BurnedChipmunk's Blog - Apr to Jun 19 (4 followers)

PermalinkSteady Increases & Platinum Anticipation
I've not had a platinum trophy now in a while, though my TT score has been steadily increasing. Technically, I got one in March, which was fine, but it was a really easy platinum in a 2D platformer on Vita that I got without really planning for it. In January I got 3 plats and it was a great feeling. Now I could easily power through and get some easy platinum trophies but I want quality over quantity. I want my platinums to tell a story.

I don't regret any of my platinums, but I'm not really attached to the plats in 'Life Is Strange: Before The Storm', 'AER: Memories Of Old' or 'Amazing Pea'. None of them are bad games, but they don't say anything about my gaming tastes really. I far preferred the original 'Life Is Strange' and all the others, even easy games like 'Rango' are games I could talk about in depth and discuss what I liked about them and why they're great games...

Right now I'm only a few trophies away from finishing a few games. 'Astro Bot: Rescue Mission' and 'GRIP: Combat Racing' are only 2 trophies away each; which is awesome as they're both fantastic games. Though they are in both cases the hardest trophies, their respective "challenge" modes, but that's fine. I'm only a few away from getting 'The Division 2' which will involve me doing a lot more Dark Zone stuff, and rather than piss about with the PVP scene which is frustrating a lot of the time, I'll likely just boost those with friends. Once I've done those, it's just a matter of completing everything on Hard mode and crafting an exotic weapon, which I fully intend to do anyway.

I decided not to go for the platinum in the 2016 remake of 'Ratchet & Clank'. I'm instead going to go back and play through the original trilogy on Vita, and the "future" series on PS3. Probably try for a plat in that series, likely in 'A Crack In Time'.

There's a lot of great games coming up, so plenty to look forward to and get excited for but really, I'm most excited to start diving into some of my backlog. I really want to jump into 'Final Fantasy XV' and maybe give 'Assassin's Creed Origins' and 'The Witcher 3' a good shake down.
Posted by BurnedChipmunk on 21 June 19 at 14:23 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkMaking Gaming My Focus
So I've been making gaming more of a focus recently, and I've started my own website now. Even got a Facebook group for discussing gaming and geek culture and it's doing quite well. It's my hope that I'll be able to make this into somewhat of a career path for myself. Reviewing games and films, keeping a blog going accounting my opinions on things in geek culture in general.

It's been fun and I think I'll enjoy writing about these hobbies more over the coming months and hopefully years. I've not decided what the best way to monetise this would be, or even if I want to try or just want to maintain it as a passion project. Only time will tell.

If you want to join the discussion group on Facebook check it out here.
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I look forward to seeing any of you there who want to get a bit of a discussion or debate going.

As for my current gaming. It's just been progression from my last post really. I have my PSVR now so I can enjoy my VR games. I've really been enjoying my platformers with 'Astro Bot' being a delight. I've also been playing the 'Ratchet & Clank' remake which is really quite good.

ASTRO BOT Rescue MissionStar LordThe Star Lord trophy in ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission worth 447 pointsYou collected all ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission trophies. You rock! Now, time to get out and see the real world!

Ratchet & ClankThe Hero of HeroesThe The Hero of Heroes trophy in Ratchet & Clank worth 320 pointsCollect every trophy in Ratchet & Clank

I've also been enjoying my racing games with 'GRIP: Combat Racing' coming out ahead as my preferred racing game at the moment, and 'Polybius' giving me some real high octane gaming. It's also awesome on VR, really intense.

