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19
Sep
19

Trophy Hunt – 9/19

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Another slow week, and one of surrender.

HTOL#NIQ got shipped back to GameFly, unbeaten. I am broken. I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t care about the game, I didn’t care for the game, I felt the mechanics were awful, and what the trophies wanted from me was liable to cause a stroke. Overall, just not worth it.

I always feel bad when I give up on a game – unless the trophies I’ve given up on are specifically glitched/unachievable, or tied to multiplayer that is underplayed or unavailable, or they are just far beyond my skillset (the gambling-related stats in most Yakuza games, f’rex) – but even though I frequently play terrible games, and will do so to completion, even I have limits. Gaming is supposed to be fun, not abject misery, and HTOL#NIQ was quickly heading in that direction.

I did some digging in the backlog, and knocked out a couple of troublesome flies left over from my last visit to Devil May Cry 2. The only thing left to do in that one is fully upgrade the life bar. Amusingly, it’s also one of the few I need for Devil May Cry 5. I just seem to have problems hunting down the one blue orb I missed somewhere in this series. (I think it’s also one of the last trophies I got in Devil May Cry 4 and DmC, and it’s liable to be one of the last in Devil May Cry as well.) Also ripped through the rest of normal difficulty in the original Devil May Cry, and am picking my way through Hard (with a guide, hopefully finding all the little blue rocks this time.) Once I kick those two out, it’s probably time to try to finish VMD difficulty in Devil May Cry 3 and go find that last orb in 5, before I beat the hell out of myself trying to platinum 4. Then I can have the whole series all on one platform and all with Platinums. It’ll be shiny and happy.

Speaking of Capcom games (and their subsidiaries and former employees,) I also made a little more headway in The Evil Within. Doing a slow run to find all the collectibles, before I learn to hate myself in Akumu. And finally, have gotten around to really playing Okami. I’ve tried before – I owned it for PS2 and never left the village, owned it for Wii and don’t think I even ever booted it up – but this time I’m actually playing the damned thing.

Okami is odd to me. Part of me hates it just because I heard too many people fapping to it and telling me how it’s the best game ever. Frequently those people didn’t bother buying it, judging from the sales stats (around 270,000 copies sold in NA for PS2, about 130,000 for Wii.) There are more games I hate for the fanbase than I hate for the game itself, and Okami is very close to the top of that list. Part of me thinks it shows its age poorly, and has a certain clunkiness that makes it hard to like. But it’s still somewhat enjoyable, and it is without a doubt pretty. It’s a basic Zelda knockoff, but it does what it does well and doesn’t resort to Monkey Island logic to solve some of the puzzles and collectibles, so that’s not bad. Still not something I would pay $40 a third time, but amusing enough. I’m about to go kick Orochi’s face in (which I believe puts me around the halfway mark) so it won’t be abandonded this time… but I still don’t think I’d be putting it on any of my “top games of all time” lists. Of course, most people will tell me that if I make such a list that it’s wrong. The first four entries of Metal Gear Solid 3Silent Hill 2The Binding of Isaac and Yakuza marks me as a nerd, a weeb, and not “artsy” enough, and my dislike of Braid or Fez leaves me outcast amongst my people.

Anyway. There may be a week taken off from Trophy hunting, as Gears 5 may soon be accessible to me, and there will have to be some time Achievement hunting in that, instead, and then there may be some time spent with the PS3 and PS2 classics section (I have to finish Siren, and I have the first three Fatal Frame games installed that still need love) for Halloween. But we’ll see.

What about you out there? What games are you working on? What games should I torture myself with? You can sometimes catch me playing them live over on Twitch, and if you want to stalk me, it’s Ashande on PSN and Typo Monster on XBL.

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11
Sep
19

Trophy Hunt, September 11

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It’s been slow going on the trophy front for the last week; between spending a lot of time dealing with medical problems and working on Black Yard and the games I had on hand either being time sinks or being annoying and unfun to start with, progress was stalled.

I did, however, kick out three Platinums since we last spoke; Yomawari: Night Alone finally gave up the ghost, so to speak, after wrapping a rubber band around the thumbstick and glaring at the Vita for a couple of days. “Long Night” is potentially the trophy I am most angry at for existing. I don’t mind “play for this long” trophies in some games, so long as they make for at least a semi-logical timeframe. But if your game takes around 5 hours to 100%, including multiple RNG factors and a metric crapton of pattern memorization and dying until you get it just right, you don’t need a damned trophy to play it for 50 hours. No one is wandering around that map for ten times longer than they need to just for funsies. But at least it finally popped.

