Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Whatever comes along really.........

I can never seem to stay focused on just one thing at a time. Just as I seemed to be romping through NBA Ballers (one of the worst basketball games of all time) a few other games have leapt up and caught my eye. Like a thieving magpie I'm attracted to glittery objects and the latest game craze - but this time it is not my fault.

First of all, my GF officially said we could start playing Beautiful Katamari again. It is one of the games that she will not let me play unless she can play too, so we have been playing it together for the past few days and getting plenty of things done. I think she will stick with me until we get 100% on the collection and find all of the Cousins and Presents. Then I reckon that I will be left to my own devices to rack up the 50/100 hours played and 100/200 requests completed. As those kinds of tasks bore her. It is an added bonus in terms of points towards my completion percentage.

Next up, my good friend Rich went and dangled the carrot of some Rainbow Six Vegas boosting. He now owns multiple 360's and two copies of the game, so we have been setting up a dedicated server over the last couple of nights to boost that stuff. It would be nice to 1k the game as it is one of the tough MP games I never thought I would get done. With that, COD3 and Army of Two out of the way that leaves only one longwinded bad boy on my tag - GOW. Whether I'm ready to boost that shit is another matter, as I was put off the MP long ago by the sheer idiocy of some of the players. Not to mention the fact I have over 100 revives, headshots and sniper kills but no achievements - which was annoying to say the least. Now that I'm going for Elite on Vegas I also have to finish off the co-op stuff, so I have been doing the terrorist hunts on splitscreen and will go back and play through the story in the same way.

Finally, I spotted Cru playing HAWX which I have yet to finish so asked her if she wanted to do some MP together. Ideally we would need one more in order to get a few things done but it shouldn't be a problem. We are still intending to do Damnation too, but I think we are both put off by the sheer badness of the game, ha ha!

So from playing one game (Ballers) I now have a lot more on my plate but, crucially, they are all games I have already started so will all chip away at my goal of 90% completion.

On a more shameful note, I now have Fallout 3 on the PC. I could get all of the points from it in a matter of minutes but remain amazingly torn. A lot of people have done it already but it DOES look dubious on your card to anyone not in the know - and who knows when MS will crack down on such things. I may dwell on it awhile and see how I'm feeling.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Back to my best?

Well business is picking up once again on the completion front. I've chalked off Bionic Commando already this month, and now I can add Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (not that impressive), Overlord 2 (fairly impressive) and Secret of Monkey Island (plenty of fun) to that list. I'm also hopeful about finally polishing off Lips and getting back to finishing Wallace and Gromit. I've also done a little bit more on Virtua Tennis 09.

With the current lull in review games I am struggling to focus on one game in particular at the moment, as I can't seem to settle down and play anything - hence why I reverted back to tennis as it was the last thing I played that isn't complete. I really want to either go back on polish off one of my older games or start something shiny and new. The only question is what? I ordered the easy PC version of Fallout 3 for less than a tenner so my challenge may well be to play the game through properly on the 360 - as I have really been meaning to get into an RPG of some description. I also picked up Dawn of War 2 for the PC, as I'll play that for fun rather than points as some of the achs look like absolute dogs.

Come August I do have the Cologne games event to look forward to, so that will be a chance for me to get hands on with some new and upcoming titles. Exciting times indeed and I plan on feeding back what I see to the one or two people that actually read this crap, ha ha!

Other than that I seem to be depressingly lacking in inspiration. Feel free to check my earlier blog of owned games and tell me what I should be playing, ha ha!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The quest for 90%

Thought I would update my retail/arcade to do list and how that impacts upon my quest for that elusive completion ratio. To be honest it is tough to keep track of my overall score as different sites use different measures - so some throw DLC in there (whether I have it or not) and some don't. So I'm just going for 90% on EVERY site to satisfy myself.

Anyway here is how things stand:


Battlefield 2: MC - 315/1000
Beautiful Katamari - 340/1250
Bladestorm - 150/1000
C&C Kane’s Wrath - 120/1000
Chromehounds - 700/1000
Gears of War 2 - 210/1425
Gears of War - 720/1250
GRAW - 737/1000
Guitar Hero 2 - 320/1000
Halo 3 - 800/1750
Harry Potter: Half Blood Prince - 870/1000
HAWX - 555/1000
Hellboy: SoE - 310/1000
Left 4 Dead - 550/1000
Lost Planet - 350/1000
NBA Ballers - 335/1000
NBA Live 07 - 900/1000
NHL 09 - 250/1000
Overlord 2 - 875/1000
Perfect Dark Zero - 150/1000
Project Sylpheed - 60/1000
Rainbow Six Vegas - 820/1000
Scene It: BOS - 615/1250
Spiderman 3 - 10/1000
Splinter Cell: DA - 670/1000
Table Tennis - 630/1000
Vampire Rain - 650/1000
Virtua Tennis 09 - 445/1000
Viva Pinata 2 - 20/1000
WSC 2007 - 550/1000
You’re in the Movies - 140/1000

TOTAL - 14167/32925


Boogie Bunnies - 85/200
Eets: Chowdown - 20/200
Gauntlet - 45/200
Geometry Wars* - 40/200
Texas Hold ‘Em - 105/200
Wallace and Gromit - 100/200

TOTAL - 395/1200

So I have 14562 out of an available 34125 in games I have already started playing. A couple of these titles should be knocked off the list fairly soon but that will only reduce my overall totall down by just over 200 points so no great improvement. Still, for the sake of planning purposes, I'll assume HP and Overlord will be done this week which gives me 14307 / 32125 and leaves me with a whopping 17818 in points to be gained.

