Final Colossus down

12th Colossus
Over the past 2 days I’ve ticked off Colossi 11 to 16, then had the pleasure of watching the end story and the credits roll, and see how Shadow of the Colossus is the spiritual predecessor to Ico.

Never have I taken as many screenshots… except maybe Final Fantasy XV. Only this time I didn’t want to share them on Twitter as I was scared of spoiling the game for others.

Crazy eh? The game was released 13 years ago, and has been remade for the last 2 generations of PlayStation. How mad is it that this is the first time I’ve finished the story, and the 3rd time I’ve owned it? :p

Don’t know why it took me so long to complete. Like picking up Bloodborne to finish this time it wasn’t a challenge, no a problem, to play; but a pleasant puzzle, with an awesome story. Some achievement from a game with minimum dialog.

Agro is now my favourite all time companion and NPC. Although mentally I named him ‘where the fuck is the horse?’, and kept thinking Wander was shouting ‘Arrow’. The influence of Epona is obvious, the latter scenes near copycat… but the ending is so great that this doesn’t matter, find it’s a nod of recognition rather than theft. Although after writing that thought I know I’ll be comparing SotC and Z:OoT going forward… how did I not consider the similarities before?

Loved the ambience of the World, the scale goes without saying, and the variety of Colossi challenges is so cool. This is the only game that on completion that I immediately started a New Game Plus to gallop over the plains again.

As with the last 2 games I’ve finished (Horizon Zero Dawn, Bloodborne) before I approached the final ‘boss’ the completionist in me arose. Shadow of the Colossus drove me to find just one more fruit, save temple, or white tailed skink. I’m taking this as a sign of a games quality and depth, that I want to keep playing, but it could just be me.

I feel finishing this story is an event that most gamers will have achieved long ago, and I now look forward to being able to discuss the intricacies, and conspiracies, of the story line. This is certainly a game I will recommend to all, there’s an irony that I lent out my PS3 copy before I had completed it to a mate as I was raving about it so much; ‘he just had to see it!’ I will be playing through the New Game Plus when I need my Colossus fix, or feel uninspired by anything else, and I look forward to the day that my wife will allow me to play this with my son. FFS it’s only a game, but it’s truly in a league of its own Rating: ★★★★★

Another game off my AAA list, what to finish next?

Shadow of the Colossus External links

91% Metacritic
Shadow of the Colossus wikipedia

Doom’d we’re all Doom’d in May

Ammo drop

Doom chainsaw Ammo drop

Doom (2016)

This month I finally got around to picking up Doom for the PS4 after playing the demo.
Hard to believe that I left it for so long; I’ve had heaps of fun, loving the simple run an gun format, and exploring the maps Bethesda have put together so well.
As I was late to the party the update was huge, 30 odd gig iirc, but kudos to Bethesda for it all being free of charge.

Not getting much play time I dropped the difficulty early on, but this hasn’t reduced the fun factor, and some of the encounters have still taken me several retries. Loving how it keeps the essence of Doom, from the shotguns and BFC [Big Fucking Gun… did you think Musk made up that acronym :)], to the hidden passages behind movable walls. Then there’s the chainsaw executions that have the bonus of filling up your ammo, the gory varied R3 executions that build back up health (and possible ammo + shields) and keep the game flowing, and the runes that mix up the standard play style.

Back in the 90’s I spent time at work building levels for Doom ii: Hell on Earth, when I couldn’t be sat at my 486 DX2 66 Mhz PC playing. That there is a level creation option in this version is a really great tip of the hat back to the original which I really appreciate

Another classic AAA game to have in my collection, that I’ve promised myself I’ll finish before I buy anything else 🙂
Rating: ★★★★½ everything you want from a mindless shoot ’em up, rocking heavy soundtrack, and many hours replay with map creation and multiplayer

Ubuntu 18.04

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver release has been a mixed bag for me.
Audio is now working from my AMD graphics card to my TV’s in HDMI, no more having to wear headphones to watch any programs
OpenVPN isn’t connecting to a DNS server, traffic still running through tun0, but not my DNS.
I’m using a secure DNS, but kinda shit that it’s coming from my IP to there, and my firewall script blocks all DNS activity.
Spent too many hours trying to fix this, hope an update of either Ubuntu or my VPN will resolve this in the near future.


Love Journey, played through it a couple of times of the PS3 & 4, was looking for a bit of relaxation gaming, so (again finally!) picked up Abzu.
It’s been on my radar for a while, so for the price of a cup of coffee it was a no-brainer to pick up.

What an awesome experience, I found it cross between Journey & Echo the Dolphin, with a touch of Child of Eden.

