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  1. I picked up the same ones and I'd have to agree, they really make a difference. I'd also highly recommend picking up a protective film for your Vita's screen. If you have sweaty hands the touch screen gets all messed up and with a protective film you never have to worry about this. @A_Tennis_Giraffe https://www.amazon.co.uk/CYBER-アナログスティックカバーHIGHタイプ-PS-Vita-ブラック/dp/B00XXSONHM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=cyber+high+ps+vita&qid=1568973867&sr=8-1 https://www.amazon.co.uk/CYBER-アナログスティックカバーHIGHタイプ-PS-Vita-ホワイト/dp/B00XXSO1YW/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=cyber+high+ps+vita&qid=1568973867&sr=8-2 Here are the links for them on Amazon. It took me a while to find them when I originally went looking for them, so hopefully this helps. Apparently they are very difficult to take off and leave a diamond-shaped mark on your analogue sticks over time, but after putting them on I'd see no reason to take them off!
  2. Definitely seems to be the case. I’ve recently noticed this with Metro: Last Light Redux. It’s PS3 counterpart seems like a much more challenging platinum, with a trophy for beating it on the hardest (maybe second hardest?) difficulty, as well as going through the entire campaign without killing another human unless forced to. The PS4 version tasks you instead with obtaining both good and bad endings, which you can both do on Normal difficulty which provides next to no challenge. I’ve already added the PS3 version to my wishlist on psprices. It’s not always a bad thing though. Take a look at one of your examples, inFamous. The original had 250 blast shards to collect, which require you to meticulously follow a collectible map while ticking off each one as you go to ensure you don’t mess up. Fast forward to Second Son and collectables are marked on the mini-map and ticked off as you go. For me this is a welcome change. Intersting topic for sure.
  3. I’ve tried to play this one on I’d say at least 5 separate occasions. Never did manage to stick with it. Good job on the quick completion time! Think it may be best if I start with the original ME and hope I can get into it. I’ve already bought the trilogy a while back. Now that I think of it, I had the same issue with Bayonetta, which is also on your list. I ended up really enjoying my time with it in the end when I did finally commit to it.
  4. Weekly Update #2 101 Ways to Die (0%) Alone With You (VITA) (0%) => 57% Bridge Constructor (0%) Cast of the Seven Godsends: Redux (0%) Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3) (1%) Metro: Last Light Redux (15%) => 50% Shadow of the Colossus (5%) Steins;Gate (PS3) (0%) Teslagrad (40%) The Escapists: The Walking Dead (0%) The Mark of Kri (0%) => 70% Transistor (0%) Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space (0%) => 100% - 01/09/19 inFamous First Light (0%) => 100% - 02/09/19 Life is Strange (0%) => 100% - 05/09/19 Finding it difficult to stick to one game, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Made a lot of progress this past week, completing the campaign for three of the above games! Teslagrad - Haven't returned to this game since last week, but I didn't mention anything about it during my last update so I said I'd include it anyway. I decided to follow a video guide right from the offset, as Teslagrad's trophies are all based on finding collectables called scrolls. Some were easy to get to, others not so much. There are some interesting mechanics at play, but a lot of the difficulty is nullified due to following a guide. Your main goal is essentially making your way to the top.. one false move and you can lose quite a bit of progress (which I learned pretty early on). I'll be sure to make use of cloud saves to minimise frustration. Metro: Last Light Redux - Finished the main campaign on survival difficulty while simultaneously getting the 'bad' ending. I opted for a blind play through and enjoyed what the game had to offer. It follows on from the events of Metro 2033 and features an interesting story with a pretty lengthy campaign, especially for a first-person shooter. Artyom feels a little stiff to control, even with the sensitivity set to max, but that's only a small complaint. The mechanics at play were very similar to those in Metro 2033 so it was nice to have some experience in that regard (throwing grenades and recharging your batteries can be quite difficult to figure out for newcomers). Going to make it's platinum my 7000th trophy, a nice milestone to have. Alone With You - I've completed the story twice during the past week. It's hard to believe I still have another three runs before I'll pick up the platinum. I've been following the fantastic text guide on here which has me making cloud saves in order to minimise the amount of time spent on the game. The story was pretty good, although I'm not a fan of reading through walls of text. I definitely prefer to listen to audio rather than read through text, I feel I take in a lot more listening than I do reading. The game play is pretty simplistic, albeit quite repetitive even during my original run. I believe I will be tired of this game by the time I'm finished with it. The Mark of Kri - Interesting PS2 title which I never played back when it was originally released. It has some funky controls, but it didn't take long to get used to the control scheme. The lack of subtitles annoy me, and I have no idea why they didn't bother to remaster the cut-scenes on top of the game play itself. It just comes off as lazy and doesn't do the game any justice. I finished the campaign a short while ago. It was fun, even with cheats, and provided enough variety to keep me entertained for the short time I spent on the campaign. All that remains are a few Arena challenges which I should be able to finish tomorrow. Not entirely sure if I'll start anything new this week, but knowing me I probably will. Until the next update, glad to see everybody's making dents in their backlog's.
