Friday, June 8, 2012

70k and counting...

Tonight I finally managed to hit 70,000. I am starting to feel burnt out, not by gaming but by managing my collection of games(retro and current generation) as well as my comics and working a 40 hour week. I'm also looking at picking up a second job to pay down some bills faster and free up more money for my hobbies.

I'm excited by 70k, but I'm not ecstatic in all honesty I would have liked to already have hit 75k or even 100k but life has prevented that from happening as of late. My days off seem to be taken over by chores, bills or errands despite having every intention of not leaving the house or doing anything and actually just gaming.

I plan on setting aside more time to actually game and really make a dent in the deficit between me and 100k. I bought some new stuff and have been trying to go through backlog and at least get more achievements than I already had in the backlog games but I tend to bounce around and don't really find myself sitting through them for long periods of time.

In other news, I have finally joined Xbox America. I have been a lazy bum and pretty much effectively forgot the site existed and was finally reminded about it the other day and joined. I currently sit at 75th in Missouri and 4,757th in the nation according to the site. Maybe this will give me the inspiration I need to keep going and keep gaming. If nothing else I at least have an exciting 3rd and 4th quarter worth of game releases to look forward to this year.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Game Completion List

Retail Completions:
Avatar: TLA: TBE
EA Sports Fight Night 3
Madden NFL 06
Night at the Museum 2
You Don't Know Jack
College Hoops 2K6

Arcade Completions:
Harm's Way
Pac-Man CE DX
The Walking Dead

WP7 Completions:
Beards & Beaks
Doodle God
Fruit Ninja
Project Sunburst

Games For Windows Live Completions:
Fallout 3

Kinect Fun Labs Completions:
Kinect Me

Total Completions: 22

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kinectimals and Doodle God for WP7...2 new completions

So lately I have mostly been mobile gaming on my breaks at work(that is when I actually get to take one). I have rediscovered quite a few games that were essentially rotting on my phone not being utilized at all. I started playing Fable: Coin Golf again and quite a few others.

I finally found time to finish up Kinectimals...which was mostly grinding. Grinding playing with a fluffy virtual pet and being at its mercy is less than amusing but only took me a couple of hours overall to finish it to the full 200/200.

I purchased Doodle God for .99 cents and finished it in less than 2 hours for the full 200/200. I won't lie I would love for a sequel to this game. Mixing elements and humans and all sorts of other stuff to make new stuff is hellishly fun and addicting. This is a must purchase as a time waster and of course easy gamerscore as well.

I will be back to normal posting within the week now that things have quieted down at work and that my 21st has past. I have a backlog that is burning to be finished and finish it I must!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Monopoly Streets....A nice change of pace

I have been working extra long shifts and straight days in order to take a weekend off to enjoy my 21st birthday. Which has left me feeling burnt out and pretty much in a dismal mood. However, I actually found myself pretty excited when I opened the mailbox up and found my newest Gamefly rental sitting in a stack of junk-mail....

I have Black Ops sitting here still but the intel was pissing me off just because I happen to be an OCD crazy person so collecting it all has to happen on the 1st playthrough. I get all nutso when it comes to collectibles and often I find myself burnt out on a game fast, which happened here. I'm hoping a few days off will do it justice otherwise it is going back to Gamefly and will be re-rented another time.

But back to the point, Monopoly Streets, yes I like Monopoly and this game didn't make me think or collect anything and has been a great way to relax after a long day at work(there are plenty of those happening lately I can assure you). In just a 2 short offline game(stupid CPU) and 1 very hard to arrange and find someone on the server online game I wound up with 650/1000. I sent it back tonight simply because I didn't want to fight with the online right now and would like a crack at something else from my giant list. But this game got me sitting down controller in hand and made me feel better at the end of the workday, which means I give this game my gratitude. It might not be the best in the world but it was enough to boost my score up some and de-stress me enough to get back to hardcore games.

Also, I'm hella pissed off at EA as there will be another 11 online servers shut down some of which for games that aren't even 18months old. Which means I will be under a time crunch to try to wrap up achievement lists or in some cases(ahem...MMA...ahem) start the game in general. It isn't until April 13th so I have some time but it isn't near enough to make me feel comfortable...

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Darkness 2

The Darkness 2, all I can say is wow. I wasn't expecting to like this game nearly as much as I did. I admit I bought the first one when it went on sale at Gamestop for about 4 bucks when I worked there, and then let it rot in my game library. I still haven't actually played it shame on me.

The talent tree expansion system really won me over. With some games this system gets incredibly annoying, but in this game I didn't find myself cursing and screaming when I couldn't find a portal to use. The gradual progression left me hungering for more ways to earn dark essence from kills and left me wanting to find all 29 collectibles in the game since they were worth a whopping 300 essence a piece.

The collectibles were not overdone and certainly didn't feel like a chore. Some games include hundreds of collectibles and can feel repetitive. The Darkness 2 avoids this as there are 29 different collectibles hidden in the levels and the best part is that on the pause screen the game will tell you how many collectibles are in the level and how many you have found. It leaves the guesswork that some other games have that often can drive people up a wall, me especially.

A New Game+ feature makes the achievement getting much easier as you can restart the game with all of your previously bought talents and then utilize them on a harder playthrough, which is especially useful for people looking to get the achievement for playing on the hardest difficulty accomplished. Also, this feature is great for completing all the talent trees, of which there are 4 to complete, in my first playthrough I collected all the collectibles and was able to finish 2 trees and get about halfway on the other 2 tress I had left.

The Vendettas campaign and Hit List is a great way to incorporate multiplayer into the Darkness. Giving 4 different characters with different abilities and weaponry really reminded me of the Left 4 Dead series especially with the drop in drop out play. Start a level alone and end with a full team beating the Brotherhood down in a sweep.

The experience was one that I wasn't sure I would enjoy when I rented this on a whim. I nearly didn't bother with this game and am now glad that I did. This game engrossed me in the content and left me wanting more after the end. The multiplayer didn't feel stale and old and the missions weren't so long that I wanted them to be over. The difficulty was spot on and with 4 different ones to choose from people new to games all the way up to old pros will find something to challenge their skills.

