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Mar
30
PermalinkThe Bottom-Feeder: Issue 19
Okay, after logging a chunk of time back in Comix Zone, it's clear that I don't have the patience to play-save-play-save-play-save-etc. through that game. It will remain at its current level and we will get back to business with our regularly scheduled bottom-feed. I've reached the end of Rise of the Tomb Raider's main campaign, which helped clear a lot of the low-ratio targets and we're back into the 1.22-1.23 range again.
BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)Secret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360) worth 31 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement
Saints Row: Gat Out of HellTranscontinentalThe Transcontinental achievement in Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell worth 12 pointsFly continuously for 60 seconds
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed IIPadawanThe Padawan achievement in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II worth 62 pointsComplete the game on Easy difficulty.
Gotham City ImpostorsCustomizerThe Customizer achievement in Gotham City Impostors worth 6 pointsUnlock any locked loadout or costume item.
Assassin's Creed IIIThe Whites of Their EyesThe The Whites of Their Eyes achievement in Assassin's Creed III worth 25 pointsComplete Sequence 7.
Fallout 4Fix-Er-UpperThe Fix-Er-Upper achievement in Fallout 4 worth 25 pointsBuild 100 Workshop Items
OXENFREE"This House is Clear"The "This House is Clear" achievement in OXENFREE worth 245 pointsComplete the story.
Fallout 4ScavverThe Scavver achievement in Fallout 4 worth 25 pointsGather 1000 Resources Used For Crafting
BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)Secret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360) worth 31 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement
BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)The Roguish TypeThe The Roguish Type achievement in BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360) worth 31 pointsIn the Main Campaign, have Elizabeth pick 30 locks.

As we also approach the end of the Bioshock Infinite campaign, two more will come to a close in Oxenfree and The Force Unleashed. It's a good week for closure, I guess. The others take a little bit of work, but nothing unreasonable, but I have to wonder how active Gotham City Impostors is these days. I may have to set up a session for this. I'll know more once I look into the Achievement a little further.

I did make an attempt at my first episode of a streaming series on Mixer on Tuesday morning, focusing on analysis of the first 60 minutes of a new title every week. This week I looked at Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey Remastered, out of Xbox Game Pass. It's available archived on my channel, but something happened with the video 25 seconds in and you only get about a third of the picture from the screen - though it may be just a playback issue on my end, as it appears rather inconsistently. I wish I had noticed that before I prattled on for an hour about things you can barely see. If you happen to look, let me know if you experience the same problem.

So whether you're just here for the blog, or you plan on checking out the stream, thanks for tuning in and I'll see you again soon.
Posted by Vermin360 on 30 March 18 at 03:02 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Mar
20
PermalinkThe Bottom-Feeder: Issue 18
Welcome to a special edition of The Bottom-Feeder. Why is this episode so special? We will get to that shortly. But first, there is a small note to make regarding last issue's challenge. One of the Achievements that was targeted has been pushed off until a later date.
Fallout 4Semper InvictaThe Semper Invicta achievement in Fallout 4 worth 12 pointsJoin the Brotherhood of Steel

As one might come to expect, I encountered a bit of a bug while playing Fallout 4 that is temporarily preventing me from unlocking this Achievement. You may have encountered the "Check your Fire" bug yourself, where Paladin Danse refuses to let me start the Brotherhood of Steel missions because he thinks he is still under attack. Likely a feral ghoul has fallen through the floor and not registered as killed. Apparently there is a workaround later in the campaign, so I will put a pin in this one for now and add it back to the list at that time. I could muscle through and work toward it now, but honestly I don't care for the game enough to do so right now. Plus, I have other plans...

Back to the "special", this episode, we are featuring not 10 but 12 last-chance targets to attempt. While the bulk of my usual bottom-feed is now filled with Rise of the Tomb Raider cheevos (thanks to those who voted last issue), there are a handful of Xbox Game Pass games leaving the service that I have started, and would like to maximize the benefit before the month is out. So without further adieu, here are the lucky contestants this time around:
StackingAirship AdventurerThe Airship Adventurer achievement in Stacking worth 12 pointsComplete the Zeppelin of Consequence Adventure.
StackingDoll HobbyistThe Doll Hobbyist achievement in Stacking worth 13 pointsCollect all unique dolls in the Royal Train Station.
StackingWell Trained TravelerThe Well Trained Traveler achievement in Stacking worth 13 pointsComplete the Triple Decker Tank Engine adventure.
StackingBlackmore StackThe Blackmore Stack achievement in Stacking worth 27 pointsComplete the Final Challenge.
Comix ZonePoints IIIThe Points III achievement in Comix Zone worth 39 pointsScore 50,000 points.
Comix ZoneBuddha SaysThe Buddha Says achievement in Comix Zone worth 24 pointsComplete Episode 2.
Comix ZoneAccelerate Your HeroThe Accelerate Your Hero achievement in Comix Zone worth 42 pointsComplete Episode 3.
Comix ZoneComplete The GameThe Complete The Game achievement in Comix Zone worth 42 pointsRescue Alissa and complete the game.
Hexic 2She's Gonna Blow!The She's Gonna Blow! achievement in Hexic 2 worth 26 pointsCreate a chain reaction explosion of three or more special pieces (any game mode)
Comix ZoneChoice is GoodThe Choice is Good achievement in Comix Zone worth 42 pointsReceive both endings.
Ms. Splosion ManTo the Conservatory!The To the Conservatory! achievement in Ms. Splosion Man worth 27 pointsFind a secret exit.
RoundaboutI've Made a Huge MistakeThe I've Made a Huge Mistake achievement in Roundabout worth 46 pointsMake a huge mistake

