To Do List
Update all the trophies
Update the bio
Update all the links
Scrape off the humor rust
2012 Marathon Trophy Tournament Promo I Made
Official Theme Songs for the Void
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Welcome to the World of Darkness. This list is a long time coming. Featured are the games I am playing. First and foremost I am a trophy hunter BUT I only care about trophies for games I like. I am not the type of person to spend days on end on a game I canít stand to get a plat. The key difference is in my description: trophy hunter, not platinum hunter. Secondly I have gaming ADHD. I like to play a game for awhile, stop, and play something else, and come back to it later. If you look over the list and see lots of missing trophies that is the reason why. Now, welcome to the void. Grab a snack, and enjoy the view.
Bio: Currently as of this writing I am a 28 year old Canadian living and plying my trade as a university professor in the Land of the Morning Dawn: South Korea. I double majored in history and sociology with a minor in English literature in university and then did a teaching degree in the humanities with physical education and ESL training added in there. I've been a gamer since I was 4 years old and arrived on the scene with the NES. What else would I become when the Super Mario Bros Super Show and Captain N and the Game Masters were filling up my morning cartoon watching...not to mention GI Joe, my favorite toy/brand of all time being a Nintendo game too...I had no chance to rebel.
When I was not playing games I would game in other ways with my friends. I am an avid CCG gamer, and have played Magic: the Gathering and Vampire: the Eternal Struggle for 12 years. If anyone reading this played V:TES or its RPG equivalent Vampire: the Masqurade, now you know where my name 'Lasombra' comes from. Before the game was cancelled I also freelanced with Wizards of the Coast as a columnist for their GI Joe CCG. Playing games and getting paid to write about it, could there be anything better?
Now when I am not gaming I am spending my time at the gym or writing all the in-depth interviews and tournament commentating this site can handle.
Disclaimer: All videos and pictures are the respective property of their creators/artists/photographers.
Credit and Thanks for Bladia and In2 for the Banner and Platbar respectively.
Denaratuck for hooking me up with some games from back home.
Bladia for the sweet avatar and signature from Resident Evil, but also for the sweet checklist banner.
BNecker for trying to help me get the Dead Island plat since online won't work for me anymore.
Great Daze Tazer for hooking me up with a free copy of FF13 when my system ate mine...literally ate it like the cookie monster.
April 28th Update: Updated yearly goal, added Mass Effect 2, and added trophy counts to every game.
May 6th Update: Resized every game picture.
May 8th Update: Added Lasombra Files interviews links.
June 3rd Update: Updated yearly goal, games trophy counts, added Mass Effect 3, Mafia II, and Dragon's Dogma, my Platbar (created by In2) and added the Theme Song.
June 8th Update: Front Mission Evolved platinum, updated commentary on FME, ME3, RE5, and Skyrim, updated trophy totals, and added an expanded bio of myself.
June 20th Update: RE5, Mafia 2, and Spare Parts platinum, updated commentary for RE5 and Mafia 2, updated trophy totals, and added Mercenaries 2, Spare Parts, and Trine 1.
July 2nd Update: Added new banner thanks to Bladia, updated platbar and trophy goals.
July 14th Update: Added a new theme song for the list.
August 4th Update: Hey, it was my birthday yesterday. WOO!!! Added Trine 2, Sam and Max, Crysis, Back to the Future, Under Siege, Yakuza 4, Persona 4: Arena, updated trophy goals, and added shoutouts.
August 12th Update: Promo video at the top. Enough said. Enjoy the EPICNESS!!!
1 YEAR GOALS Sept 11/Sept 12 (Updated at my convenience)
1359/1000 Trophies (1382 Total)
10/5 Plats (10 Total)
New Goal : Avg of 4/Day (101 left)
Reviews: Check out some of the reviews I've written on the site!
