I participate in the Bean Dive every year, but generally I only do around 5 games, I did a few more last year, but I did my dive during the UHH since I was doing the Operation Cleanup over the summer, which meant that I was trying to not start any new games over the summer. (Minus the 2 review games which I cleaned up in November).
This year I decided to start up 25 games of my mass backlog. I starting with focusing on Xbox 360 games that were not BC, then moved on to my Xbox One where I did my BCD 360 games and a few Xbox One games that I've had interest in, but simply never found time for. So the point of this blog is to rate my excitement for each game based on the first achievement(s) I got. We'll be going in order of least interested to most interested.
At number 25, the least interesting, SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam!
Unfortunately, this achievement didn't really give me a taste of what actually interested me in the game in the first place. I figured it'd be a fun SpongeBob platformer in quest mode, but the local multiplayer isn't satisfying my need for seaweed. That being said I'll likely come back to it next month for reasons...
At number 24, NOT A HERO: SUPER SNAZZY EDITION
This is a shame that it's this low on my list. I was really hoping I'd like it more considering the gameplay looked unique and fun. I love the idea of the cover system in the game, even though it seems to be a bit iffy, and the gun play feels satisfying, although auto reloading when your clip runs out would be nice. However, it soon becomes annoying with the awful talking sound effect, and the way they cram quite a few enemies into cramped corridors, making for quick deaths that cause you to have to restart the level. At least the levels are short, and the game's completion isn't too long, although that's entirely skill based. I can't say when I'll actually come back to it, would have been better last month for the double BCM tokens.
At number 23, Death Squared
I'm not a huge fan of puzzle games usually, so I'm already not excited, only chose this one off of the inflated GWG ratio and it being an ID@Xbox puzzle game for double tokens this month. However, I don't actually know how good it is, as the game gave me an achievement within 5 minutes of starting.
At number 22, 3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures
I actually really love mini golf games, but that's only when playing in multiplayer with friends. However, most of the achievements in this game are single player only, so I'm not that excited to do them. Plus this achievement didn't actually have me playing any mini golf, so I didn't get that golfer's high. I may come back to this next month for last minute tokens.
At number 21, Velvet Assassin
I really like the concept, but I'm not too excited to continue for two reasons. The first being that there is quite a lot of collectables in game which means using a walkthrough to ensure not having to play through the game a second time. The second problem is just how bad the frame rate is on Xbox 360. I've seen much better looking games play a lot smoother than this on 360, so there really isn't an excuse. However, the concept is cool, and I enjoy stealth games, so the bit that I'm not watching for collectables should be fun. I have no idea when I'll continue this one. I'm considering working on this during my 5 day vacation this month.
At number 20, Dark
It was hard to rank this one, as part of me is excited to continue it for it's B rate movie like story and voice acting. Its just hilarious, but the other part of me knows how bad and glitchy everyone said the game is, and I'm not excited for the frustration that will accompany it.
At number 19, The Messenger (Win 10)
I'm really unsure what to expect as unfortunately the achievement comes before any real gameplay, so I have no idea if I'll like it or not. I've heard very good things from friends of mine, but I don't always agree with majority opinion on games. Plus the music was a little annoying, which is a huge turnoff, so hopefully some of the other tracks in the game sound better. I may come back to this game next month if possible.
At number 18, Outland
The second platformer Metroidvania on the list, Outland is definitely capturing me a bit more than The Messenger did. Unlike The Messenger, this forced me to play for a bit to unlock an achievement, which is good when I'm just trying to get a feel for which games I should be playing next. However, this only thing that worries me, is that this gives a vibe of the type of game that will have a huge skill wall later. Right now it's easy enough, and quite relaxing and fun, but it seems like this game will get frustrating by the end. I'm likely going to play this next month as well.
At number 17, Crysis
The only reason this game is so low is because I really didn't get a taste of any gameplay before getting the first achievement. However so far the story seems super generic. I've heard the gameplay is great, so I'm excited to get into that, but I'm not sure when I will.
At number 16, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
I want to be more excited, but I just know that all this game will do is bring me closer to death, with how unforgiving it is. I'm not excited to be pissed off all day, but I do like the games, so hopefully the completion will be possible. I'll be back to this game later down the line, but I'm not ready for it yet.
At number 15, Anomaly: Warzone Earth
This game is honestly nothing like I expected it to be, and I honestly think that it makes it much more exciting and refreshing. I thought this was going to be a run of the mill tower defense game, but in fact it's the opposite. It flips tower defense around, and has you trying to avoid getting killed by towers while trying to make it to whatever waypoint you need to. Plus the playable commander really helps as you can freely roam the map and gather supplies while your troops continue. You do have to watch though, as they die quite fast you don't heal them.
At number 14, Shadows of the Damned
I really can't wait to play it based off what other people say, but I didn't even get to see gameplay as you get this achievement for pressing start on the main menu. I know this game is a cult classic though, so I knew this had to be one of the last 360 games I started.
