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Jan
21
Permalink#100k Challenge - Day 20 update
So we have made it to day 20 of the #100k Challenge. I keep having ideas with how to layout or write these updates so again a slightly different format. I have added a "New Games" section. This is for any new games I might have started to play since the last update - pretty self explanatory really. Just trying to create an easier structure for reading and keeping everyone updated. Also added a sub heading of any games I might have completed over the past four days and kept the "Spends" sub heading too.

Started anything new?
Finally started Gears of War 4 - This game looks and sounds amazing and I am really looking forward to getting stuck into this. Every month I have a list of games that I aim to complete to achieve my target, this game is not going in the list, purely playing this one for fun.

DreamBreak, a game I picked up in the Xbox One Sale, was started on Thursday. It was in my original plans to keep it in the backlog in case I needed points at a later date but decided to give it a try. It was a quick completion so was suckered in by the lure of those easy points :)

I also downloaded and started ZOMBI, the second Xbox One game from Games with Gold for January. Having only just begun the second mission, I am enjoying it so far. Even if I have jumped a few times already. Visually I think it looks great. Being a free game is always a winner too, helps introduce me to a game I may never picked up previously.

Managed to finish any?
Finally got round to finishing Sam & Max Save the World - the first two episode took me a while to complete but once I put a bit more focus into it, I was able to fly though the remaining four. Great old school point and click style game, which I grew up playing, so really enjoyed this. Very much looking forward to Sam & Max; Beyond Space + Time, available on Game Pass.

After starting DreamBreak I managed to complete this in around an hour. Visually the game looked OK (took me back to playing Flashback on the Mega Drive) but I wasn't really paying any attention to the story. I used the hour purely for completion.

Quickly to finish this section  I am one achievement away from finishing ROBLOX, I did however unlock the 20 days consecutive play achievement. Was a slight pain as I had to remember to play it for at least five minutes everyday.

Jan Spend: £23.61/£25
Nothing spent since the last update - this wont change now as I only have £1.39 left in my budget so will just carry this over to next month now. Thinking of maybe not carrying it over too and starting each month with £25 only....? Would like to know any thoughts on this.

State of Play - 20/01/2018
Games: Total played 17
Roblox: 955/1000
DreamBreak - 1000/1000
Zombi - 90/1000
Sam&Max: Save the World -200/200
Gear of War 4 - 5/2500
Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition - 1000/1000
Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 - 145/1000
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III: 2450/1000
Tomb Raider Underworld: 150/1250
NBA 2K17 - The Prelude: 800/1000
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - 1000/1000
Pac-Man CE DX+ - 200/200
The Swapper: 1000/1000
Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown: 400/400
NBA Playgrounds: 1000/1000
#iDarb: 900/1000
Back to the Future - The Game: 200/1000

Total Points: 9595

What else have I been doing?
Outside of gaming I have not done too much else really. I have started reading a book called A New Earth. I posted it on Instagram and said on there that I am always looking for things to keep the balance in my life, this also helps give me a perspective on most things. Which helps to keep my stress levels down and help me try and enjoy life more. One of the reasons for me starting this blog was so that I didn't have to do the usual boring grind of daily life. Try and take my life in a direction I wanted it to go.

What next?

I am playing around with the idea of maybe changing the challenge target? I set it at 100k gamerscore but have the feeling I can complete this quite easily at the moment. Firstly I want to see how the rest of this month goes and most likely February too. I  will asses where I'm at beginning of March and may set a higher target gamerscore - keeping within budget still.

Going forward for the blog I will be posing my list of easy games (100% completions) for under £5 each Tuesday when the Xbox One Sale items are updated. I will post these around 11am (GMT). Thinking of also creating a section based on my personal thoughts/opinions on news in the gaming world, upcoming releases, announcements etc. Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated.

As always.....

If you want to keep up to date then follow my on Social Media, share tell your friends add me on Xbox (Gamer Tag - danlaing1983) and keep checking back here. I have added an Instagram feed to the side of the blog (at the bottom on a mobile device) this is so you guys can see what I am posting and you can add me easier too.

You can check out my progress since the beginning from here.

