I am not a HardCore Gamer #52 (10).

Odd week as plenty of ‘real life’ stuff popped out this week but my body was able to handle most of it which is a nice thing for a change. Gaming wise it’s been rather one sided as Dishonored  2 has taken up most of my time which it’s nothing bad as the game and the story itself is very well constructed and this game joins my list of –why no one turned into a movie yet– alongside Bioshock for example.

Is it Luca or his body double…?

Anyways, the story reached its end and it was an ugly sight in Corvo’s play through as High Chaos brought up a lot of dead bodies and to some extent left few things still not fully revealed.

Going High Chaos results in a lot of bodies lying/ hanging around…

Emily’s play through with Low Chaos involving going for trophies requiring no killing or not being spotted is yet to be fully finished.
It actually takes a lot of time (sometimes retries) to get through stage spotlessly clean but it is so much fun and it does allow for a huge amount of immersion and enjoyment from the story. Great stuff!

Beautiful views from Dreadful Whale.

Having an off season gap in Madden 17 worked well for me as it allowed me to get most of Dishonored 2 done plus a bit of career in NBA 2K17 but football should be back as we held draft this weekend (which didn’t go that well for me, despite drafting SS WR) and HPL League’s 4th season is a go. I know I could get to play offs if I limit stupid decision making process and just think lol

Got unluckily drafted by the Nuggets. Face scan ok. Hair style not real.


I’m hoping to put a bit more time in 2K17 with the career to see if I can make my character a useable player but it takes time as VC don’t come easily despite using the companion app to raise extra funds (still great idea and nicely done app, I wish EA was better at implementing things in the smartphone world, sigh…).

In mobile world there was very little activity as Gems of War continue a downward trend for me and other games/apps are more of check ins – do the things- move ons type of things. So yeah a bit lazy here.
Weekly trophy count stands at 12 for a grand total of 82 in 2017. How’s your trophy/ achievement progression going?

Football- less Sunday #6. The quarterbacks quintet.

Back last year, during a humid summer I pondered about my Top picks for QBs of 2016. Now it is time to revisit and dissect my thoughts which I left here for anyone to read.
Going from the 5th upwards I thought that would be the order of dominance by the quarterbacks.

Aaron Rodgers– Packers: 4th in passing yards (4428), 4th in passer rating with 104.2, 1st with 40 passing touchdowns supported by only 7 picks thrown it was kind of usual day in the office for Rodgers through most of the season.
Given the recent FA acquisitions I should rank him in top 3 next time around. I should really expect that from Rodgers and stick him nearer the top.

Russell Wilson– Seahawks: 10th in passing yards with 4219 but 2nd in sacks taken (41) sums up the rocky season for Wilson. Only 21 TD passes with 11 picks isn’t a norm here but perhaps the Seahawks’ star is not getting the support he needs.
I definitely missed on him and he should be really be much lower as 2016 season was a huge downer.

Andrew Luck– Colts: It was such a relief to see Andrew being back to “new” normal self, although few times we all wished for his “linebacking mentality”, still…
Despite the many medias omitting Luck who didn’t even make a Pro Bowl, doesn’t mean he was one of the top dogs passing for 4240 yards and 31 touchdowns (both times in top 10 despite missing a game) adding two more on the ground and having setting a career best in completion and narrowly missing a mark in passer rating. Arrow’s up from here.

Ben Roethlisberger– Steelers: Oh. I missed badly so did many others voting Big Ben to Pro Bowl over Andrew Luck who had a better year statistically but hey Steelers made the playoffs.
Big Ben’s year wasn’t bad with 3819 passing yards and 29 passing TD but given the weapons around him, one could expect slightly more out of Ben. Next year looks promising though and as long as he stays healthy the Steelers are a threat.

Drew Brees– Saints: 1st in passes attempted, completed and yards passed. Another season when Brees surpases 5000 yards (5208) and yet the Saints are struggling and Brees is overlooked like Luck really and given his production I can see him beating Manning’s few records if he keeps at it.
37 passing TD, 101.7 PR and the longest pass of the season (98 yards) are not too shabby for “an ageing” fella with a weakening arm…

Still. Matt Ryan was the man and I didn’t see it at all, I suppose until he finally won the MVP award he just lived in the shadow of others, now he can finally shine on his own.
Well, I’m fairly pleased with my QB crystal balling and another Sunday goes down and we are one week closer. Stay together and stay healthy guys!