Lasombra Files: Weekly Interviews
Lasombra Files: Episode 1: The Music Man - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files: Episode 2: Vive le France! - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files: Episode 3: A Long Lonely Road - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files: Episode 4: Arctic Blast! - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files: Episode 5: These go to 11 - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files: Episode 6: Red Light District - PS3 Trophies Forum
Maximal Ding!: Aussies Bastards Interview - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files: Episode 7: Heartbreak - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files: Episode 8: Socrates Johnson, dude - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files: Episode 9: Saturday Night Fever! - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 10: Future's Past Present - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 11: Stir the Pot - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 12: No Time for Love, Dr. Jones - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 13: The Dog House - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 14: Stay Puft! - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 15: Second Opinion - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 16: I Don't Sparkle, Cha! - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 17: Four Letters: EPIK - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 18: The Unknown Hourglass - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 19: The Name's Bayonetta, just Bayonetta - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 20: Draw! - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 21: Riddle Me This - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 22: Ostentatiously Outrageous - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 23: Breakfast Clubbing - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 24: Dead or Alive, You're Coming with Me - PS3 Trophies Forum
Lasombra Files Episode 25: In a Mirror, Darkly - PS3 Trophies Forum
Skip and Max's Prime Time Gaming Commentary
May 2012 Open Cup
May 2012 Member Thrown Trophy Competition - PS3 Trophies Forum (Pre-Game Show)
May 2012 Member Thrown Trophy Competition - Page 11 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Round 1)
May 2012 Member Thrown Trophy Competition - Page 15 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Round 2)
May 2012 Member Thrown Trophy Competition - Page 19 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Round 3)
May 2012 Member Thrown Trophy Competition - Page 20 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Finals)
2012 Marathon Tournament
Trophy Marathon Competition: Scoreboard - Page 4 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Stage 5)
Trophy Marathon Competition: Scoreboard - Page 4 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Stage 6)
Trophy Marathon Competition: Scoreboard - Page 5 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Stage 7)
Trophy Marathon Competition: Scoreboard - Page 6 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Stage 8)
Trophy Marathon Competition: Scoreboard - Page 7 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Stage 9)
Trophy Marathon Competition: Scoreboard - Page 8 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Stage 10)
Trophy Marathon Competition: Scoreboard - Page 10 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Stage 11)
Trophy Marathon Competition: Scoreboard - Page 10 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Stage 12)
Trophy Marathon Competition: Scoreboard - Page 10 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Stage 13)
Trophy Marathon Competition: Scoreboard - Page 11 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Stage 14)
Trophy Marathon Competition: Scoreboard - Page 11 - PS3 Trophies Forum (Stage 15)
K-JI and Saikou's Review Reviews
NOTE: I am only counting games with a plat or is a series. Sorry Scott PilgrimÖtearÖhereís a gift to make up.
Assassinís Creed Brotherhood 0/61
This game is zeroed on the list because of a language screw up. IMPORTANT! Read the languages when buying a game from a different country. It came only in Korean or Italian and I was daft enough not to look on the back of the box. It will be zero for a long time unless I see a used American copy in the stores.
Priority Level: Not Applicable, seriously, read the story
Batman: Arkham City 6/61
I got it from a co-worker and only had a brief time to play it. So far Iíve enjoyed the hour of playing it but it is stuck in back of the class. Although I do love Batman so this game I will plat at some point. The DLC I probably wonít ever get individually unless I see a GotY edition with all the goods on disc, and on the cheap.
Priority Level: When I see the bat signal
One of the last games I bought before moving overseas. My save data is on my old PS3 so unless I find a GotY copy in English and cheap, this game will remain in seclusion for a long, long time.
Priority Level: Iím living on the Borderlands. Does that count?
Cross Edge 7/24
Ah, the craziest, most insane RPG story I ever played. This game proved to me that creativity is not dead and that western reviewers just suck and canít handle a little bit of thinking with their RPGs. The most unique story ending ever and the coolist combo system Iíve played in a long time. A lot of grinding left for the trophies, so a lot of time needs to be invested. The fact I spent a week of nights with a guide to get the true ending has tempered my nerves to go through the later grind. Now why canít we have more cross-over goodness? No, MvC, put your hands down. Youíre a fighting game. You donít count.
Priority Level: When Iím settled in for the grind
DC Universe Online 0/41
Ha, not applicable rates too high for this game. It is fun, donít get me wrong, but playing it for free means no trophy support. I have way too many other games to go playing this without adding a single trophy to the void.
