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Triple A and Season Pass’s

As a multi genre gamer I do buy a large number of games with the expectation of playing and completing them after a few weeks. Unfortunately this never happens,  I usually play them for a while then move on to the next or switch to the few free to play games I love. Last year I purchased a few games which soon after seemed a waste of money, not for being bad games but for the amount of DLC to make the game worth the triple A value. The Division, Rainbow 6 Seige and Hitman are the three main titles that come to my mind. The Division was lacking from the start but still fun to play,  then came the DLC, the season pass which I purchased was basically adding thing which should have been already in the game and then more secondary DLC. Rainbow Six Seige was different you buy the season pass and get the characters for free but they can still be purchased with in game cash. The thing is that sort of DLC is usually found in free 2 play titles not triple A titles.  Then there is Hitman I feel like the price is OK but they should price all episodes the same so each one should be £6.99 including Episode 1 I know there is only £4 difference but to me that would be a much better selling point. To me episodal games should be either Free 2 Play for the first episode then little charges for the following episodes. Leading from season to season but being cheap enough to still feel like you are getting your monies worth. 

The likes of GTA V do it right, triple A no DLC just cash boosts which lets face it make no difference to the actual game. The CoD’s and Battlefields go to the  next extreme with the Yearly DLC and then Cash for cases/bags/boxes. You pay £50 for a game then need to spend the next several months buying boosters just to keep up with players that get the lot. Overwatch has cases that unlock skins but you don’t lose any gameplay it’s again one of the better versions of DLC. 

Triple A titles should be the full game including anything small the developer makes for it in the future especially at the £50-£60 price. DLC should be visuals and shouldnt take anything away from the game. If your DLC adds a full new part to the game like the Fallout series that’s when DLC should come at a premium price. That DLC should add hours to the game and not just a little bit of nothing for a weekend. 

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Trove – Runecrafting

I have farmed dragons and done just about anything I could to get my master rank up. I was starting to think I was stuck, then I noticed runcrafting. Rune crafting can give you all of the building blocks and weapon variants plus some tomes, it is also a good way to get your mastery rank up.  You will need to be in a club or be able to get into U5+ worlds, the reason for this is you need to get into sky worlds. The main materials for runcrafting are found in skyworlds you need to collect Radiant shards and Crystallised Clouds, it’s best to farm in a team and go all in on evey Dark Heart dungeon you can find. You will also find Radiant Giants which drop Radiant shards and can also drop Radiant Caches which give a greater Radiant shard reward but can also drop blank scrolls and the Radiant steed mount. 

I only started this around a week ago and have had to buy  stacks of scrolls so grinding scroll dungeons and Loot collecting the recipes is also required. I am currently on level 3 of Runcrafting and have Maxed out standard, metallic and Glass blocks.

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Trove – My Precious!

I was lucky enough to get gifted several shadow rings when I first started playing Trove. After using them and thinking they were all level 5 due to having 5 stars I though I had hit the jackpot. Skip backwards to about 3 weeks ago, I was farming as usual when someone I farm Radiant Shards with asked if I had a spare level 5 shadow ring I said yes and went to the closes trade point. He couldn’t stop laughing as I gave him the ring and he said that’s not a level 5. I was so confused and asked what the stars below the ring were for and he said they should be shadow level but every ring has 5 stars. I asked how you farm rings and from then on started on ringcrafting,  I Maxed it but I have still not seen a level 5 shadow ring.

I currently craft around 25 signet boxes a week which will usually give me 2-3 shadow rings out of them I will get no more then level 2 shadow rings and on only one occasion have I received a level 3 shadow ring. 

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Warframe – The End of Secura Lecta

Yesterday DE released another glast gambit update this time it had a fix which I didn’t even know about. I never worked any of the syndicates before I started playing again and didn’t do them for probably the first 150 days of starting again. I chose the Perin Sequence as they had Rhino mods and I predominantly used rhino. I was told I should start working on the daily Syndicate missions and make my way up to get the mods. At this point I didn’t even know about the Syndicate weapons and just thought they were new skins for weapons. A few weeks ago me and my buddy started running akkad missions and during them we got told to equip the Secura Lecta as it doubles your credits. I look at it and thought wow I need it and have spent the past week grinding to got it then the below update happened. 

