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  1. Completed the third game of my Tier 1 : The Chronicles of Riddick : Assault on Dark Athena. The Chronicles of Riddick is your classic stealth/FPS. It's made up of Escape from Butcher Bay a game originally released on Xbox, its sequel Assault on Dark Athena along with a multiplayer mode. It turned out to be more enjoyable than I had anticipated. It still looks surprisingly good for a game that was released on 2009. The voice acting is great. The lighting and shadowing is on point for a game that wants you to strike from the dark. The game also incorporated some RPG elements, some platforming along with several side missions given to you by the other inmates. As for the bad, the AI is very clanky and the aiming can prove to be difficult at times. The multiplayer trophies also require you to get 10,000 kills along with winning 1,000 matches. That would be the main reason I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone ๐Ÿ˜… All in all, The Chronicles of Riddick has its flaws, but it was a fun single player experience nonetheless. The multiplayer on the other side was just a long and boring grind. What's next ? Even tho I hate leaving unfinished games on my profile, I'm gonna take a break from the two games I already started, Smash Cars and Quantum Theory to focus on the Most Wanted List. The next two games I'm gonna tackle are gonna be Pier Solar & Trials Fusion. I honestly don't know if I'll be able to finish them before their bounties expire but I figured I should start working on them as early as possible to give me as much room as possible. Fun times ahead ๐Ÿ˜
  2. Honestly I don't know how you do that, I completed my second stack on January 2020 and if you asked me to do a review today, I know I wouldn't have as much inspiration as when I finished the game right off the bat. I'm pretty sure there is a lot of details I forgot or stuff I need to refresh my memory about. But it doesn't seem to be a problem for you, as you're able to go back to games you completed years ago effortlessly. Props to you man, that's definitely inspiring. With all that said, I officially request a review for The Witcher 3 ๐Ÿ˜ But I don't want you to rush it just because I asked for it, take as much time as you need, it could take you months and I'll still be happy to see the finished product on verdict day.
  3. Copanele and me just became best friends ๐Ÿ˜ I agree that the wedding is a great quest, from the place, the atmosphere, the different activities, the reconnection with Shani, everything was so well done. As for me, I honestly don't know what quest would be my favorite. Maybe the whole storyline in the Blood and Wine DLC and the final boss which was nothing like we had seen before. Honestly I'm not surprised. Season 1 left a bitter taste in my mouth so I wasn't getting my hopes up. I guess I'll just stick to the books as I still need to read over half of them. I would love to play the first two installations of the Witcher in the future tho, I've seen videos of the Witcher 2 and it really looks good for an older and less polished version of the Witcher 3 ๐Ÿ˜†
  4. That's a pleasant surprise my friend, The Witcher 3 is my favorite video game of all time. Till this day, I haven't played a game that I enjoyed more nor one in which I was as invested as The Witcher 3. I completed 2 stacks on my former account. I loved the Witcher folklore so much that I decided to read the books, I would like to finish them all before going for another stack to have a better in depth knowledge of the game. I'm pretty sure there is a lot of references that I might have missed during my 2 playthroughs I was also super excited about the Netflix series but it turned out to be pretty dull. How to fail at adaptation. I was very disappointed when I binge watched the first season, I don't know if the second is better as I don't have a Netflix subscription at the moment. On another note, I would encourage anyone to play The Witcher 3 with both DLCs, whether you never started it (@GonzoWARgasm) or if you indeed started but never came back to it (@DrBloodmoney). I would read all of your reviews with great interest, I just hope you guys will like the game as much as I do ๐Ÿ˜ By the way, where is your Witcher review Rob ? I went back to your OP looking for a link and was very sad to see a white title instead of a blue one. You haven't done one yet ? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
  5. Thank you for stopping by and writing some kind words of encouragement my friend, I really appreciate it. Funny enough, I was lurking through your checklist the other day and that's exactly what I wanted to tell you regarding Crash 4 ๐Ÿ˜‚ I'm sure with time, practice and patience, you'll be able to beat it. I also read that you wanted to tackle Trackmania after that. Best of luck man, it's a game that scares me to be honest so I'm really not looking forward to starting that one, especially since I'm beginner level when it comes to racers. But I saw the crazy things you've been accomplishing in CTR so that might not be a problem for you. Nevertheless, I will make sure to follow your progress, good luck my friend ๐Ÿ˜
