afk busy end 2015

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Time scarce, had time to spend quality time with boy, choice new job, learning guitar, as for games…

  • GTAV festive snow and costumes were fun
  • Dark Souls 2; still can’t find help for the same boss
  • Bloodborne; waiting for help with Amygdala, my techniques are failing me
  • Begun Battlefront Star Wars, Fallout 4 & Dishonoured Definitive edition
  • Picked up Nexus 5x and Chromecast

New Years resolution 2016:

  • update blog more often
  • rebuild twitter feeds
  • finish more games, Arkham Knight was the last!
  • consider updating site and banners, time allowing

Happy New Year people 🙂

Back to Bloodborne

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I’ve been having fun playing Dark Souls 2, progressing slowly, got to a point I couldn’t pass (caves spiders, then multiple dark cleric boss), so thought I’d take a break.

So booted up Bloodborne, played around in the Dark Forest levelled up a couple of times, and ended up opting to have a look around the Gaol.

Joy of joys, after several attempts & ringing the beckoning bell each time without response, I managed to defeat the 🙂

I had no luck with my flaming cleaver, but Ludwig’s Holy Blade 2 handed made easy work of the so called boss… it was hard work until I tried Ludwig & no joke, can now sleep soundly!

binge of password changes

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I’ve just been playing with a yubikey I picked up a couple of weeks ago, and have gone a a binge of changing online passwords.

Wonder how many I’ll have forgotten the setup to by dawn 🙁

On the upside have unlocked Quiet on MGSv, and enjoying the more relaxed powerplay style completing missions again to max out special troops

d-dog has just joined the crew

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With the limited playtime I have I’ve been working my way through the MGSV: Phantom Pain missions; enjoying the challenge of each encounter and stoked as d-dog has just joined the crew 🙂

Thinking he might be more useful than the horse… I’ll cover my interest in the horse inclusion when I have more time.

I’ve also been learning the Major And Minor Pentatonic Scales, I can feel the callous develop on my finger daily 🙂

This also might be the last day of my twitter news feeds from yahoo pipes, I’ve left it far too long to find an alternative; eh oh 😉

MGSV How do I get off this horse?

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First impressions of MGSV How do I get off this horse? 🙂

I made the school boy error of picking up a weapon with no ammo before entering the last part of the intro, so regrettably I had to play through again… although I then scored an A, which was nice.

I’m now out in the wilds of Afghanistan, which is visually stunning, although I’m not sure how to get of the bloody horse.

So thanks to gosunoob.com for this guide to the buttons for the PS4, and PC… it’s triangle 🙂

Also found this list from the same author useful: MGSV: The Phantom Pain Tips & Tricks

Be careful out there!

First impressions is the beauty, scale, and surrealism that can only come from Japan; reminiscent in strangeness of past Resident Evil and Final Fantasy titles.

I look forward to getting into the game more

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

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I was reluctant to pick up the next gen of console, cautious that there were not enough quality original titles available. True, I have have been playing ported versions of GTAV and Street Fighter IV, but the 2 games that have been impressing me lately are the 3rd part in trilogies, begun on the last generation of hardware; Batman: Arkham Knight, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

I’ve still yet to complete Arkham Knight, I was distracted by Street Fighter, and I found The Witcher hard to get into, although now I’m enjoying it immensely. I think my issue was that I was comparing it to Skyrim, and it’s more like Fable, or Zelda… this is not a bad thing.

Edit: I am getting annoyed with issues of loading screens locking and have to reload and follow another path

PS4 Geek Fighting Gadgets

Quite gutted that I can’t buy early Beta Access to Street Fighter v in my geographic area, so I have been making the most of the fighting options available for Street Fighter iv, on the PS4, with Geek Fighting Gadgets 🙂

I’ve been searching for an hard copy of SFiv for the PS4, to be told they’re not available; so reluctantly settled for the digital version… all cool but my download speeds are far from state of the art, if fact they’re shite 🙁

Then I needed to control my fighter with the highest response and fidelity, while keeping the price reasonable, as a solution I game up with 2 options:

