Gotta Catch ’em All

Picture the scene.  You’re in work, it’s 5pm and you finish in 30 minutes.  What do you do to pass the time?  Check facebook?  Twitter maybe?  Trip the the toilet could be good?

Not me, I did this:


Keeping busy

You see, I work in a primary school, and I help out in their after school club.  A number of weeks ago I was tasked with buying the kids some Nintendo DS’s so I asked how much I could spend.  It wasn’t a small number!  A week later we had 8 brand spanking new ‘New Nintendo 3DS XL’s’  I was also tasked with ordering games, I got them some Mario games (Mario Kart is easily the most popular) some games aimed at younger children and I got a copy of Pokemon Omega Ruby.  Then I waited.

Then this last Friday it happened.  We had a quiet evening.  There was about 3 kids left and two members of staff so I sat down, booted up and 3DS and cracked on with Pokemon.  Now, I haven’t really played a Pokemon game properly since Pokemon Blue on the Gameboy, but I soon figured it out.  Half past five hit “I’m taking this home for the weekend” I announced, half joking half hopeful.  Nobody said anything so I did.  I’ve spent about 6 hours on it over the last two days.  I’ve got two badges and everything is going well.

Sadly I have to give it back Monday morning, and I am busy next weekend.  The weekend after though we finish for two weeks (perk of the job) and if none of the kids have deleted my save I shall be carrying on!

So yeah.  I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was.

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Metal Gear Solid V

Wow, it’s been a while since I posted something eh.

I am a huge fan of the Metal Gear Solid games and have been since playing the demo of MGS on the PS1 one school holiday as a kid.  I played that now very famous demo over and over and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I’ve played them all multiple times, and over the last year watched the Giant Bomb  playthroughs by Dan Ryckert and Drew Scanlon which are excellent if a little frustrating at times.

So last week Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain launched, rather annoyingly on the day I returned to work after 6 weeks off, and is utterly wonderful.

That right there, is why I am loving it.  It could be a very serious mission based open world stealth game, but because it’s Metal Gear, it has to also be very silly.

I’m not too sure how far in I am, but I’m just up to a sniper battle, which if you’ve played it, you’ll know.  It’s damn hard, but so much fun.

I’d type more, but well, I’m off back on the PS4 to play some more.

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Playstation 4 and the dreaded FM15

The Sony Playstation 4

I went shopping!

I went shopping!

So, I did indeed go shopping and picked up myself a PS4.  I wasn’t really in the market for one but I did know in the back of my mind if I was to get one that I would be trading in my WiiU to help pay for it.  The trade in price of the Wii U seemed to be dropping by the day so I took the plunge while I still had something of value to trade in.

It came with FIFA 15 and Destiny, I then picked up The Last of Us, a game I started on the PS3 when my old flatmate had a PS3 to play it on, since moving out however, that isn’t an option.

Fifa 15

Wow.  I’d never played a next gen version of Fifa, and right off the bat I must say this looks bloody lovely.  Everything you’d expect really from a Fifa title (apart from tackling, but I’ll get to that).  My first sit up and take notice moment graphics and presentation wise was when being awarded a penalty, the reply showed, in detail, the oppositions defender grabbing at my players shirt and yanking it back.  I was impressed!

I’ve only really played 2 modes so far, the ‘Be a Pro’ mode or whatever it’s called these days, where you created a player and guide him through his career.  I started at Portsmouth, who in my first friendly with them played lovely attacking football, with my striker supported well, I banged in a hat-trick ‘easy this’ I thought.  Sadly they loaned me out to Exeter, who played a boring defensive 5-4-1.  Still, I managed a 25 goal season as we lost the playoff final.

Celebrating a goal, CM Punk style.

Celebrating a goal, CM Punk style.

