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  1. Platinum #597: Difficulty: 3.5/10 (2/10 using The Dark Side) Playtime: 8-10 hours (1-2 hours using The Dark Side!) Enjoyment: 7/10 (Regardless of usage of THE DAAAAAARKKKKK SIIIIIIIIDE!!! because heck, I guess even UNLIMITED POWER has its limits... wait, what?) The Dark Side of the Force is the pathway to many trophies some may consider to be... well, pretty easy to achieve anyways. Full disclosure: I played it on, umm, Light Side mode on my alternate account months and months back because I wanted a crack at the leaderboards on my main profile... welp, so much for that! Everything did not transpire entirely according to my design...! Best laid plans of mice and fedoraed gasmasked men and all that transverse neopithedalian modal jazz. Anyways... this is indeed, more or less, pod racing! I vaguely remember playing it for eleven minutes or so at a Swedish demo booth, when we was all sweet summer children living in blissful ignorant hope that Episode II of the Wars of the Stars might not turn out to be an inconceivably dull story of sand, slapstick drier than the actual sand, and a love story so tepid and devoid of chemistry Twilight might actually be a better one, if only by default. So, uhh, my rambly point is that it's a pretty good game, but one that gets lost in the shuffle during a bit of a golden period for racing games, what with some obscure titles such as the 64th Kario Mart and Z-Xero F pretty much setting the bar for 3D racers as far as I'm concerned. Ain't nothing here ain't done betterer in either one of those. Episode I Racer lives and dies by its license, but in so being, it's not to be missed by devotees of those starry, starry wars... because this IS pod racing, and... it's working! IT'S WOOOORRRRKINNNNGGG... just about well enough. You got your pods and you got your racing and you got a whole bunch of obscure alien guys who have longer wiki articles than your average notable person. What more do you want? ...Can you tell I kind of regret even starting to write this because I can't really think of anything pertinent or insightful to add, yet? Whether you use the Dark Side or do it the comparatively hard way, it's a decent bit of fun and that's about it. It's, umm, it's pod racing. Oh, and never forget, pod racing wouldn't be pod racing if St. George Lucas hadn't watched a certain relatively obscure Norwegian stop motion animation movie, so there's that! Yeah! ...I'm done. May the 4th be with you, even if it's technically over in a majority of time zones, and stuff.
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    Aunt May IV be with you! Live long and thanks for all the fish! And may Grabthar's Hammer be ever in your favour... 





    1. AihaLoveleaf


      Thank you for the inspiration today

  3. Account sharers should be judged by the same standards as 11 year olds using CFW to unlock trophies from games whose server closure predates the death of Steve Jobs, just sayin'.
  4. Chill Weekend Gaming Vibes:



    One of the most literal CWGVs thus far, as I've spent a fair few weekends c̶h̶e̶a̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶t̶ playing poker around here, especially when doing the annual JM and AM Memorial Tournaments. Not a bad place Landon Ricketts chose to settle down 😲

  5. So, who else is feeling that Degenatron hype? 😍😍😍



    1. Honor_Hand


      "I'll never go to school again". xxD


      That fake ad in Vice City always made me chuckle so much when it played out. 😂

  6. Great cause! I'm in... and, uhh, not just because I'm pretty close to completing Detroit and The Last of Us anyways 😏
  7. James Cuthbert Frodorick Ryan, this one's for you!
  8. Wow... how can you describe a day like this other than...



    Yes, as the local self-styled Spring Marshal of these parts, I now declare spring has sprung! You can't buy a day like this for all the money in the world. I've been out walking in the sunshine for... well, I stopped paying attention after two and a half hours! I also took a bunch of pictures that couldn't even capture one one-billionth of the real experience and am posting them because I don't know what else to do with 'em and my therapist said creative-ish stuff is good for me 😂




    One of the few snow patches left in the woods. I saw a squirl like seven seconds after this!




    From the lakeside. We look pretty safe from flooding this year, but ya never know!




    The closest thing we have to a waterfall around here that isn't 93% industrial runoff 😂




    Weren't even a hint of these li'l blue flowery things a week ago!




    Not much action down at Feathery Corners today. Usually enough of them to make a half-decent remake of The Birds (or a superior one of Birdemic), so I don't know what the duck's up with that!


