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Dec
31
2019 in ReviewPermalink
This year started pretty damn good, and then I got sick in February. I kept working while ill, stashing any money I could instinctively. I found out I'd have to have gallbladder surgery the first week of March but I wouldn't have surgery until May 15th. I kept working and almost expected was told I could have my surgery in May but I'd be losing my job, so I should skip it and they'd let me keep my job and give me a raise.

I put my 2 weeks in right there and my last day was the night Days Gone came out. I spent about 3 weeks at home suffering until my surgery, and thankfully the surgery helped right away. After a grueling 4 day hospital visit I was home, and I recovered thru June.

In the summer, I began looking for work and well never found anything. Well I found jobs offering me minimum wage or backbreaking work I really needed to avoid. So while I looked the GTTSC appeared. At the same time I also drove myself near insane with Monster Hunter Worlds platinum (no one let me do icebornes lord).

Fast forward some time and the GTTSC turned insane due to a short finish, which led to what I call the Dawn of Ratalaika. I put up an October so crazy that I don't think I've ever scored that much on either Sony or Microsoft in 11 years of hunting. Just insane.

So to show for myself this year
-10th in GTTSC 2019 Individual
-5th in GTTSC 2019 Team
-Completed Hangman 2019
-Completed Twelve Days of Christmas 2019
-From Level 33 to 44
-71 Platinums earned

2020 Goals?
-150 Platinums
-I have 174 digital PS3 games in the backlog, I'd like to get 50 down at least
-Beat at least 100 Games (story/credits roll)
-A big planned cleanup of around 35 games

And now the awards for 2019 games I played that may have been released in any year but boy I played them in 2019

=Game that did nothing for me=
Celeste taught me the valuable lesson of I don't care for Super Meat Boy esque games. I found it frustrating to a point I couldn't be invested in the story. At least the plat was cake after I beat it

=Great DLC no one talks about=
Spider-Mans dlc is fantastic and sets up the next game while giving you a great comic book feel to its story telling as each episode reads like a monthly issue.

=Let Down of the Year=
Had a lot of high hopes for Jump Force, I even got to play the E3 build last year. Graphically this games arenas are gorgeous as are the battle effects. The character models look great until you look at faces. But the Battles in this game are boring as it comes down to spamming the AI and a complete lack of combat flow. Combine this with one of the most boring storylines of all time, which is impressive as the story had all the elements setup to be fanastic. It's a crossover game in a crossover world where the characters fight in a crossover army, and almost nobody ever interacts in ways What If writers salivate over. A whopping 3 side missions explore this in text and it isn't good enough.

=Out of Nowhere=
Toejam & Earl Back in the Groove continues to get discussed but not enough. The madmen actually made a true to its nature Toejam sequel in 2019. If you liked the original genesis game it literally has everything and more. A rough launch but one of the best indies of the year

=Dumbest Plat of the Year=
It doesn't even goto a Ratalaika and boy it could, Conan Exiles was 5 of the dumbest hours i've ever played with a game. The fact you earn everything in a private server where you put god mode on, to its terrible menu systems. Yeah this was a memorable tragedy

=Best Ratalaika of the Year=
Gravity Duck

=The Best Game No One Played in 2018=
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a game I played during the final stressful weeks at my job. And it helped me get thru it, it is one of the best metroidvanias ever made. It is a gorgeous game and the soundtrack is out of this world.

=Best Patch of the Year=
Yokus Island Express for finally patching in a map telling you which scarabs are done

=Game of the Year=
Bloodstained Ritual of the Night is by far the best game I played all year, and one of the best of the decade. It's a quite literal perfect metroidvania that even makes making food in the game worth it. I could go on for hours about this game nailing everything. The crazy thing is we have new modes to look forward too.

=No Idea Why I dropped it=
Birthdays the Beginning, I bought this when it came out a few years ago and never played it. I sat down in July playing some and fell in love with it for a few days then sat it down again. What am I doing?

