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  1. In the end, I couldn't wait too much longer. My next platinum, naturally, is #99 Muv-Luv Alternative Good platinum image. You won't get it until you've read through the visual novel, though. What more can be said about this visual novel that already hasn't been said? It's truly a work of art that takes all the events one experienced in both Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited and then repeatedly smacks you multiple times over the course of the second half of the story, with chapter 7 being the biggest emotional highlight and probably the best chapter overall. It's a shame that it requires another twenty-five hours in a much lesser visual novel to get the full effect here. Still, if you have the chance, I highly recommend it after you play through the original game. It's definitely one of the best visual novels I've ever read, up there with Steins;Gate, and it will definitely not disappoint. I'm aware that the next platinum is #100 and I've already decided on what it will be. I will probably also line up trophy #7,000 with it for the double milestone. Many of the trophy updates below are results of me trying to clean up some of the lower letter ranks I've collected along the way. I actually managed to finish a run of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 and Gems of War got some new DLC that I've played a bit of, as well. Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus (+6, 13/50) Gems of War (+2, 50/54) Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (+1, 12/41) Iron Sea Defenders (+3, 8/12) Sky Force Anniversary (+1, 3/14)
  2. Got my first completion for Team Chucky by completing Muv-Luv Alternative, and it truly deserves the praise it gets as one of the best visual novels. That's my 99th platinum overall so I'll be working on #100, but no worries, my choice for it is already on my list and I was planning on it being there anyway.
  3. Anyway, like I said, my next platinum is #98 Muv-Luv You don't really get that clear of the emblem anywhere in the game, so it's nice to see it up close. Muv-Luv Extra, the first half, is just not a really good game. It's a pretty basic dating sim and everyone is pretty much a walking stereotype of some anime cliche. Took me a good few weeks just to get through the first route and then another five to push through the rest despite skipping all the already-seen dialogue. Muv-Luv Unlimited, the second half, is much different and sacrifices most of the dating sim elements to actually craft a much better story and is more interesting overall. Most of the routes in Unlimited are exactly the same with only minor differences, but that's the trade off, I guess. I actually enjoyed this half of the story compared to Extra and went through the whole thing in a few days. Obviously Unlimited left me with a lot more questions about what is going on, so I assume these will be answered once I read Alternative. Going to have to free some space on my Vita for this as it's well over 3 GB for Alternative while Muv-Luv is around 2.2 total. Though I kind of want to get my 100th platinum beforehand because I feel like when I start Alternative I'm not going to want to play anything else until I hit the ending there. There's only one other trophy I got during this time, and it's an 8floor game so I'm not going to talk about it. Short update YEAH Iron Sea Defenders (+1, 5/12)
  4. E ranks: 17 (down 1) D ranks: 26 C ranks: 15 B ranks: 11 (up 1) A ranks: 59 S ranks: 169 (up 1) Completion: 70.49% (up 0.52%) Completed: Word Search by POWGI (New to S) Upgraded: Muv-Luv (E to B.) That's it. Most of that completion comes from Muv-Luv, DJMAX Respect (already A), and Yakuza Kiwami (also already A). So not much movement overall. I took most of the month off from trophy hunting all together. I'll get back to this in the coming months, with all the events I've signed up for.
