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Dec
01
PermalinkA Gaming Journal 2017: November
More of this, please! Back to basics and loving it.

I played two games this month that renewed my faith in gaming: DOOM and Trackmania Turbo. Both games are no nonsense examples of their genre and were Free with Gold [EDIT: maybe cheap with free DLC?]. Can't beat this stuff.

DOOM gives you a shot gun and directs you to "Go Kill Stuff". This first person shooter from the creators of the genre brings it back to basics. The result is an unadulterated blast to play.

Trackmania Turbo gives you four cars with fifty tracks for each. Everybody gets the same car - track combo. No oil to check. No friggin' photographs to stage. Nothing. Just a track that requires you to beat it in about 30 seconds with the same conditions as everyone else. Simple, arcade racing. Damn, this month has been fun.

  • Earned 100 achievements in Nov 2017 for 2,880 Gamerscore worth 5,512 TA


Ghost Buster in Trackmania Turbo Get Trackmaster medals 36-50
End of the Road? in Trackmania Turbo Get a gold medal on every track of the solo campaign 65-200
Free with Gold saw this little ditty downloaded to my console. An arcade racing game that proves to be a bit of a challenge. No difficulty settings. No car adjustments. Just a 40 second race with the same car as everyone else. With some work, the gold times can be achieved. The hidden developer times for each track make earning the green medals a challenge. Requiring hours to get that last .01 second. I know that sounds terrible. But with instant restart, you don't realize the passage of time.

In a prior posting where I expressed my frustration at how racing games have developed, a random comment by JimbotUK, suggested I look into Trackmania Turbo. Dude, you were so right!

Call me "Sir" in Battlefield 4 Reach Rank 24-25
Still making steady progress on the assignments with the weekly USC sessions. Not difficult. Just needs time.

DLC assignments:
New Superpower Complete all China Rising Assignments
Street Fighter Complete all Dragon's Teeth Assignments 1-10
King in the North Complete all Final Stand Assignments 5-8

Community Ambassador in Project Cars Driver Network Community Events 19-20
Hopefully this thing unlocks this Sunday. Then I can address a problematic achievement that will not pop for setting a time at 50 locations. I have completed the requirements 3 times over. Anyway, with Community Ambassador done, I will delete save and complete the requirement yet again. Fingers crossed.


  • Finished Grinds Games this Month


  • In the Pipe Line

Seriously's
Seriously ... in Gears of War
Seriously 2.0 in Gears of War 2
Seriously 3.0 in Gears of War 3
Seriously 4.0 in Gears of War 4
Seriously... in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition 0 - 10,000 Kills


Back Burners (Simmering)
????

Cold (Refrigerator)
Master of Adaptation in Battlefield 1
Training Complete in Max Payne 3 0 - 619,500
Up to the Task in Mad Max
On the Level in Tom Clancy's The Division 0 - 30
Posted by NonKosherSalt on 01 December 17 at 16:50 | Last edited on 02 December 17 at 02:35 | There are 6 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Nov
01
PermalinkA Gaming Journal 2017: October
This month saw a return to the 360. Started and finished Sleeping Dogs. Pretty good old school open world game continuing in the TrueCrime series from PS2 days. Not sure who the sleeping dogs were but fun none the less. A game in the style of GTA but with Kong Fu.

  • Earned 89 achievements in Oct 2017 for 1,965 Gamerscore worth 5,519 TA

Call me "Sir" in Battlefield 4 Reach Rank 20-25
Continuing to work through the DLC assignments. Fairly broad requirements that keep it interesting. With the USC every week, we are making good progress.

DLC assignments:
New Superpower Complete all China Rising Assignments 8-10
Street Fighter Complete all Dragon's Teeth Assignments 0-10
King in the North Complete all Final Stand Assignments 0-8

Community Ambassador in Project Cars Driver Network Community Events 15-20
Still signing in every Sunday night to knock off a Community Event race. Two months to go!


  • Finished Grinds Games this Month


DOOMBeauty is PainThe Beauty is Pain achievement in DOOM worth 110 pointsPlay a Multiplayer Match with a piece of Cyber-Demonic armor equipped

With a steady group gathering every Sunday and Monday evening, we all finished the online for DOOM. Pretty much Sector Boosting with one session devoted to demon kills. A little over a month. Now onto the 10 hour campaign and the game is done.

