The other day I finally knocked off Overlord
. It only took 2973 days 15 hours and 43 minutes. Overlord
was another game from my ancient backlog, started long ago under the premise that I could knock out the MP right away and get back to the SP achievements "later." Later finally
With that completion I also hit a new milestone: only 13 incomplete games remaining.
Amazingly enough, 100% completion is ... uh ... not definitely impossible. And ever since I scrubbed Totemball
off the list for good, it feels like it could actually happen someday. So here are the 13 games standing in the way of 100%:
1. Call of Duty: World at War
Everything is done except that pesky Gen 10 achievement. With my crazy multibox setup, I'm ready to own this game like I did Gears of War
There's just one problem: extra copies are stupidly overpriced. Next time this goes on sale, I'll be picking up a couple extra digital copies and running my own show. As a very old game and one of my only unearned MP achievements, this will likely be my top priority as soon as I have the copies to get it done.
2. ARK: Survival Evolved
This was done, should be done again, will be done as soon as the one broken achievement is patched and hopefully will stay done. I have a sneaking suspicion that I'll come to regret giving into the allure of Type-to-Win. :-)
3. Grand Theft Auto IV
All I have left are the Gold Medals in Ballad of Gay Tony
. In other words, tedious, unrewarding, repetitious grinding. Especially hitting time targets. Ugh.
There are something like 33 missions. My patience ran out, and I had to put this one up. I feel like I'll probably need to fit this wrap-up inbetween some other more rewarding games.
4. Ticket to Ride
I may never be able to complete this. The 25 Ranked Wins achievement refuses to unlock. Then again, the Play 50 Matches achievement miraculously unlocked. So ... maybe?
I've been playing matches once in a while when there's no time for anything else, but I'm not holding out any hope that I'll ever see this completion. But as long as it's still possible to run ranked matches, 100% is ... not impossible.
5. Splosion Man
Yet another game that's one from done. And another one where, after doing the MP stuff, I needed a break.
I need to wrap up Hardcore mode, which is probably going to suck. I picked this up a while ago and knocked out a pretty good number of levels. But it's a whole lot of dry repetition.
6. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved²
And speaking of dry repetition....
I've come down to the last level for Smile 2 or 3 times now, but no dice yet. I know I'll get it eventually. After a bit of regular practice to get back in the rhythm, all I need is one good run.
7. Batman: Arkham Origins
And speaking of dry repetition....
I like the Arkham games. I even kinda like the challenges. But 300+ medals? Man. Too much. So, much like the previous games, I got the main stuff out of the way and put the tedium on the shelf.
Still, this stands a good chance of being one of the next games I go after. Mostly because my other options are worse. :-)
8. Project Gotham Racing 3
Now my oldest incomplete title, I can still get this done because I wrapped up all the MP while it was still possible. It's just too bad I've totally burned out on racing games.
I need the Platinum medals. And the Gold medals. And Rank 1, which actually shouldn't be that tough. I even have the magic delisted car downloaded to get it all done. I just completely lack the motivation.
This is going to be one of the last completions I go after. I know my enthusiasm will pick up when I'm closer to the finish line.
9. 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand (JP)
50-Yen will almost certainly be the next game I complete (unless Ark gets a patch first). I need to clean up the Gold Medals, and I recently did the main version, so I know what I'm in for: more dry tedium, lol. Yay!
10. Vampire Rain
So, once upon a time I decided that I was going to cease being a prisoner to Completionism. And there was a contest or something. Or maybe it was one of my gamerscore binges.
In any case, I claimed the super-fast 650 points of MP achievements in this atrocity and doomed myself to scoring S-ranks if I ever want it done. That was supposed to dissuade me from chasing completion. But, well, here we are.
This isn't my most-dreaded incompletion, but it's close. I am definitely not going after this one until I have most of the rest of the list done and some good games to play before and after. Then I'll have to plug my nose and dive in like I did with Totemball....
11. Kinect Adventures
Speaking of that time I tried to force myself to give up completions....
That's how Kinect Adventures ended up on the list. And why it's only about half done.
Honestly, this should be one of my top priorities. Kinect-anything seems to be on the decline, and the recent notice of kinect-share being disabled gave me a good scare. I still have some "human statues" to record, and I wasn't certain at first whether I'd need Kinect Share for that. I don't. But I do need to stop letting this game be a cause for concern.
12. Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
is my most-dreaded completion.
Once again, I have all the MP done and none of the rest. But the big SP achievement has a 15+ ratio. I'm expecting the worst. At least there are guides available now that weren't around when people were playing this. If Ticket to Ride ever pops, this game may be the one to keep me from 100%.
13. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
Finally, we have Red Alert. The last of my untouched Bean Dive games from last summer, this game has suffered from eternal procrastination for reasons too numerous to list.
It's waiting now mainly because I'm so burned out from playing "RTS" in real life. I'm going to want to tackle this in pretty much one run, so that I get the relentless pacing down and have the maps, objectives and strategies memorized.
Plus I'm only 20 achievements away from recovering my Bean Dive completely, and matching my all-time high of 99.47% completion. I've been pushing myself to get there (or close) without dipping into this game, so that when I do I'll have a monster pile of achievements to push my % deeper into record territory. Because that's where I'd like to be when I get back to starting new games to gather my energy to knock out those tedious grinds. I'm playing the long game. Still. Always.