I have now played the first few missions of both Need for Speed Payback and Vampyr.
Need for Speed Payback looks amazing. I was playing on medium difficulty and got stuck in a race that I simply could not win. I figure I was never going to win it, and so I dropped difficulty to Easy, and was able to win the race. I raced a few more races, got the gang back together, and we are in a middle of the desert. I unlocked Multiplayer, and did five races, earning one trophy there. The game is pretty nice, I was concerned about the balancing of story and racing, but the story is essentially cut scenes, then we’re back to racing. Or one of my concerns, was that there was going to be tricky driving, outside of racing, but it really is a racing game with story elements. Will I come back to it? Maybe, but I’m not imagining a scenario where that could happen. Maybe if VUDU ever has the film on sale? Which I can already imagine that movie being like six minutes of story, an elaborate racing sequence, some story, some fancy racing, until the end of the film.
Vampyr, I will say was my favorite of the two. Dr. Jonathan E. Reid wakes up finding himself to be a vampire, and something horrible happens, and he is trying to figure it all out as he goes. We find a nice doctor who recognizes Dr. Reid and invites us to work at his hospital. Which I met Milton Hooks at the hospital and I sort of dig that guy. He is voiced by Mark Monero, and I really enjoyed his voice. Hooks operates the ambulance at the hospital, and I found his wallet. Monero was one of the soldiers in Doctor Who “Flesh and Stone” where 11 and Amy meet the Weeping Angels. Good episode.
I ended my last session meeting a guy whose wife died, so he is raising his two children. He hurt his arm, and that is why he’s at the hospital. So I will keep playing and figure out what else is going on.
The story takes place in London during the Spanish Flu, and the way they refer to the epidemic keeps reminding me of our current times. I am so thankful we have modern medicine.
The fighting mechanics are pretty nice, I mostly just like swiping at people, and been avoiding my pistol. So far, I haven’t killed anyone who wasn’t trying to kill me.
Nathan along with Dave, made a helpful tips video for Vampyr that is worth watching.
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I earned my 34th Platinum with Erica! It took me six playthroughs, and I really enjoyed my last two playthroughs as I got to make whatever choices I wanted, until the very ending sequence, then I had to follow the prompts to unlock the endings. So it was nice to see different dialogue options and events play out.
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I was sort of running out of free time so I made the pretty easy choice of stop playing Fall Guys. They were about to add Sonic and the character cost 10 crowns for both halves, and neither Walker Dennis and I had that many crowns. I was not going to do the work of getting seven crowns each, and the thought of having to level up two people at the same time, it was killing my buzz. So dropping Fall Guys opened my morning for just relaxing and exercising, so I have no regrets. I did win my first episode of Season Two, which gave me the trophy for seven wins and for winning with a different finale pose, so that felt like a good time to stop. Plus, I was no good at the new maps, getting more and more frustrated over everything.
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What game have Walker D and I been playing the most of? Fortnite. We’re those people. All it took was adding a slew of Marvel characters for the relative cheap price of eight dollars. Walker has Iron Man, and even has played more to unlock Silver Groot.
I am on the Tony Stark track, I am three days away from earning him, and ten days away from earning Iron Man. Then I feel like I will be dead with check ins and such.
There is a challenge to complete 60 weekly challenges to unlock Logan, so I will probably commit to getting him for both of us. I believe I am eight challenges away and Walker is nine away from owning the outfit. Looking at the Week 9 Challenges, I feel like we should be able to get most of them completed, if not all of them. If not, then we have Week 10 to get some more challenges. Also, now that we are in Week 9, Mystique’s alternate outfit as an option and thus far, we have all of the alternate outfits for the other characters minus Mystique and Wolverine. Walker has come such a long way at getting good with the game, and we have won at least seven different duos together.
Fortnite has started their Halloween event, FortniteMares. I love the title and the new map is intense and now if you die, you become a shadow, and get to keep playing, which is pretty fun.