ALL STATISTICAL DATA PER http://www.pro-football-reference.com 

I am not a HardCore Gamer #51 (9)

It has been another fairly solid week of gaming with a huge surprise that came in a form of NBA 2K17 which I got after trading some of the older games I or my son would not play anymore. I don’t know what exactly but something keeps me in hoops mojo so it was low risk purchase as I paid no money and I know it’ll hold trade in value fairly well until K18 comes around.

As always with NBA 2K, there was huge patch and huge install but after all of that there was huge of everything and I felt overwhelmed as normal when playing this title. I decided to take it slow and try to evolve My Career mode first before perhaps setting up a custom league with the Bulls of the 90s and some other teams from that era… Time will tell.

Dust District- known for its huge piss up parties! Yo!

Good timing really meant that Madden 17 got very little love this week. I played my last game of third season in HPL League and I could use the off season (with 6-10 record I didn’t make the play offs) time to get better at basketball.

The star of the week continues to be Dishonored 2 and as I’m playing High Chaos with Corvo and Low Chaos with Emily I start to see how certain areas of the game change according to my actions.

Corvo- early sketch by Sokolov…

I wish there were more games that face players with some moral choices that actually affect the gameplay (a bloodflies filled apoartment in Corvo’s play through was an easy walk in Emily’s as there was simply no annoying bugs thanks to no kill approach…). There were others bits and pieces in the gameplay that varied between these two approaches  as well as different means to finish a chapter and playing one alongside the other gives me that greater sense of getting to know the characters and the story with a lot of optional tasks to complete. I’m going to miss Emily and Corvo once I finish the game… That’s for certain.

Can’t tell what’s occurring here really.

Mobile gaming took a huge hit this week partly to the uninspiring weekly events in Gems of War that saw me struggling to assemble a competitive team so I barely played PvP but did some Treasure Maps for extra goodies.
I also got my first Mythic Troop so it wasn’t all that bad really.

Yay. First Mythic card!

I spent a bit of time on NBA 2K17 companion app getting stressed out with the face scan feature that finally work (do it in daylight people) to some extent plus I’ve been earning some VC there.
CBS FF Manager has been checked in twice a day, getting closer to unlocking tier 5 current players finally.

Weekly trophy count stands at 17 bringing 2017 total count to 70

Football-less Sunday #5. The running backs of 2016.

In my blog entry about which running backs I expected to wreck chaos I predicted these 6 to be the most painful ones to opponents defensive mind.
Starting from 6th spot of my crystal balling we have:

Adrian Peterson– Vikings: 3 games started (and played) 37 rush yards for 1.9 yds/att no touchdown and currently free agent as Minnesota released him before FA started. Total bust by me.

Le’Veon Bell– Steelers: 2nd in average rush yards per game but missing 4 games affected the totals. 4.86 yds per carry with 7 touchdowns and over 1k in rush yards (1286) paint a solid picture of a distracting running back. No wonders Steelers like him so much.

Todd Gurley– Rams: Definitely another mission by me but some put more blame on the problems of Rams that the slump of Gurley. Nevertheless 3.18 yds per carry with only 6 touchdowns and not even in 1k in rush yards after starting all 16 games paints a picture of someone else more deserving the spot here.

Doug Martin– Buccaneers: Ah. It seems as if I cursed the players I chose to this list last year. Only 8 starts, 3 touchdowns, 52.3 yds per game disappears in a shadown of the Buccaneers overall improvement.

Devonta Freeman– Falcons: A trip to the Super Bowl is not a common thing, add 11 touchdowns, 1079 rush yards for 4.75 per carry and you get a solid top 10 performance here. Not as high as I thought but still better than most of my picks here.

Jamaal Charles– Chiefs: Oh dear… 3 games played with one touchdown and we have another bust and another free agent here. Many believes Charles is done and recent numbers do seem to support the idea.

Here. If there’s a reason why I suck at running the ball while gaming on Madden it is down to my knowledge of running backs that is shockingly bad as shown on the example above.

Who was your top 5 back in the 2016 season?

