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Take-Two and 2K Games announced Marvel’s Midnight Suns on December 2, 2023! So I’m hoping to get it as a Christmas present.
Especially as there is a Legendary edition that costs $100, which is way more than I would ever spend on myself for a game.
I’m still a little concern it will be a lot like XCOM 2, which I enjoyed, but wasn’t very good at.
The Legendary edition comes with the Season Pass and 23 Prenium Skins, which I will only want the Magik one, for sure.
If you preorder it, you get Doctor Strange’s Defenders skin, but I don’t think I’m getting that (unless it is on a Black Friday sale and my wife snatches it up)
So I’m concern I won’t take to the game and this is a bit of an investment, so I’m hoping there is a casual mode or the tutorial isn’t overly complicated.
Which is what I wrote!
In hindsight, I’m glad I stayed on brand and mentioned Magik and not simply just wrote about my concern the game will be too hard.
My plan is to keep Magik in my party at all times, and probably Wolverine too. If they add two more X-Men characters, I’ll run those as my full squad. I’m sure there will be times, especially early in the game, where we have to play as everyone and Magik will be out of my party, but once I can get her back in, she’s staying!
From the team that brought us XCOM, brings us Midnight Suns, coming March 2022.
I was watching the trailer :
Thanks to Playstation for hosting the trailer!
My excitement peaked at the 1:29 minute mark with Magik appearing!
Twitter user, @Toxic_Daybreak took some great screen caps
They capture Magik with not only a Warlock pin but also a Lockheed pin! Let’s go!
If they can somehow incorporate Lockheed into one of her moves, that will be the only move I use and will keep reusing it as soon as the cool down occurs.
Magik is never going to leave my team.
I’m going to be using Magik and Wolverine as my permanent cast and then Iron Man if Walker is in the room with me.
The cast is : Doctor Strange, Magik, Iron Man, Wolverine, Nico, Ghost Ridder (Robbie), Blade, Captain America, and Captain Marvel, with a new character, The Hunter, that we customize. I’m going to try to make a Kitty Pryde and call it a day.
We get a gameplay trailer on September 1, so hopefully the game isn’t too much like XCOM. The developer, Firaxis Games, is stating it won’t be like XCOM as it is a tactical RPG, but I’m not sure what that really means as looking at hte list of games, I do not believe I have played any of them, much less heard of them.
But I am planning on getting this game and following the heck out of it, so there’s that.
Not thrilled that 2k is publishing it, but hopefully the mini-transactions are not too much or game breaking. They probably going to find this post and figure they can get at least ten dollars out of me with a Lockheed upgrade.
I was hoping by now that someone would have made a gif of Magik’s moments, but we’re not there yet. If you see one, please let me know.
Are you getting the game? Are you super hyped? TMNT : Shredder’s Revenge and Marvel’s Midnight Suns are the only games I’m planning on buying on launch day. I’m hoping Shredder’s Revenge is a 2021 game, but if it is 2022, then that’s what it is.
Walker was obsessed with Goat Simulator for so long and I got to finally play Uncharted 3, a perfect month.
Firewall Zero Hour
FZH is strictly a VR title, so I didn’t get to play it. Sims 4, I was a tad obsessed with for two weeks and I got a few hours into the first Bioshock game. Not a bad month.
Shadow of the Colossus
I really enjoyed Sonic Forces and I can see myself getting back into it once I’m craving some Sonic Action. I killed two of the Colossi and thought I experienced enough of the game.
Uncharted 4 : A Thief’s End
DiRT Rally 2.0
I forget how unforgiving Uncharted games are, and I got to Chapter 10 or 11 and died in a middle of a gun fight and was reset to a way earlier segment and I sort of was just done with the game after that. Same thing happened with my attempt at playing the first Uncharted game.
DiRT Rally, I played for a few nights and earned maybe five trophies and experienced enough of the game. It was me, not the month.
Cities : Skylines
Farming Simulator 19
Oooof, to this month! Arguably the worst month for Plus this year. I did not take to Cities : Skylines and I enjoyed a smaller farming game more than the bigger budget Farming Simulator 19. A month not for me.
Call of Duty : WWII
Star Wars Battlefront 2
I’m not the biggest first person shooter guy, but I enjoyed both of these titles. Probably more Star Wars than CoD, as that’s where my interests lean. I should play more Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Rise of the Tomb Raider : 20 Year Celebration
My favorite month of Plus! I fell in love hard with RotTR, sparking me buying the films and two games (the 2013 game and Go). Eric, I earned the Platinum with and finished four playthroughs to complete. NBA 2k20 was enjoyable enough. I got my character to the Suns and like 2k19, that felt enough for me. I really wish there was a Prelude like 2k19 had, as it just had a nice introductory feel to it.
