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Nov
19
PermalinkWeek of Nov 12 2017 - "Prepare to face mutant opposition."

Achievements Earned In:
- Defiance
- Puzzle Arcade
- Stranglehold
- Minecraft: Pocket Edition




Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 3
Gamerscore earned: 115
Completion: 100%

I finally finished Defiance this week! On Sunday, all I had left to do was to complete one Top Notch Toolworks daily and win one match of Freight Yard and I had my final achievements! I did play until Monday so I could help Shawn1991 queue up for his remaining two days of Chimera dailies, but that was the end of that. I'm so happy to have this one down. It only took a month and three days to finish everything up. That's way below our estimate!




Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 11
Gamerscore earned: 195
Completion: 100%

With Defiance thoroughly handled, I turned my attention back to my new game from last week, Puzzle Arcade. This game is really easy, as it's just putting together jigsaw puzzles...a lot. The two longer achievements took about 4 hours each, so those were a bore. The other achievements were no problem and I got a session together on Thursday for the one multiplayer achievement. All-in-all a fun little game that I'd been meaning to play for some time now.




Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 23
Gamerscore earned: 465
Completion: 100%

I also jumped back on Stranglehold this week after grabbing a second copy last week from a local gaming store. Looking through the achievements for the online, I realized that it wouldn't take anywhere near as long as I'd expected and I could likely finish it in one sitting. I set to work and ended up lollygagging a little too much, so I had to split it into two sessions but in no time I'd completed that batch of achievements. Compared to previous grinds I'd done this was cake.

Feel the wrath of the Woo!Feel the wrath of the Woo!





Platform: Android
Achievements unlocked: 1
Gamerscore earned: 20
Completion: 100%

They finally fixed the final achievement in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, so I quickly popped in and unlocked that one. The achievement even popped before I could load the map up, so that really was just a quick thing.



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Highest ratio: 12.02
Minecraft: Pocket Edition (Android)So I Got That Going for MeThe So I Got That Going for Me achievement in Minecraft: Pocket Edition (Android) worth 153 pointsLead a Caravan containing at least 5 Llamas



Lowest ratio: 1.18
Puzzle ArcadeLove That PuzzleThe Love That Puzzle achievement in Puzzle Arcade worth 6 pointsComplete the same puzzle in Classic and Turbo modes.



As of 12:05 CST, Nov 19 2017



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Stats for the week:
- 38 achievements (24,027)
- 795 Gamerscore (565,415)
Posted by Fire Hawk D on 19 November 17 at 20:58 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Nov
12
PermalinkWeek of Nov 05 2017 - "Really? I know how to swim, you a**hole."

Achievements Earned In:
- Defiance
- Puzzle Arcade




Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 15
Gamerscore earned: 365
Completion: 96%

So, I may have been only very slightly too confident last week when talking about my completion of Defiance. It will in fact be written about in my next two blogs posts...but that's only because of my strict Saturday-at-midnight cutoff for achievements. Yeah, I'm pretty much done. As of midnight I only needed one win in Freight Yard and one more daily for Top-Notch Toolworks for my final achievement. So, not even an hour! It was obviously a good week, starting on a high note; not long after completing my blog I got my Lucky Kitty title and achievement, marking the end of my "achievement-a-day" efforts in this game. With the Warmaster killed and the Lucky Kitty in my hands it was time to just blow through what I could every day. Our first goal was to complete and earn gold medals on the Gunslinger Trials. with those other achievements out of the way, this was the only worry left. And...again, should not have been one. It was a joke! Granted, there was one arena that gave us a moment of pause since Dekuso is a pain and annoyance of a boss. But, it took us only a few attempts to get a strategy that worked and it was back to clearing them quickly. This ended any need for co-op in the game, though I did recruit Shawn1991 to help me run a new character through the Arkbreaker DLC Combat Tech side missions for the achievement that glitched on me. I got so much out of the way so quickly! This has been a much shorter experience than we'd both expected. The real reason that a good couple weeks got cut off was that we found a clan that would run us through the Chimera dailies, something we couldn't normally do until we hit EGO level 5000. Here, just about to finish, I'm still only at level 3,400. That's a month of playing! Hitting level 5000 would have added a long tail to my playtime. On top of that, it would have been another 25 dailies after hitting 5000 to get the achievement. So, the real hero is link199097, who would often go out of his way to take us through them daily. That was awesome! Final verdict: this was a completely capable MMOTPS but more than a little dull and repetitious. I look forward to typing about how it took me a few minutes to complete this after I finish this here entry.