ALL STATISTICAL DATA PER http://www.pro-football-reference.com 

I am not a HardCore Gamer #50 (8)

Even doctors get sick. Life’s harsh for everyone and as I was nearly half way through my journey to hospital, I found out my appointment was cancelled. There, so much for getting up at 4am to get ready…
I knew this week will be messed up as travels to the hospital usually take a lot of energy out of me so gaming was on second plan this week; still I got some of it done regardless.

She isn’t watching anymore rrwally but shhhh…

The main offender has been Dishonored 2 as I really got pulled into the story and the atmosphere of the game. I’m evolving two stories simultaneously with Corvo having the first run of a mission to get a feel for it; this is high chaos run so I’m not bothered much about stealth and I’m trying to gather information that will allow easier run with Emily where I’m aiming at ‘Shadow’ and ‘Clean Hands’ trophies. Depending how well I manage with some of the collecting items trophies I might play the game third time in -no powers mode- but at the moment we are somewhere in a middle of the story with Corvo and not far behind with Emily somewhere around chapter 5 and the Royal Conservatory.

Clockwork soldiers. Easy to deal with when in hibernation.

I must say that Madden 17 was fairly neglected this week as I haven’t touched my offline franchise and only played HPL League games and collected some items in MUT for some season stars cards although I’m not sure why I still bother since I barely played any solos or H2H in this mode. Ah, we all have to have some craziness in us lol.

On mobile platform there was Gems of War struggles as this week, weekly events were uninspiring for me so I struggled with putting a team together but finally I managed and I levelled up a bit some cards, kingdoms and hero classes and my guild seems to be stable with 11 members, 8 of which take part in playing regularly. I’m stuck at finding fresh blood there though…
I have also carried on with CBS Footbal Franchise Manager and got myself to level 25 which unlocked ‘Showdowns’ which reward some nice things once player win some games. I think I’ll carry on with it as it is like twice a day, check in job taking up 30 mins or so.

And the trophy count this week comes to 10 for a total yearly amount of 53.

What games got you going this week?

Football-less Sunday #4. The cornerbacks of 2016.

This week it is time to revisit last summer’s crystal balling and see which cornerbacks I expected to be the most disruptive in the 2016/17 season. You can have a read about it here. Going from 8th to 1st the order I expected to be:
Patrick Peterson Cardinals:

Richard Sherman Seahawks:
With 4 interceptions, 13 passes defended and one recovered fumble it was a fairly quiet season for Sherman, who played most of it with an injury that was reported once the season ended. Still it could be much worse.

Chris Harris Jr.- Broncos:
I thought Harris Jr. would have a better season than Talib but looking at the standard data both players struggled and Harris struggled slightly more with only 2 interceptions, 13 defended passes, one recovered and forced fumble it was a season rather to forget like most of the Broncos players can relate to.

Vontae Davis Colts:
With only one pick and 10 defended passes it was another year to forget in Indy. Davis has been plagued by injuries over the last two seasons and it shows. He could bounced back up as he usually improves after one pick seasons but given his age one can’t see it happening really. One of biggest busts of my Top list.

Desmond Trufant Falcons:
And here comes another bust. One interceptions and four passes defended in nine games. Luckily Trufant showed some action by forcing two fumbles and recording two sacks.

Malcolm Butler Patriots:
Definitely up there with top corners, Butler snagged 4 interceptions and 16 defended passes. He also forced one fumble and recovered two. The Super Bowl XLIX none to stardom fella continues to be a presence on the Patriots defensive team.

Josh Norman Redskins:
Some say that Norman’s divorce with the Panthers affected both sides and while the Panthers struggled, Norman had so and so season recording three picks and career high 19 passes defended. Throw in 2 forced fumbles and career high 52 tackles and it is good for top 8 list I guess, just not as high as I thought.

Marcus Peters Chiefs:
Six interceptions, 20 defended passes one forced fumble and three recovered one’s it was not as dominant season as his rookie campaign but it still delivered. Peters was only beaten by Casey Hayward in amount of picks among the cornerbacks.

It is very obvious I don’t know how to asses cornerbacks, well any football player really, and it shows in how many ‘busts’ I produced in this list.
Well, upwards on onwards, onto another week.

ALL STATISTICAL DATA PER http://www.pro-football-reference.com