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PermalinkWeek 24 - Creed Carries On
Pretty much a same type of week for me this week, except with more glitches rearing their ugly head.

I finished the story of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (as part of the Ezio Collection) on Friday. Not much to add from last week to be honest. I didn't really like that every mission has a side objective. It ends up distracting me more than anything, and now I have to go and redo a load of missions (mostly stealth ones sleep) if I want to get the 100% sync achievement.

Assassin's Creed The Ezio CollectionACB | Requiescat In PaceThe ACB | Requiescat In Pace achievement in Assassin's Creed The Ezio Collection worth 32 pointsComplete DNA Sequence 9.

The achievement for Sequence 9 decided it didn't want to pop too, so I've got the achievement for Seq 8, and for completing the game, but not 9. Plenty of other people have had issues with the Ezio collection, and many of them report random unlocks down the line. I tried to pop another achievement to see if it would force a refresh on the other one and unlock it, but that one's glitched too (for throwing money in a well). It's left a sour taste to be honest.

I'm also just now finishing up the story for Assassin's Creed Revelations, and the same has happened. Sequence 8 just hasn't unlocked. I was hesitant to finish the story in case they end up unlocking out of order, but fuck it, I really can't be bothered to wait about or put my challenge on hold. Fingers crossed nothing happens with AC3.

Assassin's Creed The Ezio CollectionACR | PrioritiesThe ACR | Priorities achievement in Assassin's Creed The Ezio Collection worth 38 pointsComplete DNA Sequence 8.

The game itself used to be my favourite of the three, but now I've played them back to back, I'm not sure. It's obvious the developers chose to slow Ezio down in his old age, which I get, but it ends up just frustrating me more than anything, especially since so many optional objectives are time based. The story structure goes against the convention, where a chapter culminates in an assassination, but it's still a very good game.

Outside of Creed, I got my prestige achievement in Call of Duty WW2. It came quick enough with the double xp weekend. I doubt I'll be spending much more time with it now. I also completed the (easy) Easter Egg, and some of the more difficult/random Zombie achievements. I decided to pick up some miscellaneous achievements in Halo: Master Chief Collection when Revelations glitched.

Halo: The Master Chief CollectionSkeet ShooterThe Skeet Shooter achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection worth 38 pointsHalo 2A MP: Killed 15 opponents that were airborne from a Man Cannon.

Nest up is AC3, which will be my first playthrough. Not sure what to expect, I heard at the time it has a drawn-out prologue but hopefully I can get through the story by next week. Thanks for reading.

12/11/17 - 18/11/17
Starting Gamerscore: 351,549
End Gamerscore: 352,374
Gain: +825
Posted by KMDeacon on 19 November 17 at 09:50 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkWeek 23 - COD 'n' Creed Continues
I popped achievements in only three games this week: Assassins Creed Ezio Collection, Call of Duty WW2 and Fallout Shelter.

As I mentioned last week, my NEOGEO weekly game has been suspended until the new year so I can try to complete every unstarted Assassins Creed's story in time for Origins on Christmas. That means I pretty much need to do a game a week, which isn't as easy as it sounds with a full time job and Call of Duty sucking away so much time.

I would say I'm on track thus far. I finished Assassins Creed 2 (as part of the Ezio Collection). The game is just as good as I remember, but you really see the improvements developers have made when you go back to previous entries in a franchise, particularly in this case with the free flow movement. I had to play what were DLC chapters in the original game, and I don't think they added much.

Assassin's Creed The Ezio CollectionACII | An Old Friend ReturnsThe ACII | An Old Friend Returns achievement in Assassin's Creed The Ezio Collection worth 137 pointsEscape the hideout.

The one chapter I've played in Brotherhood you can really see how small quality of life things can improve the experience dramatically. Brotherhood is only 9 sequences rather than the 14 in AC2, so I'm thinking it shouldn't take me as long, but I do remember some of the Borgia towers being right bastards, so let's see.

