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Mar
25
PermalinkWeek of Mar 18 2018 - "Mother Two, this is Razor Six Four."

Achievements Earned In:
- Sniper: Ghost Warrior
- Fireburst
- Storm




Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 11
Gamerscore earned: 380
Completion: 79%


This was a very glitchy week, starting with more Sniper: Ghost Warrior. As I mentioned last week, the achievement for grabbing all of the collectibles isn't obtainable with the most recent patches for the game. This means I had to clear my cache and earn the achievement offline. Of course, before this, I had to complete the rest of the game on hard still. The rest of the game wasn't as tough as the level from last week, but it's still annoying and broken at times. There's one part where you have to get to an objective marker from a camp and once you leave the camp you're just constantly taking damage. If you don't have full syringes for health and run at full speed you just can't make it. Whether this is an outright glitch or it's intended, it's still stupid. Of course, I did end up finishing, because I'm just that good. I went back and got the two glitched collectibles along with one I missed. Since the last few achievements are multiplayer and require 4 people, I need Shawn1991, but he was busy. That was the end of that for the week.

Well, he used to have a head...Well, he used to have a head...







Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 12
Gamerscore earned: 400
Completion: 100%


I needed a new game to play Friday night, and wanted to be a little spontaneous. This almost cost me, as my choice ended up being Fireburst. While I made a quick check on the TA flag to make sure the achievements were obtainable, a little more research would have revealed that the online is glitched. After doing a few matches online, the savegame attached to your profile is corrupted and you can't play multiplayer anymore and it freezes on the loading screen. Luckily, the internet exists and I was able to find a workaround that allowed me to get the multiplayer done. It was a pain. There are some single-player challenges that were not even a little hard, especially if you turn the AI difficulty all the way down. They become REALLY stupid and won't get in your way. Sadly, this is also glitchy, as sometimes when you're driving you'll suddenly get the "Wrong Way" alert and it won't go away. As long as this is on the screen, checkpoints won't register and you can't cross the finish line. It's easily fixed by self-destructing or crashing, but still. All-in-all, I spent more time trying to get the online workaround to work then I did beating the challenges. Short, easy game.

I think I'm winning but OHMYGODIAMONFIRE!I think I'm winning but OHMYGODIAMONFIRE!







Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 6
Gamerscore earned: 140
Completion: 50%


While checking out Fireburst, I happened to look at what other games the publisher had released out of curiosity. They only had three games: Fireburst, Capsized, and Storm. When it came time to pick a new game on Saturday, I decided to just go with the latter. It's a simple little puzzler so I pulled up YouTube, found a good set of video guides and started working my way through. If I'd been paying attention I could have easily cleared most of the game Saturday night, but I got distracted watching Jessica Jones. I did indeed finish up to Autumn, at least, though it was just under the wire. I'll likely knock this out quickly.



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Highest ratio: 3.80
Sniper: Ghost WarriorSeekerThe Seeker achievement in Sniper: Ghost Warrior worth 191 pointsCollect all secrets.



Lowest ratio: 1.04
StormSecret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in Storm worth 10 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement


As of 12:12 CDT, Mar 25 2018



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Stats for the week:
- 29 achievements (24,874)
- 920 Gamerscore (587,150)
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Mar
18
PermalinkWeek of Mar 11 2018 - "Egg beater coming in from the East."

Achievements Earned In:
- Quarrel
- Sniper: Ghost Warrior




Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 8
Gamerscore earned: 130
Completion: 100%


My mother-in-law was in town all week, so I spent a lot of time out to dinner, at malls, and generally not home. On top of that, I'm training new people at work, meaning I didn't get my own work progressing how I'd like so I stayed late all week. This left me with little time to game and made Quarrel take almost all week. But, as long as you're using a Scrabble word solver and keeping in mind the score of various letters, it's a very easy completion. And, if I had a full weekend to play it, it would take almost no time at all. I worked my way through Domination mode to start, which is more-or-less the game's campaign mode. Didn't lose a match. I moved from there to Showdown on Monday before finishing the latter (because I needed an achievement), which has you taking on each of the game's AI characters one-at-a-time. Pretty easy and took only about an hour. Finished Domination on Tuesday and moved to Challenges, where I lost my first match. Actually, I didn't even really "lose", but I had to start over because I lost a battle and for all the challenges I have to win every battle to get the gold. This was the only hiccup I had and quickly moved on to whooping the rest. I finally wrapped the game up on Thursday, not having to play further as I managed to get all of the miscellaneous achievements during my initial playthrough of the various modes. Fun little game and an easy completion, but it's sadly deslited so if you don't already have it, you're kinda outta luck.

