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Aug
24
PermalinkBetter Completions Matter 2019 - September Streaking
Hello everyone, before we begin today's lesson, I hope everyone enjoyed their summer at the arcade. While it was fun, we do have to wish the arcade farewell very soon. Remember to spend your tokens before they're gone forever! (The store will be closing one week after I finish entering August's submissions, and I'll let everyone know through my friend feed when it comes time)

Now with that out of the way, it is time explain September's bonus game! Huge shoutout to Runner eGirl for giving me the idea!

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION! There are quite a few rules for this game in order to limit any possible cheesing. I'm sure people will still find ways but I'm counting on you to keep it legit! Just make sure you read everything about the game here, and submit it correctly to gain great bonus points. Submit a streak that doesn't follow the rules, and it will be null and void!

Alright so this month is all about creating a streak of completed games that are somehow connected to the previous game. There are 3 ways to connect games this month!

- Word: This means that the two games share a word in their title. * The words "the" "a/an" and "ACA Neogeo" do not count for this connection. Obviously, system and region tags don't count either.

- Genre: Obviously means they share at least one genre.

- Dev/Pub: This one means that the game shares either the same developer or publisher. * Both dev and publisher count as the same connection.

Now there are some rules to make this more fair and less cheesable! READ THESE PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!! (Seriously)

Rule 1: Minimum ratio is 1.2 just like the arcade. If a game is below 1.2, it can NOT be included in your streak!

Rule 2: Games in the same series must be broken apart by another game. In other words, you can NOT use Gnomes Garden and then immediately use Gnomes Garden 2! There must be a different game between them.

Rule 3: Streak order must be in completion order! You can NOT use a game that you completed on the 25th, and then go back to a game you completed on the 3rd! However, not every game you complete has to be used in the streak. If you complete a game that doesn't count, it will simply be ignored from your streak. You can choose which game starts your streak as well.

Rule 4: You are responsible for keeping track of your streak this month. There will be a slot on your page for your streak, but if I'm behind and can't keep it updated, its up to you to pay attention to your streak.

Rule 5: THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE!!! You can NOT use the same connection for two games in a row!! (see connections above). You must rotate between them, or go back and forth.

Now I'll give an example of a good streak!

1. Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark - Connection: Start
2. Rise of the Tomb Raider - Connection: Word (Rise)
3. Final Fantasy VII - Connection: Dev/Pub (Square Enix)
4. Fallout 3 - Connection: Genre (Role Playing)
5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition - Connection: Dev/Pub (Bethesda Game Studios)
6. Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition - Connection: Word (Edition)

For each game that you successfully streak you will gain 30 bonus points, as well as a 100 bonus points bonus for hitting 10 games! (This does stack as well, so if you get 20 games you'll get another 100 bonus points. Assuming someone can get that many while following the rules)

Hopefully this all comes through clear for everyone and it should be fun to have to think of ways to connect games that you usually wouldn't be able to.

Finally, the Random Game Selector challenge giveaway is back for the month of September. Just like back in April, everyone who completed their random game for the month, will be entered for a chance to win a $20 USD Xbox gift card. If you aren't from the US and you win, you'll be given the choice of keeping it for your US account if you have one, or you can just give it to a friend, or if you so choose, I can reroll the winner.

Thanks for reading, and make sure to follow all those rules starting September 1st at midnight EST.
Posted by IronFistofSnuff on 24 August 19 at 23:31 | There are 8 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Aug
01
PermalinkBetter Completions Matter 2019 - August Summer Genres
First thing I'd like to say is sorry for my absence. I've been incredibly busy with work, and have lost interest in achievement hunting right now, so it's been hard to keep this updated. I plan on getting everything caught up as soon as possible.

Now for the month of August, it's all about movement! Staying active in video games is just as important as staying active IRL...
So the bonus genres for this month are:

Arcade Racing
Aerial
Platformer
Sports

All of which have a form of movement, even if driving isn't really exercise.

Spreadsheet link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wjh0sxcyGz6fPHcKBSYE...

Remember, the minimum ratio for games to count is 1.2!!!