PS4 Geek Fighting Gadgets Number 1: Titan 1

PS4 Geek Fighting Gadgets Number 1: Titan 1

TITAN One unleashes the TRUE POWER of your video game controller. The crossover feature allows you to use your favorite PlayStation, XBox, Wii/WiiU Controller or PC Keyboard & Mouse on the PS4**, Xbox One*, PS3, Xbox 360*, Playstation TV and PC. It also converts your controller into a fully modded controller without voiding your warranty or installing any chips or wires. The Titan One comes with the latest Gtuner Pro software and with a library full of feature-packed Gamepacks for many of today’s popular titles. With the Gtuner Pro software plugins you can create/record/use macros and remap any button or joystick on your controller. The Visual Programming Interface and the GPC Scripting Language enable you to easily and quickly program the Titan One to your own needs. Compatible with PS4**, XBOX ONE*, PS3, XBOX 360*, PLAYSTATION TV and PC.

My hope with this little dongle was to use my existing sanwa octagonal gated MadCatz Fighstick Pro. Everything worked OK, I could even set it up to resolve the reconnection issue every 7 to 10 mins, but on top of my poor connection, the lag was killing me.

Now I’m not great at Street Fighter, but I hold my own. Playing online via the Titan 1 dongle I was getting my arse handed to me every fight. Now I know I’m a little out of practice, but this was beyond the norm, I was even tempted to sign back up to XBOX Live Gold!

But then this wonderful piece of kit arrived in the post today…

PS4 Geek Fighting Gadgets Number 2: HORI FC4

PS4 Geek Fighting Gadgets Number 2: HORI FC4

  • Officially Licensed by SCEA
  • Compatible with both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
  • Rotatable D-pad with adjustable sensitivity
  • R/L toggle switch, 6-button layout and Turbo functions
  • Wired controller ideal for fighting games

The HORI Fighting Commander 4 seems a robust bit of kit, and it certainly does the job it’s intended for. I was only learning stick on the xbox, so not sure how much this increases my love of this pad, but it works well.

  • The D-Pad has a nice feel, doesn’t round off in the centre, allowing for a quality charge or shoryuken play style.
  • The face buttons are a good size, and lift from the contour of the pad
  • It’s an ergonomic fit for a right handed player

So for half the price of the Titan dongle I’ve acquired a new pad… one that will hopefully help me with the long distance iron man events of GTAV 🙂

 

Batman Arkham Knight

Arkham Knight
I’ve been a fan of batman since my teen days, and have enjoyed each of the new video game series, so was stoked to pick up Batman Arkham Knight on the PS4.

I wasn’t happy about seeing the ‘season pack’ for sale for ~$70! Guess the Call of Duty business model is working?

First impressions

  • Frame rate seems a little too fast, the moment in combat is somewhat lost
  • Batmobile is now central to combat, not sure if it’ll be OP’d, or a plot crutch?

I’m not far into exploring Gotham, although enjoying the same look and feel. I like how the plot has cleared out the city of innocents, and am looking forward to how the plot fleshes out.

… more to follow 🙂

Update Finale:

OK so I missed out a little commentary between my first session and just finishing the story this evening (94%, couple of bombs then Riddles to solve)

I’ve loved the dark story line, something that could never have been pulled off in a movie. By playing a scenario from the perspective of the character(s) it becomes similar to a Shakespeare soliloquy.

I now know more of the characters, their history is much more detailed than the previous titles,although not sure what is cannon?

The city is huge, the combat is fluid, a variety of gadgets are able to overcome most adversaries, and the batmobile kicks arse.

I’m kinda sorry the game is over, but I still have 100% to achieve, and there’s always NG+, and the DLC I picked up buying at launch.

Certainly the best of the Batman series, and my favourite title so far on this gen of console, perhaps the greatest single player title yet?… think I even prefer it to Witcher 3 (although not finsihed it yet), look forward to how MGS5 compares
Rating: ★★★★★

PS> Longest credit roll ever! 🙂

Race the Sun

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I succumbed to a 14 day PlayStation Plus offer, Race the Sun is my first few game to try.

