Gaming Goals in 2018 – Update 2

And now…

  • Participate in the ’52 games in a year’ challenge to see how many I can finish.  Last year I think I clocked in somewhere in the 30-40 range.
  • Get 100% in Super Mario Odyssey
  • Finish routes C, D and E in Nier: Automata (even though I already know how the game ends) and maybe work toward the platinum.
  • Finish finding all the Korok Seeds and Shrines in Breath of the Wild and maybe give Master Mode a shot (though I doubt I’ll have the patience to stick with it).  Might also revisit the Champion’s Ballad DLC.
  • Start a New Game+ playthrough for Horizon Zero Dawn, Final Fantasy 15, and the DS version of Chrono Trigger (gotta get the rest of those endings!)
  • Play more retro games!  I’ve started rebuilding my collection, so I think it’s time to give those old games a replay and see how I feel about them after all these years.
  • Start a fresh game of Fallout 4 with all the DLC.
  • Play more PSVR games!  Hopefully I’ll be able to overcome my bouts of motion sickness soon.

Bleh.  Played a few more VR games/demos over the last 24 hours.  Played the demo for The Last Guardian VR and the rat/bird thing freaks me out.  Played the demo for Tiny Trax and I hate the steering controls so I don’t think I’m going to buy it after all, and finally I also played the demo for Fantastic Contraption.  I didn’t think it was all that much fun but maybe a price drop will convince me to buy it.  The 2 demos that I did enjoy were Moss and Star Child.  Both are amazing 3D platformers in VR and I can’t wait for them to be released.  Definitely day one purchases.  The only other VR game I played from start to finish was Gnog.  It’s an enjoyable little puzzle game about solving puzzles that are in the shape of boxes.  I’m sure that playing it in 2D isn’t as detailed as the VR but it’s still a lot of fun either way.  Now that I’ve beaten the game, I’m going to lay down.  Apparently my VR nausea hasn’t worn off.

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What I’m Playing, part 24

Infamous: Second Son

Four years ago, Infamous Second Son was released during the PlayStation 4’s first year.  I had never seen anything like it at the time and thought the game was fun and amazing.  I enjoyed the destructibility of the environment and the fluidity with which Delsin moves about with the smoke dash and later on, his neon dash.  I was all set for Infamous to be my first PS4 platinum when tragedy struck.

One night of marathon gaming while playing Second Son I had unlocked several trophies and when time came for me to call it quits from exhaustion, I went to sync my trophies only to be met with an error and was forced to start over from scratch re-unlocking everything that I had already done.  At first I was horrified thinking that all the trophies were glitched and that my efforts were in vain, but once I started re-unlocking everything that I had done it put my mind at ease.  I had finished 2 playthroughs in a row:  one as good Delsin on normal difficulty and one as evil Delsin on Expert difficulty.  The good playthrough was the one where I “lost” some of my trophies and had to start over from scratch.  This was also the point where I just totally ragequit the game altogether.

Fast forward to 2018.  Since I am riding on the natural high from collecting all 900 Korok Seeds in Breath of the Wild and solving all 120 Shrines, I figured I might as well go back and finish one of the things in my backlog that’s bothered me since it happened.  I’m currently at good karma level 3 and working my way toward the first trophy I need – reaching level 5 good karma – fairly quickly.  The only other trophy I need is where I redeem Fetch once I find her.

As far as gameplay goes, this game isn’t as glamorous as I remember it.  Delsin still moves about rather fluidly, but I had forgotten that he’s not indestructible when it comes to combat.  I also had forgotten just how janky his movements are when it comes to climbing up walls.  This rendition of Seattle is just as cool as I remember it, and I still wonder why the city is rarely used as a setting (the only other thing I can think of right off the bat that used Seattle as a setting is the Shadowrun tabletop RPG).  I was stoked this time around because I found the infamous wall of chewed gum!

For future reference, the wall of gum can be found here.

I like how the weather and time of day changed based on the chapter you’re on in the main story.  The first chapter with rain was rather relaxing and the second one where the sunset is perpetual is pretty.

