For 2019-07-17 to 2019-07-23:
3575 GS. With 3500 of that coming from AchievementFest, my week was all about Achievement Fest.
is a delisted quick-1000 GS game. Fortunately, I knew people at AchievementFest who had it available, and with some new friends, we banged it out together. Death Dealers
, JJ Buggz
and I worked to get the completion, with some idle help from Whtthfgg
's controller and console. In addition to being a quite quick-1000 GS, it was actually pretty fun playing and achievement hunting in a community setting. That's a story that repeated throughout my time at AchievementFest. So often, our hunting is done solo. Just us, a controller, a game, and maybe a guide. Doing it as part of a group and socializing made the whole experience more fun than it would have been otherwise. Games like Clash are supposed to be played in MP, it's their whole reason for existing, and when we just bang through the GS with four controllers that we controll all of, it's going to feel a bit boring. Certainly like less than the game could have been. Clash has a 2.3 star rating here at TA, but I think it could be higher elsewhere, where people are playing it as intended. It lacks depth, with no variations in styles or attacks, and has limited maps and game modes, but the core functionality was quite solid.
Planet RIX-13 The ship. The ship. The ship is on fire.
is an adventure game where you have to escape a planet that you've crash-landed on, but most of the achievements, it seems, are for dying in the many different ways that you can on the planet. Despite having a significant number of missable achievements, and in fact, despite missing one myself, the total time I spent on this game was well under two hours. It's not particularly hard, but is reasonably enjoyable, if you're looking for a quick and easy exploratory/puzzle adventure game.Mr. Pumpkin Adventure
is a well-known game in the achievement community, because it has that 0-1 hour completion estimate. This is actually the second time I've played it, having previously beaten the original version in considerably more than 1 hour, as I puzzled through the puzzles largely on my own, because I tend to enjoy bashing my brain against nonsense for a few hours. This time, though, I got to play the Chinese (Canadian!)
stack. That was because Death and Glory
brought his Chinese Xbox One with the game loaded and was kind enough to let people borrow it at Achievement Fest. There were other games I was interested in to, but even getting one of these rare games played is quite the accomplishment. I took a bit longer than my 0-1 hours again, as well, because I was trying to be hasty, in following the guide, and I missed some of the collectibles, which required a second run through. Still, it was like an hour and a half...
Playing a stack of a quick game is a bit interesting, I've historically not done a ton of stacking, or at least had really good reasons for why I did it. In this case, the reason was: it's really hard to do it unless I do it right now, so let's get it done.
Disney Fairies Hidden Treasures (Win 8) Only downloads on Win8 devices
is a game that I bought initially for $0.10 during the Windows 10 cent sale, but the DLC was always more expensive. Plus, the game is only for Windows 8. Somehow, I managed to find a workaround and get it installed on my Windows 10 machine, but I can't remember how I did it. Over the years I earned some achievements and played it with my daughters, and it was a fine time. The game has a few annoying achievements, but nothing all that bad. It's overall quite simple, and a bit pricey, and weirdly OS locked, but does exactly what you'd want for a game to play with girls from the ages of 6-10.
Unfortunately for me, I recently upgraded my computer, and whatever workaround I'd used to get Disney Fairies working on my Win10 machine had escaped my memory, and it was no longer working. I was without my game, and therefore, without access to my last 8 achievements in the game. Fortunately, at AchievementFest there were numerous people with Windows 8 devices willing to loan them out for me to get what I needed done. One of them was my travel-mate, Proulx
. I started with his Windows 8 laptop and got 7 of the 8 pretty quickly. The last, though, didn't pop, even though I'd competed the requirements. This started a several-hour adventure where I re-downloaded the game, and ended up replaying most of the fifth chapter to get the achievement to pop. When I finally felt it might, the game crashed back to the desktop and when it reloaded, insisted that none of the content had been installed, and refused to download it again.
This time I got help from Elem3ntal80
who lent me his Windows 8 surface device. I loaded up the game after downloading it yet again, beat the required level and *pop*
This achievement got me the full completion, and the full completion got me my first "pretty!!" from pTartTX
, in person no less.
Finally, I was also able to borrow Frawstfever
's console of awesomeness to play and complete the Ticket to Ride
DLC. That's over ten years from start to finish because of overpriced DLC, but still not as bad as poor SpeleoFool
has had it. I was thinking of you as I did it!
Planet Rix-13, Clash and Mr. Pumpkin (China) were all start and completes. I also started up two new games that I didn't finish this week:New Rally-X
is a kind of racing game, that ultimately feels a lot more like a Pac-Man clone. I'm down to one achievement, for earning 100,000 in a single run, and I know I can do it, but I didn't want to take the time to earn that last achievement while at AF, when I had more pressing games to get to.
But a particularly fun story was starting Hydro Thunder Hurricane
. I got the game as Games With Gold, long after Oddworld X made it a meme here at TA. The game has an achievement that is a delightful design, but a miserable experience for hunters:
So this can only be done locally, and requires both four controllers and four human players. Additionally, those players have to be good enough at video games, and racing games in particular, to be able to beat the AI, and dedicated enough to make multiple attempts, because of course it's going to take several tries. Where on earth can you find all of the right equipment and have enough people of skill and determination to make an achievement like this happen? Definitely, AchievementFest.
