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  1. Update 6: 1. Sakura Wars - (16th March) 2. King's Quest - 65% (30th March) 3. Zero Time Dilemma - 34% (5th April) 4. A Plague Tale: Innocence - 0% (10th May) 5. Concrete Genie - 0% 95% (13th May) 6. Assassin's Creed Odyssey - 67% 72% 7. PGA Tour 2K21 - 31% 50% 8. The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker - 0% Currently sprinting for the finish line but I'm going to fall a little short. Not to worry though. I'm still transitioning from having all the time in the world to having a lot less. I'll be joining the Summer challenge, but I'll keep my list to 5, maybe 6. Good decision on my part to include A Plague Tale: Innocence. I really enjoyed the setting and the characters. I like journeys like this where you're introduced to new characters not just for the sake of it, but characters that really add to the story. I loved the interactions with your younger brother as well, who genuinely seems like a 5 year old which could have been quite hard to achieve. As a rule of thumb, I'm not a massive stealth fan but I really didn't mind it here because I enjoyed the story so much. It could have benefitted from more boss fights, I really enjoyed the first one which kind of acted as a tutorial, but then there wasn't really any others to note until much later. That aside, the whole package is a great success. Manipulating the rats for destruction or puzzle solving doesn't get stale. I also completed all I can with Concrete Genie this last week. It makes me want to revisit Okami which I've only played on the Wii. I finished off the collectables today which felt a little bit long, but that's because I decided I needed to prioritise it on my first day off since last week. I'm not a massive fan of bullies in games. It just felt a bit lazy and I'm sure they could have achieved the general premise of the story without going down that route. Still, I enjoyed the painting which is the main part and it did feel magical so it achieved what it tried to do. Defo a PS+ only game for me, but I liked it more than I didn't. I decided to start Legacy of the First Blade in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. I was going to start the Atlantis one first but then my need to play things in order kicked in. It's a bit like I expected, same same but different, but it feels like an enjoyable ongoing task rather than a boring chore. The introduction of new skills helps keep fighting fresh because I'd kind of settled on my "character build" in beast mode. Just ticked off episode 1 so I'm 1/6 for the remaining DLC. I've stopped PGA Tour 2K21 in it's tracks at 50% because I'll carry it over to the Summer challenge. I'm playing all the tournaments as I did in the old Tiger Woods games, so I'm not tearing through it for the tournament trophies. I haven't got a hole in one or holed a bunker shot yet so I need to stop in case I do! Strangely, I holed a bunker shot in real life for the 1st time last week. Shamelessly told the person I was playing with that I still needed to hole a bunker shot on PGA Tour 2K21 for a trophy. He couldn't give less of a shit if he tried 😂 Well done everyone for cracking on! We're getting there! Take it easy 👊
  2. Update 5: 1. Sakura Wars - (16th March) 2. King's Quest - 65% ➡️ 💯 (30th March) 3. Zero Time Dilemma - 34% ➡️ (5th April) 4. Assassin's Creed Odyssey - 47% ➡️ 67% 5. PGA Tour 2K21 - 20% ➡️ 31% 6. Concrete Genie - 0% 7. The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker - 0% {OUT} Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls - 0% {IN} A Plague Tale: Innocence - 0% Swaps used: 1/2 It's been over a month since my last update, and there's only just over a month to go, ooof. I've been back working at the pub since the 12th when lockdown eased here in the UK. I'm not doing too well with picking up a controller after a shift. Going from all the time off to just Tuesdays and Fridays off is strange. Just got to get my stamina stat up after getting used to sitting down most of the time. My back is hating it mostly. The fact I'm moderately prancing around back and forth for 7-8 hours and getting shattered furthers my respect for our health care staff. King's Quest was great for it's story, voice acting and puzzles. I'd missed this when I was younger so I loved that it gave the player a view of the past, using