The actual total is probably more thanks to greedy cash in developers adding DLC to every single game nowadays, but I've had enough of that particular trend. Back in the day I would buy any and all DLC to preserve my 100% completion on every game but it has pretty much got beyond a joke now. So I'll buy DLC for games I enjoy IF it is reasonably priced.

I've knocked a couple of games off the old list but I've added a real dog in Virtua Tennis 09, so that will be another game I need to focus on in order to get it done.

After a quick recalculation I have determined that I will need to score 4,111 out of my outstanding 20k worth of points (for games already on my tag and including DLC) in order to break the 90% complete mark. That's an improvement of nearly 2k over the last time I worked it out, as I finished off Larry, Bionic Commando and snagged some more points on Scene It. Next up will be another 665 from NBA Ballers, 940 (hopefully) from Project Sylpheed, 450 (for one run through) on Lost Planet, 100 from Wallace and Gromit, 530 from Hellboy, 600 (or so) from Spiderman 3, 200 more from Virtua Tennis 09, 500 from GOW 2 - then the remaining 100 or so points from a mix of NHL 09, You're in the Movies, C&C Kanes Wrath, Bladestorm, PDZ or whatever.

Not much of a change over last time I suppose but one that is gradually getting me in the right direction. When you consider that each completion % on my tag is worth 1777.77 points then you can see how much of a pain it becomes to edge up even a few points. I really want to get up to about 93-94% so that I don't dip under 90% every time I start a new game. That would be awesome but time consuming so we shall see.

A rather lean summer

I'm closing in on a few targets at the moment. First of all I've nearly finished off my two latest reviews and hope to have 1k in Overlord 2 and Harry Potter by the weekend. Not really much of a feat for HP but Overlord was a nice change though less original than its predecessor (in terms of puzzles and story that is). It does mean that I have been doing very well on review titles recently with on Virtua Tennis 09 as the blemish on my record thus far - I kind of went off the boil with that game but will get back into it soon enough. Hopefully.

The upcoming summer is looking a lot less exciting in terms of games than it once was, mainly due to the fact that most of the big titles have been delayed either to cash in on Xmas or into the new year. There is only really Arkham Asylum that tickles my fancy and after that I really don't know. On the plus side that should free me up to play some of my backlog without any interruptions. I also really want to play an RPG of some kind as I have plenty knocking around.

Right now I want to re-ignite my quest to 90% completion. Next on my hit list is NBA Ballers, so hopefully I can breeze through it with no great trouble. Then I can step up my efforts and play something a bit more challenging. I've been promising myself that I would tackle Project Sylpheed at some point and now seems as good a time as any.

Along the way I shall try and polish off some more easy 1k games, as I really want to get to 175k by the end of the year with 160 games fully completed. Can I do it? Who the hell knows. Ha ha, but it gives me something to aim at.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Back once again

Well it has been a lengthy delay since my last post, but without a 360 what could possible happen to me that was interesting enough to blog about? Ha ha! My life doesn't solely revolve around the 360 but this blog does.

Anyway, a generous soul lent me a shiny new console and I was able to get some gaming in over the last week. My main goal was to play Overlord 2 and get the review up on x360a - a feat I managed to pull off after 20 odd hours of playing through it. The game is a lot of fun, maybe not so much as the first as the shine and originality has worn off, but I still really enjoyed it. It is something different from the endless array of unimaginative movie tie-ins and generic FPS games that seem to be thrown out by the dozen. When you play as many (often dubious) games as I do then a change of pace is more than welcome.

I also went back and finished up Bionic Commando (retail) as my hard difficulty playthrough proved to be relatively straight forward. In between times I was sent my next rental: Night at the Museum - which took all of a few hours to finish off. I think the biggest shock is not the simple nature of the game but the fact it was rushed out in such a state at all. I don't often criticise other reviews (because everyone is entitled to their own opinion) but the fact IGN gave it 7.5 out of ten is staggering to me. So that game has been banished back from whence it came, to be replaced by Dirt. A driving game. I hate driving games. But it is meant to be easy enough as long as I can find someone to play online with.

I've also got to find time to play Damnation with Cru and maybe some Splinter Cell: DA now that I'm up and running again. It's all go.

First up is my next review though: Harry Potter. Oh the horror........