    ...Right, so I suppose you're wondering what's my tangiential video gamey connection for this otherwise irrelevant post this time? Uhh, well... this post is actually sponsored by that 10/10 enjoyment and 10/10 difficulty 1000+ hour Vita classic, It's Spring Again! Them completion rates are high because it's just that good! You'd better pick it up before they shut the stores down, or you'll be missing out big time! Okay, I'm off to spend my promotional residuals on, like, half a stick of gum or something! Never forget that nature is awesome and we humans kinda don't deserve it.

  9. Heya! It's always cool to see someone else whose PSN name was inspired by that one there game 🙂 1. Favourite season of the year? 2. Favourite day of the week? 3. Do you believe in ghosts, or phenomena adjacent to the paranormal? Have you had an unexplainable experience you would classify as such? Also, I know it varies wildly from person to person how much people really feel like discussing their disability, so I'll leave the last as an unnumbered optional question... anyway, by amazing coincidence (maybe?), the only other time I've ever seen anyone bring up having cerebral palsy in a gaming context happened to be once on the GameFAQs FFX board... the poster was inquiring about other games that lend themselves to being played with the use of only one hand... was that you? Answering is completely at your discretion, even if I'll probably lose sleep from not knowing 😂 Enjoy your time in the spotlight, and may the questions keep flowing. Looking forward to reading your answers 🙂
  10. Chill Weekend Gaming Vibes:



    The response some people get from ASMR is what I've always gotten from the Thief trilogy 😀 Music is my anti-drug and low-key droney Thief ambience is the anti-druggiest of it all in terms of game-sourced tunes with a capital "Ch"!


    Have a good weekend, y'all! 

    1. AK-1138


      Whuh? Put up the wrong one... oh, Bonehoard is "chill" alright, just in a completely different meaning of the word 😱



      (Pssst... hey, I'm going to the bear pits tomorrah... ya wanna come with? 🤓)

  11. Remote control up and died on me and I can't afford a new one until after the weekend... in the meantime, I can't switch channels, and my only way of muting the audio output is keeping a headset I'm not using plugged into my controller at all times. MacGyver would be proud! Ultimately, just glad it weren't the TV departing for the Great Home Theater in the Sky....


    Umm, this has been your First World Problem Digest for the day 😅

    1. DaivRules


      If you've got a recent smart TV almost all of them have apps that can replace the remote.

    2. AK-1138


      Thanks, I'll look into it!

  12. Hey, just a random guy here... just wanted to let you know you're one of the best writers on this site. Your most recent platinum reviews are a delight.


    So, uhh, you're pretty good, I guess. Keep on doing them there good things and stuff.

    1. rjkclarke


      Thank you so much that really does mean a lot!! Thanks for the follow as well by the way. Honestly though, that genuinely put a smile on my face to hear you say that.


      I've really enjoyed writing those platinum reviews over the last few months, I'm almost a bit annoyed at myself I hadn't started to write them sooner, because there are so many games I've played that I'd love to share my thoughts on. I might get find a place to add some of them at some point if I can figure out an appropriate place to put them. I can't really put a platinum from 2010 in the Most Recent Platinum thread haha.


      Seriously though thanks for posting this, its really nice to see someone has actually been reading and enjoyin them, I find them really cathartic write, plus its always nice to read other peoples views on games you've played or maybe plan to play. I worry I'm maybe a little too positive sometimes, but I honestly just try and see the best in things, if theres something I don't like though I won't hesitate to mention it.


      Apologies for the long rambly reply haha!! I guess that tends to be something I do without thinking. Again thank you for the kind words, they really are much appreciated.