old graphics from previous iterations on the last episode. I'd imagine for familiar players that would have been gold. Some parts were guide worthy but I didn't mind, I found it baffling in parts but not too frustrating. A nice solid fun light-hearted journey. Sweet as. Zero Time Dilemma was great. Absolutely loved it. I found it more shocking than Virtue's Last Reward but that might have been because it was on my TV rather than Vita. I liked the fact you could play the story in your own unique order and the ease at which you could switch storyline/characters. Have to say, I was disappointed when I got the trophy for completing all the escape rooms when I was only about 60% complete. They were really satisfying to work through so a few extra would have been good further down the story strands. I've reached the main DLCs in AC: Odyssey after finishing off the sub-story DLC. They were all really good in their own right and either added to existing narratives, closed off story arcs or encouraged you to explore places you might not have previously. Shout-out to the voice acting and humour as well. I'm not massively keen to start Legacy of the First Blade, the Atlantis one seems more appealing so I'll do that 1st. I dropped a bottle top into the ice dump and dove my hand in to get it like a dick. Turns out ice is sharp so I've cut my knuckles which aren't healing with my extra dry hands from lots of hand washing. This means I'm currently playing PGA Tour 2K21 one handed like a G. I gave it a knock in my earlier review but the settings are quite extensive so you can play it how you want it really which it deserves credit for. I would like a sense of progression from things like improving stats in the early Tiger Woods games however. Bit of a shame. Just remembered you used to be offered sponsor contracts to. Not like now where you start out and it's "here's all your sponsors. Which one do you want to pick noob?" Big thanks to @Crispy_Oglop for his thoughts (advice) re. Ultra Despair Girls. I'd bought it on price and expected similar to the 1st 2. The price should have indicated it wasn't. I did watch some game play but I had to really hunt for what must have been game play but might not have been. Either way, the conclusion is no, not right now. Thanks for taking one for the team there man! In comes A Plague Tale. It's the cheapest I've seen it in a sale and I've heard good stuff from a few people on here. I even played the demo for a bit to, just to "check", ha. Aside from the challenge, I'm revisiting one of my favourite franchises in Resident Evil. I've ticked off more of Resident evil 2 remake, Resident Evil and Resident Evil 7 in that order (I know right) and I bought Resident Evil 3 remake yesterday. Might even be able to plat that one, wooooh! Village soooooon! I read all your updates every morning with a coffee and a smoke. Some of you are bossing games I outright couldn't. Thoroughly enjoy reading about them in any case. @SpacebarPlays great news that you're better than you were. Sounds nasty and must have took some strength to get through. Keep safe and as happy as possible all 👊🤘
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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 👍
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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%
  9. 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 ✌️
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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".
  13. 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 🎄
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. Update #1: 1. Up (PS3) - 22% ➡️ 76% 2. Persona 5 (PS4) - 26% 3. Borderlands 3 (PS4) - 23% {NEW} Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4) - 17% 5. Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition (PS4) - 0% 6. