Looking Back on my 400 Day Streak
As I look back on my 400 day win streak, I just get exhausted thinking about it and am in shock that I really did that. I consider myself lucky to go more than 10 to 15 days in a streak really. I first realized I was even on a steak at 30. I felt like I was ready to quit at 100. So what games kept me going? Which ones did I enjoy playing the most?
I went through the period summaries for each month from July, 2019 through August, 2020. I picked two games from each month that I would say were the most enjoyable to play and grind out. I decided not to pick a game more than once. In traditional fashion, out of those 26 games, I narrowed it down to a top 10. These are in no particular order, but you might be able to judge by my comments which ones I liked closest to the number one spot.
As I have time to write, I will keep editing this post until my little stories behind the time I was playing them during the streak are finished.
1. Brothers in Arms: Hell's HighwayBrothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Achievements
This actually was the game that started the streak. Someone responded to a looking for post on Xbox I made inviting me to play a just for fun match. I found a few randoms strangely enough but it was good to experience the multiplayer for this for the first time.
I had not played a Brother's in Arms game since the demo discs of the first two games in the series on the original Xbox and was really looking forward to playing the campaign. I was waiting a long time to pick this game up. I thoroughly enjoyed the campaign. But the game hasn't aged well. There is a glitchy achievement in the multiplayer that irks me. I will finish this soon and may go back and replay so that I can read all the historical facts.
2. Binary DomainBinary Domain Achievements
I was on vacation and brought my Xbox 360 with me. I saw this pop up on sale during that time and noticed that it was a third person cover based shooter that I never heard of before. Just enough science fiction to keep me interested. I kind of bought it on a whim since I am a sucker for the genre. Oh boy am I glad I did!
While the personalities are a bit on the nose for what you would expect, the dialog and the experiences that the characters have are quite funny and enjoyable. But this game was a shooter fix that I have been looking for for a long time now. Humans versus robots was a very interested take. It has a good story. It will have to play through it again to build the trust to the max for each of the characters. It was so satisfying to see all of the metal shards fly off the robots as you hit them and see them degrade and go into bits and pieces.
I was only annoyed by how the voice command system didn't really understand the correct command from me half the time and how the AI companions got in front of my line of sight a whole bunch of times and friendly fire felt out of my control a lot of times. But I cannot recommend this game enough. I have not delved into the multiplayer yet but it looks very involved. I can't find any sessions to where people are casual or expect you to have only just started the game and not have your characters maxed out already so that is off putting to me to start that half of the game.
3. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen OrderStar Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Achievements
This is the Star Wars game you are looking for. Well, at least I was. This is probably the game of my top ten that I played the least but oh so impressed me. I am still very early into it. But I am very intrigued by the story so far and love the worlds and quests the games have created. Cal Kestis is a likeable character and being a Jedi has never felt so satisfying to me. One of the few physical games I have preordered in a few years but I just had to have this on my shelf!
4. Halo: The Master Chief CollectionHalo: The Master Chief Collection Achievements
Saying it outright, this is a beast of a game. Halo is my favorite game of all time. I love these are all in one place. Why did this make my top ten favorites to play during the streak? Well, I have been kind of lazy starting on the legendary play throughs on the MCC. But I started with Halo: Reach in this and am very satisfied with the progress I made in that campaign and finding the collectibles despite my rustiness in playing a Halo game on legendary difficulty.
I worked on finding a bunch of skulls, multiplayer achievements that could be done in custom games, some other easter eggs. I feel like there are so many new things to play for in this game despite me almost completing the Xbox 360 Halo games. Worked on ODST some. Earned ton of achievements during this steak in MCC and very fulfilling.
5. Warhammer 40,000: Space MarineWarhammer 40,000: Space Marine Achievements
Seeking to connect to my friends who play Warhammer 40,000 on table top, and seeing the game play footage and talking points MetalJesusRocks shared about the game, I was intrigued. I love Gears of War and this game is very similar, plus is adds combo melee combat into the mix. It has a good story. Just loads of fun.
But what put this one over the top for me in looking back on what I played during this streak, was earning the “Heretic” and “Let the Heaven’s Bleed” achievements.
