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  1. 100% Castlevania Anniversary Collection. Finished off Castlevania: Bloodlines which was pretty straightforward i.e. less save scumming than older titles. However, the game glitched so I had to kill Dracula at the end of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest again to make it pop. Edging ever closer to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, just one more game stands in my way: Castlevania: Vampire's Kiss/ Dracula X 

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    2. Deluziion90

      Deluziion90

      Congrats!

    3. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      Well done, congrats!

       

      I have to get my ass in gear and play this collection too, as well as SotN and RoB. Hell, I haven't even finished Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2. xD

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  2. Got through Castlevania: Rondo of Blood fairly quickly. Perhaps it was my experience with the previous games in the series but I found this to be fairly straightforward, though playing as Maria makes things much easier and once I beat all the secret levels as her as well I just used my accumulated (and slightly farmed) credits from all the levels to play the Dracula Boss Demo as Richter and unlocked the last trophy. I'll come back to the one I've been anticipating, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, once I clear Castlevania: Bloodlines on the Anniversary Collection to finish that collection off once and for all... oh, I suppose I'll have to get Dracula X out of the way on the newly released Castlevania Advance Collection as well

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    2. Stan Lee

      Stan Lee

      @SnowxSakura thanks! I have a repro copy on the SNES, booklet and all, because genuine copies are virtually non-existant in PAL regions, but I hardly tried it. I remember a panther/jaguar enemy at the end of the first level or something!

    3. SnowxSakura

      SnowxSakura

      Vampire's Kiss? I freaking love the box art for the PAL version

    4. SnowxSakura

      SnowxSakura

      That's a pretty convincing looking repro box. Interesting how the PAL boxart used the japanese version of the snes, whereas the US version used the PC engine boxart from rondo

  3. I found the remake rather unfairly maligned. Sure, a single playthrough is short but it is designed to be played through multiple times and all 4 (or was it 5?) runs of the game so far were a blast for me, just one more S-Rank Inferno run and I'll have the platinum. Then again, I didn't pay full price for it on release nor do I ever intend to play the Resistance or whatever the MP game was called.
  4. My copy of Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 from Limited Run Games arrived today with me having completely forgotten that I had ordered it. So I checked how many more orders I am waiting on and whoa hohoohoho somebody take my Debit card away from me please

    1. Kristen Danielle

      Kristen Danielle

      Sammmeee. I just bought a full set of plushies of the Jinjos from Banjo-Kazooie. xD

    2. Deluziion90

      Deluziion90

      I'm still on the edge to pre order Sir Lovelot. Already got the platinum but that game was a lot of fun. Would be great for my collection.

  5. #114 & TROPHY #6000- UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES REMASTERED [PS4] Platinum Earn all Uncharted 2: Among Thieves™ Remastered Trophies Enjoyment: 9/10 Difficulty: 3/10 Time: 4 days, 2 hours, 11 minutes, 29 seconds / 25 hours Rarity: 1.9% Ultra Rare (PSN) / 18.85% Rare (PSNProfiles) Challenge: Charted!- Crushing- Finish the Game on Crushing Without Changing the Difficulty "Y'know, people are always telling me how lucky I am. But the truth is, everything I touch turns to shit." The Uncharted series is one of the reasons I decided to switch to PlayStation after years maining on other platforms. The original Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was the first game I ever played on my first own PlayStation 3 system (RIP Fatboy) and its sequel is pretty much my favourite game out of that entire generation. So of course I was going to get around to the remasters, and this version improves on the original in almost every way. Storywise nothing is changed- wisecracking adventurer Nathan Drake goes on a quest to stop a mad warlord from taking over the world using a legendary artifact known as the Cintamani Stone (not the 'Cincinnati Stone' as I see in a lot of articles and posts!) in the fabled land of Shambhala. Instead of a tropical island, Drake instead travels to a Turkish museum, Borneo and Nepal as he attempts to find and destroy the stone before the planet faces certain doom. I enjoyed all of the characters including the newcomers- the sultry Chloe being my favourite- though I was disappointed at the lack of Victor 'Goddamn' Sullivan who is only present for two chapters, having been such a pivotal and brilliant mentor character in the first game. Otherwise, the gameplay was refined; the aiming feels a lot better and looks more accurate- Drake actually looks like he is pointing his gun towards the reticule this time although it still looks off when you swap to looking over his left shoulder- and the climbing never gets dull in spite of the abundance of climbing sections. Some parts of Crushing difficulty felt a bit cheap but using the tweaks helped a lot. Yes I used the exploit on my Crushing run, so sue me, I did it legit the first time around on PS3 so why put myself to the trouble again; I still had to do a legit Hard mode run in order to unlock the tweaks in the first place. The game looks stunning at 1080p 60fps, though I wonder if unlocking the frame rate caused some of the (very minor) issues I noticed. Sometimes the enemy AI was exceedingly stupid and occasionally bodies would go flying after a kill shot. Very weird but nothing to take away from the enjoyment of the game. I also knocked out some of the new trophies present as DLC but I doubt I'll ever do the full speedrun or Brutal trophies- we'll have to wait and see I guess. Mercifully, the multiplayer and associated trophies were removed- some may bemoan that but I honestly don't think this game ever needed multiplayer- as well as the abysmal 200 GAU-19 Kills trophy. All in all, I remain just as in love with this game as I was before. Definitely the best version of the game to play and the only one with the platinum obtainable now that the servers for the PS3 version are dead, which is a shame but at least I got that one in time as well. Looking forward to playing the next game in the series remastered as well and glad to have this as a milestone.
  6. That was a damn good Nintendo Direct. I know this because the Internet is bitching and crying about it.