Fall Guys : Ultimate Knockout
Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered
I was obsessed with Season One of Fall Guys, and then Season Two happened, and I did not take to the new season and playing for both me and Walker Dennis, sort of drained the enjoyment from the game. Season Three looks fun, but I keep resisting going back to the game. August is also when Marvel invaded Fortnite and sort of changed my gaming habits.
Street Fighter V
PUBG : PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Street Fighter V, I pretty much just wanted Guile and all of the outfits I could unlock, without paying for anything, and that felt good to accomplish. I liked how PUBG was a more realistic looking Fortnite, but I just enjoy Fortnite more.
Need for Speed : Payback
I did not get that far into Need for Speed : Payback, I had to drop the difficulty as I’m not that good at racing games. Vampyr, I probably could go back to and get a few more missions done, but I experienced enough of it. I just got to the hospital and met a few patients.
Middle-earth : Shadow of War
Hollow Knight : Voidheart Edition
Bugsnax is the PS5 version, so hopefully one day I can enjoy it. Shadow of War just felt like I was fighting constantly, instead of a nice blend of exploring and fighting, but I experience enough of it. Hollow Knight I could probably play a few more hours of, at least beat the final boss. I believe I tried twice and it was late enough to go to bed and just did not go back.
Just Cause 4
Worms Rumble was very enjoyable the night I gave it. Rocket Arena I could play more of.
oh how I wish Boone was a lady, and how I wish Zik was purple. I do like how there were like 20 costumes, but none of them turned Zik purple.
Just Cause 4 was enjoyable enough, but I didn’t take to it. I died during an escort mission and felt like that was enough for me.
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28 titles! Which is four more than I thought we going to get, and one of those is even a PS5 game!
So my Top Ten Games would be :
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Uncharted 3 (through the Collection)
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Street Fighter V
I went down the list and wrote the ones I really enjoyed and got to 9, and threw in NBA 2k20 so all of the July titles were represented. Uncharted 4 was amazing, and I probably could drop the difficulty down for that title, but it bugs me when I have to do that.
Of the 28, I only really finished Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fall Guys Season One, Street Fighter V, Erica, Uncharted 3, and Goat Simulator. Some of them, you don’t really finish but experienced everything the game had to offer.
Walker Dennis is a huge fan of this Fortnite YouTuber, LazarBeam. LazarBeam makes all types of meme challenges in Fortnite, and Walker was inspired to create his own challenge. Walker’s challenge was to see if he could win a match by hiding in a Sneaky Snowman for as long as he can last.
I’m pretty proud of his commitment to the challenge as well as how he modified the challenge to include enlisting a bodyguard when possible. We were only going to capture the videos when he outlasted more people than the previous video.
I am so very proud of that final video. It was a lot of fun to join him and play along with him.
Hopefully we get a set of headphones for Christmas and we can really step up our production value with these videos. Though I do follow quite a few Fortnite YouTubers who do not provide any commentary, and are purely gameplay, and I don’t mind at all.
The PS Plus Titles for December 2020 are – Just Cause 4, Rocket Arena, and Worms Rumble!
I haven’t played a Worms game since the late 90s, and it is no longer turn based, so it will be interesting to see how the game has evolved with the times. Worms is our PS5/PS4 crossplay title of the month. Really showing Bugsnax how to do it!
I have no connection to Just Cause or Rocket Arena. I heard Just Cause is a zany open world game built for destruction, so that should be fun for a night. Rocket Arena, I have only seen PlayStation Access stream it the one time. I thought there was a lady with a pet dragon, so that is up my alley. Most likely, it was a lady with dragon wings, but I will take representation where I can.
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PS Prices lists three versions of Just Cause 4 – Reloaded, Complete, and Gold. Hard to tell which version we are going to receive, or if they make a special vanilla version that does not come with any of the additional content.
Rocket Arena is typically $30, but has been as low as $4.99 in the past.
Worms Rumble is a brand new game, starting at $15.
So our total savings for December $20, and I’ll act like Just Cause 3 is a free game, just like Call of Duty : WWII. Bugsnax is a $25 game. So adding to our total of $252, we have a savings of $297, nearly $300 worth of games for 2020!
I simply do not get people who complain about PS Plus. I get those people who are lucky enough to buy whatever games they want, but then I’m not sure why they subscribe for Plus then? For the off chance a game they don’t own makes the list?
I earned my 35th platinum with Dementrios! A pretty fun game. I followed a guide the entire time, but it is a fun and relatively short game. Six chapters, so did it over a course of six nights.
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I played a night’s worth of Hollow Knight and Shadow of War.
Shadow of War, was nice enough. The combat is a little repetitive and I was feeling like all I was doing was fighting all of the time.
Hollow Knight, I found to be more enjoyable. I got stuck on the first real boss, I tried it twice, then my night was pretty much done. I meant to go back to it, but other games have gotten in the way.
