Tutorial: How to get the Shovel Knight Platinum (With “Hurry Up” Step-by-Step Guide!)

Shovel_knight_coverShovel Knight was released on PlayStation systems last Tuesday, and I’ve been playing it non-stop ever since. I absolutely loved it when I played it on 3DS last summer and have since triple-dipped, buying it on Mac and Vita as well. Today, I just got the Platinum trophy! According to PSNProfiles, I’m the 44th or so in the world to do so! In this guide, I’m going to show you how you too can get the Platinum. Shovel Knight’s not a particularly difficult game, but its Platinum can be frustrating for those of you — like me — who don’t have old-school platforming sensibilities. Though I chose to do it in 4, the Platinum can be got in as little as 2 or 3 playthroughs! This is a general guide, and I won’t necessarily address all the trophies in detail, just the hardest ones.
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Tutorial: Use your DualShock 4 with a Mac

iw4vdsmdppnguodkok3eDuring a Black Friday sale, I bought a blue DualShock 4 for the rather low price of $40 even though I don’t (yet) have a PlayStation 4. This is because I’d played with it extensively at a friend’s house and really liked it. For the best compatibility with games, the better choice might’ve been the Xbox 360 controller, but that’s less compatible with the Macintosh architecture itself, and comes with it’s own set of problems. I knew it’d be a hassle now and then, but I was willing to give the DualShock 4 a shot because of how great it is as a controller (but more of that in a future article). With the right tools, you can even get the DualShock 4 to work with games that don’t natively support it. Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way first though:
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Review: BioShock Infinite

Developer: Irrational Games | Year: 2013 | List Price: $19.99 | Buy from Amazon

cover_close-upDESIGN03I discovered last week during a Humble Bundle sale that, once upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion, my Mac almost exactly meets the minimum requirements to play BioShock Infinite. So I got it, but I was half-expecting it to crash and burn halfway through my adventure. It didn’t, and after 7 hours of running around Columbia (over 3 sittings), the adventure is over and the questions have all been (sort of) answered. Note: I’ve played BioShock, but not BioShock 2 (yet), so I can’t compare Infinite to the latter, but will certainly be comparing it to the original BioShock.
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Review: Civilization V: The Complete Edition

Developer: Firaxis Games | Year: 2010 | List Price: $39.99 | Buy from Amazon

Wine-1-5-17-Fixes-Civilization-V-Adds-Font-Anti-aliasing-2Back in 2008, when I was but a wee lad of 10, I begged my mum at a Walmart to get me a DS game that had Napoleon, Cleopatra, and Genghis Khan on its cover. I’d enjoyed Age of Empires: The Age of Kings for a while, and I thought Civilization Revolution would be the same. It was actually pretty different, and because I didn’t really understand it, I didn’t play it much at first. But after playing it more and more a couple years later, I began to learn how to play and it still actually ranks among my favourite strategy games.

I had a similar experience with Civilization V. I tried it almost two years ago, playing a couple of matches before deciding I still preferred the faster gameplay of Civilization Revolution. Last week, though, I got the Complete Edition bundle when it was on sale, and boy oh boy! have I forgotten how good Civilization is! In the past three nights, I’ve played three games over 16 hours, playing as the Spanish, the Hawaiians, then the Inca, and winning twice (Cultural and Domination). I’ve by no means touched everything the game has to offer, but I feel qualified to give a decent impression of how I think the game is. Note: The only other Civilization game I’ve played extensively is Civilization Revolution, so I can’t really compare Civilization V to earlier PC titles.
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Review: Fire Emblem Awakening

Developer: Intelligent Systems | Year: 2013 | List Price: $39.99 | Buy from Amazon 

PS_3DS_FireEmblemAwakening_enGBI never intended to play Fire Emblem Awakening. However, after being pestered by Baobab to give this game a try, we made a deal that I would play Fire Emblem Awakening if he watched the anime series Toradora! (which, by the way, is one of my favourite anime series of all time). Unlike Baobab, who hated watching Toradora! with a passion, I do not regret fulfilling my part of the deal. Fire Emblem Awakening is undeniably one of the best games available on 3DS. Having never played another Fire Emblem game, I cannot say how it compares to it’s predecessors, but I can say that this is one special game. Continue reading