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4) - 0% Best join in with my 1st update! I haven't been gaming much recently, and what I was playing wasn't on my list so I thought I'd add it. Rise of the Tomb Raider wouldn't usually be a 100% contender for me because the 7.34% rarity worries me, but I was convinced by a friend that survivor difficulty is doable. For someone who doesn't do hard modes, I'm finding it alright so far and I'm a decent way through. Invaluable tips from my mate have helped like,"you'll get stuck and you'll get pissed off, but then you'll remember the poison arrows and everything will be fine." Still, the fact that I'm relatively bossing survivor mode is both surprising and exciting. In terms of quality, I enjoyed the 1st Tomb Raider reboot, but this one is only equally enjoyable. It hasn't really gone further. Saying that, the Baba Yaga DLC was fairly good and I'm looking forward to the Croft Manor stuff. I'm still sitting on the fence even though I've played quite a bit. I really don't know what to say about Up. About 4 years ago, me and the same mate (I promise I have more than one) had a trophy hunting session in his living room. I was mainly helping him (fairly funny memories of Terminator Salvation co-op) but when he went on to Megamind, I started Up. Because I wasn't a trophy hunter then per se, I played it, realised it was shite, and then left it. Well, there's no getting away from it now. It's still shite. In fact, this is my 3rd backlog challenge and I can safely say it's the worst game out of all of my lists. I know, i know it's for a child, but I usually like this mindless stuff and it's just so dull. I'm not even done with it yet either, Christ. Other bits...I recently picked up a copy of Deadly Premonition for my growing PS3 collection. I'll be replaying that gem and watching Twin Peaks alongside. Why? Because it's really weird and I fancy it. I enjoy my daily catch up to see how everyone's getting on. @Sword That's not nice to hear mate. I hope you get the time you need to grieve and adjust, and enjoy your time off when it comes. Take care all 👊
  18. 0 - Borderlands 1 - The Walking Dead: Season 2 2 - LEGO Marvel's Avengers 3 - Valiant Hearts: The Great War 4 - Seasons After Fall 5 - Shenmue II 6 - Monkey Island 2: Le Chuck's Revenge 7 - Stick it to the Man 8 - Fruit Ninja 9 - Call of Cthulhu Phew, got there! Call of Cthulhu was what I'd hoped it would be, story and game play wise. I think I just like hunting for clues and stuff, and I've always liked horror games. The character points aspects could have been built on a bit more, much like The Council, but the game as a whole was really solid. Will be looking for more of those ones! Really enjoyed this event! I got lucky with the numbers because I had a few suitable games that were started years ago, and that's helped me get over the precious 50% overall completion mark for the 1st time! Great work everyone!
  19. Final update: 1. The Town of Light (PS4) - (3rd June) 2. The Council (PS4) - (18th June) 3. Ratchet & Clank (PS4) - (28th June) 4. Lego Avengers (PS4) - (2nd July) 5. Valiant Hearts (PS4) - (7th July) 6. The Walking Dead S2 (PS4) - (8th July) 7. Kona (PS4) - (27th July) 8. Erica (PS4) - (3rd August) 9. Shenmue II (PS4) - (15th August) 10. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge (PS3) - (16th August) 11. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter (PS4) - (19th August) 12. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS4) - 78% (31st August) 13. Steins;Gate (PSV) - 44% Just managed to sneak in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order with an hour to spare! Overall, I have to say it's an impressive game. I had my problems navigating using the holomap which did grind a bit but I particularly enjoyed the platforming and the use of the force to do stuff. I took a moment to take in the scenery when I was clearing up the collectables as well. Lovely. It was also my 75th Platinum. I didn't plan for the milestone, I'm actually working on Call of Cthulhu which I'd have preferred as #75, but I'll take "A New Hope." It's uplifting and it kind of counter balances #50 "I Guess it's Time to Roll the Credits." Who cares? I'm bullshitting. Here's my summary of the event: Most Satisfying - Ratchet & Clank Most Memorable - Kona Honourable mentions - TWD S2, The Town of Light, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Erica It's been great to be part of this again! Lots of good inspiration all over the place. Backlog goes down by 12, and then back up again by 23. See you in the next one! Take care.
  20. Final list set in stone. Keeping it to the minimum despite the longer challenge as I'll be working on some PS3 games at 30%+ in the next few months and I don't want to over commit! Still a happiness/madness medley and still looking forward to it!