I also have been playing quite a lot of Call of Duty. I'm nearing first prestige, which will net me that achievement and means as far as achievements go, I'm done online. I think the rocky launch has really damaged the perception of this game. P2P is simply not good enough for a game where it's a split second difference between winning a 50/50 or losing. It really shows that they've temporarily switched the dedicated servers off, and it's abysmal that the biggest franchise of gaming (in terms of profit, at least) can’t get this right.

Call of Duty: WWIIPressure CookerThe Pressure Cooker achievement in Call of Duty: WWII worth 64 pointsIn Prologue, survive until wave 20.

I got the 'Pressure Cooker' achievement too, one of the tougher ones. As long as you keep your armour topped up, self-revive active, and stick to your route for kiting the zombies, you should be able to do this. Getting greedy in kills or panicking will result in a very early grave.

Finally, I completed 100 objectives on Fallout Shelter. This means my only remaining achievement is the 20 legendary dwellers. I really hope abusing my system clock will allow me to get free lunchboxes, no way in hell am I paying the ridiculous £100+ in microtransactions just for 50G.

Fallout ShelterBlast From The PastThe Blast From The Past achievement in Fallout Shelter worth 303 pointsCollect 20 Legendary Dwellers

Next week: more Assassins Creed. Thanks for reading.

  • +145 Call of Duty WW21000
  • +775 Assassins Creed Ezio Collection3000
  • +25 Fallout Shelter1000

05/11/17 - 11/11/17
Starting Gamerscore: 350,604
End Gamerscore: 351,549
Gain: +945
Posted by KMDeacon on 12 November 17 at 09:42 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkWeek 22 - COD 'n' Creed
This week I got the latest entry into the Call of Duty franchise, WW2. Overall, I'd this is a vast improvement compared to the most recent iterations, with a return to it's roots and what, in my opinion, makes a Call of Duty game. The campaign was fairly short, it didn't take me very long at all to run through on veteran, maybe six hours. I was dreading it at first when I found it they changed back to a numbered health system with medkits rather than the temporary damage and recovery as seen recently, but there weren't many areas which got me killed. I really liked how the one significant death in the campaign actually meant something, it didn't mimic some of the newer Call of Duty's where every significant character dies one by one, cheapening the ordeal.
Call of Duty: WWIIDistinguished ServiceThe Distinguished Service achievement in Call of Duty: WWII worth 154 pointsComplete the game on Veteran difficulty.

I'm liking the multiplayer, which is something I couldn't say for about 4 years on a Call of Duty game. The new game mode War is interesting, it's similar to gamemodes you've seen in things like Battlefield or Plants vs Zombies, with one team pushing the other back through objectives. You very much need a team, and a coordinated one at that to have any hope of winning, though.
Call of Duty: WWIITour of DutyThe Tour of Duty achievement in Call of Duty: WWII worth 23 pointsWin 5 War matches.

The zombies is so much better this time round too. They weren't joking when they said they were making it more of a horror experience. Listening to my friends shitting themselves from the jump scare in the prologue was a real highlight. In other zombie modes I feel your character is underpowered and the zombies can get a few rapid swings in and it's over. THis one has classes with actually useful abilities, like temporary infinite ammo, or being invisible to zombies for a short period of time.
Call of Duty: WWIIFireworksThe Fireworks achievement in Call of Duty: WWII worth 68 pointsIn The Final Reich, retrieve the artifact.

It's not without it's faults, though. The AI teammates in the campaign is the worst I've seen in a long time. You simply cannot rely on them, at all. I've seen them let enemies stroll by, miss point blank shots, and not to mention the constant reminder they have something for you. It has incidents of audio cutting out, slightly bizarre voice acting, enemies camping corners with a godly trigger finger. I would highly recommend fans of the earlier games to give this a go, you might be pleasantly surprised.

