What I’ve Been Up To

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So tax season is finally over so I can finally get back to writing! Most times I was just too tired by the time I was done working on the weekend to do much so that’s why I hadn’t been writing for a while. I’ve really missed writing and the blogging community! So here goes my update!

Games I’m Currently Playing

Right now I am playing NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… (quite a long title). This was one of the games I was looking forward to playing this year and I love it! Just like NieR Automata, it is an emotional game with a lot of moments so far that have made me cry like the lighthouse story. This game is essentially about a brother attempting to find a cure for his younger sister’s disease with the help of a talking book, Grimoire Weiss.

I also played the Resident Evil Village demo last weekend and I am really looking forward to this one! I love vampires so having an entire horror game about vampires to play is just perfect! So far, I am loving the graphics and the mystery surrounding the vampires. It also was scary and I did manage to jump a few times especially when I was being chased by a horde of vampires.

New Games I’ve Gotten

A friend told me about a portable hard drive that I could get for my PlayStation so I’ve been able to finally get some more games on it and I also moved Cyberpunk 2077 to it so I can get all the DLC for it whenever they release.

My PS4 now has Spiderman which is really fun so far. I really enjoying being able to swing around New York and I love that it’s open world so I can explore the city! I also got Red Dead Redemption 2 which I am really looking forward to playing! It looks gorgeous and I am interested in playing a game as a cowboy. I just added Assassin’s Creed Unity as I’m a big fan of the Assassin’s Creed games and I’m looking forward to being a part of the French Revolution.

I was also able to get Blue Reflection, Spyro Reignted Trilogy, NieR Automata, Assassin Creed Syndicate, Yakuza 0, and Yakuza Kiwami back on my PlayStation 4 now that I have the room. I did not finish Spyro so I am really looking forward to being able to play it.

There were a ton of sales during tax season so I got a few games on my Steam. I just bought Dead Rising last weekend as it looked like a lot of fun. I’ve seen the Game Grumps play parts of it so I am looking forward to actually playing it. I also got Asssassin’s Creed II because I was interested in exploring Italy and Fallout: New Vegas because I have never played a Fallout game. Finally, I got Black Desert Remastered while it was free on Steam because I had it on mobile and wanted to get the PC port.

For my Switch, I got Persona 5: Strikers and Vampyr. I am a big fan of Persona 5 so I am really looking forward to playing it’s sequel. Vampyr’s story intriqued me and I went with the Switch version because I figured it would be fun to take it with me on the go. You play as a vampire doctor during the plague and you can decide whether to maintain your humanity or become a bloodthirsty vampire.

Finally, I got Pandora’s Tower for the Wii U. I’ve always wanted to play this game so I decided to try the Wii U version and so far it’s great! I haven’t had a problem using the GamePad for the motion controls.

Games I’ve Completed

I was really busy working so I couldn’t find a lot of time to play, but I did beat Cyberpunk 2077 and BloodRayne. Both are great games and I am looking forward to playing BloodRayne 2 and the eventual DLC for Cyberpunk 2077.

Game’s I’m Looking Forward To

I am looking forward to Resident Evil Village after playing the demo. I am also really looking forward to Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD this month as I am a fan of Persona but haven’t played an SMT game. The plot sounds very interesting because it appears to be about you finding someone to rule the world after it gets destroyed and there are multiple endings. Finally, I can’t wait to play Skyward Sword as I have always wanted to play that game as well and I am looking forward to the Switch port.

What have you all been up to recently? Let me know!

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: A Gem That Still Needs Some Polish

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I was really excited to play this game when I got back from vacation! At first it took time to get used to mainly due to bugs and I spent too much time focusing on completing Norway before continuing plot. But, now that patches are coming out and I’m in England I’m really enjoying the game! Also my PS4 (not a pro model) sounds like it’s a jet plane trying to keep up with this new game!

Plot

Elivor seeks revenge for her father’s death by taking out her father’s killer, Kjotve. Once she does that with the help of Harald, he declares that he wants to be the king of Norway and unite the different  clans under him.     

Elivor and her brother are against being ruled under a King so they move to England to start their own clan and seek out alliances so that their clan can grow stronger. They are also working with The Hidden Ones to take out The Order of The Ancients as Kjotve was one of them.

Combat and Stealth

The stealth aspect of Assassin’s Creed games are here, but they need to first be taught by The Hidden Ones before Elivor can do them.

Combat is about trying different styles. You can try different weapons combos or use one two-handed weapon like a spear. Right now I am using an axe and a shield. You can upgrade weapons and put runes in them like fire damage runes or weight reducing runes.

Special abilities come from leveling up on the Skill tree as well as finding books in the game to unlock Abilities. I love this feature because it encourages you to explore!

Settlement

The Settlement serves as a base you can upgrade by getting supplies by doing quests or raiding villages.

You have a main hall where you rest, receive letters, or forge alliances.

There’s customization with tattoos, mounts and mount training, boat customization, and also little things around the settlement like customizing trees.

