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Dec
15
PermalinkRoad to 100 Completed Games - Week 50
Quick update since I already passed through the 100 game mark and I'm dwelling now on what to set myself next year.

Still I spent a good chunk of the last few weeks travelling, first Birmingham UK, then Durban and JoBurg SA - so to keep my achievement streak alive I was playing games on a windows phone I picked up for that purpose.

Since I got back I've been carrying on with a couple of games - SkyForce Anniversary, Batman Telltale 2 and I'm back on Forza aiming to complete the main game as much as possible. I also played and completed Unmechanical Extended and What remains of Edith Finch. Although I've not put it as a goal I'm going to try and get my GS to 250k by the end of the year (which should also get my TA score up to 350k) which means plowing through a few of my back catalogue (Tales from the Borderlands, Walking Dead season 3, various Artifax Mundi games should get me there).

On the windows phone front - Geo Defense, Tiny Troopers 1 and 2 got me through 2 weeks of travelling on an average of 1 or 2 achievements a day max.

On to the completed games

Game 103: GeoDefense: I played this on the iOS version and still enjoyed it again on the Windows phone. A good tower defense game (turn of insanity mode) but once you work out Slow-down and Lasers towers with gun turrets scattered liberally around It got pretty simple. Having said that I was still pleased to finish the hard mode / no lives and this game got me through most of my November travels.

Game 104: What remains of Edith Finch: I'd heard some hype about this but I was totally unprepared for what I found playing the game myself. "Just another walking simulator' I thought when I started it - but the story, imagination and level of black humour that runs through the game really really surprised and entertained me. An absolute joy to play from start to finish and at the end of the year one of the best games I've completed.

Game 105: Unmechanical extended: Well thought out flying robot explore and puzzle solving game. Some nice graphics as you go along solving puzzles - one achievement was a bit frustrating (below) but another fun and enjoyable game to play through. Some of the sound design when your robot repeatedly bangs into obstacles made me chuckle and its a nice well paced game.

Unmechanical: ExtendedInner PeaceThe Inner Peace achievement in Unmechanical: Extended worth 36 pointsBalance an object on your head for 10 seconds.


Highly Recommended:
Brothers: A tale of two sons
Firewatch
Inside
What remains of Edith Finch
Thomas Was Alone
Assassins Creed Syndicate
Assassins Creed Syndicate Jack the Ripper DLC
Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy The Telltale series
The Wolf Among Us
Knight Squad
Defense Grid 2
ABZU
Broken Sword
Blackwood Crossing
Virginia
Unmechanical extended
The Little Acre
Planet of the Eyes
Walking Dead Season 2
Virtua Fighter 5
Toby: The secret mine
GeoDefense
Active Soccer 2

Mildly Diverting:
Wheels of Aurelia
i,Zombie
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Syrup Creek
Coffin Dodgers
Battleship
Bridge Constructor
Forza Horizon presents fast and furios
Uncanny Valley
Beyond Eyes
Her Majesty's Spiffing
Pneuma: Breath of LIfe
The Bunker

Only if you want 1000 GS:
#IDARB
Doodle God
6180 the moon
Cubit
Whispering Willows
The Park
Memories of Him
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
Three Fourths Home
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Nov
21
PermalinkRoad to 100 Completed Games - Week 47
Passed a number of milestones in a the last 4 weeks as follows

Gamerscore passed 240,000 whilst completing Battleships (more on that below) with this achievement

BattleshipAdmiral of the NavyJCB DUKEThe Admiral of the Navy achievement in Battleship worth 475 pointsComplete all Tutorial and Campaign missions.


Achievement streak of 650 days and ongoing whilst playing the excellent Sky Force Anniversary with this achievement (the only one of the day)

Sky Force AnniversaryYou'll Need More Than That, Mantis!JCB DUKEThe You'll Need More Than That, Mantis! achievement in Sky Force Anniversary worth 21 pointsDestroy 1000 enemies


And completed games 99, 100, 101 and 102 with the 100th completed game, and my goal for the year also being Battleship

BattleshipAdmiral of the NavyThe Admiral of the Navy achievement in Battleship worth 475 pointsComplete all Tutorial and Campaign missions.


So thats it - I've achieved 2 of the goals I set for myself in January last year (the other being 300k TA score which I flew through back in June.

Other games I've been playing include a number of Windows phone games (due to spending a few days in Iceland watching the Northern Lights and visiting waterfalls and Icebergs. Top Travel Tip - Iceland is very beautiful in a barren way, is world champion for Waterfalls and vertical cliffs and is very very expensive but absolutely worth a visit). Dragon Age Inquisition I've faltered on and put to one side to be picked up again later (about half way through the main story I think) and then I've been picking up a few games from my library like Bedlam (gah), Ink, Peggle 2 and I've restarted Batman: Arkham City on the xBox One which I'm plowing through. I also found Sky Force anniversary which as a bullet hell lite shooter I really enjoy.

Of course the Black friday sales has bought more games to the list so I think I've got enough now to take a year of work and still never clear the backlog. Now onto the games completed list and update the fun list!

