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  1. Crash Bandicoot: Warped (100%) Platinum + Future Tense DLC And that's a wrap! All 3 of the N-Sane Trilogy knocked out, this was definitely quicker than the last 2. Only issue I had with this was at times I really couldn't figure out why some of Crash's techniques would randomly stop working, I must have had a ton of retries where jumps I had made several times before just straight up failed or would activate for no reason. Other than that it was a great game, time trials weren't too bad, didn't much like the bike levels though. Although that's 3 plats down, it's only 1 disk cleared from the backlog. Next Game: Two Point Hospital - Platinum + DLC
  2. #70 - Crash Bandicoot 2 - Wrath of Cortex Hot off the heels of Crash 1, they say the games in the Trilogy get easier. I don't know if this is true or it's because I played Crash 1 beforehand that I flew through this game. I did get less platinum relics on the time trials compared to Crash 1 but for the most part I didn't have too much issue. Only levels I replayed a lot were the ones you run towards the screen from something or the ones where you ride the little bear. Just holding down all the time running towards the screen felt uncomfortable on the PS4 controller and my thumb would often slip off, or I'd run in to something trying to readjust my thumb. Just Crash 3 to go and the Trilogy is done! Another game off the backlog. Next Game: Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped Platinum + Future Tense DLC
  3. #69 - Crash Bandicoot (100%) Platinum + Lost Treasures DLC After years of putting this off, I finally started this game. This was tough, real tough. The game itself was fun to play and really brought back some memories, the time trials however were a pain and brought back some nightmares. As a kid I could barely manage to get Blue on the relics, now I needed gold as a minimum. At times I wanted to just count my losses, High Road, Road to Nowhere and finally... Stormy Ascent. These three levels took me several hours each to get the relic. I never normally cheer out loud, but once I finished Stormy Ascent and snagged the last trophy, I yelled, probably scared the crap out of the neighbours too. Apparently this is the hardest of the N-Sane Trilogy, might have to have a break before I tackle number 2 and 3.
  4. #61 - Yakuza: Dead Souls Damn, this took some time to clear! Started to learn Mahjong a little, luckily you don't have to 100% this game but the platinum still takes a lot of work, it doesn't help that your AI partners are absolutely useless, they love walking in front of you while you're aiming, not good when you throw a grenade or call an orbital strike on yourself because of them. Overall the story was good, the typical Yakuza humour shows a lot in the substories, imagine Majima chasing a zombie in a dressing gown with a ballgag in it's mouth through a zombie infested Kamurocho!
  5. #59 - God of War - Chains of Olympus #60 - God of War - Ghost of Sparta That' it, with GoW Collection Volume II done that's all 6 GoW games on the PS3 platinumed. That's a big blow to the backlog, it was good to get some hack and slash action after a bunch of RPG games. Not sure which of my backlog to start on now.
  6. #57 - God of War 3 (PS3) #58 - God of War: Ascension (PS3) Another 2 GoW games in the bag, only 2 more of the PS3 era left. Most of the gripes I had with God of War 1/2 went away with these two games, probably since they were actual PS3 games and not PS2 HD. The combat felt a little better but I still hate that delay when you get hit, the enemies seem to be able to chain their attacks together really well once they manage to hit you, I've seen enemies literally dive across the screen to get me once I was hit. The delay on the dodge still bugs me as you stand still for about a second after each dodge, this was more noticeable in Ascension as most enemies second or third attack was almost expertly timed for this delay. The main issue I have with these games is the amount of time you spend watching the screen pan around. Walk in to a new area, cinematic screen pan, see a puzzle, screen pan, move an object, screen pan, solve the puzzle, screen pan, new area, rinse and repeat. It feels even worse the second playthrough as you know what you're doing and where you're going and these keep popping up, I counted at worst 6 times this happened for one puzzle and there's no way to skip them. You also can't skip cutscenes unless you're in new game plus, the drawback is you can't earn trophies in new game plus. I watched a few speedruns of GoW3 and the runners even said 80% of the run is cutscenes. Apart from that I enjoyed the games, the challenges in 3 weren't as bad as the previous 2 games and there was no trophy for challenges in Ascension, I did have to PS Now the game to get the multiplayer trophy but it's literally a 2 minute thing.
