March gaming summary
This was another month where I didn't earn a lot
of achievements, but I did manage to check off some completions. I finished six games during March, including three that I started several years ago. That brings the total completions (final unlock, not start to finish) for 2017 so far to 18 games across all platforms, which is already one more than all of last year, and significantly more than in any single year prior to that.
First up was Skyrim
. I had well over 300 hours in this game, but somewhere back around the 12-hour mark, I had made the decision not to become a cannibal, thus missing out on one of the Daedric artifacts needed for
I realized this after I'd already put a lot more time into the game and had progressed the main storyline by a significant amount (and I'd already done the Ring of Hircine quest by then as well, so I wasn't able to double up on that artifact to make up for it), so I wasn't about to go back and start all over right then. After completing the rest of the game (including the Hearthfire DLC), this achievement was the one thing I was missing.
I've been on a crusade to finish off these outstanding achievements lately, though, so I loaded up my old save and basically just went through all the Daedric quests, one by one, to finish this game off. It's still a good game, and having had some time off from the world of Tamriel, I didn't mind going back and playing through all these quests again. I'll probably go back and play the Dawnguard and Dragonborn DLC packs at some point, though, so I don't think I'm completely finished with Skyrim yet.
In the same vein, I finally unlocked the last couple of achievements in Dead Rising
, so this game overtook Oblivion
to become the game with the longest time between the first achievement I earned (on September 4, 2006) and the last achievement (March 11, 2017), a gap of 3840 days 16 hours 43 minutes (10 years, 6 months, 6 days).
The other "old game" completion this month was Monster Burner
, which I had downloaded on one of my old Windows Phones back in 2013. I played several levels, but shortly after that, I ended up getting a new phone, and never re-downloaded it. It was de-listed from the Store for a while, but when I upgraded to Windows 10 mobile on my current phone, I had access to it again, so I was able to jump back in and finish it off.
As for newer games (well, to me, anyway), I finished off The Bunker
, which I had won in a giveaway from TA last fall. I played through the story the first time a while back, but I had to go back to finish off the collectibles (had to start all over due to the puzzle piece) and get the other ending. I thought this was a pretty innovative title, given the use of full-motion video and live actors throughout. This title definitely falls on the "interactive movie" side of the spectrum, though, and there were parts that were kind of repetitive and slow. Still, it was a short game, and easy in terms of achievements, so it was a good play, overall.
I also downloaded the Indie bundle that included Thomas Was Alone
. I'd heard nothing but good things about this game, but I don't typically go out of my way to buy these sorts of indie titles. If they're GwG, sure, but otherwise, I feel like my gaming time is too limited to just buy everything that comes along. Still, this bundle was a good deal, and after playing this game, I can see why everyone was so impressed with it. I never thought I could care so much about a group of differently-colored rectangles jumping around on the screen. The level design was great (mostly easy, with more challenging elements as you went along, but nothing that felt frustrating or impossible), and the writing and voice-over work was fantastic. Great idea, perfectly executed. At just under 11 hours, this was one of my shortest completions, but well worth the time.
And finally, I broke the 1500 rating in AlphaJax
to round out the month. I had never intended to stack this -- I didn't realize the WP and Win10 versions had different achievement lists -- but while I did use my wife's account on the computer to boost some of the achievements, I'm proud to say that I got this achievement *mostly* legitimately, playing against some really good competitors, and won 65 of 70 total games to get to the 1500 rating I needed for the final achievement.
So, that's it for March. 53 total achievements in 9 different games, with 6 completions. Again, not my most prolific month, but enough to feel like I'm making progress.
I'm currently working on Dead Space 2
on my 360, going through Zealot mode, and then I'll have to turn around and do the Hard Core playthrough... still worried that that's going to be frustrating as all hell, only saving three times the whole game. We'll see how it goes.
I've also decided to play through Alan Wake
again, in order to keep up with the new TA Playlist forum. That's a great game, and even though I 100%ed it years ago, I'm probably looking forward to this more than anything else on my To-Do list for now. I've played through the first chapter or so, and already I'm really getting into the story again, especially now that I understand a bit more of what's going on and what to look for. I've been listening to a lot of Poets of the Fall music to get in the mood! :)
I'm hoping it will also inspire me to finish up Alan Wake's American Nightmare
, which I started during the UHH, but never completed. I haven't done any of the Arcade Mode achievements yet, plus I've still got some manuscript pages to find, etc.
I hope the Playlist idea takes off, and generates some good discussion. Hopefully next month will be something I haven't played yet, or at least, something I haven't completed... I think maybe the sweet spot for the playlist would be a game that I played through the story mode once, but never went back to mop up the additional achievements. We'll see what comes up.