I’ve also been playing the very lucrative and addictive Fifa Ultimate Team (FUT) though not as much as in past years.  This comes down to one thing.  I can’t defend, like at all.  I’m hopeless, which makes playing online against real people a little rubbish as they walk through my attempts to tackle.  I’m getting better but it’s still not clicking fully, once I managed it I’ll be on FUT a great deal more.


So, Destiny, an online shooter, and that was my first problem.  To play Destiny properly, you need to be playing with a group of friends, all around the same level.  I had a Xbox 360 last gen, so my PS4 friends list has about 3 people on, none of who have Destiny, in fact only 2 of them have a PS4.  I am sure it’s a great game, but it’s just not for me, sadly.


Football Manager 2015

So yeah, FM15 is out.  Guess who’s playing it.


It’s only in the Beta stage at the moment, but it’s pretty fun, mainly because the match engine allows for LOADS OF GOALS!  Who doesn’t like scoring goals!  As I type this I just had an epic 5-4 thriller against Spurs.

I’ll no doubt put a load of hours into it.  I put 22 dull days over all into FM14.  Oops.

I’m going to try to keep playing other stuff though, The Last of Us is lined up for the weekend.

Cheers for reading.

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Next Gen, GTA and Football Games

Once again I’m useless at making regular posts.

I’m currently off work for the summer holidays, you remember those right, as a child you’d get a wonderful 6 weeks off school, turns out if you work in a school you get 6 weeks off too (it’s actually 5 with inset days and stuff but still)

Great for gaming right?  Well, no, I’ve watched Orange is the New Black, been out on my bike and just messed around online when I should have been hitting games hard.

I did say a while back “once the summer holidays roll around, I’m getting a PS4 and getting into console gaming again”  Sadly money hasn’t let me do this, though I am very tempted to pick up a The Last of Us Remastered bundle and get going.

 Grand Theft Auto V

Before all that though, I need to polish off some of my 360 stuff as I imagine I’ll trade it in.  So, I’ve been playing the masterpiece that is Grand Theft Auto 5, or GTAV for short.  I think I was about half way through when I stopped playing, so I’ve just picked right up and carried on.  I’m loving it

GTA V looks wonderful

GTA V looks wonderful

The game also looks stunning, which, on such old hardware as the 360 is very impressive.  When I last played it, I was growing tired of the missions, so was just messing around, having fun and seeing what chaos I could cause, much like everyone does in GTA.  The break though means I’ve been hitting the missions hard and am currently building up to my next heist.  Can’t wait to see what Trevor and his friends get up to next!

Trevor stopping for a 'selfie'  as you do.

Trevor stopping for a ‘selfie’ as you do.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014

Last friday I took a trip to see two of my friends for a night of beer and Pro Evolution Soccer.  We had a blast.

For the last couple of years Fifa had pretty much taken over our football game evenings, it’d had taken huge steps to take over from Pro Evo which was the game of choice in my teenage years.  This year however, we’ve all grown a little tired of Fifa while Pro Evo has improved itself to get back on level pegging.

So the three of us sat back, and as one of my friends doesn’t like to play player vs. player we hit a 3 player Champions League mode.  We started out poorly with lots of swearing and my friend oddly giving the finger to the TV.  By the end of the evening though, we’d reached the CL quarter finals, winning the first leg 4-0, my finger giving friend had changed to doing forward rolls around the room when we scored and a good time was had by all.  We shall be picking up the saved CL game the next time we all met up.

The quest for glory

The quest for glory

I’ve also just picked up Mount Your Friends from Steam, my brother and friend are over tomorrow, so we’ll be loading that up.  Should be fun!

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I’ve Moved to Ground Zeroes

So I am all settled.  I’ve bought my own home, it was all kind of scary!

Not posted as I was without the internet for over two weeks, imagine that, two weeks without the internet.  In that time I dabbled in some games, without playing anything fully  Dark Souls was loaded.   I am not very good at it, I lasted ten minutes, sorry internet!