There may definitely be others, but for now these will make me feel better about not having finished all of these, and get a little more value before I decide whether or not to purchase the games outright. Roundabout was surprisingly entertaining, and it may still see a return to my library in the future. Thanks again for following, and perhaps I'll see some of you out on the high seas as Sea of Thieves enters Game Pass today.
Posted by Vermin360 on 20 March 18 at 11:59 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Mar
13
PermalinkThe Bottom-Feeder: Issue 17
So I've come to the conclusion that while I'll likely earn the 10th Anniversary badge, I almost certainly will not be able to complete the challenge by tomorrow to earn the free month of Premium. Unfortunate, but it means I get to go back to more solid bottom feeding for a bit. The Dead Space Achievements were the last ones I tackled in the previous set, and no, I'm not liking the game any more than I was before. I did enjoy picking up a few bonus cheevos on Vermintide though. That was another game I was iffy on at first, but given that it's my namesake, I tried again and enjoyed more the second time. On to our next candidates...

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4Head BoyThe Head Boy achievement in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 worth 61 pointsComplete Year Four Story Levels
Deus Ex: Human RevolutionUp the Ante!The Up the Ante! achievement in Deus Ex: Human Revolution worth 18 pointsUpgrade your first weapon of choice.
Fallout 4Semper InvictaThe Semper Invicta achievement in Fallout 4 worth 12 pointsJoin the Brotherhood of Steel
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4Story Complete!The Story Complete! achievement in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 worth 85 pointsComplete the Story Levels in all four years
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7Kick the BucketThe Kick the Bucket achievement in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 worth 12 pointsComplete "Snape's Tears"
FIFA 17Aerial threatThe Aerial threat achievement in FIFA 17 worth 18 pointsScore a goal with a downward header
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7Voldemort's DemiseThe Voldemort's Demise achievement in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 worth 12 pointsComplete "The Flaw in the Plan"
Halo 5: GuardiansSwordsThe Swords achievement in Halo 5: Guardians worth 12 pointsComplete Mission 8.
Comic JumperPressed X a lotThe Pressed X a lot achievement in Comic Jumper worth 12 pointsEarn some cash by talking to people in the base.
Alien: IsolationA Perfect OrganismThe A Perfect Organism achievement in Alien: Isolation worth 12 pointsEncounter the Alien in Sevastopol for the first time

Not a bad batch, with plenty more LEGO Haryy Potter, which looks to be drawing to a close soon. I will dip back into Game Pass a little in my return to Comic Jumper and Halo 5. There is one Achievement in range, but given that my EA Access Trial has already expired, I will have to wait until the title goes into the vault before I nab this one:

NHL 18Not My Bottle!The Not My Bottle! achievement in NHL 18 worth 37 pointsKnock off the opposing goalie's bottle from the net by scoring a goal.

Now I am getting the itch to try a new game and add it into the rotation, so I'd like to turn things over to the readership for their opinions. Via a post in the comments, which should I start:
a) Rise of the Tomb Raider
b) Something from my back catalog of Games with Gold titles (Metro, Marlow Briggs, Split/Second, etc.)
c) Something from my back catalog of EA Access titles (UFC, Titanfall 2, DA: Origins, etc.)
d) Something from my back catalog of Xbox Game Pass titles (Oddworld, Lucky's' Tale, WRC5, etc.)
I look forward to your input, and your continued reading through my madness. See you next time.
Posted by Vermin360 on 13 March 18 at 14:47 | There are 2 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Mar
10
PermalinkThe Bottom-Feeder: Issue 16
Well this 10th anniversary challenge certainly throws a bit of a wrench into my plans now doesn't it? Fortunately, without veering off the path I was able to hit the H before re-populating my task list with a new batch of 10 from the low-hanging fruit. Maybe we've got an A and a couple of Ps in here as well. Let's have a look...

