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Sep
30
PermalinkThe Bottom Feeder: Season Two, Episode 1.05
As expected, the last episode was a short one. This time out it has been taking a little more time with some more significant time investment required for a couple candidates. As I'm finally getting around to writing this entry, I've actually just onlocked my fifth of the six Achievements here, which all fall under different games.

Dead Space 3Secret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in Dead Space 3 worth 16 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale SeriesGoodbye Yellow Brick RoadThe Goodbye Yellow Brick Road achievement in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series worth 21 pointsComplete Chapter 3 of Episode 1
Death SquaredSecret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in Death Squared worth 5 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement
Dragon Age IIImmigrantThe Immigrant achievement in Dragon Age II worth 5 pointsBecome a resident of Kirkwall.
Borderlands: The Pre-SequelSpace RookieThe Space Rookie achievement in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel worth 5 pointsReach level 5.
Far Cry 2Making friendsThe Making friends achievement in Far Cry 2 worth 11 pointsSave a Buddy from captivity


The longest of those is the one that I have yet to unlock, in Dragon Age II. Who knows, it may surprise me, but if it's anything like I recall the Achievements being from the original game, I expect to be sitting down for a rather lengthy session.

I supposed it's worth noting that while working toward Sir-Dies-a-Lot, I knocked out about six or seven more Achievements in Death Squared. It's not the most energetic and exciting game to play, but it does have some interesting puzzle designs. Thanks to Game Pass, I also started a little work on LEGO Worlds (who else is a sucker for LEGO games?) and plodded through that one so that I could clear out any Achievements that sat below this current episode. Trying not to backtrack as best I can though I'm sure as I move forward it will become more and more likely.

So without further ado, I will get back to work and take a bit of time out to tackle this last remaining target and get started on episode 1.06. Thanks for reading along and hope you're enjoying some bottom-feeding of your own.
Posted by Vermin360 on 30 September 19 at 12:21 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Sep
26
PermalinkThe Bottom Feeder: Season Two, Episode 1.04
Having finally gotten round to finishing off the 1.03 ratio Achievements, I'll drop in here quick with the fastest episode yet. In fact, by the time you're reading this I have probably already unlocked the sole 1.04 Achievement on my to do list. It's a quick pop in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero which I should probably knock out anyways before the game goes off Game Pass at the end of the month. Will probably grab a couple others while I'm there.
Shantae: Half-Genie HeroSecret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero worth 10 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement

The last batch was even easier than expected, with a handful of Telltale (read... in your sleep) Achievements among a couple of early progression milestones in other games. I'm trying to move through these lists a little faster than I have lately, but have been distracted with other pursuits. I've read through nearly 300 Marvel comics over the past two months as part of a study project I've undertaken, sparked by my return to reading in general. Last year I disappointed myself having read only three books. This year I challenged myself to improve on those numbers, and have finished 26 books so far (excluding the aforementioned comics) and I'm about halfway through two more which should finish next week. It's good to be back. If there's interest, I can include more notes on my reading exploits on a more regular basis in these posts.
Posted by Vermin360 on 26 September 19 at 00:09 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Sep
21
PermalinkThe Bottom Feeder: Season Two, Episode 1.03
Ok, so early September is a pretty busy time for me with having to prepare for a new year of students so this entry is a little delayed. Chugging along we find six more Achievements in six different games. There were actually a couple others but I knocked them out before posting this blog entry. Sorry about that.

Q.U.B.E. 2Quick Understanding of Block ExtrusionThe Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion achievement in Q.U.B.E. 2 worth 26 pointsAcquire Red Power Up
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale SeriesPermanent WavesThe Permanent Waves achievement in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series worth 21 pointsComplete Chapter 2 of Episode 1
Minecraft: Story Mode - Season TwoSee a Guy about a ThingThe See a Guy about a Thing achievement in Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two worth 21 pointsComplete Chapter 3 of Episode 1
Old Man's JourneyHugo the VagabondThe Hugo the Vagabond achievement in Old Man's Journey worth 52 pointsHugo likes to invite passing hikers for a pause and a game of Canasta.
Metal Gear SurviveSecret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in Metal Gear Survive worth 10 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement
MinecraftGetting WoodThe Getting Wood achievement in Minecraft worth 10 pointsPunch a tree until a block of wood pops out.


No surprise there are a couple of Telltale Achievements in there. Not like they're terribly tough, and were it not for getting the first episodes for free, they wouldn't be on my list. Though I will say that Guardians of the Galaxy looks to have finally incorporated a bit more gameplay to balance out the over-reliance on narrative. They're still quicktime events though - the low-hanging fruit on the gameplay tree.