  7. #55 - God of War (PS3) #56 - God of War II (PS3) Picked up the whole PS3 God of War collection as well as the 2 on the PS4. Thought it would be a good change of pace after playing some long RPGs. For the most part the trophies are pretty simple but the Challenges of the Gods and Challenges of the Titans were an absolute pain. The Challenges of the Gods (GoW 1) had couple of frustrating challenges but #10 was an absolute pain. You're on a small platform with no magic and have to deal with those irritating Satyrs which at some points can just straight up throw you off the edge, doesn't matter if you're mid combo or not. I think my record for fastest loss is about 2 seconds, jumped on the platform and was immediately thrown off. Challenge of the Titans (GoW 2) was a little easier, there's only 7 instead of 10 and I didn't have too much difficulty. The last challenge did feel a little cheap at times, but at least you have magic. 2 God of War games down, 6 to go!
  8. LEGO Harry Potter Collection: Years 1-4 Picked this up on sale a while back, since I'm determined to clear out my backlog I thought this and the second one would be a nice change of pace before I start on some of the longer RPG games I still have to play. Back in the X360 days I played a lot of LEGO games and I was looking forward to clearing some of the ones I never got to play once I jumped ship to the PS3/4. While it was fun to explore Hogwarts to begin with, it became tedious very quick. Walk from one end to the other just to view a 5 second cutscene and then go all the way back for a lesson and then back again to start the level. I know they were trying to stay faithful to the movies but it definitely made me miss the simplicity of the hubs from earlier entries. The game definitely picks up once story mode is complete, you can pick any level from a board in the Leaky Cauldron, you now have all character types and spells to access anywhere in Hogwarts and you can start working on the collectibles. For the most part, collectibles weren't too bad, 50 students in peril, 96 House Crests, 200 Gold Bricks, 20 red bricks and 167 characters. While the collectibles in the levels were straight forward enough, wandering Hogwarts for them was enjoyable but some of the smaller rooms I overlooked, a quick warp or room list would have been really helpful. Finally glitches, luckily I didn't have any game breaking glitches, I've heard of some glitches preventing the 100% but that didn't happen for me. Some of the glitches that I found were certain pieces didn't spawn to allow me to progress, pieces would get stuck and wouldn't move, awful collision detection sending pieces flying off the screen, detector arrows pointing at things that didn't exist, students in peril crying out when they weren't there and at one point the game ironically died when I built a skeleton. In the end it was still a good game, one of the lower games on the LEGO list but I still enjoyed it. Might take a break before I dive in to Years 5-7!
  9. #53 - Dragon Quest Builders Only a couple of trophies required grinding, building 50 different rooms required jumping between save files to see which rooms I could build with the items and it took me a few hours to get to 2000 enemy kills. All in all, not too bad. Another game gone from the 'old' backlog, I still need to clear them all before I can touch the most recent games I've bought in my 'new' backlog.
  10. #52 - Dragon Quest Heroes - The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below. (45h27m) Dragon Quest and Dynasty Warriors work really well. Just like most Warriors style games, the Platinum comes with a grind. Grind for experience, grind for money, grind for ingredients, grind for monsters, grind for alchemy, grind for Mini Medals. Good to finally complete this, I enjoyed the main game but never platinumed it on my old profile. Got my ass handed to me by one of the superbosses and noped on out. Terry and Bianca are ridiculously overpowered. I'll probably leave the second one for a while!
  11. #51 - Darksiders III You can definitely tell they tried to go down a dark souls route which feels out of place considering you're supposed to be a powerful Horseman of the Apocalypse. Trophies weren't too difficult, a few cheap moments on Apocalypse difficulty but overall I enjoyed it. I haven't played Genesis but the first Darksiders is still the best so far. Slowly grinding down that backlog!
  12. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth 2 Digimon games down, 2 to go. Think I might take a break before I start Hacker's Memory.
  13. Great game but the grind at the end took forever, 200 Digimon raised was the longest. I need to stop playing 100+ hour plats.
  14. Grand Theft Auto V
  15. Most fun platinum's: 1 - Dragon Quest XI 2 - Resident Evil 2 3 - Dead Space 2 Most grindy platinum's: 1 - Digimon World - Next Order (Almost finished) 2 - Tales of Symphonia - Dawn of the New World 3 - Portal Knights Highest skill based platinum's: 1 - Dead Space 2 (Hard to the Core) 2 - Sonic Generations 3 - Resident Evil Most boring / tedious platinum's I earned: 1 - Tales of Symphonia - Dawn of the New World 2 - Digimon World - Next Order (Just the post game grind) 3 - Skyrim (Great game, trophies were a bit tedious afterwards) Platinum's that I did not achieve, but wanted: N/A