I am not a HardCore Gamer #48 (6)

In between life, health problems, hospital appointments (where I bumped into professor Stephen Hawking!!!!) this week could easily count as a holiday from gaming week really as most evenings I was just too damn tired to even bother with any serious gaming sessions and this included mobile gaming too.
My main poison this fruitless week has been “Crew” as I carried on with my merry way of helping my son to raise some funds for New cars, spec parts or some paints and stickers. Since I’m a bit of a sucker for photo editing I have also messed about with in built photo mode that really shines once, one spends some time with it.

Photo mode in Crew allows for plenty of creativity resulting in such beauty shots as this one.

Given how easy it is to drop in and out of the game, how arcadey feel the driving model has, it is actually a good choice of the game if you don’t know how long you will play in one session. You don’t get too engrossed in the story (we finished it first time playing it when the game was initially released) so it’s easy to stop but you also don’t get too bored so this week it’s been a winning compromise for me here.

Multiplayer lobbies offer you the usual “dose” of madness found in public lobbies.

Even Madden 17 got very little love as I had a bye week in HPL League and only played one game, although it took us four or five goes as we kept on desyncing. Bloody annoying issue that’s recently bugged EA release.
On mobile front I have been sluggish too as I even failed to reach 1st tier in PvP this week. The active guild’s members have been contributing and I paid in as much as I could but, yeah… It’s just been one of these weeks where gaming just wasn’t something to rely on…
I have managed to start with Dishonored 2 and I went with Emily as my first play through and as I was getting through the first mission I thought that maybe starting another save with Corvo could be a doable option to have simultaneous alternative experience as there’s plenty of save slots, I’m just not sure if you can move the story along simultaneously…
I hope the next week is going to be better, although the kids are on break so it might be mayhemic here.
I hope to move faster with Dishonored 2 as this game has long been overdue. What games of yours are awaiting some gaming time???

The weekly trophy count looks really poor with One lone trophy this week for a total of 31 this year so far.

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I am not a HardCore Gamer (aka Game Week Load) #37

Ahh… Another week is slowly passing by and I’m failing at being disciplined to a certain degree.
The MUT curse is alive and well as it “forced” me to finish the ultimate season solos, which I was going to do once a week as they were first given to us before EA released the last 6 or so in one bunch for the completion of mid season master.
At least now I think I’m done as I haven’t touched any other solos really beside the daily ones that give thanksgiving food (I doubt I’ll collect enough to upgrade the Hilton card though).

As pictured above it is my Ultimate Season offensive chemistry from the ultimate season I have completed that eventually started awarding some elite cards so I’m going to keep that set for funsies, especially that I have also put a defensive chemistry from the ultimate season solos which is pictured below.

The EA advertised that chemistry as a wanted one due to +2 speed and acceleration but I think with the flooding of so many cards this set is somewhat a big miss.
Anyways, enough talk of Madden. I’ll only add that my first two league games were simmed so I don’t know how well my team plays when I’m controlling it. One game I was warned and given a chance to play that dude’s CPU but I took my chance for last minute apperance by the fella. The second game arranging was a mess from the beginning and eventually I told the commish to sim it as I went away into Skyrim world…

Mammoths and their Giant.

Speaking of Skyrim… I’m still not getting very long sessions clocked in as I have been getting distracted by some new things which includes learning some solid basis for excel as after using the scouting tool for Madden made in excel I reminded myself how much it can be to use excel. The thing is last time I was able to use it including some formulas stuff was like 15 years ago so I decided to shake off some rust for which I allocated some of my gaming time.

Nevertheless, I still managed to slay two dragons (I took screenshots of their skeletons but then -quick finger accident deleted them- so no photo proof here 😉 ).
I have completed several miscellaneous quests as these pop out all over the place preventing me from getting busy with main story. I don’t mind though as it is my most common way of going around the games like that.
I also bought a house in Whiterun but now I gotta find a steward to decorate it. Gotta find that girl looking for a parent so I could adopt her. I would also love to find some salt mine as I usually run out of salt when cooking stuff…
Yes. Yes. I know it is not the main objective but with poor combat skills any means of keeping that health bar full is welcomed.
I’m pretty sure the journey will finally blow up fully and immerse me to every available second to spare. In the meantime I can remain to be seen as a steady average person playing games as opposed to a maniac with red eyes…

At the end of a day I usually jump for some bed fun with Gems of War but I think if I want to improve my game there I should read up a bit about the classes, magic, manas and how to get the most out of my cards as recently I noticed I started to struggle against humans in PvP and at times in kingdom’s quests.
The guild itself is doing well as we have couple of huge contributors in terms of coins, trophies and completing tasks. I’m actually amazed I managed to gather some people that are actually commited to a common goal.
Other than that there’s nothing much else to report I plan on increasing my Skyrim time, putting some effort into excel and carry on with Madden and Gems of War as usual, perhaps with less MUT madness.
What has kept you busy this week in your leisure time gals and guys?

