Welcome to your usual hefty serving of blog-posting, weekly-recapping goodness from yours truly. This week has been full-on with pretty much nothing but work work and more work, no stream and no new clips. However, I still have a new screen, new music I've been listening to and most importantly, the first main highlight of this year's E3 event has been and gone as Electronic Arts did their best to wow viewers with their showing last night.PEGGLING, SHUFFLE PARTYING, AND DECIDING TO KEEP THE ACHIEVEMENT STREAK ALIVE
As per usual, Peggle
has been the main game of the week. I only played HITMAN
briefly on Monday I think but with this week's nights off connecting to last weeks three nights off for my cousin's wedding party and my girlfriend's birthday on Tuesday, I've not had a "normal" night off in about two weeks where I'd normally dedicate one of those nights to HITMAN
I worked Tuesday through to last night but as my missus' niece wasn't in school this week, which is literally next door to my son's school, our go-to school-runner didn't want to do the usual run for us. This meant that rather sleeping at my preferred time of roughly 12-2pm to 9pm, I had to fit sleep in between 7:30am-2:30pm, get up and do the school run, cram a few hours of gaming in before the nursery run at 6pm, then help sort tea, clean up and put the kids to bed before going to work at 10pm.
Despite the style of week not being how I would've liked it to be, I still managed to make rapid progress in Peggle
and smash off every peg in every level for the Doctor of the Peggle Arts achievement
and a completion of the base game! Now, I'm currently about half way through the Adventure Mode in the Peggle Dlc
, I managed to finally polish off Rabbids Big Bang (WP)
during my break at work. The last few levels weren't as bad as I thought I'd be but one the particular levels that required me to hit three ducks within about 10 seconds was so annoying! Even the use of the black hole didn't help much as it would constantly cause my Rabbit to get stuck on the planet and not actually bounce off the duck. Never-the-less, I managed to eventually do it without the use of the black hole and then went on to smash the rest of the levels. I played a bit of Shuffle Party (WP)
as well on my break last night and popped an achievement to keep the current achievement streak
Speaking of my achievement streak, I abused some of the achievements eventually in the ABC News
app to keep it alive. I'm currently three days away from beating my record of 168 days but I've built up so many achievements I can use to keep the streak alive. I use the to-do list to keep track of my "streak-keepers" so you can take a look at the full list if you're interested or see what game's I will be using to keep the streak going:Earthworm Jim HD
- As much as I eventually want to check this out properly, I can't even remember why I started it and only played it briefly when I did! I think I've used a couple of the achievements for streak-keeping purposes before but these two locked ones will be fairly quick and easy to obtain should I need them:Rayman Fiesta Run (Win 8)
, Rayman Fiesta Run (WP)
, Cut the Rope: Experiments (WP)
, and Cut The Rope (WP)
are all games I've had in the stash ready to start in case of an emergency.
A couple of achievements from the base game of HITMAN
have been purposely left locked for the sake of the streak if needed:
I started ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG 2
so I could claim the TrueAchievements walkthrough for it
. Now I'm going to save the rest of the achievements for the streak too.BulletAsylum (WP)
, Shuffle Party
, Shoot 1UP (WP)
and NFL on Xbox One
were all started to help with my conquering of the Alphabet Challenge last week. Now I can keep hold of the rest of the achievements for my streak.
There's an easy achievement in Rabbids Big Bang (Win 8)
for simply crashing 50 times:
Yet another update made its way to both Minecraft (Win 10)
and Minecraft (Android)
and apparently, the latest list of achievements are super-easy to unlock. As eager as I am to re-complete these two games again, I'm going to hold off and keep these achievements for my streak. PRESTON BUS
Getting there! Slowly, but surely!
My license finally arrived... but, it didn't look any different to what I'd sent to the DVLA?
My pink driving license simply looked like a more up-to-date version of what I'd sent off to them but after speaking to one of the managers at the Bu Depot, she informed me that they will have updated my driving license online.