  5. This is entirely different for me. But maybe I am missing something?
  6. You should give What Remains of Edith Finch a go. You probably already have it in your library if you’re a PS Plus member. It’s short though so I wouldn’t spend much on it if you don’t already have it. It’s a chilled out walking simulator with a great narrative.
  7. #161: Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space I didn't enjoy this game one bit. It consisted of terrible voice acting, a weak plot, sub-par graphics, a confusing control scheme, harsh sound effects, ugly menu's and overly confusing puzzles (which could be skipped, thankfully). Following a text guide made this game somewhat bearable, if even that. By the time I got the platinum I was so tired of playing it that I instead opted to watch the conclusion of the game on YouTube instead. Didn't make much sense to me if I'm honest. Wouldn't recommend this game to anyone. #162: inFamous First Light I had a lot of fun with this entry. The story was short and didn't really expand much on what we already knew from playing Second Son, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I preferred Fetch over Delsin, with her story arc being more interesting to me. The real enjoyment came from the challenge rooms though (more so in the beginning). The goal of hitting 500,000 was easy, but the real excitement came from trying to top my friends list in each of the 5 rooms. It didn't take long to master these, and it wasn't long before I was spamming rockets while continuously moving from one neon light to the next. I racked up a score of over 7,000,000 in Beta Survival, and after that I started to grow tired of the mode so I didn't invest as much time in to the remaining challenges. I now have every inFamous trophy available to date, and I hope to see another addition to the series at some point in the future. #163: Life Is Strange I'm really happy that I decided to give this game a chance as it's ended up being one of the best games I've played, overthrowing The Wolf Among Us as my favourite episodic based title. The main issue I had with the game was the poor character animations (specifically mouth movements when in conversation). Aside from that I pretty much adored everything else, especially the soundtrack. I hope the season pass for the PS3 version goes on sale at some stage as I'd love to explore more of the optional sub-plots as I missed out on quite a bit of content in my original run. Going to wait a bit before playing Before the Storm, but I expect I'll enjoy it when I do get around to playing it. I'll reiterate that this is a fantastic game and one of the best I've played.
  8. Nice dedication, there’s a lot of additional stuff not required for the platinum. I’m at a point in the game where I feel like fully upgrading the Jackdaw is my next best move.. but I find ship combat to be quite aggravating. Not sure when I’ll return 😶
  9. Gold Standard from Gran Turismo 5. Last time I played it I was actually really happy with my progress.. managed to pick up gold in every license event and then went onto the AMG academy.. gave up on it once I reached the intermediate full lap.. I may go back to it some day but for now the platinum seems out of my reach. Would’ve been nice if GT5 was DualShock 4 compatible but unfortunately no dice
  10. Weekly Update #1 101 Ways to Die (0%) Alone With You (VITA) (0%) Bridge Constructor (VITA) (PS4) (0%) Cast of the Seven Godsends: Redux (0%) Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3) (1%) Metro: Last Light Redux (0%) => 15% Shadow of the Colossus (5%) Steins;Gate (PS3) (0%) Teslagrad (0%) => 40% The Escapists: The Walking Dead (0%) The Mark of Kri (0%) Transistor (0%) Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space (0%) => 100% - 01/09/19 inFamous First Light (0%) => 100% - 02/09/19 Life is Strange (0%) => 100% - 05/09/19 Some nice progress made this past week. I've made a slight alteration to my list - I have decided to play Bridge Constructor on the PS4 instead of the Vita as I've read numerous reports that the game performs terribly on the Vita. I'm also pretty much set on sticking to weekly updates, seeing as this challenge is quite a long one and it would feel more organised to me personally. Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space - One of the worst games I've ever played. The idea was nice, and it was a game I would have liked to have enjoyed, but the execution was just plain awful. Luckily you have the ability to skip the convoluted puzzles which cuts down some of the time you'll waste struggling through this game. The voice acting, graphics and controls are all laughable at best. Stay away from it if you have any respect for yourself, it's simply not worth the easy platinum. inFamous First Light - I had a lot of fun with this game. The story itself was short but I found Fetch's story to be quite interesting (even though I knew about a lot of it already from playing Second Son). The combat challenges are where the game really shines though and I had a lot of fun going through the five main ones. Managed to rack up over 7,000,000 points in the Beta survival challenge, and proceeded to top my friends list in all but one of the challenges! With this game I now have every inFamous trophy available to date, hope we get to see more of these in the future! Life Is Strange - Such a fantastic game. Definitely up there with some of the best games I've ever played. Loved the story, the characters, the setting, all of the optional sub-plots and sub-activities. Loved the art style, the ability to make choices and the actual effects they have on the characters and the world surrounding them. LOVED the music, was extremely appropriate for the game. For me it was a story about friendship, for others it could be so much more than that. Would highly recommend giving this game a go, although it's definitely not a game for everyone. I have two games in progress going into this week - Teslagrad and Metro: Last Light Redux. As usual I've enjoyed reading everyone's updates, and wish everyone a fruitful week of gaming ahead!
