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PermalinkBlog #144 – February Statistics
  • February Statistics

January’s Period SummaryJanuary’s Period Summary

  • Updates

I’m still going strong on Monster Hunter World – I’m at around 107 hours total playtime right now (which equates to over half my total playtime for the last 2 months combined) and I honestly believe I could put another 100+ hours into the game without any troubles at all.

I’ve also decided to go back and play some shorter games that I’ve had on my “To-Play” list for a while but never got around to trying, the first of which was layers of fear which I have wanted to play ever since it became free on Xbox.

I was honestly a little disappointed by it – I’ve become so used to horror now that not much scares me anymore, once this game started relying on jump scares more and more it got quite boring – It started off strong as more of a psychological horror but just devolved into a series of jump scare after jump scare – Most of which have no effect on me.

I ordered Mario Oddysey a few days ago so I’m looking forward to playing that when it arrives – I’m holding off continuing Zelda for now as it’s just too grand and large to fit into my life right now.
Now that Layers of Fear is done I’m going to try and go through the following this month:

A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV
Shadow of the Colossus
Rock Band 4
Batman: The Enemy Within
Final Fantasy XV Story DLC

Sea of Thieves is also coming out this month but I’m not really sure how I feel about it – I’ve not touched any of the betas and the videos I have seen look... Okay?

My friend wants another Co-Op game to play together so I’ll probably get it for his sake.

  • Achievement Highlights/Statistics

Rock Band 4Case in PointsScorchPSOThe Case in Points achievement in Rock Band 4 worth 82 pointsEarn more than 1,000,000 points in a single song in Quickplay mode.

Had a “Rock Band Day” with a friend who came over with all of his instruments – I took this opportunity to get all of the non-guitar related achievements I was missing – Now all that’s left is 5-starring every song on Expert and getting to level 50. Good thing I love this game!

Onto the Month’s statistics:

Month Period: 1st February – 28th February
Total Playtime: 128 Hours and 19 Minutes
Gamerscore: 1,590 Gamerscore (332,525 Total)

Gaming Stats (Xbox One/Windows 10/Android)

Rock Band 4 – 13 Hours and 34 Minutes – 17 Achievements
Layers of Fear – 8 Hours and 30 Minutes – 26 Achievements
Destiny 2 – 2 Hours and 2 Minutes – 1 Achievement

Gaming Stats (Playstation 4)

Monster Hunter World – 65 Hours and 54 Minutes – 13 Trophies
Horizon: Zero Dawn – 12 Hours and 21 Minutes – 23 Trophies (COMPLETED)
Shadow of the Colossus – 43 Minutes – 3 Trophies

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

World of Warcraft (PC) – 16 Hours and 31 Minutes
Pokemon Picross (3DS) – 8 Hours and 44 Minutes


Until Next Time!
Posted by ScorchPSO on 02 March 18 at 11:52 | There is 1 comment on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkBlog #143 – Introspection & January Statistics
  • January Statistics

January’s Period SummaryJanuary’s Period Summary

  • Introspection

I want to spend my time talking about two things in this blog, the first is a little update on how I’m doing when it comes to gaming and the second is Monster Hunter World, if you only care about the latter then skip ahead.

For the first time in what feels like an eternity I feel like getting introspective and writing something substantial in a blog for a change – Sadly, over the last few years writing these blogs has become a routine for me, just something I did at the end of each month to dump my gaming statistics.

I felt like I lost a bit of my identity when I stopped writing the more personal blogs and switched to the “Statistic Only” format.

It was a weird feeling, one Friday I sat in front of my computer to write a blog as I did every Friday before that and… nothing. I just sat there staring at my screen completely unsure what to write about, I had always written what was on my mind and then one day it was just gone – I lost the will to continue with the weekly blogs not because I longer wanted to but because I just couldn’t.

Eventually I switched to the different format, once a month I would write down my statistics, post them and then call it a day – I tried to write bigger blogs several times, such as my favourite games of the year or my E3 predictions but when I sat down to put my thoughts on paper, nothing flowed.

It feels quite nice to sit and write something that is more than three paragraphs long.

I finally accepted during 2017 that I was addicted to gaming quite badly, or at least to the aspect of wanting to complete most of my games – A drive to 100% everything I played was ruining gaming for me, it was putting me in a bad mood when things didn’t unlock or turn out the way I wanted and I took this out on those around me, eventually I was playing games I was sick and tired of just for the sake of a completion, a digital stat nobody but me cared about.

