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PermalinkThe path to 100 complete games, 12 weeks in.
Update 3:

So, 12 weeks done and pace was slowing for a while. Basically to meet the target at year end it means completing a game every 9 days. Which, given my personal life (work travel, and the 2 year old daughter) is going to be difficult. Still we plough on and see what we can get to. The good news is that by completing a further 5 games in the last 4 weeks I find my self at 35% of target with only 22% of the year gone which gives me some wiggle room for later in the year.

I've decided that Tuesday is my favourite clap day of the week (after Friday of course) as its the day the games with gold sale starts and most weeks I pick up a couple of games. Most of them in the £3 to £15 bracket and I've got some real gems' of games (far more than the full price AAA titles), including recently Knee Deep, Lifeless Planet and Wheels of Aurelia.

I've also come to the realisation that going back to the xbox 360 and backlog of 500 games its unlikely to happen. The console is still plugged in and ready to go but i've not used it in 5 months and unless I get a week off and I force myself to, I can't see this changing no matter how much I want to finish the Resident Evils again as well as many others. Backwards compatibility is helping but a large number of the games I have (over 600) are probably going to stay in the cupboard until I money magpie them or something similar. cry

So, back to the Lego Star Wars, Assassins Creed Syndicate and whatever cut price games I can find. Probably try to get to The Cave, Knee Deep, Assembly amongst others this month. COD MW Remastered I had a blast rampaging through the levels, just like on the Xbox 360 missing Intel and generally getting murdered on a regular basis. Still better than Infinate Warfare though..

Still on to this months completions:clap

Thomas Was Alone: Very entertaining. Purchased as part of the Instant Indie Hits (mainly for Thomas) because I'd heard of it somewhere. Anyway, excellent game - great level design and probably the best narration of any game I've played since Bastion. Feels like a game produced by a much larger team than 1 person. Couple of levels were a little challenging (I youtube'd them OK! Don't judge me ;-)) but rates up there with Fireways and Inside as the best games I've played this year (including full price games)

Wheels of Aurelia: Strange. Firstly I got it because it takes 15 minutes to complete and you have to complete it 16 times, so I thought - thats not bad, pretty straightforward. A strange little game, that I went from curious to disliking to eventually kind-of-liking in the same way I liked Virginia - its simple, linear but it has a little bit of charm that makes you eventually quite like it.

6180 the moon: I was having a good day, thought I'd go for my all time record GS in 24 hours so purchased this as it seemed easy. 'Retro' graphics (ie looks like a 30 year old Spectrum game) that I completed, like Three Fourths Home, solely for the 1000 (although at least its a game!)

Her Majesty's SPIFFING: You can see when you play it a lot of effort has been put in. In some places its quite challenging, and in other's its pretty simple. Achievements are easy to get and the game itself you can do in about 2 to 3 hours. The problem is, its trying too hard to get the 'English' sense of humour in place so rather than being funny, in some cases, its excruciatingly embarrassing. But I do appreciate the effort.

Doodle God: Followed a guide. Got annoyed as it crashed on my near the end of one of the challenges. Some amusing moments when you add card to card (apple + phone = Fanatic) but really, like 6180 played for the 1000GS.

And the list in order of enjoyment - I've added a heading to three levels as there's quite a big gap in enjoyment between the top 7, the next 3 and the bottom 3

Highly Recommended:
Thomas Was Alone
Broken Sword
Wheels of Aurelia

Mildly Diverting:
Beyond Eyes
Her Majesty's Spiffing

Only if you want 1000 GS:
Doodle God
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
6180 the moon
Three Fourths Home

Posted by JCB DUKE on 20 March 17 at 11:14 | Last edited on 20 March 17 at 11:22 | There are 2 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkThe Path to 100 Complete Games - 7 Weeks Update
So 8 weeks in roughly and how are things going?

Well another 4 games have been completed to 100%. Several more have been identified as being close to finishing but I need to go back to the XBox360 to complete them such as The Cave, Lego Star Wars, Bully, Syberia 1 and 2, DeathSpank..

Inside: Excellent, visuals and audio are great, no instructions or plot explanation so you make the story up as you go or just watch all the little things happening in the background. Doesn't take long to play through but the atmosphere and immersion is top of the charts (especially if you wear headphones for the audio track). Whilst not as interactive as Firewatch, it very nearly topped it on my games completed this year chart. Some of the achievements need a little backtracking but dont deviate from the playthrough and actually form a key part of the story.

Abzu: Very good - lovely sea world visuals and audio. Went through it pretty quickly but could happily leave the game on meditation view and watch. Pretty simplistic game play and easy puzzles make it a nice way relaxing game to play through, as much about exploration as it is about swimming rapidly from A to B.

Broken Sword 5: The only full release on this list (so far). I've been a fan of the Broken Sword series since day so was pleased to get this on pre-owned. Graphically its not going to blow anyone's socks off, and some of the puzzles are a little obscure but its still an entertaining story and some good voice work (plus its always nice to catch up with George and Nico). Some missable achievements mean a guide is useful.