At number 13, Forza Horizon 2
This game is beautiful, however, it's hard to hype myself up for it when I've already completed Horizon 3. It feels like a step backwards for sure, and I probably should have just dived Horizon 4 instead, but part of me wants the series completion. Although that most likely will never happen since I can't get that last dlc in the first Horizon game. That being said, I know I'll enjoy the game as it's just more great racing as you'd expect from Forza. What I'm not excited for is how damn long it takes to complete. This will be an off and on project for a while and I don't imagine it'll be completed before next Bean Dive, but I may be wrong.
At number 12, Oceanhorn - Monster of Uncharted Seas
This game has always interested me, and rightfully so. The small amount of gameplay I've experienced so far has me excited to continue. I really like the atmosphere to this world, and I think it's be quite fun. Plus it's relatively short at 15-20 hours, so it won't take forever to complete. I may work on this towards the end of next month and into September.
At number 11, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Game of the Year Edition
I haven't gotten to play much yet, but it's already grabbed my attention. I love open world games, so I'm hoping the comparisons to Assassin's Creed is true. I can't wait to see more, but so far the story has got me hooked.
At number 10, Enter the Gungeon
This is the one that I think is the likeliest candidate to not be completable by me. I'm just not good at shoot em up games, but I can't help but really like this one so far. Maybe with enough grinding I'll eventually be able to git gud, and complete it, but we'll see. I have no idea when I'll come back, but I know I need to get one more achievement in it this month for my RTDL.
At number 9, Alien Rage
I only got to shoot a few enemies, but man is the gun play on point. I originally planned to do this last month for double tokens, but I got busy and never got around to starting it. Man do I wish I could have though, I'm really excited to finally give it a chance, even if double tokens are no longer up for grabs. That may delay me from actually playing it though. We'll see when it happens.
At number 8, Painkiller Hell & Damnation
I have a love for old school FPS games as that's how I started gaming, so obviously I'm going to excited to play a game that takes all of those old school elements and modernizes it. I only have 2 complaints, the first being that it takes 3 playthroughs, and second being the expensive dlc I had to buy before I could convince myself to start it. It's legitimately almost $40 for all of the dlc. Oh, and of course it has to have multiplayer achievements, so if anyone is interested in doing those, hit me up.
At number 7, Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit
The third Metroidvania on this list, and it's much higher than the other 2. This is the first game I chose to dive, and I'm glad I did as it really started things off on the right note. It's pretty damn unique and just a lot of fun to play. I love the ridiculous humor of it, and the amazing art style. This is a high priority next month.
At number 6, Spec Ops: The Line
This achievement was much more challenging in Destiny...
This game starts right into the action and damn is it good so far. Unfortunately so far is only about 15 minutes into the game, but damn was it a good demo. I've heard amazing things about this, people saying that it's much more than your generic modern military shooter. I'll likely get into this in September.
At number 5, Dishonored Definitive Edition
This is one of those games that I knew I should have played forever ago, and it felt like I was too late and just never going to get to it, but I took this opportunity to finally force myself to play it and I see exactly why it got the praise it has. The gameplay is so satisfying, especially just murdering every guard in sight. Originally I was going to do the silent, no killing first, but I decided against that as I had no idea where to go and didn't want to use a guide. It takes multiple playthroughs anyway, so I figured I'd do the first one blind. I'm not looking forward to those Dunwall Trials though. If they're as hard as everyone says, this may be another non completed game on my tag. I'm not sure exactly when I'll come back, but hopefully before the end of the year.
At number 4, Guacamelee! 2
Asmy fourth and final Metroidvania of the dive, we have the sequel to my favorite game in the genre. The first Guacamelee was so damn good, that I actually pre-ordered this one, but unfortunately when it came out, I was busy with another Metroidvania called Steamworld Dig 2. Then once I finally finished that, I was kind of burnt out on the genre, so I didn't get around to it. I think I'm finally ready to return to the genre, and this is going to be a big priority for me next month.
At number 3, Remember Me
This game starts off so good, I really didn't want to put it down as I just wanted to continue the story. The combat seems pretty good, and the game looks great for a 360 title. I wish this one was BC, but nonetheless, I'll be continuing this very soon. This will likely be the big priority of my vacation this month.
At number 2, Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion
I find myself almost never actually playing Games with Gold titles anymore, but this one I wanted before it went GWG, so I knew I was going to play it. So far it's exactly what I had hoped for, as I actually really like the show. Although I've only ever watched the first season. This will be the second game I play during my vacation, if I don't play it sooner.
Finally, the game I'm most excited for... Crackdown 2
I absolutely loved Crackdown once I gave it a shot last year, and so far this game looks to be more of the same. I've been meaning to get around to this forever, but it's kind of nice that I waited as the dlc went free. Now I'm ready to get into it, and I'll be working on this game right away! I will need help with those 4 player achievements if anyone else needs them.
I know this is a little different from my normal blog posts, but the Bean Dive is an exciting time, as you can finally force yourself to play a bunch of games you want to. I did leave a few out that I planned on doing either because I forgot until after I ended my dive, or the achievement list made me decided against it. Or it's RAGE which just kept crashing before I could get the achievement so I just gave up and uninstalled it. Shame I wasted $5 on the dlc before I tried starting it. Maybe next year I'll dive it on 360 if I'm happy with my progression on 360 games.
There will be a new BCM blog next week sometime with community interviews with a few people. The messages haven't went out yet as I've been busy being lazy and working at my job.