If you haven't played this I highly recommend you pick this up and give it a try, it is well worth the 60 dollar price tag, and for sure at least worth a 2.99 Blockbuster rental or a 2.00 Redbox night.

At the end of my 4 days with this game I got 31/50 achievements for 500/1000G. And I had a damn good time doing it too. I might start a new game before returning this tomorrow to mop up a few achievements I have left but I'm not sure yet. Time will see. I might find myself moving onto some of my backlog fodder to fill my time.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Clearance Shelves: The best deals if you work for em.

Bulletstorm on clearance for 8.98 at Target. Damn right I bought it! I have been waiting to find this on clearance for awhile. I rented it when it first came out and now I can finish this and get the dlc. I got the code for the limited edition content out of the rental so I don't mind that this is the second printing.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Regular posting here I come!

Now that I have settled into a groove at work and things are calming down, I will be back to my normal posting schedule of every day to every couple days.

I have income again so I will be able to start pre-ordering games again and purchasing them on a more frequent basis. I am also upping my gamefly membership to more games out at a time. I am considering reinstating my Blockbuster combo pass again for unlimited rentals and of course will continue to redbox to my hearts content.

The plan is to keep racking up the score and achievements. I'm fast approaching my 2nd year of Xbox and want to hit 100k either before or shortly after.

It is gonna be a race to the finish but I plan on taking it head on and making it happen.

Also, the blog might be moving to its own domain here shortly, I am currently shopping around different urls and am trying to find one that suits me best.

Monday, February 27, 2012

I'm Back Bitches!

Well it has officially been 2 weeks since my last post....oops. Now for the reasons why....

1. I got that job...I now work 45-50 hours a week about 40 minutes from home. I have 1 hour and 20 minutes worth of commuting every single day now. Yay for money, boo for the long drive and the time it takes away from me being at home.

2. The woman can be pretty needy, especially right now with some family issues going on. I find myself spending most of my days off with her because I love her and need to be there for her...damn me being a good partner it kills my gaming.

I am hoping to get back into the swing of things. I rented UFC Undisputed 3(fucking THQ) today from RedBox and will spend some time with it tonight before work tomorrow morning. I'm currently contemplating renting the new SSX game that comes out tomorrow. I also need to spend some more quality time with KoA:Reckoning and give a proper review.

I also happen to owe a big achievement day. I have all the games sitting in a neat little pile for it. I just need to find a day off and shut off my phone and get down to business. I have barely turned on my Xbox, lately I have spent all of my time in my bedroom with the PS3 playing Netflix while I unpack and do laundry. It has been nearly 5 months and I am still not unpacked into the new condo yet. So much to do so little time.

I'm back with a new ferocity...I just need to find a way to balance it all.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Great Catch Up....

Alright, things are crazy hectic around here right now...they are just filled with drama and all sorts of crazy. Between me being so sick I could barely get out of bed on sunday, my doctor's appointment today along with V-Day celebrations(tomorrow is too crazy to try with the schedules), and tomorrow being my job interview there is just far too much to try to get done in between gaming. Therefore, on wednesday the great catch up will commence.

I only got 7 out of 12 on sunday because of illness. Therefore 5 are left for that day. 11 are left for today. And as of now 14 are left for tomorrow(I will amend this number if I wind up gaming tomorrow) plus the 15 for wednesday. That makes 45 achievements needed in order to put me back on track. I am making a special exception due to life circumstances in the leapfrog. I need to get all the missing achievements on wednesday in order to stay in this game and continue onto day 16.

Yes, this is going to be a huge day. I am hoping to get around 50 or so achievements regardless of the number that I need just because I feel kind of crappy about this amount of crazy shit happening all at once. Therefore, as an I'm sorry to myself(and everyone keeping track of this) and because there will be no more posts until wednesday(other than this one being amended depending on gaming). I even went out today while doing some errands before the doctor's appointment and picked up a stack of 7 games in order to help jumpstart this last ditch effort at keeping the leapfrog alive and kicking....

Here goes nothing, it is go big or go home time, the day of catch up is planned and ready...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Day 11 and I haven't failed yet!

Today was another rousing round of PC gaming. I split my time between Age of Empires Online and Halo 2.  My ear is killing me and I cannot wait for it to be monday so I can head to the doctor. I get annoying fevers and the cold weather is killing me.  I have been feeling a little drained as of late but the pending job interview has really made things better. Once this ear infection is cleared up I am going to get back to Kinect and the grind on the actual console.

I gained a level in AoE which is nice and I'm halfway to the next which is nice because it puts me towards the level 10 achievement. But this game feels like such a grind sometimes with low level quests sometimes taking hours(I'm afraid for the more difficult levels like 40). I have yet to even take on Legendary quest. It is starting to feel daunting as can be.

Halo 2, I didn't own an Xbox so I never played this game before now. I played Halo 1 for the first time when they remastered it and released it for the 360 this past fall. It is funny to sit and hear achievement names from Halo Reach in the cutscenes. It is nice to go back to the roots of a series once in awhile and it is crazy fun to look at how different the game physics have become. When I jump in this game I feel like I'm playing a moon simulator and I'm in zero gravity nearly. I'm enjoying my play-through and on the bright side I popped nearly all the online achievements today, I'm only missing a few more for online which mega excites me. Overall this experience is one of the better ones for the PC I have tried out. 16 for 225G.

Day 11 Leapfrog Wrap-up:
Achievements Needed For Pass: 11
Achievements Earned Today:16
Challenge Status: Pass

Gamerscore Earned in Leapfrog Total: 2,357G
Gamerscore Earned Today: 225G

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Leapfrog Day 10....Things are looking up around here!

Today, started oddly to say the least a string of phone calls and a family lunch followed by more phone calls. I was awoken this morning(sort of) by a call from my cousin. Then, shortly after falling back asleep the lady's work number called my phone thinking it was hers. I had to tell them its my number with 1 on the end instead. This isn't the first time nor do I think it will be the last... Went to lunch with my brother and father and had an enjoyable time. Got home just in time to get a phone call for a huge interview for a management position. That was what really made my day. I got laid off on Christmas and haven't had much luck job wise. But this looks promising. I passed the phone interview(all the wonderful questions) and was invited for an interview in person on Valentine's Day. My week just started looking up! I didn't actually start playing until around 6 or so tonight because of errands and such(had to get a haircut for the interview). But I got it done just barely. I get a feeling this leapfrog is going to get difficult very soon with all the stuff coming up.