=Worst Writing and Acting=
Guardians of the Galaxy Telltale was a stark reminder of why Telltale went out of business and has come back as a shell company hiring back their ex employees on contract work without benefits

=Most Time Spent=
Monster Hunter World by far, 345 hrs

=Best Vita Game=
Lego Marvel isn't a typical lego game, its this weird blend of the lego style with these minute long arcade like levels taking place either in small sections of a larger stage or even single screens. It's extremely tough until you beat the game then you get god mode and cruise.

=Hey Mikey I like it=
Yakuza 0 is the first I've played in the franchise and although I'm nowhere near finished I'm very much enjoying this. Haven't felt this way since discovering how good Atelier was or Ys years ago.
Posted by StingX2 on 31 December 19 at 11:34 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Nov
24
A November Squandered?Permalink
Hello again true believers!

It looks like on paper I've really wasted November but actually I've been on Switch! Playing some backlog games and went thru the new Pokemon (its great but still miss the cut porkmans).

So that means yeah I haven't done too much on the good ole PS4 so here is where things stand

Main Game: Yakuza 0
This is officially my main adventure here, I'm 24 hrs in and still have barely done anything. I have a very long way to go on this game, it may take me near 100 hrs unless I get very good at mahjong

The Road to 150 Platinums or Stuff Really Close to Being Done
I'm 6 platinums from the 150 and well I have a bunch of really easy or almost/half finished platinums to grab. Looking at these on my system bug the hell out of me

-Warlocks Tower (75% done) + Vita version
-Paradox Soul (75% done) + Vita version
-Goosebumps (just need to fix my playthrough I screwed up)
-Minecraft Story Mode (Yeah its still sitting here, I have 3 eps left)
-Madden 18 (This would be a day event as I gotta redo story mode and beat all 32 teams)
-Madden 20 (Just started but almost done)

Target #150: Yooka Laylee and The Impossible Lair

A Strange Old Cleanup
I'm also wanting to keep chipping away at games I started, beat then didnt clean up to my liking. I'm never getting the GTAV platinum but I'd like that cleaned up to a point I feel good about.

But I'm also looking at my TA profile and really want to deep dive games that I never finished there and see about giving them justice finally here. This is like the backest of my mind.

Fun Fact I'm now roughly at 400k TT and TA score now, so my achieving journey truly is feeling 50-50 now.
Posted by StingX2 on 24 November 19 at 22:18 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Oct
28
A Very Spooky BacklogPermalink
The GTTSC is over even though as last weeks blog stated, I was not gonna do much of anything. So its time to move on and refocus back to the spooky backlog.

#1
Last week I took the time to go thru Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, getting all the way up to the games final stage. Which admittedly I have had issue finishing. My idea here though is I still have around 30 TWIT coins to collect (think the coins in New Super Mario Bros) before Platinum even if I conquer the Impossible Lair. I think this is going to be my setup for Platinum 150, since thanks to GTTSC I'm weirdly close.

#2
Oceanhorn - Monster of Uncharted Seas has been ongoing since August and I realized this past week after playing some gems and playing a lot of Ratalaika trash that this game just falls in a blah middle. It isn't a bad game but it can be so generic and dead inside that its hard to be excited. This game is a zelda clone and yet I enter any cave in this game to hear....water drips. The soundtrack is the most anemic part of this game, even the boss fights feel flat because of it. I'm about two dungeons away from clearing this but several hours after of collectible hunting to set this down

#3
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 is fantastic so far despite well the territory it hits into creepytown. I've been laughing very hard at all the game references, for every in your face reference there are plenty of obscure ones. Unfortunately my vita can stay charged for only about 30 mins at a time, so unless I bust out the vita tv this doesn't get a lot of love.

