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01
PermalinkBlog #137 – August Statistics
  • August Statistics

August’s Period SummaryAugust’s Period Summary

August has gone incredibly quickly for me, I honestly find it hard to believe that it’s September already – A lot of things have happened over the last 12 months, the two main things being buying my own house in a different city and changing job – It’s weird knowing that I have lived at my new place for nearly a year as it only feels like I have been here for just a few months.

Time flies when you’re having fun I guess?

I set myself some goals last month to complete a few games and scratch them off my list, the games I intended to complete were:

World of Final Fantasy, Life is Strange, Valkyria Chronicles, Hellblade, Age of Empires: Castle Siege and Forza Horizon 3.

I managed to get each and every of the above games finished with all achievements/trophies unlocked – I even managed to begin working on Killer Instinct again (Those pesky ranked achievements!) and finally started Recore after nearly a year of owning it now that the Definitive Edtion has been released.

Sadly I never got round to getting back on Breath of the Wild as I was so focused on finishing up my PS4 games – I’m shelving the PS4 for the time being (Might pick up the free game InFamous this month) and I’m back to concentrating on my Xbox.

So, What’s Next?

Goals, Goals, Goals.

It’s always good to have some form of goal to strive towards, this month is no different but I’m severely cutting back and setting myself something reasonable due to having a fairly busy month – With games that keep adding new achievements popping back up on my Xbox list I always have stuff to do.

But the biggest time sink of them all is going to be Destiny 2 – This is weird for me because I had so many issues with the first game, yet it ended up being one of my most played Xbox One games of all time and for the longest time (up to a week ago) it wasn’t even on my radar for buying.

However, my girlfriend, best friend and I have decided to give it a shot and just knowing I’ll be playing it with them makes me incredibly excited for it – I enjoyed the first despite the problems and the second seems to be more of the same “Except better” so we can’t really go wrong.

I suspect most of my free time gaming is going to be spent on Destiny 2, however I have some other goals I want to complete in the between:

1) Complete Recore – I’m not sure how long this is going to take as there are a lot of side challenges and dungeons to complete. I’ve spent about 9 hours running through the story and picking up 19 of the Prime Cores touching only 1 optional side dungeon – So I suspect picking up all the items and running through the dungeons is going to take me considerably longer than I expect.
2) Complete Shin Hisako & Kilgore Character Achievements in Killer Instinct – This will probably take around 15 – 20 hours – I have 2 more characters and then that story mode thing to work through but I’ll leave that for next month.
3) Buy Sonic Mania and Complete it – I need another game besides Recore to work through so I don’t get sick and tired of the same thing, I’ll probably pick up Sonic Mania at some point during the month and try and finish it before Sonic Forces is out in November.
4) Re-Complete Final Fantasy 15 – Before it inevitably adds more achievements with the next DLC pack.
5) If I manage the above stuff and have time left over I will probably begin working on some of the Minecraft achievements on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions.
6) PLAY BREATH OF THE WILD, JUSTIFY THAT GOD DAMN SWITCH!

If I can manage all of this I will be happy – But hey we’ll see how it goes I guess!

  • Achievement Highlights/Statistics

Age of Empires: Castle Siege (UWP)Multi CulturalScorchPSOThe Multi Cultural achievement in Age of Empires: Castle Siege (UWP) worth 642 pointsFully upgrade each civilization's unique troop

3 years later from when I originally started the game on my Windows Phone I have finally finished it! The fact it was released on Android was a big help in this – I don’t think I would have finished it if it was only on Windows 10 as I’m usually doing other things when I’m on my PC.

But it’s nice to have another game scratched off the list.

Onto the Month’s statistics:

Month Period: 1st August – 31st August
Total Playtime: 105 Hours and 8 Minutes
Gamerscore: 2,100 Gamerscore (320,665 Total)

Gaming Stats (Xbox One/Windows 10/Android)

Forza Horizon 3 – 14 Hours and 54 Minutes – 33 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Recore – 8 Hours and 58 Minutes – 34 Achievements
Killer Instinct – 3 Hours and 32 Minutes - 17 Achievements
Rock Band 4 – 1 Hour and 25 Minutes – 1 Achievement
Gems of War – 1 Minute – 1 Achievement
Age of Empires: Castle Siege (Windows 10) – 1 Achievement (COMPLETED)

Gaming Stats (Playstation 4)