GRIPGRIP LegendThe GRIP Legend trophy in GRIP worth 1162 pointsCollect all Trophies

PolybiusBeast of Universal Love and LightThe Beast of Universal Love and Light trophy in Polybius worth 2919 pointsAchieve ultimate transcendence

Other than those, I've been getting quite deep into 'The Division 2' still, which I'll likely get the platinum for soon as I only need to worry about the Dark Zone stuff and finished each mission on hard mode. What will be interesting is if I can gather enough people to get the Washington Raiders trophy. It's only one silver trophy for finishing that raid, but it alone is worth over 1000TT as it's a legitimately hard as nails raid requiring a full team of 8 people. Currently we have 5 people, but we'll need more to stand a chance... I definitely want to try though.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2Platinum AgentThe Platinum Agent trophy in Tom Clancy's The Division 2 worth 598 pointsUnlock every Trophy in Tom Clancy's The Division®2.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2Washington RaidersThe Washington Raiders trophy in Tom Clancy's The Division 2 worth 272 pointsComplete the full Operation Dark Hours raid in a group of eight players.

So yeah. That's my focus at the moment. Hope to see some of you in the Facebook Group.
Posted by BurnedChipmunk on 30 May 19 at 23:19 | There are 2 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkNew Goals, Great Games.
This is pretty much my "State Of The Hobby" update; as I discuss all the games I'm playing and considering for platinums.

So, since my last post I've managed to get some time with a few of the games I've been most excited for and I've not been disappointed at all. I'm hoping to get a few more platinums in the coming months but these aren't easy plats. This isn't going to be like when I got 'Life Is Strange' or 'Rango'; or hell even games like 'Horizon: Zero Dawn' and 'Spider-Man' which are still rather easy plats... no these will take some effort.

So, first things first; 'Shovel Knight: King Of Cards' was delayed by multiple months, which is a massive shame but I'm honestly not that bothered because it's actually a really packed time for me game wise, so I'd possibly struggle to find time for it.

On the platformer side; I've played 'The Messenger' now and it's a really good game. The platinum isn't overly hard, but it's not an easy game at all, so it's a "would like to have" plat at the moment. Then there's 'Hollow Knight' which I've still spent very little time with and want to properly delve into, it's just finding the motivation to tackle what is a rather skill intensive game. Another platformer I want to go back to and finish off is 'Axiom Verge', which I've beaten but I'd like to get the platinum for. Finally, there's 'Specter Of Torment' the sequel to 'Shovel Knight' which does have it's own platinum, though it is admittedly low value as few people have the version with the independent trophy list.

The Messenger (EU)I am The MessengerThe I am The Messenger trophy in The Messenger (EU) worth 352 pointsObtain all other trophies

Hollow Knight: Voidheart EditionHeart of HallownestThe Heart of Hallownest trophy in Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition worth 938 pointsAcquire all other trophies

Axiom VergePatternMindThe PatternMind trophy in Axiom Verge worth 667 pointsYou have fulfilled your legacy.

Shovel Knight: Specter of TormentReaper of RenownThe Reaper of Renown trophy in Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment worth 322 pointsEarn all other Trophies.

All of these are platformers I'd like to finish 100%, after all 2D platformers are kind of my thing... There's also my proxy platinum for 'Sonic Mania' which I've not yet finished. It's given me some more motivation to enjoy the game though which is nice.

Jack N' Jill DX (EU)Platinum Jack N' JillThe Platinum Jack N' Jill trophy in Jack N' Jill DX (EU) worth 181 pointsGet all the trophies

But platformers aside, there's still a lot of games out there for me right now.

Since I started trophy hunting, I've been wanting to get the platinum for 'The Last Of Us: Remastered', it's one of the first games I decided I was going to plat. In fact it was one of the first three games I seriously chose to go completionist for, (alongside 'InFamous: Second Son', my first plat; and 'Shovel Knight' my second plat). It's still unfinished and that annoys me. I've decided to try and make it my 20th platinum. Which gives me 2 more games to finish before it; as it is a hard one... but honestly I'm no so bothered by completion order.

As well as that, pretty early on I decided I wanted the plats for 'Red Dead Redemption' and 'DmC: Devil May Cry'. These are two of my favourite games, so I need to actually get to getting them finished this year. Especially the former as PS3 games are at risk of being discontinued on PSN at any time now, especially with the sequel already out.

The Last of Us RemasteredIt can't be for nothingThe It can't be for nothing trophy in The Last of Us Remastered worth 508 pointsPlatinum Trophy

Red Dead RedemptionLegend of the WestThe Legend of the West trophy in Red Dead Redemption worth 617 pointsYou've become a true legend of the west!