Kali may be boned...Kali may be boned...







Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 8
Gamerscore earned: 280
Completion: 33%


Upon completion of Quarrel, I didn't really have another game lined up, but I figured it would be a larger title. Shawn1991 quickly commented on my completion that he needed my help on Sniper: Ghost Warrior, so I figured that was as good of a reason as any and downloaded it. I noticed right away that there are a couple finicky achievements and one that is outright broken, but obtainable offline. I figure that's a small annoyance and I didn't mind getting one achievement offline. I did start with one of the glitched achievements that you can get right in the beginning. With that out of the way, I started the story mode on Hard, and boy that is not a misnomer. The game can be rough. The sniping bits can be pretty fun, and I'm pretty good at that; it's everything in-between that is a massive pain. Many times you're to play as a normal ground soldier and the various guns that aren't sniper rifles have the absolute worse accuracy. Like, truly just god-awful. This is mitigated by two team members you have following you that can handle the enemies, but even that failed on the 5th level, "An Alliance To Save Rodriguez". They helped during the first fight, but quickly glitch into just standing in place and not shooting anymore. This means I had to fight my way through the next two checkpoints alone with only a terrible gun and enemies at long distances. I did manage to do it, but it took over an hour and lots of frustration. I've played harder, so I'm sure it won't be that bad. I've also got the multiplayer to grind with Shawn1991, but that'll be something for next week after my mother-in-law leaves on Sunday.

Sometimes, you just gotta give a guy a new hole in his head. Maybe he can use it to hold flowers?Sometimes, you just gotta give a guy a new hole in his head. Maybe he can use it to hold flowers?




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Highest ratio: 2.51
QuarrelCall That a Challenge?The Call That a Challenge? achievement in Quarrel worth 50 pointsComplete all Challenges to Gold standard.



Lowest ratio: 1.05
Sniper: Ghost WarriorYou Have to FocusThe You Have to Focus achievement in Sniper: Ghost Warrior worth 42 pointsKill 15 enemies using concentration mode.


As of 14:56 CDT, Mar 18 2018



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Stats for the week:
- 16 achievements (24,845)
- 410 Gamerscore (586,230)
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Mar
11
PermalinkWeek of Mar 04 2018 - "Unfrigginbelievable!"

Achievements Earned In:
- Halo: Reach
- Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
- Quarrel




Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 5
Gamerscore earned: 145
Completion: 100%

All I had left in Halo: Reach was getting the multiplayer stuff out of the way, which the time doing that was cut down considerably using a glitch. But first, I needed to get the other stuff done, which I decided to start with the Weekly Challenge. This week, it was for getting 500 kills using "precision weapons". I figured this would be easy enough using my three Xboxes, 12 controllers, and three accounts in Team SWAT mode, where we're all given DMRs. I tried to pick maps that I knew we're fairly easy to navigate (no 2-3+ story maps) and soon I was able to tell where the other accounts had spawned by their viewpoint. Getting the kills took a bit and I seemingly stopped getting cR when I played with my accounts, so I didn't get very close to leveling up. I jumped back into multiplayer and soon found I still hate the community. They're just so much better than me. Usually I tough it out, like in Battlefield, but I just don't like this series. It's not too fun and I'm not having fun with it. So, I quickly gave up and took my alternate accounts into Griffball. It was a little bit of a pain, as unlike the other modes I can only use one guest account per console. This meant I could only fill up a match enough to need one random. They usually played ball, though one guy started team-killing and I had to back out. Only took two matches and I got my final rank! This left the achievement where I'd need to reach a fairly high rank to purchase a piece of armor, but instead you can use a glitch to unlock it early, which I did immediately. Boom! Done with Halo. I know I don't like these, but I'm sure I'll play one again.






Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 14
Gamerscore earned: 400
Completion: 100%


While I was grinding Halo, I needed to play another game on Monday to keep my streak going. Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack was the result, as I'd played it before shortly with my other account and it seemed easy enough. Not only is it easy, it's also apparently quite short. It took me only a couple hours over a couple (busy) days to finish it up. The only "challenging" part of the game is getting all the gold medals needed for an achievement. The only levels I had to retry for the proper score were the first two, as there's so little to eat/collect that if I didn't get it just perfect I couldn't reach the needed total. The game itself is fun, as you play an escaped alien blob that just ingests everything. This is more or less The Blob: The Game. It's fun and backwards compatible. Play it.

The Mini-game levels are fun. Can't wait for the Gamebro Advance!The Mini-game levels are fun. Can't wait for the Gamebro Advance!







Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 4
Gamerscore earned: 70
Completion: 33%


With Mutant Blob knocked out fairly quickly, Friday evening/Saturday morning I had time to start another game. I also wanted to get more achievements then because I would be spending the rest of the day at the Mall of America. So, I went with Quarrel, a game I remember A S0T playing ages ago. I didn't get to do much, but you better believe I'm using a Scrabble solver. If you're not aware, this game is like a mash-up between Scrabble and RISK. It's a combination that works. I'm just not very good at timed word games, so I'm gonna cheat my way to victory! Should be easy enough.



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Highest ratio: 1.86
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs AttackGolden BlobThe Golden Blob achievement in Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack worth 186 pointsEarn a gold medallion in every level



Lowest ratio: 1.01
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs AttackAmuse-BoucheThe Amuse-Bouche achievement in Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack worth 20 pointsEat the final cork in Level 1


As of 17:19 CDT, Mar 11 2018



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Stats for the week:
- 23 achievements (24,829)
- 619 Gamerscore (585,820)
Posted by Fire Hawk D on 11 March 18 at 22:20 | Last edited on 11 March 18 at 22:20 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Mar
05
PermalinkWeek of Feb 25 2018 - "This one seems to like me. Someone kill it."

Achievements Earned In:
- Halo: Reach




Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 32
Gamerscore earned: 743
Completion: 93%

Another week of Halo: Reach was mostly all about the campaign since I had the majority of the non-rank multiplayer achievement done. I did have to get a few of the map pack achievement moped up on Sunday, and then a couple base game multiplayer achievements on Monday. On Tuesday, I started really diving into the story and also went back and completed the first two levels on Legendary and just decided to make my first playthrough a legendary one. Honestly, it wasn't that bad, as in many missions you can let your invincible teammates handle the brunt of the attack. This isn't as viable in later levels, where you find yourself escorted by very fragile normal marines. Or, even worse, you're left alone such as in the big final battle. But...overall, I didn't have much of an issue. You can skip some chunks of certain levels and even when you are caught in the thick of it the right weapon can clear things up pretty easily. The miscellaneous achievements are also very simple and I was able to get all but two of them on Legendary.

One achievement was bitter sweet; the last time I visited my maternal grandma before she died, she was trying to get the achievement for landing on an Elite from a great height along with my cousin/her grandson. I remember watching them try and try before they finally got it. My grandma was always a huge gamer and loved Halo. I was hoping to get around to this game while she was still around so I could tell her when I finished it but she passed away in 2016. So, I wish I could have shown her how I got the achievement on my first try and mock her about it. Love ya, grandma.

On Saturday I had a (very) quick session with jewmas, RAS BruTaL, and alpaca777 where we got my final two multiplayer achievements that don't involve me ranking up. And, then I quickly finished up the final four missions on Legendary, knocking out the campaign. This just leaves completing a weekly challenge, earning 1 million points in a Firefight, and reaching the rank of Lt. Colonel (112,931/450,000 cR so far) so I can purchase an item. I'm not too worried. The latter one will take a bit of grinding, though.

Not cool, brooooooooooooooo~!Not cool, brooooooooooooooo~!




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Highest ratio: 2.25
Halo: ReachPaper Beats RockThe Paper Beats Rock achievement in Halo: Reach worth 34 pointsDefiant: Assassinate a player that just exited Armor-Lock in a matchmade game.



Lowest ratio: 1.10
Halo: ReachProtocol Dictates ActionThe Protocol Dictates Action achievement in Halo: Reach worth 11 pointsComplete the 3rd mission on Normal or harder.


