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NormanicGrav

Ni-pa!~
AUKN Staff
Taking a break from Platinums and just going for the story with Metal Gear Solid.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty HD - A Hideo Kojima Game (PlayStation 3)
Fun fact: This is the first Metal Gear game I started but I never actually finished it, only the Tanker part and at that time I had no idea on what was going on.

Now I'm going through it for the PS3 and on an easier difficulty just so I can experience the story and gameplay peacefully (I'm not a stealth expert). I was going to make some progress during the beginning part of Plant but I accidently ended up in the main menu of the game during the 'Name your Codename and sort out D.O.B. stuff' on the node. God-damn Kojima.

So far I have completed the Tanker arc, that's about 2 hours of progress and I'm getting used to the controls. Knocking enemies out in first person actually makes things much easier for aiming which surprised me. I also managed to get through without detection, which is something that I might try and do so that if I ever decide on 100% the game I would already have that sorted by the time I start a second playthrough. During the Tanker playthrough I unlocked the following non-story trophies; Sexting (missable trophy), Snake Beater and Who Ya Gonna Call? (missable trophy) ~ that effectively means I got all of the missable trophies for Tanker arc. I also randomly picked up two boxes which are part of a total of seven for the Moving Day trophy, the other five are in the Plant arc.

So what do I think of Raiden? Well he flips like a twat. Like he's trying to make us stare at his crotch every time he does that move. I think Kojima is trying to convey a message here.

Anywho, am I going to go for a Platinum with this game? Mostly not but if I've gotten the chance to nab certain trophies well I'll do my best.

Also (spoilers for MGS1 and MGS2 Tanker):
Frickin Liquid Snake is alive as a talking arm. Joking. I'm curious to know why on earth would Ocelot use Liquid's arm considering something like his mind getting taken over is a big headache for him and that could've been avoided had he used a normal arm, I guess he wanted some company. I actually forgot his arm was sliced off by Grey Fox until a flashback appeared.

Anyone notice the reference to Raven with that small figurine making a shadow, heheheh...
 
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Rena Ryuugu

Oyashiro-Sama
NormanicGrav said:
Rena Ryuugu said:
Congrats on the Saints Row platinum Grav :D

Managed to get the Uncharted Drake's Fortune platinum yesterday, and I got Tekken 6 platinum today. Got a special game in mind for my 50th platinum trophy.

Congrats on the double platinum right there! I usually see fighting games to be really tough to complete (though Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is apparently really easy, which is good because I want it for uh.. research purposes).

As for Saints Row IV, cheers. I never really thought that I would get it because of the glitched trophy being common but I think the way I handled it kept me in the right direction.

You're welcome :) That's good that you where able to get the glitched trophy ok, I was lucky I didn't have any problems with that particular trophy on both ps3 and ps4.

Congrats on the platinum for The Darkness 2 :D Hope you enjoy MGS2, it's a really good game ^^

Thank you very much ^_^ Tekken 6 was quite easy to platinum for a fighting game. Crushing difficulty in Uncharted wasn't too bad, a few chapters I had a bit of struggle but the rest were very easy.

I'm making my way through Tales of Symphonia HD, since it's going to be my 50th platinum :)
 

NormanicGrav

Ni-pa!~
AUKN Staff
Rena Ryuugu said:
NormanicGrav said:
Rena Ryuugu said:
Congrats on the Saints Row platinum Grav :D

Managed to get the Uncharted Drake's Fortune platinum yesterday, and I got Tekken 6 platinum today. Got a special game in mind for my 50th platinum trophy.

Congrats on the double platinum right there! I usually see fighting games to be really tough to complete (though Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is apparently really easy, which is good because I want it for uh.. research purposes).

As for Saints Row IV, cheers. I never really thought that I would get it because of the glitched trophy being common but I think the way I handled it kept me in the right direction.

You're welcome :) That's good that you where able to get the glitched trophy ok, I was lucky I didn't have any problems with that particular trophy on both ps3 and ps4.

Congrats on the platinum for The Darkness 2 :D Hope you enjoy MGS2, it's a really good game ^^

Thank you very much ^_^ Tekken 6 was quite easy to platinum for a fighting game. Crushing difficulty in Uncharted wasn't too bad, a few chapters I had a bit of struggle but the rest were very easy.

I'm making my way through Tales of Symphonia HD, since it's going to be my 50th platinum :)

I guess I might give Tekken 6 a go at some point in the future, after watching YouTuber Caddicarus cover the first three Tekken games I've been curious about the franchise ever since. I'm also looking forward to Tekken 7 when that gets released.

