For the most part, I don't do anything without a reason. And, yes - I'm aware. Quirky is my middle name, lol. Anyway, thought it would be neat to share my reasons for the games I decided to dive and among other things.
Let's see... I'll just bring them up in order:
Basically, dived the first three games to round things out to make the dived total 10. Quirky, remember? Plus, these were strategically chosen in an effort to help assist with a GTASC bonus this period. As far as the game itself, seems to tick off all the things I was looking for in a game at the time: seemingly enjoyable, points, and a quick title.
2) Mega Coin Squad
Much like the first title, this one also seemed to offer a decent challenge due to the ratio. Fortunately, I lucked out because after a few attempts, I managed to unlock the most difficult achievements already -- speed run / no deaths. I even unlocked them both at the same time! I know, I know -- tooting my horn here, lol.
3) The Coma: Recut
This isn't something I would normally play, but was highly recommended, so thought it would warrant a try. It was described as including a "convincing narrative and believeable characters." Plus, this title gave me an opportunity to snag some of the uncommon letters for the GTASC bonus, so win-win. And, according to the WT, it's not that long of a game either to complete through save manipulation.
4) Battlefield 4
The remaining titles that got dived were because they all contain online achievements that need to be obtained before all is lost and servers disappear, lol. I mean, this could come back and haunt me if a discontinued achievement surfaces due to me having too much on my plate. Then again, at this stage in my life, if something unexpected happens, like a server closure -- I think I'll live.
As far as Battlefield 4 goes, the campaign looks very intriguing. I can't say much in regards to boosting this, but apparently renting a server makes life easier. Add in the fact that I can double box, I can't foresee this being an overly daunting task. Just need to get started and create some sessions!
5) Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
I have a soft spot for this series since I played the original on PC. Game looks great, but I will primarily be focusing on Breach Mode before tackling the SP. From the looks of it, the entire Breach Mode needs constant online connectivity, so I feel compelled to get that hammered out as soon as I can.
I do need to get the community related achievements out of the way soonest though. Those always seem to be the first to break:
6) Grand Theft Auto V
Finally got around to booting up this game. The prologue level was fantastic and GTA Online seems to be a very interesting, albeit different, concept than what I'm accustomed to. I'm overwhelmed at the moment, but I'm sure once I sink my teeth into it, I'll have a plan of attack soon enough. I did get the community related achievements out of the way, at least.
Those heists though...
The Elitist achievement in Grand Theft Auto V worth 975 pointsGTA Online: Complete all 3 Elite Challenges in The Doomsday Heist. The Masterminds achievement in Grand Theft Auto V worth 1843 pointsGTA Online: Complete all 3 Criminal Mastermind challenges in The Doomsday Heist.
7) Mad Max
Been itching to start this game for years, but have to admit that I'm slightly disappointed with what I've seen so far. Perhaps when I really get going, the game will get better. I do know that I should at least get to a certain point in the game in order to accumulate Scrap. Apparently, there's this one challenge that's tied to WB Servers and they have a habit of not staying connected...
Anyway, once I meet that requirement, it should all be gravy from here on out. Oh, and the WT is absolutely amazing. That should be the standard for the rest of the guides on this site.
I mentioned this dive was to encourage me to get started on online achievements, right? Well, this game is nothing but, lol. In the past two days, I made a huge dent by unlocking over half of the achievements so far. I believe I'm already at level 49 too. At any rate, the achievement with the most visibility would be this:
I figure if server closures were ever announced -- think I read somewhere that they would give a 30-day notice before shutting them down, I could rush and finish up everything else besides that one. Technically, I've already completed nine dailies, so I should already be safe.
9) Dead Rising 4
The game already looks great on my 4K TV by being HDR enabled as well -- it's an enhanced title after all. Due to the buggy nature of a couple of achievements, I'm probably going to tackle this game with preventative measures in mind by starting the SP first before getting involved with the MP. I read that blueprint statistics can glitch out, which makes one or two achievements unobtainable on that save file and that results in redoing the entire game again. That does not appeal to me whatsoever, lol.
10) Halo 5: Guardians
Another enhanced title, but unfortunately, there's not a whole lot to say about it at this time. From the little bit I did play, it looked great. My main goal was to snag a community related achievement by spectating a match and that was really it. And, unlike the previous game, I can start the MP right away, which is what I prefer to do.
--Outside of Gaming
As some of you may already know, my cat -- Murray, was diagnosed with lymphoma back in February. Quick recap: a tumor was growing behind his left eye. He went through radiation treatments for two weeks and seemingly beat cancer. He's lost a considerable amount of hair around his face, but other than that, he's still very playful and affectionate. As a matter of fact, the hair has started to come back, but it's white hair instead of his natural orange/ginger colors. Looks badass to me!
Unfortunately, the mass may have shifted over to the other eye and back into the nasal cavity. I could be jumping the gun here, but it's hard to ignore that possibility. Anyway, Dawn and I had noticed a small lump around his tear duct over the weekend accompanied with spurts of sneezing. We took him to our local vet first to assess everything and as a precaution, we're taking him back to a more qualified clinic up north tomorrow. Keeping my fingers crossed that everything turns out well and the cancer hasn't returned. The good news is that with these antibiotic eye drops we've kept prior, the swelling has actually gone down in a matter of three days. It's puzzling, but it keeps me hopeful it's something not serious.
I suppose if the cancer has come back, I'm certain we've caught it in time where we don't have to go through radiation treatments again ($$$$$) and can implement chemotherapy in pill form, which should be far more gentle to my savings. Heh.
Regardless, cancer sucks. Period. My mom got it, my grandpa had it. It's getting a bit much to cope with since I've been surrounded by it most of my life. Not too sure who thought it was a good idea to let this happen to my cat. He's not like one of those feral cats that's behaves aggressively or a menace to society. He's a GREAT cat: affectionate, kind, loving -- brightens my day when I come home from work -- certainly not deserving of the hand that was dealt to him. It's a bunch of BS if you ask me.
Probably shouldn't even post this as it would go against my better judgement, but I suppose I had to let it out somehow. I certainly don't want to let it all out while I'm sparring somebody, lol. Then again, it wouldn't be the craziest idea I've ever had.
Bah. I'm rambling again -- even worst, having a pity party. It's just mentally draining dealing with stuff like this. Bums me out.
Well, wish me luck tomorrow. Hopefully everything does turn out well. Later.
[UPDATED: July 1, 2018] * added to Games Collection
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