You are a solar craft. The sun is your death timer. Hurtle towards the sunset at breakneck speed in a futile race against time. Delay the inevitable by catching energy boosts which reverse the setting sun – if only for a moment.

Race The Sun is inspired by arcade games of the past with a focus on highscores, short game sessions, and a sense of pure fun mingled with a nerve-wracking tension. The rules are simple: don’t crash, stay in the light, and don’t slow down!

It has the classic combination; simple, fun, and compelling. I’ll certainly keep this in my library for quick casual games

Rating: ★★★½☆

use PS4 joypad on PC

use PS4 joypad on PC

One of the great features of the PS4 is the new Joypad, it’s more ergonomic, and the touch pad is a work of design genius.

So I was stoked to find out it could be used on the PC by following this simple guide from Make Use Of – how to use the ps4 controller on your mac or pc

Now I can ditch my old Hori xbox pad for Elite Dangerous, and add that bit of extra style to my Empire Clipper with the PS4 pad 🙂

Bloodborne – First impressions

BloodBorne

Bloodborne’s difficulty is a refreshing change in platform open world titles, a challenge that I am enjoying after months of Elite:Dangerous.

It is not that each individual encounter is hard; far from it, it is quite easy to take down a single foe. Although when this difficulty is compounded by ever enemy that you face, as the ‘save’ points as few and far between, does it become a true challenge.

The environment has a baroque city feel to it, as the one righteous fighter you feel somewhat of an ‘I am Legend’ outsider… and Outsider is what you’re known as within the game.

My one frustration is lack of direction, although again relating this title back to elite; this makes it a little more interesting.

The game doesn’t spoon feed you, there’s no compass showing the next next objective, I don’t really know what the next objective is? 🙂


Game play to date, I first chose the axe, but found I couldn’t get far into Central Yharnam, so I restarted the game, this time choosing the slightly quicker Saw Cleaver as my primary weapon.

After a few hours of trial and error I made my way to the first boss, Cleric Beast. He kicked my arse a few times, until I had the option to use the Beckoning Bell .

I believe a tickle on this beauty calls another player into my game, to fight alongside me. This chap appeared looking like a top hatted enemy NPC, and set off to kick off with everything on screen, including the Cleric Beast, when we got there… then promptly, Mr Ben style, disappeared.

So, as prior, I now don’t now where exactly I am meant to wander, and I am not going to spoil the game by reading a guide… just yet.

I’ve worked my way through the last section a couple of time to build up my Blood Echos, that I have spent on level upgrades, a new snazzy outfit, and have upgraded my Saw Cleaver(+1)

So back to Yharnam, sure I will find another way to get my character’s arse handed to them 🙂


Turned out that it wasn’t another player who joined me, but the 2nd boss to face Papa G, aka Father Gascoigne, think having the music box allowed the request for assistance.

The battle with Papa G was a serious challenge, I had a good tactic, after the ~20th time of facing him, I was looking to beat his final beast form, he was down to 1/2 health, I had 8 molotov cocktails ready to finish him, when he glitched out.

I was using a tactic of running up the stairs, dealing hits when possible, and dropping onto the ledge (where the red broach can be found) to hit him a couple of times, then run back to the stairs and repeat.

However one time he fell off the ledge, behind a set of tombstones, lost aggression, and didn’t attack, retaliate, or change form.

Bit of an anti-climax, but I’d still triumphed 🙂

I’m now facing the 3rd boss battle, I’ve tried the fight a couple of times, I seem to be poisoned, so I need a way to take the medication quickly

Finally succumbed to the next generation

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With the news of the the next Deus Ex title (Mankind Divided) being 4th Gen (7th?) only, I made the leap and picked up a PS4 this weekend; together with GTAV, and Bloodborne

So why a PS4?
I’m a long time Sony fanboy, even though I’ve prefered xbox live over the years to the PLaystation offering.

Games I wanna play only available on the Playstation Platform:

One of my bug bears with the last incarnations of the Playstation’s has been the controller; it’s just been too small. This has now been resolved with with the PS4, widening the gap between the thumbsticks, and the additions of the amazing touch pad.

First impressions, GTAV is more deep than ever, and BloodBorne is a new style of challenge