Days Gone Chronicles - More hordes and a slight hold up.

My Days Gone journey is going a lot better since I last posted! I've had some ups and downs and frankly, I almost wanted to give up on "What it takes to survive" because it took me so long to gather all the materials and supplies I needed to fight the horde that I made myself nauseous. It turned out the horde wasn't as big as I thought it was going to be but it was still a challenge for me even fully stocked up. The biggest challenge was actually SEEING. I couldn't see anything in that dark cave! I kept running all the wrong ways which did not help. As far as actually taking the horde down with my stock, I believe I died once just because I caught up and the horde jumped on me. After that I felt like I didn't have what it took to survive but I ultimately beat it!

After beating the horde, I started working on more missions. During that I encountered a Reacher roaming about. They appear now as enemies throughout the regions with colder climates. He appeared near the mission I was doing so I had a couple of encounters with him. I'm fascinated by their design. I love the hairs growing out of their backs for some reason. 

Back to the mission, it was a motorcycle chase and for the life of me, I could not beat it! I tried at least 6 times before throwing in the towel for the night.Today I went back and tried again. On my third attempt, I finally beat the chase and I felt relieved and like I could move on with my life at last. I definitely had to get smart about it though and use some strategies like parking my bike as close to me as I could to jump on faster and also cut across an area in the beginning of the chase that I didn't even realize I could in prior attempts. Lastly, I think luck had a bit to do with it! After shooting his tires down I actually ended up going off the path and somehow managed to get back on it while ramming into his bike, eventually knocking him off which caused me to beat the mission. I lucked out for sure!

I also burned some nests and fought another horde since I last posted. I have also since avoided a horde as well.

During the horde and nest battles, a Breaker appeared out of nowhere and nearly made lunch meat out of me! I find the Breakers to be more of a challenge than the Reachers but that's just me!

I also took a neat screenshot of my new weapon. I want to say I obtained it after killing a horde possibly as a reward. Things are getting hazy because I've done so much since just yesterday.

Lastly, the following two screenshots are freakers in unusual positions. They're just sitting there waiting, lost in thought perhaps, or just sleeping. The one sitting in the car catapulted toward me when I got too close to him. I'll be back with more progress posts sooner rather than later!

Days Gone Chronicles - Reaching the End

I know I'm nearing the End of the game Days Gone and it makes me feel worried about HOW it will end.

I was actually minding my own business, admiring the scenery in the game and on my way to another mission when I stumbled upon another horde. I decided to go ahead and take it out because I was fully stocked up. It took me a little longer than it probably should have but I'm not complaining! I cleared a bit over 300 freakers.

Unfortunately, it all went downhill from there as I accidentally made my way to the mission "What it takes to survive" for O'Brien, a member of NERO (the National Emergency Response Organization.) This mission takes place in a cave and you're actually sent in by O'Brien to search for his missing team members, including his friend so their families can have closure. Deacon is a little surprised they have families that even need closure considering the rest of the population has lost everyone they love.

As soon as I found all the members and learned their fates, a cutscene triggered and shortly after that, I was fighting my first Reacher boss. I thought this was going to be intense but it was actually easier to fight than a Breaker, which are overgrown freakers. 

It was relatively easy to take out the Reacher and after that I was informed by O'Brien I needed to remove a tracker from it which would help in locating when hordes were on the move. This action triggered the next action, which was O'Brien then informing me that the horde was heading straight into the cave.

As you can imagine, I was not ready for this due to depleting my inventory fighting a horde right before entering the cave. As luck would have it, I waited and collected what little gear was available in the cave and waited but nothing happened. The horde never came. I was getting agitated so I had to look up how to trigger the horde to enter but it turns out this was a glitch that has happened to several people. The horde never materialized for whatever reason and I read you needed to restart the entire game and system. After doing that, I loaded the game back up and I immediately had to restart at the checkpoint just before the Reacher appeared. I couldn't make my way out of the cave to gear up and I tried! When I would try to exit it would restart the checkpoint on the mission back in the cave as if I died. 

After giving it a second go, I killed the Reacher again and the horde poured in! I wasn't ready. I had no time to prepare. I didn't even have time to pick up the nearby items before they filled the room. All I had on me to use were bombs I had to set, which I had no time to set. I managed to eventually use them all but with my limited health and almost no throwables (cocktails, bombs, or napalm) I was underprepared and no match for the horde. After trying at least 3 times or more, I decided I was getting frustrated and I was also too tired to continue. It was early morning already. I decided to do what I fear doing the most, which was going back to the previous save before the cave. 

