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Hello and welcome to yet another edition of the GTASC Weekly - text edition. Its that time of the week when we check in with the Games with Gold program, currently running events on TA, the Overachievers from Period 34 as well as stats from the period we just finished.

  • GAMES WITH GOLD:
Available thru September 15th:
X1: Trials Fusion
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360: Hydro Thunder Hurricane
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Available through September 30th:
X1: Forza Motorsport 5
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Available September 16th:
X1: OXENFREE
360: Battlefield 3

Heads up for anyone that didn't see this already:
Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass Currently Free For Xbox Live Gold Members

We are now well into Dark Souls month so let's check in and see how well we've been dying *ahem* doing.

As I expected, Dark Souls is a much more difficult completion and these stats reflect that. Also, it seems to have lost a number of gamers somehow if you look at the chart. Odd that it was on the 5th which was before the UHH was announced. I'd almost expect it after that announcement but before really confuses me. Here's the overall stats:

447 gamers have been looking for bonfires. 99 started it and 28 finished it. 1,959 achievements have been unlocked so far worth 44,795 gamerscore and 95,503 TA.

Leap Frog is still underway but oh my is it getting crazy! Today is the last day of 6 achievements per day which means that tomorrow those froggies must unlock 7 achievements with a 9.4 ratio or better. There are only 10 frogs left so if you want a good meal - you should eye these frog legs:
JimbotUK
l306l PoRkRoAsT
cyberber
TXMOOK
SherlockGecko
Burnah Bros
Zylo Grey
Infamous
K4rn4ge
Mr Granstaff

Not only is this really asking quite a lot from these guys, the pool of available achievements is dwindling rapidly. How much more can they give? Stay tuned!

UHH 3 has finally been announced! I'm sure there were some folks that were starting to worry that it wouldn't happen this year. Never fear, the 3rd iteration of the TA head to head achievement fest has been announced. Actually, registration closes very shortly so make sure to register if you want to play. There's a twist to this year - everyone needs to maintain a locked achievement pool from common games to play (2,000 from at least 50 valid games) to ensure good matchups. If you want to play in the competitive side (the knockout rounds) you can not have removed more than 10% of your valid games from your 'owned' games. This is a response to list manipulation from previous years. Its not perfect but its the best solution that CET could come up with given our resources.

For more information, see the announcement article here:
Ultimate Head-to-Head Contest 3 - FAQ and Rules

  • BONUS RECAP:
4 Individuals won the Flat Out bonus which asked them to double or better their TA score from the previous period.
Woodster 86
Thrash Forever
MO Guns37
SnipedByAGir1

This period teams have been tasked with Easy Peasy which requires all 5 members to end the scoring period having earned at least 5,000TA (that's a total of 25,000TA)

No new winners.

Here's a few charts to show TA and GS gains throughout the contest. First Individual then Team.
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  • PERIOD 34 OVERACHIEVER INTERVIEWS:
We have a few members of Is This Team UHH? with us for this chat as well as Weredog51 who is doing quite well on the Solo side.
1) Did you play anything interesting this past period?
DANIELJJ14: I guess the Goat Simulator dlc was interesting, not particularly good but some of the stupid references got a light chuckle.
Infamous: Path of Exile, Mighty No.9, Kyub. All amazing games and also completely brutal completions, just the way I like them. :D
JimbotUK: Knights Lore and Blast Corps were a lot of fun in Rare Replay. Finished the Path of Exile campaign, amazing game and an example of free to play that is done well. Amusing that there are much worse pay to win mechanics in some of these full price releases coming out and they don't offer anywhere near the gameplay depth Path of Exile does. I could rant about Destiny 2 for a while haha but its still a very fun game despite its flaws.
Weredog51: Toy Story 3 was very fun! Jump, Step, Step was also pretty good for a short game.


2) Do you 'wing it' or plan out your scoring each period?
DANIELJJ14: Mostly winging it.
Infamous: I think we mostly wing it, more specifically at the beginning of the period, and then towards the end if we have an opportunity to push for a badge then we will plan it out from there.
JimbotUK: I wing it for the most part and have a rough plan of what to play if I do need to push points. Though Leapfrog is fetching me 1000+ a day at the moment so plodding along in that is giving me free weeks in GTASC.
Weredog51: Really depends on the period. I usually plan it week by week but it's fun to wing it sometimes.


3) What platforms do you still play on?
DANIELJJ14: Xbox one mostly and occasionally 360 when BC isn't a available. Plus I've got a few things I've done on windows 10 and WP
Infamous: Just Xbox One, maybe Win 10 a bit but mostly just to play Play Anywhere games while I’m not at my Xbox.
JimbotUK: Mostly Xbox One. A little bit of 360 and the trusty 3DS when the pokemon bug catches.
Weredog51: Xbox 360/One and 3DS from time to time because Pokémon.