Priority Level: What is more non-applicable than non-applicable?
Dead Island 36/59
Love it. I loved this game. The acting was a bit hammy, but the graphics for the game were so out of this world it made the Chinese character go googlie-eyed. Everyone whoís played the game knows what I mean. I need one online trophy that requires boosting (Originality) and I can take my sweet time with the others since they are all offline.
Priority Level: Itís dead Jim.
Dead Nation 35/41
Romero would be Proud!!! Love his movies, and this simple sentence turned me into a trophy hunter. This was my first plat. I made sure it was my first plat, leaving LA Noire unfinished just before the plat so I could plat this first. It is my proudest and favorite trophy to add to the void.
Priority Level: Romero Would Be Proud!!!
Demonís Souls 1/38
I tried, I hate it, then stuck it in the deep, dark corner of the void. This game is even more non-applicable than DCUOÖyeah, I said it. I play RPGs for story and this game has less story than Call of Duty. Yeah, I went thereÖ
Priority Level: I still own this game?
Deus Ex: Human Revolution 17/60
I picked this up with a string of others games I saw used in the local shop (Heavy Rain and Dragon Age 2). Itís been fun so far but feels so small. I also didnít understand the whole racism hype that came from it before it was released. Fun side note, although the game was made in Montreal they could not find a single French speaker to play the French NPCs. Lots of Chinese to be found, but I guess no one speaks French anymore in the heart of French Quebec.
Priority Level: Can I get augmented? I want to be a cyborg too!
Dragon Age: Origins 9/77
I started playing this game and couldnít put it down. I enjoyed the storyline and I felt the pacing was just right. However, it just couldnít hold my attention for the long term and it got shelved. Thankfully it was the complete edition, so I got all the goodies with it, so I can start things up again when I want to sink 20 hours into it.
Priority Level: When the Rangerís are called upon to fightÖwaitÖthis isnít Babylon 5Ö
Dungeon Siege III 34/55
This game I got completely by accident. Read back to Assassinís Creed: Brotherhood for the full story. I got this game by trading in AC:B cause it was the only thing that looked half-good that was 20 bucks. I was lucky and got a lot of trophies to ding cause of an unknown trophy glitch/exploit/awesomeness. But with the glitchiness I have to restart a new game because of oneÖfreakingÖtrophy that is glitched to the point either all the trophies guides are wrong and donít have all the info, or Iíll be in for a longÖlongÖgaming sessionÖ
Priority Level: When I want to fight the glitch wars.
Fallout 3 6/73
This game should have been my first plat. It really should have. The trouble is I beat the game and did almost everything just before the trophy patch hit the PS3Öso now I have to go back and replay the whole game from aft to stern. Itís a good thing I like it. Now all I need to do is find the GOTY edition for some extra goodness.
Priority Level: Before the US decides to annex me.
FIFA 12 26/56
For all those who have read anything about anything doing with online passes knows how much I hate them. This game introduced me to them and I hate it for it. This game will never be platted for that simple fact. It also doesnít help one of the trophies glitched. It is still a fun game but for once I swung my vote towards Winning Eleven for once. I donít get you EA. Why canít you make more than 3 goal celebrations for any game?
Priority Level: When Qatar gets a world cupÖoh waitÖcrap!
Front Mission: Evolved 28/28
Ah, the online bane of my existence. This game might get platted somedayÖsomeday, if the servers donít shut down first. Spend 20 minutes to get 200-300 XP points and have Ďsome funí, or boost and spend an hour getting 10K XP but in the most tedious, repetitive, monotonous way possible? Halfway done the XP, and a couple more online trophies needing boosting and the rest of the offline game is just clean up.
Priority Level: The same chance weíll see Front Mission 5 get an English release.
Update: It is finally, freaking, fantastically DONE!!! It only took 4 months and crazy burnout but I've platted the game. Its my rarest plat too at less than 3% Now I go back to playing games that do not require online to platinum...No ME3, that does not mean you...
Priority Level: Yeah, Square Enix, about that Front Mission 5 English release...pretty please?