The Credit Boost function for the Secura Lecta has changed. Before, you could get on average 11.6x Credits from kills. This chance has changed and now scales with Mastery Rank. At Mastery Rank 8, you’ll get on average 2x Credits from kills. This increase continues with your Mastery Rank. At Mastery Rank 18 you’ll get on average 4x Credits from kills (capped)

I can see why everyone recommended it as a must have for akkad runs. Fortunately I still don’t have it unlocked so getting it will still double my credit. The issue is the players who have used it and had the 11.6x boost are going to see there credit slashed compared to what they have been getting. Is this the end of the Secura Lecta and akkad runs or just a bump in the road? 

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Trove – Hitting 5K PR

I have never really tried to over level any of my characters on Trove but when I noticed the weekly mastery rank rewards I started to try and level them all beyond 4k. With the RNG in this game you need as many Empowered Gems as possible so getting as many Empowered Gem Boxes as you can a week is key. I currently use a Gunslinger as my main and my backup is the Neon Ninja. I have Leveled  them into the 4K region but trying to get the shadow items needed to push into Radiant then to Stella is hard. Getting the best stats you need is priority but RNG is never on my side. I have always push hard and then stopped before Radiant  and moved onto the next character. I can happily solo U5 and U6 but that is currently my limit, I can’t see me pushing any item into Radiant or Stella until I have the shadow items needed for each class and moved the items up to Shadow 5. 

I have now mastered all of the ringcraft skills, I will do 20 ring boxes a week and keep trying for the Shadow 5 but I have yet to see one over Shadow 3 drop. Hopefully I will manage to get a Shadow 5 ring with good stats soon.

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Warframe – Gotta Collect Them All

Getting back into Warframe was like riding a bike you never really forget. But as you play through the game and start to collect more and more Warframe and Weapons it soon becomes an addiction. I started out with only one frame when I came back to the game 213 days ago, I am currently missing 1 standard Warframe from a planet and around 8 in total. This is good considering some players have never stopped playing and are still missing several. I also only have 3 Prime Warframes to collect (4 but will never get Excalibur Prime so don’t count that one). Collecting the weapons is probably the hardest part as late game most need forma and I play daily and rarely get one a week. 

There is also other materials like Nitain Extract which is an alert dropped which usually comes once every 5 hours. The hardest to collect is Argon Crystals which only stays in your inventory for a short period of time, you will lose one every 24 hours (I think or all in 24h). It used to drop maybe one in a void run but lately I have been doing a 20 minute survival and getting 5+ with this happening I have been doing a void survival run every time I need some. Not sure if it is a glitch but will soon see as DE patch these things often to help with the longevity of the game. 

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Warframe – Still as good as it was before. 


So I have been playing Warframe daily for around 200 days and still can’t seem to be bored. People say it’s repetitive and is a constant grind but aren’t all Free2Play games? I have played Warframe since beta and coming back in 2016 was not easy. I remember having several Frames and weapons but upon logging in Selected Excalibur, the Braton MK1 and the Skana which I remember having previously. They were all Rank 0 and the only thing I still had was my Mod’s or at least the majority of them. This didn’t stop me from having fun, I came back as a friend had started playing it and I managed to persuade another to also play again. We played for a week together but the friend who enticed us back decided it was too easy to buy your way through the game rather then grind your way to get your Frame and Weapons. The other that we had enticed was probably having a lot more fun then the two of us as he proceded to advance ahead of is in the few days we did play together. 

Getting through a few mastery ranks and getting my collection of weapons and frames was my main priority at first but I soon started to grind more through the map learning more about how to mod my Warframe and weapons enough to actually defeat the higher level guys and being part of a team rather then playing only for me. 

We have now joined a Clan and I have put as much money into this game as any other triple a title. The main reason for spending real life money was to support the game and also for trading, this game is a grind from the moment you start but collecting Weapons and Warframes is probably as addictive as collecting pokemon on Pokemon Go. 

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