For the Puppies.

FINISH HIM — December 12, 2018


Mortal Kombat X • Perform 1 Fatality in a match • 5G • 69.48% of gamers unlocked this

It used to be that fatalities were the enigma in Mortal Kombat. They were a clever sequence of buttons and combinations that would be passed on around the arcade, or in my case, the camping ground. If you were lucky, one of the few gaming magazines you were allowed to buy might have had a special on your fighter-of-choice and offered up the special combination, but even then it relied on the finesse to be able to pull off the combo while your $2 was on the line.

These days, it seems, you hold the right trigger and push the X button.

I know that there’s some more elaborate fatalities available in MKX, but really, I’m not going to bother learning any of them when the LT+X gets me the achievement all the same. I’m not an overly complex guy … I like the path of least resistance, and this is it.

I had a go at the story mode briefly, but I couldn’t see anywhere to lower the difficulty setting, so I parked that for the time being. It’s not like the story (the first few levels I played) offered overly complicated fights, but – harking back to my simplicity – I wanted an easy win. If the mood grabs me later in life I might have a go at the story, but to be honest it’s a fighting game … ten titles deep and I’m not really caring about the narrative.

Nichboy posted a tweet about his love of Ashen earlier today, which has made me even more enthusiastic to give it a go, but timing tonight just didn’t work out. Expect this to make an appearance this week, or at the latest, the weekend, for some initial thoughts.

And so, we enter the time of the year where game cleanup reigns supreme … and here I am still trying to finish the goddamn chicken mission on Idle Heroes.

Tower Kompetitor — December 11, 2018

Tower Kompetitor

Mortal Kombat X • Complete a single Tower • 10G • 37.21% of gamers unlocked this

First of all, why would you capitalise the word ‘Tower’ without the word single? Anyway, as promised, one of the latest additions to the Xbox Game Pass, Mortal Kombat X, and some delicious achievements to go along with it. At first I figure that it’d be pretty easy to get an achievement for your first win, or your first round … but no, this one actually required a bit of effort – and, to be honest, more than I was willing to give at 7am in the morning.

But, nonetheless, I persevered with a ‘Tower’, and did ten fights of two-rounds a pop (on ‘Very Easy’ difficulty) with my beloved Sub-Zero.

I don’t really talk about it because I’m generally terrible at fighter video games, but one of my earliest gaming memories is on the arcades with Mortal Kombat (and also Street Fighter). That’s why, I suspect, I fell in love with Injustice, because it offered a fresh start to the fighter genre with some characters that I’m very attached to in DC, but – naturally – time and inclination waned, and in the end, I stuck with Deathstroke and the few moves I knew I could perform with consistency for a win.

Other than the capital-T Tower, I also went through and did some Kard Kustomisation for a few other quick-and-dirty achievements. These are the same types of achievements that are in the Injustice series, and while I’d normally hold off and keep these up my sleeve for another day, the fact that I’ve opened up my options to all sorts of gaming platforms makes this a bit redundant. And so, I cracked those few extra gamerscore open!

I’ll do another look at the achievement list tonight and see what else might be achievable before I close-down MKX for the year, but I’ve still got some other titles on-the-go for the next week (or two) at least.

Let the good times roll!

Off the GRID — December 10, 2018

Off the GRID

ONRUSH • Reached Player Level 5 • 10G • 40.92% of gamers unlocked this

Sometimes you just need a good old-fashioned mindless racing game to unwind after a hard day. Today is one of those days. A full day at work, a full session at training, and an episode of The West Wing have left me fairly fatigued, and so tonight was all about the mindless racing and bashing of cars until I got to the first stop on my levelling journey on ONRUSH … Level 5.

More importantly though, I discovered a whole heap of very trendy games that have just been added to Game Pass. Ashen and Mortal Kombat X in particular just got added to my download queue, so don’t be surprised if you see these pop-up on my achievement list sometime in the next week!

And yes, then I’ll also eventually get around to South Park as well.

Endless Summer — December 9, 2018

Endless Summer

Red Dead Redemption 2 • You completed the Epilogue • 20G • 15.72% of gamers unlocked this

Roll Credits. What a ride. What a goddamn ride. And, yes, the pun is somewhat intended – but my God, Rockstar have managed to pull together an almighty journey that is a simply AAA in scope. Sure, there are a couple of flat bits here-and-there, and the Epilogue could have successfully been cut in half (though I suspect parts of this were to train players for future aspects of Red Dead Online – ie. ‘ranch building’), but all-in-all, I have simply delighted in the journey of Arthur, Dutch, John et. al. from start to finish.


The final mission is, of course, the chaos you’d come to expect from a finale, and it helps both bring RDR2’s story full circle, while setting it up for the original, which comes later, but … you know what I mean. The story is strong with this one.

I’m keen to get into some online now, but the joy of having finished RDR2 means that it’s also a good chance to have a break. I would like to whip around and do a proper achievement clean-up, but at the same time, it’s good for the soul to take a break from time-to-time. Short version: I don’t know where I’m at or what I play on doing now, but I’m sure I’ll do something.

First port of call involves an early night’s sleep though … Heaven knows I could do with one!

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.

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.

Gardener — November 26, 2018


Rayman Legends • Pull 100 turnips out of the ground • 10G • 15.15% of games unlocked this

My son and I have been going through some of my old YouTube videos this week, and one of them was my attempt at the perfect run of the ‘Black Betty’ level of Rayman Legends, which, naturally, prompted a childhood urge to play it again.

Well, I can tell you now that the urge doesn’t really change between the age of five and thirty something years senior.

My first inclination was just to have a mindless romp through Rayman, but I was tempted with a look at the achievement list to see what was close, and so this one naturally stood out as being ‘nearly complete.’ And so, I did what any good achievement hunter would do … I started to grind. I knew the early levels would be a good starting place, and sure enough, the first level itself has a spot right near the start where you can grab 2-3 turnips really easily, so after a few minutes I managed to unlock this achievement, and – finally – mix up my streak a bit from the past week.

Side bonus: it’s good to be back playing Rayman.

I am away with work for the next couple of days, so I’m not sure what or where I’m going to plan in regards to an achievement – but I know I’m an innovative sort of chap, so I’ll certainly give it a red hot go!

Might be time to polish up the Vita.