There's no point in me even attempting to type up a full blog post of the many achievements and games I've been working through since my last update, especially since Game Pass came live, so instead I'm going to do a brief blog for my game completions over the past couple of weeks...Game #1 - Jetpack Joyride (Windows)
This is one of those endless run games like Minion Rush & Flappy Birds which I have previously completed on the Game Center app through iOS. I was made up to find that the title was also available on Windows platforms with the same sort of achievements available through Xbox Live.
The achievements themselves aren't too difficult, most of them are cumulative based ones which require you to spend the coins you pick up in the game, with a couple of achievements that are based on reaching a certain milestone in the game, for example...
That achievement is probably the most difficult as it requires you to travel a fair distance in the game without picking up any collectables, whereas this achievement...
....requires you to travel a full 5km in a single run. When you get the hang of things it isn't too difficult, there's a couple of upgrades which you can use to make things easier, but all in all the game mainly requires a bit of grinding out runs and picking up the coins to be able to purchase the different upgrades.
In fairness it is a decent enough game that will keep you occupied for a while, it's just a shame that there's only 200 GS on offer, although there are 20 easy enough achievements to collect for people who are more interested in boosting their numbers rather than their score.Game #2 - Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series
Nothing too much more than your standard Telltale story here, decisions are seemingly your own to make but the end result is often pretty much the same, not a bad little game if you're a fan of the Game of Thrones franchise but I won't be getting the full series on the back of this title.Game #3 - Life is Strange
You would be forgiven for thinking that this is a Telltale story as well, but it is actually a Square Enix game which follows the story of Max, who has the ability to reverse time. This is actually a pretty good game in fairness, the story is pretty unique, it also has the same sort of linear style of progression with the player having the options to make different decisions, but I feel that the overall gameplay and depth of the story involved is actually quite alluring. I can see me picking up the rest of the game at some point just to see where the overall story goes with this one. Square Enix have always had that ability to craft out a decent storyline and this point and click style of adventure is no different. The first episode leaves you with plenty of questions wanting to be answered, so overall it is a decent addition to this vastly growing market of games. Game #4 - Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
Ahh the nostalgia rush, what 90s gamer didn't grow up with games like Streets of Rage? This title is part of the Game Pass and gives you a chance to replay all three games of the iconic Mega Drive series. I didn't realise quite how simple the second game in the series actually was, but the first and last installment of the trilogy are beyond frustrating at times. None of the achievements are all that complicated and you'll mainly find yourself tracking back to the start in order to finish the character based achievements for the games, but the rest of the achievements are simple enough to be able to 100% the collection without too much trouble. Game #5 - Pac-Man Championship Edition
The original Pac-Man may have got frustrating at the best of times, but this remake is a game for those who fancy something a little 'easier'. Rather than rushing to gobble up every powerpill on the level, the player only has to gobble up a sort of 'mini row' of them in order to progress to the next set. Pac-Man gets increasingly faster as the time progresses but the achievements as a whole are all pretty straightforward and basic. I'm no expert at the original game myself, so if I can get through the whole 200 Gamerscore in just over 2 hours then everyone else shouldn't have too much difficulty either. Game #6 - Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons
Ahhh, these types of games are pretty relaxing. a 3-D platform puzzle game which is unique in that you control both characters at the same time using the two analogue sticks. Rather than awarding achievements for progressing in the game they are all based around 'mini-quests' alongside the story which in themselves are pretty simple if you're following a guide. Be careful though because they are miss-able, but overall it's an easy completion, if you don't fall asleep whilst playing the game like I did.Game #7 - Mega Coin Squad
Very fun game this one. If you've played Penarium then there's a fair few similarities between the two games. Mega Coin Squad involves you collecting coins in 12 different platform levels, and then banking them in the large piggy bank in order to progress to the next stage. Every fourth level is a sort of 'Boss Stage' where you have to kill enemies before getting a large coin to dump in said large pink deposit box.