Till next time.
Posted by danlaing1983 on 21 January 18 at 09:54 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Jan
20
Permalink#100k Challenge - Day 20 update
So we have made it to day 20 of the #100k Challenge. I keep having ideas with how to layout or write these updates so again a slightly different format. I have added a "New Games" section. This is for any new games I might have started to play since the last update - pretty self explanatory really. Just trying to create an easier structure for reading and keeping everyone updated. Also added a sub heading of any games I might have completed over the past four days and kept the "Spends" sub heading too.

Started anything new?
Finally started Gears of War 4 - This game looks and sounds amazing and I am really looking forward to getting stuck into this. Every month I have a list of games that I aim to complete to achieve my target, this game is not going in the list, purely playing this one for fun.

DreamBreak, a game I picked up in the Xbox One Sale, was started on Thursday. It was in my original plans to keep it in the backlog in case I needed points at a later date but decided to give it a try. It was a quick completion so was suckered in by the lure of those easy points :)

I also downloaded and started ZOMBI, the second Xbox One game from Games with Gold for January. Having only just begun the second mission, I am enjoying it so far. Even if I have jumped a few times already. Visually I think it looks great. Being a free game is always a winner too, helps introduce me to a game I may never picked up previously.

Managed to finish any?
Finally got round to finishing Sam & Max Save the World - the first two episode took me a while to complete but once I put a bit more focus into it, I was able to fly though the remaining four. Great old school point and click style game, which I grew up playing, so really enjoyed this. Very much looking forward to Sam & Max; Beyond Space + Time, available on Game Pass.

After starting DreamBreak I managed to complete this in around an hour. Visually the game looked OK (took me back to playing Flashback on the Mega Drive) but I wasn't really paying any attention to the story. I used the hour purely for completion.

Quickly to finish this section  I am one achievement away from finishing ROBLOX, I did however unlock the 20 days consecutive play achievement. Was a slight pain as I had to remember to play it for at least five minutes everyday.

Jan Spend: £23.61/£25
Nothing spent since the last update - this wont change now as I only have £1.39 left in my budget so will just carry this over to next month now. Thinking of maybe not carrying it over too and starting each month with £25 only....? Would like to know any thoughts on this.

State of Play - 20/01/2018
Games: Total played 17
Roblox: 955/1000
DreamBreak - 1000/1000
Zombi - 90/1000
Sam&Max: Save the World -200/200
Gear of War 4 - 5/2500
Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition - 1000/1000
Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 - 145/1000
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III: 2450/1000
Tomb Raider Underworld: 150/1250
NBA 2K17 - The Prelude: 800/1000
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - 1000/1000
Pac-Man CE DX+ - 200/200
The Swapper: 1000/1000
Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown: 400/400
NBA Playgrounds: 1000/1000
#iDarb: 900/1000
Back to the Future - The Game: 200/1000

Total Points: 9595

What else have I been doing?
Outside of gaming I have not done too much else really. I have started reading a book called A New Earth. I posted it on Instagram and said on there that I am always looking for things to keep the balance in my life, this also helps give me a perspective on most things. Which helps to keep my stress levels down and help me try and enjoy life more. One of the reasons for me starting this blog was so that I didn't have to do the usual boring grind of daily life. Try and take my life in a direction I wanted it to go.

What next?

I am playing around with the idea of maybe changing the challenge target? I set it at 100k gamerscore but have the feeling I can complete this quite easily at the moment. Firstly I want to see how the rest of this month goes and most likely February too. I  will asses where I'm at beginning of March and may set a higher target gamerscore - keeping within budget still.

Going forward for the blog I will be posing my list of easy games (100% completions) for under £5 each Tuesday when the Xbox One Sale items are updated. I will post these around 11am (GMT). Thinking of also creating a section based on my personal thoughts/opinions on news in the gaming world, upcoming releases, announcements etc. Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated.

As always.....

If you want to keep up to date then follow my on Social Media, share tell your friends add me on Xbox (Gamer Tag - danlaing1983) and keep checking back here. I have added an Instagram feed to the side of the blog (at the bottom on a mobile device) this is so you guys can see what I am posting and you can add me easier too.

