Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Little Updating Following Last Post

Last week I blabbed a post out as I explained how I have too many games to play and not enough time to get round to them all. I listed what games I had on my mind then and it helped me to decide what my plan was at conquering them all.

We'll start negatively, DJ Hero hasn't been touched once since I made that post. I'm near the end of the game and enjoying it but I haven't felt the need to push on with it when I am probably going to be borrowing it for many months to come. If not the game seems to be being sold with the peripheral for £40-£50 now, that's more like my price point. However the DJ set has come in handy for me, I've been using it as a wireless controller whilst I played Pro Faceoff matches against myself in Band Hero and Guitar Hero 5. The achievement unlocked on 25 wins on Band Hero which is precise, Guitar Hero 5 took a total of 98 games though, that's insane! Band Hero was the first music/rhythm game that I've got the 1000 gamerscore on, that's because it's definitely the easiest to do so in. Having felt good completing that I moved on to Lego Rock Band last night which at first glance seems like a very good game. I have to say I prefer the lay out of Rock Bands tour modes over the linear career mode seen in the Guitar Hero franchise.

Finally Metro 2033 has been touched yesterday and on Thursday, getting me to roughly half way through my first play-through. The achievement list on this game is driving me crazy and unfortunately putting me off what would otherwise be a half decent game. I need to be crystal sure on how to unlock achievements, if I don't know exactly how it's done then I may interpret it wrong and therefore lose out, this has happened to me on Metro. This is the problem when it comes to playing newly released games, achievement guides are incomplete as ongoing debates happen as people try to figure out what criteria makes achievements pop (Enlightened and Explorer in Metro 2033).

All in all it's been a good week of gaming with me unlocking roughly 1500 gamerscore. If I keep that up for the rest of the year then I am looking good on getting 200,000 before 2011. :D

Monday, 22 March 2010

Too Many Games, Too Little Time

Do any of you know how I'm feeling? Just reading the title of this post should give you an indication to what I am getting at here, hopefully it's something you can sympathize with as I can imagine you are/have been in the same boat before. For those of you that are not in the know and don't understand what I am going on about then I shall elaborate.

As a gamerscore whore you are generally open to playing pretty much anything to boost your score. We've all rented Avatar for that quick 1000 and we've all played a few kiddy/move tie in games that afterwards we may have regretted (the stress some of them cause are not worth the 1000 gamerscore points you get from them). As a result of this I have turned in to someone that can't turn down an opportunity to bump my gamerscore no matter what the consequences may be. See a game for £5 which I know has some easy gamerscore on it? I'll most likely get it. Friend offering to lend me a game to see if I like it? Sure I say to myself, my gamerscore total will benefit from it. Friend offering to boost with me on a game despite me already playing a game I'm enjoying? Sure I'll stop and get me some gamerscore instead.

In order for me to get my head around the games I have and what I should focus my attention on I have decided to document it in this blog post, writing down my thoughts may help me to actually act and finish off games that deserve to be played.

My Deal With rover08

Firstly I need to point out again the "deal" me and rover08 have going on. He lives in Norway, a place where (from what I've gathered from him) games are not cheap. Over the past few months we've built trust up in one and other as he sends me money to buy him games at half the price he would usually pay for them. My side of the deal is that I get to play these games first, get the gamerscore and then post them off to him with the only payment being the postage (which is £1-£3). This is great as it's a win win situation for us both. It gets better, the trade in value of games in Norway also seems to be poor so he will send me his games I haven't played so that I can play them and then trade in for another game at a place such as CEX. This can ultimately mean I get to play 2 games for free which for me is fantastic. Finally we are now planning to lend each other games (I'm expecting Band Hero and Lego Rock Band in the post today except the postman has failed to come!).

This alone is the biggest reason behind me getting stressed about playing the games. I can't say no to rover08 as it's a fantastic deal for me and I love boosting my gamerscore. I don't however love trying to push through games quickly in order to send them to him or get a new one (that's not always true as at times I love pushing myself). He is quite a machine and gets through games very quickly enabling him to get nearly 100,000 gamerscore in a year and now has around 4,000 lead over me (a lead I don't think I will ever catch up on now :().

Buying Games Because I Saw Them Cheap

As I said in the intro I see games going cheaply and because I know it's such a great deal I buy them (losing £5 is not much right). The thing is in the past few months I've not really managed to play the new games I've bought as I've been busy playing the games I get from rover08. I had to stop myself ordering Fuel for £5.60 on Saturday because I still have an unopened copy of Bionic Commando which I bought a few weeks back for £4.50. I also got Fracture as a little gift from my girlfriend which hasn't been played, when I can't get round to playing them what chance have I got with Fuel let alone the 5+ other games I own and have never played.

Borrowing From Friends

This is the part I like to do the most as it's very cost effective (usually free) and I don't have to keep a game I will probably never play again once I'm done with it. I've been borrowing Army of Two from a friend (will call him FriendA) from college for around a month now and I am still unable to get round to playing it. I want to but I have too much other games to play. Another friend (FriendB) also randomly decided to bring Bioshock 2 in to college for me to borrow as he has barely played it and thought I might enjoy it. I was very grateful for his generosity but I decided I needed to play the original first so I understood the storyline. On the bus hope that very same day another friend (FriendC) got on and I told him about getting Bioshock 2. He offered to lend me the original so I could play that before I started the second. I haven't gone to get the game yet but I told him I very well might do.....

What I Need To Do!!!!!

