For the Puppies.

Breakout — December 6, 2018


Red Dead Redemption 2 (2)

Red Dead Redemption 2 • Red Dead Online: You completed the Intro • 5G • 32.93% of gamers unlocked this

I actually broke ground on the Epilogue Part II tonight, but there was no achievement unlock for it, so I don’t know whether I did things in the wrong order, whether there’s simply no achievement for it, or if there’s a glitch. In any event, it seemed like I only had to do one thing – open my player menu – in Red Dead Online before I unlocked the first achievement from the online side … so after an hour and a half tidying up John Marston’s time as a farm-hand, I ventured into Blackwater and did what the menu told me to do.


Red Dead Redemption 2

Once again, I’ve left my gaming far too late in the evening – well, there’s that, plus the achievements aren’t exactly flowing at this late stage in the game, which is all part of the fun of the challenge I guess. Tomorrow is the beginning of a much-needed weekend, so I’m hoping that I polish off the main story sometime over the next few days, and then can move to achievement cleanup and … hopefully … maybe even another game?

Or, heck, even a sleep might be nice?

Four’s a Party — December 5, 2018

Four’s a Party

Brawlhalla • Played 3 games in the Free-for-All matchmaking queue • 15G • 25.18% of gamers unlocked this

I played some Brawhalla earlier this year when visiting in-laws, and it looked like a fun free-to-play game for mainstream console owners who missed the frenzied combat of Super Smash Bros. It was easy enough for my son to play, largely attributable to its simple controls of move, jump and attack, and some slight variations on those themes, and I like to set him as the benchmark for what he should and shouldn’t be in the lounge room watching the TV for.

I got another achievement essentially just for logging in, so I figured that a few games wouldn’t go astray. In the space of three games I managed to come last, second last and then second! There’s certainly room for growth!

Right now though, I’m falling asleep writing this entry – so I that makes a brilliant idea.

Redemption — December 4, 2018


Red Dead Redemption 2 • You completed ‘Red Dead Redemption’ • 30G • 19.26% of gamers unlocked this

Finally. Finally. I’ve reached the end of the ‘main’ story. Yes, I know there’s a few epilogue’s to go … but I’m satisfied getting this far. It feels like I’ve now opened up the game to be able to enjoy the beginning of the end … or the end of the beginning … either way, it’s a nice way to lead into the original game … and if I’m perfectly honest, I wouldn’t mind diving back into the main story – if only I hadn’t already earned all my achievements!

Today also marks the return of the internet to my house, which brings me no end of unbridled pleasure. I’ve already gotten into the rhythm of updating everything and giving my PC a warm embrace as it sucks down gigabytes of data it has been missing the past few days.

What I am missing though, is a decent Steam Sale. I feel like I’ve either gotten more stingy with money or the companies are just not cutting as much as they used to – but either way, I haven’t found any good discounts among the game companies – including Valve, Xbox and GOG – who have recently had sales. The closest has been EB Games, who are doing good deals, but none to warrant me making a special trip to a store to buy something.

Anyway, who needs the grinch. You have one right here!


Beginner Winner! — December 3, 2018

Beginner Winner!


Quick Tic-Tac-Toe • Completed 10 games

I can’t begin to tell you how frustrated I am that I am so close to finishing the ‘main’ part of RDR2 that I couldn’t land it before midnight, and so while in the middle of the last mission I had to pause it and grab a quick-and-easy achievement on iOS. I am quietly optimistic that there’ll be an RDR2 achievement tomorrow though, so that’s something.

Let’s not get too carried away. This is a fairly basic achievement for a fairly basic level of effort. After already having a few games up my sleeve, it really was a case of smashing out five or six games quickly – Win, Lose or Draw.

And I did a little from all three.

Did I mention tomorrow is a Red Dead achievement? Mega-hype!

4 Move Win! — December 2, 2018

4 Move Win!

Quick Tic-Tac-Toe • Won a game in 4 moves

There’s something quite cathartic about noughts and crosses … but there’s also a sense of relief that comes with being able to earn an achievement while your internet is out for three days (technician scheduled for Tuesday).

This one was fairly simple, and it goes to my default noughts and crosses tactic of the ‘L’ shaped manoeuvre. I’m not going to beat around the bush … it’s an unstoppable tactic, and when even the computer AI struggles, you get a great sense of accomplishment.

Without the internet, I haven’t played a heap of my consoles today, so it’s another win for iOS.

Welcome to the club buddy — December 1, 2018

Welcome to the club buddy


Africa Hunting • Start the game

I can’t work out if this game, Africa Hunting, is supposed to be racist, funny, or a little from both column A and B … but in either event, the game was a 9MB download that had eight achievements – all of which I earned at exactly 1.17pm. I think that probably tells you all you need to know about the complexity of this game.


Still, I’m thankful for games like this, because it offers me twenty minutes of escapism, gives me some achievements, isn’t a huge download and it allows me to tick off my achievement for today. Everybody wins! Tonight is our local Carols by Candlelight, so there’s a good chance that I’ll be home too late to play a game and write a blog entry, so I’m pleased that I was able to lock-in this one today.

Ho, ho, ho.

Mad world! — November 30, 2018

Mad world!

Rayman Legends • Complete the “Mariachi Madness” painting • 10G • 14.27% of gamers unlocked this

Believe it or not, I actually scored myself two achievements in Red Dead Redemption 2 today … and I got some pretty good screenshots to match! But it is this achievement, in Rayman Legends, which I’ve decided to celebrate today – for no other reason than the simple fact that I managed to setup the blog post for this one first.

It is great that a family game like this can still surprise me. My son loves to ‘play’ Rayman, but it’s inevitable that he finds a bit too hard and he passes the controller to me … to the point where I end up just playing the entire game, so as a result, I’ve started doing it exclusively on my Xbox account (can’t miss an achievement opportunity), and when (and this is unlikely) he wants to play it solo, he does so in his account. The structure of the game in that they are short, sharp levels rather than a linear experience makes this perfect for this style of play, and – so far – it’s worked well for us.

Tomorrow is a busy ‘family’ day, so it might be a quicker, easier, mobile achievement if-and-when time permits. Wait-and-see.