Kill Boxer 01

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BanHammer • Kill Boxer 01

This post didn’t publish properly for some reason … I have tried again.

Time for something a bit different today after a lengthy stint of Spider-Man (which I haven’t finished yet, but I’m working on it!), I lashed out with something a bit different today, seeking out a smaller title in my Steam library in the way of BanHammer.

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The premise seems to be ‘kill poachers’ + ‘save the animals’, but I think it’s going to take a bit more game time before I fully appreciate the nuance associated with BanHammer. In either event, I made my way to what looked to be the ‘easiest’ of the ‘big bosses’ and pretty much just laid into him with my automatic weapons. One dead boss.

If only ending poaching in the real world was this easy.

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Stay On Target

theHunter: Call of the Wild • Find 50 tracks from the same animal • 10G • 35.08% of gamers unlocked this

I thought I would do the right thing and try something a bit different today – after all, I ostensibly had all afternoon to play video games, and while I still had a few other little backups up-my-sleeve, I thought that this was a great opportunity to test the waters of some of Game Pass’ latest offerings.

First I started with The Technomancer, which I suppose is best described as a poor man’s Red Faction? Or perhaps in the over-the-shoulder style of God of War, but with the production budget of … say … Every Which Way But Loose? I speak in hyperbole, of course – the game is fine, not something that I probably ever would have bought with my own money, but in my mind, this is part of what Game Pass is all about – trying out different things, and finding the occasional diamond among the rough.

The second game I found was theHunter [sic], little T, no space. The stylisation annoys me, only because the Xbox App has allowed that to slip through the cracks (remember my long-standing hate of incorrect capitalisation), and now we not only have a capitalisation issue, but a punctuation one as well? I know that this is by design, but is the English language been rendered so insignificant that we can just willy-nilly ourselves a little ‘the’ to start a title? What a time to be alive.

(… again, that’s hyperbole for those who think I’m genuinely loosing sleep over these things. They annoy me, but not really this much …)

Not only am I so against ‘hunting’ for sport, I am also the world’s biggest scardy cat. The other week I crashed the car into the shed trying to kill a mouse because I thought it was the most humane way to kill it. $1600 and new doors, bumper and various other little repairs have taught me a valuable lesson: let the mouse go next time.

Yep. It’s not a religious or a spiritual basis that I make that call, I’m just not very good at ‘killing’. For most of my developing years, I had my head buried in a screen, so rather than make me into a violent, gun-toting redneck, (much like the media would have you believe these days), I really am quite the pacifist. Killing in theHunter was a secondary consideration for me, as I went about seeing what I could unlock without firing a shot (spoiler: I did actually try and shoot a deer in the end – seemingly unsuccessfully). In the end, the ‘went about’ bit turned into one achievement for walking a mile, and this one popped for pretty much clicking on every track and droppings marker I could find. And they say we’ve evolved past our primal hunting skills.

I don’t see myself jumping back into theHunter any time soon. I’m sure it has fantastic appeal for the American market who all voted for Trump and who continue to argue passionately for their need to possess an assault rifle, but for me, I’m not a ‘kill a creature, track its blood drops and then finish it off’ kind of guy.

But I do love a good walk. And on that note, Avalanche delivered.

Staring at Animal excrement, not so much – but hey, you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone, right?

Elite Status

World of Tanks • You’ve completely researched a tank! • 5G • 30.61% of gamers unlocked this

I’ve been playing the odd game of World of Tanks on PC, and I thought there might be some connection between the console version and PC. I had hoped that some cross-play might be evident, but considering my PC server (Asia) isn’t even on the console list – that optimism quickly left.

I have to say – the console version isn’t nearly as fun as the PC version. I can’t work out if it’s been scaled-back feature-wise (it doesn’t necessarily seem to be), but the controls seem slow and clunky and there’s not a great deal of love in the graphical detail.

I actually earned an achievement for completing the tutorial before this achievement, something that I thought I’d already done – but it seems like, judging from the achievement list, that I’d actually only played a few campaign missions, and had never completed the main ‘boot camp’ mission. Using that experience (as in XP, not the verb ‘experience’), I was able to buy a few different tanks before I logged off tonight, earning me a lazy little 5G for my effort.

My skim of the achievement list showed me a few other quick achievements that I might be able to pickup over the next few weeks, but by-and-large, the meaty achievements come from playing multiplayer online. I don’t think I’ve got the energy or the inclination to do that – but you never know, stranger things have happened. If anything, I have been finding myself scrolling down my game library list with a blank expression on my face simply convincing myself that there’s got to be something worth playing on there. I suspect an inevitable gaming ‘rut’ is about to hit me – something that I’ve been hearing a lot from friends about lately, and I’ve experienced myself once or twice.

In the meantime – there’s a solid five weeks of gaming to get through before I can allow myself a ‘break’. The end is in sight – I’m going to give this final push a red hot go.