I always considered gaming a part of my identity so I was afraid of what would be left if I stopped gaming so heavily, could I really fill all that time with something else?

I now have the answer to that question and now that I am not gaming as much I honestly wonder how I managed to do anything else at all, even without gaming taking such a huge chunk of my time I still find it hard to schedule everything else in – It’s a shocker to me that I even managed to do other things when I gamed as much as I did.

Luckily, I can point my finger at the two games which helped mark this change for me.

The first of these being Nier Automata – I remember wanting to make a blog post about this game shortly after I finished it because it absolutely blew me away and will forever sit as one of my favourite games of all time.

When I finished the story and the credits began rolling for the final time I put my controller down and I felt completely and utterly content, I was satisfied with what I had just experienced even though I hadn’t collected all the trophies and clutched that “Completion”.
Nier AutomataNier Automata

And, although I eventually nabbed the remaining trophies, Nier was the first game in a long time where I felt finished before I was “finished” – It truly was a journey.

The second game I attribute to my recovery of completionism was Shadow of War – But for the exact opposite reasons.

I played through the entirety of Shadow of War from beginning to end, unlocking every achievement in the game and even forcing myself through the awful grindy loot-box filled mess that was Shadow Wars – Mentally I was done with this game around 15 hours into it and I should have stopped there and not bothered continuing but I knew that the completion was fairly simple and I could definitely achieve it.

By the time I was done with Shadow of War I was so completely and utterly burnt out that I just stared at my screen for about 15 minutes post completion in complete silence, I even remember my dog walking over to check if I was okay – My thoughts raced back to how I felt after finishing Nier and then back to what I had just done.

I asked myself one simple question there and then:


Why did I put myself through that? I clearly stopped enjoying myself around 15 hours into it so why did I spend another 25 hours of my precious time completing a game I wasn’t enjoying anymore – The answer was obvious, I was addicted to completions and although this fact has been obvious to me for a long time it never really sunk in until then.

I put the controller down and then for the next 2 months my gaming waned slowly, no matter what game I played I couldn’t recapture how Nier made me feel – I completely stopped buying games and instead decided to tackle my backlog (Titanfall 2, Life is Strange, Recore, Resident Evil 7) which, although I enjoyed, still didn’t feel me with that sense of joy I used to feel when gaming.

My interest in gaming continued fading and I began actively trying to spend more with friends outside of the digital world instead, mainly by playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Even Assassin’s Creed Origins couldn’t hold me for longer than 8 hours and I decided that my time was better spent elsewhere.

My other hobbies came back from the dead and I was drawing again, learning to play the piano again, I began practicing writing once more by turning our DnD sessions into a story – I was being productive.
Dungeons and DragonsDungeons and Dragons

Up until a week ago my game time for the entire month of January was clocked at around 30 hours – I was down to only 20% of the amount of time that I usually gamed during any given month and what surprised me the most was just how little I missed gaming.

My enjoyment for Non-Video Game related activities trumped playing my Xbox every time.
Now if I finish a game (Such as I did with Recore this month) I do it because I’m enjoying it, the moment the fun stops I back the hell away (like I did with AC Origins, though I want to give you a second chance, buddy).

For the first time in 6 years I felt free – Even now I can look at my list of games that aren’t marked with completion without feeling a sense of anxiety, I just shrug and move on.

I even made a point to buy a game I know I will never 100% on the PS4, a console where I had every game I had played on it aimed at 100% completion across the board just to make sure that I will keep the completion streak broken.

It feels good.

And now I need to talk about the game that I bought to break the 100% streak, because what a game it is.

  • Monster Hunter World

I bought this game on the request of a friend – When I saw the E3 footage of the announcement it looked slow and bulky and although the monsters looked kind of cool I had a very meh feeling towards it – I originally didn’t even intend to buy it until a friend suggested we could play together.

I don’t really watch game trailers, I tend to want to enjoy the game and see what it has to offer with my own eyes rather than through the eyes of others (Which is why I don’t enjoy let’s plays) and I waited patiently for the beta to hit which I downloaded and launched alongside my friend.

It didn’t start off well with a clunky invite system that required me to input a long unique ID to be able to connect to my friend but eventually we found each other and joined the same game, selecting a quest from a list and setting off to hunt some monsters.

I enjoyed the beta, I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either, it was enough to secure a digital pre-order as the prospect of having a co-op game to play with my friend was the most enticing.