4) What determines what you put in your trophy case?
DANIELJJ14: Either ludicrous achievements or decent completions, sometimes I feel a particular achievement suits the trophy case better than just the completion, because of the picture e.g.
Dark Souls IIIThe Dark SoulThe The Dark Soul achievement in Dark Souls III worth 227 pointsComplete all achievements.

Although one of my favourites in the trophy case is
Battlestations: MidwayHardened Veteran of MidwayThe Hardened Veteran of Midway achievement in Battlestations: Midway worth 818 pointsComplete all Single Player missions on Veteran difficulty level

My 7th best scoring individual achievement that was earned over 9 years ago when I didn't really care for achievements that much.
Infamous: I just add my completions to it, not much to look at really, I’d like to remove all my garbage completions and just have the good ones on there but it would be pretty empty then :(
JimbotUK: Haven't thought about it too much, I looked at it a couple of times and just put in some of the hardest / most memorable achievements.
Weredog51: In mine it's just a list of which games I've completed before becoming a TA Pro member.


5) What underappreciated game would you suggest everyone play? Why did you choose it?
DANIELJJ14: White Night was pretty good, nice atmosphere and story with a great visual aesthetic.
Infamous: A Pixel Story is a nice, challenging platformer, probably my favourite platformer I’ve played this year and yet it only has 132 tracked gamers, no idea why but it’s a lot of fun and I highly recommend!
JimbotUK: Recently would have to be Thumper. You start off thinking what even is this and then it just grows and grows on you. Kyub also comes to mind, really fun puzzle game.
Weredog51: I know a lot of people hated it but Dead Rising 4 has been a blast for me this year. I didn't really like a lot of the things about the first few and this game got rid of most of them. It's a really good one to start with I think and because of it I'm going to give the first few another chance.


6) What is your biggest real-life achievement?
DANIELJJ14: Probably my maths degree, still haven't figured out what I really want to do with it yet hopefully something nice comes around.
Infamous: Oh real-life has achievements too? Do they give much TA score, what are the ratios like? :P
JimbotUK: Either my first class maths degree or 6th at the Pacman world championships 2007. Probably Pacman laugh
Weredog51: I think it would have to be finishing 6th in last years GTASC. wink


7) Is there anything else you'd like to add?
DANIELJJ14: Just some inspiration for those teams who are running low on bonuses.


Now you've been inspired, here's a reality check.

JimbotUK: Sending energy to future me if I am somehow still in Leapfrog!
Weredog51: I know this will be a little late by the time it's posted but I just want to say that I hope everyone is safe during the Hurricane that's coming to the United States. My thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who will be affected.
They did predict an active hurricane season and its certainly looking like they are right. Indeed, my thoughts also go to those in stricken areas in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.


BADGES:
Overachiever: Weredog51 19,131 TA (2,520 TA ahead of second place)
That was close: p MEMI q o0w0o 5,781 TA (safe by 1 TA)
Achievement grinder: cyberber 7.4290 Ratio
That was easy: Inatimate1 1.3342 Ratio
Achieveaholic: Woodster 86 385 Achievements
Achieveaphobic: JORAX 47 achievements

ELIMINATIONS:
AxDEMONxWITHIN 6,280 TA
xTheJoker85x 6,130 TA
MANIAN 3D 4,182 TA
failurewarning 3,652 TA
Zaki HUN 1,115 TA

PERIOD TOTALS:
Achievements Earned: 5,861
GamerScore Earned: 212,310
TA Score Earned: 404,172
Bonuses Used: 15
Average Ratio: 1.9037
Avg Score Diff: 346.4615
Benches Used: 2

CONTEST TOTALS:
Achievements Earned: 903,979
GamerScore Earned: 28,325,543
TA Score Earned: 51,418,875
Bonuses Used: 1,313
Average Ratio: 1.7766
Avg Score Diff: 91.0583
Benches Used: 216
Bonuses Awarded: 1,275

TOP 3 INDIVIDUALS:
Weredog51 with 19,131 TA, 9,630 GS and a total of 266 achievements.
Woodster 86 with 16,611 TA, 12,340 GS and a total of 385 achievements.
xSTAGGERxLEEx with 12,406 TA, 6,521 GS and a total of 227 achievements.

TOP 3 GAMES BY TA SCORE
Minecraft Achievements with 24,319 TA, 7,975 GS and a total of 369 achievements.
Gears of War 4 Achievements with 19,917 TA, 6,190 GS and a total of 228 achievements.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Achievements with 12,785 TA, 1,665 GS and a total of 62 achievements.

TOP 3 GAMES BY GAMERSCORE
ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY 3 Achievements with 11,680 GS worth 12,464 TA and a total of 140 achievements.
Minecraft Achievements with 7,975 GS worth 24,319 TA and a total of 369 achievements.
Gears of War 4 Achievements with 6,190 GS worth 19,917 TA and a total of 228 achievements.

