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  1. Update 4: 1. Sakura Wars - 100% (16th March) 2. King's Quest - 65% 3. Assassin's Creed Odyssey - 43% > 47% 4. Zero Time Dilemma - 0% > 34% 5. PGA Tour 2K21 - 0% > 20% 6. Concrete Genie - 0% 7. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls - 0% 8. The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker - 0% I had a session on AC Odyssey yesterday. I really want to finish the platinum and 1st DLC (the cool sub-stories) before April starts. I managed to finish off all the cultists which was big fun. Had some of my most epic fights with the usual mercenaries bowling in. I'm in love with Zero Time Dilemma. The fact you can play in "fragments" - small story segments that you can switch between, is a big win for me. You can mix the story up as much as you want, switching between teams and time frames, and it doesn't adversely affect the "story telling" aspect, because the back story explains it. The escape room puzzles are really fun, taking some real thought with satisfaction. The decisions are great as well. Simply standing in front of a button saying do not press, deciding whether to press it, is simple and brilliant. Regret your decision? That's fine, see it through and choose the opposite next time. I'm assuming you need to see all the stuff for the plat. That's another major thing - I haven't looked at a trophy list, no need, no fear of missables. Reload where you want when you want. I was going to say that it seems short, but I'm at 18hrs with large sections still locked off, so it just feels like I'm playing too fast, the sign of a fab game for me. Aaaaannddd... Lots of PGA Tour 2K21 things: Enjoying all the updates as always. Some good work going on! Take care all!
  2. Update 3: 1. Sakura Wars - 35% (16th March) 2. King's Quest - 47% 65% 3. Assassin's Creed Odyssey - 43% 4. Concrete Genie - 0% 5. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls - 0% 6. PGA Tour 2K21 - 0% 7. The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker - 0% 8. Zero Time Dilemma - 0% Finished off my first of the challenge. My opinion of Sakura Wars fluctuated throughout the journey but overall it was a very enjoyable experience. I'm usually a fan of VN elements so it was nice to have lots of "sit back and enjoy" moments - lots of humour, silliness and spectacular-ness. I got the hang of Koi-Koi fairly quickly, starting to remember the important cards to have etc. It's an element that helps to mix up the game quite nicely as you can play when you feel like it. I improved with the combat but it didn't really become more enjoyable. A few of the combat levels are pretty fun but the game suffers from making you replay all combat sections with each team member. It's understandable being a bit grindy for the platinum, but I tended to prefer the main character in combat so it was very repetitive. Still, with each section taking about 15 mins, it seems bite-size and manageable, but there was 48 or so of them... Platforming within the levels is a joke, my only proper negative of the game. I wouldn't have my time back with this one though, I give it a 7.3/10 or something around there. I almost need a warning for games like this though; "by the way, you're a young guy, all of your world is filled with young girls, some of very suspect age, but you'll flirt relentlessly, you will feel awkward, there's lots of bathroom scenes." Should have known 😂 Finished the 2nd and 3rd episodes of King's Quest. Still having a great time with it. It makes me chuckle quite a lot which is nice. It's a good option for when I only want to commit to a couple of hours of gaming. I'm starting Zero Time Dilemma today, looking forward to the puzzles. Zero Escape: VLR was a highlight of my gaming last summer so hoping for more of the same. I'll start PGA Tour 2K21 over the weekend in prep for some real life golf from the end of March onwards. Real life anything seems a challenge, but real life 4hrs of walking round and playing golf after 4 months of sitting down is going to be interesting!