My NEOGEO game this week was Samurai Shodown 2. I don't have much to say about this game, I think I finished it under an hour. I wouldn't recommend it for gameplay, it feels very clunky to control, and the AI just love to go on a blocking spree, but it's easy enough for points.
ACA NEOGEO SAMURAI SHODOWN IIScore 150,000 pointsThe Score 150,000 points achievement in ACA NEOGEO SAMURAI SHODOWN II worth 85 pointsThe score won 150,000 points.

I actually am going to be temporarily suspending my NEOGEO game a week 'challenge' until the new year, because I'm replacing it with an Assassin's Creed 'challenge'. I'm miles behind in the Assassin's Creed franchise, not to mention the multiple stacks I've purchased and never played. So I'm going to be trying to finish the stories of each of the Creed games I haven't played before Christmas, so then I can play Origins on Boxing Day (December 26th).

The games I need to play:
Assassin's Creed 2 (Ezio Collection)
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (Ezio Collection)
Assassin's Creed Revelations (Ezio Collection)
Assassin's Creed 3
Assassin's Creed Rogue
Assassin's Creed Syndicate

These might be part of the challenge, depending on how much time I have:
Assassin's Creed Liberation
Assassin's Creed 1
Assassin's Creed Black Flag (360)
-- seriously doubt I'll get to this, still need to finish the One version!

I'm not sure if I'm overestimating how uch time I'll have or severely underestimating it, so we'll see.

I also finished off Tekken 6, easier than I thought it was going to be, Nightmare train is a bastard. I rounded off War Planet Online, I recommend to just get the 850, the 1000 is far too much effort, or money if you want to go that route (fuck that, just buy some indie games if you want gamerscore for money).

Long blog this week, thanks for reading.

  • +160 Tekken 61000
  • +120 South Park Stick of Truth1000
  • +15 Saw 21000
  • +625 Iron Crypticle1000
  • +95 Murdered Soul Suspect1000
  • +50 Fallout Shelter1000
  • +480 Call of Duty WW21000
  • +150 War Planet Online1000
  • +1000 ACA NEOGEO Samurai Shodown 21000

29/10/17 - 04/11/17
Starting Gamerscore: 347,909
End Gamerscore: 350,604
Gain: +2695
Posted by KMDeacon on 05 November 17 at 11:23 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkWeek 21 - Tying Up Some Loose Ends
This week I finally got round to finishing off some games I've had sitting on my hard drive longer than they should have been, which has resulted in one of my best scoring weeks for almost three months. These games were Octodad and Wheels of Aurelia.

The former you've probably heard of, since it was one of those games which went almost viral on youtube. You play as an octopus masquerading as a human, and get yourself into some awkward situations, all while being pursued by a relentless chef. The biggest draw to the game for many is the controls. You control your 'legs' and 'arms' independently, mainly through the triggers and the sticks. It makes it hilarious to play, although frustrating at times. Honestly, some ladders are more difficult than the bosses.

Octodad: Dadliest CatchNumber 1 DadThe Number 1 Dad achievement in Octodad: Dadliest Catch worth 231 pointsBeat the game without losing.

I'm not sure why but I got to a certain point last year and just stopped, I think it was worrying about being caught/killed which would mean if I wanted the No1 Dad achievement I would have to start over. I got through it no problem though, finishing up some miscellaneous achievements and collectables afterwards.

The latter (Wheels of Aurelia), I've spoken about before, but it is more of a conversational game, except it takes the form of a road trip along a famous road in Italy. You control the car, as well as your dialog options, and the game has many different endings. Easy enough.

Wheels of AureliaWHEELS OF AURELIAThe WHEELS OF AURELIA achievement in Wheels of Aurelia worth 134 pointsUnlock all endings

The ACA NEOGEO game of the week was Galaxy Fight: Universal Warriors. It's almost fitting the week after playing the best NEOGEO game I've played, I would play in my opinion the worst thus far. The AI is very cheap on this, and the controls feel very wooden for a fighting game. The cheese method is easy enough, but some achievements glitch out and require re-installing. It's short, but in terms of fun factor, it's the bottom of the barrel.