With that said, she went ahead and booked me in for my Theory Test which will be happening at the on Tuesday June 27th!
It's going to be a long morning though as there's three tests to do and the first starts at 8am and the third and final one begins at 10:45am! I seriously need to hit the books and watch the two DVD's the Bus Depot let me borrow. Ever since they loaned out their gear to me, I've only read some of the info once on the same day I went to pick them up
Where I work now, is utter shit and even though I've heard people from my current workplace and former places I've worked go on about how they're looking for other work and never seeming to actually fund any, the race seems to actually be on more than ever to get out while we can with a lot of talk going on about job-hunting and what-not. I've been with the company for about 22 months now and I'm still the newest member of staff to join the night department. The two night managers who RE-joined the team after I came along have both since left, three regular staff members have left, one has been transferred to another department, and NOT ONE of them has been replaced. I wish my fellow workers looking for work elsewhere nothing but the best but on the sly, I really hope they don't manage to make the escape before I do! We're halfway through 2017 now and I've still not found a different job yet. It's been tough, but hopefully if all goes well, I'll be out of there by the middle/end of August.
To help make sure I don't fail the upcoming tests, one of the new training managers has been in contact with me a few times to see when I could pop into the Bus Depot to have a go at a practice theory test. We spoke again at the start of this week and if I manage to nail the Theory Tests on my first attempt, I should be able to give the practical stuff a shot at the beginning of August. The sooner the better!HIP-HOP LOVERS SHOULD NOT BE SLEEPING ON CZARFACE
CZARFACE have done nothing but impress me with their three albums released over the past few years. Now I like a good mix of Hip-Hop and I'm open to all of it besides most of the mumble rap. I like the shit talk about money, bitches, drugs, cars, cribs, jewellery and all that jazz but nothing beats Hip-Hop that really gets your mind open. I'm open to all topics but it's the creativity that really grabs me when it comes to the likes of RZA, Ghostface, Raekwon, Outkast, Kendrick Lamar, Ludacris for example Redman.
Now you all know I'm a passionate fan of the Wu-Tang and my most favourite members would easily be Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon, and RZA. Inspectah Deck would probably be the fifth. Obviously, the Rebel INS can spit. When it comes to the bars, he's a beast and always has been. Sadly though, his solo work has never really grabbed me at all and I've only every actually bought one of his albums - The Resident Patient
. Since I discovered CZARFACE, the supergroup he is a part of alongside 7L & Esoteric, I've been super-pleased with the hip-hop they've brought to my ears.
I'd not heard of 7L & Esoteric before CZAR. 7L is the producer of the duo with Eso being the spitter and man, if you thought Deck could spit, listen to this fly white guy do his thing! The man is incredible! I don't really know who to compare him to really but I guess I could say he's a bit like Royce Da 5'9 with his quick delivery and absolutely content-rammed bars. When rapping side by side with Rollie Fingers, Eso definitely has the quicker and choppier wordplay. In Wu-Tang martial arts terms, Eso would be the one to hit you hard with quick and precise jabs or slice and dice you with a couple of small daggers where as Deck would hit you hard with slower punches or cut you up with a long sword.
The group work really well together and 7L has produced some really amazing boom-bap style beats. His work is incredible and really gives me the old-school Wu feel again with cartoon/comic like samples and beats used throughout most of the songs. All together, there's no gimmicks with this Hip-Hop. The team are just having fun with lyrics and rhyming their asses off. I finally got roun to checkout the group's third album - A Fistful Of Peril
, which even though it doesn't come with a couple of big features, is still another brilliant piece of work:E3 - EA CONFERENCE
After finishing work on Sunday morning and already having an achievement in the bag to keep my achievement streak alive for the day, I fired up a recording of the EA Press Conference courtesy of Polygon
seeing as they had the most popular version with no extra voice overs or editing. I had the video running on half of my laptop screen while typing up my thoughts and feelings in the other half of the screen right here in this blog.Madden 18
Not much to say about this title. I've never took any interest in Madden
games or the sport. The addition of the story mode of some form looked pretty interesting. Very hood-like with the black dude as he seemingly makes his way from rags-to-riches. The drummer band before the video did a great job
It's great to see the Only In Battlefield
moments but most of the reactions from the streamers and recorders annoys me as they come across to over-exaggerated and overly-energetic. Sure there's plenty of exciting moments we all have a buzz about but come on, keep it authentic.