  6. I just read your status update and I think I'll give it I'll wait a lil bit before giving this game a go since you said it's still in beta stage and quite buggy & laggy. I'll make sure to follow you so I can keep an eye on your status update in the future. Keep me updated when you get to finish Heavy Metal Machines & Splitgate. Good luck my friend ๐Ÿ˜
  7. Hello everyone, I would like to join the event. Here is my card : I already completed 2 games in 2022 as part of the UR Cleanup that could also fit in here : Laser League as a strategy game, completed January 1st Hawken as a free to play game, completed January 2nd
  8. Hahaha you got it right my friend, I decided to include Trials Fusion in my Tier 1 list. The goal is to get it fully completed by March 31st before the 1st quarter Most Wanted List expiration date. I honestly have no idea if I'll be able to make it for that deadline but I'll do my best. I wanted to do some cleanup in my account first but I honestly might just start it and work on it while doing other games on the side ๐Ÿ˜‹ Haha that's what I also noticed my friend. I spent a lot of time looking through the games you've played and couldn't help but realize there was a lot of 0% list hiding some truly hidden gems and great things you've accomplished. Congrats on Mega Zombie and good luck on those other 3. If I'm being honest, all 4 games are on my wishlist (I think I discovered some of them thanks to your profile so thank you for the recommendations ) so I'll get around to also do them at some point even if the grinds associated look daunting to say the least ๐Ÿ˜
  9. Completed the second game of my tier 1 : Hawken, a mech FPS. Sorry @Copanele I made you work on the first day of the year, and now also on the second Overall the game wasn't that great so I just worked on getting the trophies done and then left the building. By the way I wrote a review of Laser League on my checklist if anyone is interested. I won't do one for Hawken as it doesn't really seem necessary. Onto the next one now ๐Ÿ˜‹
  10. Happy New Year Doc, looking forward to a 2022 year filled with science and rankings ๐Ÿ˜ You finally stop by my friend haha. I will be closely following your progress as well, I'll keep an eye on the future games you decide to tackle throughout the year. Yessir. Fun times ahead ๐Ÿ˜‹ I hope everything is going good with life in general my friend. Looking forward to the next games you'll decide to take on ๐Ÿ™Œ Hahaha not quite my friend, I still got some more work to do to be honest. By the way, a couple days ago I was scrolling through your profile to get some gaming ideas and I couldn't help but notice a lot of games sitting at 0%. Have you tried all of them or was it intentional to put them in your profile for future use ? Happy New Year my friend, success in gaming but also in life in general ๐Ÿธ Happy New Year Briste, thank you for your help on the layout and good luck for the UR Cleanup haha, excited to see your progress on games like Super Meat Boy or Injustice
  11. Appreciate the love my friend, will try to cook something interesting ๐Ÿ˜
  12. Laser League Introduction First and foremost, it's important to note that this is a posthumous review. The game was delisted earlier this month and the multiplayer component will be discontinued by the end of February. When I learned about the shutdown, I bumped it on top of my priorities since it was a game I had been eyeing for a while. I got very lucky because I snatched it just a couple days before its subsequent delisting, the game had been sitting on my wishlist this whole time, waiting for a sale that never came (Roll7 games never go on sale ). Honestly I would have been pissed off if I missed out on this one haha. Anyway, without further ado, let's get into business. Laser League is a futuristic sports video game released in 2018 by Roll7, the creators of OlliOlli and Not a Hero. Perhaps the studio's most ambitious project to date, the modern-day indie product is a multiplayer focused game that also support local play. Set in 2150, two teams of either 2 or 3 players apiece compete against each other in a packed stadium on a wide array of unique maps. The goal is to eliminate the opposition using lasers scattered throughout the arena. During the match, empty nodes will spawn. By running through them, you will activate one or multiple lasers that take on your teamโ€™s color. Those lasers come in a large variety of shapes outlined by the empty node that gives you a preview of whatโ€™s about to come. Once activated, those