What's going on TA Blog readers and how are we? Welcome back for the tenth instalment of my weekly recap series where I yap on about the happenings of my week in and out of the gaming world. This week, despite having my two nights off split up, it's been a decent week on both fronts.
I've taken part
in this year's Bean Dive
, made progress in The Surge
, featured in this week's TA Podcast
, have some great news to share regarding my potential bus driving career, and more this week.BEATING THE BACKLOG IS A NEVER ENDING CHALLENGEPegglePeggle Nights for Peggle
is still a slow work in progress. I only need the Tenured
achievement but all together there's 60 challenge levels to clear! I finally made it past the one I was stuck on which I think was 3-5 that required me to score 275,000 points with seven balls. Progress as been much better since then and I think I'm in the fives or sixes now. Hopefully I should be done in the next couple of weeks.HITMAN
I dedicated a bit of time to this on Friday night and a bit during the week. I've only got a couple of achievements left in Episode Six: Hokkaido
. One for the level mastery in which I'm at level 16/20 and the other for the level five escalation contract. I should have these done on one of my nights off next week and then that just leaves the Bonus Episode
. All in all, the game has been absolutely brilliant and I wish I'd got into it earlier. I'm looking forward to seeing what the "Bonus Episode" has to offer and hopefully it will be the sweet icing on the cake of a pretty much perfect game. I'm a little bit surprised to see that more DLC has not been added since. There's plenty more they can do in terms of locations, targets, disguises etc although I really should check out the Elusive Target's at some point too. I've not really bothered just yet as there's no achievements tied to them.Final Fantasy XV
The game became incomplete again for me this week as the Episode Prompto
DLC released on Tuesday. The story of the DLC is focused solely on Prompto and sees him going back to the mysterious place where he was "born". Aranea, from the main campaign joins Prompto to help him out as they battle evil Magitek soldiers who come with various weapons of their own and fighting styles. Prompto is the weakest of the four-man group so without his team mates to rely on, he takes advantage of his shooting skills mainly with the likes of a revolver andd also SMGs, Sniper Rifles and Rocket Launchers. The story takes place in snowy mountains where a snowmobile comes in handy to traverse the cold and bumpy terrain.
The DLC was ok but the story part itself was very short and easy. Even though Aranea is part of your squad, for some reason, she doesn't have a health bar. This makes her literally invincible to everything so in any parts that cold be a challenge, all I had to do was just play the role of support and let Aranea do the bulk of the work. The only slightly difficult parts of the DLC completion was the Time Trials an the Intensive Training. The Time Trials consisted of three different courses to race through with the snowmobile. The aim of the game was to set the best possible time on each and earn three gold stars. Sadly, the snowmobile handling and physics were pretty shit. If I hit a rock or landed incorrectly, the snowmobile would lose control stupidly. The three star times required a near-perfect run in each of the courses so stupid errors that were made either by myself or due to the shitty development of the game mode were highly frustrating. Then to add insult to injury, each time I reloaded, I had to sit through an annoying loading screen!
The Intensive Training wasn't as shit but made for an interesting and different kind of one on one fight against Aranea. She fought with a huge sword and an aggressive fighting style which included a variety of aerial attacks, all of which made short work of Prompto should he receive a small number of hits. I had to be pretty much evasive throughout the entire fight and time it right to counter against her with SMG and Pistol attacks. It took a few tries to get through but of course, I got their in the end.
the release window for the upcoming "Episode Ignis" which is coming to the Xbox One in December this year. Check out the trailer recorded by yours truly:
I have to admit though, I was a bit disappointed with how far away the next Episode is and I hope there's going to be much bigger and better content either before or after Ignis' time in the DLC spotlight. The world of FF XV is so full of potential and I feel some of this, in terms of locations, characters, weapons, etc, was missed a bit in the main game.The Surge
I had a good blast with The Surge
last night and actually hit ten viewers during my stream! Twitch TV
is still my go-to site to stream, especially for my weekly stream as I can easily export the finished video straight from Twitch to YouTube. With fellow TGN YouTubers
and also fellow TA Newshounds BruceWayne1008
in the "crowd" to egg me on, I streamed for about 180 minutes and then carried on a little longer afterwards too. Check out the stream below if you've got the time:
Despite the title of the stream, my progress went really well! I didn't have my first death until the boss of this level (I don't think) but even then, I didn't get stuck repeatedly fighting the boss as I soon figured out how to beat it
. After the stream I carried on into the third level/area where things didn't go as smooth. I forgot that I needed to work on my proficiency for each weapon for the Jack of all Trades
achievement. I started using some of the other types which actually worked out well for the new types of enemies I was fighting. However, when I went back to the single-hand heavy weapon I'd been using, the slowness of it's strikes really started to let me down like never before.
I came across a four-legged spider type robot that made quick work of me the first time I encountered it. It was fast, struck quickly and took more than half my health from one hit. I figured out how to beat it on my return but when I returned multiple times after my second death, I couldn't handle myself against them with a slow-striking heavy weapon. The night had come to an end at this point anyway so I knocked it on the head. I'm looking to getting back into it next week and trying to get familiar with some of the other weapon types. Catch my stream this week in the early hours of Friday morning.