  • In the Pipe Line

Seriously's
Seriously ... in Gears of War
Seriously 2.0 in Gears of War 2
Seriously 3.0 in Gears of War 3
Seriously 4.0 in Gears of War 4
Seriously... in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition 0 - 10,000 Kills


Back Burners (Simmering)
????

Cold (Refrigerator)
Master of Adaptation in Battlefield 1
Training Complete in Max Payne 3 0 - 619,500
Up to the Task in Mad Max
Posted by NonKosherSalt on 01 November 17 at 17:05 | Last edited on 06 November 17 at 18:14 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Oct
10
PermalinkA Gaming Journal 2017: September
Cracked open a couple games this month: Doom, Battlefield 4 and revisited Gears of War 4 for a September Update worth a quick 500 GamerScore.

  • Earned 130 achievements in Sept 2017 for 3,140 Gamerscore worth 9,254 TA

Call me "Sir" in Battlefield 4 Reach Rank 18-25
This game offers XP bonus awards for completing certain activities such as attaining particular ranks. These can boost XP gain by 25%, 50% or 100%. Spending 30 minutes one afternoon getting headshots on USC Members as they continuously showed up to be killed got me to rank 18 this week.

The rest should come as we work through the various DLC assignments:
New Superpower Complete all China Rising Assignments 4-10
Street Fighter Complete all Dragon's Teeth Assignments 0-10
King in the North Complete all Final Stand Assignments 0-8

Community Ambassador in Project Cars Driver Network Community Events 12-20
Still signing in every Sunday night to knock off a Community Event race. Two months to go!

Thanks to LRD SOTH, we finished the other online achievements for Project Cars. I have continued to play the solo campaign and am actually enjoying it despite it being a simulator. This is much better than Forza Horizon 2!

The difficulty perhaps lies with Project Cars preference for a wheel. However, with some adjustments you can make Xbox controllers work well.
Controller Settings:
*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***

To make this game more like an Arcade Racer, try these settings (even for Pro Handling)
*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***
Beauty is Pain in DOOM Echelon 5 or 8
Sundays and Mondays will find a group of usual suspects Sector Boosting in Doom. Since the 6.66 Update, many armor wearing achievements now require a certain Echelon with the last being 8. Should be there by the end of October.


  • Finished Grinds Games this Month


Forza Horizon 2All Your Race Are Belong To Us 2.0The All Your Race Are Belong To Us 2.0 achievement in Forza Horizon 2 worth 248 pointsComplete all 168 Championships.

Thanks to a steady group knocking off the online Roadtrips and the like I was able to concentrate on the solo races required. Way too many of those by the way. With the help of FEEDtheBEA5T, I finished the game by completing the necessary Co-Op Bucket List items.

This is going to get a low score from me. Probably 3 out 5. It was way, way too long. 168 championships with 3 to 4 races each. Ridiculous. Plus I thought this was Forza's answer to Arcade racing. The handling was poor when modeling actual car properties in the game. Please bring this game back closer to Arcade Handling.

I prefer Arcade Racing over Simulators, but I am enjoying Project Cars - a simulator. This much more than I did Forza Horizon 2. However, the following clip was amusing:

"Fwee Whehee!" No walls were destroyed during the filming of this clip.

September Update for Gears of War 4
Revisited Gears of War to pop a quick 500 GamerScore. Super crazy update that awarded players who completed the game an additional 18 achievements for simply starting up the game.

  • *** CAUTION ***

If you are content with only finishing the base game and have no desire to start The Rise of the Horde, do not be enticed by this quick 500 GS update. To the get the September Update, you will need to download all updates. Pop. You have just started The Rise of the Horde.

The Rise of the Horde achievement that usually pops in addition to the September Update is for Completing 50 Waves of Horde on a Post Launch Map. If you finished the base game, it would be unusual for you to have not completed the requirements for this achievement. Beware! Maybe that was the true intent of this Update...
  • In the Pipe Line

Seriously's
Seriously ... in Gears of War
Seriously 2.0 in Gears of War 2
Seriously 3.0 in Gears of War 3
Seriously 4.0 in Gears of War 4
Seriously... in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition 0 - 10,000 Kills


Back Burners (Simmering)
????

Cold (Refrigerator)
Master of Adaptation in Battlefield 1
Training Complete in Max Payne 3 0 - 619,500
Up to the Task in Mad Max
Posted by NonKosherSalt on 10 October 17 at 20:48 | Last edited on 13 October 17 at 15:42 | There are 3 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.