Monday, 13 February 2017

5 Games to LOVE if you're an achievement hunter

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Hopefully you've already my top 5 games to avoid if you're an achievement hunter so I decided to write about what games to play if you love good games and achievements. These games aren't necessarily the easiest 1000G games ever or even very quick to complete, but what they are, are good games where it may take you a while to get all of the achievements but you will never have to exert yourself and you will have one hell of a time doing so.

Fight Night: Round 3

The good old days when people cared more about boxing than MMA, This post Connor McGregor era has spurned a few UFC games that I won't touch with a barge pole because I dont know anything about the sport. I do hwever know about boxing and I miss these games more than anything. There was no better feeling than getting your friends together and knocking each other out, virtually I may add. This game rewards you with 1000G for just playing through the career mode and taking your fighter from the lowly gyms to large stadiums and you will be subject to a hell of a lot of brand placement along the way. Why the hell wouldn't you want to pick this up right away?!

Watch_Dogs 2

If you have read my review of this game then you'll already know that I absolutely loved it! What I didn't really say is that this game has an incredibly easy 1000G! Whilst the online achievements may require some degree of skill it will be easily achievable by the average gamer. Even if you find it very hard to get these achievements you will get at least 900G just from single player. One gripe I do have with the game is the fact that people, including myself, have found unobtainable achievements within the story. So maybe leave it awhile before picking this up but not too long that the servers will be dead,

Assassins Creed II

Ahhhh. How I wish to go back to life Pre-Assassins Creed: Black Flag. I hated that game so much. And Unity was honestly one of the worst, most glitched games I've ever played. BUT this game. This game right here. Was incredible! Games like this are why I game! Assassins Creed II brought Ezio into the frame and he is one of my favourite protagonists in gaming history. And the gameplay, graphics etc... everything about this game was perfect and some do argue that Brotherhood was better and there is even a community who argue that Black Flag is the greatest Assassins Creed and they are entitled to that opinion bu they are so wrong. The game will take you awhile to get all of the achievements but none of them are hard at all, collecting the feathers will be annoying but it shouldn't take more than 25 hours overall.

NBA 2K17: The Prelude

Any free game is good in my books, as long as its not a pay to win free game like Clash of Clans or Star Trek Online. This game introduced you into the world of NBA 2K17 and was a prelude ot the world famous story mode that 2K Games implement into their yearly NBA franchise game. I thoroughly enjoyed this free game and whilst the graphics aren't very good at all I went out and pre ordered the full game. Which you shouldn't do by the way because it is full of unobtainables. However, this game will take you roughly about 1 and a half hours because you only have to play about 5 or 6 games of college NBA before you get thrown into the draft and find out who you are going to play for in the full game.

Life is Strange

This game made me feel so many emotions. I will never forget the experience that this game gave me. Much like the Telltale Games where it's mainly story and you do very little in an episodic adventure but this takes the cartoon graphics away and feels alot more grown up and feels all the more better for it. What this game does is puts you in the shoes of an angst ridden teen as they discover they can turn back time at any point and this only causes many problems in her life. The story of her troubled times with these powers is some of the greatest storytelling, art direction and emotionally charged choice making I have ever seen in gaming or even films and TV. You will need a guide to get the 1000G but that shouldn't be a problem as you only have to take photographs of certain things throughout the episodes.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Watch_Dogs 2