I scrounged Halo 2 up for the PC. I have been PC gaming like mad lately. I guess being in a different part of the house does make a difference. But the weirdest thing happened while installing it, it told me my processor was running at too low a speed to play the game. Now this baffled me a bit considering that my computer plays Fable 3 on the highest settings with no issues whatsoever(and looks mighty pretty too)....I went in and changed the settings and found it was running at 1/3 of what it could be. I then proceeded to remember I changed the settings down when I was installing the new video card trying to adjust the power that was being drawn out from the system before I got a new power strip with power backup. Good job me. Once again my memory has failed me terribly. Yay! I spent my whole time with this today. I just got done with a replay of Halo Combat Evolved on the 360 so I figured this would be a good game to follow it up with while I was in the mood. 10 for 295G.

I'm still not feeling very well on a side note but my mood has improved dramtically. I am hoping to feel well enough to start up with kinect again and to get back to the couch for some backlog love(which now includes a couple new releases).

Day 10 Leapfrog Wrap-up:
Achievements Needed For Pass: 10
Achievements Earned Today:10
Challenge Status: Pass

Gamerscore Earned in Leapfrog Total: 2,132G
Gamerscore Earned Today: 295G

Friday, February 10, 2012

Leapfrog Day 9...How drama nearly destroyed my life and leapfrog....

Alot has happened today(none of it particularly good) and unfortunately it left me with about 4 or so hours in order to do all of today's achievements. I don't remember most of the gaming I did. I just seemed to be in a fog. I just have this sinking feeling in my stomach that I just can't seem to shake. I hope that tomorrow is better but who knows at this point. I haven't eaten today except for dinner with the lady(and even then she ate about half but I am not complaining whatsoever) and I'm just not feeling very good. I'm not even really wanting to play this drama just has me feeling burnt out and done.

Halo Wars, for a game I seem to despise I just keep playing it. Which is impressive and shocking all at the same time for me. 1 for 10G.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, I don't remember playing this game. I cannot tell you the first thing about the gameplay, controls, or even the premise of said game. I only know that I played it because and my Xbox itself tells me I did. Scary in it's own right but it is understandable considering. 2 for 60G.

Cabela's Outdoor Adventures...what can I say hunting down and shooting Bambi was what was needed after today. I pretty much just played on autopilot, which is a rarity for me, normally I am immersed and present when I play a game but today was not the case. 3 for 75G.

GRAW, yet another game I do not remember playing whatsoever. I know that today I seem to be playing alot of games that are just not my normal genre which must be the mood or something. Even as I am writing I just have that stomach tossing impending doom feeling, and I am not digging it. 1 for 25G.

Battlefield 2:Modern Combat, yet another game from the list I have no recollection of playing. Maybe I will go back through tomorrow and figure it out. 1 for 20G.

Saints Row 2, I haven't touched this game in quite some time. I jumped on really quickly just so I could get the vehicle surfing achievement to finish this day out. 1 for 5G.

KoA: Reckoning, I want to start this soon. Hopefully tomorrow assuming I feel a little better. I want to actually post my review and impressions of this game especially after how upset and annoyed I was at this day 1 dlc thing. I figure I owe it some special attention at this point.

In other news entirely I have indeed just realized that this year is a leap year which means there are 29 not 28 days in this month(good job me!!!!). Which also means that I need to add another 29 achievements to my minimum total completion achievement list. Therefore, I stand corrected at 435 achievements not 406. Good one on me for not knowing how to read a calendar!

Day 9 Leapfrog Wrap-up:
Achievements Needed For Pass: 9
Achievements Earned Today:9
Challenge Status: Pass

Gamerscore Earned in Leapfrog Total: 1837G
Gamerscore Earned Today: 195G

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Leapfrog Day 8....or how I remembered I had a computer...

Day 8 has officially come and gone here in the Lou.  It was uneventful to say the least, except for the fact that I happened to look down at 3am and notice I had a perfectly good is that relevant? Why it has Games For Windows Live...not just one or two but I have stacks sitting around waiting for me to love them. I also have a wired controller via usb for these games, why am I not using them? I actually sat down at the PC and started playing of course knowing I would get achievements made it better, as did the netflix playing on my iMac right next to it.

Now first up in a string of long under-loved games was Fable III, now I bought this months ago when it was on sale at Target. I played it for about 3 seconds and tossed it in the pile of PC games otherwise known as where games go to die in this house. I was busy doing another playthrough on the Xbox at the time and just didn't care I suppose, that was back in September so it has been a few months and I guess my brain finally felt ready to go back to Albion. 7 for 70G.

Halo Wars, If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all I just isn't my cup of tea is more appropriate a term but eh. 1 for 5G.

I loaded up Tinker but the cute little confused robot just sadly was not enough to keep my attention....poor unloved, unoiled, little piece of scrap metal.

This next game was one that happened to hold my heart in long eras past. One in which achievements didn't exist. Now it isn't the same game but the latest in a series. Age of Empires Online. I bought the premium Greek civilization on launch day and shortly after purchased the Egyptian. I have barely touched the Egyptian at all but I have shown some love to the Greeks. This also was back in September, something about that month screamed play the PC or something. I finally got a co-op partner and finally got a friend on the same server. I actually feel accomplished. I rarely ever go out of my way to play a game with someone on my list of my own accord, generally they are sending me requests. This time around I was the one doing the requesting, it felt nice and warm all over. I hope it was as good for them as it was for me. 2 for 35G.

Now I know how I went on about how I despise Kingdoms of Amalur doing this day 1 dlc online pass shit. But a copy arrived at my doorstep today and I won't exactly complain about not paying for something...therefore I will indeed play it. When I'm not sure. Will it be soon? You can probably bet your ass on it.