  3. It sounds strange to say it considering you're in a robot suit, but it feels a tad clunky. I battle with the camera occasionally to. It's far from bad though. The combat's fairly simple, chaining light attacks and heavy attacks, and the team attacks are just mental and stunning. Here's the thing, you spend a good 2-3 hours each chapter socialising, exploring, playing cards etc (all of which I love) and then have a 20 minute combat segment which I probably just get into when it's finishing. I don't think that helps. But, there's a battle simulator where you can replay levels and do extras for the plat. In short, it's too good to miss out on buddy. Definitely pop it on a list in the future 👍
  4. Update 2: 1. King's Quest - 0% ➡️ 47% 2. Assassin's Creed Odyssey - 32% ➡️ 43% 3. Sakura Wars - 28% ➡️ 35% 4. Concrete Genie - 0% 5. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls - 0% 6. PGA Tour 2K21 - 0% 7. The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker - 0% 8. Zero Time Dilemma - 0% Just finished the 2nd episode of King's Quest. I do like comedy point and clicks. Christopher Lloyd of Back to the Future fame narrates with his best narration voice, and chucks out the puns at a good rate. It's definitely a good laugh. To nail the numerous missables first time, you need a guide up. In fact, because of the auto save system and some time sensitive bits, I'm following one fairly closely. Still, I'm enjoying the experience. I'm trying to finish the main game of AC Odyssey as a priority so I can then plan the DLCs (daunting buggers). I've recently completed the 20 bounties, got to level 50 and become the champion of the arena. Fights used to be fairly touch and go but that sword swipe finisher when levelled up does solid damage for only taking one adrenaline slot. I wanted to get the trophy for head mercenary to but I'm second with the first mercenary undiscovered still. More exploring required. Just finished the main story last night. Slowly progressing through Sakura Wars. I love the characters and the plot. It also looks really good. The shine on polished marble floors is a bit of a wow. I have to say that I haven't taken to the mech type combat though. Well, I have, but at the moment it isn't my cup of tea. It's just a bit too chaotic for me I reckon. Pushing on though. Loving everyone's updates as always. Have fun all, take care!
  5. Update 1: 1. Assassin's Creed Odyssey - 32% 2. Sakura Wars - 28% 3. Concrete Genie - 0% 4. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls - 0% 5. Kings Quest - 0% 6. PGA Tour 2K21 - 0% 7. The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker - 0% 8. Zero Time Dilemma - 0% Happy Winter to Spring day! It does feel like we've seen Winter off actually. I'm doing an amateur astronomy course during lockdown, and it's actually possible to sit outside at night and watch the sky without being far too cold. Exciting times! I've updated my starter percentages. I'm still conscious that AC Odyssey will take up a fair whack of time so I pressed on with a few side quest trophy missions in the past few days. I've seen off the legendary animals (struggled with the boar with gas a bit, ha) plus a couple of mythological beasts. I've just finished the penultimate chapter and I've got a long way to go, so this will be with me for the majority of the challenge I feel. I had to put down Sakura Wars so I didn't exceed 33% before today. More to come on this in later updates but it's blooming lovely. I seem to be getting S ranks as I go, hope I haven't missed a bromide though. I think I can handle 3 games on the go at once so I'll kick off King's Quest a bit later. All the best everyone!