After a few hours, and a little bit of a scare (I thought I had progressed far enough to unlock the trophy but I hadn’t), I managed to unlock one of the two trophies I needed for the Platinum.

I love Fetch’s power!  But trying to subdue enemies with it is still as irritating as I remember it being.  I also love the infinite running at the speed of light ability.  It’s so fluid and quick.  It definitely has me ruined as far as traversal powers/abilities in other games are concerned.  I mean, it’s not often that you get the ability to straight up run up a wall, am I right?

Very cool scene but also very sad at the same time.

After reaching something like the game’s midway point in the story and a little more grinding, my for year long quest was finally at it’s end:

Platinum trophy #8 is finally mine.  Until next time Seattle, stay cool.

  • % of trophies at the time of writing according to PSN: 100% including the Platinum

 

PlayStation 2017 Year in Review

Got a really cool email last month from PlayStation that tracked my gaming throughout 2017.  So without further adieu, here’s 2017 by the numbers:

January 2, 2017 – first game played was The Division and the first trophy I earned was Medic!

Over the course of 2017 I played 1,882 hours on PS4 across 152 games.  The most progress was in March with 214 hours of gameplay.

The top 3 games I played across 2017 were:

  1. Destiny with 373 hours
  2. Destiny 2 with 327 hours
  3. Minecraft with 306 hours

(Geez, no wonder I can’t get anything in my backlog finished)

The top genre I played was First Person Shooter (thank you captain obvious)

I earned a total of 628 trophies all year.  453 Bronze, 132 Silver, 41 Gold and 2 Platinum (fail) but that does put me in the top 10% of all PlayStation trophy earners, so I guess there’s that.  June was my highest trophy earning month with 114 trophies earned.  The first Platinum trophy I earned in 2017 was in The Division.  I earned 628 trophies in 2017 versus 385 in 2016.

Most played online game was The Division.

Gonna be tough to beat that lineup in 2018, but I’ll give it my best shot.

Relationships, part 16

So a few Saturdays ago I got a friend request from one of my nephews. I know for a fact I blocked him once before so it seems he made a new account. I had toyed with the idea of opening a dialogue to see what he wanted…but I was hesitant.

I’ve been an uncle since birth. He’s a year older than me and his brother is a year younger than me. The 3 of us were pretty much inseparable until our teenage years when self discovery started. THAT was when the drift started. When my sister outed me, I don’t think it helped.

After seeking the advice of friends, people on Facebook and a mostly ignored plea on Instagram, I decided to go ahead and take the next step and talk to him.  This was the beginning of a conversation that I’ve had a feeling in my gut was coming for some time.  I’ve been having thoughts/feelings about my biological family for a while now because I had a feeling that maybe, just maybe, not all of them were against me.  It could also be the creeping realization that age is catching up to us all and there’s only so much time we have left.

Some of my more prominent memories of this guy aren’t exactly pleasant ones, so I decided to err on the side of caution and message him anyway, but with contingencies in mind.  So far everything has been fine and the conversations have been civil.  I’m just wondering about a few things that he said during our conversations.

He wants me to meet his new wife, Angel.  I’m not opposed to the idea, but I’m not really thrilled with it either.  After I worked up the courage to ask him what happened with the other girl he married – Hayley – he told me that after 9 years she cheated on him.  That definitely opened up a flood gate of emotions when I told him I’d been cheated on twice.  That was when I outed myself to him.  He asked if I was currently seeing anyone and I said yes, his name is Matt.  He seemed cool with it and didn’t freak out about it or anything.  I told him that I was glad that he didn’t flip out over and his response is what I’ve been mulling over since he said it:

“Hell no man I’m not going to freak out on ya. That’s who you are and we wouldn’t have it any other way.  No judgement here.  From any of us.”
So does ‘we’ mean just him and Angel, or is he speaking for our whole family?  Was this all just a huge misunderstanding from the get go and I’ve been living with the assumption that I’m not liked by my family?  I don’t know.  I also really don’t know if I want to even bother finding out.  How the fuck do you establish a dialogue with a group of people that you haven’t seen or spoken to in nearly 20 years?  If in fact I’ve been mistaken all this time, then perhaps the record should show that maybe I was wrong.  And if in fact, that’s not the case and I’m just looking at things through rose colored glasses, then perhaps trying to establish a dialogue or even seeing my family again after all this time is possibly the worst idea I’ve ever had.
For the time being, I’m going to keep the dialogue with him open and hope for the best.

