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  1. I'm signing up again, of course! I'll start small, as usual, and add to it as I go. Three months is a pretty short amount of time, and I am hoping to finally get a few extra long games off my backlog. Assassin's Creed Odyssey Resident Evil 2 L.A. Noire El Hijo: A Wild West Tale Wolfenstein: The New Order
  2. After two months into the challenge, I am happy to see my original list completed! In April, I finished The Last of Us Part II, Heavenly Bodies, as well as the extra game - Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Now I have a whole month to add a few more games to the list, which I already started by dusting off the first game in the Dark Pictures Anthology. I've been meaning to play this one with my husband ever since we did Until Dawn together last year. We always do an initial playthrough blind, so it looks like I have to do a minimum of 5 runs to platinum this one. Ouch! Heavenly Bodies Horizon Forbidden West Ratchet & Clank Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order The Last of Us Part II New games added: Beyond a Steel Sky Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan [20%]
  3. Here are my stats for April as of the morning of May 1. From the chart I can see that January was the only month when I made an actual dent in my completion. That is because I completed twice as many games as I started. Since then I've been simply keeping up with my monthly picks. That is because I have a shortlist of new things to finish for other challenges. I think in May I should really focus on some of the things that have been sitting on my profile for longer than two months, if I want to make any tangible progress towards the 92%. That said, I already lowered my completion yesterday by starting a brand new game πŸ˜…. I don't learn. Start Current January February March Starting PCG 86.71% 89.73% 2.92% -0.90% 0.45% Total Started Games 57 68 2 2 4 Total Completed Games 40 52 4 1 4 Total Platinums 45 58 5 1 4 April May June 0.55% 3 3 3 Goal: 92.00% To go: 2.27% Completed Games (100%): The Last of Us Part II: I finally did it. After a few setbacks with overridden save files and locked-out trophies, I finally managed to finish this beast. Sad to have come to the end of the existing franchise, but I am hopeful about the rumors of the upcoming remake and, potentially, a standalone multiplayer. Naughty Dog might have a lot of surprises for us in the near future. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart: My turn to borrow this game came up pretty quick. Unfortunately, I didn't get to play it until the very end of my lending period because of TLoUII. Thankfully, it's a pretty short and fun game. I believe it's about the same length as the predecessor, so I don't think the criticisms of brevity were warranted, but the trophy list was indeed very simple. I wrapped it up in less than a weekend. Heavenly Bodies: Another game I needed to finish for a challenge. To be honest, I couldn't wait to play this game since it was released! Mastering the movements in weightlessness was tough, but doable. The challenges on Newtonian difficulty are probably the hardest components of the trophy list. The rest is pretty straightforward. Overall, a very different kind of game that requires you to slow down, exercise patience, and consider each move. DLC Progress: Call of Duty WWII: I went back and attempted a few new zombie maps. Not a huge fan of zombies, but I would like to get this massive trophy list under control. So far, I only popped a few story-related trophies in The Resistance and War Machine. Games in Progress: Cuphead [10% --> 11%]: Only grabbed one trophy in the whole month of April, Porcelain Power, for defeating a boss with a Super Art. This is one of the games I really need to come back to and give my honest effort. Friday the 13th [81% --> 87%]: Two more grindy trophies are out of the way. Both Head Counselor and The Final Chapter for playing a 1000 matches with a counselor and Jason each are done. Now I just have to get some extra kills with Jason and get him a PhD in Murder. The platinum is within my reach. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga [0% --> 8%]: Also started this huge time sink. Pretty relaxing experience so far, but I can already tell the amount of clean-up required will be staggering. I hope I can finish this one before I have to return it in two weeks.