    1. Dreakon13

      Dreakon13

      Are you sure it's not just an ordinary day of crying and bitching for the internet?

    2. Stan Lee
    3. Infected Elite

      Infected Elite

      I'm in that odd position of not liking all of it but more than likely will buy Most of it.

      So do i still not like Nintendo? true.

      will I still buy their stuff? most likely.

      why? i hope for a 4k and better console one day that isnt trying to be anything other than a home console. 

       

      i know. I know. i have a love/hate with the company lol

      But Bayo 3, MH:R expansion hell yes. Kirby will be stupid easy but ill give it a go

  7. Quintet games are so underappreciated. One of my rarest, most valuable SNES games 'Terranigma' is a forgotten gem by Quintet, not helped by the fact it never released in the States! Hopefully it and Illusion of Time / Gaia get remakes or re-releases too
  8. Ahhh yeah! I have all these games (though Vampires Kiss/ Dracula X is just a fully functional repro copy) but it'll be great to play them this way! Hopefully the N64 games get added to the new Switch online expansion
  9. :platinum: Platinum#117- Life is Strange: True Colors [PS4]

    I'm still processing it all, but this may be my favourite game in the series, at least its the one I liked best after just one playthrough. Perhaps Life is Strange 2 is still too fresh on my mind and I never gave it enough time to breathe and sink in, same for Before the Storm, but this is the only one that even matches the first game for me. I didn't think I would like Alex all that much but I grew to like her a lot very quickly and the town of Haven Springs felt bigger and more alive than Arcadia Bay but felt much more intimate than the open road journey of LiS 2. But my main takeaway is that this is a great series and I'm happy that Deck Nine know what they are doing with it. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I'll let it sit for a while before doing my second playthrough on PS5. 

  10. PS5 is only disappointing in the same way that PS4 was disappointing in its launch year as well. Things take time. The pandemic really screwed things up and pushed a lot of potentially great games far back. I don't even give a damn that so many games are cross-gen; I'll enjoy playing the PS4 versions then be wowed by the differences in PS5 versions later down the line be that higher frame rates, better textures, ray tracing etc (I played the Intermission DLC of Final Fantasy VII Remake and I looking forward to playing through the main game again with the PS5 enhancements). In fact, the launch window of the PS5 has seen a better lineup than that of any of the previous PS consoles This is why, unless something is very, very wrong, it is best to evaluate how well a console is doing maybe three years into its life-cycle, then again towards its end. At least that is what I've found.
  11. #113- THE WOLF AMONG US [PS VITA] Full Moon Enjoyment: 7/10 Difficulty: 2/10 Time: 1 Day, 18 Hours, 24 Minutes / 15 Hours Rarity: 26.9% Rare (PSN) / 61.09% Common Challenge: Grand Master Librarian- Unlocked all Book of Fables entries in Episode 5 "Honey, I'm the Big Bad Wolf..." I've followed the Fables series by Bill Willingham for a few years now so it was always going to be interesting to play a prequel game set before the series, something which shows how some of the characters came into the positions they are in by the time of the series. I'd already played on PS3 and thoroughly enjoyed it, but the PS Vita, like all Telltale ports, is the worst way to play this game. Frame drops, stutters, glitches and freezes were rife. Not really much more to say on this one. It is one of the best Telltale games, probably second only to the first entry in their The Walking Dead series. I am also very much looking forward to the sequel which has faced numerous problems getting off the ground but will hopefully roll around on PS5 sometime next year or early 2023. So yeah, definitely play this especially if you're a fan of the source material comics, but avoid this particular version if at all possible.
  12. In spite of the string of platinums I've gotten recently, my Country Rank has started to not shift very much. I guess I have reached that point where it's going to be very difficult to climb the rank further without going through a bunch of EZPZs. For the record, I have nothing against other people playing these games personally- my goal was to see how far I could go just by playing the games I actually wanted to, not to get as high as possible by any means necessary. If I end up hovering between #300- #350 from now on, I'm cool with that.