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I did play a night’s worth of Worms Rumble, and had a pretty fun night. I was not very good, but I got to level 5, and enjoyed the three modes.
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Walker Dennis and I are super obsessed with Fortnite. Chapter Two Season Four ended and Season Five has begun.
Here is Walker’s final match in Season Four :
In hindsight, I overlooked having him view all of his gliders and emotes, but he came in third, and missed the end of the match by a minute.
Walker already won a match as the Mandalorian for Season Five, which is very impressive.
We have also gotten better at making videos and using ShareFactory on the PS4.
Season Four was Marvel them and Season Five is Bounty Hunter theme, with new original characters in the Battle Pass. So I am not as tempted to go beyond level 100. I am only trying to level myself up once a day or night, and I’m mostly dedicated to getting Walker leveled up as I am starting to view it as more of his game.
Though I still super enjoy it, but I’m starting to really commit to just buying him any skins or items that look the most interesting. But I also want the Battle Pass for myself so when we do play together, I have access to the cool new stuff.
For myself, I bought Monks, an adorable sock monkey. Now if my beautiful wife wants to play, she has a skin she can use. I super regretted not buying Monks when she was available back in October, but I was super hesitant to purchasing her or any skins. Now, I am more tempted to buy skins, but not to go crazy on just any cool looking ones.
Walker was super sweet and bought me the Kratos set, which was awfully sweet of him. Sweet, but not necessary. I rather he saved his V-Bucks for when he really wants something.
We are super anticipating Winterfest 2020 or 14 Days of Fortnite, whichever branding they go with.
So yeah, when I get a chance to game, I’m playing Fornite all of the time at night. Still not burnt out on it, and super enjoying myself.
We have our first PS5 game added to the November 2020 games! That game is Bugsnax, which some people guessed as it was not available for preorders. Those are some clever detectives there!
For the PS4, I have two games coming off of my wishlist, so I am pretty excited about that.
Middle Earth : Shadow of War, the sequel of Shadow of Mordor, two games that take place between The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. I asked and it sounds like it is okay if we have not played Shadow of Mordor, we can jump right in. Though the Wikipedia page implies it takes place right after the first game, but maybe it will just be a puzzling first 30 minutes and then the new adventure kicks off? Like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, if I take to the sequel, I will make a point of actually buying the first game in the series. Apparently, like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, we can play on Easy, as there are no difficulty related trophies. There are three missable trophies, so I will try to get those taken care of, as quickly as I can.
Hollow Knight : Voidheart Edition, is the second PS4 title, and I am super excited to play it. I understand the game is very hard, which is why I would never buy it myself, but I would like to see how how far I can get into the game. It is a Metroidvania style game, so parts of the game are going to be blocked until we find means to unblock those paths.
Do not worry about missing out on Bugsnax, it is a Plus title going through January 2, so you have time to enjoy it, if you are one of the lucky folks who are getting a PS5 this year. I am hoping to get one next year, but we will have to wait for that. Also, if you claim it now, when you get a PS5, you can play it then, so always always claim the Plus titles.
Also, in February 2021 (feels like so far into the future), we already know the PS5 game is going to be Destruction All Stars, so that is nice.
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Bugsnax is a brand new title, so like Fall Guys, we will have to wait until November 3 to find out its price.
Shadow of War is typically $50, but has been as low as $10. I see there is a Definitive edition, but I suspect that is not the version we are getting in November.
Hollow Knight is typically $15, but has been as low as $8. The Voidheart Edition is the only edition of the game.
So that brings our total for the month to $18, add that to our total of $234, plus Call of Duty : World War II, brings our new total to $252, plus Bugsnax will be added when I do the write up for the December games.
Game of the Year Edition for Shadow of Mordor is only $6 right now.
Here is as good of a place as any to complain about this. Anyone enjoying the latest down grade to the PS Store website? It used to be super user friendly, and now it seems purposely not.
If you get to the website through the PlayStation App, it still has the old format. Let’s hope someone forgets to update that.
Shadow of War has a few offerings :
Definitive Edition for $60
Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion for $20
4K DoM Cinematics for free, so I’m downloading that now. Maybe one day we will have 4K.
Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion for $15
Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion for $15
Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion for $15
Story Expansion Pass for $25; which only includes the story DLC – Desolation and Blade.
4K Cinematic Pack for free
Expansion Pass for $40, which includes all expansions for $15 more.
From what I have read, people really enjoy the Nemesis system.
Hollow Knight has no additional DLC to purchase, which is refreshing.
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People on Reddit are very excited about this month, which always great to see.
I am probably going to start with Hollow Knight, as I can already envision myself heading a progress wall. Then I will give Shadow of War a chance.