Enjoyed the none dialogue story, the full ocean conservation feel, but most my 3 year old boy sat with me an played among the fishes; he loved the appearance of the Orcas and Humpbacks, the game was worth it for his smile alone.
Rating: ★★★★☆ graphically not dazzling, but fluid movement, and quality chilled escapism

Still spending many hours in the black working on my next Elite title, grinding away slowly, binge watched last series of Silicon Valley, and nearly finished Stranger Things, and got to the end of Charlie Booker’s fabulous Black Mirror.

Elite Dangerous PS4 June 27 Launch

Elite Dangerous PS4

Elite Dangerous PS4 June 27 Launch

Deets curtesy of Destructoid:

As you were probably expecting, on PS4, the base game ($30) and the Horizons season pass ($30) will be separate purchases (unless you want to buy them bundled together, which will be an option).

On the same day, Frontier is also putting out a physical Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Considering that package contains the game, the pass, and 1,000 Frontier Points for cosmetics — things like alternate paint jobs and bobbleheads — that’s probably the way to go.

Two final notes: content and saves can’t be transferred across platforms, and if you’re curious about potential PlayStation VR support, Frontier has said it’s “definitely something we’re looking into, but we have nothing to announce for launch.” For any other lingering questions, there’s an FAQ.

I’d love to give the PS4 version a try, although I’m too many hours in on the PC version to commit to money, and more the grind.

Maybe I’ll be motivated when I finally pick up the PS VR headset

Fusion table showing PS4 titles by genre

Fusion table showing PS4 titles by genre

Inspired by a fusion chart I created for xbox 360 titles, I thought I’d try and build similar for the PS4 🙂

All data sourced from wikipedia: PS4 Games

Food for thought, I hope to play with other sources in the future.

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Here is the source table

as of extraction date

Journey free



is coming free to PS4 PS Plus members in September, w00t 🙂

Together with Lords of the Fallen; from what I’ve read is Dark Souls like… not sure how to take this as I’ve yet to get far in a Dark Souls title, due to lack of time and ‘git gud’ ability… must revisit DS3 & Bloodborne

Awesome! Journey

has shown up for free in the Playstation store today for the PS4… wonder if the PS3 save will carry through; although I doubt it?

The ambience

the controls tutorial; I so hope there’s a VR version / sequel

Together > Alone

I missed out from having a companion in the game the first time through… as in missed missed the whole motivation and loved up emotional draw / attraction of the title.

I’ve played a the first few stages and know this time through will be different; it has excelled the title from cool to awesome … same game but different, even though I’m still not 100% sure what’s going on 🙂

Edit: I’ve now played with several players who didn’t understand the benefits of working together, and it becomes quite a sad experience.

To paraphrase PaRappa the Rapper; to make the most of this game all you gotta be is nice and friendly 😉

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! 🙂

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’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


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

South Park XBone vs PS4

South Park xbone vs PS4
I’ve just watched the 2 series 17 South Park Black Friday episodes, as fantastic satire as ever 🙂

  • “I like the PS4’s controller’s better.” – “The PS4 controller has a touchpad interface.”
  • “Let these Sony fucks wallow in their limited voice-control functionality!”
  • “When you pre-order a game, you’re just committing to paying for something that some assholes in California haven’t even finished working on yet.” – “You know what you get for pre-ordering a game? A big dick in your mouth.”
  • “The graphics are like 10% better than the old XBOX”
  • “Maybe we started to rely on Microsoft and Sony so much that we forgot that all we need to play are the simplest things like like this! We can just play with this! Screw video games, dude.”
  • “Who [Beeped] needs them? – Yeah! – Yeah! [Beeped] ‘Em! The South Park video game, coming to stores soon.”

PS4 launch and shutdown

I thought I’d made up my mind to pick up a PS4 first in the new generation, although I’m in no rush as the launch titles don’t seem to be anything special.

I love Sony’s product style, and their viral marketing campaigns are targeted well. I find Microsoft make a more rounded seamless product, much like Apple in the mobile hardware space, but I find their games souless… although I still spend many hours a week playing games on the console, it’s still Gate’s mega software corporation.

So I’ve read that there have been hardware issues with both the xbox one and the PS4.

XBOX One’s have an issue with deffective optical drives, although the owners are been given a free game for their inconvenience
While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game. We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios.

Update: To clarify, the free game only applies to those with a defective disc drive. Those with bricked or crash-prone consoles are still on their own.

This is kinda funny, as Microsoft have chosen to use the now benchmark Blu-ray player for the XBOX One, after competing with Sony for the next platform with HD DVD in the last console gen war.

