Cry Havoc

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain • Made D-Dog available for deployment • 15G • 34.54% of gamers unlocked this

If I’m perfectly honest, I knew that D-Dog was imminent last night when Ocelot(?) said that he had all grown up, and when he was standing at Motherbase with an eye-patched canine beside him, it felt like a good time to pause the game and head to bed. With the game successfully suspended, it was a simple matter of logging back on this morning and continuing the story before the achievement popped, but it’s nice addition to the collection after putting in so much work over the weekend (for little result).

Elsewhere, I downloaded the Battle.net launcher on my Mac over the weekend, in anticipation of getting into a bit more “PC” gaming. I played a couple of games of Heroes of the Storm which was surprisingly good fun – and much more accessible than I’ve found with DOTA2 – but it seems like the market is still stitched up with Valve’s offering, which could be a welcome change for someone new to this genre (without the established players flying off the handle when you do something ‘stupid’). I hear a lot about how toxic the DOTA2 community is as well, which I’m sure is true for almost any contemporary online game, though I’ve enjoyed Hearthstone relatively toxicity-free for the past few years, and I’m hoping that community translates across to Blizzard’s MOBA.

Tonight, I’m torn whether to have a go at the Hitman Exclusive Contract (which I’ll need to do before it expires forever) or push on with a bit more Metal Gear Solid. I’ve found it my go-to game recently, perhaps having been starved of something AAA which I didn’t need to get off the couch to start playing (to insert the disc), though I’m conscious that I’m in desperate need of a return back to Destiny 2, Dishonored 2, my Diablo III season and even progress in Star Trek Online. In all honesty, they are all games that I would like to have a PC save game file for, so I’ve been a bit reluctant to play anything that I couldn’t play on PC (or I don’t have in my library as part of some Humble Bundle already), but these feelings were always an inevitable part of this challenge anyway. I expect to hover back-and-forth between Xbox, PS4 and PC a few more times between now and the end of the challenge.

Importantly, I missed the conclusion of November and the start of December in the challenge. I have successfully concluded five months of an Xbox achievement every day, and I think that’s worth a pat on the back. Naturally, December ’tis the season, so there will be a couple of challenging days which I am preparing myself for – but with a view to saving a couple of achievements on mobile for such an eventuality, I think I’ll be OK.

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