Also I downloaded the new Final Fantasy XIII-2 dlc today and will most likely be giving it a go in the next few days. I'm actually excited to be able to play as Lightning and of course play against her too. *Giggles like a schoolgirl in the corner*

Day 8 Leapfrog Wrap-up:
Achievements Needed For Pass: 8
Achievements Earned Today:10
Challenge Status: Pass

Gamerscore Earned in Leapfrog Total: 1642G
Gamerscore Earned Today: 110G

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Leapfrog Day 7....I've come to despise THQ....

I'm really starting to get into a groove. I'm actually working on games consistently and going back to things I thought I wouldn't touch for awhile or ever again. Case in point, Fallout New Vegas reappeared on my card today. As did some other random things I didn't think I would bother with. It is kind of nice to be working on this crazy backlog and actually seeing results.

I started my my day with GRAW, it ins't really my type of game but I have a rule that I have to at least try something for a least 30 minutes more than 1 time before I discount it to the pile of games I despise or refuse to play. This is on it's second play and I don't despise it I just don't care for it much. I won't refuse to play it but I will not be going out of my way to pop it in either. When the dust had settled I got 2 for 50G.

UFC....what can I say that I already haven' about the hilarious Pokemon reference in the Gotta Catch 'Em All achievement for collecting virtual cards of fighters...I must say I enjoyed Pokemon more. But congratulations THQ you paid homage to a company who doesn't have 70 cent shares and isn't laying off 170 people because they have a business formula that actually works. Wait, companies don't dump millions of dollars into licensing for a niche market game normally huh? Baffling indeed. Somehow, this game has made me realize just how much I find THQ to be retarded. I thank them for Saints Row The Third but most of the rest of the lineup I find to be unfinished, unpolished crap. I can't even get online for UFC and the servers still exist, I guess when you have no employees to work on the server because you laid them all off things go downhill, now if only this problem wasn't occurring before they were nearly kicked off the stock market and they announced layoffs....Get it together or shut down already....2 for 55G...moving along.

Fallout: New Vegas, now I enjoy this game. I stood in line for the midnight release in the slightly chilly air got my collectors edition and then didn't put it down for about 2 months. Then I found myself burnt out and very much so over V.A.T.S. and the wastes. But for some reason after more than a year of me not touching this game at all I found myself wanting to play it and play I did. I actually smiled the whole time I had this in today. And remembered I had 4 save files running for different faction playthroughs. I loaded up my Wild Card playthrough and went to town. I unlocked 3 for 65G.

Left 4 Dead 2, it makes me remember that sometimes a shotgun is all you need. 1 for 15G.

Cabela's Outdoor Adventures, I realllllly like shooting poor defenseless animals what can I say? Thumper needed that .44 mag to the ass, that Elk deserved to be shot in the heart with my recurve's all in good virtual sport! Besides, I'm far too lazy to actually go out and do this in person so doing on a video game is the next best thing. I haven't renewed my fishing or hunting licenses in years this is all I have left people! 8 for 215.

In completely unrelated but could be in some ways news I have canceled my Blockbuster combo pass membership. They hadn't received any new games since Skyrim nor did they have any old stuff that I hadn't played or didn't already own. I actually had more titles sitting at home than they did in store. Scary to a degree.

Day 7 Leapfrog Wrap-up:
Achievements Needed For Pass: 7
Achievements Earned Today:16
Challenge Status: Pass

Gamerscore Earned in Leapfrog Total: 1532G
Gamerscore Earned Today: 400G

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Leapfrog Day 6...No bueno Internet...

Alright now that I have finally reconfigured the internet into a workable useful tool instead of one that makes everything not work and makes the xbox throw random mtu codes when the mtu is perfect. I was so close to smashing a 300 dollar router into bits and throwing a grossly overpriced modem outside and then running it over with the car....It has indeed been a long day, very long actually, mostly because of a horrific family crisis type of situation. On to the point of this post enough rambling...

UFC Undisputed 2010....I don't quite know I can say a ton of wonderful things about the game. It doesn't suck, but if you aren't a fan of the UFC or MMA in general this is not your title. This games controls can be pretty intense for the casual gamer and annoying for the hardcore achievement hunter. But after a steep learning curve you will find yourself playing like a pro. Or find yourself running around threatening superman punches at people in Walmart, either works really. I popped 5 for 115G.

Cabela's Outdoor Adventures, another niche game type for sure. The guide will get on your nerve and sometimes the shot seems to be slightly off for no real reason. I can't tell you how many times I shot a sheep in the heart only to watch it look at me and run towards me. Why won't you die!?!? I chased this same sheep around with a shotgun and had to pepper it in the face and ass about 3 times before it finally dropped.....right....I was literally standing on top of it....that means it should just fucking die! Keep in mind this is after I had already shot it twice in the spine with a Remington hunting rifle...All in all I popped 12 for 165G.

I decided to torture myself with some zombie apocolypse. I played Left 4 Dead 2 online and popped the annoying QUALIFIED RIDE achievement for 15G. I decided that one was enough and ended my playtime with this. I started feeling burnt out and just over it at that point.

On a side note Reckoning: Kingdoms of Amalur is in stores as of now. I do not think I will be buying a game designed by a studio where an ex baseball star is the owner and where they put out the single buggiest demo that actually makes the simplest gameplay impossible. It actually offended me a little that they did that. This is supposed to be showing me how much I want the game not how shitty it really is. I will save my 60 bucks and maybe rent this or buy it a year down the road when it is 20 bucks. Also this online pass to freaking unlock day 1 dlc makes me one pissed off panda but such is life.

Day 6 Leapfrog Wrap-up:
Achievements Needed For Pass: 6
Achievements Earned Today:18
Challenge Status: Pass

Gamerscore Earned in Leapfrog Total: 1132G
Gamerscore Earned Today: 295G

Monday, February 6, 2012

Leapfrog Day 5....the force has not faltered....

The end of day was uneventful. I got nearly all the achievements needed for today in the wee hours before bed yesterday. I think I finally crashed around 5am and pretty much played the whole 5 hours skipping around and just trying to enjoy myself. is still messed up for my timestamps which is making my life more difficult than it needs to be....ughs. I am just keeping track of what I earn in the morning and double checking against my console.

