Extended holiday weekend greetings! I know not everyone out there will have an extended weekend, so how about, I am extending you holiday weekend greetings?
Typically, when the Fourth of July rolls around, horror movies take precedence over games (each year I revisit my playlist of Fourth-related horror movies). I’ve already watched I Know What You Did Last Summer as well as I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, so I’m ahead on my schedule, but at some point in the next 24 hours, I will most certainly watch Jaws as well. I also wouldn’t mind revisiting any camp-themed horror films either.
Over the weekend I played quite a bit of Killing Floor 2 with my partner (and later on a friend joined us), and something about that game clicks with me. It’s a bit of a disappointment there are only two bosses, but I find myself moderately obsessed with finding the collectibles in each level. There is something unspeakably funny to me about fighting off hordes of enemies and also getting excited when I find a volleyball or a ventriloquist’s dummy. I’d like to find the collectibles in every level, and I’m well on my way. This is some of the most fun I’ve had with a free game from PlayStation Plus.
I may not be a huge fan of the interface, but I find something about the game engaging. I’m also a huge fan of the environments. So far, my favorite is the farmhouse (seen above). I love how it’s dark and misty and fairly compact. There aren’t many places to hide.
I also checked out a game due to a bit of controversy I read about it. The game is called 1000 Top Rated, and it just so happened to be on sale for under a dollar on the PlayStation store. Apparently in its first incarnation, it was billed as the “World’s Fastest Platinum Trophy” game, however PlayStation asked the developers to change the name, which they did, and it wound up being 1000 Top Rated.
Before I read about it, I didn’t know anything about it. It turns out it is a slide puzzle game. When I booted it up yesterday to see what the fuss was about, I realized something interesting: I’m not good at slide puzzles. Perhaps it is because I’m still sick and have been for over five months now, but I was amazed at how bad I was at completing slide puzzles. I wasn’t having any fun at all. Even the allure of an “easy” platinum trophy wasn’t enough to keep me playing. I turned it off and I’m not sure I’ll ever turn it back on.
And that right there made me feel kind of nice. I’ve never been much of a trophy hunter. I mean, sure, I will look at the trophy list of a game I’m enjoying to see if there are any low-hanging trophies to pick off, but I’m not one to spend an insane amount of time just to 100% a game. There are only a handful of exceptions, the most prominent being when I got the platinum trophy twice for the same game: Borderlands 2. I got it once on PS3, and again on PS4 when it released as part of The Handsome Collection. I only have eight platinum trophies total, so having two for the same game is moderately amusing. And two of the others I can’t even take credit for: my partner got them when we used to share both a system and an account. He got his own system last July and he already has eleven platinums!
I think we can all see I don’t care so much about getting platinum trophies.
I’ve also been watching Summer Games Done Quick off and on via Twitch. I love watching these speedruns and I can’t wait to start trying to run a couple games, myself.
I’m also going to (finally!) be starting Wolfenstein: The New Order today. I’m really excited. I may not be playing games as much as I did before I got sick, but I’m definitely working on getting back there.
With that I ask: what will you be playing this week? Do you have any plans for the Fourth? Do tell!
No matter what you do, please be safe out there. And if you live with creatures, I hope they are not too unsettled by the impending fireworks. Cheers, friends.