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Mr Granstaff

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Dec
17
PermalinkMore Genres, Please
Noticed that there's another sub-genre for me to keep my eye on: Bullfighting. Unfortunately, the only game that fits the bill has an unobtainable achievement and the developers seem to have no intention on resolving it. Oh, well. That thought was nice while it lasted.

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Anyway, I made enough of an impact with these genre completions, so I'll do another quick update on this project of mine. This could be wishful thinking, but I'm really hoping that I can wrap up the Slot Machine and Darts genres next.

The Slot Machine one has this pesky achievement that I temporarily gave up on while the Darts genre would be considered double dipping as that would give me another Kinect completion that would solidify my standings in the leaderboards.

If interested to see how this all started, look no further as I've conveniently laid them out below.

Since I have all of the main genres already wrapped up, let's get a SITREP on those sub-genres.


  • [COMPLETIONS]


Other Sports sub-genres:

+ Rugby - RUGBY 15

Managed to rent myself a physical copy from GameFly. Despite not knowing the rules to Rugby, this was a quick completion. I had to hit up Tressilation on how to become a dirty player to get carded enough times for an achievement, but once he told me, it was cake.

+ Skiing - Kinect Sports Gems: Ski Race

Moderately difficult completion here. The last two goals needed were brutal and frankly, I was fortunate enough to pass them.

+ Surfing - Surf's Up

This is a hidden gem here. Not only was it a quick completion, I actually really enjoyed it. Don't let the child audience fool you because even though I'm a grown man, I'm a kid at heart and enjoyed this one -- more than I care to admit.


  • [STARTED CHANGELOG]


+ Turn Based Strategy - Worms Battlegrounds

Booted this one up to get the MP out of the way while I still could - the stability of the servers made me worry, so I expedited it.


  • [EDITS / ADDITIONS]


Role-playing:

+ MMORPG - Neverwinter | Order & Chaos Online (Win 8)

I'm probably going to keep changing my mind like a fickle high school girl on who she likes because I realize this is a time sink and want to make sure I tackle something that I'm going to enjoy.

The kicker with these are that they're both free and according to this site, one of them has the second highest completion rate.

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Strategy:

+ Real Time Strategy - History - Great Battles Medieval | The Outfit | AirMech Arena (Xbox 360)

Like the MMORPG genre, I'll probably change my mind on this one a few more times as well. I'm not really gung-ho with strategy titles -- mostly because I don't like using my brain when gaming -- so I'm either on the look out for a quick completion or the most cost effective way to get it done. I'll either do that with a rental, a bargain bin game, or with a free title.

I do have a friend that can practically carry me through that AirMech Arena game, so I'm leaning towards that one. I'm in no particular rush either, so perhaps another option will present itself in the future via the Games With Gold promotion.

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Vehicular Combat:

+ Automobile Combat - Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition

Got this game while it was on sale because I've always been intrigued by it, but didn't realize it was categorized into a genre I needed, so that's a win if I ever saw one.

+ Naval Combat - Assassin's Creed Pirates (Win 8)

Picked up this game during that Windows 10 deal. I can tolerate ten cents and I'm always looking for an excuse to play on my over-powered computer, so there's that.

That's it for genres!


  • Kinect Milestone Achieved


Even though I only reached the top position briefly, I finally became number one!

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Coincidentally, my friend Dennis shared this article on his friend feed that same day:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-12-16-rare-kinect-ris...

It is bitter sweet accomplishment as I fear the Kinect will be phased out soon. I know I've expressed my disappointment with Indie games, but perhaps more independent developers will base their games around the Kinect and make them more immersive than past releases.

I realize I'm being overly optimistic that some game or developer will bring life back into the Kinect, but I still stand behind my prediction that once a breakthrough game comes out, Kinect will continue to survive, even though it might be on life support and limping along gingerly at the moment.


  • Closing Thoughts


At any rate, I'm like a kid with a short attention span when it comes to gaming lately. If a red shiny ball bounces in front me, I'm going to forget what I'm doing and go after it. laugh

On one end, I want to get more Kinect completions done. On the other, I would also like to complete these viral games so I can send them back into rotation -- all of these things will improve my completion percentage too.

Additionally, I only need another 271 points to reach the fifth spot in this other Kinect leaderboard I'm tracking, so that's manageable enough for a commendable milestone. In this other Rail Shooter leaderboard I'm in, I need another 2400 points to reach first place, so that one could take awhile.

Plus, I honestly would prefer to get all of my current online achievements cleaned up before all else and game without that looming over my head. A new year comes with new server terminations, so who really knows what next year will hold. I just hope there's a warning, should there be one.

At the moment, I just can't seem to focus on one thing at a time. Perhaps I'll generate more willpower and be able to, but with all of these new games that will be taunting me come Christmas time, it's doubtful.

Before I wrap things up here, I must give out a HUGE thank you to my friend, Jim. I don't know how he got Santa's list, but he sent me the Back to the Future: The Game - 30th Anniversary Edition video game.

I realize Thanksgiving has already passed, but definitely thankful for having a friend like him, especially when he has to tolerate someone like me. :P

That should do it, peeps. If you don't hear from me again before the new year, I hope you all are able to enjoy the upcoming holidays!

Have a Merry Christmas and all that jazz.




[UPDATED: December 16, 2015]

* added a few new games for trade/sell

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Posted by Mr Granstaff on 17 December 15 at 20:07 | Last edited on 21 December 15 at 13:12
Geoffistopheles I keep vaguely eyeing up Surf's Up since that popped up on your feed. For Real Time Strategy, though, knowing your love for Kinect, though it's only Kinect Enabled at this point, and maybe even less than that depending if the devs go with just headsets, you might want to keep an eye out on There Came an Echo. RTS controlled entirely through voice commands.
Posted by Geoffistopheles on 17 Dec 15 at 20:54
Mr Granstaff @ Geoffistopheles - You should definitely give it a shot. Even if you find out you didn't really care for it, you can easily complete it and move on with another genre completion.

I will say that it hasn't aged that well graphically, but other than that, it actually handles pretty well.

Hm. I'll definitely have to keep my eye on There Came an Echo as that's actually very intriguing to me. I've been wanting to try out Voice Commander soon. I probably would have tackled that one sooner, but it's a Tower Defense game.

All of these strategy titles are the same to me: you use the brain. Ha.
Posted by Mr Granstaff on 17 Dec 15 at 21:26