Gaming Goals in 2018 – Update 1

Oh my god…

  • Participate in the ’52 games in a year’ challenge to see how many I can finish.  Last year I think I clocked in somewhere in the 30-40 range.
  • Get 100% in Super Mario Odyssey
  • Finish routes C, D and E in Nier: Automata (even though I already know how the game ends) and maybe work toward the platinum.
  • Finish finding all the Korok Seeds and Shrines in Breath of the Wild and maybe give Master Mode a shot (though I doubt I’ll have the patience to stick with it).  Might also revisit the Champion’s Ballad DLC.
  • Start a New Game+ playthrough for Horizon Zero Dawn, Final Fantasy 15, and the DS version of Chrono Trigger (gotta get the rest of those endings!)
  • Play more retro games!  I’ve started rebuilding my collection, so I think it’s time to give those old games a replay and see how I feel about them after all these years.
  • Start a fresh game of Fallout 4 with all the DLC.
  • Play more PSVR games!  Hopefully I’ll be able to overcome my bouts of motion sickness soon.

Finding all the Seeds and Shrines took me a solid 2 weeks.  After all is said and done, there ended up only being 8 or 9 types of “puzzles” to finding the Seeds.  And finding all the Shrines wasn’t so bad until I got down to the one where I had to ride a stag to the plate to open the door.  Now I think I’m going to take a long break from Zelda and play other stuff.  I’ll come back eventually and continue the Champion’s Ballad DLC when I’m feeling the itch.

Also, my 52 games for the year challenge isn’t off to the greatest start as I’ve only finished Gorogoa on Nintendo Switch.  I’ve had a lot going on outside my gaming that I’ll eventually get around to posting if I can find time.

Gaming Goals in 2018

With 2017 behind us, it’s time for me to start thinking ahead to 2018 and the things in gaming that I want to achieve this year.  I haven’t gotten in as much gaming in the last couple months as I would have liked thanks to the holidays, but now that winter is upon us maybe I can get back into the groove.  I’ve compiled a list of things that I want to do this year, and it doesn’t sound like I’m going to be bored!  Here we go:

  • Participate in the ’52 games in a year’ challenge to see how many I can finish.  Last year I think I clocked in somewhere in the 30-40 range.
  • Get 100% in Super Mario Odyssey
  • Finish routes C, D and E in Nier: Automata (even though I already know how the game ends) and maybe work toward the platinum.
  • Finish finding all the Korok Seeds and Shrines in Breath of the Wild and maybe give Master Mode a shot (though I doubt I’ll have the patience to stick with it).  Might also revisit the Champion’s Ballad DLC.
  • Start a New Game+ playthrough for Horizon Zero Dawn, Final Fantasy 15, and the DS version of Chrono Trigger (gotta get the rest of those endings!)
  • Play more retro games!  I’ve started rebuilding my collection, so I think it’s time to give those old games a replay and see how I feel about them after all these years.
  • Start a fresh game of Fallout 4 with all the DLC.
  • Play more PSVR games!  Hopefully I’ll be able to overcome my bouts of motion sickness soon.

I’ll post updates through out the year marking my progress toward this list.  Stay tuned!

Simulation Theory

Destiny, part 27

Time for the Curse of Osiris.  While I don’t find it to be as disappointing as some of the community, I do find it to be very grindy like The Dark Below was for Destiny 1.  It’s almost like Bungie didn’t learn a thing from the first game and feels like they’re making the same choices and mistakes all over again.  Meeting Osiris (finally) was cool as was getting to explore a bit of Mercury, I just wish it had been a larger play space with more to do.  I also don’t like that I can’t use my sparrow, yet I can capture and use enemy vehicles, because that makes sense.  The space isn’t big enough that you really need a vehicle anyway, but it would be nice to have that option.