  6. I think I'm settled on my list. Happy and excited with it. Sign me up please kind sir! 1. Assassin's Creed Odyssey - 32% 2. Sakura Wars - 28% 3. Concrete Genie - 0% 4. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls - 0% 5. Kings Quest - 0% 6. PGA Tour 2K21 - 0% 7. The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker - 0% 8. Zero Time Dilemma - 0%
  7. Update #9: 1. Up (PS3) - (20th September) 2. CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (PS3) - (1st October) 3. Saw (PS3) - (30th November) 4. Persona 5 (PS4) - (2nd December) 5. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4) - (28th December) 6. Cat Quest (PS4) - (18th January) 7. Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS4) - 43% 84% (2nd February) 8. Life is Strange 2 (PS4) - 72% (8th February) 9. Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition (PS4) - 87% Time for a final update to wrap up my challenge. I enjoyed what Immortals Fenyx Rising had to offer. The variation of puzzles and vaults were a highlight. Despite being fairly big (I think my game time was round 55hrs), it never really felt repetitive which is always good. I'm not sold on the whole "find your own landmarks with the rumble" though. Saying that, it was different and not too bad. I'll tackle the DLC when it doesn't cost what it currently does. Life is Strange 2 kind of ran out of steam a little for me which isn't a bad thing because I thoroughly enjoyed episodes 1-3 after such a strong start. I expected some characters to reappear but they didn't and my ending was a little deflating but overall it was a good play. I even heard one of the songs from it on How To Get Away With Murder the other night, nice. I'll play another LiS if one gets made. As always, I've had a lot of fun with the event. Managed to get one platinum each month (just). I usually do a little end of event awards for myself (most memorable, most satisfying, most enjoyable etc) but I've completed Persona 5 in this one. My end of year highlights tell me it was the game I spent the most time on at 158 hours. What a delightful masterpiece that was! I haven't joined the Spring event yet but I will do soon! Got some games ready to go for that one, some inspired by you guys. Hope everyone's doing ok ✌️
  8. Update #8: 1. Up (PS3) - (20th September) 2. CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (PS3) - (1st October) 3. Saw (PS3) - (30th November) 4. Persona 5 (PS4) - (2nd December) 5. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4) - (28th December) 6. Cat Quest (PS4) - 65% (18th January) 7. Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition (PS4) - 0% 87% 8. Life is Strange 2 (PS4) - 36% 72% 9. Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS4) - 20% 43% Swaps: 4/5 Finished off the delightful Cat Quest a week or so ago. Not a bad word to say about it. Didn't outstay it's welcome. A nice alternative. I made an attempt to finish Layers of Fear this morning. I'm a fan of a dark plot and jump scares so I did have fun with it. I played the main game twice (one blind, one clean up) but after playing the DLC for the 3rd time, it's moving to the "died a death" pot of my games. You know where you commit to something for 2 hours and don't get the outcome you'd expect? Well that's where I stop for my own sanity. Life is Strange 2 is still going well. I'd say the 4th episode is the weakest so far but still a good progression of the plot. Special mention for the collectible mode that you can opt for, after finishing the episode. It allows you to go straight to the section(s) where you've missed the souvenirs without replaying lots and lots. Now that's how you do it. I'm almost at the last boss in Immortals Fenyx Rising. You can really overpower your character by upgrading the potions tree. This equates to bashing R2 half as much. The vaults and other collectibles are like a little ongoing project. Do a few, buy some upgrades and repeat. I couldn't imagine playing long stints of the game though. It actually makes me want to pick up Odyssey again but that's chilling at 19% waiting for the next event. Hope everyone's as well as they can be. This most recent lockdown in the UK is quite painful not knowing when it will end, but we crack on. At least it's cold outside so you don't mind staying in.