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When Ubisoft announced the new IP that was Watch_Dogs back in the years when we were still so susceptible to their lies, I was hyped and it was a day 1 purchase. It was such an innovative idea with a hacker taking on whole corporations with just a phone basically. But it was so damn boring! It was unanimously panned by critics and fans alike, the graphics were 10x less than impressive than the E3 demo and many thought that was it for the series. But Ubisoft persevered with the franchise, for some reason, possibly due to the amount of money the first one made in the first week. But I am incredibly glad that they did continue with the Watch_Dogs name because this game right here is fantastic.
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Watch_Dogs 2 starts off with someone watching our Protagonist break into the Ctos headquarters to delete his criminal file off their servers. Immediately you'll notice the beautiful scapes and art in this game. The bright colours of San Francisco are everywhere and its stunning when you stop in the game and take a look around at all of your surrounds.The graphics are something that really matter to me in gaming, I couldnt explain why but it just is. And this game is a perfect example of that, with a bright, gleaming city second only to that of GTA 5's Los Santos. Another thing about the city is the fact that it feels so alive, as it takes the mechanic out of the first game with the informaton of each civilian being readily available when you lock your phone onto them, and whilst this has been toned down, it has allowed access to each person in the city having functions such as giving you a much needed boost, or to hack their bank account and take all their money. This is a greater way of utilising the civilians because they are now useful instead of being a block of text for you to read and forget about and then see the same block of text next to another civilian.
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Watch_Dogs 2 has taken it's predecessors multiplayer and gave it a few tweaks to see its imperfections be straightened out, When the game was shipped it was categorically broken and unplayable though, which is never a good start when you are trying to revitalise a franchise. However, when it was fixed its thoroughly enjoyable albeit quite annoying at times. For example, if you are being chased by the police in single player, other players will seamlessly be implemented into your world as bounty hunters and this is a fantastic idea, something that I would love to see Rockstar push into GTA 6 when it's released instead of just GTA online. Another of these modes is that someone enters your game and trys to steal your data by waiting in a circle that slowly closes around you whilst you try and find them. This is incredibly ANNOYING when you are just trying to play the single player and someone jumps in and you can't let them win because you dont want them stealing all your stuff, its such a terrible catch 22.
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The story has been getting alot of criticism in the reviews that I've seen and mostly they make good points, it just seems that these people have no real reason to "stick it to the man" other than they can and they want to. The story does, however, flow well and I was kept very intrigued throughout. It started to go stale towards the end and the lack of any sort of 'boss' fight really suited the style of play. The sections where you have to spin the little circles to make an electric current flow from a source were always interesting parts to me. And I know that alot of people didn't like these sections but they were simple enough puzzle sections that didn't take too long or take away from the main games style. One thing that really annoyed me though are the unobtainable achievements that are littered throughout the game, it seems that people are finding that alot of the story related achievements are not popping after completing the relevant mission. I personally found one of the achievements to be unobtainable and I am left on 960G for the game which is terribly annoying!


Saturday, 21 January 2017

5 Games to Avoid!! (If you're an achievement hunter)

NBA 2K17
Unobtainables are arguably the worst thing that could ever happen to an achievement hunter. It's damn near why I nearly put Watch_Dogs 2 on this list, beacause I have 960G in that game and one of the story mission achievements has glitched so that I probably will never get it and it will always say 96% next to the name on my achievement list which just grinds my gears. NBA 2K17 was obviously developed by someone who had a bad experience with an achievement hunter because this game is just there to annoy those who have played it. The story mode (which is fantastic by the way) is missing parts of it which relate to achievements such as a part where the coach is meant to give you a gift, I never even saw this part and I finished the story mode. This is a common theme throughout. Not only that but if you are looking to 1000G this game then you may aswell give up now because it's going to take an inhuman amount of skill to get all the achievements due to the online achievements being over the top hard.
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Halo: The Masterchief Collection
4000G!! and with DLC 6000G!!! It's enough to make any hunter froth at the mouth but they should look turn away as disappointment ensues. Not only does this contain many achievements that relate back to completing the game on the hardest difficulty, there are ones relating to doing levels with certain scores and a certain time. Not only all this but there is the infamous achievement where you need 3 other friends and to finish a level whilst using only a Ghost ship. Crazy. Absolutely crazy.
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Gears of War 4
If you're a completionist just dont even go anywhere near this game. Seriously 4.0 will absolutely destroy your life, it has nothing to do with a ridiculous amount of kills anymore. No, that was deemed too easy by Coalition. Now you have to do everything there basically is to be done in the game. Including, collecting every ribbon on the game which requires a decent level of skill online, completing horde in one setting on numerous occasions, finishing the campaign on insane. It's just an absolute nightmare of an achievement, this will take 500+ hours just for ONE achievement.
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What happens when you pick up a game from around the launch title of the xbox 360 that was heavily multiplayer focused and developers weren't familar with how achievements work yet? You get Chromehounds. There is only 160G available for offer here because the rest of the G is tied up in multiplayer achievements that are hidden behind closed servers. There to be never unlocked again so if you have gotten any of these achievements then count yourself lucky. And I'm not going to start the whole debate about whether developers should include multiplayer achievements in games that are at some point going to be closed or will never have the player base to gain a decent community online.
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Assassins Creed: Unity
This list isn't all that hard if you're willing to put alot of time towards it. The only problem with this is that you will actually have to play this game in order to unlock any of the achevements and I would recommend that NO ONE goes to play this mess of a game. It's broken, unplayable and boring. Just avoid this game whether you're an achievement hunter or not.
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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Fifa 17