The next few weeks flowed by, eventually it was released last Friday.
Monster Hunter WorldMonster Hunter World

I took a half day from work and headed home early to create my hunter and join my friend, I was expecting to play for maybe a few hours before calling it quits but before I knew it I looked at the clock and it was 2 in the morning.

Over the next 5 days I put an additional 30+ hours into the game and I still haven’t even discovered or fought every monster in the game yet – I can’t express how much in love with this game I am.

Every evening since Monster Hunter’s release me and my friend have been hunting monsters and cracking them open like piñatas to craft new and exciting gear and there are no signs of us slowing down any time soon.

The more you play the better it gets - Once I had learnt my weapon of choice, what started as clunky and confusing controls eventually evolved into fluid and smooth gameplay.

But what impresses me the most about the game is just how complete it is – I haven’t personally experienced a single bug or glitch in over 40 hours and it’s a game that just keeps on giving – When you think you’ve seen it all something will happen to make you question just how much they could squeeze into it.

In this day and age of loot boxes and microtransactions I expected something similar to show up in Monster Hunter World, but to my pleasure they are nowhere to be seen – every piece of content is available from the get go and you can craft hundreds of different weapons and Armor pieces, all of which have unique looks and skins.
Nergigante, The Title MonsterNergigante, The Title Monster

Throughout the early half of the story, my friend and I were decimating every single monster we came across but eventually met our maker when we got man-handled by Monster Hunter’s signature dragons: Rathian and Rathios, both of which happened to be on the map at the same time and decided to buddy-up to take us down.

They won.

It was moments like this, the completely unscripted events of two huge monsters teaming up and performing manoeuvres through the sky as they battered me and my friend from left to right that made me completely and utterly fall in love with Monster Hunter World.

Despite having such huge creatures and effects happening in front of me I have never experienced a single FPS drop and the graphics have stayed consistently beautiful.

Even when we beat what we thought was the final story mission after 30 hours, Monster Hunter quickly let us know that we weren’t done, promptly unlocking an entirely new tier of quests and “High-Rank” versions of the all the monsters we had been fighting until now including at least 10 new that we hadn’t seen before.

This, included with the planned free DLC Capcom are planning to release in the coming months, make this game a gem in a swamp of money grabbing companies that have plagued us recently.

Last night my friend and I tried fighting a monster we had beaten with no troubles several times but this time tackling it’s High-Rank version – After a 25minute battle it finally delivered the killing blow, destroying me with one fell swoop, we tried the next monster who appears on the game’s cover who also took turns in eating me and my friend, eventually beating us to run and lick our wounds.

We took a step back and looked at our gear, if we were going to beat these two we needed better armour and weapons, so we planned our options and set out to gather some more materials so we could return better than before.

That’s what I love about this game, there is always some personal goal to achieve no matter what you’re doing or where you are in the game – And there are always moments that will knock you back down to earth when you’re feeling particularly smug about a win.

Monster Hunter World is a marvel and is honestly one of the best games I have played in the last 5 years – I am completely hooked and I can’t see myself NOT spending well over 100 hours on it.

  • Achievement Highlights/Statistics

Onto the Month’s statistics:

Month Period: 1st January – 31st January
Total Playtime: 80 Hours and 45 Minutes
Gamerscore: 625 Gamerscore (330,935 Total)

Gaming Stats (Xbox One/Windows 10/Android)

Recore – 13 Hours and 45 Minutes – 35 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Titanfall 2 – 1 Hour and 25 Minutes – 0 Achievements

Gaming Stats (Playstation 4)

Monster Hunter World – 42 Hours and 5 Minutes – 20 Trophies

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

World of Warcraft (PC) – 14 Hours and 28 Minutes
Pokemon Picross (3DS) – 9 Hours and 2 Minutes


Until Next Time!
Posted by ScorchPSO on 01 February 18 at 12:11 | There is 1 comment on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkBlog #142 – 2017 Statistics
  • 2017 Statistics

2017 Period Summary2017 Period Summary

And here is the yearly statistics for 2017 - It's really interesting how I keep track of the game time still (Mark a start time and finish time on my phone in a notepad document) - It comes naturally now and I don't even think about doing it.

I've been keeping track of my game time thats pretty much accurate to the minute since 2013 at least and I'm glad I started, it's really fun to see everything I've played and where most of my time went.