I threw Modern Warfare 3 in to finish the 2 survival achievements I had left. It was only a couple levels to 50 so I figured why the hell not. It only took me about 2 games of survival each getting me to about wave 20 before I was over that map and wanted a new one. In other news on Resistance I am ranked 45,450th in the world I reached wave 30 in a little under an hour or so. I was fairly shocked at the number considering I am not an avid shooter gamer nor do I happen to spend alot of time. Total Achievements 2 totaling 40G.

Battlefield: Bad Company was up next I popped 2 for 35G.

At this point I am so close to 60k I can taste it so I decide I want to hit it directly. I put in Fuzion Frenzy 2 because of its generous and even achievements. I wind up unlocking 3 for 125G and it winds up putting me at 60k exactly. I was very excited especially because nearly every other large even number I have overshot or had an uneven amount of points for.

I threw in the original GRAW for a short while. No reason why. It just kind of happened. I didn't even realize what I put in until the title screen came up. I popped 3 for 75G.

Final Fantasy XIII-2, what can I say I happen to be addicted. I finally decided that I had grinded enough to do the Atlas boss battle and was able to get the 5 star rating for it on the first shot...I popped 2 for 29G.

MOH: Airborne has made a reappearance, this time for some multiplayer...need to work on this before they shut the server down(which lets be honest its an EA game my time is limited here). I popped 2 for 20G.

On a side note I did the math and to pass all the days of leapfrog I will need 406 achievements total.

Day 5 Leapfrog Wrap-up:
Achievements Needed For Pass: 5
Achievements Earned Today:14
Challenge Status: Pass

Gamerscore Earned in Leapfrog Total: 837G
Gamerscore Earned Today: 324G

Sunday, February 5, 2012

60,000 and counting!

Alright, it has only taken me a little over a year and a half to reach this milestone. I only really got serious about achievement whoring and hunting about 6 months ago, give or take. Before that I played games as I pleased, some easy some hard, but I didn't go out of my way to find a game because of it's easy 1k. My gaming has changed dramatically and in some ways I enjoy games more. In others, I want to throw them out a's looking at you incredibly annoying collectible achievements. 

 With 100k off in the distance I wonder just how long it will take me to reach it. I have been diligent and serious over the past couple of months and blew through 50k in less than a month. Which makes me think it won't be long before I'm looking back at 100k and wondering where all the time went.

Would I change anything, maybe, I would get serious sooner, spend less time just sitting in party chats, and of course try harder to find partners for online games. But in some ways I wouldn't change anything, I have met some great people, played some amazing games, and nearly lost the equivalent of a years worth of sleep staying up late. 

All in all it has been a worthwhile ride, one that I know I am nowhere near being done with. I have 60,000 reasons behind me and thousands more ahead...

Day 4 and still going strong...

Day 4 has come to a close and I must say I am starting to get into a groove. I am starting to want to blog at the end of the night. It used to feel more like a chore, something I had to do but didn't want to, now it feels like something fun and exciting. Maybe this leapfrog is reinvigorating me more than I ever thought that it could.

Today I did nothing but play Final Fantasy XIII-2. I despised XIII with a fire, I hated its linear on the rails style of play, I hated how long the damn tutorials were, I just hated the whole experience. Square Enix must have listened because this game is nothing like that. I actually want to play, and I actually am enjoying grinding away because infusing monsters and catching them makes me feel like I'm playing a grander scale(prettier too) pokemon game to a degree. Only I rarely get the monster I want and its a rare appearance anyhow so I am back to running around for the next hour waiting for the next one. The story can be a little taxing, particularly because of its cutscene reliance, but you can skip them and get right down to the action. I got 7 Achievements for 118G just in my time spent with it today.

In other news this game has inadvertently fixed my gamerscore. The odd numbered achievements evened me back to a 0 or 5 for the first time in quite awhile. I know it won't last long because it has quite a few more odd numbered achievements hiding for me to discover but it is nice to see while it lasts. I could logically hit 60k right on the nose if I am careful with what I play. I'm sitting at 59,800 so it isn't a long way off...

Day 4 Leapfrog Wrap-up:
Achievements Needed For Pass: 4
Achievements Earned Today:7
Challenge Status: Pass

Gamerscore Earned in Leapfrog Total: 513G
Gamerscore Earned Today: 118G

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Leapfrog part 3...I haven't failed yet!

Well it appears as though anything unlocked between 12am and around 5am on my xbox seems to get tagged as the previous day on but appears with the correct date stamp on my profile via the dashboard. This is getting more than a little annoying. I now have to use my xbox to help me write the posts until this gets sorted out. I suppose it could be worse, things could be glitching and freaking out on both ends.

I started the day off with Battlefield: Bad Company...another war game I will most likely never finish because I don't particularly care for them. I didn't do too poorly for the short time I spent with it. I popped 3 Achievements for 50G, which also means that day 3 is officially completed and a success.

I started Bioshock 2 and popped 1 for 10G. This is a game that I threw in on a whim and quickly decided I actually wanted to play something else. I hate when that happens. It seems as though game hopping is becoming a normal thing around here and I am not taking too kindly to it, I need to break this habit now!

The last thing I decided to play was Stacking. I am quite addicted to these adorable little russian dolls. This is actually the first arcade game that I think should have more than 1 dlc pack. It is entertaining without being too repetitive or infuriating. I love just playing this a level at a time and being able to set my own pace. This game seems to be popping up more and more on the quickplay list and most likely will stay on it until it is completed. I popped 4 for 50G.

Day 3 Leapfrog Wrap-up:
Achievements Needed For Pass: 3
Achievements Earned Today:8
Challenge Status: Pass

Gamerscore Earned in Leapfrog Total: 395G
Gamerscore Earned Today: 110G

Friday, February 3, 2012

Leapfrog Day Deux!

Day 2 of the leapfrog has come and gone. 2 achievements were needed to pass and I am fairly certain that within about 10 minutes this morning I had today in the bag.