ACA NEOGEO GALAXY FIGHT: UNIVERSAL WARRIORSMark high scoreThe Mark high score achievement in ACA NEOGEO GALAXY FIGHT: UNIVERSAL WARRIORS worth 81 pointsHigh score has been updated.

I also made good progress with Tekken 6, started up stacking Murdered Soul Suspect, rounded out Turing Test, and stacked Walking Dead Michonne for the third time.

I'm hoping to hit 350k next week, not sure if I'll anything special lined up for it, I'll have a look if there's any decent achievements I could hit it with.

Thanks for reading.

22/10/17 - 28/10/17
Starting Gamerscore: 344,029
End Gamerscore: 347,909
Gain: +3880

  • +485 Tekken 61000
  • +155 Murdered Soul Suspec1000
  • +520 Octodad1000
  • +385 Wheels of Aurelia1000
  • +1000 Walking Dead Michonne (360)1000
  • +20 Livelock1000
  • +15 Call of Duty Infinite Warfare1750
  • +300 The Turing Test1000
Posted by KMDeacon on 29 October 17 at 09:37 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkWeek 20 - B6! ...Miss!
The main game this week was Battleship, another entry into the Hasbro games published by Ubisoft. I've had my eye on this game for a while since I saw some youtubers playing it over a year ago, so when it went on sale this week, I snapped it up.

It's not your typical Battleship game, taking turns to fire one at a time (although it does have a classic mode which is just that). It has special abilities split into detect and destroy categories, of which each of your active ships have two each, so if that ship gets sunk, with it goes your chance to make use of it's abilities. The cost per ability and how much the ability does depends on which fleet you're using (Tech, Orc, Pirate), some are better at detecting ships, some are better at large scale destruction. You get a certain amount of ability points per turn which changes depending on which scenario of the campaign you're in.
BattleshipGood old daysThe Good old days achievement in Battleship worth 36 pointsPlay a game using "Classic Rules".

The campaign consists of 7 tutorial levels and 30 main levels of varying difficulty. Many people have said they had troubles with level 24, but I guess I was lucky as it only took me two goes. I'd absolutely recommend this game to anyone, fun and easy achievements.

My ACA NEOGEO game of the week was OVER TOP. This is a racing game where you have a birds eye view of your car as you try to hit the next checkpoint before your time runs out. I think it's the best NEOGEO game I've played so far, but that might be because it's not another fighting game. It took me just under an hour for all the achievements, they're very easy when you learn a few shortcuts.
ACA NEOGEO OVER TOPHI SCORE PlayerThe HI SCORE Player achievement in ACA NEOGEO OVER TOP worth 106 pointsThe score has been posted to the online rankings in the "HI SCORE MODE".

The last new game (for me at least) I played this week was The Turing Test. It recently went free with games with gold, and it's won awards here on trueachievements as well as being straightforward for gamerscore, so I'd be mad not to play it. I think it's a decent game, gets nowhere near Portal in quality but it is similar in gameplay. I'm liking the interactions your character has with the AI guiding/controlling you through the game. I'm nearing the end of the story, and I'd absolutely recommend everyone gives this a go.
The Turing TestBoolean LogicThe Boolean Logic achievement in The Turing Test worth 135 pointsOptional 6

I'm trying something new this week for tracking my gamerscore across games. I'm going to use the {chart} markup to show where each point of my gamerscore came from.

  • +60 Gears of War 42000
  • +175 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare1750
  • +700 The Turing Test1000
  • +1000 ACA NEOGEO OVER TOP1000
  • +1000 Battleship1000

Thanks for reading
15/10/17 - 21/10/17
Starting Gamerscore: 341,094
End Gamerscore: 344,029
Gain: +2935
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