Metal Gear Solid V - Quiet

Whilst waiting for episode 2 of Game of Thrones to download I returned to Metal Gear Solid V it took me a while to remember the controls. SNAKE !! Snake snaKE !!!!

I played a few side missions clearing out mines, rescuing prisoners & shooting all my sleep ammo into a bear to capture him. This helped my brain refresh the controller pad layout.

The boys always complain when I play because I take so long to complete a mission. I like to visit every outpost and clear them of soldiers & resources. I don't use lethal weapons only sleep or stun weapons so I can extract the soldiers back to my base to level up each platform.

I have mostly A rated soldiers or above on all of my platforms, I've upgraded the main platform to the max 4/4 & the others are on the third tier. To upgrade to the fourth stage requires a stupid amount of resources which I have some from the extracted containers but need to wait for them to be processed.

I have now unlocked Quiet to become a companion and she is very useful, I have her scout out an outpost & then cover me so I don't get attacked. I then analyse the soldiers looking for any S Rated soldiers to extract. The horse for a companion was useful for moving around the terrain but now I use a Jeep. I've not yet tried the D Walker companion to see if that is any good.

I've just completed mission 18 Blood Runs Deep & Quiet was very useful killing the enemies whilst I extracted the child soldiers. I understand why Quiet wears her skimpy outfit but I don't like it & with her bond now maxed out I have given her the gold outfit.

Episode 2 to 6 of Game of Thrones has now downloaded but for now I will continue with Metal Gear Solid V.


New Game - Telltale Game of Thrones

With no luck in the fifa packs for a TOTY player, I decided to leave Fifa & start playing Telltale's Game of Thrones instead.

Quite a short episode only a couple of hours but some very good moments including a meeting with Ramsay Bolton.

My only annoyance with the telltale games is the timer on the dialogue options, I just wished it was not in the game thus allowing the player more time to decide which dialogue option they wish to choose.

Also started Borderlands Pre Sequel which now has a local four-player option so should be fun & chaotic. Need to get back to Metal Gear Solid V & DriveClub at some point but I expect this weekend will be mostly Borderlands & hopefully Episode 2 of Game of Thrones.


Fifa 16 - Getting ready for TOTY packs

After finishing Fallout 4 I've gone back to playing Fifa & FUTdraft to collect packs for the TOTY team release this weekend, I've got 12 packs at the moment waiting to open in the hope I can get one TOTY player.

I usually play FUTdraft with the boys and to make it more interesting we are now choosing our selections by blind picks (picking a number & see who we get). This has resulted in some dreadful choices like John Terry, Shane Long or a horrible formation like 5221.

Scored a lovely volley with Hulk, wish me luck for the weekend for a TOTY player.


Fallout 4 - Completed

It's an enjoyable game but feels all too familiar, the main campaign is not that satisfying especially the ending & only a few of the sidequests offer a new experience.

It's a much more reliable release though, I had a few crashes & graphical glitches but much less than the previous games on the 360.

I've completed the ending for Brotherhood of Steel & part way through the Railroad ending not sure I can muster the enthusiasm at the moment to see it through, after playing it for quite a bit over the xmas break I need to just step away from gaming at the moment.

Overall not bad but certainly not game of the year.

2015 Review inc Game of the Year

It's been a much quieter year for gaming, the amount of time I have for gaming is forever shrinking. Excluding iOS & DLC I only completed 11 games, 4 of which were very short.

Watch_Dogs (PS4)
Peggle 2 (PS4)
MGSV - Ground Zeroes (PS4)
Knack (PS4)
Shadow of Mordor (PS4)
CounterSpy (PS4)
Assassin's Creed Unity (PS4)
Battlefield Hardline (PS4)
Journey (PS4)
Witcher 3 Wild Hunt (PS4)
Fallout 4 (PS4)

Witcher 3 was my game of the year because unlike Fallout 4 it kept me entertained for the full length of the game & had a satisfying ending. I also enjoyed Shadow of Mordor but the last boss fight was far too easy.

Maybe I need to stop playing long open world games that consume many hours to complete & enjoy the smaller indie titles like Counterspy or Journey. I have quite a few of these thanks to PS+ & the PSN sale purchases like the Telltale Borderlands & Game of Thrones games. I enjoy playing/watching a good story & it's probably why given the choice I would rather watch a movie then play a game that has resulted in less gaming time.

My predictions from last year included purchasing a Xbox1 console never came true, with my limited gaming time one console is more than enough for me. The WiiU carried on gathering dust & I expect that will be gone at some point this year.

Spending wise I only purchased 3 games on release, Metal Gear Solid V, Fifa 16 & Fallout 4. Everything else was either in a sale or from trades. I don't think I spent more than £150 throughout the year.

2016 then will be very similar to this year, just enjoy what I already own & buy the odd few titles I want on release like Uncharted 4 & No Man's Sky.