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Sep
24
PermalinkCompleted Game 127 - Pac a Punch
This is one of my favorite types of completions. A few days ago, Pac-Man Championship Edition was nowhere to be seen on my radar. Once I saw that this game was on my Ultimate Head to Head list, I got my achievement plus a few others, and got the rest a few days later. Quick and simple.

Pac-Man Championship Edition - 200/200
Current Trueachievement Score - 374
Trueachievement score I feel it should be - 300
Achievement Difficulty - 4/10
Estimated Completion Time - 3 Hours
Days to Completion - 3135
Overall Rating - 10/10

Years to play with only hours to complete is a failure. After unlocking the final few I needed, I bet I could complete this in an hour and a half tops. I grew up to love the classic arcade games, so playing an updated version of pacman was fun and exciting, but left me wanting to play the original. Which I did on my NES Classic.

Last Blog Goals:
1. Complete my predicted next completion, Just Cause 2
2. Still be doing the EA program
3. Achievements in 10 Different games
4. Get kinect playfit working
5. More work on Quake 4

Still, I do not have Just Cause completed. It's like a nagging pain that I'm too lazy to go have treated. But still It shall remain on my list. At the time of writing this, I have just completed the second week of the nine week EA program, so we can cross that one off the list. Kinect Playfit works, and I think I found four games to play to unlock all of the achievements.

For achievements in different games:
1. Fable 3 (4)
2. EA Sports Active 2 (5)
3. Forza 4 (1)
4. Kinect Star Wars (3)
5. Zuma (2)
6. Astropop (2)
7. Midnight Club: Los Angeles (1)
8. Pac-Man Championship Edition (8)
9. Fruit Ninja (1)
10. Feeding Frenzy (1)

A nice variety, a nice completion, and a nice amount of achievements.

Since my last post, not too much has happened. I have been focusing on staying motivated in the EA Sports Active nine week program, and actually doing each workout to its fullest. While at first I felt running in place was worthless, now I've gotten used to it and do feel it as I do when I run outside. While I am hesitant to say this, I can see myself finishing this game, even with the intense bike/run achievements. But once I complete the nine week program and the cardio program, I will take another look at where I am at.

For next blog, here are my 5 goals:
1. Complete my predicted next completion, Just Cause 2*
2. More work on Quake 4*
3. Unlock an achievement in Kinect Playfit
4. Unlock 10 achievements from To-do List
5. Get EA Sports Active 2 to 500 gamerscore
* means I didn't complete the goal from last post

Goals for the end of the year:
1. Complete all 100 random To-Do list achievements (92 remaining)
2. 235k Trueachievement score
3. 135k gamerscore
4. 6250 achievements
5. 72 completion percentage
6. Get gamerscore back to a 5 or 0

Current Stats:
Trueachievements - 221612 (+1176)
Gamerscore - 129152 (+505)
Completed Games - 127 (+1)
Played Games - 308 (+0)
Completion Percentage - 68.17 (+.33)
Trueachievement Ratio - 1.7159 (+.0024)
Current Session Ratio - 2.3287
Achievements - 5878 (+28)
Days since last stats : 9
Posted by Maelstorm95 on 24 September 17 at 02:41 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Sep
15
PermalinkCompleted Game 125/126 - Old and New
I have been putting off writing this post for a few days since I new I had another completion coming soon, and I did not want to post twice in a few days. Burnout Paradise and LEGO The Hobbit are this posts completions. Unfortunately, The Hobbit is a newly started game for me which was not the plan going into this whole "clean up" phase. Being said, Burnout has been laying around for years with two achievements remaining due to me not having a vision camera. For a few dollars, I bought one on Amazon to finally put this game to rest.

Burnout Paradise - 1250/1250
Current Trueachievement Score - 3172
Trueachievement score I feel it should be - 2500
Achievement Difficulty - 6/10
Estimated Completion Time - 100+ Hours
Days to Completion - 3316
Overall Rating - 10/10

Burnout Paradise is by far my favorite game. With hundreds of hours put into it online, I couldn't wait to play this years ago. The more I've thought about this game, the more I realize that this may be the game that got be hooked on achievements. I enjoyed it so much, I WANTED to find all the collectibles and win everything. I had this with two achievements remaining for nearly seven years, so in my mind, this game was completed seven years ago.


LEGO The Hobbit - 1000/1000
Current Trueachievement Score - 1429
Trueachievement score I feel it should be - 1500
Achievement Difficulty - 4/10
Estimated Completion Time - 40 Hours
Days to Completion - 12
Overall Rating - 5/10

My girlfriend loves Lego games. Since this is one of the longer to completion ones, I figured that this would take much longer to complete and something we could play together. Irma happened though. I live in Florida, classes are cancelled for over a week, and I never lost power during the storm. So we ended up playing A LOT of this. I assume a new Lego will be on my card by next post and hopefully it's not the completed game.