I managed to play a episode of The Walking Dead Season Two and The Wolf Among us, I’ve posted about them before so won’t again other than to say I am still loving them.  They’re ace!


I did managed to play and finish Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes


I am a huge MGS fan, I loved the first Metal Gear Solid, I played the Game Boy game, I loved two despite many not being as fond of it.  Three I really didn’t like at first, mainly because I got stuck really early on, a year later I went back to it and loved it.  4 I enjoyed too.

I recently replayed the first via the PSN network, then played through 2, 3 and Peace Walker through the HD collection, and fell in love with them all over again.

Needless to say I was excited to get to grips with Ground Zeroes.

Due to moving, I’ve still not upgraded to a PS4 or Xbox One, so played on the 360, this didn’t bother me though, the game looked wonderful.  Plays wonderfully too!  I was rubbish though, so will be giving it a second go through once the World Cup is over, along with the extra missions.


Rubbish short post really, but tough!


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I’m moving

So, no updates for what seems like forever.   Sorry about that.  Here’s why…

The title of this post has most likely given away the reason for this, but yes, I am moving.  More excitingly it looks like I am buying my first home after a few years of renting.  Once I am all moved in and settled I’ll get back to it but until then I don’t have a proper desk and chair to PC game, and my consoles are all boxed up.  This has meant I have been well and truly sucked into my current Football Manager save.  Oops.


I have added a few games to my steam library to get stuck into once I get set up.  South Park, Trials Fusion and if I can get into it Dark Souls 2 are all on the agenda.

See you in a month or so hopefully.

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iPhone gaming and Donkey Kong

Been a quite week or two for me.  Not played very much.

I have however, been playing two very rubbish games on my phone.  The first.. Coin Dozer.

Coin Dozer is an iOS game based on those 2p machines you get in the arcades at the sea side.  You put your 2p in and try push other 2p’s over the edge (or 10p’s if you’re fancy)


Coin Dozer

So anyway.  I played Coin Dozer after a girl I work with recommended it.  You start with 40 coins, once they’re gone, you can leave the game open on your phone or other ios device, and every 30 seconds you get a new coin, or leave it closed and get a coin ever 9 minutes (i think).  At first I hated it.  It’s rubbish.  Then I played a little more, and before I knew it, like most iphone games I enjoy, I found I’d load it up while sat on the toilet, just use the coins up I had.  It was hooked!  I’d get home from work and use the coins I’d acquired through the day, doing the same at bed time and then again first thing in the morning.  I hit level 10, then 20.. I told myself, I’ll stop at 30.  Eventually, at 33 I deleted it, and that was that.  Check it out though, for a bit, then remove it.  It’s free too


Flappy Bird

I am sure by now, if you’re reading a blog about gaming, you’ve heard of Flappy Bird.  It’s that annoying iphone game everyone’s playing on your facebook, moaning about how hard it is but returning for one last go.  It’s also a game that despite going huge is apparently being removed from the app store by the guy who made it.  He says he can’t handle it’s success, I think it might be more that he’s ripped off a bunch of Nintendo stuff in it.  Either way, if you can still get it, check it out.  I managed a rather impressive (if you’re 6 and missing your thumbs) score of 10.


King of Kong

So this Saturday my brother and a friend came to my flat, the plan was to watch the Football then head to the pub for some food.  After we returned from the pub we found ourselves at a loose end as to what to do.  I put King of Kong on.

My flatmate, my brother and I had all seen it before, but my friend, it was his first viewing.  I refused to tell him what it was about, as he’d have not watched.  He in fact, started off playing on his phone, no doubt on Flappy Bird, but soon he was hooked.  He joined our hate of Billy Mitchell and our love of Steve Wiebe.  If you haven’t watched it.  Check it out.

Donkey Kong

So, after my guests left I fired up Donkey Kong, a game I played a little as a kid, but not for 20 years, for a quick go.  My flatmate and I played for a good hour, taking turns to try and get our flats high score (6500 by my flatmate)


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