Steins;Gate 0 was also encountered and defeated. This was also a bit of a sour one. I’ve heard, repeatedly, that the Steins;Gate games are amazing visual novels. I haven’t tried the first one as of yet (though it is installed on my PS3), but 0 was possibly the most boring one I’ve played other than Nekopara. I worked my way through the first four chapters, discovering that the only real choices you were making were whether to answer your phone or not – you get text messages sometimes, and can respond to them in a variety of ways, but they don’t actually change anything – and even then that happens maybe once a chapter… well. I was less than impressed. The fact I didn’t care about any of the characters, actively hated at least two of them and was bored to tears with what story I’d been presented with didn’t help. I’m not ashamed to admit I put the little bugger in fast forward and blitzed out the trophies before dropping it back in the mailbox.

On the other hand, for an actually entertaining visual novel-style game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is finally complete. It took longer than expected – as with a lot of VNs or adventure games, sometimes you will bash your head against the wall repeatedly even when you know the answer, because the game wants you to present it their way, which is sometimes a little obtuse – but it was still fun, funny, and appropriately emotional at times. There weren’t enough “do random stuff” trophies for my taste, and the “collectible” trophies varied between “why is this even an achievement?” to “how much of this do I have to endure?”, so could have used a little evening out, but I don’t regret my time with Nick and his friends. Well worth it.

So far as what’s next, I still have to deal with HTOL#NIQ, which shares a cartridge with Yomawari. I don’t know if it’s a game I can actually platinum or not, but I’ll try. Also, inspired by YouTuber NitroRad’s Halloween Specials, I came back to Siren and NightCry, making a little progress in each. Siren is occasionally frustrating, but still a decent enough game (and hey, Sony, if you’re reading this? Can we get Forbidden Siren 2 or Siren: Blood Curse ported over to PS4? Thanks). NightCry is active torture. Whoever let that thing get released with those frame rate issues should be shot. (Ever play a Clock TowerHaunting Ground, or Outlast? Picture trying to run from the enemies in those games with a stamina bar that makes Sebastian in The Evil Within look like a Kenyan long-distance runner, incredibly twisty paths, and running at 5 FPS or less. Yeah. It’s that bad.) Which, since I’m begging Sony for stuff anyway, hey, can we get Clock Tower 3 and Haunting Ground as PS4 ports? Or even PS2 classics on PS3? Pretty please?

Anyway. That’s it for now. I have to go make another room in Black Yard.

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06
Sep
19

Trophy Hunt – September 6

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It’s been a slow week in trophy-land, but not entirely unproductive. Horizon Chase Turbo and The Wolf Among Us have been added to the Platinum cabinet. I honestly was doubting whether or not HCT was going to be in there, and suspected it might rot at around 80% complete, but my stubbornness finally pushed me through the Endurance mode and to finish off the Master Tournament to get that oh so shiny 100% in there.

Yomawari: Night Alone and it’s pal HTOL#NIQ or whatever you want to call it aren’t done, yet. Night Alone just needs some collectible hunting and then leaving the Vita on forever and a day for the stupid “Long Night” trophy. HTOL needs actual effort; I haven’t played it much since the first day. Once they’re done, I think I’m going to loop around and try to knock out the rest of Corpse Party: Blood Drive; sick of looking at the icon on my home screen, and might as well knock out another “cutesy horror game” since I’m on the train already.

The Phoenix Wright trilogy is nearly complete; as of this morning, Justice For All is done, and the first case of Trials and Tribulations. All that’s left are two case-specific collectible trophies, one game-wide collectible trophy, and finishing off the game itself. Hopefully by next week Phoenix, Miles, Maya, Ema and the rest will have said their peace, with no additional “Objection!”s. (And, hey, Capcom, if you’re listening… there’s 5 other games that came out here you could bundle up. Plus another three you can toss in if you want to do some translating. Get on that.)

After all that, I suspect it’s going to be all Yakuza, all the time. JudgementYakuza 3Yakuza Kiwami 2, and Yakuza 6 all need some love, and by the time I get through those, I’m sure Yakuza 4 will be available. Plus Shenmue 1 & 2 are still waiting in line, and 3 will be dropping shortly, so… yeah. Drowning in weird Japanese culture/time-wasting/ass-kicking games for the foreseeable future.

What about you folks? What games are eating up your time? Let us know down below, and if there’s something you’d like to see me tackle, you can drop that down there, too.

If you want to stalk my progress, you can find me on Twitter, over on Twitch, or on PSN as Ashande, or Xbox Live as Typo Monster.