  4. Time for the April update! This time I am only adding two games to my bingo card, which is more or less on track with my desired pace. Nothing close to an actual bingo, but I'm thinking that'll come in May or June. I have some games on my shortlist that'll definitely fulfill the requirements. But so far, I give you: Last of Us Part II: for Hype! The first game is one of my favorite games of all time, so naturally I was very hyped to play the sequel. As did many people. It's a very divisive game, and much darker in tone than its predecessor. That said, I think it's nothing short of brilliant. Depressing, flawed - yes, - but brilliant nonetheless. The trophy list, at least, was much more manageable this time around. Heavenly Bodies: for the game released in my birth month. Heavenly Bodies was unleashed into this world in December, and so was I. Fantastic puzzler with clean, stylized graphics, and challenging but fair learning curve. The puzzles themselves are pretty straightforward: just follow the schematics you are given. The majority of the challenge lies in the mastering of movements in complete weightlessness. One of the most memorable games for me so far this year, but I'm also a sucker for space, so I might be biased
  5. All of your weapons and upgrades are transferred to NG+, so you just have to work on the things you didn't obtain in your first playthrough. Manuals that you've picked up already will not appear again, but other collectibles will. You do have to be mindful of the fact that Grounded difficulty hides several skills related to the listening mode. If you did not upgrade those skills in your first playthrough, and you play on Grounded next, you will not be able to get all skills upgraded in this run.
  6. Finally sitting down to post March update for this. I have done a decent amount of gaming this month, but only gained about half a percent for my completion. Why? Because I have this annoying habit of starting new games and neglecting old ones until they become an eyesore on my profile. In March, I started 4 new games, and promptly finished only three of them: Beyond a Steel Sky, Ratchet & Clank, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The game that I haven't finished yet, and which might take me some time, is Cuphead. I might or might not push to platinum it in April - time will tell. The only game that I cleaned up from before March is Horizon Forbidden West, but I am sure a DLC will drop soon enough and set me back once again. Start Current January February March Starting PCG 86.71% 89.18% 2.92% -0.90% 0.45% Total Started Games 57 65 2 2 4 Total Completed Games 40 49 4 1 4 Total Platinums 45 55 5 1 4 Goal: 92.00% To go: 2.82% Completed Games (100%): Beyond a Steel Sky: I had to do two full playthroughs because I missed a collectible and needed to unlock an alternative ending. The game is relatively quick, but some puzzles were actually quite challenging, I found. It's a well-made game, and as someone who's never played the original, I didn't find myself too lost in the sequel. Ratchet & Clank [2016]: my turn to borrow Rift Apart was coming up, so I bumped up this game on my list of priorities. What a fun and relaxing game this was - low-pressure everything. I could just sit back and enjoy the colorful mayhem. The Groovitron trophy is probably my favorite, as seeing the enemies suddenly busting a move in a middle of a fight was simply hilarious! Horizon Forbidden West: cleaned up the second half of the story and some miscellaneous trophies to earn myself the plat. I found myself a bit burnt out by the end, surprisingly. I thought the combat was not as intuitive and fun as in HZD, because they complicated pretty much every aspect of it. Melee combat was pushed pretty heavily this time around, as developers responded to the unfounded (imo) complaint that it was lacking in the first game. I had no interest in hitting combos like it was Mortal Kombat, preferring ranged weapons and traps to take down enemies. A lot of machines felt overpowered too, each having a number of ranged and elemental attacks, instead of one specialty on top of basic combos. In HZD I had so much fun exploiting weaknesses and hitting max damage points in slow-mo, but found myself avoiding any unnecessary combat in HFW. I did not complete every side mission as I expected to do, but I will come back refreshed and ready to tackle that once the DLC drops. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order: finally got around to this game! I knew it was up my alley, being a third-person action adventure with RPG elements, but I did not expect myself to love this game this much! I enjoyed everything it had to offer, but combat and exploration were probably the highlights for me. Straight-forward trophy list too! I did get exhausted trying to clean up Zeffo, but the rest of my experience was 10/10. I'm very happy to know they are working on a sequel. DLC Progress: None Games in Progress: Cuphead [0% -> 10%]: I unlocked the first few trophies and defeated a couple of bosses on the first island. My strategy right now is to keep working on each boss until I get to rank A, then move on to the next boss. Once all of these are done, I can switch to Expert and just pray to survive with at least one life intact. I am feeling optimistic about the Pacifist run and getting one S rank, but I'm sure it'll still be a tough challenge. Friday the 13th [79% -> 81%]: the only trophy I got in March is Jason Goes to Hell for killing 666 counselors. I am not too far off from 1000 matches with either the counselors or Jason, and hope to hit those two sometime in late April. After that, it's a homestretch for the plat. Street Fighter V [8% -> 24%]: dusted off my SFV to clean up some trophies. I doubt I am skilled enough to get the plat, but it would be fun to see how far I can take the completion percentage on this one. So far I've earned some easier trophies for leveling up characters and completing the story mode. I am probably going to slowly chip away at it until I can't be bothered anymore. I think cleaning this one up will help immensely with my overall completion.
