It was a dog-rough week for me last week after suffering with a body-aching, head-banging, throat-destroying cold, but thankfully things picked up over the weekend with a touch of chilled gaming, news coverage, and most importantly, a couple of child-free trips to this year's Play Blackpool
event!I WANTED TO PLAY THIS S**T BACK TO BACKWarframe
I've been spending more time then planned with Warframe
as I've really been enjoying it so far. I've still got a lot to learn and take in as there's so much to the game. Warframes, companions, void missions, weapons, are just a few things to soak in. I've been keeping it basic at the minute and working on missions as and when they become available. I've stuck with my initial set of weapons and equipment so far including my first Bow and Arrow, Pistol, Sword and first Warframe, and just upgraded these slowly but surely with different mods. I've also fused (upgraded) some of the mods too to make the my gear better as I work towards the various level 30 proficiency achievements before switching them out for different ones.
The game has been pretty sweet so far although I've mainly played solo due to the small-ish chunks of time I've played. None of the missions have been overly difficult although I did fail one for the first time the other day as I needed to defend a generator of some sort but also find fuel for it as well. The generator was getting swarmed and I just didn't have powerful enough attacks or weapons to defend it by myself so it was soon destroyed.
I've been streaming most of my journey with the game via my Twitch
so far so make sure to check out the most recent videos right here
. I'll link the first one so you can see a bit of what's been going on if you haven't already:
I booked off Friday through to Tuesday night off so I didn't game like I normally do on my nights off. I'll still put some time into Warframe
this week but probably more towards the back-end.
If anyone's currently working on the game then let me know on here or Xbox LIVE and we can hook up and play sometime!HITMAN
I've wrapped up the achievements tied to The Icon mission but still have the other two missions to complete fully yet in the Bonus Episode
DLC. I'm going to work on this and possibly finish this game up today or Tuesday.Shuffle Party (WP)
I originally started this just for the 'X' in the X Marks The Spot
achievement as part of the Alphabet Challenge. It took me a while to mop up the other achievements as I was only playing the game in bits during my breaks at work. I finally popped the Shop-o-holic
achievement, which was the last one I needed, on Thursday night to keep my achievement streak
alive which at the time of writing is at 200 days with 909 achievements won.
It was a fun little game and easy enough to complete. Some of the challenge levels were a bit of a pain though but with enough patience and persistence they can be conquered.Rabbids Big Bang (Win 8)
After completing Rabbids Big Bang (WP)
, I'd more than had enough of hitting Rabbids around space. I started both versions of the game to help complete a challenge for the team in this year's Great TrueAchievement Score Challenge but now I just need to complete the Windows version. Oddly, the frame rate or gameplay seems a touch slower than the WP version and surprisingly, I actually found the WP version easier.
This is supposed to be my main game of focus at the minute so besides the times I'll be distracted with Warframe
, I'll be primarily working on this.PegglePeggle
is finally no more!
I had planned on attempting to finish up the DLC
challenges towards the back end of the week but managed to put some major time into it on Monday and Tuesday. It still took me at least 3-4 hours to pass the last challenge which was to clear ten random levels in a row. Typically, I kept making mistakes here and there and then I would obviously have to start again but I got their eventually.
It's a fantastic game overall but after the amount of time I sank into it, I was readdy to play something else. I was pretty quick to uninstall it once the final achievement popped!Payday 2: Crimewave Edition & The Surge
Sadly I neglected both of these games last week. I did set up a co-op session for PayDay
on Friday but after a couple of days of consecutively shit sleeps, I knew I wasn't going to be able to stay awake all day on Friday as planned. Hell, I was barely staying awake at work and even had a 45 minute powernap on my break. Of course, I felt even worse after this.