Three fourths home: Not a lot to say - its an interactive conversation story about a girl driving through a storm home. I admire the intent to push the envelope of an interactive story / game but to me it was pretty tedious. A few playthroughs are required to complete but I'd put it in the Dear Esther category of played only for the achievements.

In addition to the above, I've gone as far as I want to pretty much with Forza Horizon 3, and had a blast revisiting the Modern Warfare remastered edition. I've also come to the conclusion that Forza 6, whilst a very visually and technically good game is pretty dull to actually play. I've done a few races and tracks and challenges, but I feel little desire to go on with it, so I may spend more time in Horizon and get the Blizzard Mountain pack. Up next: Hue, Swappers, Nightmares from the Deep 2 and on the full game list back to AC: Unity and finish Morden Warfare Remaster.

Finally, I've decided to put the games I've finished in order of enjoyment so here they are.

Broken Sword
Beyond Eyes
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
Three Fourths Home
Posted by JCB DUKE on 21 February 17 at 11:07 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkThe Path to 100 Completed Games - The first 3 weeks
OK, so about 4 weeks into the challenge - hows it going? What have I managed to complete and what did I think.

So far I've been doing a-lot of these so-called "Walking simulators". These have varied between quite enthralling to pretty dull and these are my thoughts (note: these aren't reviews. I don't really believe in that notion of Graphics 9, sound 7 playability 8 because thats totally subjective). All of these are pretty good 1000 point games. Some times, 1000 point games become a grind and they aren't fun. Slogging through the same level of a Lego game 4 or 5 times to get a brick you've missed doesn't become fun (Assassins Creed - I'm looking at you as well)

FireWatch - excellent, really enjoyed this game Both the interactions with Delilah and the world in general. Well paced and probably my favourite of all the 'walking games' I've played. Some of the achievements are a little obscure but thats cool, they are still very much set in the game world. If its on sale and you can manage a first person game without the need to shoot anything I would recommend it.

Next there was Beyond Eyes. Quite bold plot and ideas, and some very lovely moments, quite slow moving and whilst I finished it, I would have been frustrated had I had to go back and do it again for an achievement. Wisely you only need to play through once.

Then I got Virginia. Played it for 30 minutes and stopped, just wasn't interested. Then I decided early Jan to revisit it from the start rather than try and continue. Maybe it was the time of day, alertness etc but once I'd got started I found it impossible to put down. Very much like a Twin Peaks / X-Files kind of vibe, no speaking, and one of the best and most memorable soundtracks I've heard since the original Halo. Due to a glitch I had to play it through 3 times, and quite honestly I was happy to do so because I think I finally got the storyline. Achievements are very bizarre and you will need to use a guide. Well worth a go, but not quite as engaging as FireWatch

Then, on the games sale over xmas I got Dear Esther: Landmark edition. This may have been the first "walking simulator" and if so it shows, because it really reminded me more of a tech demo than an actual game. Visually its quite pretty (esp the caves) and the story is cleverly done, but is it entertainment or is it trying to be too clever? My opinion the latter. Still 1000 is 1000 and I did like the cave levels. the developer commentary was interesting but also enforced my thoughts that it was trying to be too clever.

Finally, i finished Cubot. Puzzle game. followed a guide. Completed. Without a guide, probably I'd have finished it in the end but the guide makes it easy not to bother. Use the achievements for days when I was going to be travelling early but could have finished it in under an hour.

Whilst doing this, Ive also been tearing up the country side in Forza Horizon 3 and reliving some great moments in the Halo Master Chief collection.

Not snowboarding till March so chances are I will complete at least one more entry.
Posted by JCB DUKE on 23 January 17 at 18:44 | Last edited on 23 January 17 at 18:47 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkRoad to 100 Completed Games
I thought I'd write a blog on my Target for 2017 of 100 completed games. I know to many of you this is not a major goal, but for me it will be quite the challenge as it means 40 games in 2017, and since 2008 I've only completed 61. (not including DLC such as the TellTale / LIfe Is Strange / Lego DLC's)

Some facts first: I have a 20 month old daughtersmile, so playing time is limited. I travel on average 8 weeks a year with work, sometime to places with limited connectivity and I rarely play multiplayer games so apart from a few games, most of the ones I've completed have been single player only.

So why set this target. I'm currently (at the time of writing) on a 330 days achievement streak, but that's on average only 3 achievements a day partly because of the reasons above, and partly because last time I had a long streak I found it wasn't actually fun. cry

I was mining games for easy achievements but not actually playing the games or really enjoying gaming cry so I stepped away for a while and decided to play games for entertainment, not just for the achievements and see if I could start to have fun again. At one point I did think that the Xbox 360 would be my last console and the end of 35+ years of gaming going back to 1982.angry

So, This year I thought - lets try and complete some games. I have many at 80, 90, 95% that I have missed single achievements on that I can go back to, and having upgraded to the XBOne there seems to be more scope for single player completion. As I complete games, I'll put some thoughts into this blog about what game it was, what I thought and also how the challenge is going.

Maybe no-one will read it, maybe I'll get bored in 3 weeks and go snowboarding .. rock

Posted by JCB DUKE on 03 January 17 at 11:03 | Last edited on 04 January 17 at 09:40 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.