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It's been so many years and alot of complaining from online communities, but EA Sports finally implemented the one thing people have been waiting for: A story mode. And it's truly, incredibly boring. The whole story is just completely cliche and predictable and not to mention that the characters are utterly unlikable. You take control of the new hot young prospect in football, Alex Hunter. He was discarded from trials as a kid and now has a chance to shine in the exit trials. Which of course you take control of and absolutely smash it, mainly due to the fact it automatically put me on beginner, and then you are offered a role at every single premier league club because that would obviously happen. You are offered different wages at every club (which do not influence anything at all) and the depth/talent of players at each squad will not hinder/help your chances. This is due to the fact that no matter what decisions you make the story will continue to follow exactly the same path. You will have a decent pre-season (I scored over 30 goals, due to the difficulty), then you will be told that first team chances will be slim and your friend is ahead of you in the pecking order, you get sent out on loan no matter what, the game will act like you impressed on loan even if you didn't, you get recalled because Gareth Walker leaves to your rivals and then win the FA Cup against Gareth Walker. It's exactly the same no matter what you say or what you do. One thing that truly put holes in the story of this game was the fact that I joined Leicester and obviously Gareth Walker left to our closest rival in the premier league which is West Brom. On my save Leicester won the league easily and West Brom got relegated with 5 games to spare. Which begs the question why he would ever leave them for that. Overall, its a nice addition to the game and a decent first attempt by EA but it needs ALOT of work if it's to follow the cliffhanger at the end of the game.
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Another new addition to the game is the competitive Ultimate Team mode 'FUT Champs'. This is a great addition to Ultimate Team with the player having to play 40 games over a weekend and the amount of wins they get is relative to an in game reward with those getting 30+ wins receiving receiving free informs and a ridiculous amount of coins. Not to mention at the end of every month it adds up your weekend results and you get further rewards, it truly is a great addition that rewards those who are great at the game as they deserve. Ultimate Team has received another upgrade in the form of 'Squad Building Challenges' aswell. What these essentially do is you create a team of players to match the requirements that EA set and then it discards that team and gives you the allocated reward. I, initially, was very excited for this addition to the game but all it has done has resulted in the extinction of alot of cards and greatly increased the prices of some cards, especially when you HAVE to use them for a challenge. (Heres looking at you FUTMAS Aubameyang.
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Overall, the gameplay has not changed all that much but it does feel incredibly slicker and more streamlined. Taking out the pace aspect to a certain degree is a welcome addition, although there are still players who desperately need to be nerfed (Smalling, Bailly, Luke Shaw, Kyle Walker and the incredibly annoying Butland). The defence has received a massive upgrade this year, meaning it requires that little bit more of extra skill to get beyond defenders and get chances on goal which makes for much more thrilling games, especially when you know that the chances you crate must result in games sometimes!


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

My Top 10 Albums of 2016

2016, widely described as the worst year ever. Personally, it might have been one of the best years of my life. Musically, it was very... merh. There was a lot of great music this year, but there was a lot of very poor or disappointing music released. But I have managed to compile my list of favourites together, this is only my personal list, so if you disagree with this or I missed out your favourite album then I'd love to hear it because I'm always open to hearing new music.

10. Take Control - Slaves
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It's 2016 and punks not dead. The duo from Kent made a stellar debut with the album 'Are You Satisfied?' so there was alot of hype surrounding this project, in my eyes especially. The album did not disappoint with tracks such as Consume or Be Consumed, Angela and Steer Clear in many ways this trumps their first album and in many ways it doesn't. Not to mention I was lucky enough to catch these on tour twice this year and it was incredible both times they are funny, full of energy and great performers. A must see for anyone who is a fan of live music.

9. Mind of Mine - ZAYN
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I never thought this album would make it. I went into this album thinking it was going to be awful, I listened to the leaked demos from the sessions with Naughty Boy and I honestly hated them. I thought they were very bland, obvious attempts at tongue in cheek RnB. So when I pressed play on this album I was expecting the same. I was so very wrong. Mind of Mine is a phenomenal pop/RnB mix with a mixture of dark, brooding vocals by Zayn and catchy, in your face, sexed up Pop. A great debut from the ex 1D singer. 