  7. Finally, some progress. March has seen me fill in four more tiles of my bingo card. I am starting to see a trend with the games I choose: they are overwhelmingly sci-fi themed, and often feature a guy and his robot side-kick. Who knew there were so many games out there to fit this specific trope? This months additions are: Beyond a Steel Sky: for a game with mystery or detective themes. You are following a series of clues and observations to deduce what happened to a missing boy and uncover a dystopian conspiracy. You also have a sassy robot side-kick. Ratchet & Clank [2016]: for a reboot or spiritual successor. Soft reboot for the franchise and a bit of re-imagining to coincide with a movie.You also have a sweet robot side-kick. Horizon Forbidden West: for gorgeous vistas. Besides the game being absolutely gorgeous with plenty of amazing scenery, coincidentally, beautiful vistas from the past are an actual collectible you need to seek out and unlock. You can have yourself a robot side-kick if you choose to override one. Thunderjaws are not recommended for a pet though. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order: for robots or aliens. This game has plenty of both. You also have the most adorable robot side-kick.
  8. Did March just fly by? It certainly feels that way. I did make a good dent in my original list, so I am starting to add some additional games into the mix. Hoping this spring will see me finally crossing off some long-ignored titles from my backlog. In March I completed Horizon Forbidden West, Ratchet & Clank [2016], and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. All were incredibly fun, which made up for a very successful month. No particular plans for April, except working towards the TLoU Part II plat along some new games I have borrowed and have to return by the end of the month. If I do exceptionally well, I might download one of the first games I purchased when I got my PS4 - Assassin's Creed Odyssey, - and start that. That would be a good one to add to my extended list. Heavenly Bodies Horizon Forbidden West Ratchet & Clank Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order The Last of Us Part II [14%] New games added: Beyond a Steel Sky
  9. Here's my February update. Last month turned out incredibly busy, so I had less than usual amount of time to play. But I did finish one game towards my bingo card! This month's addition is: Titanfall 2 - for player operated vehicles. I didn't want to go with a predictable pick of a racing game or something, so instead I chose to pilot a giant mecha with a charismatic personality, all while saving an off-world colony in the galaxy far-far away. It was badass.