Revenge

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood • Complete part one • 20G • 50.74% of gamers unlocked this

I don’t know how many ‘parts’ constitute the Wolfenstein prequel, but I do know I’ve completed the first of them. It’s been a while since I’ve played with ol’ BJ, but I’ve had a long day, a bit of a week, and – to be frank – I just felt like playing something mindless for a bit.

Killing Alternative Universe Nazis seems to fit that bill nicely.

My lack of concentration hasn’t really helped with understanding the state of affairs as it relates to the narrative, but while I enjoy a good story, I’ve left The Old Blood alone for so long now, I’d struggle to tell you where things are at. Like many other titles before this one, my plan will be to just finish the game and then catch up on the plot on Wikipedia after. It’s a tried and true method.

After tomorrow, I’m entering a bit of a pressure point scenario with achievements. A weekend of family staying and a party here at home means I’ll be hard-pressed to get some console time, but I’m going in a little unprepared because I’ll be at home. I’m sure there’s some magic I can wrangle between Windows, Console or both (streaming) … but, as I say, I’m not making plans so let’s see what happens.

‘Not making plans’ is my middle name.

Paying Respects

Rise of the Tomb Raider • Attend a funeral • 10G • 14.29% of gamers unlocked this

This is a good lesson in why you read achievement lists before you start playing a game. I thought that this would be something that you could grab on post-game cleanup, but it turns out that it requires Lara to be in a certain place at a certain time – and that certain time is mid-mission.

As a result, this required a full mission replay, which you access via the ‘Expeditions’ tab in the main menu. And trust me, it’s a full mission replay – at least a solid twenty minutes, and recovery of some deep-rooted memories to solve the puzzle needed to destroy a statue, followed by an incredible fight/flight escape and a whole lot of navigating your way out of an underground chamber by doing a whole lot of swimming. It’s definitely not a quick-and-dirty achievement for a time-poor gamer.

The special editions of Shadow of the Tomb Raider were announced today, so I guess I’ve been a bit inspired to go back and tidy up what I can on this version. The Australian iteration (per usual) seems to be a little less exciting than what our American friends get, but that seems to be standard practice these days. I suppose there is comfort in knowing I got a great statue of Lara from the first reboot to sate my collectables thirst.

And I’m a thirsty boy.

Red

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SUPERHOT • Kill 100 Red Dudes with a rifle • 15G • 7.95% of gamers unlocked this

Full disclosure: Today’s screenshot is from an earlier capture of SUPERHOT. I forgot to take a picture today, but the achievement itself is absolutely 100% genuine!

Today’s achievement was more about seeing what was available on SUPERHOT and then doing a rise-and-repeat on killing bad guys until the achievement popped. For a while there, the progress wasn’t tracking properly, as in it wasn’t displaying on the side menu – but it seemed like it was tracking fine in the back-end, because it popped after about twenty minutes of gaming – with the progress bar (last time I checked) still a fair way off. Either way, as long as I get rewarded for doing the work I’m happy.

After that, there was a 700MB+ update to do on the Xbox, so I moved onto Ratchet and Clank (which I’ll try and write about a bit later). It’s actually great to see Xbox take some consumer feedback and push ahead with it in the throws of the God of War hype. The update is largely for those with bigger, better AV systems than I have, but, I assume much like the One X itself, there’ll be some benefits for plebs like me.

There didn’t look like much left in the ‘quick and dirty’ achievement list for SUPERHOT, so this might get shelved for a while, but I’d love to go back to it … one day … when time permits …

… sigh, might as well delete it now then(!)

The Escape

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered • Complete ‘Hunted’ and ‘Death from Above’ on Veteran difficulty • 30G • 2.33% of gamers unlocked this

Some video games have truly iconic villains. Arkham Knight or the Joker in Batman … 006 in Goldeneye … but blow me down if a single aggressive helicopter in Modern Warfare didn’t give me more grief than any of these bad guys combined. As I said last night, this helicopter gave me enough grief that I had to abort and fire-up The Wolf Among Us just to grab an achievement – but once I’d hit the midnight changeover point, I went back to Modern Warfare determined to put this abomination to an end.

I have never felt more satisfaction in killing a bad guy than I had dropping that helicopter out of the sky.

The euphoria of killing that helicopter stayed with me for a while, so I followed-up with the AC-130 mission as well, which is fairly simple on any difficulty – just rain hellfire down on bad guys that aren’t flashing with a strobe and get your team out of there. As long as you keep an eye on everything around the scene, then it’s quite quick and achievable.

With that in mind, combining these two missions into one achievement makes a lot of sense – one insanely hard, one generally pretty easy. Together they make up a reasonably happy medium for what one would expect on ‘veteran’ difficulty.

The rest of my day has been consumed with some health and fitness stuff and a 5-year old’s birthday party, and I am pretty much ready for a bit of a snooze now. I might jump on and see if I can make a bit more progress on the PS4 version of Wildlands if the mood grabs me later, but I’d be equally happy having an afternoon and evening on the couch watching something mindless on Netflix.