And I just checked the Trophy guides for the rest of the Metal Gear games. Sons of Liberty is pretty tough due to Extreme difficulty and VR missions, Snake Eater is ridiculously easy, Guns of the Patriots is long and tough, Peace Walker is doable but requires lots of time & patience, and Ground Zeroes/Phantom Pain is average difficulty. So what I'll probably do is go through the games like normal (for story purposes) but for Snake Eater I'll try get the Platinum.
 

NormanicGrav

Ni-pa!~
AUKN Staff
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty HD - A Hideo Kojima Game (PlayStation 3)
I'm progressing pretty well through the story in this game. I'm about 6 hours in the game (4 hours on Plant, as Tanker only took 2 hours) and I'm now located at Shell 1-2 Connecting Bridge where I'm basically being taught how to defuse Semtex charges when in reality I already knew that due to Tanker plus there was a specific area in Shell 1 Strut F where I had to defuse one room (during the search for an AK).

Along the way I also picked up the following non-story trophies; Hurt Locker and Moving Day (missable trophy). I've also gotten one of two requirements for the Johnny on the Spot trophy, however this particular trophy is also glitched but given that I own the North American version plus with the patch downloaded I should be able to obtain it.

What do I think of the story so far? Well I'm pretty amused so far. *Spoilers ahead for both MGS1 & MGS2*
Grey Fox is randomly back though I know he's not Grey Fox as he died in the Shadow Moses incident, but for now I'm going to call him Cyborg Grey Fox (or Cyborg Ninja if you prefer). During the search we bump into 'Pliskin' who is obviously Solid Snake in disguise for many reasons; 1) David Hayter is the VA, 2) he literally looks like Solid Snake but with a slightly different hair-style, 3) his eyes literally gave it away the moment he first appeared, and 4) he's helping us on the job. Usually a random person who comes to help generally ends up dead - like the bomb disposal guy Stillman, no offense.

The Dead Cell group look tough at first. Fatman is dead and I literally laughed at Raiden's bullets bouncing off of Fortune and hitting Vamps literally in the face. Considering Vamps is a 'vampire' at this point I somewhat knew it wouldn't be the last that we'll see of him.

Also Rose, while good to look at, can be a bit of a chitter-chat during the conversations. It's like she's going to be the death of Raiden at this point.
 
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NormanicGrav

Ni-pa!~
AUKN Staff
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty HD - A Hideo Kojima Game (PlayStation 3)
And so... I have managed to finish the story of Sons of Liberty.

Result:
Play Time / 10:27:07
Save / 54 Times
Continue / 0 Times (Did numerous reloads instead)
Alert Mode / 3 Times (All were Mandatory)
Persons / 24 Killed
Rations / 2 Used

Codename - Flying Squirrel

It took me a while to figure out how to get from Shell 1 to 2 but once I got past that the rest was relatively simple. There was another moment which threw me off during the Stealth plan where there were two guards literally next to each other while taking an individual from one place to another. I had to reload the save and quickly take out one guard before the other would notice.

The tough part presumably for any I guess is the Oil Tanker area. That wasn't so bad but it did take me a while to get used to the plan. And then once I got to the Arsenal area, literally once I got the sword the rest was pretty much 'no stealth, just hit everyone'. In the end I finished the game. So many long cutscenes with shocking truths.

As a result of this playthrough I also managed to receive the following non-story trophies; Complete Stealth (missable trophy), Johnny on the Spot (missable trophy), Photo Finish & Vamp Eyer (missable trophy). This brings the total of my trophy progress to about 48% which is a solid number for the game (no pun intended).

What do I think of the story so far? Well I'm pretty amused so far. *Spoilers ahead for both MGS1 & MGS2*
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Well that escalated quickly.

Ocelot (as well as Liquid Snake) pretty much planned everything from the start. The only exception to this was the appearance of Solid Snake himself at the Plant.

Raiden 'Jack the Ripper' turns out to be Solidus Snake's adopted son which surprised me actually. I guess it makes up for his appearance in the game. Speaking of the game, the entire thing was planned to be exactly like Shadow Moses, like the Colonel was in fact an AI intimidating that character from the first game (Rose was also an AI but she's actually real, just not in the Plant area or talking to Raiden if you know what I mean).