Till next time.
Posted by danlaing1983 on 20 January 18 at 20:48 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Jan
16
Permalink#100k Challenge - Day 16 update
Well another four days down so another post with my progress. In theory my plan over the past four days was to get Gears of War 4 started, 100% complete Tomb Raider: Underworld, get my house in perfect order and start running. In reality what happened was not start Gears 4 - but start a lacrosse game, didn't even complete the second stage of Tomb Raider. My marathon career is a none starter as its far too cold still and my house still looks like a bomb has hit it. To be fair I do have 3 kids and 2 dogs so keeping on top of it all is an endless wave but I love the challenge.

What have I been playing?

Like I mentioned I started Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 - now we don't play this sport in the UK at school so was quite foreign to me (I had only ever heard it from American Pie as Stifler played it at high school). I didn't, and still don't quite understand the rules of the game but I am actually enjoying playing a different kind of sports game for a change. Reviews online seem to quite positive and I am sure that once i get my head around the rules/controls properly I will try to unlock some of the longer achievements in the career mode. I have managed to unlock a few achievements already and as these weren't in my January plan are all extra points.

Van Helsing is still a game I have been playing the past few days and I have managed to unlock most of the quick achievements as well as finishing the main story. Next stage for this is to complete again on the hardest setting (called Fearless....so might be a while).


Spends £££

Purse strings have been kept tight since the start of the challenge but over the last few days I have spent all but £1.39 (remember £25 each month). I needed to buy Xbox Live Gold ready for the start of February and was shopping around when the offer for 6 months Xbox Live Gold for £12.49 was brought to my attention.

This is a great deal (still available) so purchased this straight away, I was going to buy two of them and have the next 12 months covered but this would send me over my budget for the month.

Every Tuesday the Xbox store is updated with sale items so this morning I had a look through to see which games I could pick up that offered quick achievement completion and under £5. I posted on Instagram what I think is the Top 5 for this week. All 5 games were available under £10. After doing this I am left with £1.59 which will just now be carried over to next month.

State of Play - 16/01/2018
Games: Total played 14
Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition - 1000/1000
Roblox: 710/1000
Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 - 145/1000
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III: 2450/1000
Tomb Raider Underworld: 150/1250
NBA 2K17 - The Prelude: 800/1000
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - 1000/1000
Sam&Max: Save the World - 50/200
Pac-Man CE DX+ - 200/200
The Swapper: 1000/1000
Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown: 400/400
NBA Playgrounds: 1000/1000
#iDarb: 900/1000
Back to the Future - The Game: 200/1000

Total Points: 8105

What else have I been doing?

When I've been gaming over the last few years it has always been in my living room on the sofa. Good for when I have people round but not really great for single player games. My TV is always reflecting the sunlight and using my laptop for guides or watching Netflix at the same time meant I took my eyes of the screen (always a good excuse when losing of course).

So over the last few days I have started making a dedicated gaming area -something that I have wanted to do for years - if you want to see it you can check it out on my Instagram. It is a work in progress but I am very happy with it so far.

What next?
My main target for the next few days is to break the 10k Gamerscore marker - this is higher than my initial target of 9k for January but I think once I have hit this the pressure for the first month is off - I could then maybe actually get round to playing Gears 4.

As always.....

If you want to keep up to date then follow my on Social Media, share tell your friends add me on Xbox (Gamer Tag - danlaing1983) and keep checking back here or check out my blog site (laing1983.co.uk)

Till next time.
Posted by danlaing1983 on 16 January 18 at 22:39 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Jan
12
Permalink#100kChallenge - Day 12
What have I been playing?
Since last time around I have started three new games, Sam&Max: Save the World, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and Pac-Man CE DX+. Of these three games I have fully unlocked all achievements for Pac-Man and Brothers. Both easy completions and done in around 3/4 hourss (for both of them combined). Sam&Max is a game I plan on completing over the rest of the month.

I have completed #IDARB as I only needed one achievement (100 points) from the last update and I also finished NBA: Playgrounds - this was a great game and took me back to playing NBA: Jam on the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis). The Swapper has also been completed since the last update, I hit another achievement on ROBLOX for a 10 day streak and I have been really getting into Van Helsing III. Unlocking a few achievements along the way!