  5. *dusts off old topic* Didn't get back into the swing of things for a while even with THL, and now it's over for good. I took most of the month off from getting trophies but managed to get this before the end of the month. #97 Word Search by POWGI (Vita) He looks happy. It's exactly as it says in its title: a word search game. 324 puzzles and really a good game to just relax and play through. Nothing special overall, but I enjoyed my time with it. Not sure if I'll play the PS4 version too since I used the touch screen for 100% of the words and it would seem odd to use a controller. A game like this was made for a touch screen like the 3DS and Vita have. No other completions, but a lot of other trophies and games started even with taking a half month off. There's still another full month of trophies in there, though. A Hat in Time (New, +7, 7/28) Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (+3, 21/39) Cosmic Star Heroine (PS4) (New, +15, 15/34) Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (+2, 25/41) Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus (New, +7, 7/50) DJMAX Respect (+13, 47/76) Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (+8, 45/53) Gravity Rush 2 (+2, 17/48) Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (PS3) (+4, 13/38) Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (New, +11, 11/41) Iron Sea Defenders (New, +4, 4/12) MUSYNX (+8, 24/27) Muv-Luv (New, +11, 11/16) Royal Defense: Invisible Threat (New, +6, 6/12) Sly 2: Band of Thieves (Vita) (New, +11, 11/36) Squares (New, +13, 13/15) Trackmania Turbo (New, +18, 18/49) Yakuza Kiwami (+2, 53/55) Muv-Luv is practically already my next platinum. I am halfway through Unlimited now and while Extra wasn't anything special, Unlimited has so far exceeded what I expected of it given what I've asked other people about it. I got Yakuza Kiwami up to the point where I can repeatedly die on the car chase, most commonly to the stupid truck. It'll take a good number of tries to get past this one, I've already failed at least 10 times now (which still isn't as many tries as it took to get past that stupid billiards match for Haruka). I've insulted 8floor quite a lot in this topic, and Iron Sea Defenders is just another lazy copy and paste job, but they actually put some thought into Royal Defense: Invisible Threat which kind of blindsided me when I started it. Everything is available to start and the game starts off by introducing a troop that's immune to the tower that breaks every other one of their games. Weird to see an actual challenge coming from one of these. MUSYNX and DJMAX Respect were just waiting to get in sync with each other as I wanted to start the 6K part of MUSYNX once I finally finished pushing 4B to 70% in DJMAX Respect. Finally did that, so I'll be playing these as per usual. I decided to go ahead and finish all the substories in Extella. Special shoutout to Medusa's substory, the ending is hilarious and needs to be seen if you like the franchise at all. Most of the other trophy gains aren't as important. Some PS+ games, some platformers that I am still bad at, and no comment on DoAX3.
  6. Akiba's Trip 2 should be (AS, JP, WW). WW version is Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed. Musync should be (CN, HK, WW). WW version is Musynx.
  7. This is one of the better games at making choices that actually matter for more than what Telltale does with its games.
  8. Just a small progress update, got two trophies in DJMAX Respect since the beginning of the event - finishing a song with 100% rate and clearing all songs at least once. Nightmare 4B Normal took quite a few tries to get up to that level, being a 10* song, but I managed to clear it and it's now my highest difficulty clear in the game. I re-downloaded Croixleur Sigma as well and might give that another whirl later this week.
  9. Assuming there is no limit, I'll sign up with the following games: 3 - Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed [PS3] 8 - Muv-Luv Alternative 9 - Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory 10 - Gravity Rush 2 12 - Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland Five should be enough, though I have more that can fill other categories if needed (not including category 13 yet of course).
