Achievements Earned In:
- Sky Force Anniversary
- The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
Xbox OneAchievements unlocked:
It all came down to grinding in Sky Force Anniversary
for Sunday and Monday. Apparently when I finished playing Saturday night I had done so with 99 medals, so I quickly loaded up mission 6 and earned a medal I didn't have, getting the 100 medals achievement, which is the most difficult achievement in the list. Before moving to the full grinding, I also still needed to save VIPS...which I hadn't even seen up to this point. Apparently they only pop up when the game first boots up, so I had to quit out and check over and over. This took far longer than it should have. Kind of an annoying mechanic. With that out of the way, it was time to start working on getting all the stars and cards I needed and I figured I'd first go for the latter since getting those would also inadvertently get me stars, too. I decided to play mission 7 on Insane difficulty as the rate of cards dropping was pretty high while the enemies weren't too hard so I could finish the level with my treasure. Overall, this and the stars achievement would have taken much longer over the week if I didn't have to take Monday off from work to watch my daughter since we are for the first time a two-working adult household, hadn't managed to setup child care yet. and my daughter was off from school for the holiday. This gave me a full day (discounting chores and spending time with my daughter; I do miss being a stay-at-home parent...) to grind and I managed to get the remaining 5 cards I needed along with spending most of the night getting my 500,000 stars in Mission 5 on Nightmare difficulty. By the time I'd finished my grind, I was easily able to get the four medals for the mission and difficulty every time. I had it down pat! I was quite happy to knock this out. Maybe I'll do the recent sequel soon. Maybe. Someday.
Xbox OneAchievements unlocked:
Last week after I finished Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
, I was going to move onto Pharaonic
next, but when I mentioned the ratios made it look like it might be tough both my wife and daughter said I should do something easier and talked me into playing something else. Well, I blew through that so now here we were! I decided to take the dive and go back to it. From the research I'd done it was more-or-less side-scrolling, Egyptian Dark Souls. I was expecting a pretty big learning curve but I was pretty quickly parrying and dodging like a pro. In fact...besides a big arena-like fight right outside the final boss's the game was really easy. Is it just me? Am I just pretty good at games? The ratios are REALLY high...did people pop the game in, die (getting their first achievement), and then back out? I just don't get it. I made mincemeat of boss after boss, cutting a swath through ancient Egypt. This continued through the week, getting about 10 achievement each day. But, then Saturday morning came. I reached the final area of the game and ran into the only wall I found in the game.
First, the area itself is kind of tough; through most of the game I was able to hit the first shrine, checkpoint, then easily make it to the second one in the area. For the Red Pharaoh's palace, I had to go through a laborious hour or so just to finally make it to the second checkpoint. There were many small arena fights, with each one getting harder and harder, culminating in wall number two: a ridiculous three-wave fight against four larger enemies with ridiculous speed and reach. It took me an hour alone to beat this encounter and a lot of anger. The problem came mostly with the first wave, where the enemies will happily try to attack you (and succeed) through their partners in front of them ending with my face being demolished by three different attacks at once. Or, I'll dodge the attack of one only to end my animation in the attack of one or two others. It was just frustrating. Thank GOD that the second checkpoint I was trying to reach in that area was right before this fight. By the time I'd finished, I was ready to be done...but the next room housed the final boss. Now, I'll go ahead and saw he was just as easy as most of the bosses, so that wasn't hard. The hard part was the need for three different endings. The game is mean and auto-saves when you make the choice and again when you beat the game. That means without playing with offline mode and cloud saves, you have to play this game THREE DIFFERENT TIMES. This would have been outright awful, but I did indeed pull the cloud save, go offline, do one ending, delete the local save and do it again. By the time I'd gotten the pattern down and won the first ending achievement, I was easily able to hand him his butt the next two times. This left the final achievement I'd missed in the first level for killing the first boss with a torch. This is because when bosses have what looks like a good 1/20 of their health bar left, it actually means they're one hit from death instead of the 3-4 that it looks like. This...was overall way too easy for a game with an overall 4+ ratio. I'm so glad I got around to whooping this game's butt.
Platform: I know of many ways to skin an anus-faced serpent monster.
Xbox OneAchievements unlocked:
I took a quick trip into The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
on Saturday. It took a while to land on a choice, though. I only have a couple more weeks until my Game Pass subscription ends so I couldn't very well start something that took too long. I'm also still avoiding games I own and games that have unobtainable achievements, so my choices are quite limited. I was going to do Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
or State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition
, but I'd rather do the Xbox 360 versions of them first. It's always hard to go from a new game to an old game, and this is even more true for the same game. But, funny enough, the game I DID choose is actually the Xbox One version of an Xbox 360 game, but they're likely to similar I didn't think it'd matter. This will likely be my final Game Pass title before I move back to my Xbox 360 backlog. I only played the first chapter (of five) but it's a fun point-and-click adventure with good voice acting and the usual obscure puzzle solutions. A guide keeps the latter from being an issue. I'm sure it'll be a fun little game, and it luckily doesn't take itself too seriously.
It's never lupus!
1.00 (tie)As of 02:32 CST, Jan 21 2018
------------------------------------------Stats for the week:
- 74 achievements (24,561)
- 1460 Gamerscore (580,060)