Last blogs goals:
1. Complete my predicted next completion, Just Cause 2
2. Take the time to better format my blog
3. Figure out a better way to end a blog
4. Create a goal spreadsheet with what I feel will be my goal completions
5. Unlock an achievement in 5 games that I haven't played in awhile

Kinect Adventures, Outrun Online Arcade, Fight Night Round 4, Burnout Paradise, Quake 4, Kinect Sports 2, Fable 3, Forza 5, EA Sports Active 2.

That is nine games which is more than my goal of five. However I will be taking goals 2, 3, and 4 off and creating new goals as these don't feel productive and are just a space waste.

In the past few months, I have moved, which included finally getting my game collection all in one place. A few discs were damaged during the move, lost over the years, and some rechargeable batteries do not all work anymore. Slowly I have been replacing these, which is why games like Quake 4 are on my card after years. On a side note, I do NOT know what was in my mind when I started that game from an achievement standpoint. But that is another story for another post.

In my spare time, I have been doing Amazon Mechanical Turk jobs that have been making me a few dollars here and there which in turn I have on my amazon account. I have been using this money to slowly replace games, and by items like the Xbox Vision Camera to finish more of my games. Around 30 minutes of work for the completion is nothing for me when I would have been bored out of my mind with all of the free time on my hands for the present time.

Aside from gaming, College has been stressful and exciting. Challenging, difficult, fun, and every other word between. With Irma passing, I have roughly two weeks off of classes allowing me to focus on other less stressful events. In an injury update, I have zero pain from my sciatic nerve issues. All I have now are incredibly tight and sore muscles. Along side working out at the gym, I am "hopefully" going to complete the 9 week program in the EA sports active game, and can see myself completing it, even with the outrages achievements it has. But we will see if I still with it by next blog post. At the present time, I do not like adding a summary of every game I unlocked an achievement in since last post, but will think about it for next time.

For next blog, here are my 5 goals:
1. Complete my predicted next completion, Just Cause 2
2. Still be doing the EA program
3. Achievements in 10 Different games
4. Get kinect playfit working
5. More work on Quake 4

Goals for the end of the year:
1. Complete all 100 random To-Do list achievements (92 remaining)
2. 235k Trueachievement score
3. 135k gamerscore
4. 6250 achievements
5. 72 completion percentage
6. Get gamerscore back to a 5 or 0

Current Stats:
Trueachievements - 220436 (+2728)
Gamerscore - 128647 (+1475)
Completed Games - 126 (+2)
Played Games - 308 (+1)
Completion Percentage - 67.84 (+.51)
Trueachievement Ratio - 1.7135 (+.0015)
Achievements - 5850 (+70)
Days since last stats : 17
Posted by Maelstorm95 on 15 September 17 at 03:50 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Aug
30
PermalinkCompleted Game 124 - Sidestep
My original goal of 130 completed games was made with intentions of not starting any new easy games. While Lego Pirates of the Caribbean is not a cakewalk, it certainly is not difficult. I grabbed this on the games with gold month with the intention of someday playing it with my girlfriend as we have been playing many lego games recently, explaining a few of my last completions. However, she saw me download it and had to play it instantly. I never really enjoyed the Lego games until I played them co-op, so this wasn't as painful as I envisioned after taking years to finish other lego games. Therefore I expect new lego games to be showing up on my card and completed over the next few months, which is fine by me.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean - 1000/1000
Current TA- 1518
Achievement Difficulty- 3/10
TA I think it should be -1500
Estimated completion time- 20 hours
Days to completion- 10
Overall rating- 9/10

Since I have a streak going, I was more or less using this as a achievement per day thing originally. But as we started playing more and more, all the sudden I had unlocked eight or nine achievements per day and the game was finished. It is a great relief to have started this and finished it in a short span, along with working on some other games.

Last blog goals:
1. Complete my predicted next completion, Just Cause 2
2. Take the time to better format my blog
3. Figure out a better way to end a blog
4. Create a goal spreadsheet with what I feel will be my goal completions
5. Raise one of the lowest 3 percentage complete games on my card to above 25% completion

When I created goal five, I meant to say I wanted to raise one of my games below 25% to above or at it. Which I know it seems as if I'm changing the restrictions in order to make a new goal, but hey it's my blog! I still think Just Cause 2 will be my next completion, and for the other three goals, I was just too lazy to complete them.

Goal 5 I was not even trying to complete. I saw a post where a user created about 25 different tiered goals, which I will most likely end the blog doing something similar. One of which was to hit random on the to-do list for 100 items, and complete them all by years end. One of them was for Need for Speed Shift 2 Unleashed, and I unlocked a few other easy ones. This conveniently landed me at 25% for the game.