  21. Update #8: 1. The Town of Light (PS4) - (3rd June) 2. The Council (PS4) - (18th June) 3. Ratchet & Clank (PS4) - (28th June) 4. Lego Avengers (PS4) - (2nd July) 5. Valiant Hearts (PS4) - (7th July) 6. The Walking Dead S2 (PS4) - (8th July) 7. Kona (PS4) - (27th July) 8. Erica (PS4) - (3rd August) 9. Shenmue II (PS4) - (15th August) 10. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge (PS3) - 95% (16th August) 11. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter (PS4) - 0% (19th August) 12. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS4) - 33% 78% 13. Steins;Gate (PSV) - 44% Swaps used: 2/2 My big final push was going nicely until I cut my left hand quite badly doing the bar work the other day. I've wrapped my thumb up well enough to need to google "one handed games PS4". It's my 1st day off for a while and I want to play something! If you've played Crimes and Punishments, then you've played Sherlock Homes: The Devil's Daughter. It doesn't do anything new as such and with just 5 cases, it seems short. I enjoyed it for what it was and the cases are always quite cleverly thought out. They could try and improve or build on former "good" games though. I mean, I've played the Eventide trilogy for when you barely want to think, and you use the analysis tables more innovatively than Sherlock does. That aside, it was fun, and I breezed through it doing 2 cases a night. I'm on the planet clean up with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and there's just 2 to go. For games that grow on you, this is right in that category. I was actually disappointed when the main story came to a close because I was enjoying it that much. The variety of trophies is quite refreshing and not too taxing (if you don't mind collectables) and you do get used to the platforming and traversing the areas when you've opened the shortcuts. If you find decent collectable videos, then it's a nicely entertaining platinum. Final bits...I haven't had a chance to look at fixing the Vita yet so Steins Gate will have to stay where it is for now. After crying a bit about not getting the Monkey Island 2 speedrun trophy, I went ahead and did it again like a good lad. Moaning wastes time, literally ha. I'll check back in once more before the end. Virginia's just downloading so I'm hoping it's a wandering about looking at stuff experience where I can just use my right hand. If not, then that's entirely my fault for not researching it properly enough 😂 Keep going guys, almost there!
  22. 0 - Borderlands 1 - The Walking Dead: Season 2 2 - LEGO Marvel's Avengers 3 - Valiant Hearts: The Great War 4 - Seasons After Fall 5 - Shenmue II 6 - Monkey Island 2: Le Chuck's Revenge 7 - Stick it to the Man 8 - Fruit Ninja 9 - I enjoyed Shenmue II. It plays like poo but the journey and the variation is pretty cool, even all these years on. I still remember playing this on a mate's Dreamcast 20 years ago. Imagine playing a game 20 years ago where you could play games from 10 years previous. That's like a painting within a painting etc.. Really enjoyed the Hang On arcade dodgily located in a crumbling warehouse. I'll be playing Shenmue 3 because the journey has been pretty special so far. Monkey Island 2 was nice to relax with. It's as funny as I remembered and I'd forgotten the ending which is a classic. One more to go! Have fun everyone!
  23. Update #7: 1. The Town of Light (PS4) - (3rd June) 2. The Council (PS4) - (18th June) 3. Ratchet & Clank (PS4) - (28th June) 4. Lego Avengers (PS4) - (2nd July) 5. Valiant Hearts (PS4) - (7th July) 6. The Walking Dead S2 (PS4) - (8th July) 7. Kona (PS4) - (27th July) 8. Erica (PS4) - (3rd August) 9. Shenmue II (PS4) - 33% (15th August) 10. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge (PS3) - 0% 95% 11. Steins;Gate (PSV) - 44% 12. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS4) - 29% 33% 13. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter (PS4) - 0% Swaps used: 2/2 I've finally got some progress going again, wooo! I hit a couple of snags along the way in Shenmue II. Ironically I didn't have the patience to catch leaves which is a part of your training within the main story. You have to catch 3 leaves in a row in order to progress. It's pretty tricky because it does require patience and timing. If you can't, no more story. I mean, fair play. I thought that was it for a while haha. It nicely rewards you with a gold for doing it though. The 2nd block was where you actually have to be OK at fighting. Most of the game you can bash your favourite combo, and then you're thrown into fighting 3 people of moderate skill (you can save in between). That was a case of turning it off