This week may not be promising either as my nights off will be at the start of the week to connect together with last week's nights off. I may try and set something up for Tuesday night as I'll need to stay awake as long as possible to get back into night mode ready for my return to the shithole on Wednesday.ANOTHER SWEET TIME AT PLAY EXPO BLACKPOOL
Play Expo Blackpool
was back in full-force again at Norbreck Castle in Blackpool and of course, I was in attendance! I don't know what happened to Enigma jinx
, who was supposed to be coming with me! I rolled out by myself to the event to check out old, now and upcoming games as well as the Cosplay, tournaments, and more.
There was one little disappointment this year as my guy Sami Cetin wasn't in attendance! He's the main man behind the Super Mario Kart
(SNES) time trials website and is a world record holder of multiple time trial records for the game. Without him there, this meant that there was no SMK tournament to take part in. I did reach out to Sami via Twitter though and he did say
that he should be in attendance at Play Expo Manchester. Hopefully I'll see him there and possibly bring home another medal!
Without Sami there, I felt a little out of sync to be honest. Normally, I'd go in and check out the traders section, scope out the whole building to see what games were on offer, find Sami, set a time in Time Trial mode, and then if successful, return in about two or three hours. Then the top eight times would compete in the tournament that would take an hour or so. Then that would leave another hour or so to do some more mooching around. Now, I pretty much had the whole day to mooch but I did have a few other "jobs" to while I was there.
Our long time News Manager punkyliar
wasn't in attendance this year. With both of us being part of the news team, we can gain free entry with Press Passes. In return for the free access, we do need to actually do something press related. Punky normally handles something for the front page and I can just whip up a blog post and everyone's happy. Without Punky in attendance, it was now my duty to put together a few game previews from the likes of Bloody Zombies
, Hyper Sentinel
, and the VR version of Super Lucky's Tale
. The first two mentioned titles went well and we have special treat for the community here at TrueAchievements in regards to Hyper
. Super Lucky
wasn't anywhere to be seen. Either that or I'm blind.
Keep an eye on the front page of TA for more to come.
I had a good look around the Traders Hall but shockingly didn't buy anything this year. I always scope out SNES games that I may have played all those years ago but no longer have in my stash but there wasn't much that caught my eye. There was the usual sweet display of games from all generations, posters, canvas', pins, badges, patches, teddies & toys, and plenty more.
In between regular smoke breaks and a trip to the New Norbreck Chippy, I pretty much just spent all day playing a variety of different games and watching a bit of the Cosplay competition. I had a go at a really old-school version of Frogger
with a joystick which I think was on an Atari. As expected, it was pretty tough to pass the levels on but I still did alright. I never realise that you couldn't move backwards in the game though, unless that's just a part of the old-school version.
One of my all-time favourite arcade titles 18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker
was part of the heavy original arcade collection fully equipped with a truck-like steering wheel, a gas and a brake pedal, and gear stick. The game is pretty short as there's only roughly five or six levels but its spot on for arcades. I failed miserably on my first attempt as I ran out of time in the second level. I used a continue to carry on and managed to go on to finish the game again.
The arcade version of Crazy Taxi
was suitably set up right next to 18 Wheeler
and also came with a steering wheel and gear stick. Crazy Taxi is always a blast to check out and play again but I much preferred playing the Dreamcast version that was also available to check out at the event. The reason being is because it's impossible to get the crazy boost going on the arcade version where you shift to reverse, then back to drive and hit the accelerator just afterwards. It's either super-hard to do on the arcade version or it just doesn't simply work. Without the ability to do this, you're just left driving round in a pretty basic and slow-manner, wasting valuable time without being able to pick up any significant speed.
One of my favourite games of all time was in the house via the PlayStation 2 - Metal Slug 3
Being the proud completionist of the XBLA version, I thought I'd take a shot at trying to complete the game again without using a continue. Of course, this didn't happen and I burned through eight continues although I didn't realise the difficulty was on Medium. I completed the game partially so I could play the "Storming the UFO Mothership" mode, where I could use one of Morden's soldiers instead of the game's usual characters. I only had one life when playing as a soldier of Mordens but I could choose from a grenadier, bazooka soldier, or a shield soldier.