8. Run The Jewels 3 - Run The Jewels

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Picture this, it's christmas morning. You wake up, one of your favourite artists has dropped an album with the tag "Merry F*cking Xmas". Imagine my ecstasy, and imagine the further happiness when the album turns out to be absolutely incredible. Now this is better than RTJ1, without a doubt, but it does not quite reach the standards of RTJ2's greatness. The production on this album is truly phenomenal, and the rapping is utterly up to that par. Killer Mike and El-P bounce of each others verses with such ease that it almost seems unfair on other MC's that they are allowed to release RTJ albums on a yearly basis, and even better than that. FOR FREE!

7.100 - The Hunna
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I'd never heard of The Hunna before July, and yet here they stand at number 6 on my top 10 albums of the year. That is simply because of their brilliant Indie Rock, great riffs and amazing voice. This album never lets up throughout and creates an amazing album with songs that fit together perfectly, with a great flow. Songs such as 'Bonfire' and 'She's Casual' are personal highlights of the album, especially the latter of those 2 songs which is in my top 10 songs of the year.

6. I Like it When You Sleep - The 1975
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This album is LONG. I was contemplating not putting it in the list at all because of songs like 'I Like it When You Sleep' and 'Paris' which are low points on the album that could have easily been left off. But when the album kicks into gear it really hits new heights and brings out the personality of frontman, Matt Healy, it almost feels like he poured his soul into this album at times with songs such as 'Somebody Else' and 'The Ballad of Me and My Brain'. Not to mention tracks like 'The Sound' and 'Love Me' take all the best bits of 80's synth pop and pump it out so loud you can't help but adore it.

5. Everything You've Come To Expect - The Last Shadow Puppets
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If this list would have been made a month ago, this album wouldn't have got anywhere near this list, because I liked it but it just wasn't top 10 in my opinion. But this past month I've been listening to this album a ridiculous amount and it just hasn't gotten old. Tracks like 'Sweet Dreams, TN' and 'Dracula Teeth' are incredibly written songs by Alex Turner and they really emphasis his love of poetry because that is mainly what he has exerted his power of on this album, words. Alex Turners songwriting has reached a new level right here on this album and it has truly paid dividends throughout. And placed it top 5 on this list, which I'm sure Alex Turner will be buzzing about when he finds out.

4. The Ride - Catfish & the Bottlemen
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What would a list by me be without my favourite band at the moment, Catifsh & The Bottlemen, their first album was a true classic in my eyes and this album follows suit. The mixture of acoustic tracks and straight up Indie Rock songs leave you with the greatness of Van McCans singing whilst proving that they can play guitar and drums with the best of them. Not to mention, much like Alex Turner, Van's songwriting skills really were emphasised on this album and songs like 'Heathrow' and 'Emily' really bring that to the forefront. Also, I love the fact that they kept the tracklisting and album cover in sync with the first album.

3. Lemonade - Beyonce
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I've never been a fan of Beyonce, I do like some of her songs but her projects as a whole have never been that appeasing to me. But this album! the concept behind it: I loved. The production: I loved. The switching up of song styles to match the story: I adored. Throughout this album, I was hooked on the story and much like the rest of the world I still want to know who Becky is, and what sort of hair products she uses that makes Queen B think she has good hair. There are at least 5 different genres of music within this album and it really worked because it brought out the rollercoaster of emotions throughout the tumultuous story of her cheating husband. A must listen for any fan of music at all, this album truly was incredible.

2. WALLS - Kings of Leon
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I've always been a fan of Kings of Leon, I've never been a die hard stan of them but I enjoy their music. What I feel like theyve always been missing is that one stellar album that puts them up there as a band I love, THIS is that album. WALLS is an incredibly cohesive and finished album. I can put on every single song on this album and enjoy it, out of these 10 songs I've seen a different, slower, more vulnerable side to the band from Tennessee. Stand out tracks have to be WALLS, Reverend and Over. I thoroughly look forward to hearing this live in February!

1. The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
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Anyone who knows me knows that I love Kanye West, but that hasn't automatically made this album number 1 on my list. If anything, that makes me harsher on Kanye as a critic because I know he's the greatest and that's all I ever expect from him. This album opens beautifully with the soul sampling, gospel singing 'Ultra Light Beam' which is one of my top 5 songs of the year and then it's followed up with both parts of 'Father Stretch My Hands' and it soon becomes evident that Kanye's ear for a beat and incredibly significant production is as poignant and perfect as ever. The album is a bit of a mess as a whole and the version of Wolves before the fix was arguably better but this album is absolutely phenomenal and thoroughly deserves its place atop anybody's year end list of music. If you haven't listened to it then go and listen to it.