  10. I think we're on Fixture 9 now?
  11. E ranks: 18 (up 4) D ranks: 26 (up 2) C ranks: 15 B ranks: 10 (down 2) A ranks: 59 (up 5) S ranks: 168 (up 3) Completion: 69.97% (down 0.92%) New: A Hat in Time (E), Cosmic Star Heroine [PS4] (D), Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus (E), Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (E), Iron Sea Defenders (D), MUSYNX (A), Muv-Luv (E), Royal Defense: Invisible Threat (C), Sly 2: Band of Thieves (D), Squares (A), Trackmania Turbo (A) Completed: Medieval Defenders (B to S), Pic-a-Pix Color [PS4] (New to S), XBlaze Code: Embryo (B to S) Upgraded: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (C to B), Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational [PS3] (C to A), Persona 4 Golden (B to A), Sonic Adventure 2 (D to C) oops In all honesty though, I was probably going to play a lot of these games anyway. Unfortunately, MUSYNX and DJMAX Respect took up most of my time as I get addicted to playing through rhythm games very easily, and I neglected a whole lot of other games I started up, mostly for THL purposes. I didn't win the match that I started some of the games for which makes it even worse overall. Not to worry though since most of them (besides Neptunia, Dead or Alive, and Muv-Luv. No, I'm not skipping the text) are very short and can be finished rather quickly. Not going to worry about the ones that debuted at A this month, but I probably will complete MUSYNX once I get more accustomed to 6K mode. As for the games I upgraded, Sonic Adventure 2 is a story mode finish away from A rank. Pretty amazed that I picked it up again after not playing it for almost SIX YEARS. In Danganronpa V3 I finally went back and maxed all the bonds, and I'm going to delve back into the trials to grab some monocoins while I explore all the alternate routes and get the last two hidden Monokumas. They're both on a Psyche Taxi track, and I never saw either of them when playing through the trials the first time. I'll be sure to save beforehand this time around. I feel like Persona 4 Golden would be a nice milestone platinum, but I have #100 planned already. I'm at 96, so that's only four steps away. For stuff that didn't move, I gained a few trophies in Atelier Shallie Plus (C) and moved to the final chapter. The bonus boss seems a bit out there and I might just put him off until next play through, but I'll give it a few tries beforehand. I finally finished all the substories in Fate/extella (A) and have shelved it for now, I don't have any motivation to go towards that platinum (and I have a better Fate game to play anyways). I returned to Gravity Rush 2 (D) for the server closure and while I didn't get everything, I managed to get up to 2,000 dusty tokens which gives me the majority of the items from that side quest, and managed to outfit Kat's house enough for one trophy. I'll go back to it once I feel like finishing the storyline. The biggest achievement of this month though is finally clearing the completion list in Yakuza Kiwami (A) which was done very early in the month. I still have to get through the Climax Battles (finished the first three sets) and Haruka's stuff (AAA rank), and after that I'll do the Legend Mode playthrough for the platinum. Not looking forward to the car chase but I guess I'll just have to do my best.
  12. All right, I'm in. Here's what I'll be attempting to platinum: 1. Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (PS3) (Platinum rarity 1.28%, 21% completed) AND 2. Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (Vita) (Platinum rarity 2.00%, 65% completed) Online Necessary: Servers are closed. Last year I got the Everybody's Golf platinum for the PS4. It was VR at the time but has quickly degraded and is now firmly in UR territory at 4.63%. Since the servers were closing for both versions I did the one necessary trophy for the PS3 version and while playing that recently, I got one of the trophies that had, at the time, eluded me the entire time I played the Vita version of the game (one of the trick shot trophies). Since I had to do many of those to get the trophies in the PS4 version I think I can apply what I did previously to these and finally finish them off for good. 3. Tricky Towers (Platinum rarity 1.10%, 51% completed) Online Necessary: Yes I have 49/50 of the trials completed. Every time I try Trial #50 I have not been able to get anything going due to the randomness of the obstacles the game keeps imposing on you. Not to mention that the hardest trophy wants you to complete it without losing a life. Then there's the 99 bricks challenge again with only one life, and the speed precision trophy. Most of the lower rarity trophies are just multiplayer stuff I haven't bothered to get, I did a few of them with a friend earlier but he doesn't really play this game that much. 4. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved (Platinum rarity 1.18%, 59% completed) Online Necessary: No Again with the above example, I have 49/50 of the missions completed and have struggled many times to beat the final boss and have only gotten to the final part of it once. The boss has seven phases to get through with only one life (again) and while I can pass the first four phases very easily it's usually the 5th or 6th phase that kills me. That doesn't even count the Retro trophy which involves getting 10 million points on one of the classic stages again without losing a life, probably the hardest trophy in the game. 5. Taiko no Tatsujin: V Version (Platinum rarity 20.01%, 96% completed) Online Necessary: No A high platinum rate and completion amount. However, I've had a lot of problems trying to complete the 25 Oni songs required for the platinum, which is also the last trophy I need here. I was at 13/25 last I checked, and that includes the trick that the guide over at the other site recommended. I think I jumped too quickly into Oni mode and might need to practice the earlier difficulties before I go back in there again. 6. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X (Platinum rarity 5.77%, 91% completed) Online Necessary: No Just one cloud request left, and if you've played the game you know which one is left. I did the 200k one without too much of a problem but 211k has been out of reach for quite some time now and the triple effects certainly don't help matters. 7. Croixleur Sigma (Platinum rarity 7.69%, 45% completed) Online Necessary: No I really liked playing this game, but I became stuck because I couldn't beat the second character's story mode in under ten minutes. It was easy enough to do it with the first character, but the second one has more enemies to beat on her mode and it takes much longer than what is needed for the trophy, and finishing that would finally unlock the extra mode so I could actually see how the game finally ends, as well as the additional challenge mode themes to finish those off. 8. DJMAX Respect (Platinum rarity 3.41%, 41% completed) Online Necessary: Yes Not going for the DLC in this one, took one look at the video Walt posted earlier and I'm definitely not going through that mess. I have improved a lot from when I started this game and could barely pass some 3* tracks in 4B mode, though I still have a lot of work to do to complete 30 tracks over 10* with a max combo. The highest star rating I've gotten a max combo on is a 7* I think. While most of the trophies I'll get just while I continue playing, the really challenging ones like the above example and clearing 50 missions will be the real test. Might add more at a later date, but these should take me the majority of a year just to finish, I think.
  13. I'll sign up. I don't know what games I'll be playing until closer to the event start, so I'll do that part later.
  14. If only I was able to find that slide in A Hat in Time sooner... Good match @GTA_Darren
  15. 1. Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World I just was talking about this in a status update, actually. The main characters are both unlikable characters, the Symphonia returning characters are not well implemented and locked at certain levels, and the plot ruins the link between its far off sequel in Phantasia. 2. Hyperdimension Neptunia The series itself has improved itself to be a very good JRPG in recent years but the original game still stand as a reminder of how to not make a good game. Every dungeon is a bland corridor with not much to explore (and you'll be spending a lot of time in them). Healing yourself in battle is a random chance. There's random difficulty spikes out of nowhere, including a difficult late-game dungeon if you don't have the DLC characters. The combo system is completely useless because every monster dies to the same basic combo. I had already bought mk2 before really getting into this game but I would have dropped the series all together had this been the only one I had. 3. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Danganronpa is a great visual novel series but this game shows that they should stay away from making third person shooter games. The game's controls are a ridiculous mess compared to other shooter games. Every character, aside from Monaca, is just completely annoying and a waste of time. And then there's that event in Chapter 3 which just can't be put into words. How does that get into ANY game in the first place. 4. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona Persona 2 through 5 are all really great games! The original... not so much. I do like classic Shin Megami Tensei and this is close to it. However, the range system in battle makes some characters, like Mark, be much worse than they could be in a classic turn-based system. The penultimate dungeon forces you to use limited characters when the demons inside are built for a full party. The plot is complete nonsense. I never got to the second route but I can't imagine it being worse than what I played through originally. 5. Corpse Party: Blood Drive Oh god, where do I begin with this. Corpse Party was a very good game, and while Book of Shadows was sub-par the final chapter that lead into this game made me interested in it again. What we got was the main character moping around for half a game, unkillable phantoms wandering the halls of Heavenly Host and endlessly chasing you, and three (or four? I don't remember exactly) new characters that serve no purpose and only complicate what is going on. Just playing it wanted me to go bang my head against a wall, which is probably more entertaining than playing this game. Limited myself mostly to games on Sony platforms, but I could also have added Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Final Fantasy II or III, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass among others.