This was a grueling co-op mode. It took several attempts in 2 – 4 hour sessions just to complete the final wave and the bonus wave, well into the night. These were among the most satisfying achievements I have ever earned. They went into my trophy case. I can help out with these in case it is needed just for fun.
Plus, I met one of my best TA friends doing this mode. I really recommend picking this one up.
6. Apex LegendsApex Legends Achievements
I am not a battle royale person, and I don't particularly enjoy free to play games for the most part. but I make an exception for World of Tanks...and Apex Legends. I loved Titanfall 2 and this fit right in with me.
OK, taking a step back, I had taken a big hiatus from this game. I had just earned the achievements for being the jump master 5 times and equipping a fully kitted weapon in February of 2019. That was only after a few games, and then I stopped. But then my nephew, whom we have a great comradery with playing games with, and you might say is my main playing buddy, completed the game. Then one of my best TA friends finally picked up an Xbox One and started by playing the heck out of Apex Legends, I figured, I got to get these two together.
I played this game with these two guys every night just about for about 2 months. We were a real team. I found myself really speaking and communicating in Apex shorthand "speak". I was saying things like "Blue 40! Blue 22!", "I'm battin' up!", "I'm syngin'!", "He's cracked!" I found myself getting really excited for finding purple or gold items, tense one on one moments, making narrow escapes and reviving my teammates under the most dire circumstances.
I also never really got into games where I was to pick a certain class character or where someone would tell me that they thought I was really good at spacial awareness or being a defensive character. I felt right at home with Pathfinder, Lifeline, and especially Wattson. I was partial to Bangalore and Gibralter.
Moments like these made the achievements and completion all that more satisfying. I vote this most likely completed game to replay just to replay it of all of these.
7. World of Tanks (Xbox One and Xbox 360)World of Tanks: Valor (Xbox 360) Achievements
World of the Tanks was the last big game I was playing heavily on my Xbox 360 before I bought my Xbox One in May of 2016. My Xbox One library was very small then so I still chipped away at in the early months of Xbox One ownership. TRANSFERRABLE PROGRESS
...wow, I was getting blown away whenever I switched between consoles just how many achievements were popping all at once, whether I went from Xbox One to Xbox 360, or Xbox 360 to Xbox One.
I am a big World War 2 buff and tanks are my favorite weapons to research from that conflict. So this game was a perfect fit for me.
Took a big hiatus from the game since the grind for anything higher than Tier IV turned me off. Loaded the game on the 360 again for nostalgia's sake, and psyched by the number of cross-game achievements I was retro unlocking. Then...news of the server closure....
I had never before taken part of trying to seriously complete a game before a server closure and this gave me a huge rush and determination much like I had never felt before. So I was falling in love with the game all over again. Finally got to unlock some higher tiers that I had been hoping to play with for years. I am upset that I spent $75 of actual money to get gold to help my research some tanks faster for these achievements. But, at least I have them in my garage still.
Almost got to Valor 100, greatly was appreciative of the free premium tanks that came with it. Got the Xbox 360 version 90% completed which I am OK with. But I just did not have a plan for ranking up my tank crews, their skills, and just did not have enough time during the day every day to make it up past Tier VII, and joined several sessions trying to get a few map specific achievements which had many hours of busted games. Very discouraging.
The last night, I was trying to play the game on the 360 only, but that game froze almost every time during a match. I hot switched over to my Xbox One, loaded the game, and instantly brought back into the same game and server I had gotten frozen in on the Xbox 360 console. Absolutely insane! Last achievement I was hoping to get that night was bombardier.
So many close opportunities, but they all busted. My partners got tired and we called it quits. So sad I did not stay up just a little bit longer to get that one. I was burnt out for sure at the end of this. I was so glad it was over and still just makes me never want to boost again! But was very fun playing this old game one last time. I was there until the end.
8. TannenbergTannenberg Achievements
9. The Mean Greens: Plastic WarfareThe Mean Greens: Plastic Warfare Achievements
10. Birds of SteelBirds of Steel Achievements