Ghostbusters: The Video Game 23/51
I am a huge Ghostbusters fan, and this game is definitely fun. I doubt it will ever be platted unless I can find a group of people to go online with as the servers are dry. Not a single soul on there. Itís a ghost town. Offline is fun though, and a lot of laughs.
Priority Level: Who you gonna call? Trophybusters!
The Godfather II 42/42
Plat #3 in my small trophy case. This was more tedious than it should have been because I had the game already beat before I knew what all that Ďdingingí was. Thankfully the playthrough is quick and easy, and any Godfather fan will enjoy it enough to go through the motions for the plat.
Priority Level: I was given an offer I couldnít refuse.
God of War III 4/36
I borrowed this from a co-worker. I was never a big fan of any of the GOW games, but hey, it was free!!! WOO!!! So, why not right? It is stuck on the backburner until my co-worker says he wants it back, as I have a lot more fun and interesting games to play. Yeah, yeah, KratosÖvengeance, good luck with thatÖ
Priority Level: The same odds Kratos takes up knitting.
Played an hour, enough said. What sucks more is a month later the complete edition showed up at my store used. I was never a GTA fan, and for some reason found them so boring Iíd rather play Hannah Montana. With that said, it was cheap and I thought Iíd give IV a chance to test the waters. If the game had a trophy list I could stomach playing the game for, Iíd give it another go, but nah, it is getting deported.
Priority Level: Hi, Miss Montana, can you sign my copy of your game?
Heavy Rain 0/57
Found it used and cheap so why not? I need to get further into it and give it another shot, but so far I hate the new controls. I respect the game for trying to be new and unique, but it doesnít work for me. When I play this again it will be fully loaded with a guide, and Iíd just be going through the motions for the plat.
Priority Level: Seriously, another Origami killer? That was so 1990s.
I got it from a friend and had a lot of fun playing it. A lot of people have trouble with getting all the shards but for me the hardest trophy will be doing all the stunts. I suck at the controls. It will take a long time, or a lucky break, to get this plat.
Priority Level: I need to learn how to play video games.
Just Cause 2 15/51
A co-worker recommended it to me and I checked some footage on youtube. He should have just said ďitís like MercenariesĒ and Iíd have been sold from the start. I love Mercenaries and this game is Mercenaries except youíre the CIAÖso hit the music!!!
America - Fuck Yeah! - YouTube
Priority Level: Iím a real American!
LA Noire 58/61
My second platinum and damn was it well worth it. I loved this game from start to finish, got all the DLC except for one Asian-region only case. I shed a tear that we wonít see more DLC for it because this is the defacto game for DLC done right. I hope a NY Noire or Chicago Noire comes out. Please Rockstar? Pwwweeeelllleeessseee?
Priority Level: It was Col. Mustard in the kitchen with the knife.
Mass Effect 2 56/59
An Insanity run away and this could be the 5th plat in my trophy case. I enjoyed the game but never saw the hype in it. I think because I never owned an XBOX360 I couldnít play 1, so any Ďchoicesí I could have made were null and void. Maybe my opinion will change when I start up ME3 in the distant future.
UPDATE: INSANITY run finished. That run made me hate this game with a passion. New game+ wasn't really a new game plus, and the game glitched so much it made Dead Island look like a flawless diamond. Its done though, and soon I will be onto 3 when I borrow it from a buddy. Nevertheless I am proud of the accomplishment.
Priority Level: Why does my wall have dents in it? Why is my fist bleeding?
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 15/50
Metal Gear with RPG elements? Sold! I bought the HD collection because a friend of mine got it, so we played a lot of co-op. I want to plat it, and think it is achievable, but I need a lot of boosting for one trophy, and I need to actually finish the storyline first. It has been a fun time the little I played it, and expect to get back to it at some point.
Priority Level: When Kojima learns English
MLB 11: The Show 6/36
It will never happen. I bought it since I needed a baseball fix, and you guessed it, it was used. I got a few of the trophies, and maybe get a few more, but I donít expect to even get 50% of the points in it.
Priority Level: As likely as the Cubs winning the World Series.
