So here we are in the year 2020. A new decade full of hope joy and endless possibilities. At least that's what I'd like to think going into the new year given my current status (which is not appropriate here)
The end of 2019 for me was a year of change with respects to gaming. Although it took me more than 20 years, I finally played a pokemon game for the first time...the first one...Red! lol I didn't understand it then, but over the years I still respected pokemon as a very successful gaming franchise. Card collecting and playing (table top to be specific) was one of those things I didn't understand and had no interest in, but I respected those who enjoyed it. I think with the recent release of Pokemon Sword and Shield for the Switch, that's what got me interested....that and one of my friends always playing Pokemon GO....(and he wasn't a pokemon fan either) Some may think where have you been all this time? But lets be realistic here. Some people need more time to warm up to a game to discover it for themselves. Also not every single person will appreciate a game or a franchise the way another person does. Just yesterday I played Uncharted for the very first time...a game I had known about for years. I had the original PS3 versions, never played them sold them, only to get the PS4 trilogy. It sat unplayed for nearly 2 years until yesterday. Why do you ask?
Well lately I've been adding all my recent friends to my PSN account and Xbox account. Sometimes we communicate through the chat app on the device as it was the only thing available to keep in touch with. Most of my friends have higher trophy or achievement levels than me. For some it was a friendly competition thing to see who could get their first platinum trophy or be the first to 100% a game. That being said not all the games I had which had trophy support had been listed on my profile. So I went back through my library and started adding all the games that had trophy support to my PSN. And while doing so I started playing them for a bit. Some games I didn't play for long while others I played for much longer. In some cases I played long enough to actually earn a trophy or two. I had just finished getting 100% on Final Fantasy VII for PS4, and was slowing moving my way through Final Fantasy VIII. I was at level 7 with about 49%. Since I started adding all my old PS3 games as well as some PS4 games to include my entire library...that level has gone up to Level 8 at around 17%. and I'm only about 50% through Final Fantasy VIII remastered in terms of trophies.
It's always exciting when I get an achievement, even if it's a small one. Call me a trophy whore if you want, but I like getting them. Wheather it be on Xbox or Playstation, it doesn't matter. I will say though that I like the Playstation structure a lot more than I do the Xbox one. Some games I just need to play for a little bit to add them to my list. I was going through the Kingdom, Hearts remasters to add them to the list only to discover that some games didn't have trophies....let alone actual gameplay. Some of the so called HD remasters were nothing more than 3 hrs worth of cut scenes instead of the original game itself with the actual gameplay. And as some of us know sometimes games have older versions which also have their own trophy set. Some games have all the versions as the trophy list, while others have individual trophy sets. For example I have both the PS4 and Vita version of Senran Kagura Estival versus. On the PSN that's listed as two separate trophy lists instead of just one. So basically you can play the same game twice and get two sets of trophies instead of just one.
With regards to Kingdom Hearts though, it was a little disappointing to discover that two of the games on the PS4 version of he 1.5, and 2.5 release don't actually have gameplay and are just cutscenes. That would also explain why there are no specific trophies for these games. Of course the PS3 versions of those same games do, which means there is actual gameplay. The games in question are Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days and Kingdom Hearts coded. Of course this just makes it harder to catch up to finally being able to play Kingdom Hearts III. Prior to actually getting a copy of Kingdom Hearts III I bought all the HD collections in the hope it would allow me to appreciate Kingdom Hearts III more. While that's 100% true, I wasn't expecting no gameplay from two of those entries. So now I'm on a hunt for the versions that do have gameplay (and trophies) as well as the original versions..which may be hard to find at this point in history. But it's just a never ending quest to get the whole story and learn about the whole series. I'm sure like pokemon if I start from the beginning and build a foundation and understanding I'll learn to appreciate these works of art more. That being said there are many many games coming out this year that I long to play, but first my new years resolution for games, is to sit down and play these old games and have fun with them first.
I know for a fact right now, that I most likely will not be investing in the next generation of gaming from day 1. This is mostly because they will be very expensive when they get launched and more than likely 100% of the titles that come out I won't have much interest in playing. So I think for now I'll just stay where I am and concentrate on the games I do have and have fun with them. I may not collect every trophy that a game has, Hey I may not even want to. But I will have fun with the games, That much I can guarantee.