  • Xbox One (36 Played, 21 Completed)

Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection – 82 Hours and 4 Minutes – 149 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Injustice 2 – 51 Hours and 12 Minutes – 62 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Dark Souls 3 – 49 Hours and 57 Minutes – 36 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Final Fantasy XV – 47 Hours and 51 Minutes – 44 Achievements
For Honor – 40 Hours and 39 Minutes – 41 Achievements
Resident Evil 7 – 40 Hours and 34 Minutes – 58 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Shadow of War – 38 Hours and 18 Minutes – 52 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Forza Horizon 3 – 36 Hours and 34 Minutes – 72 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition – 33 Hours and 35 Minutes – 75 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Gems of War – 32 Hours and 29 Minutes – 18 Achievements
The Banner Saga – 22 Hours and 36 Minutes – 36 Achievements (COMPELTED)
Killer Instinct – 20 Hours and 56 Minutes – 52 Achievements
Bioshock 2 – 17 Hours and 19 Minutes – 53 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Yooka-Laylee – 17 Hour and 14 Minutes – 35 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Destiny 2 – 14 Hours and 47 Minutes – 2 Achievements
Killer Instinct 2 Classic – 12 Hours and 50 Minutes – 30 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Titanfall 2 – 11 Hours and 18 Minutes – 50 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Rock Band 4 – 10 Hours and 46 Minutes – 10 Achievements
Recore – 10 Hours and 36 Minutes – 38 Achievements
Sonic Mania – 10 Hours and 33 Minutes – 18 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Gears of War 4 – 9 Hours and 31 Minutes – 24 Achievements
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm – 9 Hours and 9 Minutes – 50 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition – 8 Hours and 10 Minutes – 25 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Assassin’s Creed Origins – 7 Hours and 54 Minutes – 5 Achievements
Life is Strange: Before the Storm – 7 Hours and 1 Minute – 34 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Overwatch – 6 Hours and 48 Minutes – 3 Achievements
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – 5 Hours and 25 Minutes – 3 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Overcooked – 4 Hours and 59 Minutes – 11 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Rare Replay – 3 Hours and 55 Minutes – 6 Achievements
Cuphead – 3 Hours and 29 Minutes – 8 Achievements
Rocket League – 3 Hours and 24 Minutes – 12 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Goat Simulator – 2 Hours and 45 Minutes – 12 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Gone Home – 2 Hours and 37 Minutes – 10 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Star Wars Battlefront – 1 Hour and 32 Minutes – 3 Achievements
6180 The Moon – 1 Hour and 24 Minutes – 13 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Halo: The Master Chief Collection – 1 Hour and 11 Minutes – 1 Achievement

Total Time: 681 Hours and 21 Minutes

  • Playstation 4 (12 Played, 10 Completed)

Persona 5 – 83 Hours and 12 Minutes – 41 Trophies
World of Final Fantasy – 49 Hours and 14 Minutes – 39 Trophies (COMPLETED)
Bloodbourne – 39 Hours and 39 Minutes – 40 Trophies (COMPLETED)
Horizon: Zero Dawn – 39 Hours and 10 Minutes – 56 Trophies
Nier Automata – 38 Hours and 43 Minutes – 48 Trophies (COMPLETED)
Valkyria Chronicles Remastered – 33 Hours and 26 Minutes – 21 Trophies (COMPLETED)
Killing Floor 2 – 29 Hours and 1 Minute – 36 Trophies (COMPLETED)
Senran Kagura Estival Versus – 20 Hours and 1 Minute – 50 Trophies (COMPLETED)
Dark Cloud – 19 Hour and 47 Minutes – 28 Trophies (COMPLETED)
Until Dawn – 13 Hours and 37 Minutes – 19 Trophies (COMPLETED)
Life is Strange – 10 Hours and 39 Minutes – 61 Trophies (COMPLETED)
Hellblade – 7 Hours and 7 Minutes – 15 Achievements (COMPLETED)

Total Time: 383 Hours and 36 Minutes

  • Windows 10 (3 Played, 2 Completed)

Forza 6: Apex Edition (Win 10) – 20 Minutes – 3 Achievements
Fallout Shelter (Win 10) – 35 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Age of Empires: Castle Siege (Windows 10) – 4 Achievements (COMPLETED)

Total Time (From Completion Estimates): 80 Hours

  • Xbox 360 (5 Played, 4 Completed)

Dark Souls – 27 Hours and 9 Minutes – 30 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Super Meat Boy – 10 Hours and 24 Minutes – 4 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition – 7 Hours and 6 Minutes – 25 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Jetpac Refueled – 6 Hours and 38 Minutes – 12 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Mirror’s Edge – 21 Minutes – 4 Achievements

Total Time: 51 Hours and 38 Minutes

  • Mobile / WP / Android (2 Played, 2 Completed)