You can also upgrade weapons, hire a Jomsviking to help you, open a trading shop, do fishing (which I haven’t unlocked yet), and set up posts to exchange hunting trophies or artifacts for rewards.

Activities

Raiding is how you get supplies for your settlement. You use your horn to summon your crew and raid towns for riches. Its really fun and I enjoy the music that plays! Hunting is back and do far I’ve fought a giant Elk! I love the challenging bosses. Roman artifacts can now be found in the form of masks hidden in the area. Cursed areas are also new where you look for a cursed skull. I also stumbled across cursed bosses I believe? This woman appeared and she seemed to have cursed a land but she was way higher leveled that I was so I can’t talk about that much yet. Hunting down The Order of The Ancients is back and instead of mercenaries wondering around; there are  Zealots. I love that this back because I really enjoyed it last time!

Fishing is new, but unfortunately I need to build that settlement so I can’t comment on it. There’s a fun platforming activity where you platform across glitched platforms as Layla to fix the simulation and gather data. There are also world puzzles such as putting an image together or walking through doors in the right order.

My favorite little part is petting dogs and cats! The dogs put their paws on you and the cats are huge! I know there are quests where I can get a dog and one where I can get a cat and I’m really excited!

Side Quests

For my playthrough, I have the game tell me where everything is so I can see all of the side content instead of walking around looking for things. I really love these and I just wanted to share my favorites:

  • Axehead who was wondering why he had a splitting headache who then told me a sweet story while I took the axe out of his head
  • A man who kept telling me to burn down his house so he could prove his faith when he was really trying to hide that he was a murderer
  • A wife and child who needed their house cleaned because the husband insisted on not bathing and I had to trick him into taking a bath.
  • Finding treasure by letting cats out of a house so they would chase the rats away

Bugs

This game is a bit buggy, but luckily it has gotten better and should get even more better with each patch. When I first played the game, it had just started experiencing save corruptions and The Seer quest was broken. Luckily my game wasn’t impacted and by the time I explored all of the first area, the quest proceeded smoothly. There were issues I was having with wealth that were frustrating. So when you killed the mini boss of a big wealth section you’re supposed to get wealth from them. I got a messed up looking mannequin and had to reload and do it again so the game would accept it. This has also been fixed!

I did see a low poly boat with a mannequin figure and also a child did appear to be growing while he walked during a quest because he was all of a sudden my height, but he shrunk down again!

First Time Advice

So I explored all of Norway before playing through the story and going to England. I do not recommend doing this! First, you cannot do the Leap of Faith until you unlock it. You also need to visit the first settlement in Norway to unlock steal assassinations which make entering wealth areas so much easier! Also Norway was mostly snowy mountains so I did find the first area boring after a while while England has a lot of different colors and environments. It would be better to go back and forth between the two areas instead of only focusing on one area at a time.

Be a Viking!

I am really enjoying this game now that I am in England! I am looking forward to upgrading my settlement and doing all of the activities and side quests! I am also interested in seeing how this story develops and it is currently focused on building a new life. I wonder if some great conflict will arise; something that will drive the plot forward.

What do you think about playing a Viking?

Things to Do in Ancient Greece: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

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I have been playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on the PlayStation 4 and I love it! I am playing as Kassandra and I just finished the game on Tuesday! This post discusses some fun aspects of what you can do in the game in a fun travel guide post!

Romantic Getaway

Ancient Greece is very romantic and you are sure to find someone here! Kassandra has found plenty of people she loves in Greece and she does love being a romantic! Come find love in Greece!

Sightseeing

Ancient Greece is beautiful so enjoy the beautiful landscape and skies as you climb mountains to unlock fast travel. Hope you aren’t afraid of heights!

Although be sure not to anger the Spartans since Kassandra and I did witness them attacking a chicken for pecking them!

Also watch out for floating goats! Kassandra and I were quite shocked when we witnessed goats floating and dropping from the sky because they did not understand how to swim in the water near a romantic beach!

Hunting

There are legendary animals in Ancient Greece you can hunt to satisfy a goddess and woo a priestess! These hunts are very difficult, but rewarding if you do enjoy a good hunt! The animals are massive and can deal a lot of damage if you are not careful!

There is also a hunt for an underground cult attempting to ruin Ancient Greece! Kassandra and I greatly enjoyed those and destroyed the cult!

The cult members are hidden and take time to uncover. Their battles can be intense unless the cultists anger the Spartans and the Spartans do all the work for you which made two cult bosses very easy!

Patriotism

You can also help the Spartans or Athenians win Ancient Greece! Take part in battles and show your strength as a warrior! The soldiers will greatly appreciate any help you can give!

Sailing

Does fighting or hunting not appeal to you? Don’t worry there’s plenty of sailing you can do! Gather a crew, upgrade your ship, and sail to explore all of Ancient Greece and it’s islands!