THREE DIFFERENT DRIVING TESTS, ONE AFTER THE OTHER, AFTER A NIGHT SHIFT
My dad made a great point when he said that "if anyone was taking some form of driving test early in the morning, they probably would've got themselves a nice early night the night before". Sadly, this couldn't be the case for me. Earlier this week on Tuesday morning, I had my three different driving tests I needed to pass to move forward with becoming a professional bus driver. Failing one or more would slow down this progress and I don't want to be working where I am now for any longer than I need to be. I mentioned in my last Weekly Recap Post
that I hadn't really done the type of revision, or as much as I needed to. I went to the bus depot again for another practice run the day before the tests and it went OK. I nailed the multiple choice questions three out of four times, passed the Hazard Theory every time, but struggled with the Case Theory stuff mightily and failed every time! It wasn't looking too promising all together.
I could type out the story again or I could just copy and paste what I shared with the News Team in what we call, the 'Wind Down Thread':
I headed into town straight after work this morning at 7am, parked the car, grabbed a cheeky Double Sausage and Egg Mcmuffin meal (which also comes with a Hash Brown and Regular Latte) at Maccy D's, paid £1.50 for a lighter (
) as I didn't have one on me and only Sainsbury's was open at the time in town, then made my way to the test centre.
Soaked from the rain and smelling damp in my hoodless Morrisons jacket, I took a seat in the test centre where they were having computer issues!
It took an extra hour for them to get sorted but finally, I was able to do my tests one after the other without much delay between each one. After arriving at 7:30am for the tests, I left the centre at 11am.
Here are the results:Large vehicle test of driving theory (multiple choice)
- Pass mark 85/100. I scored:
Large vehicle test of driving theory (hazard perception)
- Pass mark 67/100. I scored:
PCV Driver CPC case study
- Pass mark 40/50 - I scored:
Now, I will practice actually driving a coach for two weeks at the end of July. Thankfully, this two week period has landed on my fortnight off from work. If all goes well, I could be out of the circus before the end of August!BEAN DIVE 2017
I didn't Bean Dive last year but in 2015, I Bean Dived
a small amount and dropped from 95.39%
thanks to Rayman Legends
, Trials Fusion (Xbox 360)
, and Just Cause 2
. I recovered the Dive in just over four months although Trials
remains uncompleted to this day. This year, I've kept it sensible again, unlike 2013
where I Dived 28 games to go from 94.87%
which took me nearly two years to recover. I've only Dived
four games this year to go from 94.89%
. I'm not going crazy with it as I really want to try and get to 96% completion and above at some point. I've only ever hit that milestone once and I've never been able to get there since!
The game's I've used for this year are Warframe
, Shank 2
, Saints Row IV
, and South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360)
. Originally, I wanted to dive whichever game's were up next in my to-do list:
I was all up for Bean Diving Titanfall 2
but the only issue was that the game was in the master bedroom. I wasn't risking waking up the kids or my missus while I attempted to tip-toe in the dark and try to find the game in the chest of drawers. I sacked it off and decided I'd give SRIV a shot instead.
Xbox One - Warframe > Zombie Driver > Halo 5 > new > Batman AK > new
Xbox 360 - Saints Row IV > South Park
XBLA - Peggle (CURRENT) > Shank 2 > Mad Tracks > Gripshift > Earthworm Jim
Windows - Rabbids > ilomilo > Rayman Fiesta Run > Wordament Snap Attack >
On the Xbox One, Warframe
was up next anyway.
SRIV wasn't originally there as Halo: Reach
was actually up next on the Xbox 360. After looking at the achievements
however, one of them has been discontinued! I got the game for free anyway via Games with Gold and I'm not fussed at all if I don't get to play it so this game was removed from the list and deleted from my hard drive.South Park
was going to be after Halo
but I couldn't be assed starting a Windows game as part of the Bean Dive so I chucked an extra 360 title in the mix.Shank 2
was the most appealing out of my list of XBLA unstarted games so that's why this was also used for the Dive.
Out of the four titles I have to say that I really enjoyed what I played of them leading up to the first achievement. Warframe
really impressed me with its fast, smooth and interesting third-person battling. If I'm no longer rocking the third-person world that is The Division
, I reckon that when I get my teeth stuck into this, it will make a fine replacement. Even from just playing it for what must have been no longer than an hour, I could see why the game is still continuing to receive updates and patches and why the life of the game can go on for so long. Just from looking at the different stats and options, I could see that there was tons and tons of weapons, characters, skins, missions, enemies and so much more to check out and I really can't wait to dive further into this crazy looking world once I'm done with Peggle
and then Rabbids Big Bang (Win 8)
. It's going to be tough trying to stick to the rotation when Warframe
's waiting for me!