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Not much in a way of updates on other games I have played. I have made no additional progress in Vampyr. I have been playing Fortnite like a dman fool!
Ghostbusters came to Fortnite! I gifted Walker Dennis the lowest left one, and I treated him to the photon pack and the Ecto-1 glider. I had full intentions of not buying me anything as I’m holding out for Psylocke coming back to the game. But when I was trying to gift him the photon pack, I bought it for myself, and so I ended up buying the guy to the highest right. I do appreciate that they didn’t just release the eight Ghostbusters from the films, but went with more generic people. I know that doesn’t work for most people, but I liked it. Walker wanted Venkman and I was probably going to go for Egon.
Walker and I won another Duos, so I uploaded that video. I trusted it was only that match, but it added our nonsense ahead of the match and a previous match. The one to watch starts at the 24:37 mark. One of the weekly challenges was to heal each other with the bandage bazooka. I hadn’t realized it was a team challenge, so once he earned it, I had earned it as well, so the video towards the end has a lot of that going on.
I am hoping to get a pair of head sets for Christmas, so we can at least add commentary to our videos (hopefully that isn’t too hard to figure out), but I think the match was pretty interesting to watch back. He’s gotten so much better at playing Fortnite. I was Mystique and he was Wolverine.
Later tonight, Walker should be earning Silver Wolverine and starting his gold track and I just earned Silver She-Hulk last night.
If we don’t win, we typically do come into the Top Six or so.
From what I saw from the Week 10 Challenges, we should be able to knock out three of them so that we each can earn Mystique’s alternate costume.
If you are looking for a Fortnite creator to support, I highly recommend AdamAru, of PlayStation Access fame. He’s a good guy.
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.
I knew Resident Evil Biohazard was not going to be an option as it is currently on sale, but I really thought Days Gone was going to be the scary game of the month. I am excited to pay Vampyr, as it has been on my list and it is from Dontnod who brought us the Life is Strange series of games. I am hoping Need for Speed Payback is fun and for Walker Dennis’ sake, can just be a game where he can drive around to his heart’s content.
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Need for Speed Payback is typically $20, but has been as low as $4, for the base game.
Vampyr is typically $40, but has been as low as $12.
Which is a grand total of $16, which doesn’t seem amazing on paper. But combine that with the $218 in savings plus Call of Duty : World War II, that brings our total to $234! Which is truly incredible!
Like Street Fight V the month before, Need for Speed Payback as a slew of DLC. None of it free.
$30 Deluxe Edition
$4 Aston Martin DB5 Superbuild
$10 All DLCs cars bundle
$10 Deluxe Edition Upgrade (which is a nice concept). Comes with the Story DLC, a NOS color, License Plate, Leaderboard Icon, 5 shipments, 5% rep bonus, and 10% discount on in-game content, plus the Platinum car pack including six cars.
$5 Fortune Valley Map Shortcuts
$2.49 Range Rover Sport SVR
$2.49 Alfa Romeo Quadrifogilo
$8 Speedcross Story Bundle (so two more dollars, gets you everything else from the Upgrade – decent deal)
$2.49 Infinity Q60 S
$2.49 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
$4 Pontiac Firebird Superbuild; if it looked as slick as KITT, it would be an instant buy, but it doesn’t. It looks great, but the front is all wrong for what I would want it to be a substitute for.
$2.49 MINI John Cooper Works
$4 Chevrolet Range Rover and Alfa Romeo
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Vampyr on the other extreme only has a Hunters Heirlooms DLC for $3, two weapons : Paulinus Aurelianus’ sword, Dragonbane, who was a mythical founder of the Brotherhood of Saint Paul Stole. The other being Carol Eldritch’s pistol, Baker, who was the secodn leader of the Guard of Priwen.
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Reads like most of the comments are stating how it is a pretty average month of games, but most have high hopes for November now.
I will probably not go for the platinums for these games, but I will at least knock out the four easy to get multiplayer trophies for Need for Speed, as those are my favorite kind. Just attempt to play ten races, beat your own speed once, and do a daily challenge. I will attempt to play the game proper, but once I hit a difficulty road block (pun intended!), I will probably be done with it.
Vampyr has collectibles and requires two playthroughs, one being a No Kill playthrough, and I can’t see myself playing it twice, so I will probably just play like I would naturally, and see what happens.
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I have been playing Fall Guys on Walker’s name, as he really wants to create his own Batman with the limited suits he can muster. I finally earned him a fourth crown, so we are waiting for the superhero top.
It isn’t Batman, but it has a cape, and that’s good enough for him. It costs three crowns, so now we are simply waiting for it come back around in the store. Hopefully for Season Two, they add a third row to the shop. There are pants too, but that would be another three crowns, so the priority is top first, and then we’ll see. It is pretty cute though.
