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2020 Decade in AchievementsSunday, Jan 31 2021, 11:07 achievements, Entertainment, trueAchievements, video games, VideoGames, XBOX, YearInReview
For the second year in a row, Microsoft didn't do an achievements year-in-review (boo😜), so I got an updated Decade In Review from TrueAchievements. It looks similar to what I posted last year (in fact I don't see anything for 2020... Looking at my TA for 2020 I see a lot of skewing toward older games (completed before 2020) and a big skew in January when I joined TA and all of my achievements were imported. So, lots of junk data... Oh well, maybe 2021 will have better data ;-)
Some more STO accoladesFriday, Jun 26 2020, 13:10 achievements, Entertainment, MMORPG, online, Sci-Fi, Star Trek, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
|Ice Ice Baby|
|A good day to rectify|
|The Best Onfence|
|Four score and seven kills ago|
This accolade was a total surprise. You earn it by taking out 100 "rebel" Klingons (I guess Klingons that don't align with the KDF). However, unlike other big bads in this game, there is ONLY GROUND ONE REBEL in the entire game...so you'd have to play the mission 100 times to get them. Back when there was a foundry, the rebels weren't an option for creators to add to their missions, so you couldn't even farm them there! Luckily, the Arena of Sompek gives you 7-10 rebels sometimes, and during the "No win scenario" period a few weeks ago there was also no cooldown, so on an off chance I got this accolade. Only 900 more rebels to go in order to earn the top tier of this accolade...
Xbox decade in reviewTuesday, Jan 21 2020, 01:30 achievements, Entertainment, video games, VideoGames, XBOX, YearInReview
Crackdown 2 | DoneMonday, Sep 2 2019, 15:07 achievements, crackdown, Entertainment, Microsoft, shootEmUp, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
As you can see from my gamerscore, I didn't really go after all of the achievements. Part of the reason is that the achievements were (like in the first game) about collecting orbs, which really didn't do much for me. I was playing the game mostly for the story (and for the salty commentary from the game announcer).
The story takes place 10 years after order was restored in the city, after the events of the first Crackdown. The agency was corrupt (IMO), they hired a scientist who performed illegal genetic manipulations (who was ultimately fired, and labelled a terrorist), and now a new agent (you) is called upon to clean up the city from the "freaks" (genetically mutated humans - sort of remind me of the flood in Halo) that have taken over the city. To do this you need to clear areas of these mutants and keeping them away by activating specific beacons throughout the city.
The game is rather fun, and it does provide a mechanic to allow others to enter your own world's instance - presumably to have a nice co-op game. I opened up my own instance - hoping that others would help me clear my world (instead of having to grind a lot). And this worked - to an extent. I did basically clear most of the world within a few days and not a lot of grinding for XP, but there was at least one jerk who played hacky sack with my character. Whenever there were no enemies around this idiot would use some sort of pulsewave weapon to blast me across the map. This didn't make for a fun experience. I ended up stopping the game, taking a break, and coming back when the jerk wasn't around. I also did not want to create a new private instance because I'd lose all my progress.
Overall the game was fun. The story as it progresses gives you the party line - brave police officer falls in the line of duty - but the "real" story is told through audio recordings found throughout the game. I did find a few, but again - hunting for hidden (optional) things is not my cup of tea.
Overall I'd give it a 8/10
Dark for the 360 | AttemptedSaturday, Aug 31 2019, 13:49 achievements, Action, Console, Entertainment, Microsoft, review, RPG, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Back in November of 2018 I tried out a game called "Dark" on my xbox 360. I had been going on a binge of games that are not backwards compatible to the xbox one, so I thought I'd give this a try.
The reviews for this game were bad...quite bad! (Metacritic score of 38%). But the price was right (next to free...) and the concept seemed like an interesting concept: The game follows the story of Eric Bane , a newly turned vampire suffering from amnesia. He learns that his transformation is not complete and that, if he does not drink the blood of his sire, he will mutate into a mindless ghoul. In order to avoid being such a foul creature, he receives missions to drink ancient vampires' blood. However, an angel in Eric's view appears to guide him to the righteous path, and ease intolerable pain that comes from not drinking appropriate blood as it disappears. With a question of this vision, he tries to recover his deleted memories and his true self. (plot from wikipedia, accessed on 8/20/19).
Unfortunately the interesting plot, the interesting visual style, and the interesting gameplay concepts that it tried to implement didn't really come through (as most reviews said!). Sometimes I don't see eye to eye with reviewers but this game was rather bad. I am not sure if I am ever going back to try to slog through and finish this game, but I do think that it deserves a reboot.
OK, maybe a few more accolades...Friday, Jul 26 2019, 04:00 achievements, Entertainment, MMORPG, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, VideoGames
Tepid, Balmy, and Sizzling - titles for finishing the biathlon in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. This was a fun mini-game. Definitely one of my summer event favorites
In a geological sense - uncovered all the temporal artifacts on Risa through the artifact mini-game. The pain in the butt here was that you only got one artifact per run, and what you got was randomized, so it took a while to collect them all
Efficient Exterminator - Also on the Solenae space station - basically complete a swarmer task in under a minute. This wasn't possible (power/ability wise) when I played through this content originally, but being an overpowered fleet admiral does have its perks.
Got some more accolades (STO)Sunday, May 5 2019, 04:00 achievements, Entertainment, MMORPG, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames, Windows
Star Trek Online 9 yearsSunday, Mar 10 2019, 14:30 achievements, Entertainment, Games, MMORPG, online, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
Along with the 8th anniversary I finally cleared some of the accolades that have been on my list:
Loaded with Latinum!Sunday, May 13 2018, 20:43 achievements, Entertainment, MMORPG, online, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
Incredible adventures of van helsing III | doneFriday, May 11 2018, 02:00 achievements, Entertainment, Film Noir, Steampunk, vampires, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
A game I was playing concurrently with Zombi was another freebie from the free with Gold program. This game was the Incredible Adventures of van Helsing III. I am not sure if it was integral to the game for me to play parts I and II (I didn't), but even if it were, this game stood pretty good on its own.
The game takes place in the fictional eastern european city of Borgovia, and the main character of the game is a descendant of the vampire slayer. Dracula is still around, and he's on your side (he's reformed, I guess) but he's an NPC. The main thing about this third installment is that you try to save Borgovia from an evil Ink (yes, the thing that pens and squids have) that's eating up this reality. The end-game evil guy is some guy I don't recognize (maybe parts I and II were important after all). The game is basically a D&D game, which reminded me a lot of the Diablo series. Since the game is quite steampunk in nature I ended up picking a character in a mech-suit who had a built-in flame-thrower, mines, and missiles (that was an interesting combination of paranormal, steampunk, and modern worlds).
I don't really know if there is much to say about the story of the game. You're there, the world is in peril, you go kick butt, you save the world. Done. Your character is accompanied by the ghost of Lady Katarina who's been bonded to the van helsing family to help them with their quest of riding the world of evil. Having this NPC around does provide for a lot of witty banter during missions, and you do find out a little about her if you explore the world, but a lot of this seems to revolve around side missions. I liked the NPC, I liked the banter, nothing really stood out except for the "buddy cop" feeling I was getting between the two.
Overall this was a fun game (even though I don't remember anything about the story). I;d give it a 8/10. Here are some game stats:
- 375/1000 points earned
- 23 trophies earned
- 5656 monsters killed
- 446,248 gold collected
- 359,672 gold spent
- 46,472 gold spend on resurrection
- 10,010 rage points spent (still don't know what this is)
- 6 hours 35 minutes playtime