NHL 12 12/46
This game started out as a game I wanted to plat, then it turned into a game I canít stand to play online. The new controls suck, and not being allowed to change them when playing online made me want to throw my controller. (If Iím a noob and just didnít see the option, feel free to tell me). Some of the trophies are completely luck based and annoying, so Iíll just go back when I get bored and ding! out the trophies that are easy, but very time consuming.
Priority Level: As likely as someone scoring 5 goals in 5 different ways again.
Professional Baseball Spirits 2011 (JP) 18/49
This game I want to plat, but either lack of time cause of a server shutdown or lack of online teammates will prevent me from doing it. Not many non-Japanese gamers have it so it will be hard to play all the online games necessary for the online trophies. Other than that, getting 80% of the trophies will be an accomplishment, and is a lot more enjoyable and easier than the insanity of The Show.
Priority Level: Darvish winning the Cy Young his MLB rookie year.
Red Dead Redemption 12/91
I love Westerns so this game caught my attention right away. I love the voice acting, dialogue, and story. Iíve not gotten very far into the game so far and I donít really know why, but when I get back around to it consider it platted at some point. I just need to get my butt online to knock those trophies off the list before the servers go offline.
Priority Level: Do we have a problem friend?
Resident Evil 5 51/71
I hate you El GiganteÖI hate your guts!!! 1 stage, 1 damn annoyingly cheap boss, that is all that is stopping me from the motivation of platting it. If there are any El Gigante supreme killers out there on professional, please please please please please help me. Heís the giant monster you kill in the humvee mission. Other than him, and Lead Asprin, the few trophies I have left for the main game are just a grind away. This game will be platted once I find the right ringer to help me take out the giant.
Priority Level: I need a STAR partner
Update: YES, YES, YES!!! El Gigante is a smoking pile of puss and gore at my feet, and I finally Lead Aspirined someone in the face. This game went from a major annoyance to plat to going to be done when I finish the grind.
Priority Level: I recruited a STAR partner. His name is...hacking...CLASSIFIED BY UMBRELLA
Update: Biohazard prevented, and now I get to bask in the glory of a hero...if only the people of the world knew I was a hero. Anyways, an Uber Danke to HidanJaschin (Germany) for helping me grind out the last of Professional. Now with RE5 and ORC finished I am looking forward to RE6. Now why didn't they make a plat list for RE4? It's lame RE4 only has a gold...le sigh...
Priority Level: STARS save the world again for the...counts fingers...6th, 7th, 8th time? I forget how many games there are now.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City 51/61
Plat #4 and what an insane ride it was. Vet runs and Pro runs with different partners or solo to S+ the stages. I donít see why people hate this game so much. Itís a sweet game and well worth the efforts to plat it. Online was a blast. It is one of the few online modes I actually like, considering my hate-on for online trophies.
Priority Level: No, we still donít have time for samples Four-Eyes.
Samurai Warriors: Empires 3 (JP) 13/46
I originally bought this game because I wanted help with my Japanese reading, and that has kinda been in limbo. It will be a time consuming plat, and a little more difficult than it should be since it is in Japanese, but with no online I can chip away at it every now and then. Since I heard there is going to be an English release, the English guide will help things out.
Priority Level: When Nobunaga is portrayed as something other than a Demon Lord.
Sengoku BASARA: Samurai Heroes (JP) 0/55
See Samurai Warriors 3: Empires (JP), although it will take a hell of a lot longer than Samurai Warriors
Priority Level: Read above
A friend and I split on the game because he doesnít have a PS3, and we also split on the trophies. I enjoyed playing the game for the first while but I got bored of the lack of a coherent story. Oh, Iím sure there is a story there, but with all the sidetracking and side missions, I forget what the story of the game is anymore. After a little grinding with the Thievesí guild quests, the plat is just s speed run away.
Priority Level: Paging the writers. You left your story at the front desk.
Update: Tell me Skyrim, what did I ever do to you? I gave you a chance. I really did. Why are you hurting me like this? Don't I deserve at least an explanation for your cold shoulder? Okay, so maybe the idea of asking you to let me play with other games was too much, but I have needs. Its not my fault your Asian cousin looks better in a bikini. Fine! Be that way. I'm keeping the house in Whiterun. You can have the, whatever that charred pile of decomposing bones are in the front yard.