Hopefully if they ever do more license suits like Batman, that it costs Kudos and not Crowns. I know the Portal and Gris suits have been crowns, but those are a lot more specific, whereas everyone will want Batman. At least do a Crown version and a Kudos version.
I finally spend five real dollars on the game for 12,000 Kudos, as they added a white duck to the game, after I just said the night before how they should add a cute yellow duck. Plus, I’m well pass level 40, so no free money was coming my way. Walker Dennis had enough on his account, so he bought it too.
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So I start every morning playing Fall Guys, and I start my gaming night, either finishing Walker’s leveling up, and then straight into Fortnite! So I level Walker up once, then I level up myself after that. It takes longer for my name, plus, then I can move onto another game while still logged in as myself.
Walker just earned the Groot screen saver, and next is the Rocket Raccoon icon, then it is the Rocket Raccoon buddy for Groot to run around together on the map.
Fortnite just turned three years old, so getting all of those challenges done, really got him caught up to where I am in the Battle Pass. I just earned Storm’s emoji and next is her trail blazing, the part before the glider comes out. I am two challenges away from earning 80s Storm, but I am not sure I will be able to accomplish those as the weekly challenges are becoming a tad difficult. The two easier ones are to eliminate Iron Man three times, and get three eliminations in the Woods. I have now defeated Doctor Doom thricely, but from the few attempts at Iron Man, he seems much more difficult. Wolverine is finally coming up on the Wolverine Challenges this week, so hopefully he isn’t too difficult to earn.
I also got both of us Red She-Hulk, which is fun.
I have been regretting not participating in the Deadpool battle pass, but I am not sure if it was ran like the current Marvel one. I couldn’t justify the $20 for Captain America this time around, plus Walker said he would really want it as well, so I really couldn’t justify the $40 for two Captain Americas. I have made peace with him wanting Batman and buying the suit for him, and not doing the same for myself. If they ever release a Riddler, that one, I may have to spend real money on.
Thanks to the Battle Pass, we have earned V-Bucks, but not enough to warrant any cool purchases, and I will definitely be saving those V-Bucks for actual characters instead of weapons or dances.
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The game we are currently playing together, and is Walker’s new obsession, is Portal Knights, again. But this time, he is player one, and the game is finally clicking with me. Or I am just more committed to figuring it all out. We have two dedicated homes; Dusty Junction, a pleasant desert island, and North Point, a deadly winter island. Dusty Junction is the second island you visit, and Walker has really put a lot of time into turning one of the mines into a home, and it is super cute. North Point is a place where I have built essentially a war room of upgraded Workshop, Alters, Anvil, Furnace, and chests galore. I found out that if we built an Arcane Compass, it directs us to where Portals are. Though it is hard to determine if we have to build down or up, but I default to building down to mostly success. Sometimes it is just right around the corner on the surface, and those are always nice surprises. We both have iron weapons, I play as a Warrior and he is a Mage. We defeated the first worm boss and are trying to get to the second one, but we skipped over the key island for the second one, so we have to go back and figure out which island’s portal gets us there, but we also haven’t found the second grandbeast’s portal either, so we have time. I am having a hard time getting yellow shards to activate the portals, but it has been a real blast locating the portals and figuring out the locations. I really do like mining for gems, and building my staircases either downward or upward. This time around, we are building actual bridges to take us across gaps, so that feels good to be opening up the islands. We just have direction that we didn’t have the first time we played it, so the game is a lot better now.
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I finally completed my fifth playthrough of Erica, so I am two hours away from earning my 34th Platinum, and I meant to go straight into my sixth playthrough. Well, I did start one, but kept dozing off in the beginning, so I turned it off that night.
Then Rob with PlayStation Access released the Weekly Store video :
Wherein he describes a new game, Genshin Impact. It is a free RPG, which are two of my favorite things!
I am not that far into the game, and I am committed to playing it until I have earned at least one trophy. It looks pretty great, it reminds me a lot of Omega Quintet, which also reminded me that I had to go back to playing Omega Quintet as well.
I probably only played for about an hour or so, but I am really enjoying it. It looks great. I chose the lady twin, whose names are Lumine and Aether. We have the option to changing their names, but I looked it up to see if they had canon names, which I am glad I did as the brother clearly had a defined name. There was a moment where I was going to name her, Kristie, and be done with it, but there was a thought I had that I was pretty sure she had some fancy other worldly name, and she did.
I am very much still into Archers, so I looked it up and the game as three of them. Amber, Fischl, and Venti.
The game started off as a mobile game, so there is a wealth of information out there. Except for where the chest is located on the heart shaped rock, as that’s one of the trophies, and once I recruited Amber, I was going to go to that chest for trophy, but no one has written about the location yet.