I loaded up Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution and played a quick game on King difficulty. This game is one of my favorites on the Xbox and one that I admit I have slacked on seriously. I rarely play it, which is odd for a game I happen to be in love with. I played an accelerated scenario as the Arabs(I had no interest in a 3+ hour game today hence the scenario) where everything in the game is paced quicker which in turn can make it even harder. I wound up winning a Technology victory(take that Ghandi!) netting me A Knight Without Fear or Blame for 15G(Win as an Arab Civilization) and 640K Ought to be Enough for 30G(Win a technology victory on king or higher). I also never switched from despotism(absolute power is kind of my thing) which earned me Absolute Power is Kind of Neat for 25G. Being the amazing strategist I am I also only had one city which got me Power Never Takes a Back Step for 25G.

I decided to torture myself with more strategy only this time in the form of the Halo universe. I started up Halo Wars again. And I still dislike it as much as when I played it the first time. But I found a groove and kept pushing through. I completed Act II and Act III as well as improved my score on a campaign mission earning me Key to Pirth for 50G, Ugly is only Skin Deep for 70G and Crushed Colors for 10G respectively. Crushed Colors says it unlocked on 2/1 on which makes no sense at all but it is correct on the Xbox...weird. I hope this isn't another sign of issues on the rise with

Day 2 Leapfrog Wrap-up:
Achievements Needed For Pass: 2
Achievements Earned Today:7
Challenge Status: Pass

Gamerscore Earned in Leapfrog Total: 285G
Gamerscore Earned Today: 225G

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Day Numero Uno...Let The Leapfrog Begin!

Alright, so day numero uno of leapfrog has officially been closed out for about an hour or so now, and today was a success, not a huge one but one despite it all. I almost forgot all about my plan, with all the random shit going on and all the stress I almost woke up today and didn't play Xbox at all.

I was with the K-Chan this morning and I didn't connect to the interwebs like normal because:
A. I am lazy
B. Her phone was nowhere to be found so I couldn't get the internet password
C. I didn't just shove my hard drive into her already hooked up Xbox, I instead just switched hers for mine cord wise
D. All of the above

Those who said D would be correct in this situation. But I did play some Left 4 Dead 2 much to her dislike(she haaaaaates Zombies with a passion). But I managed to do a speed run of the sugar mill on hard rain and avoid all the damn witches to net myself SOB STORY for 30G. Haha, achievement 1 done, now that wasn't too hard(and I can actually be done for the day).

Next Up was Stacking. Now I commend Double Fine for this game. I enjoy just sitting down and running around doing Hi-Jinks and solving all the solutions to the problems. I finished the zeppelin in story mode to net myself Airship Adventurer for 10G. Achievement number 2. I'm feeling accomplished already!

I get home and put all my stuff back together. I hook up the Xbox to the big screen again, put up the games on the shelves and start some laundry(clean clothes make me smile!). I decide to play some more end of the world zombie apocalypse only this time its Left 4 Dead. I play some online Versus and manage to finally find a team retarded enough to pretty much play as their own people. I get spawned as a hunter...I am amused, the fun has begun. I will pounce and rape all I want. I pounced 2 different survivors in one life(thank you idiot children, I indeed did hear you screaming about me killing you, you are welcome) and Double Jump for 20G graced my screen with its wonderful popping sound.

That about wraps up my first leapfrog day. It is indeed day 2 already and I need to get cracking. Maybe I can wrap day 2 up before bed, who am I kidding 2 will never be enough...

Day 1 Leapfrog Wrap-up:
Achievements Needed for Pass: 1
Achievements Earned Today: 3
Challenge Status: Pass

Gamerscore Earned in Leapfrog Total: 60G
Gamerscore Earned Today:60G

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Leapfrog is here! Also, the random gaming update!

It is officially February 1st, therefore as mentioned in my previous post I will start a month long daily leapfrog. It includes daily posting also which will indeed help the blog in the long run too. This is not only to add some variety but also serve as a way to steer me towards some completions. If this goes well I will try to incorporate it into my routine every couple months. I'm starting out with the shortest month of the year as the test. It sucks that it also happens to have Valentine's Day but that just means I need to game early that morning or well be screwed...

So the rules are as follows:

The number of achievements I need are based on the date. On the 1st, 1 achievement is needed to pass, the 2nd, 2 so on and so forth. This will allow me to build up throughout the course of the month and of course challenge me to not go overboard one day and be scrambling the next.

I have to do a post everyday. That happens to be the whole point of the blog after all.

If I do not achieve the amount of achievements needed for the day I fail. I know hardcore punishment. This is more in prep for a more challenging leapfrog whether it be competing against friends or just the number of accomplishments from a previous day. Baby steps people, baby steps.

In other news....I have managed to come across a MW3 wireless headset so I am back to being able to go online and actually communicate with teammates. Hooray! Speaking of online I did a massive Halo: Reach session and finally completed all but 5 of the online achievements. I am searching for more people to team up with to make a full party for the playlists left so I can officially bury this one down on my list. It figures that I have the ridiculous achievements that are locked to defiant maps only and the 2 odd numbered achievements from the Noble map-pack left to complete. It never can be sweet and easy!

I sold a collection of games that were completed on my list but sitting around my house like dead roaches. I always walked by these games saying tomorrow I will go trade this in or I will for sure do it on saturday! And sure enough they would still sit there and I would indeed not move them or if I did they would get integrated back into the 400+ games I happen to own for the system. I have been cleaning up everything around here, bombing the whole place over the past couple of days. The weather has been close to 70 on some days so I have been motivated to clean and reorganize. I also figure this will help in my job search. I seem to better with things when I feel like my home life is in better order.

I have indeed hit the whole whopping 1 achievement needed to progress today and even outdid myself with a few more. I am working on that post and it will be posted either late tonight or early morning tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Getting Work Done!

I am still working on the achievements earned blogpost. It is far more of a bitch than previously thought. I have been gaming pretty avidly, and getting prepped for a few massive undertakings.

I started Gears of War 3 for the 3rd time, this save file is my co-op one. We only got ACT 1 completed because we had already played it twice before. Stupid collectibles. I missed 1 and had to go back to get it. I only played 1 chapter of ACT 2 so I'm going to focus more on the co-op file to finish it out more achievements and far more fun. I started some of the secondary modes with HORDE being my favorite. I'm looking to hook up with a good team for it because most people don't have the fortitude to go to 50 it seems.