  9. Update #7: 1. Up (PS3) - (20th September) 2. CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (PS3) - (1st October) 3. Saw (PS3) - (30th November) 4. Persona 5 (PS4) - (2nd December) 5. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4) - 75% ➡️ (28th December) 6. Cat Quest (PS4) - 0% ➡️ 65% 7. Life is Strange 2 (PS4) - 0% ➡️ 36% 8. Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS4) - 12% ➡️ 20% 9. Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition (PS4) - 0% Swaps used: 4/5 Some decent new year's progress underway. I'm switching between games fairly regularly which is how I usually prefer to play. Saying that, I had a decent clean up stint on Immortals Fenyx Rising, ticking off a lot of the chests and puzzles in the 1st main area yesterday, so I may press on with that today. For me, there was definitely a gap in the market for a game with open world puzzles and dungeons (vaults). It's satisfying to quickly tick off objectives, collecting some currencies you need, and some that you don't really. The combat and enemies could be slightly more varied but it's enjoyable. A friend and I agreed it's the most we've bashed R2 in a game. The PS magazine I subscribe to here in the UK gave it 7/10. I'd give it nearer an 8 but not quite all the way there. Loading times are disappointing but what can you do, buy a PS5 right? I can confirm Cat Quest is bloody good fun. It's also £1.99 - pop it in your basket if you haven't got it! This is the game I turn on when I want to play a game pretty much straight away. PS4 on, game loaded, away we go. I'm going to revisit Immortals here, but it loads like Odyssey. 2-3 minutes to the main menu, 2-3 minutes to the game and then sometimes you realise you're not where you want and immediately fast travel for another minute or so. This plays a factor when I think "I want to play a game, right now." Cat Quest is yer boi for this. It just plays really well, isn't a complete piece of piss in terms of difficulty, and you can't help but enjoy the puns. Grindy bits to go now which I can't really call a grind, but I have just finished all the side quests at level 65 so I guess I'm dungeon clearing now. It feels like Life is Strange 2 is more impactful than the 1st one (and before the storm). Some of the decisions are genuinely hard to make as you think of the possible consequences. All of the main characters I've met so far have really added to the story and I like the subtle nods to the previous game(s). I didn't realise this before I played, but there's a free stand-alone game that you can choose to play before episode 2 which ties in with the episode nicely. I'm also reminded of how much I enjoy the journal entries that update throughout the story. Lovely game, 2 episodes down. I finished off The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 and I was neither glad or disappointed it ended. As said before, its a tricky point and click with a bizarre plot that does keep the interest somewhat, but not much. Happy new year guys, stay safe.
  10. Update #6: 1. Up (PS3) - (20th September) 2. CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (PS3) - (1st October) 3. Saw (PS3) - (30th November) 4. Persona 5 (PS4) - (2nd December) 5. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4) - 38% ➡️ 75% {IN} Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS4) - 12% 7. Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition (PS4) - 0% 8. Life is Strange 2 (PS4) - 0% {IN} Cat Quest (PS4) - 0% {OUT} Assassins Creed Odyssey - 14% {OUT} Man of Medan - 0% Swaps used - 4/5 Just a really quick one to make a couple more swaps. I'm no stranger to swapping a game in and then out again... I'm enjoying Odyssey but I want to be able to play other games as well during January/February! Swapping it out for it's younger sibling Immortals Fenyx Rising. I don't usually play new releases so it feels like a treat over the Xmas period. Also, Cat Quest has been on the radar for a while as it seems to make people happy and it'll be a nice pick up and play. Going for a more relaxed gaming vibe for the next month or so, even more relaxed than my usual "relatively chilled".
  11. Update #5: 1. Up (PS3) - (20th September) 2. CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (PS3) - (1st October) 3. Saw (PS3) - 52% ➡️ (30th November) 4. Persona 5 (PS4) - 55% ➡️ (2nd December) 5. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4) - 0% ➡️ 38% 6. Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition (PS4) - 0% 7. Man of Medan (PS4) - 0% Out: Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4) - 46% Borderlands 3 (PS4) - 23% In: Assassins Creed Odyssey - 9% Life is Strange 2 - 0% Swaps used: 2/5 Progress to report, happy days! I finished off Saw and it was fairly painless to clear up after the main game. I enjoyed that it was faithful to the film franchise, happy to have spent time on it to get the plat, but it was just expectedly basic. Only 3 - 4 different types of puzzles, horrible audio and a Saw type mis-mash plot which would be funner to watch than play, mean that it's probably only worthwhile for Saw fans like myself. Persona 5 is easily my game of the year. Like a nice comfort blanket in a permanently cold pandemic environment. I loved every aspect of it, and the NG+ parts were no hassle at all thanks to the fantastic guide on this site. Cool, slick, fun, and like a massage on the eyes and ears, I can't recommend the experience enough IF it's your type of game. I started The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 and I'm enjoying it. It's a fairly complex point and