I also wrote a short review on True Achievements which you guys can check out on my blog (laing1983.co.uk)

State of Play - 12/01/2018
Games: Total played 12
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III: 260/1000
Tomb Raider Underworld: 150/1250
Roblox: 710/1000
NBA 2K17 - The Prelude: 800/1000
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - 1000/1000
Sam&Max: Save the World - 50/200
Pac-Man CE DX+ - 200/200
The Swapper: 1000/1000
Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown: 400/400
NBA Playgrounds: 1000/1000
#iDarb: 900/1000
Back to the Future - The Game: 200/1000

Total Points: 6770

Still no money spent - which is a good thing at the moment .I have been planning on what to play in later months and as soon as I have exhausted the Game Pass I may get a little stuck and will need to start buying games to unlock points - although I do have an idea :)

What else have I been doing?
Back to normal in the house now and I leaving my job at the end of last year to work for myself so far seems like it may be the best thing I have ever done. Early days still but I am excited for what the future may hold.

What next?
My target for this coming week is make some more progress with Tomb Raider: Underworld and I have installed Gears of War 4 from Game Pass and I would like to check this out. Not so much for achviements but I havent played it yet.

I would like to try and write a review or another article so if any one has any suggestions for a topic I could give it a go?

As always.....

If you want to keep up to date then follow my on Social Media, share tell your friends add me on Xbox (Gamer Tag - danlaing1983) and keep checking back here.

Till next time.
Posted by danlaing1983 on 12 January 18 at 21:25 | There are 2 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Jan
08
Permalink#100k Challenge - Day 8 update
#100k Challenge - Day 8 update

So this is the first update I've made in four days and I have to say I am happy with how this challenge is going so far. Gamer score wise I feel confident that I can achieve my target for this month (aiming for 9,000) at the time of writing this I am currently sat at 4,690. Just over half my monthly target with plenty of time to achieve the rest.

What seems to make this all the better is that I have a small following who are keen to see how the challenge goes. This is fantastic as it shows me that people are interested in what I'm doing, which in itself will drive me to keep a certain level of consistency with my updates/posts. Nothing worse than someone saying they are going to do something and then not follow through.

Anyway onto the details.

What have I been playing?

Since the last update I have managed to start a couple of new games. The Swapper and Virtua Fighter 5:Final Showdown. Both of these games are available via Game Pass and both are also easy completions. The Swapper is a platform game with lots of puzzles - a sci-fi setting with a great visuals the puzzles are challenging without being too difficult the game mechanics are a welcome change to the everyday shooter that we are more accustomed too nowadays. If you haven't played this game yet I highly recommend you check it out.

As for Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown (backwards compatible) this is everything that you would expect from a high review scoring arcade beat-em-up. Another game which looks great, even for its age now, and although the story mode in this style of game isn't always the greatest or in depth grabbing a mate and playing for bragging rights is always a winner.

State of Play - 08/01/2018

I will start laying this section out as it would appear on my Xbox achievement section.

Games: Total played 9
Roblox: 510/1000
The Swapper: 600/1000
Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown: 1000/1000
NBA Playgrounds: 450/1000
#iDarb: 900/1000
Tomb Raider Underworld: 150/1250
NBA 2K17 - The Prelude: 800/1000
Back to the Future - The Game: 200/1000
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III: 30/1000

Total Points: 3040

Still no more money spent. I don't think I will be spending anymore this month so my budget for next month will be £48 - I need to buy Xbox Live again so if anyone know a good place to buy online let me know in the comments.

What else have I been doing?

Kids go back to school tomorrow and I am looking forward to getting back to normal again. Outside of gaming this week I will be getting the house back in order.

What next?

My target for this coming week is to gain an additional 1,000 points. Confident enough that I can do this quite easily. I would also like to find a good deal on Xbox Live Gold (3 or 12 months). I will also have a little more info on the website True Achievements.com - I have mentioned this a few times in previous posts but would like to clarify a few things for people who aren't to quite sure what I keep going on about it for.

If you want to keep up to date then follow my on Social Media, share tell your friends add me on Xbox (Gamer Tag - danlaing1983) and keep checking back here.

Till next time....
Posted by danlaing1983 on 08 January 18 at 20:48 | There are 2 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.