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered – 33 Hours and 26 Minutes – 21 Trophies (COMPLETED)
Life is Strange – 10 Hours and 39 Minutes – 61 Trophies (COMPLETED)
Hellblade – 7 Hours and 7 Minutes – 15 Achievements (COMPLETED)
World of Final Fantasy – 3 Hours and 21 Minutes – 10 Trophies (COMPLETED)

Gaming Stats (Xbox 360/Windows Phone/Windows 8)

Age of Empires: Castle Siege (WP) – 1 Achievement (COOMPLETED)

Gaming Stats (PC/Switch/Wii U/3DS)

World of Warcraft (PC) – 16 Hours and 43 Minutes
Guild Wars 2 (PC) – 3 Hours and 56 Minutes
Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U) – 1 Hour and 6 Minutes

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Until Next Time!
Posted by ScorchPSO on 01 September 17 at 11:57 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Aug
01
PermalinkBlog #136 – July Statistics
  • July Statistics

July’s Period SummaryJuly’s Period Summary

I decided a few months ago that I was going to try and avoid starting a lot of new Xbox games and so far I’ve managed to stick to that, only starting 3 games between March and today.

I’ve been actively trying to complete some old games sitting on my backlog instead and even though I know it’s not feasible to complete every one of them I want to try and at least get to an overall 90% completion on my Xbox account, which I know is possible if I concentrate on older games rather than buying new.

I’m currently hovering around 83.9% as it stands, this includes all DLC which is why that number keeps bumping back down every time a game, annoyingly, adds more achievements.

There are several reasons I haven’t made much progress and only unlocked a measly 13 achievements this month, which will serve as a good update for what’s going on in my life.

Life Update

I mentioned a few blogs ago that I had some things going on in my life which has been “Distracting” me from gaming, I use the word distracting loosely because I’ve honestly enjoyed the time away from just hardcore gaming it without anything productive on the side and judging from the amount I have gamed this month I have proved that you can play a lot and still do lots of other things on the side.

The first “distraction” is that I have started to learn Piano, it’s a hard process but it’s been pretty enjoyable so far and I’m seeing actual progress – I wish I could get better faster but I know that’s not how anything works – I’m just glad I finally made a start in learning as it has been something I have wanted to do for a long time.

The second is working on a project with my brother, we’re currently in the concept stage still and I have been working on a script which currently stands at around 150 pages, I’ve been pouring my energy into that which is why my motivation to write longer blogs as I used to, weekly, hasn’t been there.

Alongside the script I have also been drawing concept art for our project, which is getting me back into the swing of things when it comes to drawing too, something I have wanted to get back to since I left college 9 years ago.

And the third reason why I haven’t touched much Xbox recently is due to spending a lot of time on my PS4 playing all the exclusives I’ve missed over the last few years and I’ve been having a blast – I will forever never understand console wars because there are genuinely great games people are missing out on due to some company loyalty that doesn’t really pay off.

Xbox will always be my main console, but dismissing The Switch and PS4 is really childish and I don’t quite understand the mentality.

Oh yeah, I forgot to say, I bought a Nintendo Switch – Nifty Console.

So, What’s Next?

I will continue working on the project with my brother; it’s a long term thing so we’re hoping to be out of the concept stages by the end of the year and actually into the thick of making something tangible.

I want to go into more detail but to respect my brother’s wishes I need to keep quiet for now – However I look forward to the day where I can share information about it here, eventually.

In terms of gaming however my current plan for August looks like this:

1) Finish World of Final Fantasy (PS4) – Should be done in around 5 hours.
2) Finish Life is Strange (PS4) – I’ve been craving to play this again and since it was free last month it is a perfect time.
3) Finish Valkyria Chronicles (PS4) – This will probably take around 35 or 40 hours going by average completion times, I reckon I can get this done this month if I tried.
4) Purchase and complete Hellblade (PS4) – If it gets good reviews this is definitely a game I’m interested in.
5) Continue playing Breath of the Wild (Switch) – Great game, enjoyable in short bursts every now and again, very easy to pick up and play.
6) Finish Age of Empires: Castle Siege (Xbox) – This is just a matter of time, waiting for that sweet in-game timer to count down for the next 14 days.
7) Finish Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox) – Not sure if this is viable due to the above goals, but hey I can try!
8) If I can somehow manage all of the above, I would like to go back to playing Lego Batman 3 with my girlfriend and finally finish that up.

Once I’ve finished with Valkyria Chronicles and Hellblade (If I buy it) I am going to put the PS4 back on hold for a while and come back to Xbox to get some completions done.