click that I chose because I'd previously liked Dreamfall Chapters. It's one of the era of games where there's one autosave slot so you annoyingly have to keep a close eye on the missables, and some of the progression is really tricky because it's so far fetched, but it is a nice funny experience enhanced with the voice acting. I should have picked up Borderlands 3 again after finishing Persona 5, I really considered it but just didn't fancy it. I did however shoot myself in the foot, face and arse by starting AC Odyssey. It's been a year since I finished Origins and with Valhalla out, I need to ensure I'm still only 1 AC behind... To add that to the list though, I'll need to swap out Rise of the Tomb Raider, BL3 and Man of Medan (2 with smaller games and 1 with AC). I have Life is Strange 2 ready for one of the shorter games but I'm not sure on the other yet so another swap will follow. I'm conscious that Odyssey with the DLC will take a fair while and I may not finish it by the deadline, but I can't not put it on the list if I'm playing it fairly regularly and intend to complete it. That'll be my last update before Christmas. I hope you all have a lovely festive period with your friends and families. Do what you can to make yourselves as happy and content as possible. It's been a nasty year and these events with everyone's updates have been a really nice distraction to all of it. Take care guys 🎄
  12. Update #4: 1. Up (PS3) - (20th September) 2. CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (PS3) - (1st October) 3. Persona 5 (PS4) - 33% 55% 4. Saw (PS3) - 17% 52% 5. Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4) - 46% 6. Borderlands 3 (PS4) - 23% 7. Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition (PS4) - 0% 8. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4) - 0% 9. Man of Medan (PS4) - 0% Just enjoyed catching up on all your progress over dinner so I best give my own update! We've been locked down again in England for the month of November so I thought I'd improve my overall completion % by revisiting some old PS3 game. I've improved Alice: Madness Returns, Batman: Arkham Origins, Tomb Raider: Legend and Tomb Raider: Anniversary and I had a blast. Next up will be Dead Island, FFXIII, Ni No Kuni and others, for the duration of lockdown at least. As for the list, I think I'm suffering from the lengthened event. It's the old school project scenario where you think you've got ages to do it so you don't do it (see above paragraph). I have made some progress though... I've just reached the final month in Persona 5 and I've been enjoying the twists and turns in the story this afternoon. Each palace seems to get more and more impressive, and I love it when you're blessed with a cut scene. I guess that's the word for it, blessed. You don't get many cutscenes so they feel special and look fantastic when they do. If I've been managing my free time correctly, I should be on track to max all confidants which will be seriously lovely to do first off. I've put 112hrs in so far, and even though it doesn't feel that much, I don't want to have to do another complete playthrough. I pressed on with Saw. The fact that it's clunky actually suits it. Makes it more horrific. It's been worth the £5 off ebay just to experience it and have it in the collection, but it's a bit of a nothing game unfortunately. Still it's fairly entertaining so I can't complain. Should crack on again with it soon. Next up list wise should be Borderlands 3. How many DLCs were out when the event started? None right? I'm quite keen to give The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 a go as well, but I'm going to go through November without starting a new game first. Keep safe guys.
  13. Update #3: 1. Up (PS3) - (20th September) 2. CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (PS3) - 0% (1st October) 3. Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4) - 34% 46% 4. Persona 5 (PS4) - 29% 33% 5. Borderlands 3 (PS4) - 23% {NEW} Saw (PS3) - 17% 6. Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition (PS4) - 0% 7. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4) - 0% {NEW} Man of Medan (PS4) - 0% Gaming life is pretty good at the moment. I've got a nice variety going on, mostly away from my list though, which shows in the progress! I recently picked up Ni No Kuni again after 4 years and I'm really pleased I have. It looks wonderful and that's on the PS3!! It's really nice to play on a lazy afternoon off work. Not on the list though because I'm not doing the ridiculous 100% grind! I think it'll effect my enjoyment if I went for that. I'm a big golf fan and I finally managed to pick up Rory McIlroy PGA Tour for a semi-reasonable price. There's a Battlefield themed par 3 course where you play over burning aircraft carriers which is pretty cool. I couldn't add that to the list because the online tournaments have stopped I believe. Last on the non-list is NFS: Payback