It was a hard choice but I did it! I decided to stock up on materials to the best of my ability which seemed to take extra long! I really had to search for every thing I had while avoiding being attacked to not use up what I just stocked up on. It was quite a journey. It took me at least 2-3 hours or more to search for everything I needed to be fully stocked. You wouldn't believe how just searching for materials can take so long in this game! I ran into the worst scenarios such as a Rager (Rabid Bear) and a Breaker (Huge Freaker) together TWICE on two separate occasions (see above video), ambush camps, motorcycle accidents, snipers, and more hordes.

It was a struggle but now that I'm stocked, I'm ready to take on the horde in "What it takes to survive!" The above pic shows a Breaker chasing me when all I wanted to do was collect supplies. I was lucky though because I did run into a NERO campsite where I was able to use the NERO injector to increase my stamina again for the hordes. This game definitely doesn't make things easy! 


I killed my first horde! #DaysGone

I finally got to the point in the game where I had to face a horde head-on! I actually died twice at 25% before beating it. Third times a charm! I was able to knock the horde out using mostly napalm, molotov cocktails, my gun, and shooting explosive barrels. I did a lot of running too and used distractors as often as I could. For some reason my husband kept talking to me while I was fighting the horde and I couldn't figure out what was so important. Anyway, I'll give a brief (aka long) summary of what I did!

The first thing I did was park my bike in this spot. It seems like the most obvious spot to park the bike after getting the cutscene with Captain Kouri. If I needed to jump back on, it was in a good spot for me to get to.

After dying twice, I was able to get a better sense of where things were. I started out with distractors to attract a portion of the horde but of course, they all came running as soon as the napalm went off.

After the napalm hit, I took off running without any stamina boosts unfortunately. Gradually I kept repeating this process utilizing as many of my throwables as I could. I also mostly ran through the big rigs in the area because I was able to climb them which helped when my stamina depleted. The best thing I did was never stop running. I had some close-calls but I kept moving and if I had a good distance between the horde and I, I would pop some health or craft more cocktails/napalm when and where I could. It all went relatively well but let me be the first to say, it had my adrenaline at an all-time high! What a rush! I thought I probably shouldn't be getting that excited or I might need to check my blood pressure. :( I can't recall a more intense in-game battle personally! 

The bonus was earning a trophy!

After killing off my first horde, I went to sell the remains. Turned out to be 251 freakers!

Although I was so relieved and excited to kill my first horde (its been building up to this point), I was actually more shooketh by the progression of the story with Deacon and Sarah! I took a break from this game because I didn't want to actually beat it but I have determined the time has come. I'm going for it! This game is truly shaping up to becoming my all-time favorite game and that's saying A LOT! Stay tuned for more! ~@Peachio

Update on my mog garden!

Here's an update on my mog garden/landscaping in Animal Crossing! My shrubs finally grew in and most of my flowers are blooming! I thought I should post this before I actually get the ability to make paved walkways and trails because I want to be able to see the evolution of my island.

I also added a little area to relax on the beach with my friends. XD

And lastly, here are a few photos from my friends flowers! They inspired me to grow new colors.

What’s on the agenda? April/2020

My progress in Animal Crossing is going well. Yesterday’s update allowed me to plant shrubs so I thought I would show off my entryway to my island! Here’s the ‘before’ pics and the after pics will come in a few days when they actually fully grow in. They’re getting there!

EDIT: See the updated landscaping!

I’m essentially using the shrubs to create a path even though I have plenty of fencing options available. The fences block off views that I want to keep which is why I went with the iron fence at the entryway.

I also visited a friend’s island (her husband’s house) and found that he had this dungeon as his living room. Eerie!

I’ve been playing Splatoon 2 lately as well. I’m now level 10 which sounds n00bish and it should.

I just tweeted a clip of me surviving someone trying to own me several times. I was actually shocked I survived because I don’t play to splat people, I just try to avoid them and cover ground.

Lastly, I’m getting back into trying to beat Earth Night with mostly epic fails. I’ve also been putting off Days Gone for a number of reasons but I think it’s time to finish it off. I’m close! ~@Peachio

What's on the agenda? March/2020

I took a week off of gaming after playing Earth Night for one complete day and not being able to beat the game the entire day. I actually don't know if I played the entire day because at some point I know I ate and looked after my son. Haha! Well, since then I've been taking a break from Earth Night, which is an amazingly fun game about dragons taking over the world. Humans have given up the fight and fled to live in spaceships.  ...BUT not all humans. Some want to fight for Earth, hence Earth Night! Here are a few screenshots from the game to prove how awesome it looks but if seeing is believing, hearing is as well. The music in this game is so perfect for this game, that I can not even begin to explain it in words. Just go play! I plan to make a video of my gameplay in the future and I'll update this post when I do! (IF I ever beat it.) The last level is insanely hard. Okay, the last two levels are. :( 

Up next, while looking through PSN for a better internet browser to watch the local news, which I did not find by the way, I actually stumbled upon this app called AquaTV. It's basically a digital fish tank screensaver. The kick is, you can design it yourself and add the fishes you want in it, adjust the backgrounds, gravel, and more. It's very limited but still fun. My favorite part is actually the reef design. Check out the screens below! It does cost $9.99 but it's a small price to pay to be able to enjoy it!