SR IV wasn't massively impressive but still fun none-the-less. The gameplay was OK but graphically it looked like it hadn't aged well. The gunplay was alright in the first mission but I'm not going to be too judgemental at this point. I've enjoyed the first three titles from the series so I'm going to keep an open mind when I hopefully see a lot more content as and when I make my return to the game.Shank 2
looks like a lot of fun. Straight away the action was so easy to get into as I started making quick work of specifically 12 enemies for the first achievement. I liked the beating up and I could see that other characters can be unlocked as well as weapons and upgrades too. I liked the visuals, how smooth it played, and look forward to coming back to this game too.
Last but not least, South Park
. It honestly took me about two to three hours just to get the first achievement which ended up not even being campaign related either. After looking at the achievement list, the one at the top was the New Kid on the Block
achievement which I automatically assumed would be the first to unlock. I didn't realise at the time that this wasn't the lowest ratio achievement as the Poco Chinpoko
actually was. It still took me ages to unlock it but I had a blast meeting different characters and venturing around South Park. The game so far has been as humorous as expected an the turn-based combat works really well. I've made some fine choices to Bean Dive this year! TA PODCAST - EPISODE 77 WITH YOURS TRULY
I may have mentioned it already but just in case you didn't see it, I was a guest again on the TrueAchievements Podcast!
Have a listen to it via this link
and drop a comment on the story itself or shoot us a like on the TrueGaming Network
YouTube!CLIP CAP, IT'S BEEN A WHILE
I'm plugging my own video this week as my Clip Cap
series made a surprising return this week. I finally got around to cleaning up my stray clips from Tom Clancy's The Division
and put them all together to form Clip Cap 27
. The footage is from the Dark Zone and the Last Stand
DLC with a mix of all four of my agents in the mix.
It was great watching and putting the video together. I enjoyed having a blast back to the past as the game will always have a little spot in my heart. It's been the only Xbox One game so far that I've actually carried on playing despite having unlocked all of the achievements. There's only a handful of Xbox 360 games that made me game that way so The Division
should be proud of such a personal accomplishment. If I wasn't such a sucker for "the backlog", I'd probably still play it now and again as there's still plenty of new content being added to the game via free updates. It's ashame that there's no more actual DLC being made for the game.CLIP OF THE WEEKHITMAN
scores another Clip of the Week this week thanks to the Giddy Up
achievement which is also an Easter Egg in Episode Five: Colorado
. In the clip, I'm disguised as a Hacker and I need to distract the squad leader who is ordering his men to constantly do press-ups. Once distracted, I needed to run to the nearby radio, turn it on, and watch as the soldiers did something a bit more exciting rather than exercises:
Achievement unlocked! I had kept hold of this achievement for streak-keeping purposes but ended up having to use it on the Monday.NEWS THAT'S CAUGHT MY EYE
The Monster Hunter
series is not something I've ever looked at during my many years of gaming. It doesn't help that it's pretty much been a Nintendo title for god knows how long but now that it's coming to the Xbox One, I'm sure many of us will be checking out. I still didn't have any interest to be honest but I covered a story for Monster Hunter: World
for the first time last Sunday
. Check out the video from the story which showcases some gameplay as well as reactions from those who were at the event at the time:
After seeing the gameplay and getting a bit of Lost Planet
vibe from it, I went back to some of the older stories for a deeper look into the game and liked what I saw. If it's anything like Lost Planet
was, I'll definitely pick it up at some point after it comes out. I like the look of the huge world, huge monsters and potential to climb and explore vast areas and mess with different weapons and possibly equipment too. I'll be keeping an eye on the title from here on out.SONG OF THE WEEK
Bit of a different vibe this week! Sway and his team post up some great interviews of today's hip-hop stars as well as some of the legends of the game too. Sometimes, his interviewees may take part in a little game called "Five Fingers of Death". This is where DJ Wonder will put on five different beats one at a time, and it's the interviewee will then need to do their best to freestyle or spit bars over the beats without completely choking. The slight error here or there isn't too bad but no one would try to attempt it anyway if they weren't skilled enough to do so. Even though this isn't from the official channel for Sway In The Morning
, it's a great compilation of some of the funnier freestyles and includes Mac Miller, Tyler, The Creator, Wayne Brady who really impressed me with his freestyle skills, and Riff Raff:
I actually downloaded a couple of the freestyles and added them to my music rotation on my phone and CDs in my car thanks to some serious spitting from Dizzie Rascal and Papoose. If you're a hip-hop fan, you should definitely be keeping up with Sway In The Morning
on Shade 45!SCREEN OF THE WEEK
Just a quick screen of my Intensive Training result after doing battle with Aranea a few times:
THIS WEEK'S STREAM
I was off on Tuesday and Friday this week, so on Tuesday, the release day for the "Episode Prompto" DLC in Final Fantasy XV
, I decided to stream some of it:
I didn't know how short the story was going to be at the time otherwise I may as well have streamed the entire completion!
That's all for this week guys! Thanks for reading and join me again next weekend where I'll hopefully be typing about the old hiesters getting back together for some Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
, more of The Surge
, and potentially a successful completion of HITMAN
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