  13. If you'd only prefaced your post with "Would you kindly", Mr. Ryan would already be history.
  14. Well, one of the few things to pop up instantly is--or rather used to be--Ocarina of Time. The greatest game experience of my life at the time... then Majora's Mask came around and one-upped it in every way damn near to the point of obsolescence... and then the quasi-remakey vibes of Twilight Princess squeezed the last points of uniqueness out of it. Doesn't help it plays at a clunky and sluggish pace, and the script is little but plot devices and exposition. The magic is just all but gone... ...Well, remember I said "used to be" back there? That's right, after Breath of Generic Derivative Infinitely Boring Failure came around and destroyed the series forevermore to thunderous applause, my esteem of actual Zelda games, even the lesser ones like Phantom Tracks and the Four Swords games, has risen by virtue of comparativeness. Ocarina was the first Zelda thing I played to cleanse my soul of the stain of BOGDIBF, and you gotta know... I could almost feel it. Jumping the shark sometimes has its advantages... Now, for a more directly PlayStation-y answer... Assassin's Creed II comes to mind. Even hadn't Brotherhood improved upon everything it does that's actually good, there's just too many caveats for me to feasibly consider replaying it again. Too little variety in gameplay, and having to consult non-game methods to gather collectibles is never not an absolutely terrible idea, especially in a series in which you have to consult the in-game map all the time anyway. I already had a less-than-stellar time stacking it on PS4. Generally though, this isn't really a mindset I tend to have about games. Great gameplay is alpha and omega. Might and Magic VI and VII look like goddamn screensavers, but western RPGs have never since managed to equal their ceaselessly satisfying gameplay loop... and I first played them years after release. I pity people, like a certain brainless Sony exec, who can't get past a game's appearance to give the gameplay a chance... honestly, I'm somewhat worried generations grown up on high-fidelity graphics won't be able to "go back". If I ever have a kid, if they show any interest for the stuff at all, I'd make somewhat of an effort to ease them into gaming by starting somewhat chronologically. Of course, friends or whatever would probably fuck up my entire plan, but ya know 😂 (...Geez, what a ramble.)
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    So this just came up in my weekly Spotify release radar thing which I invariably listen to without looking through... basically, what if Balamb Garden, but Hogwarts? It would have been even more perfect if you fought a certain three-headed dog in Balamb instead of the other Garden 😏


    Have a great weekend, and may your gaming hours be copious! :yay:

  16. Forgot the best one: ...Buuuuut I can understand you may have wanted this to result in a somewhat more evenly spread poll result here, so I'll let it slide... this time. (Played a SNES one years ago and didn't like the combat system so I left it at that. I remember nothing aside from that, and how it began with a profoundly bitcrushed soundbyte in Japanese about Man's inherent capacity for evil or something. Having gone in blind and all that, I was somewhat afraid I'd stumbled across another Hong Kong 97 or something similar...)
  17. No idea how I missed the question thread, but oh well. Nice to see some love for something as comparatively obscure as Ages/Seasons. The scope of their ambition, especially while still technically running on 10+ year old Game Boy power is still impressive some twenty years on. The Second Quest password mechanic really adds tons of surprise and replay value to an already stacked pair of games in a unique and underutilized fashion. I finally grew the guts to get all the rings a few years back; a lot more fun than you'd expect. DKC is the absolute biz, do 'em every year if I find the time. Blazing Saddles is a masterpiece, and I last watched it not a week ago! Nice to see we have one WrestleMania match in common, at least.
  18. Happy Easter! Yes, once again 'tis the season in which we celebrate the miraculous (if temporary) transformation of the reproductive cycle of the rabbit, among other things. The nature and purpose of the "easter eggs" these fuzzy lads and gals so love to leave humankind in eyebrow-furrowingly clandestine nooks and crannies remains one of the few lagomorphine mysteries not to receive a fascinating in-depth explanation by Richard Adams, after all. ...Which, in a feeble attempt to make this even tangentially game-related, now causes me to ask you... what is your favourite egg, or ovoid-adjacent item, from a game? If you just think for a sec, they are a pretty common thing to be seen in a game, isn't it? For my own sake, it's gotta be the primus motor of that undying platforming classic, Yoshi's Island! These colourful ricocheting projectiles made from digestible enemies have a million uses, and may well bestow upon you an infinitely applicable Annie Oakley-esque dead eye for effortlessly extrapolating aiming lines using a relatively unforgiving crosshair mechanic. You have no idea how many times this selfsame skillset has saved my bacon in games and real life, alike. The game has similarly hardened me to the wailing of babies, but that's neither here nor there. Eggwhitey then, that's enough cracks outta me, what about you yolks? (Egg puns are hard, give me a break... fast of scrambled eggs!!! Wow! Never mind what I just said, turns out I'm egg-ceptionally passable at them! Wish me luck, I'm off to achieve fame and fortune as Hamm's new sidekick in the Kitchen Kabaret! There's no way a quality show like that isn't still running! Egg-celsior!)
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    I genuinely look forward to hospital visits in EB/M2 just for that bassline! I swear it has actual curative effects... they should consider blasting it on real hospital PA systems just to see what might happen.