I am not a HardCore Gamer (aka Game Week Load) #34

In not so gaming related news, my first World Series live watching session is over. And I’m really tired… (Ah I used to stay up all night watch NBA finals, go to school carry on like nobody’s business and go to sleep the next night and now… Eh… Getting old and unwell sucks.

In more gaming related news I promised myself to finally ease off on MUT and I pretty much completed most of the objectives and solos that earned me few cards including one enraged one elite, SS Collins and two elite Most Feared one’s with single chemistries; 91 WR Hopkins and 88 HB Henry. Some of the cards are worth over 100 k coins but… I’m still playing this mode and I can not start my own offline franchise. Sigh.
In the online one at HPL my season reached the end with 4-12 record; my rookie safety won Rookie of the Year award and Pro Bowl appearance so there’s at least some success. The experience he earned is going to be well spent on making him a proper stud and with his age of 22 I’ve got few years to make him a star.
I’m hoping to attend upcoming draft and put some excel tool created by one fella to work and see if I can find some hidden gems.

Sparkling new Vikings stadium. Thing of a beauty.

Speaking of gems… Gems of War slowly became my little go to game and my guild has grown to 8 players now, most of which contribute stuff daily. That’s really cool, shame no one uses the chat there but hey.
I can sometimes lost myself in it for an hour or so, especially on these bad days when the pain bothers me more than usual.

Lords of the Fallen has been completed although I’m assuming I missed quite a few side quests since they’re not tracked there it is easy to forget. I managed to gather over 20 human skulls and several human tattoos for them to be stashed away as I forgot the locations of the quest givers.
The game’s been ok but lack of difficulty settings nearly put me off it, as much as I like challenges at times I wonder if I really gotta beat them. That was the case with this game. It turned out I had to get it done and somehow I have actually managed. Phew…

And that would be all really. Next week I should really go back to Fallout and finish the DLC off but I’m also thinking of getting Skyrim for my birthday so… things might get hairy. Time will tell and in the meantime let’s enjoy everything that surrounds us all, from big to little things.
Until next week.

I am not a HardCore Gamer (aka Game Week Load) #28

Another week is coming to an end and there’s been x amount of activities going on around the world. Some of the action came from my household and some of it was related to gaming. Yay! There was some fiddling with OpenBVE, an open source train simulator, as my son is, safe to say, pleasantly obsessed with trains. I had to find some London Underground routes for him to drive around as well as some rolling stock. 

There was always some digital card collecting entertainment provided by NFL 17 Huddle and GridIron apps. The Huddle one sometimes crashes and refreshes very slowly but at least you ‘get to play’ your cards on the game day. As far as console gaming is concerned there was more of Madden 17 and Fallout 4 on the menu.

EA, came out with the rush uniforms and also included them in MUT so it meant more solos and more collectibles needed to get new shiny things. Since I dig the Colts rush uniform I kind of made sure to do all the daily solos to collect needed items and after buying couple more collectibles and few days of playing the solos I finally got the uni but the Madden Fever carried on.

 Since I had nearly 20 tickets for entering either Draft Champions or Salary Cap ranked modes I decided to spent the tickets as at the end of the day I was guaranteed at least a pro pack. Thanks to two people quitting on me and some perseverance I actually managed to string together 6 wins without two losses and reached the top rewards for it. Since it all happened on Friday evening I also grabbed myself some FND badges. That was cool.

The uncool face of Madden was the connectivity and ridiculous lag which nearly made me quite the HPL League as my last game was pretty much unplayable for 3/4 of it but I soldiered on and finished it and my team is 0-4 so far. Yeah. I suck and I know it well.

I am yet to start my own CFM but I can’t get organised to get going on my own against the AI. And that has been most of the gaming time this week really. Once the weekend arrived I finally managed to switch off and jump into the Fallout 4 world.

Bertha’s escapades across the Commonwealth have stalled recently by quite a lot. She has left the Nuka World to help out the amysment park’s factions in completing some random tasks. One of them involve collaring a poor soul in GoodNeighbor but her charisma level might be preventing a successful accomplishment of said quest.

So there, Bertha life got quite complex and busy and the fact I’m not good at fighting it gets even harder at times. One of the encounter with Super Mutants took me an hour that involved few re runs as I kept on dying. Due to the location of one of the randez vous I was able to pop in to Vault 88 just to see how things are there and I realised I’m still yet to fully complete the introductory quests relating to the vault. I was welcomed by bunch of hungry and angry folks as simply I hadn’t thought about making the Vault 88 a nice and an organised place.

And that was it really. I’m yet to do many quests involving a re run of the mechanist with Bertha and a proper look at Far Harbor as I never ventured there. As far as Fallout 4 is concerned I can see myself still playing it in 2017 with the current time commitment. It’s not an end of the world though.

Next week I’m hoping to finally got my own CFM going on Madden 17 and use it to learn to switch my usering onto linebackers to improve my skills. I will also continue with Fallout 4, my card collecting apps and perhaps some trains with my son on our exhausted PC.

What games keep you going nowadays folks? Leave me some comments to get the discussion going. Until next read!