Real heroes don't look at the explosions.Real heroes don't look at the explosions.





Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 1
Gamerscore earned: 5
Completion: 8%

I actually decided to play something else this week when I ran out of things to do in Defiance for the day. On Monday, I started Puzzle Arcade for, if anything, a change of pace. I also ended up needing an achievement for the day, so it worked out. I worked a while on a puzzle with 1008 pieces, but made only a little progress. I quickly finished a 9-piece kitten puzzle for my achievement and stopped for the week. My goal next will be to finish it. Should be fun.



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Highest ratio: 3.75
DefianceStargazerThe Stargazer achievement in Defiance worth 56 pointsWin 10 matches in Observatory



Lowest ratio: 1.00
Puzzle ArcadeFirst TimerThe First Timer achievement in Puzzle Arcade worth 5 pointsComplete your first puzzle.



As of 02:07 CST, Nov 12 2017



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Stats for the week:
- 16 achievements (23,989)
- 370 Gamerscore (564,620)
Posted by Fire Hawk D on 12 November 17 at 21:12 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Nov
05
PermalinkWeek of Oct 29 2017 - "We're not waiting for prosperity."

Achievements Earned In:
- Defiance




Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 9
Gamerscore earned: 210
Completion: 76%

Another week, more Defiance. I'm actually seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, though! The main time-consuming achievements are for getting Rank 3 reputation with the four main base game factions and completing 25 daily contracts with two of the DLC factions. Then, there are three "iffy" achievements: one for landing the killing blow on a fairly rare opponent in a public event, one for killing a VERY tough boss, and one that is 100% luck. In the latter group, I actually managed to get two of them! On Sunday I started testing how the minor arkfall sites work and quickly figured out the pattern on how the Huntmaster spawns. I even fought 4 of them, but they were killed by other people around. But, I finally got one with the right conditions and no one else around and got the achievement! For the next couple days I turned to trying the major arkfall impacts to kill the Warmaster, which I was a little more worried about getting. From everything I'd read the boss was a PAIN to kill without advanced planning and coordination. But, I decided bunk to that and started just calling down arkfalls and hoping people would show. I got it about 1/5 of the way down a few times before Friday, when a clanmate of mine BloodierPrince started calling people to fight the Warmaster. I jumped to him and sure enough a couple clanmates, some randoms, and myself took him down! I felt bad, because a mere ten minutes later Shawn1991 came online, so we're gonna have to work on getting him the achievement. Out of the worrisome achievements, this leaves the completely luck-based one. I tried to attend as many incursions as I could throughout the week and still no sign of the Lucky Kitty title. *groan*

Other than that, it was time to work on getting the rep and dailies every day. I need to do 25 dailies for two factions, which obviously would have required 25 days to complete but I gave in and bought a 30-day Patron Pass for $10.00, which means I get double dailies every day, double weeklies, and more EGO and rep overall. It should cut my time on the game by a lot. I managed to finish upgrading my rep with the 7th Legion, but one of the pursuits I need to complete requires my buying 10 items at 100 rep each. I only needed to reach a couple hundred rep to reach the rank I needed, so it's going to be grinding from here on out. I also still need two more PvP map achievements for wins, which I'm close for one but no so much on the other. All-in-all, this won't take much longer. If I'm still playing this in two more blog posts (not counting maybe grinding a little rep daily or trying to the Lucky Kitty title) I'll be really surprised.

Whoa, whoa, whoa big guy. Can't we talk this out?Whoa, whoa, whoa big guy. Can't we talk this out?