Picked up COD: WAW and I'm not sure if I like it more than MOH: Airborne. It is a good experience so far with some inventive achievements and of course NAZI ZOMBIES! But like all games of this nature it will take time. Nothing but sheer time.

I started PC gaming again, shocking for me. I'm going to have to either upgrade my current PC a little more or just break down and build a new one. I'll probably start planning my new one in the next few months. I'm hoping to find an I7 processor on sale. Or I could just breakdown and run Bootcamp on my mac and buy a copy of Windows to run on it....might be cheaper. The mac is grossly overpowered and would handle any new game coming out easily along with exceeding the requirements of the other games I have sitting here for PC. I started TINKER which I have to say is actually really fun. Just kind of time consuming and sometimes the achievements can be glitchy, but it isn't anything that I cannot fix(just reload the game should fix it). I also started Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes, and am currently searching for co-op partners for it, but while I am waiting on that I am playing through solo getting acquainted with the game.

I am finally nearing the end on NHL 2K6....I'm not a huge fan of sports games, so this has been annoying for me. I only have 1 achievement left and plan to get it done tonight or tomorrow so I can just throw the game away. Mostly because well it isn't worth shit. You can buy it for 99cents or less at gamestop. So trading this in would net me pennies or even more possibly I would have to pay them to take it.

I rented Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 from Blockbuster and plan to get into it today or tonight. I have the unlimited pass and am seeing the benefit of it. Especially now that they raised 1 day rentals on some games to 2.99. So for 16 bucks a month I can rent all I want with no late fees or time limits. And seeing as how I can blow through 7 or more rentals a week when I am in the swing of gaming this is a very good deal.

I still have my Gamefly membership, I downgraded to 1 game out at a time. I'm waiting on them to hopefully send me Family Game Night 3. I enjoy little board games like this when its late at night and I am feeling lazy. I wish shipping didn't take so long, that is a huge complaint. I doubt I will see this game before next week. I sent my previous game on tuesday so I might get lucky and get it saturday if I'm lucky.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Redneck Neighbors, Angry Deer, and Games...Typical Week Around Here!

The past week or so has been incredibly long, here is a brief rundown on some of the unfun crap that happened:

 I sat at a car dealership for nearly 2 hours waiting for my mothers car to get a oil change and filter, rock chips fixed and a tire rotation and wash. I nearly fell asleep at least 10 times. The free food and drinks were nice but the lack of having something to do was driving me up a wall.

A deer headbutted my car after I didn't hit him,  I swerve and avoid the deer the natural reaction and gift of thanks is for this damn animal to take his rack and shove it through my passenger headlight. I officially now despise all of the fucking deer in the world. They do say 1 bad apple can ruin it for the bunch...

The asshole rednecks upstairs decided to act loud and disorderly and wouldn't shut up for about the 300th time, is it the 25th yet so I can go to court already and have them shot or whatever?!?!?! Then their equally redneck and incredibly obese friend decides she wants to start something with her little Chihuahua by her side after I witness them doing a drug deal in the parking lot. She tries to attack me, the police are called she runs(actually waddles) away like a child, did I mention she is close to 40? She hasn't been over for a few days or at least I haven't seen her, its whatever, now the cops know about drug activity in the area, kinda makes me laugh, the cops wouldn't have been called if she didn't start shit, she ruined it for everyone because she thought she was tough shit.

Now that I have that off my chest I feel a bit better on to the point of the post. GAMES!

I am trying to come up with a new way to challenge myself, to make gaming more fun again and feel less like a chore(with some games it feels like torture). I'm thinking of a challenge having to do with the day it is. If it is the 1st I have to get at least 1 achievement that day etc, with the difficulty increasing as the month rolls on. I figure this would start in February so I can make a game plan and maybe figure out a good run of games to get me there. I'm also thinking of signing up for a gamerscore league to add some competition to the mix. I know 360voice has some good ones and xbox360achievements have a few as well so I will start looking into it. 

On a side note I am 1 achievement away from a perfect 1500g completion of You Don't Know Jack. I despise Cookie Masterson and will finish the Enscrewsiast achievement tonight and pack it up and ship it back to gamefly. I seriously hope I can control myself from cracking the disc into little tiny pieces before then.

I'm going to have to buy a new headset, the standard microsoft one has finally died. I hate the cheap flimsy cords that are so easy to damage even from normal use. Ugh, there goes another 20 or so bucks out the window, I'm not sure if I am going to buy a replacement right away. I don't really play online all that much so at this point I could take it or leave it.

I am prepping an achievement update for all the score gained since the 10th of this month. Which is no easy feat. But I am about halfway through. I would expect it up sometime tonight or early tomorrow morning. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Achievement Haul 1/10/2012...Or my Rise to 55k

Today(or yesterday now) was actually a very productive day. Despite being bogged down with crazy amounts of housework and all sorts of family drama I felt increasingly motivated. I didn't set out to make my gaming count as much as it did, yet here I am staring back at 55k. A feat I figured I wouldn't have reached until the end of the month if I had continued on my slump. Well all lazy things must come to an end...On to the point of this post...

I played numerous games today, some I gained score in, others I made progress towards some that will aid me at a later date.

The totals for today(while not my best) are as follows:

Burnout CRASH!

This game takes me back to the old days. To the days when I played my PS2 all night and before achievements existed. This installment of the Burnout series is a play on the Crash mode of Burnout 3: Takedown along with a new twist and a new viewpoint. It reminds me why I used to love the series, and why I used to buy every game the day of release(this has since faded I despised the installments of the Burnout series on the 360). For an arcade game this is a game with substance, and for the 10 dollar(800msp) price-tag it feels at home. I bought this on sale for 400msp or 5 dollars. It is an absolute steal at that price. With over 270 stars to collect through 3 different modes of crashing this game will keep you busy for quite some time. The inventive achievements can sometimes be frustrating but not so much that you want to throw your controller out a window or through the tv.

Achievements Gained Today:
2 for 20G

Set 'Em Up, Knock 'Em Down for 10G
Blast Zone for 10G

Total Gamerscore Gained in Burnout CRASH!:
8 for 60G

CSI: Fatal Conspiracy

This was a pickup from Gamefly a couple months back when they had a massive sale. It is the same point and click boring unbelievable plot line that has come to be expected from the CSI gaming franchise. As a show I love it, as a game it is fair. Be warned you should really follow a guide in order to make this as painless as possible. Otherwise you will find yourself replaying levels and wanting to kill yourself for missing one little thing. has an amazing roadmap and guide along with numerous level specific guides for 100 percent completion. 