  11. @HusKy could this be used with a secure browser? I use the one that you can download with the free Avast antivirus.
  12. Sweet, going to finally pick up and play Bloodborne, God of War and The Last of Us Remastered, assuming Game delivers to Ireland. The rest I own digitally bar Spider Man. Not particularly interested in getting it, and if I did I’d just pick up the GOTY version instead.
  13. Playing catch up once again. Feeling lazy so I've just copy/pasted most of what I've said during the summer backlog event. Nice to have these games done and dusted. #157/158: Claire (PS4 + VITA) I started Claire on the PS4 first as I knew it would only require one play through. The EU version didn't receive the latest patch which meant I could simply load my last save and in return the game automatically switches the save file to the highest difficulty (Nightmare), saving me a play through. I thought the story was great, and I wasn't able to figure out what was actually going on until it was revealed during the final scene. Definitely worth reading through all the dialogue, it would be a shame to skip it all for the sake of a quicker play through. I followed the excellent text guide on here and I got my platinum in just over three hours. I finished the VITA stack shortly afterwards. I started off with the 'Nightmare' play through which wasn't bad at all. A few sections required more than a couple attempts, but it was smooth sailing for the majority of the run. I then ran through the game again on 'Story' difficulty while focusing on the collectables and achieving the good ending. Glad I gave this game a go, was worth it for the story alone. Not a game I could've enjoyed/finished without a text guide, just simply too many doors/different routes to take. #159: Forma.8 I decided to play Forma.8 on the Vita although in hindsight I wish I didn't bother. The game was poorly optimised for the Vita. My game crashed around 5 times total, and the frame rate drops were frequent and very noticeable. Sometimes the game would feel like it's about to come to a complete stop, and this really took away from the overall experience. Do yourself a favour and play the PS4 version if you have any interest in this game, it's simply not worth playing on the Vita. The game itself was pretty average, nothing special. It mainly consists of a whole lot of exploration and a few puzzles here and there. It never got too difficult though and was actually quite relaxing to play most of the time. The soundtrack was nice and so too was the art style. #160: Rocketbirds 2: Evolution The game was okay I guess, again nothing special. It was filled with humour though, I'll give it that. The story consists of six chapters which feel like a bit of a drag in the beginning, but actually became a lot more enjoyable as the game progresses. The second part of the game consists of a rescue mode, which is made pretty trivial thanks to the free DLC that was made available for this game. Installing this apparently causes one of the trophies to glitch for some people, but luckily for me everything popped when it was supposed to. There wasn't a difficult trophy and it was all pretty straight forward from start to finish. Yet another game that suffered from constant FPS drops on the Vita, when as little as 3 or 4 enemies entered the screen at once. Really noticeable and quite annoying, I think it may have made the UFO Hit and Run trophy easier though, so I won't complain too much.
  14. No purchases from me this time around. Very lackluster sale in my eyes in terms of what’s on my wishlist.. a few items did come close though. Darksiders: Warmastered Edition for €5 - it’s been on the store for less so I’ll leave it off, would like to play the first two before playing the third. Sniper Elite 4 Season Pass for €14 - again it’s been on the store for less so I’m not going to bother. No surprise to see it on sale though as it’s been given out for free on PS Plus recently. No hurry to continue with the game for now so I’ll pass. The Sims 4 Deluxe Party Edition for €18 - it’s been available as low as €15 so again I’m going to steer clear.
  15. Can't believe this was the introductory song for episode 2 of Life is Strange... used to listen to this a lot in college a couple of years back. Amazing way to start the episode