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Highest ratio: 4.63
DefianceChasing ShadowsThe Chasing Shadows achievement in Defiance worth 69 pointsCapture 50 points in Shadow War



Lowest ratio: 1.98
DefianceSuper ExcitedThe Super Excited achievement in Defiance worth 30 pointsComplete the Scrapworks Salvage co-op map



As of 02:03 CST, Nov 05 2017



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Stats for the week:
- 9 achievements (23,973)
- 210 Gamerscore (564,250)
Posted by Fire Hawk D on 05 November 17 at 17:41 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Oct
29
PermalinkWeek of Oct 22 2017 - "The techmag drive is exposed!"

Achievements Earned In:
- Defiance




Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 8
Gamerscore earned: 130
Completion: 64%

Continuing our trek through Defiance, Shawn1991and I made more good progress over week three. Playing the game daily has devolved into tedium, as there's just so little to do; the dailies are missions that repeat in the story line and various side-quests and you're therefore just repeating the same thing over and over again. There are only a handful of different kinds of arkfalls and incursions (which the latter repeats the same tiny handful of objectives again and again within the same incursion event). It's just...boring. Luckily, this is all also very easy so far. I did fight my first Volge Warmaster, which wasn't as hard as I thought it'd be and is probably still the hardest thing I'll encounter in my quest to finish the game. progress-wise, I'm now EGO rank 1682, at least Reliable with all the important factions but one, and I'm just cutting a swath through the inhabitants of California with some strong equipment my clan tends to just hand me all the time. It's still looking like this will take, at most, two months, with maybe a little daily 20-minute playtime to grind rep with the final faction. It's going to be cake, but I may have to start something else soon. It's getting harder and harder to get an achievement daily in just this.

This could be considered overkill, but I don't care!This could be considered overkill, but I don't care!




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Highest ratio: 3.57
DefianceWharfieThe Wharfie achievement in Defiance worth 54 pointsWin 10 matches in Waterfront



Lowest ratio: 1.54
DefianceWrong HandsThe Wrong Hands achievement in Defiance worth 23 pointsComplete Act 2



As of 01:37 CDT, Oct 29 2017



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Stats for the week:
- 8 achievements (23,964)
- 130 Gamerscore (564,040)
Posted by Fire Hawk D on 29 October 17 at 18:41 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Oct
23
PermalinkWeek of Oct 15 2017 - "We sure are glad you came along."

Achievements Earned In:
- Defiance




Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 16
Gamerscore earned: 355
Completion: 53%

As Defiance is an MMO, I of course spent all week devoting any gaming time I had to making as much progress as I could. And it went well! Only about two weeks in and I'm already EGO level 1200, almost halfway done with my rep grind, and I have over half the achievements. I'm estimating around two months to finish this up? It's an okay game, but it's more repetitive than most games. In other games, sure, you're doing fetch quests and shooting enemies same as every other game, but in those games you're moving to new areas, fighting new enemies, talking to new quest givers. In this game you fight the same enemies in the same zones at the same events ad naseum. I'm luckily good at repetitive tasks or I'd have thrown myself out the windows by now. I should talk about the process a little. I start each day after work doing my dailies, which are chosen from a small pool of available missions, and that works on my reputation. Then it's off to Incursions and Arkfalls (world events) to grind experience. And...that's really it. My goal is to avoid using any other games to continue my streak for as long as possible. So far, so good. It'll get done, it'll be a cool completion, but I'm so bored!



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Highest ratio: 4.41
DefianceVehicular ManslaughterThe Vehicular Manslaughter achievement in Defiance worth 66 pointsKill 25 players by running them over



Lowest ratio: 1.62
DefiancePowerful EGOThe Powerful EGO achievement in Defiance worth 24 pointsCompletely upgrade an EGO Power



As of 18:23 CDT, Oct 22 2017



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Stats for the week:
- 16 achievements (23,956)
- 355 Gamerscore (563,910)
Posted by Fire Hawk D on 23 October 17 at 00:28 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.