    1. AK-1138

      AK-1138

      Yup, ya done hit the EZPZeiling, pardner

    2. kindajustin

      kindajustin

      I just wanted to say that I think it's really nice to look at your rarest trophies and see 5 platinums from 5 unique games. That's just very visually satisfying haha

  13. Playing through Life is Strange: True Colors and I really want an Avengers style team-up with all the powered protagonists! It won't happen, not that kind of series, but still it would be funny!

    1. Viper

      Viper

      This is exactly what I said after playing Life is Strange 2. My LiS2 played out a lot like a Netflix style gritty superhero film, I honestly thought it might be where they're headed at some point...give us like 4 games with new characters then the big pay off fifth game where they all have to come together. 

  14. Bit nuts to leave the physical release off so late, surely Sony's backing could have paid for a physical release day one? Weird. Anyway, game looks gorgeous and some early impressions seem to be very positive so it's one I'll look to get on disk for sure.
  15. :platinum: Platinum #116- Resident Evil 2 [PS4] + 100%

    Fantastic remake of the best of the old Resident Evil games from the PS1 era. Sure, not everything was perfect but everything done well was done extremely well. Nothing particularly difficult once I got the hand of the game. Hardest part was the Ghost Survivors DLC but I got them all done in about a day as well. Just one playthrough off the platinum for Resident Evil 3 as well but I'm gonna save that for Halloween! Next up: Life is Strange: True Colors on PS4!

  16. #112- RATCHET & CLANK 3: UP YOUR ARSENAL [PS3] Hero of the Galaxy Enjoyment: 8/10 Difficulty: 3/10 Time: 1 Week, 1 Day, 17 Hours / 30 hours Rarity: 10.9% Very Rare (PSN) / 34.58% Uncommon (PSNProfiles) Challenge: Skill Master - Obtain all 30 Skill Points This was as far as I ever got in the Ratchet & Clank series back in the day. I had grown more interested in gritty, "realistic" shooters at this time so the idea of playing any more games starring furry animals was childish to my then 14-year old self (idiot). Despite this, Ratchet & Clank 3 (missing its cheeky subtitle in PAL) was my favourite of the original trilogy. This has changed and in my recent playthroughs its predecessor has come out on top for me. But why is this? I found the grind for this game a lot more tedious. I bemoan the omission of the spaceship missions in favour of more repetitive battle missions (although you do pilot a ship in a few of the later ones, they aren't space dogfights and you're mostly shooting at stationary targets on the ground) on certain planets. Returning is the gladiator fights which are fun though. Grinding to 10 Million bolts and levelling up every weapon was also tedious and I didn't really enjoy the Qwark minigames too much either, opting to skip them entirely on my 2nd playthrough. In fact the platiunum required an almost complete 2nd run on Challenge mode to build up those bolts which I just ended up doing a few laps of Metropolis to get the last 5 million or so. Stupid that it wasn't a cumulative count unlike previous games. Otherwise, I didn't find the story or characters to be much of an improvement on the last game- and where did Angela go? She was a big part of the last game, did Ratchet just decide to ditch the only other Lombax he has ever met at this point? Anyway, the game is still great though and the humour is top notch as expected. Some of the skill points were annoying enough to get too but nothing too taxing. The best villain in the series was also introduced here- Laurence, the true mastermind behind Dr. Nefarious' schemes since it is clear that Nefarious can't do shit without him. Of course, it would be another while after this that Nefarious would return but from what I see he's a near constant thorn in the heroic duo's sides from this point. Overall, a really good game but one that has lost its lustre a little bit in my eyes. Just a little. My next foray will be Ratchet Deadlocked (or Gladiator outside of Europe) which will be pretty much new territory for me.
  17. New titles will be exclusive to Xbox. But interestingly they're still re-releasing Skyrim on PlayStation this November. Perhaps they'll still put remasters on other platforms to players over to the Xbox ecosystem for the newer titles? I have a Series S and a Series X so I'll get the go of everything anyway, but it would be a smart play.
  18. :platinum: Platinum #115- Far Cry 3 [PS3]

    A blast from the past here as well as the last in the series I fully played but I also don't remember the performance being this bad on Xbox 360- frame rates hardly above 25fps, screen tearing, stuttering, just a mess. Of course, beneath all of that is a damn good game. The co-op trophies were a pain because I had to do them by myself and the collectible cleanup was a drag though thankfully the game doesn't require you to do absolutely everything, maybe about 75% of the content is necessary for the platinum. I played every mission and got every craftable upgrade in the past so I'm happy to leave it here.

