As expected, it's been a pretty busy week so far. Bus Driver training has been interesting to say the least but it's been a great experience so far and I'm looking forward to whatever is in store for next week. I've not missed my current place of work at all but I have been missing out on the time I could've spent gaming. There's not a massive amount to talk about from the week so the blog post may not be as lengthy as it usually is.DEDICATED AS ALWAYS TO THE BACKLOG
Here's this weeks look at the current state of my 2017 Bean Dive
Start completion % = 94.89
End completion % = 93.12
Final dive % = 1.77
Current completion % = 93.69 93.78
Recovered completion % = 0.58 0.66
Achievements needed for recovery = 131 122
Total games dived = 4
Beat the Completion Percentage of adiash73 by 01 Jan 18
Goal progress - 32.3% 44.9%
Time progress - 13.81% 17.13%
Progressing well here.
A Completion Percentage of 94.89 by 01 Sep 17 (Time to recover the Bean Dive)
Goal progress - 31% 36.2%
Time progress - 43.33% 53.33%
I keep getting behind each week. I need to knock out more than streak-keepers if I'm to really hit this target.Warframe
As anyone who keeps an eye on me on Xbox Live or here at TA, you'll obviously be able to tell that I'm still thoroughly enjoying Warframe
. I've unlocked 38 or the 70 achievements so I'm halfway there in terms of achievements won, but there's still plenty more planets to explore, weapons to rank up and other odd achievements to unlock.
The game is fantastic though and apparently it's come a long way since its original port from the PC back in 2014. I had a quick look at one of Skill Up
's videos, a popular YouTuber who covers the likes of Tom Clancy's The Division
, as he also recently got into Warframe
(again for him) and loved it. In his video, he has some recorded footage of when he first played the game and just looking at a minute or so of this old footage shows just how much the game has come on. I'll touch a bit more on this later in the blog post.
I'm finding it tough to put Warframe
down. Even though I'm currently halfway through my two weeks off work, I've been doing bud driver training all week, 8am-4pm, and then doing the family-thing in the evening. Some nights, my missus will take the kids in her sister's garden next door for the evening so when an opportunity like this arises, I have to jump on the Xbox quick! I should be working on Rabbids Big Bang (Win 8)
really as this is still the current to-do game on my list but if the TV is free, then obviously I'm going to dive into a bit of Warframe
instead!Cut The Rope (WP)
I had to pull a couple of achievements from this to keep the streak alive. Nothing more, nothing less.Final Fantasy XV
Title Update 1.13
released earlier in the week for Final Fantasy XV
and brought with it two new achievements. With their just being two in the form of an update rather than full-on DLC, this seemed like the perfect time to unlock them especially as I needed to keep my streak alive with achievements from game's I'd already started.
The Love Turned Tragic
achievement was piss-easy as the Magitek Exosuits had finally been added to the game. I simply activated the mission, donned the new suits, took advantage of the 30 minutes invincibility, and whooped the enemies ass. I was tempted to pop the other achievement as well but held myself back and decided to save it for the next day to continue the streak.
I came back the next day for the Seize The Moment
achievement, and realised I hadn't saved my game!
I'd completed the quest the day before, gone to one of the expensive hotels to benefit from double XP, and assumed the game would've automatically saved at this point. Well, maybe it did as I'm sure it saved automatically at certain points or times (or maybe that's The Surge
), but either way, the same quest was available again.
I ventured out into the wild to find enemies I could use to help me unlock this achievement. My characters seemed to powerful though and even equipping them with weaker weapons didn't seem to do the trick either. I needed to knock enemies down so they would be in a "vulnerable" state but there's only a few ways to actually knock enemies own. Most of the enemies I encountered were too weak or just wouldn't go into vulnerable state. I had a quick look at Jewhack
's solution for the achievement which directed me to a certain area where the enemies would be handier for nailing this achievement. It still took a good two hours to do as when the Magitek Assassins or other Magitek soldiers would go vulnerable, the new "system" wouldn't always kick in. I purposely stayed out during the night to allow for tougher enemies to spawn but again, the system wouldn't always kick in when enemies became vulnerable and sometimes the enemies just wouldn't become vulnerable at all!
I got it done eventually anyway and bagged the achievement. Now I'm just waiting again for the next lot of achievements to be added.The Streak Continues
The achievement streak is still going strong at 221 Days
but I overused an extra achievement three times this week!
On July 30th
, I saved the Alchemist
achievement for the streak as I only needed to complete one more mod transmute. I did this, popped the achievement and then continued playing. I didn't realise how close I was to maxing out my Heavy Hammer type weapon and ended up hitting level 30 and popping the Heavy Weapon Proficiency
The next day (July 31st
), I intentionally used the Tummy Teaser
achievement in Cut The Rope
as I didn't think I'd have time to play anything else. A bit of time popped up and of course, I dived onto Warframe
. I was just playing through the game normally and managed to pop the KABOOM!
achievement for killing 10 or more enemies in a single explosion. I didn't even intend to to be honest and it seemed to just pop at random.