TOP 3 GAMES BY ACHIEVEMENTS
Minecraft Achievements with 369 achievements won worth 7,975 GS and 24,319 TA.
Gears of War 4 Achievements with 228 achievements won worth 6,190 GS and 19,917 TA.
Killer Instinct Achievements with 189 achievements won worth 2,000 GS and 11,531 TA.

TOP 3 ACHIEVEMENTS BY TA SCORE:
Twenty Chapters in Gears of War 4 added 2,192 TA to the leaderboards.
Super Sonic in Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition added 1,932 TA to the leaderboards.
Becoming Brothers in Gears of War 4 added 1,880 TA to the leaderboards.

TOP 3 ACHIEVEMENTS BY GAMERSCORE:
Making Moves in War Planet Online: Global Conquest (Win 10) added 1,200 GS to the leaderboards.
HI SCORE MODE 120,000 points in ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY 3 added 1,200 GS to the leaderboards.
CARAVAN MODE 80,000 points in ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY 3 added 1,200 GS to the leaderboards.

TOP 3 ACHIEVEMENTS BY ACHIEVEMENTS:
Five Chapters in Gears of War 4 added 15 achievements to the leaderboards.
Four Chapters in Gears of War 4 added 15 achievements to the leaderboards.
Three Chapters in Gears of War 4 added 15 achievements to the leaderboards.


BADGES:
Overachiever: Vicious and Delicious 47,448 TA (4,142 TA ahead of second place)
That was close: wubba lubba dub dub 26,837 TA (safe by 116 TA)
Achievement grinder: Is This Team UHH? 2.7846 Ratio
That was easy: wubba lubba dub dub 1.1652 Ratio
Achieveaholics: Vicious and Delicious 875 Achievements
Achieveaphobics: Team Hungary 196 achievements

ELIMINATIONS:
Multiple Scorgasms 26,721 TA
Conquistaria BR 26,210 TA

PERIOD TOTALS:
Achievements Earned: 10,470
GamerScore Earned: 411,347
TA Score Earned: 727,045
Bonuses Used: 19
Average Ratio: 1.8343
Avg Score Diff: 849.5200
Benches Used: 2

CONTEST TOTALS:
Achievements Earned: 1,102,309
GamerScore Earned: 35,227,618
TA Score Earned: 64,029,667
Bonuses Used: 687
Average Ratio: 1.9092
Avg Score Diff: 556.0565
Benches Used: 58
Bonuses Awarded: 628

TOP 3 INDIVIDUALS:
Weredog51 with 19,131 TA, 9,630 GS and a total of 266 achievements.
JamP0und32 with 17,589 TA, 14,670 GS and a total of 224 achievements.
JakeJones04 with 12,463 TA, 8,653 GS and a total of 281 achievements.

TOP 3 GAMES BY TA SCORE:
Gears of War 4 Achievements with 71,547 TA, 21,790 GS and a total of 875 achievements.
Minecraft Achievements with 30,477 TA, 10,015 GS and a total of 462 achievements.
Turtle's Quest (Win 10) Achievements with 17,546 TA, 11,950 GS and a total of 119 achievements.

TOP 3 GAMES BY GAMERSCORE:
Gears of War 4 Achievements with 21,790 GS worth 71,547 TA and a total of 875 achievements.
ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY 3 Achievements with 12,040 GS worth 12,815 TA and a total of 145 achievements.
Turtle's Quest (Win 10) Achievements with 11,950 GS worth 17,546 TA and a total of 119 achievements.

TOP 3 GAMES BY ACHIEVEMENTS:
Gears of War 4 Achievements with 875 achievements won worth 21,790 GS and 71,547 TA.
Minecraft Achievements with 462 achievements won worth 10,015 GS and 30,477 TA.
Goat Simulator Achievements with 225 achievements won worth 6,050 GS and 16,109 TA.

TOP 3 ACHIEVEMENTS BY TA SCORE:
Becoming Brothers in Gears of War 4 added 6,434 TA to the leaderboards.
Twenty Chapters in Gears of War 4 added 6,419 TA to the leaderboards.
Level 20 in Gears of War 4 added 4,365 TA to the leaderboards.

TOP 3 ACHIEVEMENTS BY GAMERSCORE:
Handsomely in Turtle's Quest (Win 10) added 2,600 GS to the leaderboards.
It's an old story in Turtle's Quest (Win 10) added 2,100 GS to the leaderboards.
Twenty Chapters in Gears of War 4 added 2,050 GS to the leaderboards.

TOP 3 ACHIEVEMENTS BY ACHIEVEMENTS:
Ribbonator in Gears of War 4 added 51 achievements to the leaderboards.
Level 5 in Gears of War 4 added 49 achievements to the leaderboards.
Four Chapters in Gears of War 4 added 48 achievements to the leaderboards.

See you next period!
Posted by planting42 on 12 September 17 at 22:16