I also took time to try the Resident Evil 3 demo, which I found to be "too scary." This is coming from a now 35-year-old woman! I must warn you, the first time I picked up this game I was much younger and enjoyed survival horror games including all the frights that come with it. Now, I have grown weak and frail. I really don't think I can handle it, but it was so much fun! I found it to be a bit hard believe it or not. I think the zombies were more powerful than I was expecting. Since I've been playing Days Gone and the typical freakers go down without a fight, it was a shocker to have the RE zombies be surprisingly resilient. At any rate, while I was playing I said to myself, the only thing that could make this worse is having Nemesis pop out and as soon as I opened the next door, a cut scene with Nemesis played and I was not ready for it! I did record my play-through so when we are able to get that up, I'll update this post with the link. I also died once! :(

Lastly, Resetti and I did try out the game Moving Out together. I uploading a few screens to Twitter after we played but here are a few more. I really had a lot of fun with it. Definitely one of those "feel good" games for sure! It's sure to make you laugh and probably fight (irl), and yell at anybody you're playing with. Can't wait for this one to drop April 28th, 2020! I'm happy to be a F.A.R.T! (Furniture Arrangement & Relocation Technician) 
We did not record any gameplay of us doing co-op (2 player) but I went back and played solo and did capture my experience. That video will be up in a few days as well. :) Stay tuned! 

UPDATE: Moving Out demo vid now up on our YouTube channel. Click below!

What's good for next month? Definitely more "Moving Out" and hope to finish Days Gone--which I have been putting off because I don't want the game to end.

Gamer Throwback || Final Fantasy Birthday Surprise

My husband and I have been out of the blogging scene for awhile now. Along the way, we managed to accomplish wonderful things individually and together! Now that we're back into gaming and blogging, we have a lot to talk about. A lot has happened over the years for us and to us. Which is why I thought it would be fitting to start a weekly blog called Gamer Throwback for #ThrowbackThursday. I thought it would be a great way to introduce some old content for the first time! 

With my first post, I'd like to share some Final Fantasy cupcakes I ordered for my husband. The fine girls @ a local company in my hometown called Oak Cliff Cupcake Co. took my silly idea and brought it to life in the most creative and fun way. First, I thought long and hard about what my husband would probably want without ever realizing it. I wanted him to have a "wow" reaction and to do that, I decided to pull inspiration from his favorite MMORPG, Final Fantasy XI. I then decided on the cactuar due to the simplicity of the design and I thought it could be replicated without too much of a hassle. We also had tons of fun playing together in Altepa desert being slaughtered by the cactuar's 1000 needles. Those were memorable times, so I thought it would make him smile to see those adorable yet deadly little enemies on his cupcakes. /run away /call for help!

The moogle on the other hand, looked like it would be more challenging but the girls made it happen. It required more color, more sculpting and, more finesse. I also chose the color of the icing for each and it couldn't have been better. These aren't the first time we've ordered video game themed cakes or cupcakes, and it won't be the last. Another of our favorites based off of FFXI was our wedding cake. We'll share that one later and come back and link it here when we do!

In the meantime, enjoy these wonderfully crafted, totally adorable, and delicious FFXI themed cupcakes!

PlayStation Gear you need to get! - Retired Gamers Unbox!

Retired Gamers unbox merch and apparel from the PlayStation Gear online store. We decided to make this video because there are very few unboxing videos of PlayStation Gear and we wanted to see the items ourselves.

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In this video we unbox the following: 
- PlayStation Logo buttons - Sold Out
Gradient Symbols Logo Tee 
PlayStation Multicolored Soccer Ball
Old School Jean Jacket - PlayStation and Fairplay 

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Crash Bandicoot Loot Unboxing! (NOW AVAILABLE)

UPDATE: The video is now available to watch below or by clicking here!

We're gearing up to do our first unboxing video! What better unboxing to do than Crash Bandicoot! I'm actually playing Crash N. Sane Trilogy and it's my go-to game right now to unwind. To top it off, our 23-month-old son is currently obsessed with watching me play Crash. He asks me to play 'game' and play 'Crash' and I am unable to resist. When we found this amazing Crash loot crate at our local Fry's Electronics, we couldn't put it in the cart fast enough. We can't wait to unearth the treasures inside with you! Look out for the unboxing in the coming days!