Sony’s issue doesn’t seem specific to a single component, but just an issue of cummulative count of errors when over a million failiure rate, the ‘flashing blue light of death’ caused by faults with the HDMI connection.

“There have been several issues reported, which leads us to believe there isn’t a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of PS4 units. We also understand that some units were reportedly damaged during shipping. The number of affected PS4 systems is less than 1%, which represents a very small percentage of total units shipped to date and is within the expected range for a new product introduction. We understand the frustration of consumers that have had a problem and are working with them and our retail partners to help troubleshoot issues and ensure affected units are exchanged.”

And then the shutdown, I think it’s genius!
PSN features disabled for PS4 launch

Rather than let the new servers be tested for the first real time at launch, Sony are allowing more people access over time. After GTA 5 shutdown the Rockstar servers

Hadouken Cabs

Sony always have the coolest viral marketing campaigns 🙂

Thanks to Joystiq for this breakdown
I can only guess that it’s related to the new Ultra Street Fighter IV incarnation due in the new year?

Viral 'Hadouken Cabs' video splices Street Fighter with PlayStation 4

A viral video for something called Hadouken Cabs, a fictional taxi service we totally wish was a real thing, has made its way onto the internet today. The video blatantly calls out Street Fighter and, at the end, offers a brief glimpse of the PS4's DualShock 4 controller and Sony's promotional hashtag, #4thePlayers.

Let's break the video down: The phone number provided for the Hadouken Cabs service translates to August 30, 1987, the launch date for the original Street Fighter. There's also a placeholder website briefly teased in a background shot - if you go to the site and press the "talk to an operator" button, you'll get this audio clip. The clip mentions all lines are busy and plays a few sound bites from the Street Fighter series before devolving into a battle against Zangief, who seemingly broke into the Hadouken Cabs office looking to scrap.

What does all mean? Right now both Capcom and Sony aren't talking, but we hope that'll change soon enough.

PS4 noticeably faster than Xbox One

Developers suggest performance differences are “significant and obvious”

PS4 ‘noticeably faster’ than Xbox One, sources claim Console war will ‘reinvigorate’ flagging industry, says Sony boss Sony preparing against PS4 post-launch sell-out Japan PS4 to launch in 2014

Sony’s PlayStation 4 is significantly faster than the Xbox One, according to development sources speaking to Edge.

Despite Microsoft’s effort to close the gap as much as possible before release, Edge claims that memory reads on PS4 “are 40-50 per cent quicker than Xbox One”, and that the graphics chip’s ALU (Arithmetic Logic Unit) is around 50 per cent faster by comparison.

More info @ CVG

Microsoft are going to need more than Fable legends to stay in the race, think their earlier entry into the marketplace will pay off… personally I have heaps of 3rd gen titles to get through, and I’m happy to wait.

Also I can’t see how either console is future proof, as my 12month old PC beats both on paper specifications.
Guess it’s different with dedicated software.

Second look in the Mirror

Wow, who is not excited by this?
The graphics look fantastic with the first person view signature white / red colour pallet, and Faith’s moves look more stunning and fluid than before.

Although Mirror’s Edge 2 will be a first-person action adventure, it “will be a different Mirror’s Edge than you have seen before”, according to Patrick Söderlund, executive vice president of the EA Games Label.

And if this isn’t exciting enough it’s apparently going to be Open World!

The bad news?

You’re going to need a fast PC or the next gen console to play it 🙁
Keep an eye on CVG’s Mirror’s Edge 2 page for news.

There’s a few xbox achievements I intended to go back for on the original, speed runs through the levels… maybe it’s time to get my virtual parkour skills back up to speed 🙂

Two cool Mirror’s Edge wallpapers available at AliveGameZone

Looking at the search strings coming into the site, sorry there’s no rule #34 here, it’s not that kinda site 😉

xbox lack of Indy titles

Lack of Indy developer support from Microsoft is another reason that I’m been pushed towards the PS4 for my (first) next gen console.

I’ve had a long time love affair with Sony, only enticed to the xbox as Microsoft offered online games first.

Now times have changed, this feature is no longer unique, and what benefit have I had from paying to play online all this time. Don’t get me wrong, it will be hard to give up my gamer points… guess I can still keep a silver account?

And from what I know Sony will be charging, but I like what I’ve heard of the pre-download function, and I owe Microsoft no loyalty.

Self-publishing rumored for Xbox 360, Microsoft has nothing to announce Jostiq
Thinking this is just spin to stop the bad press and speculation.
Cannot imaging Microsoft allowing developers to self publish… although the model had worked for Google Play and iTunes