Achievements Gained Today:
15 for 630G

Boss Fight for 15G
CSI: Fatal Conspiracy for 90G
Smoke the Hive for 90G
All Washed Up for 30G
He Said, She Said for 30G
Tapped Out for 30G
Human Polygraph for 90G
I Like to Watch for 15G
A Tough Job for 30G
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! for 90G
Planting Evidence for 30G
Fool Me Oncer for 15G
Can't Get Fooled Again for 30G
Research Grant for 30G
Under the Hood for 15G

Total Gamerscore Gained in CSI: Fatal Conspiracy:
21 for 760G

MOH Airborne

This game is rough, well probably not for those who normally play war based shooters, and can take alot out of you. I do not play these types of games often and when I do I tend to find myself wanting to jump off a cliff. I'm sure if I played more often I would improve but I only marginally enjoy these types of games and they tend to be a passing mood for me. This is still one of the best WWII games I have played and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good game based in that time period. Besides, any game that has an achievement for kicking a grenade at an enemy and killing him with it is good in my book.

Achievements Gained Today:
14 for 165G

Weapon Handler for 25G
Paestum Ruins for 20G
Shoot to Kill for 10G
Death From Above for 10G
Greased Landing for 5G
In Yer Face! for 20G
Village of Adanti for 15G
Homerun! for 10G
Tick-tick-BOOM! for 20G
Purple Heart for 10G
Pop-n-Drop for 5G
Jump Training for 5G
Flared Landing for 5G
Go Go Go! for 5G

Total Gamerscore Gained in MOH Airborne:
14 for 165G

Full House Poker:

This game is fun...sheer simulated gambling fun! I also picked this up on sale for 400msp. Seems to be a growing trend around here. I have had the Windows Phone version since its release and the experience and chips gained there transfer over to the console version every time you login. So you can earn on the go and rank up next time you sign in at home. It makes it much easier to get the level 50 achievement. It is nice to see the integration of my phone and my console to my knowledge Fable Coin Golf also does this and I'm certain a couple of other titles do it as well.

Achievements Gained Today:
4 for 45G

I Hate ATM Fees for 20G
Gone Fishing for 10G
Ding! Grats! for 5G
Ding! Double Digits! for 10G

Total Gamerscore Gained in Full House Poker:
4 for 45G

Daily Totals:

Gamerscore Total:
(I despise games with uneven gamerscore achievements...Gotta find something to even this score back out)

If I can keep turning in days like this I can easily break through the 100K mark before May. Now to only keep up the motivation. I have a backlog that would scare any gamer out of their chair. Maybe all that variety will keep me putting up big numbers...Here's to hoping...

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Skyrim, You Have Stolen My Life...

Ever since Skyrim came out. I have been engrossed in it. I got it nearly a week early because of a retailer being stupid and breaking street date without realizing it. Gotta love people who don't normally work in the electronics departments getting thrust into it and not reading the large red/yellow tape that says do not display until (insert printed date here).

I gotta say I only kinda liked Oblivion, and it took me a long time to come around to it. When I started it I couldn't get into it. This was NOT the case with Skyrim. I loved it from the moment I first loaded it up.

I have 720/1000G done on this time sucking game of awesome. It is mostly just main storyline stuff left too. I have fallen prey to the Markarth Forsworn glitch(I have yet to fix it by sneaking to the temple of talos) I have had Hagravens fall out of the sky on me at random locations, I have seen dragons fly backwards, and watched their bones randomly animate and walk around the map. I have even watched my game freeze frustratingly at inconvenient places. And yet I still love this game.

I got my smithing to 100 pretty early on, I just made loads and loads of iron daggers, and leather bracers. I would bow hunt and soul trap deer, elk etc and take their pelts to make into leather and leather strips, and I mined my own iron ore and smelted it down for ingots. Not only did my smithing rise but so did my archery, and enchanting skills(the constant recharging of the bow and having all those soul gems filled really helped out and still helps me out now).

I also discovered that I could just get a non-killable npc to just keep hitting me to up my heavy armor and block. You can constantly follow the guards around at night and sneak behind them on their set paths to raise sneak(equip the muffle illusion spell and cast it as soon as magicka permits every time to raise that skill at the same time).

I used the mannequin glitch by accident when I discovered it. I accidentally put my legendary dragon armor on the mannequin and took it off before closing the screen out and noticed next time I came back to my house I had multiplied it. This is awesome for getting the achievement for having 100,000 gold on you at one time.

I noticed you could re-clear dungeons after a certain period of time, as well as redo some of the dragon wall locations(along with the chests that went with them) to get the Delver achievement.

That is just a taste of what I have learned and discovered while roaming Skyrim. I stand at well over 200 locations discovered and I have yet to even partially fill in the map...this game is massive and epic all at the same time.

I won't lie I will be a little sad when I finally 1000 this, but then again there is also DLC to look forward to, I mean have you seen how much further the line of sight is into Morrowind and has to be there for a reason right????

Time will tell. Thank you Bethesda for creating my personal GOTY for 2011(and nearly everyone else's) and for creating an adventure that truly has kept me engrossed long after most RPGs have already started collecting dust on my shelf.

Long Time, No Post....Oh Damn It's 2012

It's 2012 and the busy Thanksgiving/Jesusmas holidays are now behind me. New Years is down and the next big holiday is a couple of months away. I can finally exhale and get back to focusing on gaming instead of family get togethers and whether or not someone is going to like the blender or whatever we bought for them.

My little cousin got a 360 this year and I set it up for her. She hasn't stopped playing. The bug is finally spreading through the family.

I finally hit 50k, and am nearly to 55k. I haven't spent much time with most games on my backlog mostly because of Skyrim. I have 700/1000G for it and it is mostly the main quests that I have left.

It is 2012 and I'm gaming and to posting. Now if I could hurry and finish Skyrim I could work on that backlog issue over my head....Off to kill dragons...