Priority Level: Do I care anymore? I've moved on...stupid glitches!!!
UFC: Undisputed 2010 15/37
I picked this up used while I was waiting for UFC 3. It was a fun time while it lasted but like with buying any game in Korea, new or used, online passes ruin my ability for getting a plat. I would have tried to get a plat in the game if I could play online, but since I canít Iíll tidy things up and knock out a couple more trophies when I get bored. After that, it will stay forever unfinished.
Priority Level: GSP actually knocking someone out again.
UFC: Undisputed 3 26/40
I had a one week trial to play this online. A buggy server, really poor match making, and the lack of doing anything other than matches sucked out any of the motivation I had for platting the game. I bought it new cause I wanted to play it with a friend but I should have waited to find it used. I got bored of online play quickly. I still have some offline trophies to knock out, but like UFC 2010, it will remain unfinished.
Priority Level: Someone getting a point against GSP ever again.
Uncharted: Drakeís Fortune 44/48
I hate hype. I will intentionally wait years for hype to die down (Kill Bill as an example) before watching, reading, or playing something that gets so much praise. So, many years after it was first released I got the Uncharted Dual Pack. The game is more linear than Mario but I like it. I think without trophy hunting Iíd never play this game after beating it once. A few treasures and a hard/crushing run away and this game is platted.
Priority Level: Well, we did see a crystal skull.
White Knight Chronicles 11/24
The 500 hour plat. I have a great online crew I run with so they have helped speed up the process of getting the plat. The problem is they all live in Europe so our times donít match anymore. Once I get back to vacation Iíll spend more time grinding away at it. But thanks to a world class crew this game is fun to play online. I pity the gamers who donít have a world class crew to run with.
Priority Level: Why canít I be the Red Knight?
Yakuza 3 20/45
This is my third favorite series in gaming (Suikoden and Persona being 1 and 2 respectively). A friend gave it to me for my birthday here in Korea, even though I didnít have a PS3. So what do I do? I buy a PS3 and my trophy hunting journey begins. Before this I had been on a year and a half gaming break. This is a game I so want to plat. I really, really, want to plat. But all the mini games will break me. When I have the courage I will unleash the Dragon of Dojima and try and plat it. I can get almost every other trophy in the game except for mini-game master. The JPN version of Yakuza 4 mocks me every time I enter the game store in my city.
Priority Level: The Dragon of Dojima will be unleashed!!!
Mass Effect 3 47/53
I never had an XBOX so I didn't get to play ME1, therefore I was not on the big ME bandwagon for 2 and 3. After playing 2 and liking the story, but hating the combat system, I went into 3 with quiet optimism. Lets just say I loved 3 way more than 2. I didn't have to break my hand in frustration at how stupid the combat system was. As for the story, I loved it as well. Yeah, there were a few WTF's with the ending, but overall I found the ending no more WTF and no less WTF than the average game out there. People are going to hate for the sake of hating. Love the game for what it is, and if your entire world is broken because the ending was not what you wanted it to be, suck it up and write your own script.
I will say this, I hate you Online Pass. Seriously, if not for the Datapad on my IPhone this game would never be platted because of the stupid online pass and their stupid region locking. Seriously game companies, stop with the online pass nonsense.
Priority Level: Did Earth survive?
Update: Did I say I hate online passes? I did, well, too bad I am saying it again. I HATE THEM!!! Not even with the Datapad will the Galaxy at War map work. Seriously, WTF man, where is the brotherhood. I'm Canadian too Bioware. Why are you hurting a fellow Canadian like this? No more Birthday card for you on Canada Day.
Priority Level: Looks like Earth isn't surviving...
Mafia II 48/68
There are three kind of game themes I love: Mystery, Mechs, and Gangsters. It was only a matter of time before I got Mafia II. The good is I found it in English over here in Korea...the bad is I over payed for the normal version when there is a GotY version out there for just as much or cheaper (Thank you PSN). Just when I thought I was out they bring me back in again. I'm halfway through the story, and have decided to wait until I have every other trophy before getting all the wanted posters. My big beef with the game though is there is not much Mafia stuff to do. Its just a hell of a lot of driving, more driving, driving some more, shoot a guy, then more driving. They should have just called the game Driver...oh wait...