  10. A bit late with my February update, but here it is. Last month was a bit brutal for me: both on personal and professional sides. Kind of wild, actually. I barely touched my games. My main goal after a successful January was to stay afloat at about the same completion, but I actually lost 0.9%. It's not bad and very manageable. After all, nobody said this was going to be a smooth ride upwards. We'll do some crazy loopy-loops here and there. In March I am hoping to clean up some bigger games I started, and maybe approach the 90% mark. Start Current January February Starting PCG 86.71% 88.73% 2.92% -0.90% Total Started Games 57 61 2 2 Total Completed Games 40 45 4 1 Total Platinums 45 51 5 1 Goal: 92.00% To go: 3.27% Completed Games (100%) Titanfall 2: I started this game last summer after the hacking incident made news. I was worried that multiplayer would get taken down indefinitely, thus making the plat unobtainable. The last thing I wanted was to waste my money, so I jumped on and finished off the online component. Thankfully, it took only 15 minutes. I know there have been rumors that the campaign has been compromised too, but I experienced zero issues. Actually, I was pleasantly surprised how polished the game looked and ran. If you enjoy FPS games, this will definitely be a treat. Yes, the infamous gauntlet scoreboard did give me some grief, but persistence always wins in the end. It felt so good to finally pop that one (with 0.30 seconds to spare lol). DLC Progress: Rise of the Tomb Raider: I cleaned up Cold Darkness and Croft Manor with varying degrees of success. Cold Darkness turned out to be just an excuse for Tomb Raider to jump on the zombie bandwagon, which was pretty annoying. You have to play it twice to be able to complete all the challenges. On my first attempt I did not apply a crucial card that would have allowed me to see collectibles through walls, and so I ended up wasting nearly 2 hours looking for one lockbox. I can't even. One thing I did like was the tower puzzles, which were just simple exercises in logic, but fun nevertheless. Croft Manor was awesome in its first half. You simply had to explore Lara's ancestral home, find clues to her family's secrets, solve puzzles, and collect some interesting artifacts. It was so very relaxing! But the second part, aptly named Lara's Nightmare, once again pits us against spectral zombies - yawn! The boss fight is a bit tough on the first try, but not too bad once you figure it out. Now it's all up to @gruffiiti when we actually start the Endurance challenges 😁. Games in Progress: Horizon Forbidden West: This is the game that is distracting me from everything else. When I do have a couple of hours to play something, it's this one. I never really purchase anything on release date, but I had to make an exception for Horizon. You don't have to complete everything for the platinum, but I am certainly going to do my best to get as close to 100% as I can. The game itself feels a lot like Zero Dawn. It's comfortable and familiar, and I am loving it. I don't know if I'm going to be able to plat this one before the end of March, but that would be a good goal. The Last of Us Part II: I am still working through this one, but Horizon keeps stealing me away. I'm not in the rush to have my TLoU experience to come to an end, so I'm not even mad. And yes, I like Abby as a character; I like how morally ambiguous everyone is; I like Ellie's downward spiral; I like that life ain't fair (because it's an apocalypse); and I certainly like that the story shreds my heart into a million pieces. I wonder how the end is going to make me feel. I'll probably cry like a baby. Jurassic World Evolution: I also started JWE this month, because why not? Sometimes it's nice to play a strategy game that has no story or action. Build a park of your dreams, create some new dinosaurs, uncover new fossils, don't let your customers get eaten... Looking at a very extensive list of expansions, some of which include tough time trials, I think this one is going to take me a while. Currently, I am sitting on my third island (out of five). Friday the 13th: Only one trophy was unlocked last month - 500 matches with Jason. I am closing in on the final stretch, but I also haven't touched this game in a couple of weeks. I must start doing some daily matches if I want to stay on track for my Friday, the 13th platinum.
  11. A quick wrap up. February was a bit slow for gaming for me as life got really busy, but I did finish one game that I wanted to finish for the event, and that’s Titanfall 2. A pretty quick campaign with some really cool moments. I loved the time travel mission the most, I think. Piloting a titan was also a great experience. Very polished and enjoyable game, even if the gauntlet drove me crazy for three days. My final list is as follows. I’ll see you in the spring challenge. 1. Tomb Raider Definitive Edition 2. Far Cry 5 Last of Us Remastered 3. Titanfall 2 4. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Alan Wake Remastered 5. Little Nightmares 6. Mortal Kombat X 7. It Takes Two 8. Little Nightmares II 9. Maneater 10. Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 11. Afterparty