Then on August 4th
, I used the Icarus
achievement in Cut The Rope
, which popped straight away surprisingly as I must've met the requirements in a previous attempt. Then, I jumped on Warframe
and maxed out my third Dagger for the Dagger Mastery
achievement. Again, I hadn't paid attention and remembered that this was my third dagger.THE BUS DRIVER TRAINING HAS BEEN... INTERESTING
This is the exact same model as the one I'm training in.
Minus the small trailer at the back
As some of you will have already known, the practical side of my Bus Driver training kicked off on Monday this week. Me and another guy have been training together and taking it turns to practice different things on the bus. Our trainer said that he wouldn't normally take trainees out driving on the first day but felt pretty confident in his first impression of us. We kept it basic to begin with by stopping and starting and then soon had a blast at a nearby roundabout in Blackburn. All went well and then I even got the opportunity to drive back from Blackburn to the Bus Depot in Preston.
The bus itself however, was pretty old school with a pretty tacky paint job as it looked like it was formerly blue before the "fresh" red coat. Something, which we discovered was broken three days later, was making the engine sound like a tractor, the stairs were steep and not disability-friendly, the bus itself was long as hell and pretty slow too, and you could just generally tell that the bus was pretty old. It was my first time ever driving an automatic which unsurprisingly didn't take much getting used to. Although oddly, setting off wasn't an issue as I'd just select drive, take the handbrake off and push down on the accelerator. It was braking that I struggled with for most of the week as the brakes where hydrolic. At first, my left foot wanted to go put my foot down on the invisible clutch whenever I was coming to a stop. This didn't last long anyway but the brake pedal on the bus was stiff and sensitive at the same time. Even pushing in just a bit would activate the retarder in which a light on the dashboard would come up so at least then I knew I was actually doing something with the brakes. As I gradually pressed down on the brake more it didn't feel like it was doing much so then I'd press down a lot firmer make the bus almost stop, let off the brake a bit, and then press down on the brake again. Physically, this didn't bother me as I knew what was coming but for my trainer and fellow trainee, they'd be lurched forward two or three times each time!
On the Tuesday, we practised the reversing manoeuvre, which looks like this:
My fellow trainee went first so I got to soak up all of the mistakes he made and then pull it off pretty well myself. I don't want to be too over-confident just in case it all goes wrong, but I found it pretty easy thanks to the trainer. With cones to use during the exercise, these signal went to turn in a certain direction or straighten up etc. The only tough part was to make sure the back-end of the bus was within the marked area at the end of the exercise. Thankfully, after failing the first time I worked out where I needed to be for the next few attempts. I could either line up the marker lights with the top of the finish line when reversing, or remember where abouts the front of the bus ended up once parked, which was roughly towards the front end of the finishing cones.
We also did roundabouts but for a lot longer than on the first day. Again, my fellow trainee went first and I got to learn from his mistakes before having a go myself. However, not to put the other guy down, I feel quite confident with the length of the bus so staying clear of the roundabout on the offside whilst also staying respectfully in lane wasn't much of an issue for me.
On the Wednesday, we worked on roundabouts again and then went for a spin down country lanes. It was pretty intense but again, not that difficult really. The only thing I needed to do, was take my time! Unlike my fellow trainee who liked to reach the speed limit were possible and not bother so much about slowing down on blind bends and what not.
The trainer was going to look at tight turns and bus stops with us in which my fellow trainee took the wheel again. The aim of stopping at each bus stop was to keep the bus as close to the kerb as possible, without rubbing the wheels and also being as in-line with the marked area of the bus stop as possible. Sadly, my fellow trainee concentrated so hard on where the kerb was that he struggled to straighten the bus up and also keep an eye on any hazards in front. At the first bus stop he came to, he parked to close to a post and as he went to pull away, he didn't steer to the right hard and quick enough and knocked off the nearside mirror with the post. The training bus came with an extra set of mirrors for the trainer to use but sadly, my fellow trainee had knocked off the mirror we were using. The trainer managed to get it back together but after fixing it back to the structure, it was wobbly and the mirror seemed to be warped. We drove on but the mirror was obviously not right so we stopped at another bus stop and tried to rearrange the mirror again. The same thing happened again but then we noticed that warning lights were flashing on the dash as the coolant temperature was too high!