I've slacked mightily with Battlefield 1
, so much that I've not even started it! However, my good buddy Dazzla doesn't think too highly of the game and he's one of the most dedicated and skilled Battlefield
players I know. I know his opinion isn't the be all and end all but still.
The content looked pretty sweet however but they didn't display as much as I thought they would. When I will actually even get round to starting the game is yet to be confirmed.Competitive Gaming
Not really my cup of tea but I guess it's great for those who are into it. This type of gaming in my eyes requires relentless hours of training, practice, and perfection and of course, you'd need to be pretty much playing the same game, or type of game for most of your gaming years. Not something I intent to do when I'm forever trying to reduce the size of my backlog but if you've got the skills, then why not put them to the test and potentially pay the bills! FIFA 18
- No interest from me at all.Need for Speed Payback
I like the idea of being able to customise old-school cars. Could be plenty of beauties to come from this feature. The gameplay was pretty decent. The cars sounded great, the destruction looked good and the switch to the other character who stole the car from the truck looked like another potentially sweet feature of the game.
Again though I've been slacking with Need for Speed
titles with the last one I played or at least unlocked an achievement in being Need for Speed: Carbon
(if you don't count Need for Speed: Undercover (WP)
). I can't say I'd be in a rush to buy Payback
to be honest but it could be a decent birthday or christmas present to get me back into the racing side of gaming.A Way Out
The cut scene looked good. Gave me a Mafia III
vibe at first. The creator of the game was super-confident but the whole couch co-op approach he was talking about didn't win me over at first. I don't have many (if any) real-life friends to play couch co-op with so this doesn't really sell well with me. The gameplay he showcases afterwards was pretty impressive though. I liked the way the developers have tried to take a unique approach with split screen co-op and this could make for some interesting and enjoyable gameplay.Anthem
I didn't know what to make of this to be completely honest. I thought of maybe a survival kind of title with what I'm guessing would be a small town or colony of some sort behind "the wall". Then maybe you'd need to build and maintain your home behind this wall and then venture out into the dangers of the wild to find and recover resources and items to help survive? Looked alright anyway.NBA LIVE 18
Pretty shit first-look at this and just made me think "meh". Maybe I'm being harsh because I'm tired. After this first look, the gameplay and features showcased looked much more impressive with the story offering mixing the streets with the league. This could be a sweet mix of street, college, and professional balling!
Sorry to be slightly negative again but I supported NBA LIVE
over NBA 2K
for many years and then after NBA LIVE 10
, the series just died and then came back looking like shit. I've never touched another NBA LIVE
since and haven't really been given much eagerness to do so. I'll wait to see what others think of the latest instalment in the series before possibly trying my hand with the game.Star Wars Battlefront II
Janina Gavankar was a force not to be messed with and man was she looking pretty hot in a dominant kind of way. Obviously, the news of the story mode being included in the game is GREAT news! As I start to shy away more from multiplayer in games, due to time and my gaming setup, game's really need a strong single player offering to suck me in.
The gameplay reveal looked awesome. All three eras of Star Wars
in one game, massive multiplayer, Yoda, Darth Maul, and so much more! Sweet, sweet, sweet! The additional content making its way to the game post-launch for free
is obviously another sweet deal, so long as it's actually additional content on not stuff that's just locked until a late date.
The new classes, weapons, and vehicles are all sweet editions seen in the match we got to see. The outside gameplay looked good. The map looked gorgeous and the different variety of fighting going on looked pretty intense. The fight inside during phase two was pretty decent besides the constant peeping-through-the-doorway type action that was going on. The heroes looked like a lot of fun to control again, especially Darth Maul.