Priority Level: Did the Godfather II get plated? There's your answer, capiche?
Update: Done, signed, sealed and delivered. I had a nice chat with Highway about the Wanted Posters and seriously, who decides what the trophies are? 169 wanted posters that have no value at all in the game except for a trophy. Seriously, do they want people to call a hit out on them? I thought LA Noire was bad with the movie reels, but nope, just some stupid arbitrary number. I got it done, and then had to drive the car for another 20 miles...bangs head against my desk Gordon Ramsey style...Its done, with interest. Priority Level: I put the hit out on it. It's swimming with the fishes.
Dragon's Dogma 20/51
Capcom + Dragons = Breath of Fire. Yes, I know the game is not called Breath of Fire, but its the closest thing I'm going to get to a new BoF game. Don't damage my illusion!!! Anyways, love it. The opening theme enthralled me and now I'm stuck playing it instead of plating games oh so close to being plated. But I don't regret that. I could nitpick a few things about the game but I choose not too and enjoy the bloodbath. As an aside, if the game world in Skyrim was as populated as this one, I'd actually still be playing Skyrim. Bethesda, this game is how you keep people not getting bored when you have to walk everywhere, hint hint.
Priority Level: Look at my theme song for this checklist, I'll wait, take your time. I don't think I need to say more.
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames 8/40
If you've read my write up for Just Cause 2 then you'd already know I love Mercenaries. I loved playing the first game and was happy to find the 2nd in the discount bin at Wal-Mart for cheap. It sucks that EA decided to pull a douche move and screw up the online. This game is unplattable for me not because they took the servers down, oh no, because they changed the Terms of Service and didn't update the servers with them...causing the game to CRASH 5 seconds into the main menu screen. Seriously, unless I become Speedy Gonzalez and click New/Load game in 5 seconds the game will freeze and possibly corrupt my whole system due to 'not shutting down properly' Seriously, what is it with Western companies making the buggiest products?
Priority Level: When I get the money to call in a Merc to get the server hacked online
Spare Parts 13/13
This was a nice little game I got from a friend. I'll play any game that's free, and that include's Hannah Montana, so this was a step up. A couple of the ship parts were annoying to find due to bad guide descriptions, which is why I am a strong believer in using video guides. They might be longer, but they are 100% better in telling me where everything is (See Trine 1). I platted it over a day, and while I probably would have liked it a lot better as a kid, overall all I was very 'meh'. Although to be fair I did like the music.
Priority Level: It's been tossed into the scrap heap.
Trine 1 5/33
So, guide writer's need to learn how to double-check their facts. Left is left and right is right, left is not right and right is not left. Understand? No? Too bad, neither did I when you had me looking in the wrong directions. This game is probably going to be longer than I expected to plat due to having to use a video guide, rather than a written guide, since well...they don't know their directions. Either way I'm enjoying the game so far but I am going to take my time with it and go ADHD with some other games.
PS. I want to shoot the person who thought it'd be fun or funny to have to make '500' objects in one stage for a trophy. Seriously, 44. Magnum...and I thought Mafia 2's wanted posters were tedious.
Priority Level: Now to find my own D&D magical crystal of shape shifting power!
Trine 2 5/13
The string of games with trophy madness extends with Trine 2. Trine 1 had missing XP to make my life miserable in getting the stages done, and now Trine 2 is completely unplattable on an Asian PS3. A friend is helping me go through the trials and tribulations but lots of disconnections make it like pulling teeth for such an easy plat.
Priority Level: Why are non-Japanese developers so bad and make the glitchiest games? Letís go through the list...again...
Sam and Max: Season 1 and 2 116/121
Two seasons of Sam and Max made for a fun trophy haul. I admit I just used a guide through the whole thing but it made the story come alive a lot more because I was not getting frustrated trying to get the trophies or getting stuck on the puzzles. With all the in-jokes it made it feel like a Kevin Smith movie. Iíd definitely be interested in a season 3 if it came out to get another dose of the zany humour.