I’ve realized now that maintaining a high completion whilst playing lots of new games is a unwinnable uphill battle, games are released quicker than I can complete them but I’m learning now to pick the games that I’m genuinely interested in and skip those I can live without, since I made the choice to only play games I REALLY want to play, gaming and completion has no longer become a stress, going from 50+ games a year to potentially under 20 is a huge relief.

Feels good.

  • Achievement Highlights/Statistics

Age of Empires: Castle Siege (UWP)The RenaissanceScorchPSOThe The Renaissance achievement in Age of Empires: Castle Siege (UWP) worth 226 pointsAdvance to the Eighth Age

This is the first achievement in my goal to go through my backlog of games, this game has been sitting on my tag for well over 3 or 4 years now so I thought it was due time to sit down and complete it.

Just one more to go! Sadly due to the nature of the game it’s time locked to around another 14 days before completion, I’m only going to be working on one Xbox game at a time so it’s essentially a countdown until I start my next game.

Onto the Month’s statistics:

Month Period: 1st July – 31st July
Total Playtime: 167 Hours and 10 Minutes
Gamerscore: 580 Gamerscore (318,605 Total)

Gaming Stats (Xbox One/Windows 10/Android)

Rocket League – 3 Hours and 2 Minutes – 6 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Gems of War – 50 Minutes – 1 Achievement (COMPLETED)
Age of Empires: Castle Siege (Windows 10) – 3 Achievements

Gaming Stats (Playstation 4)

World of Final Fantasy – 45 Hours and 53 Minutes – 39 Trophies
Persona 5 – 27 Hours and 22 Minutes – 15 Trophies
Killing Floor 2 – 22 Hours and 39 Minutes – 19 Trophies (COMPLETED)
Senran Kagura Estival Versus – 20 hours and 1 Minute – 50 Trophies (COMPLETED)
Until Dawn – 13 Hours and 37 Minutes – 19 Trophies (COMPLETED)

Gaming Stats (Xbox 360/Windows Phone/Windows 8)

Age of Empires: Castle Siege (WP) – 3 Achievements

Gaming Stats (PC/Switch/Wii U/3DS)

World of Warcraft (PC) – 20 Hours and 30 Minutes
Guild Wars 2 (PC) – 5 Hours and 34 Minutes
Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) – 5 Hours and 25 Minutes
Final Fantasy 14 (PC) – 2 Hours and 17 Minutes

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It was fun to write a proper blog again, I will definitely try and do this more often and with everything going on in my life I have things to write about again – Maybe not weekly but I’m sure I can manage a once a month thing.

Until Next Time!
Posted by ScorchPSO on 01 August 17 at 07:33 | Last edited on 01 August 17 at 07:35 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Jul
13
PermalinkBlog #135 – June Statistics
  • June Statistics

June’s Period SummaryJune’s Period Summary

Better late than never!

  • Achievement Highlights/Statistics

Injustice 2Cat FightThe Cat Fight achievement in Injustice 2 worth 94 pointsCatwoman must defeat Cheetah with the final hit coming from Cat Call

This was a complete BS RNG achievement. You could play for 200+ hours and never see this or play for an hour and get it on your first attempt. Why they locked character abilities behind loot boxes is beyond me.

Onto the Month’s statistics:

Month Period: 1st June – 30th June
Total Playtime: 139 Hours and 37 Minutes
Gamerscore: 1,935 Gamerscore (318,025 Total)

Gaming Stats (Xbox One/Windows 10/Android)

Injustice 2 – 41 Hours and 48 Minutes – 53 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Yooka-Laylee – 16 Hours and 2 Minutes – 29 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Gems of War – 1 Hour and 5 Minutes – 5 Achievements
Killer Instinct – 17 Minutes – 5 Achievements
Forza Horizon 3 – 7 Minutes – 1 Achievement

Gaming Stats (Playstation 4)

Persona 5 – 52 Hours and 41 Minutes – 25 Trophies
Killing Floor 2 – 5 Hours and 51 Minutes – 19 Trophies

Gaming Stats (Xbox 360/Windows Phone/Windows 8)

Super Meat Boy – 37 Minutes – 0 Achievements
Age of Empires: Castle Siege (WP) – 1 Achievement

Gaming Stats (PC/Wii U/3DS)

World of Warcraft (PC) – 12 Hours and 32 Minutes
Divinity Original Sin (PC) – 8 Hours and 37 Minutes

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Until Next Time!
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