And E.E. gets killed, with Otacon admitting he was seduced by his mother - sounds like a Hentai story.[/spoilerbutton]
Overall I really enjoyed the plot of this game. In a sense it's basically Metal Gear Solid repeated with dozens of twists added to the mix ~ One major example was that Raiden was in fact not mentioned at all until players first experience the game during the game's marketing. I still prefer Metal Gear Solid 1 in a sense but I did really like the Tanker part.

Next up in the Metal Gear Solid universe is Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. I'll save that one for a while, just need to take a break from it otherwise I'll end up getting burned out. I might continue with Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 next.
 
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NormanicGrav

Ni-pa!~
AUKN Staff
Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 (PlayStation 3)
I have returned to the land of Gamindustri with the lovable female cast doing their duty as CPUs and Company References.



Nepgear is so adorable, probably my favourite CPU out of the group (though Noire is my favourite CPU Goddess, she needs a friend after all). Coincidently her Japanese VA is Yui Horie (Tsubasa Hanekawa in Monogatari) which makes it even better but I also like the English VA handled by Christine Marie Cabanos (Madoka Kaname in Madoka Magica).

Anywho what about the gameplay, is it better than the first game? YES IN MANY WAYS. The biggest difference between the two games is that the battle system has been revamped - In Neptunia 1 PS3, it used a traditional turn-based 'Final Fantasy/Button Combo' type gameplay with rather dull music and really complicated mechanics. In Neptunia Mk2, we get a 'Tales of/Button Combo' style gameplay where you can walk around and then choose to hit the enemy. It's much more akin to an action RPG (within a Turn Based area like Tales of franchise) than the traditional RPG and that works really well with Neptunia Mk2. There is however one flaw that I have with this system and that's the lack of a 'Defend' option. The 'Defend' option helps a lot in the first game and it would be much easier to get through the tough enemies if that featured was included. On another note, we can now heal the characters outside of battles which is A HUGE THANK GOD.

I do plan on going for a Platinum as it's not that hard to achieve, much like the first game. The difference here is that the first game took many hours due to having to go through every dungeon and go back & forth to balance the world shares. In Neptunia Mk2, the campaign is much shorter but has multiple endings. The PlayStation Trophies playthrough suggests I should get 55%+ shares on Leanbox, Lastation and Lowee to get that one strange ending first before going for the other ones (there's New Game+ so that helps). The only missable trophies in this game are basically story-based ones which are achieved through specific endings.

If you're interested in starting Neptunia then I suggest you either start with Neptunia Mk2 or Neptunia Re;Birth1. Both games are good starting points to the franchise. Mk2 is like a reboot of sorts to the franchise, though I don't know how Re;Birth2 is handled as it might have the story altered to reflect Re;Birth1.

World Share
Planeptune - 15.1%
Leanbox - 7.9%
Lastation - 19.1%
Lowee - 7.5%
Arfoire - 50.4%

Characters
Nepgear - Level 16
Compa - Level 16
If - Level 16
Nisa - Level 13

Total Playtime
04:30:58
 

britguy

Za Warudo
Erm Yeah, I won't be going in to extreme detail as you seem to be doing grav, but I've just started Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and Resistance 2. The latter appears to be a really enjoyable fps so far
 

NormanicGrav

Ni-pa!~
AUKN Staff
britguy said:
Erm Yeah, I won't be going in to extreme detail as you seem to be doing grav, but I've just started Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and Resistance 2. The latter appears to be a really enjoyable fps so far

Not to worry this is just something I felt like doing for once. :lol:

Kingdom Hearts is a great series. The main game (Kingdom Hearts Final Mix) does take a while to get going and the enemies do get progressively harder if you don't constantly level up but it's still a damn good game. I haven't honestly tried Chain of Memories properly due to its strange gameplay but I hear it's pretty good.

Resistance I haven't gotten into besides the first hour or two for Resistance 3 which I felt was rather outdated or sorts, basically it was an average first impression.
 

NormanicGrav

Ni-pa!~
AUKN Staff
Surprised there wasn't a thread dedicated to this so here we go!

Yesterday I got a PlayStation 4 and it's a great console but I had to setup everything. The first thing I had to sort out was making sure I had the Primary option back from the previous PS4 that I placed it on (which was a friend of mine). Both of us managed to communicate and sort it out (thankfully he didn't delete it but it took some time to sort out due to the slow loading times on my side).