    1. SnowxSakura


      Whole game has some amazing music

  20. Okay, Sony... cute long-form April Fool's joke and all that. Respect the amount of effort and detail went into it. Feel free to tell us the store shutdown thing was fake any time now...!

    1. stealthlevel100



    2. MrGarland


      Oh, if it was fake.

  21. WWE 2K20 shouldn't even be within sniffing distance (no BIG DOG jokes, thanks) of Ultra Rare territory. With a modest modicum planning and preparation (speaking of, best get to said P&P as the servers aren't long for this world), even a moderately skilled player should be able to get it. No broken ass Allen Jones Styles towers or mind-numbing MyCareer grinding here. Don't give a damn about its bad reputation; my experience consisted purely of your standard bogrot 2K jank. 10 to 15% is where it belongs. Its average quality and unworthiness of its series' timeless legacy aside (still a better game than Dishonored, though...), Thief shouldn't be where it's at, either. For what it is, Custom difficulty is very lenient, and the only really potentially frustrating part of the Hunt itself are those damn untrackable secret areas. Scumming the completion grades is easy enough even for the uninformed. For no reason at all, 13.37% seems perfect. Mortal Kombat X can be done regardless of fighting game skill level, as is evident by the fact that I--fuckin' ME--have it. Whether aided by cloud or thumbdrive, the online streak can be done with some elbow grease and cheap spammy tactics. Get yourself some reliable boosting partner(s) as I did for the respect points, and you're golden--err, platinum. It's still a grind requiring some abstract thinkin', though, so I'd probably put it in around 6-7 percent territory.
  22. Hunter "Complete the Hunter Journey" (Previously on...) The Adventures of Santa Snake, Thunderously Middling Last of Us Player, continue... and, umm, end, I guess. As expected, playing as a Hunter was no less an unreliable rollercoaster of embarrassing failure and mild success... but, not only was I able to maintain a consistent level of survivors hovering around the mid-70s, but I also got on an unlikely hot streak to the point of being able to unlock the Fedora, the perfect accessory for my gas mask! ...And this was even before I discovered I could save scum by closing the app, a method through which I was able to amass a total of 134 survivors, just because. Did I tell you the name of the game, boy? We call it riding the gravy train, and if the gods be kind, it'll never stop! Bound for glory; choo choo infinity, and beyond!!! ...So yeah, I kinda found out the hard way that the game kicks you out without any rewards if you AFK for too long. Death, starvation, and disease swarmed upon us like locusts... a lot of Hunters died so that I could make me a sandwich. But ya know... fuck the Hunters. Let 'em suffer. From this point on, having made it through the 12 week cycle the hard way once already, I scummed my way through the rest, making sure to keep just enough survivors around to make it, and ultimately I made it through with a final count of 17 of them. Not gonna lie.. a potential PS5 stack notwithstanding, I may never spend another minute of my life multiplaying this. It's a solid concept bordering on enjoyable at times, but I'm just not good enough to make the most of it. Glad to have it in the rear view. Now, all the pieces are in place for a painless platinum cash-in... the appointed time is coming to get... ...the last of them.
  23. Spring Army represent 😍 (Don't worry, we're a very pacifist army!) Just around the corner, too... now, I'm not going to impugn the prognosticatory moxie of Punxsutawney Phil here or anything, but I don't believe you can put a date to a season. Calendars are just another human construct that don't quite fit in the natural order of things... I mean, it's useful and all, but that first true day of spring, that's something you can feel on a deep existential level. Marriage Story is excellent, and you summarized it eloquently. Thanks for giving me yet another reason to give Subnautica a try... games like Abzu and InnerSpace (not quite minus five stars from Jacques Cousteau, but still a ways off from being the ideal Life Aquatic) ultimately fell short of capturing the magic and potential horror of deep sea exploration in a sufficiently satisfying way, so I'm hoping it'll prove worthy of the task!
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    (Yeah, I'm gonna make these a regular thing starting now because... well, just because. Wow, is anyone else hungry for eggs and bacon and a couple of weird leaves for some inexplicable reason?)