Also, I still need to send those messages with the interviews, it's just been too busy to get around to it.
Posted by IronFistofSnuff on 01 August 19 at 18:02 | There are 6 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Jul
07
PermalinkBean Dive 2019 Excitement Levels Ranked
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!
SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam!Party AnimalIronFistofSnuffThe Party Animal achievement in SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam! worth 18 pointsWin a multiplayer game

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
NOT A HERO: SUPER SNAZZY EDITIONMYSTERY DOORIronFistofSnuffThe MYSTERY DOOR achievement in NOT A HERO: SUPER SNAZZY EDITION worth 79 pointsFIND THE SECRET DOOR IN VODKAVILLE

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
Death SquaredDid The ThingIronFistofSnuffThe Did The Thing achievement in Death Squared worth 5 pointsComplete 1 Story level

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
3D Ultra Minigolf AdventuresMaster GroundsmanIronFistofSnuffThe Master Groundsman achievement in 3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures worth 11 pointsCreate a hole with the editor.

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
Velvet AssassinSecret AchievementIronFistofSnuffThe Secret Achievement achievement in Velvet Assassin worth 21 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement

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
DarkTasted BloodIronFistofSnuffThe Tasted Blood achievement in Dark worth 40 pointsFeed on an enemy.

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)
The Messenger (Win 10)Enter The NinjaIronFistofSnuffThe Enter The Ninja achievement in The Messenger (Win 10) worth 15 pointsComplete Ninja Village's intro

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
OutlandThat’s TeamworkIronFistofSnuffThe That’s Teamwork achievement in Outland worth 6 pointsDestroy an enemy using a Kamikazer (General)

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
CrysisZoologyIronFistofSnuffThe Zoology achievement in Crysis worth 11 pointsPick up an animal

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
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane TrilogyC1 | Spin DoctorIronFistofSnuffThe C1 | Spin Doctor achievement in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy worth 20 pointsIn a single level, spin an enemy into another enemy twice.

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
Anomaly: Warzone EarthFirst BloodIronFistofSnuffThe First Blood achievement in Anomaly: Warzone Earth worth 10 pointsDestroy 10 Towers

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
Shadows of the DamnedYou Go To HellIronFistofSnuffThe You Go To Hell achievement in Shadows of the Damned worth 5 pointsStart a new game for the first time. (any difficulty setting)

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
Forza Horizon 2Welcome to Horizon EuropeIronFistofSnuffThe Welcome to Horizon Europe achievement in Forza Horizon 2 worth 10 pointsArrive at the Horizon Festival.

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
Oceanhorn - Monster of Uncharted SeasNot Far from TreeIronFistofSnuffThe Not Far from Tree achievement in Oceanhorn - Monster of Uncharted Seas worth 15 pointsGet father's sword and shield

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
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Game of the Year EditionYou Will ObeyIronFistofSnuffThe You Will Obey achievement in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Game of the Year Edition worth 20 pointsMake an uruk yours.

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
Enter the GungeonGungeon AcolyteIronFistofSnuffThe Gungeon Acolyte achievement in Enter the Gungeon worth 15 pointsComplete the Tutorial

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
Alien RagePoint & ShootIronFistofSnuffThe Point & Shoot achievement in Alien Rage worth 20 pointsFind a new weapon

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
Painkiller Hell & DamnationEvil's HasteIronFistofSnuffThe Evil's Haste achievement in Painkiller Hell & Damnation worth 10 pointsTutorial: Destroy all objects (Solo Campaign)

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
Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead RabbitArmed and dangerous!IronFistofSnuffThe Armed and dangerous! achievement in Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit worth 20 pointsGet the missiles from the shop!

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
Spec Ops: The LineDeer HunterIronFistofSnuffThe Deer Hunter achievement in Spec Ops: The Line worth 28 pointsKill an oryx. (campaign only)

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
Dishonored Definitive EditionDishonoredIronFistofSnuffThe Dishonored achievement in Dishonored Definitive Edition worth 5 pointsComplete the Intro missions

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
Guacamelee! 2I Remember That Being HarderIronFistofSnuffThe I Remember That Being Harder achievement in Guacamelee! 2 worth 15 pointsDefeat Calaca

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
Remember MeSecret AchievementIronFistofSnuffThe Secret Achievement achievement in Remember Me worth 10 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement

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
Adventure Time: Pirates of the EnchiridionBad Cop!IronFistofSnuffThe Bad Cop! achievement in Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion worth 10 pointsPass the first Interrogation

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
Crackdown 2First HurdleIronFistofSnuffThe First Hurdle achievement in Crackdown 2 worth 20 pointsSurvive Agent Diagnostics and earn deployment into Pacific City.

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.
Posted by IronFistofSnuff on 07 July 19 at 23:40 | There are 7 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.