one and wondering if I would like it. Glad to see you had so much fun with it.