DmC: Devil May Cry: Definitive EditionPlatinum TrophyThe Platinum Trophy trophy in DmC: Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition worth 556 pointsCollect all DmC Devil May Cry™: Definitive Edition Trophies

There's some games I'd like to go back to as well; specifically the aforementioned 'Horizon: Zero Dawn' and 'Spider-Man' as they both have hard mode versions for "new game plus", which is something I'd like to do for both games. I also want to go back and do the DLC for 'Horizon: Zero Dawn'.

Horizon: Zero DawnUltra Hard CompletedThe Ultra Hard Completed trophy in Horizon: Zero Dawn worth 115 pointsCompleted a New Game+ playthrough on Ultra Hard difficulty.

Marvel's Spider-ManPower and ResponsibilityThe Power and Responsibility trophy in Marvel's Spider-Man worth 98 pointsComplete a playthrough on Ultimate difficulty

There are a few more games that I loved but have very few trophies on. There's 'Monster Hunter World' which I'd like to get back into as I kinda burned out on it. Then there's 'Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends' which I have on Vita but I've also recently got the PS4 version as while it's fun to play on the Vita I think the PS4 version will be a better one to go for the platinum on, (though I'm not above doing both as they have separate lists, the PS3/Vita version shares a list).

Monster Hunter: WorldConqueror of the New WorldThe Conqueror of the New World trophy in Monster Hunter: World worth 725 pointsUnlock all trophies for Monster Hunter: World.

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme LegendsTrue Warrior of the 3 KingdomsThe True Warrior of the 3 Kingdoms trophy in Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends worth 937 pointsObtain all of the trophies in the game.

Finally there's two games I've been meaning to get around to that are supposedly some of the best games on the system for my tastes. 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' and 'Final Fantasy XV'. Both of these should by rights be games I'd adore and will likely be games I'll want a platinum in. I want to priorities these games...

Final Fantasy XV (EU)The World WandererThe The World Wanderer trophy in Final Fantasy XV (EU) worth 300 pointsCollected all trophies.

All of this however is just the pre-amble to what is sure to be my next obsession. I've been playing a few racing games; namely 'Dangerous Driving' and 'Grip'. Both of these are fantastic games and make the PS4 the defacto racing game platform.

Dangerous DrivingGood Clean FunThe Good Clean Fun trophy in Dangerous Driving worth 619 pointsPlatinum Trophy

GRIPGRIP LegendThe GRIP Legend trophy in GRIP worth 1162 pointsCollect all Trophies

'Dangerous Driving' is basically a remake of the best parts of 'Burnout 3: Takedown', 'Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit', and 'Burnout 2: Impact'; it's glorious and may well be in my top 5 games OF ALL TIME. This is the game I wanted more than any other for literally years now. It's fantastic and I'm so pleased to have it. As for 'Grip', well what can I say. I was never a huge fan of 'Rollcage' on the PSOne, but this game is the realisation of that game in a modern era. It's a vehicular combat racing game with a hint of 'Mario Kart' about it but it's so much more skill focused. It's delightful. I'd like to platinum both personally.

There are other racing games on PS4 that I'd love to finish. 'Redout: Lightspeed Edition' is basically the PS4's answer to the 'F-Zero' series; and that's pretty cool. 'Wipeout Omega Collection' is also pretty damn good too. These I'm less attached to but I'd like to try and get the plats for them. The only I genuinely suspect is beyond my ability though is 'Polybius'. People thought it was impossible for a long time, but it's not it's just really damn hard. It'll be a challenge to try, but I won't be too cut up if I simply can't do it.

Redout: Lightspeed Edition (EU)Redout MasterThe Redout Master trophy in Redout: Lightspeed Edition (EU) worth 491 pointsThanks for Playing!