I've also lost a bit of time to the EA Access trials, having dropped 10 hours in to Madden, about 7 into NHL, and about to hit FIFA. What can I say? I like my sports games. I am planning to make a little more progress on the bottom feeding over the next couple weeks, having a few days off here and there for some r&r. See you next time, maybe with a little more to contribute to the discussion.
Posted by Vermin360 on 21 September 19 at 01:26 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Aug
26
PermalinkThe Bottom Feeder: Season Two, Episode 1.02
It feels pretty good to be bottom-feeding again. My ISP isn't terribly thrilled as I download and delete game after game, though I am making a more concentrated effort at getting other "close-by" Achievements before removing a game from my hard drive.

Last episode's Achievements feel quite quickly and this next batch of six, spread across five games should also be an easy task.

Minecraft: Story Mode - Season TwoThere Can Only Be OneThe There Can Only Be One achievement in Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two worth 20 pointsComplete Chapter 2 of Episode 1
LivelockRe-chartedThe Re-charted achievement in Livelock worth 10 pointsCollect an Audiolog
Dante's InfernoHoly WarriorThe Holy Warrior achievement in Dante's Inferno worth 10 pointsKill 30 Minions
Dead Space: IgnitionStormed the Core!The Stormed the Core! achievement in Dead Space: Ignition worth 15 pointsSuccessfully complete a System Override hack in any single player mode.
Borderlands: The Pre-SequelSecret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel worth 10 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement
LivelockScrappedThe Scrapped achievement in Livelock worth 10 pointsDestroy 1 Upgraded enemy


If memory serves, I've only got the free first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two, so I will be sure to wrap the episode before I move on to the 1.03s. Not a lot to say this early in the season, as the low-hanging fruit don't require much in the way of time or effort. They're not particularly rewarding to unlock, but every little bit adds to the Gamerscore, and I'm getting very close to 300,000.
Posted by Vermin360 on 26 August 19 at 21:11 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Aug
18
PermalinkThe Bottom Feeder: Season Two, Episode 1.01
And I was doing so well, having cleared out almost every obtainable Achievement in my backlog with a ration of 1.29 or lower. The July hit, and with it, another Bean Dive. This time around I hit 77 games, still leaving me with several in my backlog that I didn't get to. I made the crazy decision to also Dive into Game Pass, which surely damages my completion ratio beyond repair as some of those games move out of the service before I complete them (unless of course I pony up to own them). But I've given up on a super high completion percentage long ago, instead enjoying the thrill of the hunt and raising the overall score instead.

I did take a bit of a break, and played some games for fun (GASP!) and working on a few easy completions to recharge my batteries but I'm ready for some more bottom feeding between now and next year's dive. I will be surely veering off course from time to time, but I played so many interesting games in my Dive I'm really looking forward to digging a little deeper into the majority of them. So now that Season Two (is it really? I'm going to consider it so) is about to begin, here is the list of 1.01 Achievements that need to be tackled.

Crackdown 2First Rung of the LadderThe First Rung of the Ladder achievement in Crackdown 2 worth 10 pointsFind and collect an Agility Orb.
We Happy FewDownerThe Downer achievement in We Happy Few worth 15 pointsComplete Arthur's intro
INSIDELeft BehindThe Left Behind achievement in INSIDE worth 71 pointsSafe falling and hard landings
Crackdown 2All Under ControlThe All Under Control achievement in Crackdown 2 worth 20 pointsSecure all Tactical Locations within one Cell stronghold, alone or with another Agent.
WRC 6NewcomerThe Newcomer achievement in WRC 6 worth 5 pointsComplete your first Stage in solo mode
Dante's InfernoWarming UpThe Warming Up achievement in Dante's Inferno worth 10 pointsPerform a 50 hit combo
Metal Gear SurviveSecret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in Metal Gear Survive worth 10 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement


Just seven on this list, none of which look terribly difficult, as one would expect given their paltry True Achievements value. We Happy Few is the game I'm looking most forward to pursuing here, having a number of close friends on the development team, and it will help squelch the guilt I've possessed at not getting the game sooner. Really the only game I'm not looking forward to is Metal Gear Survive, having a bit of a history with Metal Gear that has left me emotionally scarred. Well, not really, but it made for a really rough stretch of my professional life that left me in no hurry to return to the franchise.

So welcome back, readers, and hopefully I will be able to continue dredging the depths here and entertaining you along this journey for another stretch of time to come. Onward, ho!
Posted by Vermin360 on 18 August 19 at 14:52 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.