The trainer called an engineer at the depot who said to let it cool down for 5-10 minutes and then get it back to the depot. The trainer took the wheel at this point and set off back. We pretty much only needed to get to the other side of the town centre but sadly, some one had been knocked over on the road in the middle of town and the ringway was closed off. This was causing huge queues of traffic and forcing almost every driver to find an alternative route. Our trainer kept turning off the bus when he got the opportunity but obviously with a big machine like the one in the picture above, a few minutes here and there of switching the engine off wasn't going to make a massive difference. Eventually, we had to ditch the bus in town. The trainer obviously had to stay with it and wait for an engineer to come out while me and my fellow trainee walked back to the depot.
The next day on the Thursday after arriving at the depot at 8am, we must've spent about three and a half hours pretty much doing nothing. We revised questions for the small question-filled test that will come before the practical, but thankfully, there wasn't much to it. After this, we just hung around in the bru room hoping that another depot would be able to provide us with a training bus. What I'd not realised at the time was that the bus we were training on also came with a second handbrake for the trainer to use. Thankfully, he felt confident enough in us to take a normal double decker for a spin, so after sticking several 'L' signs in the windows of the bus, we took this out for a spin instead.
Driving this bad boy was so much better!
This up-to-date bus, was miles better than the coach we had been using. It was faster, smoother, and just generally felt much better. Plus, it wasn't as long as the coach!
We spent the rest of the day practising bus stops which I nailed pretty much everytime! This only lasted for half the day as we finished up a little early to the trainer could try and arrange another training bus for the next day. Sadly, it wasn't to be and without much else for us to do, he have us both the Friday off.
Over the weekend, the trainer texted me and the other trainee and said that the training bus would be fixed for Wednesday but for Monday and Tuesday we could use the decker. There's no confirmed word yet on when the test will be but he's hoping to get it pencilled in for the Wednesday. For me, the sooner the better! The best case scenario would have been to have the test definitely pencilled in and then I would've handed in my notice to where I am now so then I wouldn't of had to return after my two weeks off. If I didn't pass the test and I couldn't try it again for a while, I'd then just retract my notice and carry on for a bit longer. Now, I'll definitely be returning to work but I'm hoping that if the tests are on Wednesday and I pass them both, I can give my notice in on the same day and call it a "night" for where I am now on the following Wednesday night! Then, I'd start at my new place of employment ideally on the following Monday.
Be sure to check my blog post out next weekend or possibly a status update on TA for what happens! YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE WEEK
As mentioned earlier, I checked out Skill Up's 2017 review of Warframe
and I know it will definitely be beneficial for those who may have been in the same boat as Skill Up. I honestly didn't realise how much the game had changed since it launched on the Xbox One so my experience and feedback has been nothing but positive without anything I can really say how it used to be. Also, as Skill Up states in his video, there isn't really anywhere that will have an up-to-date review of the game. After all, developers may update their games months, years down the line but reviewers won't do the same thing. Check out the video and enjoy:
CLIP OF THE WEEK
The only clip I recorded this week was of myself making a tenth of the progress needed towards the "Seize the Moment" achievement in Final Fantasy XV
This was the only time I managed to pull it off against a Red Giant. He's not the best enemy to try this achievement against.NEWS THAT'S CAUGHT MY EYE
With being so busy this week, I haven't typed up a massive amount of news nor have a really read any of the news either. The most eye-catching story for me this week was my own with the reveal
of the many different weapon types in Monster Hunter: World
That's just one of the many videos Capcom released to showcase the different weapons. The game is looking super-cool though and a mentioned in previous posts, it's one I'm definitely keeping an eye on.SONG OF THE WEEK
DJ Khaled strikes again with "another one" off of his recent album "Grateful". Enlisting the help of Future, 21 Savage, Migos, and T.I. on Iced Out My Arms
, the song is pretty crazy. I think Future and Migos are alright, I haven't listened to much of 21 Savage although I didn't think much of Panda
, but me and T.I. go waaaaay back so it was interesting to see him thrown into this new age, trap-filled song. However, let's not forget, T.I. is one of those old-school trappers from the 00's so you know, respect is due. Take a listen and try not to nod your head and let your shoulders lose control
SCREEN OF THE WEEK
No new screen this week. I should've took a pretty shot from my quick re-visit to FFXV come to think of it. THIS WEEK'S STREAM
I fired up the Tenno Treezy
episodes again this week with the seventh instalment. As you can probably guess from the title, I'm referring to the Bus Driver training situation:
That's it for this week guys. It's probably going to be a very short blog post next weekend as I'm training again all week, my missus is away from Friday morning through to Sunday night on a hen-do, and then I go back to work on the Sunday night so this doesn't leave with a massive amount of time for, well... anything really.TWITTER | YOUTUBE | TWITCH | MIXER | GOOGLE | DISCORD | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | STEAM | TRUETROPHIES