#4
Once Oceanhorns wrapped up I'll be deeper diving into Yakuza 0. For now I'm skimming its waters dedicating a small amount of time into the game. It is fantastic though so far! I likely will be doing all the side stuff but not going for the platinum. I don't care for multiple runs of games.

#5
Costume Quest is done now, after 9 years of not finishing it. Got a solid 100% on the main game and well had a great time playing it. I'm looking forward to playing the sequel hopefully sometime in 2020

#6
I blasted thru Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game last night. I'll be returning to this for a few trophies but that's the extent. Can't be completed as the DLC is long gone from the marketplace.

The only other thing worth noting for November is I plan to knock out some Switch backlog so I could see a much slower trophy November than a usual month for myself.

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Posted by StingX2 on 28 October 19 at 17:36 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Oct
21
Mission CompletePermalink
I fully expected despite staying up til 6am that I was going to be eliminated and I would have been fine with that. Because I played the game how I wanted too, not for other people's insane standards.

I made the final period with
-No Regional Variations
-No Stacking a ton of points offline waiting to dump
-Not Rushing any games I really want to play (Day of the Tentacle, Batman, etc)
-Getting a ton of high point trophies across the contest (Monster Hunter World plat, Grand Kingdom nearly platted, and even busting out some good ole Atari Flashback in Period 9)

My goal of the contest was pretty simple, make the final periods of both. I did not think it would be so tough I'd have to use almost every easy game I had sitting on my hard drive to originally boost myself close to milestone plats lol.

So yeah I made the final period, I will likely NOT be much of a factor. I don't have the ammo to do another round unless Daemont is so determined to win teams he invites me over for drinks and Ratalaikas.

So some backlog updates of games I did in the contest
Starwhal: So I finished challenge mode, not 100% but I'm unsure if I have the skill to platinum the challenges. But I can still squeeze a lot of grindy juice here

Tekken Tag Tournament HD: This took two biog tries but coming back a few days later I did squeeze that platinum out.

Tekken Tag 2:I have a lot more fight club and arcade runs ahead here.

Kung Fu Panda: Hated this at first but I'm into it now. Heavy grinding ahead

Burly Men At Sea: This was literally worse than most Ratalaikas, I'm very late offended ps plus. I did love this town theme though


Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection: is platinumed and beaten, I hate shmups and sadly nothing changed.

And now what everyone really came for, the Ratalaika Power Rankings of Quality

=Best=
Iron Snout
Mochi Mochi Boy
Super Box Land Demake
Gravity Duck
Planet RIX13
Himno
Zeroptian Invasion
Mekabolt
Neon Junctions
Super Wiloo Demake
Heroes Trials
Paradox Soul
Shadow of Loot Box
Hoggy2
Warlocks Tower
Bouncy Bullets
Storm Boy
Attack of the Toy Tanks
Drowning
Bird Game+
=Worst=
Posted by StingX2 on 21 October 19 at 16:04 | There is 1 comment on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Oct
14
This is likely the EndPermalink
Well I have two choices here, go all out to make the final period of (10 individual or 5 Team), or try all week to sneak into next period to go all out and lose next week. My goal of joining this was to always just see how far I could go, and if I could make it even close to the finale.

A look at the top gamers shows that I'm not even in the top percentile of gamers. I am slow, even my ratalaikas take double the amount of time! So the plan for this week is earn what I can, and try to go for at least 2k per day.

I've been knocking out games though like Galaga Legions DX from my backlog though which has been nice. My goal on playstation has really been a carry over from my xbox days, go for the completions if I can otherwise squeeze what I can do out of the orange. I'm more focused on the volume via level than I am about Platinum count.

So this weeks plan is...uhh...well....a lot. Whatever I feel I can do. I may exhaust my folder of under 10 hr platinums at this rate.

I'm really unsure about when to use my bonuses, I'll wait and see I guess on that.

PS. Kung Fu Panda Showdown is the worst smash clone I've ever seen
Posted by StingX2 on 14 October 19 at 13:19 | There are 3 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.