My PS Thoughts On: The Stormy Ascent (Crash Bandicoot DLC)

Around a month ago, I put up my written review for ‘The N Sane Trilogy’: a remaster of the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy. Overall I love it but, within the game, I have discovered a new challenge thanks to the tweaked controls. And, at San Diego Comic Con, Vicarious Visions (the development team behind the remaster) announced that they were giving players yet another new challenge: ‘The Stormy Ascent’ level for free.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this level, ‘The Stormy Ascent’ is a more advanced version of another level in the game (‘Slippery Climb’). However, the original developers, Naughty Dog, decided to take the level out of the game due to its difficulty. But they did leave the level hidden in the disc, which meant that players had been able to access it via a gaming code or software. And, now, it’s been made available without any useage of gaming software!

And….it’s F*CKING difficult!

Now, is it the most difficult level in the whole game? No, that award (thanks to the tweaked controls) goes to ‘The High Road’, where I lost around 40 lives just to get the gem; I lost 20 lives and it took me an hour and a half to get a gem in ‘The Stormy Ascent’. So, not AS difficult, but pretty close. To be honest, I found the completely new bonus level more difficult than the main level itself.

During my first completed playthrough, I found the level a lot of fun and challenging. The playthrough mostly consisted of me going ‘Ohhh, I get it!’ as this level gives you differently timed platforming so the player can never get too familiar with the patterns that it offers. The lack of lives and checkpoints also add to the difficulty. However, the tweaked controls work really well, meaning each death (unfortunately!) can’t be blamed on anyone other than the player.

So, a fun but difficult challenge…..and then we get to the time trial mode.

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Just….Endless Death…

I’ll be completely honest: I’ve never even gotten close to beating even the easiest time trial as it seems nearly impossible. If anyone HAS beaten it, then my hat goes off to you.

If you’ve been a long-time Crash Bandicoot player, or you’re just wanting a new challenge then I would definitely recommend this.

4/5

‘The Stormy Ascent’ will be free until the 30th August; after that, it’ll be £2.99.

 

 

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Zombie Kitty Podcast 101: Shin Godzilla (SPOILERS!) w/ Shoutouts

NOTE: The audio quality is not great. Sorry!

Where I went to a one-off screening of Shin Godzilla! This is the newest installment of the Japanese Godzilla franchise by Toho Kindgom.

No Trailer Talk in this episode, but I give shoutouts to:

-snakeman0429 (Gaming Youtuber)

-That King Thing (Gaming Podcast)-Found on Twitter and Itunes

-2 Guys and a Chainsaw (Horror Film Podcast)-Found on Facebook

 

I Went To London Film & Comic Con!

So, firstly, I want to apologize for the absence of a ‘Behind-The-Scenes’ episode this month: the reason for this is literally because I didn’t realize what the dates were and completely forgot about it…I’m sorry!

BUT! I went to another convention on Sunday, 30th July: London Film & Comic Con. This was the first time I’d been to this one, which was located at Kensington Olympia (This was also the first time I’d been to that area). I also didn’t go in cosplay this time as I was only there for one day.

After quickly queueing up, I was introduced to the Olympia!

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The venue itself was fantastic (even though it wasn’t air conditioned) and had two huge hall rooms which I didn’t realize till a couple of hours before the event finished. Whilst queueing outside, I was advised by another attendee to get my Virtual Ticket for Kevin Smith’s signing straight away which, after spending ages trying to find the right desk, I did get one: my ticket number was 268. The signing and photo session systems worked in similar ways: you were given a batch or ticket number and that batch/number would be called out. This did mean that I had to keep coming back to the specific areas every now and again, which was annoying but, overall, I thought it was an effective way to deal with crowd control…And yes, I had a photo taken with Kevin Smith!

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He’s such a wonderful and genuine person, and he took the time to talk to each person (even though the staff told us not to ask him anything).

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I wore my ‘Tusk’ t-shirt, which he said was amazing 😀 I also took my Tusk poster for him to sign.

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Yep, pretty much sums up my feeling towards the film too!

With only 20 minutes to go till the event ended, the staff were trying to rush everyone along during the signing, so we were told not to talk to Kevin. However, I highly doubt they told him that because nothing sped up! I was also able to FINALLY thank him for making ‘Tusk’ as that was my introduction to podcasting and the start of my one. And, as I went to turn away, he quickly went ‘wait, wait, I wanna sign your T-shirt coz that’s awesome’. So thank you so so much good sir; I reckon you’ve made my whole year!

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I also attended Kevin Smith’s talk, which was essentially a ‘Fatman on Batman’ episode crossed with a Q&A session (yay!). Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin talked about the London convention, did a small news round-up, a comic book talk and a Q&A session which probably went on longer than it should’ve done, but it was a fun and entertaining talk.

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The biggest dissapointment for me was the absence of cosplays. The best ones I saw were a girl dressed as Colleen from ‘Tusk’ and ‘Yoga Hosers’ (complete with giant hockey stick!), and Patsy and King Arthur from ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ (which I did take a picture of coz they were awesome. You could hear the coconuts from ages away):

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Overall, I enjoyed London Film & Comic Con, although I’m glad I only went for one day. Whilst the venue was great, I didn’t feel there was enough there, and the fact that the majority of the talks were paid talks too really narrowed down your options. However, I met Kevin Smith, the guy who made ‘Tusk’ (which was the starting point of my own podcast), I made a new friend and reconnected with a college friend whom I hadn’t seen in a few years. So, overall, I would say it was definitely worth it.

Lastly, here’s the last couple of photos I took during the day:

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ALL THE BAT-THINGS!!

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I’ve only just now noticed Aku Aku in the background…

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And yes, you could buy the giant wolf statue…Apperently it’s a great family pet!

Zombie Kitty Podcast 099: You’re Next w/ Jigsaw Trailer

Where I FINALLY watch ‘You’re Next’ and suspect every character of being the killers. I also ponder whether this is a horror comedy (just so I don’t feel bad for laughing at some parts!), comment on the music and cinematography and go through the plot whilst going through my notes.

I also look at the ‘Jigsaw’ trailer in Trailer Talk.