  12. I'd like to sign up as well. As usual, I will start with a minimum, and spring into action πŸ€“ I might add to it later if I do well. Heavenly Bodies Horizon Forbidden West Ratchet & Clank Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Last of Us Part II [14%]
  13. I should probably post an update πŸ˜… I've used two swaps to keep my sanity, but otherwise I finished some really great games that I've been meaning to play for a long time. I'll try to 100% Titanfall 2 before the end of the month as well. I'd be happy with that. 1. Tomb Raider Definitive Edition 2. Far Cry 5 [9% currently] Last of Us Remastered 3. Titanfall 2 [4% --> 44%] 4. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Alan Wake Remastered 5. Little Nightmares Also completed from backlog: 6. Mortal Kombat X 7. It Takes Two 8. Little Nightmares II 9. Maneater 10. Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 11. Afterparty
  14. Time for my January review. It's been a productive month, where my excitement about gaming and trophy hunting got somewhat invigorated once again. I ended up earning 185 trophies, which is definitely higher than average for me, and I finally approached 0.99 trophies per day mark on my profile. So close to my 1.00 goal! This month was a good mixture of clean-up and new games, and I ended up with an overall increase of 2.92% for my completion rate. I see myself lowering it again significantly in February, as I am planning to start several new games. I am, however, continuing to work on the older games, so the goal for this month is going to be to just stay at about the same level. Here's what I did in January: Start Current January Starting PCG 86.71% 89.63% 2.92% Total Started Games 57 59 2 Total Completed Games 40 44 4 Total Platinums 45 50 5 Goal: 92.00% To go: 2.37% Completed Games (100%) It Takes Two: what a game to open the year! Played this one with my husband and we had a blast. I was skeptical about this game winning the Game of the Year, but it completely deserves this title. Each new level is unique and more beautiful than the previous one, and the cooperative puzzle solving results in some serious belly laughs. Highly recommended! Mortal Kombat X: I lost myself in this game for the first two weeks of the year. There is something about NetherRealm fighting games that is very comforting to me. I like to methodically go through the trophy list and complete challenge after challenge. I never go into these games expecting to platinum them, but I am always very motivated to try. Astro's Playroom: I finally got myself a PS5, and so of course I had to make Astro my first PS5 plat. Though I don't generally swoon for platformers, I thought this game truly deserved the praise it got. Cute fun to be had, but I really-really-really hate time trials. The Last of Us Remastered: I was keeping this plat for my 50th milestone, so all I had to do was pick up a collectible to finally finish it. One of the best games I've ever played, but only one trophy can count towards my 2022 completion. Platinumed Games (still need DLC finished) Rise of the Tomb Raider: I'm continuing on my journey through the survival trilogy of the Tomb Raider. It's a little meh on the story, but it makes up for it in gameplay. I'm hoping that any future games in the franchise will come back closer to the TR roots, but who knows at this point. In January, I basically completed the main story and clean-up all the remaining trophies for the plat. I also completed the Baba Yaga DLC. Games in Progress: The Last of Us Part II: having finished the first game, naturally I had to jump into the sequel. I like it. No, more than that - I love it - so far. I see why some people got triggered and all, but none of the criticisms bother me just yet. I'm savoring my time with it. I have only earned some basic trophies at this point, and still have lots to go in the story. Titanfall 2: went back and resumed my story progress with Titanfall. I like this game, but something always distracts me from it. I'm determined to finish it soon, but so far I've only earned some mission-related trophies and a few kill-specific ones. Friday the 13th: it's not dead yet! I am steadily working on this one, boosting some matches with Jason and councilors almost every day. Yesterday I managed to pop the 500 matches with councilors trophy. If I continue at this pace, I should be done in 1-1.5 months. Rayman Legends: currently I am only working on the daily and weekly challenges, but I'm hoping to clear out some story-related trophies this coming month.
  15. Here's my January update. Not bad progress. I have one more game finished that I might use for this challenge, and I'm in the middle of several more qualifying ones. Pretty happy with the progress so far. It's amazing how we already have participants with BINGO! Congrats to you all. This month's additions are: Astro's Playroom - for in-game weather effects - not only does this game have rain and wind effects added to showcase the DualSense and to provide minor obstacles, Astro's Playroom also features an entire storm-themed level. Mortal Kombat X - for a game redeemed from PS Plus - part of October 2021 selection Rise of the Tomb Raider - for the main character without facial hair - since I did not draw a category for a female protagonist, this will do