Four months into this project of mine, I'm already halfway done. Of course, I think the second half might take me a little longer than the first half due to some of the games I have lined up. For instance, there's at least one that will take me over 100 hours to complete -- EA SPORTS UFC 3
, which I'm really looking forward to. Hopefully the online achievements won't give me too much grief.
Naturally, I get asked why I'm doing this. The simple answer is because I find it to be fun. Secondly, no one has accomplished this feat. Out of almost 400,000 users on this site, not one person has achieved this. I'd like to become the first. Hopefully it's by year's end, but that might be cutting it close. Let's all just enjoy the journey, for now.
I've actually already accomplished something similar, but that will have to include an asterisk for now due to a 'tracking reduction.' That reminds me, that will be another blog for another time. I'm actually working my way towards that by unlocking any achievements that were tagged with... subjective accusations. That may not happen this year since an investment is necessary, but it should be worth it in the end when it gets revisited completely. As some of you should know by now, I have a knack for proving people wrong.
Aside from all that, let's give you what some have requested and get into what's been done, started, and left to do for my project.
Feel free to drop any suggestions/corrections and don't hesitate to reach out if there's anything you could help out with -- mostly looking at Halo Forge (Win 10)
for the versions that are no longer supported (Xbox 360 and Xbox One). I'm not quite ready to hop back on that train for the versions that are still supported, lol.Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor
is another game I continue to struggle with gaining some traction on. You don't have to be great at this since I can carry the squad, but you do have to complete the main story. I think that's where most people get hung up at. Anyway, if you have an inkling of interest in this game, please reach out to me. I have video guides out that should be able to help point you in the right direction for any level you might be stuck on.
Looking for a physical copy of AFL Evolution
too. Unfortunately, I can't find any for sale in the states. Those shipping prices from out of the country are murder. Plus, I'm not even sure if the game has been on sale digitally. And, I'm way too frugal to spend that much money on something that I can't put my hands on, lol.
As far as updates go, I probably won't post another blog about this until I get to 75% completed and go from there. That said, we're looking at another 22 genres that will need to be ticked off. Maybe I'll be able to reach that point before the end of the year. I roughly calculated how long it would take me to fully complete this project and I could be looking at another 600 hours or so. I'll certainly try my best though.
Fortunately, there's a few WP and Windows games that could shave off some time from my typical availability while I'm at work, but the bulk of it will have to be done at home.
Since we're on the subject of genres, let's briefly discuss the ones I've completed since the last update.Kinect Sports Gems: 3 Point Contest | Basketball:
Took me a little while to figure out how the game wanted to recognize your movements. Was briefly stuck on the "sink every ball in round 10" challenge. I'd do everything perfectly, but then miss one shot during that round and that would be the only one I would miss, lol. Gah!
Can't seem to recall what movements worked for me, but you don't even need to jump -- that I do remember. I'd bend my knees and then straighten up, making sure my "shots" were consistent by being completely still after my release.
Fun game -- the atmosphere they created was done well. Stadium, fans, cheerleaders... Giggity.
-Kinect Sports Gems: 10 Frame Bowling | Bowling:
Physics worked well with this game. Unfortunately, the challenges for earning strikes with a "slow" and "overarm" balls were horrible, lol. It just took me the longest, but everything else was just fine and dandy.
-Real Racing 2 (WP) | Simulation Racing:
For a phone game, it functioned really well. Almost like *real* life, lol. Took me about 12 to 15 hours to fully complete it, but didn't mind the length. It ran so well on my phone, was bittersweet to have unlocked the last achievement.
-Trivial Pursuit (WP) | Party:
Pretty basic game, truth be told. The questions had a tendency to repeat, but it served its purpose and a solid time waster. If you enjoy trivia more than me, then you'd have a better time with it.
-Full House Poker (WP) | Casino:
Was really fortunate this was considered to be categorized as Casino since most available games were over 200 hours to complete. I didn't mind this one either even though my bad luck would resurface from time to time when the river card was flipped over.
-Civ Rev (WP) | Turned Based:
This type of game isn't really my cup of tea, but maybe it could be later on. This version was obviously watered down from its other variants, so the depth wasn't there to pique my interest.
-Kinect Sports Gems: Darts vs. Zombies | Darts:
I was probably more lucky than good when I cruised through this game. I say that because its arguably the most difficult of the Kinect Sports Gems games. That said, I really enjoyed it. Neat spin on the sport darts, but I wouldn't say it was my favorite.
-Rugby 15 | Rugby:
Here's a sport I wasn't completely familiar with. I have seen it on TV occasionally, but still had no idea how the scoring was done. I struggled with this achievement the most:
I'm guessing it was the angles I kept taking and was too stubborn to change my ways as the achievement, in theory, seemed way too simple.
Of course, I enjoy American Football way more, this still had its moments. Nice change of pace, at any rate.
-geoDefense Swarm (WP) | Strategy:
For whatever reason, this one really clicked with me. Enjoyed this much better than its predecessor, which was more at a slower pace compared to this one.
-Snooker Nation Championship (2019) | Cue Sports:
Unfortunately, there was a patch that made one of the achievements more difficult:
There was apparently an exploit you could do via Practice mode, but no longer. I'm glad that I was able to unlock this achievement as intended, so that gives me some bragging rights, I guess. Heck. I had zero knowledge of how snooker was supposed to be played, so the fact I was able to complete this within just a few days should reward me with some sort of pat on the back, right?
Fun fact: I used a shoe string to line up my shots, lol. Of course, that prop won't ever top the charts with me using an air dancer.
And, that's all I got for now. Wish me luck on this project of mine -- might need some!