Apart from gaming, I'm in a new semester of college and it seems like it will be a blast. Interesting classes, and football season finally is here with my schools first game a few days away. I've done quite a few fantasy leagues, and will be over analysing those as I always have done. A few blogs ago, I talked of my sciatic nerve issue, and while it isn't 100% back to normal, I think I'm ready to get back to running and exercising comfortably in the next few days. I still get a twinge here and there, but nothing like any of my previous blogs. I have also been making my apartment more "homelike" instead of it being just a college kids place. While I refuse to say I'm decorating, it is fun to make it seem more like home.

For next blog, here are my 5 goals:
1. Complete my predicted next completion, Just Cause 2
2. Take the time to better format my blog
3. Figure out a better way to end a blog
4. Create a goal spreadsheet with what I feel will be my goal completions
5. Unlock an achievement in 5 games that I haven't played in awhile

Along with the lego pirates game, I have been putting time into Tiger Woods 12 and 13 golf games, as the online servers close in a couple months. As I mentioned before, I played Need for Speed Shift 2, once, but I want to go back to it. I also played with Kinect again, unlocking achievements in Kinect Adventures and Just Dance 4. I started working on Haunt again, so that will be a future blog post completion. Furthermore, I got back into Titanfall and probably lost 15 hours on my life enjoying every second of it glued to the screen. I unlocked quite a few in there. Aside from those, I unlocked an achievement in Centipede, a few in Call of Duty Ghosts, and one in guacamelee. I like doing a mini summary of what I accomplished to see where my gaming trends go and such.

Current Stats:
TA- 217708
GS-127172
Completed Games-124
Played Games- 307
Completion Percentage- 67.33
TA Ratio- 1.7119
Achievements- 5780

I would also like to have my current stats in my blogs too.

Goals for the end of the Year-
Complete all 100 random To-Do List items
6000 achievements
70 completion percentage
140 completed games
135k gamerscore
230k TA score

These are to strive for, but I will think about them and edit them as needed for next time.

Until the next one,
-Matt
Posted by Maelstorm95 on 30 August 17 at 02:26 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Aug
13
PermalinkCompleted Game 122/123 - Two A Days
The Maw and Civilization Revolutionized. Both games I've been working on the past week are finally done. I wasn't expecting to complete both of these today, but was going to pop one achievement in The Maw to keep my streak going. This led to me getting frustrated and fed up with it and just finished it. Civilization I had one achievement left and was waiting for a random event to happen, and it happened on one of my first tries amid xbox live connection issues. I'm glad to have gotten both of these done, yet it leaves me to work on a new game tomorrow as I have only been playing these two for the past week, along with my past completion a few days ago.

The Maw- 200/200
Current TA- 291
Achievement Difficulty- 2/10 You literally just walk around and press B a few times
TA I think it should be - 250 This game is easy. 250 is the max it should be
Estimated completion time- 6 hours
Days to completion- 2782
Overall rating- 4/10

At first, I somewhat enjoyed this game. Something different, playful, and simple. However it got old and repetitive real fast, leaving me to quit playing this hence the 2782 days it took me to finish this. Like my last game, this was one I had put off for way too long, so this feels good to be able to forget about. I won't be doing the DLC for this unless its either free or I'm given it, so free.

Civilization Revolutionized - 1000/1000
Current TA- 1771
Achievement Difficulty- 5/10
TA I think it should be -1771
Estimated completion time- 20 hours
Days to completion- 2157
Overall rating- 7/10

This was a bit of an unexpected completion. It wasn't on my radar to do for my current completed games goal, so this feel like a freeby. While decided what to play a few weeks ago an old friend of mine came online, and I got curious to see what they were playing, and it was this game. So therefore I played it. The ratios are a bit inflated, as only a few of them are actually hard and skill based rather than a time waster. Looking back, I feel like I could have completed this game in under 10 hours, which goes to show that this is not a difficult game.

Last blog goals.
1. Complete my predicted next completion, The Maw
2. Take the time to better format my blog
3. Figure out a better way to end a blog
4. Create a goal spreadsheet with what I feel will be my goal completions
5. Raise one of the lowest 3 percentage complete games on my card to above 25% completion

Somewhat of a fail since my last blog was not that long ago. At least I finished one of my goals, however I'd like to cross more off that list in order to create more. For my next predicted completion, I think I will finish Just Cause 2, being that it is a few hours away and I have been slowly working on it off and on for a year. So my new goals are as followed:

1. Complete my predicted next completion, Just Cause 2
2. Take the time to better format my blog
3. Figure out a better way to end a blog
4. Create a goal spreadsheet with what I feel will be my goal completions
5. Raise one of the lowest 3 percentage complete games on my card to above 25% completion