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    2. Stan Lee

      Stan Lee

      @PooPooBlast that's exactly it- back when it was all we knew, we had no problem with it but now we have better tech and better optimization for it the flaws of older games are painfully obvious.

    3. ihadalifeb4this
    4. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      Congrats, Stan Lee!

       

      I played a bit of this one on another profile to help someone and I do remember the performance of the game chugging a bit on some points. Local co-op made things worse as it dragged the visuals down even further. 😅

  19. :platinum: Platinum #114 & Trophy #6000- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Remastered [PS4]

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was probably my favourite game of its generation, so endlessly fun and enjoyable. It remains incredible at 60fps on PS4, though there were some weird things going on with the AI and physics sometimes- dead bodies would go flying, perhaps an issue with unlocking the frame rate? Nothing major and definitely an improvement overall. Fantastic game and glad to have it as a milestone.

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    3. Stan Lee

      Stan Lee

      @Honor_Hand mercifully, the 200 GAU-19 Kills trophy was also removed! 😅

    4. ihadalifeb4this
  20. Got gifted a copy of Cyberpunk 2077 for PS4 today, and by "gifted" I mean "I was talking to my friend today and we got onto the topic of Cyberpunk 2077 and he went on a rant about what a disgusting and disappointing piece of crap it was for him so I offered to buy his copy from him and he practically threw it at me and wouldn't take my money." So at least I'll be able to give it a look (on my PS5) and I didn't have to hand over a penny for it!

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    2. Stan Lee

      Stan Lee

      @DaivRules he got it fairly recently I believe

       

      @PooPooBlast No Man's Sky is the redemption story that should have never happened. Thing is, so many games have launched badly since then, people have said "It will get better, look at No Man's Sky" but they never get better and I've no reason to believe that this will bounce back in people's estimations unless there is an extensive overhaul of many of the game's systems.

      @DJ__Beatroot I'm going to give the story mode a go very soon, so I'll let you know!

    3. AK-1138

      AK-1138

      Presents from Ranta Claus are the best 🙂

    4. zizimonster

      zizimonster

      Negotiation skills = 9999

       

      xD

  21. Vertical list is much better. I don't fault them for trying something new but I hope they've learned the lesson from now on. SSD on its way in but only in about 2-3 weeks due to massive demand I'd imagine (WD_BLACK SN850 1TB with heatsink)
  22. I have Deathloop but I probably won't play it until I get some more platinums out of the way. I can see the trophies seem straightforward enough with only one or possibly to requiring multiplayer but it shouldn't be a problem.

     

    "But Stan, why do you buy all these new games and then not play them?"

     

    Because... shut up, that's why!

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    2. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      We all do the same thing, lol. xD

    3. DaisyVilla102

      DaisyVilla102

      "Better to have it, and not play it; than want to play it, and not have it."  Isn't that how the saying goes? 🤔😉

    4. Stan Lee

      Stan Lee

      @DaisyVilla102 ah yes, Confuscius was very wise, even if his platform of choice was Nintendo

  23. Pretty sure that's intentional! I never played the 2nd one on PS2 even though I own it- a recent acquisition just to have it in my collection. Hopefully it doesn't launch a buggy mess like the last remake
  24. :platinum: Platinum #113- The Wolf Among Us [PS Vita]

    Just like the other Telltale games on Vita, it's the worst way t play them. Glitches, freezes, frame drops etc really bog down what it otherwise an excellent experience. Glad I have all the Telltale games done on both PS3 and Vita (at least the ones I was willing to go through with) so now I got them all ahead of me on the PS4. Looking forward to the sequel, which we will hopefully hear more about soon.

    Also, this put my completion rating above 80% for the first time in over a year! That will change again very soon as I begin my next game, but it is cool to see some progress being made there! Onwards to :platinum: Platinum #114 as well as Trophy #6000!

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    2. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      Congrats!

       

      Guess it's better to avoid these games on the Vita then.

    3. The Arizona Ranger
    4. MaximumOverdrive

      MaximumOverdrive

      Well done! 💯

  25. Well I'll definitely be getting me an SSD expansion as soon as humanly possible. I love my PS5 but the storage is laughably small, and the Xbox Series X is not much better for out of box storage either (Series S even worse) but they had handy expansion available immediately.