Other than the Lighthouse behind me, that’s pretty much the entirety of the new space.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the new gear and cosmetic items, it just feels like it takes forever to get them unless you want to pay for in game currency (Bright Dust/Bright Engrams).  Not sure how I feel about the Masterwork weapons as I have yet to get one that I like.  I’ve so far dismantled every one of them since it’s a gun type I prefer not to use.  I do find it odd that in this expansion, the Region Chests don’t seem to be account bound but are instead character bound (for the expansion content only) and it’s pretty lame that there’s only one Lost Sector on the whole map.

I hope I get one of these for each of my characters.  I love my scout rifles.

Looks cozy and intimate, just wish it had stayed that way instead of opening the shutters.

It was also nice getting to see the revamped Lighthouse and using it as a quaint little social hub, but I’m sure in time it will be abandoned once the next expansion(s) hits.

It’s also annoying having to deal with Brother Fanboy over here.  I like the old version of him from Destiny 1 that didn’t speak as much.

As a tech junkie, I like that the Vex have a planet sized simulation machine called The Infinite Forest, I’m just disappointed that once the story quests for the expansion are over with you can’t go back in whenever you want and that it’s not used for anything else.  I feel like it’s a missed opportunity to turn the Infinite Forest into a play space similar to that of the Underground in The Division, where you could set up parameters for a mission (or in this case, a simulation) and go in and run it.  I mean, with a collectible called Simulation Seeds it seems like this would have been a no brainer.

The gateway to madness

There are some amazing vistas in this expansion.  Something I’ve come to expect in every Bungie game.

These hallways are neat, but a bit too long.

Destiny 2: Minecraft Edition.  Or how about what Minecraft would look like in 4K?

I think I managed to plow through the story content in about 5 to 6 hours on launch day and have been playing off and on since then, doing the usual loot grind treadmill thing that I’ve come to expect from Destiny 2.  The rest of the clan doesn’t seem so hot on the game right now, especially the clan leader.  He makes it sound like he’s not coming back to the game at all and is very vocally negative about it and has even gone back to the first game because it feels more rewarding and fun to him.  This is also coming after his tirade a few weeks back about how most of the clan left in his absence from the game and he vowed to play it more, and planned on helping people level up and so on and so on.  If he and the others aren’t willing to continue playing then why do I bother to grind for Clan XP so everyone else can benefit from my work?  I might be the next to jump ship and join another clan or make my own, I haven’t decided yet.  I suppose it all depends on what happens with the next expansion in 2018.

Anyway, story wise I thought this expansion was interesting, but a bit short with overused tropes.  Like, why is it when we encounter a hive mind race in something, there’s always a “mastermind” at the center of it.

In this case, it’s this guy: Panoptes.

I’m also not too hot on the idea that instead of adding anything of substantial value to the game in the form of new strikes or even a new raid, they bolted on a new section to the already existing raid and called it a “raid lair” and turned a couple of the story missions into strikes which is a little disappointing and feels rather lazy to me.  I just wish I could get the clan to commit to and actually complete the raid (or the lair) and do it regularly, but at this point it’s whatever.  I feel that if I’m ever going to see that raid or the lair to completion I’m just going to have to turn to outside sources for help.

Overall, I think this expansion adds a nice little touch to the game in terms of lore and story, but I feel like it should have been given out for free or sold at a significantly lower price (like $5).  There are a few cosmetic items that I want, like a couple ships and ghost shells, but I’m not going to throw anymore money at the game hoping that I get them.  If I don’t get them through grinding the traditional way then I’m just not going to get them.  This will hopefully lead to me breaking the habit of playing this game/franchise altogether so I can move on to my backlog and play something else.

Until I decide what my relationship with this game is going to be, and whether or not the rest of the clan decides to come back, I guess I’ll be over here in the Lighthouse with Brother Stupid keeping the faith.