30
Aug
19

Trophy Hunt – August 30

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It has not been a good week, trophy wise. I finally kicked Game of Thrones to the curb, so there’s that, but beyond that it’s been slow going. There’s been some picking at the backlog (Dead Rising 2: Off the Record saw me picking up a handful of trophies that I didn’t have out of sheer laziness) but mostly it’s been adding Uneared Trophies to the list without chipping any away. The Yakuza Collection now taints my card with 1 out of 50 in Yakuza 3 (I will get to it, but for now it’s denting my percentage alongside its siblings, JudgmentYakuza Kiwami 2 and Yakuza 6, all of which I really need to sit down and just finish already.) The Wolf Among Us has been begun, but I haven’t had the time to sit and plow through it; it seems significantly longer than other Telltale offerings… but at least it’s actually good, unlike its cousin Game of Thrones. Yomawari: Night Alone and Firefly Diary are there, too, but are unlikely to be fast completions. Yomawari, especially, with the “Long Night” trophy, requiring you to play for 50 hours, is gonna take a bit.

Labyrinth Life and Phoenix Wright are both chugging along; the former is just insanely grind heavy and takes forever. Not its fault; just the kind of game it is. I’ve gotten almost everything from it that one can get from just beating the game and mild investment, now comes the hours of repeating the same dungeon again and again and once more to build up the Nectar to level cap everyone and max out a weapon. It’ll happen… just not this week. Phoenix Wright is just slow in general; each case takes a significant amount of time, some require repeating for collectible-type trophies, and there’s 14 cases to muddle through. I’m currently on case #2 of Justice For All, so only two more in that volume and 5 in Trials and Tribulations, so I’m at the halfway point. It just takes a bit.

All in all, not a great week for the hunt. Only one Platinum (Game of Thrones) and no significant progress elsewhere. My estimate that I might be able to pull 5 in a week was indeed overconfidence. But alas, perhaps next time.

If you want to stalk me on PSN, you can find me as Ashande on there; I’m also on XBox Live (though much less frequently) as Typo Monster.

What’s in your backlog? What game is giving you fits in the quest for 100% completion? Let us know down below!

24
Aug
19

Trophy Hunt – August 23

Finally!

That’s what I had to say when the last trophy in Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms popped up – completely unexpected, as while I was trying to keep tabs of how many Free Runs I’d already done, I must have lost count somewhere, as I was expecting to have to do roughly 20 more – and I could at last move it to the “hidden” portion of my Purchased Library.

That’s frequently how I feel when the glorious ding of a Platinum being added is at last heard. Some games just grind me down chasing that 100% completion, until I am so sick of looking at them that I can hardly classify them as games anymore. Idle Champions wasn’t quite at that point, but was still in the “God, can I stop looking at this, now?” camp.

Also ground Code Realize: Future Blessings for Vita and Super Neptunia RPG for PS4 out this last week. Game of Thrones inched forward with another pair of trophies (past the halfway point, huzzah), but continues to make me hate everything in life as I creep through it. Horizon Chase Turbo was a surprise contender – it was free with Playstation Plus, and turned out to be the Rad Racer sequel I never knew I wanted or needed – though the last three trophies I need there are of a caliber that outstrips my capabilities. It may go into the pile of “games I’d love to Plat, but that just aren’t happening” alongside Dead Rising or most Yakuza titles.

Judgment is still calling my name, and Yakuza 3 just got ported over, so plenty of Kamurocho craziness awaits, but I think they’re gonna sit on the back burner for a little bit as I grind through Labyrinth Life and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, both of which crept onto the hard drive this week.

Which brings me to my last point: Does playing a game for a specific platform mark you as some kind of genre ore social traitor? I was accused of losing my nerd cred because I played NeptuniaLabyrinth Life and Phoenix Wright on PS4, when I should be playing them on Switch. Apparently for Neptunia and LL, it’s because of the nastybad “Soyny” censors taking away all the boobies; heard the same argument when I bought Death Mark for Vita instead of Switch. There’s a whole conversation to be had there – primarily about how I play the game because it sounds interesting from a story or mechanics perspective, not because of how much cheesecake I can have with it – but it boils down to one simple thing: Trophies > Titties. Also storage space is important (1TB on PS4 vs 32 GB on Switch), and in the case of LL, it’s cheaper for PS4. If I want cheesecake, Pornhub and XHamster are free and accessible on nearly any device. I want to play games.

So far as PW:AA, the argument seems to be “but they’re Nintendo games! They come from DS!” Okay. And? I seem to recall people being angry about that mindset when Devil May Cry and Metal Gear made their way onto Microsoft platforms. Or when Final Fantasy VII said “So, we’re going to launch on PlayStation, and Nintendo 64 can suck it.” So why is this the hill to die on? Also, again, cost was a factor. It was $7 to download it for PS4. Last I checked, the Switch version is still $30. Save $23 and earn a Platinum? Beats platform loyalty and the ability to play in the bathroom, if you ask me. (Though, technically, I suppose could still play in the bathroom, via Remote Play on the Vita, if I really wanted to.)