Aside from gaming, my life has been mostly uneventful since my last post. I purchased some new things for my apartment, exercised, and tried to overall improve my life. As for my back/leg/sciatic nerve injury, it's slowly getting better every day. Each day is has a different level of pain but it is nowhere near where I was a few weeks ago. I'm hoping to get back out running again soon but I am going to wait until I am fully pain free. I have a new college semester starting next monday and am excited for the new events to be in my everyday life. My original goal of ten lines of outside gaming writing is difficult, since nothing noteworthy has happened. Football is back! Although it's preseason so it really isn't. Other things I have been doing have been playing Galaga on my NES classic that I was lucky enough to get. For next time I hope to have more to say here, more goals to cross off, and a more productive blog in general.

Until next time,
Matt
Posted by Maelstorm95 on 13 August 17 at 03:27 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Aug
09
PermalinkCompleted Game 121 - Three's A Crowd
Finally. Another completion for me. I'm pretty much right on track with my completed games goal, but I know I could go faster. I see people in my feed completing over a hundred games this year, where my goal was basically to complete 12 in 8 months. However, progress is progress. I hope to make more in the near future, and I am optimistic about it happening. I STILL need to take some time to work on the formatting of my blogs/reflections too. I want these to be something I can look back on and see whats going on in my life. Hence, lets get to the point. Shinobi was my next completion, and one that should've been done long ago.

Shinobi- 200/200
Current TA- 253
Achievement Difficulty- 4/10 - Even with the save abusing I still wanted to throw my controller
TA I think it should be - 253 - Accurate
Estimated completion time- 3 Hours
Days to completion- 2467
Overall rating- 8/10


If I wasn't playing Shinobi for achievements, I would've had more fun with it. Forcing myself to save every few seconds was annoying. By doing that, I never learned the moves of bosses rather just saved when I got a hit and moved on. Allowing you to save whenever takes all the skill out of this game.
Shinobi has been in my To-Do list since I started it thousands of days ago with intentions of finishing it. Like a few other games, I played it a few times, got close, failed, raged, regretted starting it, and not touching it for years. I feel as if I have said multiple times to myself that I could complete this game, but I didn't want to spend the couple hours I had to put into it to get the remaining achievements. Off the top of my head, Just Cause 2, Wallace and Gromit, and King Kong are a few others that fall into this category. So this is a completion that feels good, even if it isn't a "hard" game but one I can check off my to-do list.

As for me, much has happened since my last post. My last post I could barely walk due to irritating my sciatic nerve. Today, while I can walk, I'm still in pain but far from it. My leg isn't going tingly, and I've been slowly stretching my legs out to relieve pressure on my nerve(what I was told to do). I've stopped running, and now go for roughly 10 miles bike rides and try to move my leg in a pool to try and keep stretching and relaxing my leg. I know it's going to be a long rode to a pain free time, but I am very satisfied where I am today. Aside from that, I finished up another couple classes and am starting another semester in 2 weeks. This is why I want to get a jumpstart on my completed games goal. Also, my NES classic edition finally came and it's been a blast playing Galaga, Donkey Kong, and Final Fantasy. My first console was the 360, so as a 21 year old, I never got to play the old consoles but love the older games at arcades.

For my next completion. I have about a week and a half of just my X1 and a few backwards compatible discs, so it will be one of those. While playing shinobi, I start playing the Maw again as it is another game I quit that isn't difficult at all. The maw should be my next completion, as I've been trying to get an achievement a day in it for the past few days, while working on Civilization Revolution aswell to get that one closer. As of the time of writing this, Civ has 3 difficult achievements left for me, as I just popped one of the more difficult ones thanks to the great guides. So I'm hoping I can keep progressing there, and maybe try to do the achievement a day in that also. Aside from Civ, Just Cause 2 has a couple hours left until completion so thats another that will be done in the near future.

These blogs are meant as something 'fun' I can do after each completion in my goal. I do not expect them to be read, but rather them to be read again by me in the future to see how far I've come. I set a goal in the first blog to write 10 lines about what's going on with my life, and I'd like to maybe start setting 5 goals for the next one, with some realistic and easy ones and some difficult ones.

1. Complete my predicted next completion, The Maw
2. Take the time to better format my blog
3. Figure out a better way to end a blog
4. Create a goal spreadsheet with what I feel will be my goal completions
5. Raise one of the lowest 3 percentage complete games on my card to above 25% completion

Baring how long it takes until my next completion, I will hope to be able to make new goals each post.

Until next time
Posted by Maelstorm95 on 09 August 17 at 03:33 | Last edited on 13 August 17 at 03:01 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.