Minecraft: Pocket Edition (Android) – 74 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Age of Empires: Castle Siege (WP) – 5 Achievements (COMPLETED)

Total Time (From Completion Estimates): 3 Hours

  • Other (PC/Switch/Wii U/3DS) (15 Played)

World of Warcraft (PC) – 230 Hours and 41 Minutes
Pokemon Picross (3DS) – 22 Hours and 10 Minutes
Guild Wars 2 (PC) – 21 Hours and 29 Minutes
Divinity: Original Sin (PC) – 8 Hours and 37 Minutes
Divinity: Original Sin 2 (PC) – 8 Hours and 37 Minutes
Zelda. Breath of the Wild (Switch) – 6 Hours and 29 Minutes
Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch) – 6 Hours and 51 Minutes
Diablo 3 (PC) – 4 Hours and 7 Minutes
Heroes of the Storm (PC) – 4 Hours and 3 Minutes
Rainbow Six Siege(PC) – 2 Hours and 24 Minutes
Final Fantasy 14 (PC) – 2 Hours and 17 Minutes
Warhammer: Vermintide (PC) – 1 Hour and 45 Minutes
Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U) – 1 Hour and 6 Minutes
Stardew Valley (Switch) – 32 Minutes
Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia (3DS) – 26 Minutes

Total Time: 321 Hours and 34 Minute


Grand Total Time: 1,521 Hours and 9 Minutes
In Days: 63.3 Days Spent Gaming in 2017
In Months: 2.1 of 12 Months Spent Gaming in 2017


As usual it’s interesting seeing these statistics at the end of the year and seeing the sheer amount of time I’ve spent gaming – Granted that although it’s not nearly high as previous years, it is still pretty close to the amount of time I spent last year (Which was around 73 days if I remember correctly).

I’ve felt like I have had a pretty good balance of things this year and it hasn’t been all about gaming, I would like to go into more detail about my gaming throughout the last year and what I’ve been up to but I don’t want to push out a blog when I don’t have the “feeling” to write one – Although I’ve been keeping myself creatively busy the last 6 months between drawing, designing, learning piano and writing, I still haven’t had that enthusiasm I used to have for writing lengthy blogs return to me – I felt like I said everything I needed to say about gaming in the first 2 years of blogging and for now I’m happy to keep this a stat only blog.

I know I’ll have things to talk about and share in the future with a project I’m working on but until then...

Happy New Year and I hope 2018 is everything you want it to be!
Posted by ScorchPSO on 01 January 18 at 10:32 | There is 1 comment on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkBlog #141 – December Statistics
  • December Statistics

December’s Period SummaryDecember’s Period Summary

Here are the stats for December, I’m going to post another blog shortly with the entirety of 2017’s game time and stats.

  • Achievement Highlights/Statistics

Resident Evil 7: BiohazardSecret AchievementScorchPSOThe Secret Achievement achievement in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard worth 267 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement

The new DLC for Resident Evil was really fun, it was different but still felt like it fit with the main game – I feel that Resident Evil has always embraced being a bit silly and this was just one of those weird but enjoyable DLCs that it occasionally gets.

Now that the game is done, I’m looking forward to what’s next for the series.

Onto the Month’s statistics:

Month Period: 1st December – 31st December
Total Playtime: 90 Hours and 54 Minutes
Gamerscore: 2,670 Gamerscore (330,310 Total)

Gaming Stats (Xbox One/Windows 10/Android)

Killer Instinct – 13 Hours and 49 Minutes – 22 Achievements
Titanfall 2 – 11 Hours and 18 Minutes – 50 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Resident Evil 7 – 9 Hours and 8 Minutes – 8 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Life is Strange: Before the Storm – 7 Hours and 1 Minute – 34 Achievements (COMPLETED)
Recore – 1 Hour and 38 Minutes – 4 Achievements
Halo: The Master Chief Collection – 1 Hour and 11 Minutes – 1 Achievement
Rock Band 4 – 44 Minutes – 2 Achievements
Gems of War – 43 Minutes - 0 Achievements
For Honor – 2 Minutes – 1 Achievement

Gaming Stats (Playstation 4)

Killing Floor 2 – 14 Minutes – 1 Trophy (COMPLETED)

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

-None Played-

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

World of Warcraft (PC) – 30 Hours and 1 Minute
Pokemon Picross (3DS) – 12 Hours and 41 Minutes
Rainbow Six: Siege (PC) – 2 Hours 24 Minutes


Until Next Time!
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