The bazooka was the best way to go as the grenadier lacked range and the shield soldier's pistol was too weak for my liking. The bazooka had range and power but could only fire one shot at a time. I managed to complete this mode for the first time but it only took place through about half of the final mission's area. It was still fun and offered a different twist to the usual gameplay of Metal Slug 3
I had a quick go of Portal Knights
although to be honest, it wasn't for me at all. I tried to get to grips with it but after discovering options to craft this and destroy that, I put the game down. The whole Minecraft
vibe just ain't for me.
I spent a lot of time playing Donkey Kong Country
on the SNES, so much in fact that I managed to complete the game.
DKC is a classic but DKC 2 took the series to the next level! I was really tempted to go and buy a copy of the second instalment and use the SNES to play it. I may actually have to whip out my SNES to give the game another whirl again!
I took Ken through the Arcade Mode of the classic Street Fighter II
and smashed all of my opponents on the way. It was only on zero-star difficulty though
I had fun pulling off fireballs and dragon uppercuts but I forgot how slow-paced the original SFII was!
Besides Metal Slug 3
and DKC, I actually spent most of my time playing on the different Pinball tables. I tried my hand at Tron
, The Addams Family
, Family Guy
, and another one that I can't remember the name of. I had fun but was reminded of how shit I am at Pinball. I just don't get it. Is it more down to luck than anything or is there an actual skill to it? I try to aim for specific targets and obviously rack up as much score as possible but it's very rare that I could actually get a good run going without losing the ball.
I did try and stream a recap video after each day but the first one lasted about ten minutes as my missus and kids arrived home shortly after I did, and the second one went into more detail but I was a bit distracted by the tough gameplay in The Surge
YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Nicole Natalie Marrow Austin, also know as Coco, is incredible. Like most of what I love about the USA, she's full on, gorgeous, and obviously doesn't do things in halves. Check out the promo video for her Cocolicious Lingerie:
I'll have to show my missus and see if she likes any of the lovely looking lingerie.
Not that she'd be able wear it anywhere near to the level Coco does CLIP OF THE WEEK
No new clips this week so instead we flash back to the Upload Studio variant of my Clip Cap
series with the 43rd instalment. Check me out rocking Star Wars Battlefront
NEWS THAT'S CAUGHT MY EYE
Understandably seeing as I've finally got more into Warframe
, I've been on the lookout for news tied to the title. This particular story
from one of the new batch of hounds, Stephanie Caldwell
), caught my eye and included new screens, videos, and the big news of an open world making its way to the game.
It looks so damn cool! I've noticed already that the game can be quite strict with where you can actually go. There's not much to do aboard your ship and the missions have restricted areas too so it looks like there's always been the potential there for more open space. I thought more about this after checking out some sort of Trader's post after an alert came up telling to visit a certain relay or spaceship of some sort. Different players were walking and running around this trading area, selling, buying and trading different items to each other. I didn't stick around long as it was all a bit overwhelming but being able to expand on this experience with maybe bigger trading areas and more.SONG OF THE WEEK
I somehow had the time to sit down and check out DJ Khaled's recently released album "Grateful". I've only listened to the whole thing once but my first impression was that it was alright. Three songs were instantly lined up to be on my next CD and on my phone and another four will be added to my phone. Here's one of my top three songs I enjoyed from my time with the album - 'On Everything' featuring Rick Ross, Travis Scott and Big Sean:
SCREEN OF THE WEEK
No new screens this week and I don't have anything left in the stash to flashback to. I need to step my game up with actually trying to cap screens!THIS WEEK'S STREAM
I finally attempted my first Elusive Target in HITMAN
which happened to be the last one for the game's first season. See how it went in the video below:
Thanks as always for reading guys and don't forget to keep an eye on the front page for the two game previews from my time at Play Blackpool 2017!TWITTER | YOUTUBE | TWITCH | MIXER | GOOGLE | DISCORD | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | STEAM | TRUETROPHIES