Sunday, June 14, 2020

Contra Black on The Last of Us

Full spoilers for The Last of Us after the break.

Recently, Hamish Black released a video discussing the ending of The Last of Us:


Coincidentally, I had just replayed TLoU to get the trophy for finishing the game on Survivor+ difficulty, and my opinion of the ending is strikingly different from Black's. I find myself in much closer accord with Joseph Anderson's conclusion:


[Full disclosure: I support both Black and Anderson on Patreon.]

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Bloodborne

Who's the Great One now?
I completed a new Bloodborne playthrough for the sole purpose of earning the "Childhood's Beginning" trophy, which unlocks after the player defeats the Moon Presence to earn the secret ending. Of course, to start the battle with the Moon Presence, one must first consume at least three alien umbilical cords; the only hint that this does anything at all is an easily-missed note in the Lecture Building. You'll get one cord automatically after defeating Mergo's Wet Nurse, but the other three are quite well-hidden.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Finalized. Fantastic.

Just in time for the remake!
Another day, another game moved to my "Complete" collection in Steam. Final Fantasy VII isn't too hard if all you care about is completing the story, but unlocking every achievement is another matter entirely. Before we begin, special thanks go to ThunderPeel2001, who made a mod to improve the game's compatibility with Xbox controllers, and mira, who wrote a guide listing the many things that can be permanently missed in a playthrough.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Father and Son

Behold my first ever platinum trophy!

I've earned 100% in a couple of other PlayStation games, but neither of them had platinum trophies.

This one was surprisingly easy. I had actually earned 97% during my first run through the game, but only now got around to picking up the last two trophies. All I needed to do was buy the Ancient and Traveler armor sets, which was trivial, as I had long ago completed all of the requirements to unlock them in the item shop. A few purchases later, I have completed every challenge Dad of Boy has to offer.

My next platinum trophy will likely be from Bloodborne: I've completed everything in the game (including The Old Hunters) except the Moon Presence, and am currently sitting at 92%. Unfortunately, that's going to require another complete playthrough, so don't expect to see that anytime soon.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Trilogy Tribulations

What happens when a massive corporation forgets that it's supposed to be filming a trilogy? Empirically, the answer is Star Wars: Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Elder Scrolls Class Generators for Android

I am no mere blogger but also a Certified Android App Developer™! I've slapped a simple UI onto my Morrowind Class Generator and Skyrim Class Generator and released them on the Google Play store. Both apps are free and contain no advertising or in-app purchases. No special device permissions are required. iOS versions are quite unlikely as I have no Apple devices on which to test the apps and have no real desire to rewrite them in C#. These apps are for entertainment purposes only and do not constitute legal or medical advice.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Wizard of Mods

It appears that there has been some mix-up vis-a-vis my scheduling. The archives of this very blog say that it has been a mere two years since I last set foot in Tamriel, yet everyone tells me that it's now 4E 201, when last I checked it was 3E 427. Dragon Breaks are funny things.

Be that as it may, I've started a new Skyrim (Special Edition) playthrough and decided to get serious about modding this time. I've installed a few mods before, but nothing more complicated than SkyUI. (If you're curious about modding your game but don't know where to start, the beginner's guide on /r/skyrimmods is a great resource and I highly recommend it.) After installing scores of mods and playing for 7 hours, I have yet to see a single crash: I must be doing something right!