You can customize your ship however you would like! Kassandra and I have a Siren ship with the Daughters of Artemis crew so we have a ship full of bad ass women! We considers ourselves to be the sirens of Ancient Greece!

Battleship

If you enjoy this board game, you’ll definitely enjoy taking down evil ships in Ancient Greece! If someone comes after you or you meet pirates, you can sink their ships and board the sinking ships to get loot! Just make sure that you don’t get your ship sunk!

Olympics

Compete in the original Olympics! Fight your way to the top and make Sparta proud! Winning requires skills as Kassandra proved by winning the Olympics and beating men three times her size!

Arena

Olympics not good for you? Well, prove yourself in the arena! Fight your way through several stages and prove that you are the strongest warrior! Fight through several stages of warriors until you reach the boss of each stage! Fight through all the bosses and prove yourself to be the Hero of the Arena!

Play Your Trip Now

See Ancient Greece in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey! It is the perfect getaway during these colder months and you might have a big adventure filled with action and romance!

Are you going to visit Ancient Greece in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey? If you have already visited, what did you think of your stay?

 

 

Reasons I Love Kassandra as a Character: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

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I have slowly been playing through Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on the PlayStation 4. I am about 40 hours into the game and I really love Kassandra as a character! I wanted to list some of the reasons why I like her character!

Kassandra is Adventurous

The story begins with Kassandra wanting adventure and getting an opportunity to have adventure. Kassandra manage not only to get a ship, but she also becomes captain of that ship. Kassandra also gets to explore all of Greece on land and ship!

I love that she takes opportunities for adventure and decides to explore all of Greece after leaving the island she was raised on.

Kassandra is Bold

Kassandra’s dialogue choices suggest that she is a bold character. She is not afraid to say how she feels whether it be how she feels about a character or the war.

The actions that she takes also show how bold she is. She fights in the war. She also takes control as a strong leader of her own ship and can upgrade her ship or find new crew members.

Kassandra is Kind

Kassandra is kind to her family. She helps Markos even though he always gets her into trouble. She looks after Phiobe who wants to be like Kassandra. Kassandra is also kind to strangers offering to help them. She recently helped a man pretending to be the Minotaur in Pephka find his daughter.

Kassandra is Determined

She is determined to find her mother and end the Cult of Kosmos.  I admire how determined she is on her goal of helping her mother and brother.

Lessons Kassandra Teaches in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

  • Don’t be afraid to take risks if it’s something you are passionate about
  • Be confident in yourself
  • Create your own adventure
  • Show kindness to others

What do you think of Kassandra in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey?

 

 

 

Assassin’s Creed: Origins – A Journey Through Egypt

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I got Assassin’s Creed: Origins after it came out and also after enjoying Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. I really enjoyed the emotional story of this game! I also enjoyed exploring Egypt and seeing the pyramids!

Story

The story revolves around Bayek the Medjay, a protector. Bayek’s son was murdered and he seeks revenge on those who murdered his son. The story is fantastic and keeps you hooked until it’s conclusion!

Changes from Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

  • Perception is done through an eagle that explores the area
  • A horse or camel that Bayek owns can be used to travel around the world as well as ships

I loved the use of an eagle to look around areas, I loved being able to control an eagle and see the world from an eagle’s perspective! I also loved being able to ride a horse or camel around town because I actually did horseback riding when I was younger! I never competed, but I enjoyed taking time to take care of horses and learn to ride them at a local barn.

 Favorite Moments

Meeting Cleopatra

Meeting Cleopatra was amazing! She was a fun character to interact with and I loved the scenes that she was in! The only time I stopped liking her was towards the end due to plot reasons that I will not spoil.

Meeting Caesar

I was also surprised that I was meeting Caesar in this game! I enjoyed being a part of his story! I was also surprised that I was part of a major historical moment that I will not spoil, but it was really interesting to see how the game twisted the story to fit with the plot of the game!

His depiction was interesting and I ended up not liking him at the end again for plot reasons! I made a joke to my friend during this revelation that I liked Caesar salad better than Caesar because I love corny jokes!

Bayek’s Character

I really enjoyed all of the interactions with Bayek and learning more about him as a person. I found him to have a great amount of both courage and honor. He also genuinely wants to help the people of Egypt.

What Makes This Game So Special?

This is something I will not spoil, but will only elude to so skip this section if you want to. This games takes place at the earliest timeline in the Assassin’s Creed series. A major reveal happens and I loved it! It changed how I saw the logo of the game and I loved that!

Journey Through Historical Egypt

I really enjoyed this game and how much it focused on one character’s personal journey! I also loved the emphasis on exploration with the questions marks on the map. I loved the side quests where I could help the people of Egypt.

Aya, Bayek’s wife, also had a couple of scenes that focuses on combat on ships. I struggled with this combat a bit, but I still enjoyed those little sections as well!

This game is fun for anyone who has wanted to see a depiction of Ancient Egypt or just wants an emotionally gripping story!

Have you played Assassin’s Creed: Origins? What did you think of the game?