N7: Platinum Mass Effect 2 (Week 3, 4, and 5)

Welcome to Part 3 of my Mass Effect 2 platinum trophy quest! You can check out Part 2 here.

Ugh! Technology. Unfortunately, my capture card failed to save a ton of screenshots from the last part of the game, but at the end of Week 4 I had completed Ellen Shepard’s easy playthrough, leaving my evil Space Dick Shepard with the task of earning 2 trophies to score the shiny platinum.

I also enjoyed the hell out of the Shadow Broker DLC that was included with my game! My only complaint about Mass Effect 2 is that Liara isn’t a companion character, but the DLC lets you spend some quality time with her at least. Did I mention I love Liara? Because I do!! Ahem.

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I love these characters so much!! 😭

On Week 5, the Insanity Renegade playthrough began… sorta. My ol’ Space Dick Shepard (1st version) didn’t get very far. I wanted to keep him as an Adept, staying true to the wicked asshole I created in Mass Effect 1. Unfortunately, being an Adept on Insanity level Mass Effect 2 is a huge pain in the ass and required more patience than my depressed brain could handle.

Here’s some of the highlights I was able to recover from Week 3, 4, and 5! This period covers July 7th to the 27th 2019.

WARNING: Lots of !!!SPOILERS!!! below. Stop reading and scrolling if you don’t want the Mass Effect trilogy ruined for you. You have been warned.

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N7: Platinum Mass Effect 2 (Week 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of my Mass Effect 2 Platinum trophy quest! You can check out Part 1 here.

Yes. I’ve been all over the place lately, so just to clarify: this weekly progress post period is from June 29th to July 6th 2019. I also had a vacation in between there too, meaning I had much more fun in reality for a change! Games are still fun, though.

WARNING: Lots of !!!SPOILERS!!! below. Stop reading and scrolling if you don’t want the Mass Effect trilogy ruined for you. You have been warned.

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UNC: Platinum Mass Effect 1 – Complete!

I did it!! After 4.01 playthroughs in about 4 weeks (or to be less technical: 4 full playthroughs and a tiny bit of 5th one to get to level 60) I acquired the Mass Effect 1 Platinum Trophy on Friday June 21st after that annoying IRL work thing. Woot! Look at me achieving unimportant gaming goals I have set for myself.

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And It couldn’t have popped at a weirder time… At least Ashley was nearby for a congratulatory hug, eh!

And yes, I’ve already claimed most of the trophies in Mass Effect 2 (I’ll just say social isolation is great for achieving gaming goals). Keeping with the theme of this Platinum quest post series, here’s some of the highlights from the last two weeks of my Mass Effect 1 Platinum quest.

WARNING: Lots of !!!SPOILERS!!! below. Stop reading and scrolling if you don’t want the Mass Effect trilogy ruined for you. You have been warned.

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UNC: Platinum Mass Effect 1 (Week 1)

Me and my random game goals… alas! Poor backlog and never-ending stream of new game releases I’m totally ignoring. Anyway, I’ve decided to throw everything aside and go for the fancy PlayStation Platinum trophies for the Mass Effect trilogy of games. Why exactly? Hm. Let me figure out the root cause of this crazy mission…

Well, it all started with a blogging thing I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Athena over at AmbiGaming did a really cool Mass Effect Month back in November 2017 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BioWare’s epic-space-drama-action RPG video game series. Basically, she answered 30 questions in 30 articles about Mass Effect that month. I wanted to turn that into one of those monthly blog challenge thingys and post my answers here each day in June (because it conveniently has 30 days).

Yeah. So after writing about 6 of those posts, I had an uncontrollable desire to play Mass Effect again. Nope. Those posts are no longer happening in June (maybe November). All I care about now is playing Mass Effect with every ounce of free time I have. Woo!!

Last year, I beat the Mass Effect trilogy for the very first time on the PC, but I had unplayed PS3 copies of the trilogy kicking around in my collection for a while. So why the hell not? I love Platinum Trophies and I love Mass Effect so let’s do this! Wouldn’t be the first trilogy of games I’ve Platinumed if I can pull it off *cough* Final Fantasy XIII *cough*

And no, I don’t want to totally abandon blogging while I chase after this goal (especially since WordPress renewed all my website fees). I’m going to try to post some weekly-ish updates as I go (highly depends on moodiness level fluctuations and whatnot).

Here’s how my first week-ish went!

WARNING: Lots of !!!SPOILERS!!! below. Stop reading and scrolling if you don’t want the Mass Effect trilogy ruined for you. You have been warned.

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Summer Bird Blue 📕Review

Summer Bird Blue

Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: September 11th, 2018

Yeah, yeah…. I know. “Never judge a book by its cover” is common advice that’s important to follow and all that. But damn, I just have to say I fell in love with the art style on the cover of this one! Blue is my favourite colour (so bias) and it screams relaxing ocean vibes. Unfortunately for the main character, Rumi Seto, this tale is the opposite of a tranquil stroll along a beach.

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy 📕Review

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Author: Mackenzi Lee
Series: Montague Siblings
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: October 2nd, 2018

Hello there, YA classified novel with romance themes I connected with on a soulular level. Wow… such a thing does exist. I’m truly speechless after reading this epic masterpiece. I just can’t describe how much I love this book and its lovingly sarcastic asexual shero, Felicity Montague. But I really want to get a review of this book written so I’m going to try to express my glee in a somewhat coherent fashion. Ahem. To start the words rolling, let’s go with one of my favourite quotes:

“It didn’t make me hear violins or go weak in the knees or want to do any more than that, which I think is the evolutionary point of the kiss. It’s just a thing people do.”

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Saga, Vol. 8 📕Review

Saga Vol 8 Cover

Author: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Illustrator)
Series: Saga
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Publisher: Image Comics
Published: December 27, 2017

I absolutely love the depressing, dark humour filled world that Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples have created in the Saga series. I’m not normally a fan of romance stories, but even I can’t help but root and shed tears for the badass star-crossed lovers Alana and Marko, along with their innocent daughter Hazel (who happens to be the narrator for this crazy space adventure). I’ve been hooked since Vol. 1 and I’m happy to say Vol. 8 is just as amazing as the rest of the series. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next after the devastating conclusion to Vol. 7.

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