I don't know if I will bother with the game just yet though. I've made crap progress with Star Wars Battlefront
and I'm not massively interested in returning back to the multiplayer. I did enjoy my time with the game but if it's going to be more of the same, but just that little bit better, there's not much point checking it out too early and paying full wack on the price to do so. However, if more content, gameplay or/and screens are revealed for the single player side of the game which manage to wow me, I may pick up the game sooner than later. The multiplayer isn't going to be the selling point for me to be honest. Even though there's plenty of new additions and what not, I don't reckon the replayability is going to be that good. I dunno, I'm a bit undecided about the game as a whole really.
All-in-all, the EA Conference was OK but there was nothing majorly exciting announced. None of the content revealed got me excited or made me react much really. I didn't have high expectations personally anyway from EA as there's nothing that they are working on that I've been actively following so I'm neither pleased or disappointed by the content revealed. Plus, they'll be revealing more during the Microsoft and Sony conferences so we'll see what else they have in store once the times come.CLIP OF THE WEEK
No new clips this week I'm afraid but you can still enjoy this sweet flashback to when I caught a dream in Final Fantasy XV
Despite how joyful this moment was, it really annoyed me that their was no splash effect from the water when each character jumped in! NEWS THAT'S CAUGHT MY EYE
Well, besides the obvious warm-up to E3 content, Grand Theft Auto V
caught my eye with the GTA Online: Gunrruning update trailer
"GTA Online" is a lot of fun to play. If I wasn't such a sucker for completions, percentage, and what-not, I'd probably spend a regular chunk of time perhaps on a weekly basis playing in the online world of GTA V. This update looks pretty sweet though and it's making me tempted to give the online another go again... if I ever get time.I LOVE AMERICAN HIP-HOP AND I BET I'D LOVE U.S FOOD TOO
On Tuesday and Wednesday night, I only managed to have a 15 minute dinner. Thursday, Friday and last night I managed to get my full hour but was slowly trying to watch N.O.R.E. & DJ EFN have fun with The Lox
on the Drink Champs podcast. I've only watched a couple of other videos including this short, sweet, and tasty looking treat from First We Feast
One day, ONE DAY, I will visit America!SONG OF THE WEEK
It's only right I go with a song I've found hard not to constantly play over and over from CZARFACE's latest album. "Revenge On Lizard City" has such an addictive and catchy beat that really had me feeling like I wanted to try and rap again!
Check it out as Inspectah Deck and Esoteric work their magic on a fantastic production from 7L:
Go and check out all of their albums so far. Trust me!SCREEN OF THE WEEK
I actually captured a new screen this week! Taken from HITMAN
, I'm observing the busy scenery below me in my handyman disguise as the markets of Marrakesh are thriving with civilians.
Marrakesh Markets from "Episode Two" in HITMAN
This is another fantastic Episode from the game and I'm still thoroughly enjoying playing through the game. I should be able to get into the next Episode probably next week at some point.THIS WEEK'S STREAM
I didn't manage to fit a stream in this week as I was on school runs all week. That meant sleeping as soon as I got in, looking after the kids for the evening, and then working all night. However, rather than posting another blog or two midway through the week, which I probably won't have the time for anyway due to the amount of news that will need covering, I'm going to give you my thoughts and feelings on the rest of the Conferences over a few different games. I've not got the team to put random clips together or a fancy montage of some sort so I'll probably kill two birds with one stone and work on the backlog while I natter away. I'm thinking HITMAN
and maybe either Gears of War 4
. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for these videos on my YouTube channel which I will include in next weekend's recap post or maybe as a couple of mini blog posts this week!
Thanks as always for reading and hopefully I'll see your reading eyes again at some point during next week or weekend! TWITTER | YOUTUBE | TWITCH | MIXER | GOOGLE | DISCORD | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | STEAM | TRUETROPHIES