Dead SpaceStory TellerThe Story Teller achievement in Dead Space worth 24 pointsCollect 75 Logs
Star Wars: The Force UnleashedSecret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed worth 12 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement
Lara Croft and the Temple of OsirisBling me up!The Bling me up! achievement in Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris worth 12 pointsWear two rings and an amulet
Warhammer: End Times - VermintidePest ControlThe Pest Control achievement in Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide worth 12 pointsBe part of killing a whole Stormvermin Patrol.
Tomb RaiderUnfinished BusinessThe Unfinished Business achievement in Tomb Raider worth 24 pointsComplete one challenge.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7You and Whose Army?The You and Whose Army? achievement in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 worth 12 pointsComplete "Burning Bridges"
Costume Quest 2Assault and BasheryThe Assault and Bashery achievement in Costume Quest 2 worth 61 pointsBash 10 Monster Patrols
Mafia IIChop Chop!The Chop Chop! achievement in Mafia II worth 49 pointsComplete Chapter 13.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7Wit Beyond Measure...The Wit Beyond Measure... achievement in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 worth 12 pointsComplete "Fiendfyre Frenzy"
Dead SpaceTrue BelieverThe True Believer achievement in Dead Space worth 24 pointsComplete Chapter 5 on any difficulty setting

Well this looks promising, as I see an A, one P, and even a Y here. I'll have to deviate a little from the plan to squeeze out another P (just realized how bad that sounds) in order to complete HAPPY and be one word down in the TA Community Challenge. I think I'll use a two-controller tactic in Garden Warfare 2 in order to make it as easy as possible.

The last batch turned out faster than I had expected. I didn't have to complete all the Year 4 levels in LEGO Harry Potter just yet. The target was only for the lessons - learning all the spells. And that only took two levels. Looking at what's on this list, it's another pretty easy set. I will say, however, that I'm looking forward to when I don't have to keep playing Dead Space any longer. Until then, see you next time.
Posted by Vermin360 on 10 March 18 at 03:18 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Mar
06
PermalinkThe Bottom-Feeder: Issue 15
Another ten down, requiring a little more effort last time. It took awhile to get re-familiar with the Bayonetta controls (though I still feel rather button-mashy in combat), and figuring out what I was doing in Deus Ex. But the others weren't too bad. I do have to say that Assassin's Creed Revelations seemed to come to a sudden and abrupt finish. Caught me a little off-guard. But as we move onward, we're back to some LEGO time and a handful of other unfamiliar faces:

The Witcher 2: Assassins of KingsSecret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings worth 18 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4Teacher's petThe Teacher's pet achievement in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 worth 85 pointsComplete All Story Lessons (Single Player Only)
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7"That's Unfortunate"The "That's Unfortunate" achievement in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 worth 12 pointsComplete "The Thief's Downfall"
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog DaysDeath SentenceThe Death Sentence achievement in Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days worth 24 pointsComplete 'Blood, Sweat and Tears' on any difficulty.
Layers of FearInspired OCDThe Inspired OCD achievement in Layers of Fear worth 48 pointsSearch 100 drawers and cabinets
Rayman OriginsThe Bubblizer!The The Bubblizer! achievement in Rayman Origins worth 18 pointsChain-Bubblized 4 Enemies.
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog DaysCan It!The Can It! achievement in Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days worth 12 pointsKill 10 enemies with exploding canisters.
Assassin's Creed IIIHouse PartyThe House Party achievement in Assassin's Creed III worth 12 pointsRecruit any of the Artisans and see them settled on the Homestead.
Mafia IIChasing the DragonThe Chasing the Dragon achievement in Mafia II worth 49 pointsComplete Chapter 12.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7Undesirable No. 1The Undesirable No. 1 achievement in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 worth 12 pointsComplete "Back to School"

Once I knock out Intimidator, we will be out of the 1.20s and full into 1.21 for the next couple of weeks. The LEGO cheevos are pure story progression, but Teachers Pet will take some time because it's an entire chapter's worth that I haven't yet started. There isn't much skill required here, but I will need to pay attention to the locations of exploding cannisters in Kane & Lynch to make sure I can unlock the Achievement without having to progress too far (which in itself isn't such a bad thing, as it just gets me further down the to-do list in that title).

I've made very good progress so far, knocking out over 150 Achievements since I began this process. I should have kept better track, but I know that I've taken down at least ten for each blog entry and overachieved in some areas. I may reward myself at the end of this list by beginning a new title from my unstarted section of backlog. There are a number I've wanted to get into, though I know they will set my bottom-feeding back. Next week I may put it to a vote among my followers - to start or not to start, and which title to jump into. So please keep an eye out for that, as I'd love your input. Thanks again for reading, and see you soon.
Posted by Vermin360 on 06 March 18 at 13:19 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.