Game 99: The Park. Grabbed in on the weekly sale. Another walking sim that you can complete in about an hour (I missed one achievement on the way so took a little longer). Goes into the group of other walking sims - slightly more engaging than others but only played it for the easy 1000

Game 100: Battleship Fun enough in a retro kind of way. Attempts to add variety by having different fleets (the real difference is that some have different special weapons / weapon charge times). Apart from one level in the mid 20's (of 30) the rest of the game is a breeze although a little time consuming. The AI shows some breathtaking levels of stupidity so I probably only lost a couple of games in total.

Game 101: Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Probably the best balanced fighter game of all time. More reliant on learning a few combos than games like Tekken and doesn't fall into the rage quit that Mortal Kombat and Injustice provokes where the computer seems to go to town on you no matter the difficulty. The challenges on this game were finding an online partner to get the online achievements (thanks community!) and the condition win challenges took some time. Still enjoyed playing through this.

Game 102: Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy the Telltale series I cant quite place this in my overall list of TellTale games but its near the top with The Wolf Among us, Walking Dead 1 and the first Batman. Apart from chapter 3 which is a bit of a slow down the rest of the game was excellent and for the first time since The Walking Dead season 1 It did feel like some of the actions you choose had consequences.

So thats that - I started this to document getting 100 completions and that's done, I have one goal to complete this year which is 340k TA Score and I'm on 339,150 as I write this so that will be easy in the next few weeks even with a 10 day trip to South Africa coming up. However, I quite enjoy writing it, so i'll keep it up to date as I keep playing. Next year I will probably only set an Achievement total as my main goal and probably write about that as the year rolls on.

Highly Recommended:
Brothers: A tale of two sons
Firewatch
Inside
Thomas Was Alone
Assassins Creed Syndicate
Assassins Creed Syndicate Jack the Ripper DLC
Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy The Telltale series
The Wolf Among Us
Knight Squad
Defense Grid 2
ABZU
Broken Sword
Blackwood Crossing
Virginia
The Little Acre
Planet of the Eyes
Walking Dead Season 2
Virtua Fighter 5
Toby: The secret mine
Active Soccer 2

Mildly Diverting:
Wheels of Aurelia
i,Zombie
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Syrup Creek
Coffin Dodgers
Battleship
Bridge Constructor
Forza Horizon presents fast and furios
Uncanny Valley
Beyond Eyes
Her Majesty's Spiffing
Pneuma: Breath of LIfe
The Bunker

Only if you want 1000 GS:
#IDARB
Doodle God
6180 the moon
Cubit
Whispering Willows
The Park
Memories of Him
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
Three Fourths Home
Posted by JCB DUKE on 21 November 17 at 11:11 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Oct
11
PermalinkThe path to 100 complete games 41
Well, after the last 4 week period in which I completed 5 games, this 4 weeks I've managed to complete just 2 games taking the total to 98 completed games (2 to go in 2 months should be achievable!)

So what have I been playing apart from the 2 completions.

I finished the main game of Batman Arkham Asylum on the Xbox One (Interestingly I got 2 more achievements on the xbox one than I did when I finished the same game on 360) but have no desire to go and get the non story related achievements. As I suspected I would, I abandoned Mass Effect Andromeda - I'll come back to that one at some point in the future. Forza Horizon 3 hasn't been played much but I will pick it up again and get the online / co-op achievements. Other than that I've been playing bits of a few games (Virtua Fighter 5, Gears 4, Streets of Rage, Riptide GP). The main thing that has been taking up my time is Dragon Age Inquisition which (despite the similarities to Mass Effect) I've managed to get engaged with - obviously this game will take ages to complete but I'm going to plow on to complete all the story achievements (but I'll probably miss out on a couple of the difficulty achievements).

However, I did manage to complete a couple of games:

The Wolf Among Us:
Probably my favourite TellTale game apart from the first Walking Dead and the first Batman. I'd already completed this on the 360 but saw it in the Sales at some point and purchased and completed it again. Already looking forward to the next game in the series next year. I still have some problems with the way TellTale market their games - the story really doesn't change much depending on which direction you take and the game engine pausing before starting a quick time sequence is still frustrating (I know this is fixed in the newer games).

Planet of the Eyes: A cute short platformer - doesn't take all that long to go through although some of the achievements are a little obscure. Doesnt do anything especially different but it is a fun, polished little platformer.

Highly Recommended:
Brothers: A tale of two sons
Firewatch
Inside
Thomas Was Alone
Assassins Creed Syndicate
Assassins Creed Syndicate Jack the Ripper DLC
The Wolf Among Us
Knight Squad
Defense Grid 2
ABZU
Broken Sword
Blackwood Crossing
Virginia
The Little Acre
Planet of the Eyes
Walking Dead Season 2
Toby: The secret mine
Active Soccer 2

Mildly Diverting:
Wheels of Aurelia
i,Zombie
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Syrup Creek
Coffin Dodgers
Bridge Constructor
Forza Horizon presents fast and furios
Uncanny Valley
Beyond Eyes
Her Majesty's Spiffing
Pneuma: Breath of LIfe
The Bunker

Only if you want 1000 GS:

#IDARB
Doodle God
6180 the moon
Cubit
Whispering Willows
Memories of Him
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
Three Fourths Home
Posted by JCB DUKE on 11 October 17 at 12:13 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.