It was Death Dealers
who started this one, and after a few false starts getting the right profiles downloaded and ready to go--because OF COURSE backward compatibility freaks out about having four local profiles signed in to both the Xbox One part and the Xbox 360 emulation all at the same time. After what has to have been about and hour and a half or two hours of prep time, we've finally got a team of four ready to go and get to racing. The first race goes exactly as you'd expect. We got smoked. I think we got 3rd, 5th, 6th and 8th. Time to resrart, and honestly, it only looks marginally better, except, at the VERY end as we cross the finish line, the humans are all pulling past the AI somehow. I jumped from 6th to 3rd in a matter of a few hundred meters and somehow, all four of the AI were behind us. Death Dealers got her achievement, and so did Death and Glory and myself. JJ Buggz was our fourth, but he was playing on a local alt, having already earned the achievement.
As a result of earning this, and only this achievement in Hydro Thunder Hurricane, it is now my 2nd-best game for achievement ratio.
At least, temporarily.
Last week, we started streaming the choose-your-own fairy tale visual novel: Cinders. We continued that last night, and despite promises that the game is under four hours, we're still not done. Apparently, Des and I go off on too many digressions about Elon Musk and his sister's new erotica venture, where she's directly enticing to women erotic movies/TV series for her new brand of Netflix. I'm sure that'll work out well. Probably better than "Low Expectuesdays."
Next week we'll be back, either with more Cinders, to actually finish it off this time. Probably. Maybe. Or we'll move on to someone else. I can't be sure. That's why we caution you not to get your hopes up. We're professionals!
The starts and completions covere the most significant games due to the completion and fast play focus I had for AchievementFest, but naturally, I still spent some time in other titles.
I mentioned Beach Buggy Racing
two weeks ago, and it's remained in my queue of games I'm working my way through. I hit a hard wall for a bit, though, as the boss racer for the level I was working on, Roxie Roller, is just ridiculously cheap.
She gets as many uses of her special as she seems to want, whereas I get one. Her car is better tuned than mine, despite the fact that I'm at max, and she collects more and better weapons.
It seems that to win this race you need to keep playing until you get a good run where you can stay close to her to near the end and then get a lucky drop or two to incapacitate her twice in the home stretch--which is exactly what happened Monday night. That opened up the last circuit I need to unlock the next boss diver and then once I've got him, hopefully I can earn my achievement.
The races continue to be a mess of RNG and patience testing mechanics, but I'm making slow progress.
Three seconds better than one of the best gamers in the business and not good enough. Because B'Zorp cheats and sneaks in a .04 second lead. So much RNG!
I also played The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor
for a while, and had a blast doing it. This really is a fun game, but I'm still in the "easy enough" phase. It probably will get more skill-testing later. The songs I was working on in this play through started adding eighth notes and it was both a bit surprising to see them for the first time and very enjoyable. Once we get to 16th-notes I'll be in trouble, though.
I managed to get both my targeted achievement for RTDL and a few more besides, including the one for hitting a 300-note streak. I got a little too excited as I saw it coming and then once I hit it, I sort of fell apart. Still, I took a nice little video of that accomplishment.
It's all about AchievementFest this week. I went, and I had a blast. I'm going to do my best to promote it, because I want it to suceed and grow bigger, and because I think it's one of those things that most everyone in the community can really enjoy, and I'd like to go back and get to know more of you.http://achievementfest.com/
Registration for next year is, of course, not up. But plan it out. Look and see if you can make it.
I wanted to go last year but I had things come up and couldn't. This year, even when things came up again, I was able to go because I'd done my planning early enough.
If you want to stay in touch with the AF folks more directly, or get some questions answered, check out the Discord they've set up: https://discord.gg/rubQfh
That link is only good for about 24 hours, though, so if you're late to the blog and it doesn't work, that's why. But don't worry. Let me know and I'll get you a new invite.
We had something like 50 people there this year.
Among the attendees are many children. I hope to bring mine next year as well, but am still figuring it out with my wife.
AchievmentFest, for me, was an experience where I got to meet, in person, people that I've gamed with for years, or known from the community for just as long. I met long-time blog followers. I met brand new blog followers, and even got new ones while there. I got introduced to new friendly gamers willing, or even eager, to share their bounty so that I too could play some eclectic game that appealed to me.
If we got an even bigger crowd next year, we could make it so that we shut down the entire store just for achievement hunting. Then it could be a real party. But even if we don't get that many people scheduled, it'll be fun to go back and socialize once more with people who understand what the achievement-hunting life is like, and a little bit about why we do it. I'm incredibly blessed to have a supportive and understanding wife. She quite readily let me go and took the kids to NYC for the weekend instead. But even as understanding as she is, she just doesn't care about the accomplishments, and doesn't really want to get involved herself. At AchievementFest there were dozens of others who shared the passion.
Come join us in 2020.