This week, I finally got round to playing some of the US-only easy achievement games. I was wary of following some of the guides people posted about switching store regions, especially since not that long ago quite a few people got banned for exploiting other region stores to get a game for free. I decided since xbox one games are region free, and switching stores is a setting on the console rather than making use of a proxy/vpn, that it should be safe.
I bought a $25 card from cdkeys, and bought Energy Cycle, Mr Pumpkins Adventure and Scrabble.
Everyone will know about the first on that list, it's essentially this generations Avatar. Super quick 1000G.
The second is easily the most bizarre game I've ever played. It's a point and click adventure game, but every character is a creepy personified fruit or vegetable. The puzzles might have been fun, but I was looking to blast through it and be done, so just used a guide.
And last but not least, Scrabble. Most people will know what this is already, but if you don't, it's basically a board game based around building words. I quickly learned just how shit at scrabble I was when all I could muster was three letter words to start, but I got better as time went on. Good luck beating 3 very hard AI legit, even if you use a solver. Decently quick gamerscore, but you need a person to play online with for the emoji achievement.
I also got into some OXENFREE, which was one of my bean dive games. Overall, I'd say I liked the game. The voice acting is of a very high quality. The story was interesting at times, but felt a bit too jumpy and incoherent at others. I liked that other people online could have input into my story. My only real gripe is the ending. It didn't feel like a twist which made sense with hindsight, like Bioshock's for example, but felt glued on to bait you into a replay of the game. I need to play it another two times for the remaining achievements, but at least I won't need to worry about any collectibles.
In other cleanup news, I got back to Master Chief Collection. I grabbed the remaining skulls on Halo 2 I had left, as well as the toys. Unfortunately, you need to play on legendary for the skulls, and Halo 2 on legendary is an absolute bastard. Honestly, whoever thought it was a good idea for jackal snipers to be that accurate and drop you in one shot needs a slap or six. And there's far too many of them, too. Loading up some of the levels is like joining a lobby on Call of Duty full of people with Faze clan tags, except less high pitched voices.
Not sure what I'm going to get up to next week. Probably just keep clearing the backlog and cleaning up some of the games I've left uncompleted.
Thanks for reading.
23/07/17 - 29/07/17
Starting Gamerscore: 314,890
End Gamerscore: 319,695