As of 03:10 CST, Mar 04 2018



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Stats for the week:
- 32 achievements (24,806)
- 743 Gamerscore (585,205)
Posted by Fire Hawk D on 05 March 18 at 00:17 | There is 1 comment on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Feb
25
PermalinkWeek of Feb 18 2018 - "And now you're sending us."

Achievements Earned In:
- Tomb Raider - Definitive Edition
- Halo: Reach




Platform: Xbox One
Achievements unlocked: 3
Gamerscore earned: 60
Completion: 100%

All I had left this week in Tomb Raider - Definitive Edition was grinding, grinding, grinding. I managed to reach level 60 with more than enough salvage to fully upgrade and purchase everything and spent overall less time actually grinding. But, I was bored having to do this again. Not only was this my second time, but I also ended up out of the house a lot this week. This meant what is actually a pretty short grind took until Friday. This also meant I needed to start something new to keep my streak going...

This is my life now.This is my life now.







Platform: Xbox 360
Achievements unlocked: 32
Gamerscore earned: 812
Completion: 46%

That game ended up being Halo: Reach, something I've actually owned since it released. When my first Xbox 360 red-ringed one night, I headed out to Best Buy the next day because there was no way I was going to not have an Xbox. That's crazy! When I got there, though, the only Xbox 360 they had in stock was the recently-released Halo: Reach console bundle. Being extremely well-off at the time, I had no problem just paying cash for it and going home with my new stylized console. I'm actually still using that console, it acting as my "main" Xbox 360 (I have two others and am likely picking up a fourth soon...) but the game it came with was put with my collection and never touched again. I've even since sold that copy because it was free with Games with Gold back in September 2014. And now that's it's also since gone backwards compatible, it seemed like a good time to finally get around to this. Of course, the main driving force was the achievement for sharing a file possibly going fully discontinued at some point, as its been working only periodically for some time. With so many community-type achievements going dark recently, I was worried this would forever go off my playlist.

So, I jumped in on Monday, but didn't really dig in. I would just get a simple achievement every day while using most of my time to grind in Tomb Raider, only making it past the first level. When Friday finally rolled around, I was able to really play the game, opting to forgo the campaign for now and focus on the multiplayer. Now, I'm no master of shooters, but I can hold my own in the Call of Dutys and Battlefields and any derivatives. But, something has also felt "different" in Halo. I've only played Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary previously, but that's technically newer than Reach. But it all just has it's own feel to it and I'm just not a fan. So, while I'm apparently a headshot master in this game, I just can't really hold my own most of the time. This made me want to focus more on the miscellaneous achievements instead of ranking up and the list is actually pretty easy, so I figured it wouldn't take long. Well...it's not that simple. Sure, the achievements are easy enough, but getting into the maps where I can get them is way harder. Even though all of the DLC is free, people don't seem to have it for some freaking reason. After a hours of trying Friday night I finally gave up and, on Saturday, installed the game and DLC on my two Xbox 360s, too. Using the Xbox One I was playing on, I could use three accounts and my 8 extra controllers to have my own party in most modes, only needing a random when 12 players are needed. This way I was able to get all but three of the DLC achievements done over Saturday. I'll likely knock out at least two more. There's one that's gonna be really tough since it's so hard to find people with the DLC. I may even go buy a 12th controller, a 360 one, so I can do it myself. Then it's time for the campaign! I'm not worried.

I know it seems grim, and I don't know Halo lore, but I'm sure the planet of Reach will prosper!I know it seems grim, and I don't know Halo lore, but I'm sure the planet of Reach will prosper!




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Highest ratio: 5.52
Tomb Raider - Definitive EditionShopaholicThe Shopaholic achievement in Tomb Raider - Definitive Edition worth 110 pointsBuy every upgrade and character in multiplayer.



Lowest ratio: 1.03
Halo: ReachDoctor, DoctorThe Doctor, Doctor achievement in Halo: Reach worth 5 pointsUse a Health Pack to recover life after taking body damage.


As of 16:04 CST, Feb 25 2018



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Stats for the week:
- 35 achievements (24,774)
- 872 Gamerscore (584,462)
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