That website is pretty great, but nowhere does it reference where we recruit the characters, so hopefully I can get a chance to recruit those two before I move onto another game.
Right now, I have completed one of the three temples, and going to the second temple, it looks like I will be recruiting at least two more characters from Amber’s Knight clan. I chose her temple first as I wasn’t sure if I was able to lose her, but I didn’t, and we’re definitely moving together to the second temple.
Gacha Gamer has been releasing a slew of helpful videos relating to the game, including this handy tier list.
He comes down pretty hard on Amber, saying she is in the lowest tier, but I have been enjoying her a bunch. We have met Venti, but only in passing, and I have yet to see Fischl. I want a team of Lumine and the three archers.
Gacha Gamer also has two great tips videos, but they made no sense to me prior to playing the game, so I would recommend playing for a bit to get familiar with the mechanics, and then watching those videos. That helped me as I had a better frame of reference then.
There are 18 characters, and I believe we create teams of four; which seems like a lot of options, maybe too many, but it is a free game, so they are probably providing a lot so we spend a lot. Though I haven’t needed to spend any money yet, so hopefully the other two characters are not behind paywalls.
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That heart shaped trophy is titled, Unswerving, and YouTuber, Nier Zero has a video up for it!
I believe Kaeya is one of Amber’s friends I am about to recruit. Looks like a lot of effort is going to be put into getting this trophy. At least I know it won’t take ten minutes, just four. Though I wonder if we could just swim there? From the comment section, it looks like we need a co op partner to have the chest appear, so hopefully I can log Walker in real fast and get the chest. Also from the comment section, the second player does not get the trophy. I wish the map section was in the beginning of the video, but it makes sense to show it at the end. I may have to set another trophy as my goal.
Actually, the Beloved of the Anemo Archon trophy appears to be much easier and I know right where it is!
Thanks to YouTuber R o b for hosting the video!
I was totally tempted to climb that statue last night too! But I opted to not do so as I was way into seeing where the story was going, but I will go there immediately after starting the game. I’m pretty excited!
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Looking back, I do not believe I updated everyone that I finished the 2013 Tomb Raider game. It was such a great game, Rise clearly took everything that worked there, and just made it better. I found all of the tombs, and most of the collectibles. Multiplayer is dead, which I thought for three dollars, I would have found a like minded player, but I play super late at night, so the chances are pretty low. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is still new enough where the lowest price is $20, but if it ever dips below $10, I will definitely buy it.
VUDU and all of the other streaming services continue to refuse to stream 2018 Tomb Raider, so I keep checking on that. I recall there is a Need for Speed film with Aaron Paul. I can only imagine it is not very good, but I wonder if it is at least an enjoyable . . .
130 minute?! ooof, that seems like a lot of time, I wonder if it would have done better with a shorter length. I will see if I can stream it anywhere, and if not, add it to my list of films to check every Friday morning.
I’m sure that Playstation will trim the hour of pre-show silence to make the video more viewer friendly.
We got a second proper glimpse of the PS5 and along with some games!
First up, was Final Fantasy 16!
Thanks to IGN for hosting the video!
This should make Rob from PlayStation Access very happy and we will probably lose him for a month when the game finally comes out. This reminds me that I still haven’t played Final Fantasy 15 Royal yet, nor have I bought it.
Truth be told, Black Friday 2021 is probably the soonest I will get a PS5, but one can only hope for it to be sooner.
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Second up was Miles Morales : Spider-Man gameplay!
Thanks to IGN for hosting the video!
This game looks amazing! I can only imagine the Tinkerer is like the Act 1 villain, right?
Game takes place one year after the conclusion of PS4 Spider-Man. Which I figured Peter would have gone with Mary Jane for the summer, and the game takes place more like a month or two after the previous game, but I imagine they write Peter out of it in another friendly way.
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Then there were some other games shown like Call of Duty : Black Ops – Cold War and Resident Evil VIllage, but my interest in those games are not that high.
Fortnite is a launch title!
Thanks to Playstation for hosting the video!
Walker Dennis and I have become a tad obsess with Fortnite in the pass few weeks. I even stopped my Tomb Raider playthrough last night just so I can play even more Fortnite. He is close to unlock Jennifer Walters and I am close to unlocking Groot, so that’s pretty exciting.
He is eagerly waiting for either Batman Day (this Saturday) or the DC November Event for Batman to come back to Fortnite, as he’s all about Batman at the moment.
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Then arguably the biggest thing that got me excited was the PlayStation Plus Collection!
Thanks again to PlayStation for hosting their own video!
This I need more information about.