saying "I probably won't be able to do that" to turning it on a week later and doing it 1st time. After that, you've got 25% of the game left which is a leisurely stroll for the most part (literally a leisurely stroll). The last hour of the game could have been used as a tutorial and it was lovely. I sat down one afternoon and had a laugh with Monkey Island 2. I wasn't going for the 3 hour speed run trophy but after I finished in 3.01.32, I reloaded the only save I had and could only manage 3.00.36. I did want to tick that off before this update, but I just played 10 mins and I am not feeling it one bit at the mo. The initial play was fun though, super fun, and I'd even forgotten about the ending. Classic. I can still finish the challenge but it's going to be tricky, mostly because I've found a new "thing". I've got lots of PS3 titles that I've previously written off the platinum for, but I've still got loads to do in them, in some cases finishing the story (Darksiders 2) so I've been going back through, effectively turning my trophy list upside down. Every game's a candidate provided I've got access to it and want to play it, so I'll be working on that on and off, up until the PS5 comes out, then I can "retire" my PS3 to it's box in a cupboard for safe keeping. In the time it's taken me to write this and tinker with it, I've convinced myself to get Monkey Island 2 done now before anything else. Jekyll and Hyde, which one's nuts? Cracking effort everyone, we're doing pretty well with this near the end. Loving the variety of games people are playing as always! Stay safe 👊
  24. It's not challenge related, but I'm currently ranked exactly 50,000. What are the chances eh? Just noticed! Does that make me famous? Anyway, thought I'd share that with the crew while it lasts! Hope everyone's all good. Edit: 3 hours on and I'm not now. Brief god status ended. Loved that though... And I may as well follow it up with a brief update. Update #6.5: 1. The Town of Light (PS4) - (3rd June) 2. The Council (PS4) - (18th June) 3. Ratchet & Clank (PS4) - (28th June) 4. Lego Avengers (PS4) - (2nd July) 5. Valiant Hearts (PS4) - (7th July) 6. The Walking Dead S2 (PS4) - (8th July) 7. Kona (PS4) - (27th July) 8. Erica (PS4) - 81% (3rd August) 9. Steins;Gate (PSV) - 37% 44% 10. Shenmue II (PS4) - 22% 33% 11. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS4) - 12% 29% 12. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge (PS3) - 0% 13. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter (PS4) - 0% Swaps used: 2/2 I think I'd already made Erica my favourite FMV before I played it, but now I'm not too sure. It was right up my street being British (I'm a bit of a patriot), being a horror and being an FMV but I think I still prefer (controversially) Late Shift, for it's plot definitely. That being said, the amount of varied interaction is really impressive, and really frequent as well, rather than making you sit there and watch long bits. I think it'll be a long time until a game like this with 6 endings doesn't feel like a bit of a chore through the last couple of plays. My 3 blind runs meant I needed 7 plays in total so that didn't help! Oh maaaan, that song! The scream at the start, the creepy way Blake says we should go back to our flat and get a change of cloosssee. Mate, we're like 15, I'll ignore the kiss. The Vita is still making it tricky to make text decisions in Steins;Gate but I did get my 1st ending. A really disturbing ending, but I guess they all are. It's still slow going with having to reboot every 10 mins. I may open it up and have a look. Shenmue II is like Shenmue I, aged and very funny where it doesn't mean to be. I saw a post where someone commented how they couldn't understand how Shenmue got so much love with people recommending it etc. I think you have to have played it 20+ years ago and are playing it now for nostalgia to thoroughly have a good time with it. Tank controls, missable trophies dependent on day and confusing navigation don't make for a great experience, but it's satisfying to progress through. Did I mention it was really funny without realising? I'm getting on better with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. I can do more mental things with my lightsaber so it's more satisfying, and I'm getting better at navigating across the different planets. Still a shame there's only one point on each planet to fast travel to, unless that unlocks later.. The flashbacks where you learn new skills are really well integrated into the story and it feels more like a really good game now. The sliding on ice bits are still shite though. Have fun everyone, we're getting towards the final stretch!