The difficulty comes in picking up three stars on each level. This requires the player to a) complete the level within an allotted time frame, b) complete the level by only depositing your coins once, and c) complete the level without losing any of your three lives...
Whenever you pick up stars in a level you then get a sort of mini-game where you have to jump at a box (very akin to the end of a level on Super Mario Bros 3) and the item in the box when you make contact is the upgrade that you will carry over. There are 6 characters in total to finish the game with and you pick up an achievement for completing the game with each one, but there's two potential snorters in there that may cause some difficulties...
That achievement requires you to beat the game within 30 minutes of level playing time. Time between the menus doesn't matter, but you pretty much have to rush through and collect enough coins to progress to the next zone as quickly as possible. My best time is around the 25 minute mark so it's not all that difficult and you can pretty much get this in your second or third playthrough of the game.
The more difficult achievement is this one...
The Not Today achievement in Mega Coin Squad worth 201 pointsComplete the single player game without using any continues or retries
Now what I would say with this is to concentrate on finishing each level more than anything. Don't worry too much about time but try and focus on not getting hit and completing the level with a single deposit to pick up at least two stars. You can get upgrades that will give you up to 50% more time in a level and providing you don't lose all three lives on a level you can actually go back to previous levels on the world map screen and aim for more stars to boost your upgrades. Focus on picking up the Double Jump and the level 3 punches upgrades first and foremost, then get the invincibility, Coin Magnet and Coin Spawner upgrades so that you can pretty much avoid confrontation during the latter stages and pick up easy coins. This should then come easy enough when you've got a real hang for the game.
Finally there's a grinding achievement that you'll end up getting last, and that's this one...
Now I hadn't even got the achievement for the 50,000 coins when I finished the rest of them so this really can be a bit of a grind, but what I did was finished all of the standard levels to three stars, this should give you all but one of the upgrades in the game. Then I just concentrated on working through as many coins as possible in Level 4-1. This needs 800 coins to pass, but there's plenty of spawn spots that will provide enough coins.
Take out the 6 crushers on the bottom of the level first and then just pick up as many coins as possible, every time you lose a life it should only cost you 50 coins if you've got the right upgrades, and then rush to the piggy bank when you get knocked down to your final life. I was able to bank around 2-3k coins on average each time I played the level meaning I had to do around 20 playthroughs of the same level to finally get the 100% completion, but overall it's a pretty fun game!
Now for the usual drivel...Race to 250,000 TA ScorePoints to target = 66,112
Current Required Points Per Day Rate = 310.3Race to 5,000 AchievementsAchievements to target = 358
Current Required Achievements Per Day Rate = 1.7
In the last 12 days I've near enough picked up half of the achievements I need to meet my end of year target. I have also brought my required points per day rate down by over 20 per day by picking up 11,000 TA Score.
GTASC has seen me progress to what is now the 21st week, the target for this week's solo bonus is to pick up at least 5,000 TA Score worth of achievements and I already have 5,539 so that's in the bag already, as is progression to the 22nd week of the competition and final 194 competitors.
I am nearly in the top 3% of all TA gamers in terms of total games played, not really an accomplishment, but it helps me with extend my list when looking for easy Gamerscore from titles I have played, and I'm also on the verge of the top 10% in terms of Completed Games and overall GamerScore, my aim is to get to the top 10% of both of these, as well as the top 10% in terms of Achievements Won, and then I can start to progress on improving my leaderboard positions in all of these categories.
I am not going to be using the Xbox One as much for the remainder of the week as it is the focus of a Takeover operation, so hopefully my uncle and cousin can get me a few achievements on new games whilst I try and whittle down the Windows 10 achievements in other titles.
Alphabet Challenge I'm up to the Letter 'F' so far having had to do 'A' & 'B' twice as the console decided not to time stamp the original 'A' achievement. I have my list all ready to work through and apart from the letter 'X' being a bit of a grind, the rest of the achievements are very straightforward indeed.
That's it for now guys and girls. Until next time, Keep Gaming and Keep Scoring!