The Verge has a pretty good article regarding it :
18 Titles are going to be part of the collection, availabe on launch day :
God of War
The Last of Us: Remastered
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Monster Hunter World
Final Fantasy XV
The Last Guardian
Ratchet and Clank
Infamous: Second Son
Detroit: Become Human
Batman Arkham Night
Mortal Kombat X
Resident Evil: Biohazard
I have God of War, Fallout 4, and Until Dawn physically, but I would love to get them digitally. I am really hoping these work like current PS Plus titles, where we can download the games through the store. I really want it to work like how my Vita titles were just waiting for me once I was treated to that system.
Of the titles, I own most of them through Plus, but there is a slew of them that I do not have access to right now.
Battlefield 1, Monster Hunter World, Final Fantasy XV, The Last Guardian, Infamous Second Son, Days Gone, Mortal Kombat X, Persona 5, and Resident Evil Biohazard
So half the titles at nine. That is a crazy amount of savings! I imagine these are all coming to Plus in the next few months as well. At least four of them, I am willing to bet.
Hopefully Plus doesn’t increase too much more than $60, but my amazing wife is usually pretty great to renew my subscription as a Christmas present. After I helpfully provide her the link to it on Amazon during Black Friday.
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We also finally know how much the PS5 is going to be!
$500 for the physical PS5 and $400 for the digital version is amazing! Especially $400 for digital, I would totally be willing to give up physical and kiss my physical PS4 discs good bye for that price.
Plus, I will be keeping the PS4 and moving it to Walker’s room, so it isn’t like we’re trading one in for another.
It is going to be tough knowing November 12 is coming and the PS5 is going to pass me by this holiday season.
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Then Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president and CEO Jim Ryan showed a quick clip of Ragnarok is Coming, which sounded like God of War 2 to me.
Thanks to IGN for hosting the clip!
Also, it is clearly God of War 2. I don’t recall seeing the initial logo.
Looking for it, I had already forgotten about the Harry Potter game. Looks interesting. I will have to ask my wife about what she knows about the lore of Hogwarts from 1800.
Such a great presentation!
Are you buying a PS5 on release day or even this year?
I feel I have played enough of both Street Fighter V and PUBG to write about them.
I achieved my main gaming goal with Street Fighter V in as much as I finally unlocked Guile for 100,000 in-game fighting points. I did not spend any real money to do so, and that feels pretty great. I had to resist spending four real dollars unlocking the rest of Guile’s suits, and another four dollars to unlock his special 30th anniversary outfit.
It looks pretty nice, but does it look four dollars nice? Not to me and my tightly kept PSN wallet.
After unlocking Guile, I completed a Survival run, on Easy, and finished his character story chapter, which unlocked several color alternative outfits. One of them was Green and Orange, so that was good enough for me.
I still pretty much jumped and kicked my way through my 30 plus online matches, but figuring out how to Sonic Boom was pretty satisfying.
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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a pretty fun game. I am not sure where all of the criticisms came from. Did I find weapons immediately? No, but did I find at least something usable within five minutes? Yes. I feel like I’m better at Fortnite, but if PUBG had a duo split screen, I would probably get a lot more out of it. My very first round, I got to ninth place without shooting a single person, so I earned the Pacifist trophy.
Then I proceeded to get eliminated pretty often without ever really getting a chance to fire at anyone. So I figured I would give squad a chance, let someone else do some heavy lifting, and in doing so, I earned a slew of trophies! I healed my partner, I killed at least three people, I got to put one of those victim’s clothes on, and outlasted my other teammates. I don’t have a microphone, but she was a great partner and was guiding me through everything.
I tried a few more solo rounds, but I think I experienced the game enough, and pretty much achieved my two goals of not killing anyone enough to earn a trophy, and then its opposite, of killing my first person, and that felt good enough. I never did come across a crossbow, but the chances of that were pretty small.
If they add split screen, I’ll jump back in with my buddy and really give it a shot.
The maps are used, and really played into my style. Which is to pretty much, find a good weapon, like an assault rifle, and then move deeper into the safety circle, find a nice building, and just patiently wait. No one ever came into my hiding space, and I was always killed as I was moving to the next area, but that is what happens when you get closed to the Top 10, usually the players with my skill are picked off relatively quickly and easily, but I was able to stealth my way around the map.
My problems are clearly that I’m not good enough for it, and I am sort of tempted to play at least 100 rounds or jumps out of the plane, and maybe I will after my next gaming goal has been achieved.
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Which my main gaming goal right now is to get to level 40 in Fall Guys! I am currently level 38, so I am so close and so I am only really playing Fall Guys at the moment. Even if I did earn level 39, I am 15 good episodes (at least 15 fourth rounds) until I reach level 39, then I’m just going to stick with it until I earn 40. Which would unlock a new celebration option, which when I equip it, and win an episode, I would earn a trophy. So at least, I want to earn level 40, and then maybe try a round every so often afterwards, but I feel I would be able to turn the game off for a good bit.