The 3 above points show how I can have tons of games in my possession at one time which I have never played before but want to. I have a lot of free time (only have 3 days of college) but even so I don't have enough to manage the mammoth task of playing all the games I buy/receive. In the past I used to just play all the games and probably never get the thousand gamerscore and I just wouldn't care. For the past year though I have cared and it bugs me that games such as Prince of Persia sit on my gamercard unfinished simply because I got distracted in to playing something else. I decided that in order to stop this from happening again that I would only stick to playing a few games at once from different genres (an idea which originated from Thrawn). This works fantastically for me, as a result I have managed to finish the past few games in recent weeks.

WWE Legends of Wrestlemania (needed to finish quick to send to rover08)
Bayonetta (needed to finish quick in order to trade in for Bad Company 2)
Tony Hawk Ride (wanted to give it back to FriendC)

I did have 4 games I was rotated between at once and I was finding it stressful (especially knowing I had more I needed to play). Three of those games have now been completed and are in the list above, the other is DJ Hero which I've been playing quite a lot over the past few days and have nearly completed as much as I possibly can. From this perspective I've done good, now lets look at the other games that are currently on my mind.....

What I Need To Play

Army of Two
Bionic Commando
Lego Rock Band
Band Hero
Metro 2033
Burnout Paradise
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Forza Motorsport 3
Bioshock 2

That above list consists of 12 games that are on my shelf right now (or would have been if the postman delivered today!) which I have yet to play. 11 games is a lot but I shouldn't forget the few games my brother owns (Stoked, Lego Indy, Lego Batman) which I also want to play at some point. How on earth can I digest all of these games and get them played? The answer is I don't think I can, instead I will prioritise a few and ensure I get them completed. Below are 3 games I want to have on my mind currently.

DJ Hero
Band Hero
Metro 2033

I say DJ Hero as I am nearly done and I think it will be good for me to polish it off as soon as possible in case FriendD ever wants it back. rover08 wants his Band Hero back as soon as possible as he will miss it so that's the priority in the Music genre and I want to finish Metro 2033 quickly so I can trade it in while it's actually worth something. For now I'm going to try and not worry about the other games, when I think about it I get stressed and it's not worth doing. I'll complete those 3 games and then decide what to do when the time comes. For now I am sick of typing as this post has gotten really long. Wish me luck, I'm going to need it with all these games to play.

Monday, 15 March 2010

I'm Top 10 At Something?

I remember when I finished Tony Hawk's American Wasteland once upon a time, I was the 143rd (around that number) person to get the 1000 gamerscore on the game. I remember I used to check my leaderboard status over at www.mygamercard.net quite a lot and I do believe that years ago I did have a worthy rank on THAW. Next was Project 8 which was a lot harder and a fantastic accomplishment once I had done it. I can't remember the rank on that but it's bound to have been higher than American Wasteland. Next came Proving Ground and it's unbelievable bugs and glitches. That didn't stop me though as the hardest Tony Hawk's game yet (I didn't use cheats) fell beneath me as I proved I was among the elite. And now, the 4th Tony Hawk game on the console has also been completed, I managed to surpass Ride.

Here's a statistic as to how many people have completed each game (thanks to MGC).

Tony Hawk's American Wasteland - 2171 People Have
Tony Hawk's Project 8 - 913 People Have
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground - 124 People Have
Tony Hawk Ride - 43 People Have (only 7 have on TA)

Now first thing to take note of is that I have ordered those games in chronological order in terms of their release. A correlation can be seen between them and that is each game that comes out gets harder or less people bother to play because they've become tiresome of the Tony Hawk's franchise. But yeah, that's a different matter which I don't want to go in to right now.

So back on track, as you can see not many people actually complete the Tony Hawk's games and therefore I do take pride in knowing that I am probably one of the few that have gotten the full 1000 gamerscore on all 4 games. Activision have announced that Ride 2 is in production and scheduled for release at the end of the year. After getting used to Ride I was able to find some enjoyment in it however I do believe that the peripheral is too indecisive to be complimented, it's not fun having to re-do every task 5 times just to make the board recognise what you're trying to do.

Other gaming news I shall write about in a future post (might make it in a minute actually as I wrote this post days ago but was unable to finish as MyGamerCard wouldn't work for me). I'm going to say how I get stressed knowing I have so many games I need to play yet I still bundle myself with even more. I'll go in to detail in the post, bye for now.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Could I Really Complete Bayonetta

I've gone further than I thought I ever would, I continue to push myself with the game and now I find myself just 5 achievements away from the whole 50. So how have I managed to conquer Bayonetta and practically complete it? The answer is all down to the accessories.

Once I grinded out my first playthrough on Normal everything else has become a breeze. I've gone to the telephone boxes and inputted cheat codes which allows me to purchase items and weapons early, this makes the game sooooo much easier. I'm on the Epilogue now on Hard mode (would complete it now but got the girlfriend coming round in 10 minutes, doh!) which will unlock 2 more achievements once done and then it's on to the mode without witch time which I do believe will be a piece of cake still thanks to my items and weapons.

It's the alfheim portals that may cease me to 1000G on this game because they're stipulations in them which can cause me to find them very hard. I only did a few on my Normal playthrough but I managed at least 5 more on Hard as I now had the weapons and items which made them much easier. I'm not too sure if I will bother to go back through the game for a 4th time on Normal mode in order to complete the challenges but I very well might. I would love for 1000G on Bayonetta but I am proud of what I've managed so far and that should be enough. Time will tell.....