WipEout Omega CollectionTranscendenceThe Transcendence trophy in WipEout Omega Collection worth 903 pointsEarn all the trophies in the game

PolybiusBeast of Universal Love and LightThe Beast of Universal Love and Light trophy in Polybius worth 2919 pointsAchieve ultimate transcendence

'Polybius' does open up the conversation of VR though, and there's two VR games in particular that I want to tackle. Namely 'Moss' and 'Astro Bot Rescue Mission', I wasn't expecting VR to be the next iteration of the 3D platformer but I welcome it. It's certainly going to be an interesting experience though I'll need to get a PSVR set before I can do that, and that might take a while.

Moss (EU)Together We're TwofoldThe Together We're Twofold trophy in Moss (EU) worth 452 pointsCollect all other Moss Trophies.

ASTRO BOT Rescue MissionStar LordThe Star Lord trophy in ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission worth 447 pointsYou collected all ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission trophies. You rock! Now, time to get out and see the real world!

The real big meat for me though is RPGs. The "looter-shooter" that is 'The Division 2' was a pretty safe bet for me and I'm legitimately loving it. I've got multiple friends planning to play it so that should make it a fun multiplayer experience. I really enjoyed the first (which I'd like to go back to in order to finish the DLC), and this one feels like a solid improvement in every respect.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2Platinum AgentThe Platinum Agent trophy in Tom Clancy's The Division 2 worth 598 pointsUnlock every Trophy in Tom Clancy's The Division®2.

The thing is, "looter-shooter" is really just a slight redressing of another genre that I've always loved ever since playing 'Diablo 2: Lord Of Destruction' on PC years ago. The dungeon crawler; that's what it's always been really. If you replace dragons and demons for terrorists in balaclavas it's a perfect fit. It's why the "bullet sponge" issue never bothered me. No-one complains when the dragon doesn't die in a fantasy dungeon crawler to only 1 or 2 hits, but when you head-shot a boss in 'The Division' and he doesn't die people get annoyed... "But guns are lethal", people retort... I put it to you, SO ARE SWORDS! It's an RPG, expect RPG mechanics.

My point is, dungeon crawlers are also my jam, and the unofficial 'Diablo 3' is one of the best games ever; not the official one, that was actually kind of a step back and overly casual in execution. No I'm talking about 'Path Of Exile' which is a game I WILL be getting the plat for, but it might take me all year and it's going to be HARD! It's currently a game worth over 20,000 TT points as the plat is so difficult and time consuming to get, but I know it's within my capabilities.

Path of ExileCompletionistThe Completionist trophy in Path of Exile worth 2244 pointsObtained every trophy.

Yep, that's a single trophy worth more than 8,000 TT Points (at least at the time of writing), it'll likely go down considerably; but damn. This is going to be one of my Everest points, and it's only the beginning.

There are other games both dungeon crawlers and traditional A-RPGs and western RPGs all either out on PS4 or coming to PS4 this year. There's 'Titan Quest' and 'Victor Vran', as well as the official 'Diablo 3' all of which are games I may look to getting the platinum for. Though as I already have 'Diablo 3' on PS3, I'll likely just play it there.

Titan QuestSon of ZeusThe Son of Zeus trophy in Titan Quest worth 718 pointsGet all trophies

Victor VranVictor Vran Platinum TrophyThe Victor Vran Platinum Trophy trophy in Victor Vran worth 1196 pointsCollected all other Victor Vran trophies

Diablo IIIDiablo III Platinum TrophyThe Diablo III Platinum Trophy trophy in Diablo III worth 464 pointsCollected all other Diablo III Trophies.

These are only part of my upcoming western RPG binge. They're not out yet but there's a load of classic PC games being remade and remastered for PS4, which are some of the best and most impactful games in the genre. There's also a sequel coming for 'Pillars Of Eternity':

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition
Planescape: Torment - Enhanced Edition
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition
Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire

These are all due to come out this year, and they can be added to the list of western turn based RPGs and strategy games I already have which includes the aforementioned 'Pillars Of Eternity', 'X-COM 2', 'Torment: Tides Of Numenera', and 'Divinity: Original Sin' 1 and 2:

Pillars of Eternity: Complete EditionGather all TrophiesThe Gather all Trophies trophy in Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition worth 671 pointsPillars of Eternity Platinum

XCOM 2CommanderThe Commander trophy in XCOM 2 worth 1509 pointsUnlocked all other XCOM 2 trophies

Torment: Tides of NumeneraThe Last CastoffThe The Last Castoff trophy in Torment: Tides of Numenera worth 1247 pointsUnlocked all trophies!

Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced EditionOriginal SinnerThe Original Sinner trophy in Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition worth 878 pointsUnlock all trophies for Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition (EU)DeityThe Deity trophy in Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition (EU) worth 1238 pointsComplete all trophies in Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition

Now admittedly this last section is more of a delve into a genre. I don't actually intend to necessarily get the platinum in 15 different Western RPGs... it'd be cool but it'd also be an excessive amount of time spent. The only one I'm definitely going for the platinum in is 'Path Of Exile', but I do want to look into all of these games. Next to 2D platformers, these old style Strategy-RPGs and A-RPGs where my jam and I'm really excited to see them all coming to PS4.

PS4 is now home to most of the best 2D Platformers, the best Racing games, the best Classic Western RPGs, and the best Modern Open World RPGs. What else can I honestly ask for? Sure I enjoy 4X style Strategy games on PC, like 'Civilization', 'Tropico', 'Cities: Skylines', and I've always had a soft spot for 'The Sims', but even most of those have serviceable PS4 versions now too. If the PS4 could run 'EVE Online', I think I'd barely ever use the PC for gaming any more... At this point the PS4 is the ultimate gaming machine for me and I'm massively looking forward to all the games I hope to platinum in the coming months.

I have 21 platinums I'd like to go for there, and that's not counting the additional 14 western RPGs I've listed. If I count them that'd be 35 platinums... but that's expecting a bit much. Still, I'm certainly not left wanting. There's loads for me to do, in fact the only reason I'm writing this now and not playing is to give my thumb a rest from the high octane racing. It's a good time to be a PS4 gamer.
Posted by BurnedChipmunk on 14 April 19 at 22:21 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkApril Looking Promising
I'm really excited to be gaming in April; there are a lot of really interesting games that I want to tackle. I'm going full force into both 'The Division 2' and 'Path Of Exile' at the moment. Though I am intentionally holding back a little on 'The Division 2' as I'm waiting for a few friends to pick it up so we can play together. Seems sensible. Both a pretty huge time investments, but they're definitely games I want to put the time and effort into and possibly platinum if I can.

Other than that there's big platformers. There's 'The Messenger', which is really good though the jump slash abilities are a little fiddly in a way that makes it less enjoyable for me. It's not a bad thing, just a design decision that makes it awkward for me to control sadly. Still a great game, though I question if I'll be able to get the platinum with the game being quite hard too. There's 'Hollow Knight' still which I need to go back to, and 'Sonic Mania' which I'm still enjoying the speed-running aspects of. The final one though, 'Shovel Knight: King Of Cards'. It's a free upgrade for me but I intend to buy it when it releases in 2 days on the 9th as the independent release will likely have it's own platinum trophy list; and HELL YES!

I'm also hoping that I'll get the ability to play some PSVR games. I don't currently own PSVR, but I have a friend who does so if I can go to his to play the games, that'd be acceptable I guess. I have 'Moss' and 'Astrobot', both of which I'm excited to see what I'll make of.

Then there's racing games. I saw 'Grip' which looked interesting, it's an arcade racer reminiscent of a PSOne game who's name I can't remember right now, but regardless it looks really good. And there's 'Dangerous Driving' which is a spiritual successor to the 'Burnout' series which also comes out on the 9th. At this rate I'm going to be swimming in games I'm excited to play.

Considering it's my birthday on the 8th, and the 9th sees two games I'm genuinely super excited for releasing. I honestly couldn't be happier to be a gamer. Sure, none of them will be easy to plat, but all of them will be so much fun, It's a great time to be a gamer.
Posted by BurnedChipmunk on 07 April 19 at 01:25 | There are 2 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.