They changed their store policy, where it used to changed at least twice a day. So I would check it once I woke up, and once again when I could play again at night. Now the store doesn’t change except for once, so hopefully they go back to the twice a day, or at the very least, add a third row of items to purchase. Usually I see the row, and don’t want anything.
What I do want is the black face mask, and the pink face mask. The black one costs a crown, which I had none to spare the last time it was listed on the store. I really want all of the face masks, as I really like completing my bean with a full and proper look.
I have not earned the “buy 50 items” trophy yet, and since I am close to finishing the season, I am realizing I have all of this Kudos to spend, and so I have been buying any complete top and bottoms that the store offers at the same time, as well as any color combinations that don’t cost crowns or are less than 3,000.
I did buy today the egg pattern, and the hatchling top and bottom which cost 9,000 kudos for the complete outfit. A tad much, but it went well with the egg pattern, and I already had a yellow and white coloring, so it looks pretty cute.
So I will use this outfit for a fair bit going forward.
I sort of have no desire to use the pirate pattern once I earn it, so I’m mostly looking straight ahead of earning level 40.
Thanks to IGN for hosting the season two trailer.
It looks very whimsical and I am excited to get at least a purple dragon costume. Season Two does look like fun, and I will definitely look at the Season Pass items to see what else I would like to earn. It looks like they added some more working together rounds, so that should be interesting.
Maybe that dragon is a tad more blue than I remembered, but who knows. I saw a pink dragon and an orange dragon, so if blue is as close to a purple dragon as I can get, that will just have to be enough for me. October 6 is the last day of Season One, so it will be interesting to see how they end One and start Two. I would imagine they will get new face mask colorings, so I would want those as well. But I can also see myself just feeling like I have ran the course with the game. Pun very much intended.
I would still check in once in the morning and see what has been added to the store until October 1, but if I miss something, I won’t be too torn up about it. Unless I miss out on a turtle costume, then I would be pretty devastated. Hopefully it is one of the outfits that only cost one crown for both the top and bottom, as I barely have seven crowns right now.
There was a moment on evening where I was stuck in a forever loop of See Saw -> Slime Climb -> Fall Ball -> Finale, that was nice as it meant a quick turn around, but those games are pretty exhausting. And that is when my team won Fall Ball.
I learned a nice trick with Slime Climb, when at the two yellow rods, just walk onto them and then jump to the solo rod, then immediately jump dive to relative safety. I was jumping after centering myself on the first yellow rod, but that was just causing me to fall off of it instead of now I am in more control, which is nice. From there, I can pretty much make it to the finish line on my own. My hardest part is the two moving pillars below, usually due to the amount of people also trying to make it pass it, and then these two sets of yellow rods.
Another thing I am being annoyed by, is the force Fall Ball as the penultimate round of a game. Like, the game machine must have a team round, and so if I end a round with 10, 12, 14, 16, or 18, I pretty much know it will be Fall Ball. Maybe not 18, but 16 for sure.
Another instance of seeing how the machine works, if a round finishes with 15 or 17 qualifiers, I will most likely get Tip Toe, wherein five or seven people will need to be eliminated to force a 5 v 5 Fall Ball game.
I really miss playing Rock N Roll as a teams match, but I only have played it once in like three nights of playing. A lot of the matching game, thankfully that is only three rounds, as a fourth round would probably eliminate me every time.
Still a fun game, and I usually can earn 98 fame points each episode I attempt, but there are still a few where the first round or the second one can be surprisingly difficult with either obstacles or being grabbed, but I usually feel pretty confident with any of the rounds. Unless it is a team challenge, but even then, I do my part, but sometimes, like with Fall Ball, I am placed on the wrong team.
This is another game where if they added split screen, I would get even more enjoyment out of it.
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Which means I have put Tomb Raider Definitive Edition on hold for a bit.
Funny thing is is that I got to the same point Rob got when Kim was guiding him way back when the came first came out. I did not mean to, but then I opened the door at the end of the video, was extremely tired, and turned off the game once it saved. Then the next morning, I earned my 38th level in Fall Guys, and realized I just want to get 40 and not being obsessed with it.
Tomb Raider is great. Either I am not far enough in the game to start collecting furs, or that is not a feature like it was in Rise of the Tomb Raider. I have completed my first optional tomb (not shown in the PlayStation Access video), but it did not stop me from proceeding, so I did it. No guides, just looking around and figuring it out, so that was pretty nice. I also have killed more than five wolves, so that earned me a trophy as well.
I was able to upgrade my ax, and I still have one more category to unlock.
I am really enjoying the game, and the island is full of mystery and I can’t wait to really start exploring. I mean, I clearly can wait, but I do think about the game quite a bit. I probably will stop Fall Guys after leveling up to 39, and spend the next night playing Tomb Raider, then right back to Fall Guys.