Anyway. That’s the roundup for this week. Next week hoping to have Labyrinth Life and Phoenix Wright done, perhaps some progress in Game of Thrones, and GameFly is supposedly dropping Wolf Among Us and Yomiwari on my doorstep, which I don’t expect will take long to deal with. 5 plats in a week? I think I can do it. Maybe.

If you want to stalk me on PSN, I’m there as Ashande; drop a follow or a friend request!

16
Aug
19

Trophy Hunt – August 16

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Not much exciting on the hunt this week. Managed to knock out Code: Realize – Boquet of Rainbows, though was bored to tears by it as I discovered it’s just a compilation of the first two Vita games with nothing new to offer. Ah well, another Platinum for the case, at least, right?

Also dredged through the “games I downloaded when they were cheap and never bothered with” list, finishing off Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror and The Coma: Recut. Knocked out as much as I think I can of Dead Island: Riptide and Dead Rising; for Riptide, there’s some online-only co-op trophies that I acknowledge I’ll never get, and finding the rest of the collectibles is something I just can’t force myself to do right now. The controls and mechanics are just terrible, and having to recover from death every six steps isn’t my idea of a good time. So far as Dead Rising goes, the “Gourmet” trophy seems to have glitched out – I’ve eaten everything in the mall, using a checklist, three times now, still isn’t popping – “Savior” and “Transmissionary” are things I do not possess the patience for (the AI’s behavior and the twitchy controls conspire to make me break controllers and fail those two trophies repeatedly) and I really don’t have the desire to sit around for 14 hours to hit “7 Day Survivor.” Otherwise, that list is done.

Still working on Doom, trying to kick out the multiplayer trophies. All that’s left there is levelling up to a point where I can equip a piece of Cyberdemon armor. Then I can turn my attention to the campaign and bliz through that and be done. Yay.

Lastly, started on Horizon Chase Turbo – which is the Rad Racer sequel we never knew we needed until we played it – and Super Neptunia RPG – which is the (slightly broken) Valkyrie Profile sequel we always wanted and never got. Probably have those two kicked out by next week, but we’ll see how it goes.

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms remains the bane of my existence, but I will have that bloody Platinum soon. At worst, there’s only 75 more free play runs (yes, I’m keeping track) before it pops. Hopefully. If it doesn’t glitch. Ugh.

If you want to stalk me and see how it’s going, you can follow me on PSN (as Ashande), or you can click the pretty trophy card right here:

Until next time, folks!

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09
Aug
19

Trophy Hunt, August 9th

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The hunt continues. In a constant bid to inflate my e-ego, there are always more trophies to be earned, more imaginary accolades to set on the shelf. Some weeks, the chase is akin to Godzilla storming through the middle of Tokyo. Wrecked games everywhere, hundreds of little “ding” noises to signify accomplishments.

This was not that sort of week. I did finally put The Coma: Recut to bed, which was far more stressful than it needed to be – the last chunk of the game suffers from a severe lack of save points, and given the random nature of your pursuer, bad controls, and less-than-functional stealth mechanics, I ended up repeating the same 20 minute sequence around forty times, instead of the twice (once for each major ending) it should have taken. But it’s done. Beyond that, not much progress. Some picking at Dead Island: Riptide (why I bother, given that there are several Online-only trophies required for the Platinum, that I know full well I’ll never get, and given that the game is utter shite on top of it, I don’t know), still trying to level up in Doom (gotta wear that Cyberdemon armor and get 10 Spectre kills for the sweet, sweet, Golds, yo,) and puttering about in Judgment (which, like all Yakuza games, is 100+ hours of doing random crap for the lulz, after which you may receive a trophy.)

GameFly is supposed to be delivering Code: Realize: Bouquet of Rainbows today, so should be ticking some trophies off on that one, at least. And I could always go back and actually finish Game of Thrones to mark up a fresh Platinum if I really hated myself. (As an aside, GoT suffers from the same problem the show and the books have: somehow they take a story all about rape, incest, murder, war, zombies and ancient gods and make it dull as all hell. I don’t know how they manage that.)

Now if I could just manage to break into the top 2,000 in the country rankings… (I actually managed to hit 1997 for an hour or two, but then the usual flood of $3 trophy farm games with multiple stacks hit, the usual suspects raped them in two hours, and back into the 2,000s I went. Le sigh.)

If you want to stalk my progress, you can hunt me down on PSN as Ashande. Sometimes I stream my games, which can be found right here on Twitch.

Hope everyone’s weekend goes well, and if you’ve got suggestions for games to assault for their trophies (or see something on my list you’re having trouble with), let me know down below!

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