which I'm having fun with. Not really one I can play for hours on end though, without wanting to do something else. My boss leant me Death Stranding yesterday telling me that I'd love it because it's a walking sim. He knows me too well haha! There was one of those moments yesterday where we're both standing behind the bar in full view of customers and he's pretending to carry loads of stuff walking across pretend streams, and I'm shouting at him to not drop the baby 😂 Anyway, I'll be starting that very soon. I won't be putting that on the list though because it's silly to add it if I'm making bugger all progress with my 3 big games (#3,4,5). Onto da list... I quite enjoyed CSI: Fatal Conspiracy. It's like a primitive Sherlock Holmes game what with finding clues, using analysis tools and interviewing suspects. With 5 cases at 2 hours each, it's pretty short, and the graphics leave a lot to be desired, but it was pleasant to work through if you like those type of games. Kept the trophy counter ticking over nicely. That brings me to Saw, another cheap ebay purchase. I want to play a few horror games around Halloween and this one ticks the box for a hassle free plat. I've played a bit and it's going to be hilarious. Do you want to play a game? Yes. I've stumbled a bit with Rise of the Tomb Raider. My collectable clean up has come to a halt because I can't remember how to get out of the temple with a puzzle in the middle of it and I just generally felt aggrieved that there was no fast travel out of there haha. I also had a crack at the Lara's Nightmare DLC and died right at the end so I haven't been keen to revisit that for a while. Coupled with the time attacks that I'm slowly getting through, it's not getting done soon. I've played a lot more Persona 5 in the last couple of weeks. I am a big fan and I don't want it to end to be honest. I'll be playing a lot more of it though because I'll need a new playthrough to max the confidant links. Another one that won't be finished this year. And that's that, a right cocktail of games. Only made one cocktail today at work (Sunday lunch shift), a Flossy Bop. Rhubarb vodka, Cointreau, vanilla syrup, lime juice and cranberry juice, with some candy floss served in a little pot on the side. Insta that one love, jeez. Loving all the updates. Keep safe, keep loving it!
  14. Update #2: 1. Up (PS3) - 76% (20th September) 2. Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4) - 17% 34% 3. Persona 5 (PS4) - 26% 29% 4. Borderlands 3 (PS4) - 23% {NEW} CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (PS3) - 0% 6. Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition (PS4) - 0% 7. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4) - 0% I'm pleased I've got Up out of the way. The game reminded me of an ex-girlfriend. Short, plump, annoying thing, always carried a backpack, heart of gold (most of that I've made up for comic effect, maybe). I made the mistake of not looking at the trophy guide closely enough and didn't realise there were a whole extra set of collectables (bugs etc). This meant I had to grumble whilst repeating a few levels. I can probably give a fairer reflection on the game now that I've finished it and it's not annoying me. It actually plays OK, everything works ish. It seems fairly faithful to the film from what I remember, and the trophy list isn't bad at all, especially if you're aware from the start. Short levels to. I finished the main story for Rise of the Tomb Raider on Survivor difficulty! I knock my gaming ability fairly often, so I'm quite pleased with that. It's generous for ammo and health and as long as you kind of strategize your main fights, it isn't that stressful at all. I also finished the 1st part of the Croft Manor DLC - a really enjoyable change of pace without combat. There's a few puzzles/riddles to solve as you're progressing through the manor and there's some nice tributes to the older games within the collectables you find. I smiled when I turned on a gramophone and some very familiar classical music came on. I've still got the clean up to do which will be made easy with fast travel, alongside all the other DLCs. I did start to get a bit bored of it (it's definitely not bad, there's just so much to do) so I'll be dipping in and out of it from now. I'm pleased to pick up Persona 5 again. It had been a few months but I fell straight back in with the story. Without spoilers, I've just got to the part where I can start working on the Passionate Listener trophy. I'm quite out of sync with the confidant guide I'm using so that doesn't bode well for the future, but there's no point worrying about it. There's a save I can go back to but that will result in me redoing a dungeon or two, so I'll press on and hope for "free time" to catch up. Added CSI for the PS3, cheap eBay purchase for my PS3 collection which has grown from 50 to 72 in about a month, oops. Great work so far! Keep it enjoyable and keep safe all!