Anywho I also sorted out my Japanese account. For those interested in learning how to add existing Japanese account onto your PSN here you go:
  • Started with adding existing ID & Password
  • Then it's about adding a Name for the PS4 ID, just a simple one to make.
  • Then it's validating the E-Mail (check your E-Mail on this), once sorted select the right option to sort it [Translation: Verify Later - Help - Already Verified].
  • And then it's asking about Facebook which I skipped (this is easy to figure out) [Translation: Do This Later - Log in with Facebook].
  • After it goes through a loading screen it'll reach the PlayStation Plus section, select the right option to skip it. [Translation First screen: Next, Translation Second screen: Redeem Codes - Skip]
  • And finally we have the Primary setting [Translation: Do Not Activate - Activate]
Anywho I got the Japanese themes for The iDOLM@STER Platinum Stars! I'm happy.

After sorting out the Primary I had to download updates for Ratchet & Clank and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which took a while and as a result I haven't played those yet.

Instead I downloaded some demos; DOOM and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven. DOOM is awesome but it's going to take me a while to get used to the controls (I'll probably need to modify the sensitivity like I've done with Call of Duty). JoJo's Eyes of Heaven looks and plays good, it's essentially All Star Battle and J-Stars Victory Versus mixed together. The story demo does spoil the end of Stardust Crusaders but it's an original take. At the moment I'm downloading the demos for Final Fantasy XV (which reminds me I need to install the Type 0 disc now that I think about it).
 

NormanicGrav

Ni-pa!~
AUKN Staff
bailey1985 said:
I didn't know the demos for Doom and Final Fantasy XV was on the PlayStation store I'm going to download them later .

DOOM was very recent, it's essentially the first level but it's still fun to play.

Final Fantasy XV is just the Platinum demo that was out a month back. I also have the Episode Duscae demo which is exclusive to Type-0 owners.
 

Durial666

Straw Hat Pirate
Doom is great fun but I had to turn the sensitivity down as well.

Started on Uncharted 4 yesterday and it looks amazing. Now I just need to find the time to carry on playing it and to finish it.
 

Rena Ryuugu

Oyashiro-Sama
I have been playing Wind Waker HD. I forgot how much I love this game <3 Can't believe it's been over 12 years since I played it GameCube. Just finished Dragon Roost Island, and I currently exploring the great sea.
 

Rui

Karamatsu Boy
Administrator
Lately I've been so burned out on life that I'm only playing Town of Salem. I have all of these amazing futuristic games and yet I keep coming back to a terrible-looking browser game with a toxic community because I love that I can kill people and manipulate people all the time. It's so addictive :s

R
 

britguy

Za Warudo
Just finished Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies for the 3DS. Game was brilliant, really liked the cast of characters and the overarching storyline. Roll on AA6.

Just started up Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. Loved the GBA and DS titles, but skipped over Dream Team bros for now. Enjoying this so far, great visual presentation and combat is as fun as ever.
 

KBaggy

Completely Average High School Student
Still playing Fallout 4, although I am thinking of having a break for a while and going onto Zelda: Twilight Princess, which is I think the only single player Zelda I have not played.
 

Buzzkillington

Za Warudo
Been playing Guilty Gear Xrd - Revelator quite a bit lately and my god does this game look good. So happy to play Jam again, not a massive fan of her new voice actress but not a big deal, she's still one of my favourite fighting game characters. I'm quite the fan of Jack-O too, not sure what it is about her......

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On another note, the tutorial in this game is just incredible, even as someone who has been playing fighting games for years I was able to learn a couple of things.

Still dipping in and out of playing Overwatch too, still getting salty about people refusing to change character.....

Downloaded the Odin Sphere Leifthrasir demo so gonna give that a bash later, not sure why as I know what it is and I know I want it lol.
 

Demelza

Adventuring Alchemist
AUKN Staff
Due to Tokyo Mirage Sessions being released this Friday I decided to clear a game off my backlog and chose The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD. I just completed it tonight and managed to clock 27 and a half hours.

I've played the game before back when it was released on GameCube, so that gave me a big leg-up in terms of remembering how everything works. I don't think I have all the collectables and I haven't done any of the new dungeon (which I'll need to do in order to level up Wolf Link for BotW). I can see myself going back to the game once we have a firmer release date for BotW or in the Autumn when I (hopefully) have less games to play.


Apart from Twilight Princess I've also been playing Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. I completed the game a long time ago but recently I've been trying to S-rank the story missions for some trophies. Don't think I can do them all as getting an S seems to be linked to keeping 90% of your health and that's really not possible a lot of the time. Getting an S-rank in the regular fights is a lot easier than trying to S the story missions! I'll probably continue to chip away at them over time though. :)

Currently sat at about 75% trophy completion for Naruto which is neat, definitely one of my higher trophy rates.
 
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