said lasers wonโ€™t hurt you but will eliminate any opponent that comes in contact with them. At the beginning of the match, there is only a few available, but as the game carry on, the arena will be filled with more and more lasers with an expanding range. The more you control, the better chances you have to eliminate your opponents. You gain control of the lasers you activate for only a few moments, after that they disappear and you have to go through the node in order to reactivate them again. By eliminating all of your opponents, you get one point. The first team to 3 points wins the round. You need to win 2 rounds out of 3 to win the match. Gameplay This is textbook gameplay in its driest form, it's that simple. However it's more intricate than it seems. Laser League matches simplicity with depth in such an effortless way. A lot of slight elements conspire together to forge significant complexity. For example, the game implemented several things to get yourself out of tight spots. First off, there is the wall wrapping. When you run through a wall, you reappear on the other side, which can comes in handy more than a few times if a laser is blocking your way. You can also choose between a mixture of different offensive and defensive classes, each one having an ability along with a modifier. Here is a breakdown of these different classes : Smash : long range dash attack that sends an opponent tumbling across the map into potential danger Ghost : gives you a temporary invulnerability allowing you to pass through your opponentsโ€™ lasers or attacks Thief : allows you to convert your opponentsโ€™ lasers into your own Snipe : allows you to drop a marker on the field then draw a snap line by walking away from it. It timed correctly, any opponent that passes through the snap line can get eliminated Shock : stunning attack at range that makes your opponents vulnerable to lasers or any follow up attacks Blade : short range slash attack that can eliminate an opponent if aimed correctly You have a stamina bar that allows you one use of your ability before a cooldown of a couple seconds. As for the modifier, they can go from an extended time of the effect (thief) or the possibility of charging the stamina bar faster (blade). That's where the real fun begins. You can for example mix your Blade class with the possibility of recharging your ability upon every successful kill allowing you to chain together a complete team wipe in a couple seconds. Pretty efficient, but it requires timing and reflexes to pull off properly. Maybe you would be better off playing as a Thief so you can steal active nodes from your opponents and get them by surprise ? Or the Shock ability that stuns them for a couple seconds, leaving them at the mercy of the lasers roaming around ? By playing the game, you'll notice pretty early that the key to outlast your opponents is to strategically combine your classes between you and your teammates, giving you a considerable edge. In addition to those classes, another variable is the power-ups that appear regularly throughout a game. Ranging from covering the walls by lasers preventing the opponents from wall wrapping, changing the lasers' speed and shape, or stunning your opponents for a few seconds, they can be real game changers and turn the tide in your favor. A fallen soldier will leave a marker on the pitch, he can get revived if a teammate runs through it. As long as one member of the team is alive, the game isnโ€™t over and he can revive his teammates as many times as possible. Of course you can also prevent opponents from reviving their own teammates by โ€œcampingโ€ on the marker and attacking anyone who comes close by. Are you still not entertained ? ๐Ÿ˜„ If you donโ€™t have enough partners to start up a game, youโ€™re gonna be paired with A.I, and honestly, the bots are pretty decent in this game, utilizing a class of their own and reviving teammates when needed. Trophies As for the trophies, well they are pretty straightforward. You need a team of 4 players, you included, to get everything done in 2v2 matches. The two main trophies you are working for are : the prestige trophy, you will need to reach level 31 to prestige which is roughly 2,339,000 xp. You get xp by killing, reviving or winning rounds and matches. the leveling up in the different classes trophies. Each class has a set of 3 challenges that, when completed, makes you gain a level and brings 3 new challenges. You will need to reach rank 2 for each class then bring one of them all the way to rank 5 which is the classes cap level. We decided along with my boosting partners to do it with the Blade class since it was the most suited one to couple with the prestige trophy. It was also my favorite class because it was the only one that allowed for a direct kill. The rest of the trophies are some misc that you can get along the way : win 50 matches, activate 5,000 laser nodes, get 500 revives, 1,000 kills and so on. I would like to take advantage of this section to express a special shout out to my boosting partners : @VirtualNight @pot1414 and @Nicholasperdisci. Thank you my friends, we had some fun times haha. We need a last session together to finish with everyone but I'm pretty sure we can get it done in the next couple of days. ๐Ÿ˜ Enjoyment and challenge Personally I had a lot of fun going for this platinum. Itโ€™s a multiplayer only title so some might think that it isn't for them. But above and beyond, Laser League works because it's well balanced. Even when you're down, you're never really out. Some abilities might be better suited for a particular map for example, and running around activating nodes or reviving teammates is a lot of fun as the balance of power often switches from team to team within a round. It's this balance that makes the multiplayer less intimidating while still retaining a competitive spirit and the reason why I think people could still enjoy it even if online heavy games aren't their cup of tea. As I said before, the gameplay is very basic, all there is to do in is run around and sometimes push a button on the controller. In fact, itโ€™s the absolute simplicity of the control scheme that makes Laser League so approachable. Donโ€™t get fooled tho, despite its simplicity, there is never a dull moment in the game, you are always paying attention to a multitude of things at once. Sometimes I felt like I got killed by a laser that didnโ€™t reach me, but besides that, I felt the movement in this game to be very responsive and fluid. Don't believe the visions of a dystopian future โ€“ 2150 is going to be a blast. I can't really tell about the state of the human race by that time, but if the Laser League is around, the future is bright. You may be vaporized by a sweeping laser field or shoved into one by an opponent, but with quick thinking, twitch skills, and strategy, living in a state of constant near-death is more than just feeling alive, it's exhilarating. The future is dangerous, chaotic, and unpredictable, but it's full of exciting possibilities.
  13. Let's do it my friend, would be nice to follow each other's progress as we both try to slay this beast ๐Ÿ™Œ I might want to knock some online components out in a few games first right quick and then I'll join you. Let's get this done by March 31st ๐Ÿ˜
  14. Well, looks like I'm launching the festivities for this year's event ๐Ÿ˜ Just popped the platinum for Laser League, a game we might see a lot in the upcoming weeks since the shutdown has been announced for February. By the way I changed my Tier 1 list a little bit after taking into account the 1st quarter Most Wanted List : I might be bitting off more than I can chew but I'll do my best to finish at least 2 or 3 games out of the 5 I included from the Most Wanted List. Good luck, I'm excited to read everyone's progress ๐Ÿ˜ Happy New Year ๐Ÿธ
  15. Amazing review my friend, what a way to end the year ! I was very caught into it and loved every bit of it ! I have now a better understanding of what you meant when I first asked you about the game. The game doesn't look like easy by any means, it is a great accomplishment that you have here, you are right to be proud of it haha. ๐Ÿ˜‰ By the way, Pure Pool being your #300 plat was intentional or was it a combination of circumstances ? When you tackle a hard game with a lot of trials and error that may take you several months/years to beat, the enjoyment part is a huge factor in my opinion. Taking the long road is not a problem as long as it doesn't feel like a chore every time you comeback to it. That's what ultimately helped you overcome this beast of a game even after more than 6 years haha. It's always funny reading someone's doubts and fear after they overcame the challenge that was giving them so much trouble. Do you think any gamer would be able to overcome any challenging game by being committed enough or do you think you need more than just dedication to be able to finish games such as Pure Pool, Trackmania Turbo or Trials Fusion ? In your opinion, are skills something you can work on by trial and error or is it just than some people are more talented than others ? Would be curious to have your opinion on that one ๐Ÿ˜ Pretty interesting. My knowledge of pool doesn't go that far if I'm being honest. Do you feel like you can get more comfortable with the different patterns of spin by playing the game or is it something you'll have to document yourself beforehand to give you a proper chance at the game ? I now have a better understanding of the difficulty of the game with no overhead camera, the A.I difficulty, the grind for Grandmaster and the Snooker DLC. I think I'll still pick up the game and give it a try at some point, even if it will be months from now.