Cleric Beast

PlayStation

Bloodborne • Defeat Cleric Beast • Bronze Trophy • Rarity 51.6% (Common)

Look, I wasn’t going to bother with another blog entry today, but I was so pleased with finally getting ‘something’ on the trophy board that this seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up.

I am uncertain if I’ve talked about my success, or serious lack thereof, in the Dark Souls series, so I’m expecting an incredibly slow burn when it comes to Bloodborne. The Cleric Beast is essentially the first boss that you encounter in the game, and my previous attempts has whittled him down to about a half to two-thirds health. Tonight, I decided to try and invoke a bit of help and I rang a small bell that invites other players into your game.

And along came Harold.

Harold was obviously a seasoned player. He darted around the opening stages of the game with ease, and while he essentially tanked some of the bad guys – the werewolves in particular – I was able to get a few good blows in from behind and finish them off. It was a match made in heaven.

I’m sure some purists would like to have a dig at me for not beating the Cleric Beast on my own. I sent a message to a mate (who thrives on smashing through solo – and getting a platinum – on the Dark Souls games), who made a point of sending me a disappointed silence (literally, a text message that read “…”) when I said I asked for help. I don’t really have any counter-argument, it is what it is … and you know what? I don’t really care either. If it lets me push on and enjoy the game a bit more, so be it … I’ll keep on calling for help as the need arises.

And thus, my three day weekend begins! What a great way to kick it off!

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Party’s Over

PlayStation

Hitman GO: Definitive Edition • Complete all objectives in the second chapter • Gold Trophy • Rarity 48.9% (Rare)

I’ve spoken before about my issues with the PlayStation username debacle, so just for the record (again), I’ve switched back (or to? I’m having difficulty keeping track) to my preferred username on the Vita, which means I’ll be attempting to earn most of my trophies on it for a little while.

Of course, one of the issues with blowing away your profile on Vita is, (a) needing to re-purchase your Vita games – particularly those you had on digital – and, (b) needing to re-play those games. As a result, I’ve spent the last few days catching up to where I was up to on Hitman GO, and then today I finished off the second chapter, culminating in another satisfying kill.

The difference in the second story seems to concentrate on the introduction to disguises – being able to slip past guards of similar colour when wearing their particular uniform. It’s a great mechanic, and suits the board game format they adopted for Hitman GO, whilst providing an extra satisfying dynamic to solving levels.

I’ll make an effort to get through some more of these levels over the next couple of weeks, as I think it’d be nice to grab a platinum trophy for this one – I think the first on my favoured PlayStation account.

Then, of course, I’m just as likely to have a flight of fancy and revert everything back to my old account. Curse my innate Gemini traits!

Game-Set-Match

PlayStation

Hitman GO: Definitive Edition • Complete all objectives in the first chapter • Silver Trophy • Rarity 58.5% (Common)

It’s been a while since I’ve put a PlayStation trophy up for discussion, and I have to say – it kind of feels good to reintroduce it into the mix. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t gotten over the trauma of Sony failing to give players the ability to change their name (and that linked article is from 2014, which brings me a whole new level of anger), but I do like the idea of writing for different platforms depending on how the mood grabs me on any given day.

The trophy I’ve decided to lean-in with is from the quaint little puzzler, Hitman GO. It’s one of two ‘GO’ titles that I picked up during the PlayStation Easter Sale for a few bucks each, and having played them on PC – they seemed like an easy way to build my trophy collection back up and get some hours logged on the Vita. I was particularly surprised to see that the Hitman iteration had a Platinum trophy attached to it – given that impatient people can easily knock that over with a guide.

But, we can’t jump straight to the end of the story. I’ll likely add a blog entry when I get the Platinum, but for now we’re only one chapter in – in what, thematically speaking, seems to be a hit on a wealthy target who enjoys a house with a swimming pool and two tennis courts. I don’t know … I’d be surprised if there is supposed to be a story here, but the settings themselves make for an interesting conversation piece as well. Crafted into what appear to be game boards themselves, they add a great dimension to the strategic feel of the game – and, I have to say, it makes for one of the most satisfying game experiences I’ve had when it comes to puzzlers.

My intention with Hitman GO isn’t really to save it up like I would for an Xbox achievement. I’m not ‘pacing’ myself so that I can string a sequence of otherwise easy achievements (‘low hanging fruit’) across a week. I’ll just play it when the mood grabs me – that might be all day every day for a month, or it could be once a quarter. Who knows? Either way, I’ve added this one to the mix for a bit of variety.

And variety is the spice of life. Or so they say.