Priority Level: So why are the feminists not complaining about Stinky? I thought they bitched about everything?
Oh Crysis, why do you want to make me Cry? Is that why we had to be vogue and change an I to a Y? Blah is all Iím saying to this game. Itís an FPS, and other than it dealing with Koreans since I am living in Korea, it is the same generic FPS mess that plagues the genre. Iím all Yo Joe! but they arenít fighting Cobra. Can we not have every FPS game in the world dealing with American soldiers? Itís sooooooooooooooooooo boring. Is this why you wanted to be called ĎCryísis.
Priority Level: Sorry General, this fight is for you Yankee grunts. Iím not in your war.
Back to the Future 59/59
What can a person say about Back to the Future the game other than it was epically done. Do I dare say it was the best movie to game ever? Sure, itís a telltale point and click story game but with the Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd giving their time to voice the game gives it that extra zing. Not to mention the guy who sounds exactly like Fox, who they recruited to play Marty. Now, to find a cheap copy of this on disc to actually get the platinum.
Priority Level: Thatís the Power of Love. I need to put on my Power Glove. Time to make those trophies and platinums rain from above. What else rhymes with dove?
Under Siege 16/16
For a game called Under Siege there is not a lot of Ďsiegingí. I donít know why this is considered an RTS because there is no resource management or building troops or anything. Itís like, here are your troops. Deal with it. It doesnít help the battle system is broken and so unbalanced even hard is a cake walk filled with magically delicious double-chocolate heavenly hash ultimate desire chocolate ice cream cake. Yes, exactly, it makes as little sense as that. Itís platted and done and not so much fun as I would as if I was baking in the sun. Note to the gaming company who made it. Please hire me as your next writer. I like that thing called story so I know why Iím risking my neck to save the world.
Priority Level: Steven Seagal broke too many bones to salvage this wreck.
Yakuza 4 24/49
Yakuza 4...Ya...Ku...Za...4...faints...Oh, sorry about that. Its just Yakuza 4...faints again...I need to stop doing that. I hate you IGN. Seriously, grow a brain. If you give HALO the same...exact...score...every...single...time...there is something wrong when that gets a 10/10 when itís the same game, and this is the same for Uncharted, and whatever game you use that excuse on, but then become hypocrites and give a Japanese game series a crap score for the same reason you give an American series a good score for. I know you donít like Japanese games. Just be honest. Honesty is good. Iíll wait...taps watch...taps foot on the floor...Nope? Okay, well, I tried. You are hopeless anyways. Ultimate gaming site my ass.
I punted the marathon trophy comp to play this game and loved every minute of it. Sure, the subbing was bad, but I didnít care. Its story was superb and flawless and finished off the Quadogy with awesomeness. I canít wait for Yakuza 5 to get translated...faints again...Now back to playing the hostess mini-game.
Priority Level: Did the Dragon of Dojima become the...SPOILER ALERT CENSORING...Yes he did.
Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayanaka Arena 31/51
I canít get enough Persona. If it was not Persona Iíd not have bought the game since I have no love at all for fighting games. The system is based off of blocking instead of countering, and at times it can feel tedious when youíre stuck in a combo with no change to get out of, but damn if the humour is awesome. Although whatís troubling is the amount of story they poured into a fighting game. Maybe they want to re-engineer the genre because there was more story and reading than Persona 3 and 4 combined.
On a side note I seriously doubt all the innovation whores on the internet or media will take notice of that, and most likely blast the game for its insane amount of story. That is why I say fuck innovation because the media wouldnít know what to do with it if it came gift wrapped in a Playboy bunny costume.
On a happy note this game will be my first trophy guide for the site, and a joy cause I got the game a full week before the US release. Getting my butt kicked by a legion of Japanese gamers, on the other hand, was not so much fun...
My Trophy Guide Linked Below
Persona 4: The Ultimate Arena Trophy Guide - PS3 Trophies Forum
Priority Level: When I buy a fight stick and go pro. Then Iím coming for you DOA5. Yes, Iím a Fighter!