ACHIEVEMENT OF THE WEEK – Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Recently I’ve found that I do not have a lot of time during the week to play games. Due to work and other commitments. Instead, I play a lot over the weekend. On a milestone front, I’m quickly coming up to 150,000 Gamerscore. I won’t be surprised if my next Achievement of the Week is the one that lands me at 150K.

I had a party when I broke the 100K milestone. That one seems a little more impressive than 150K. A rounder number to be sure. I landed exactly on 100K which was what I was aiming for, and I’ll try to do the same here. That DOES mean, however, that I need to play more Mad Max, as that game has some 3G achievements, and that’s ruined my even 5’s and 0’s. As of this writing I’m at 149,337G.

Over the past two weeks I’ve put some more time into Saints Row IV with ILLESTRADER, Shadow of Mordor DLC. Last week I did a Review for SoM which you can check out here. Played some WWE 2K15 as well. This weekend I spent a big chuck of time in Rayman Legends, World of Tanks and Valiant Hearts: The Great War.

Valiant Hearts is an interesting 2D side-scroller which incorporates stealth and puzzles. The game had a very interesting art style, and told a tragic tale taking place in World War 1 following 3 different characters. I’ve been playing it off and on now since October, playing a chapter here and there. I decided to wrap it up this weekend, and I’ll do a review for it for Thursday. That’s also why I’m highlighting it for this Achievement o’ the Week – in this case: Achievement(s). Plural. Because I missed last week’s. 😉


Achievement of the Week – Valiant Hearts: The Great War


valianthearts1Some will survive… – 35G
Save Karl

 

valianthearts1…Some will not – 90G
Finish the game

 

Both of these are campaign related and cannot be missed, I just appreciated them for their naming, and they popped up one after another, telling their own story in a way.


 

Speaking of the War theme, I started up World of Tanks. I played it briefly on the Xbox 360 when it was released, and didn’t really touch it again afterwards. As it’s free to play, I reloaded it on the One. I got a bunch of unlocks and prestige stuff for, I guess, playing it again after 1 year since I first started. Annual bonus or something. What was also a nice surprise was that I re-unlocked all the original achievements. GTA V did the same thing. I’m guessing its a server related thing. You don’t have to do everything over again. I’m going to to include them in the list below regardless.

Monday Feb 22 – Sunday, Feb 28: 220G

WWE 2K15

  • The next big thing (MyCAREER – Reach SmackDown) – 30G
  • Money maker (MyCAREER – Earn an overall total of 1,000,000 VC) – 70G
  • A creator is born (Upload some kind of user created content once) – 20G
  • Over the ropes you go! (Eliminate 12 opponents with the same superstar in a single Royal Rumble match) – 20G
  • The Deadman defeated (WWE Universe – Defeat Undertaker at WrestleMania using a custom superstar) – 30G
  • Warlords (WWE Universe – Play and Win WWE World Heavyweight Championship 3 times) -20G
  • Match maker (Win in 20 match variations) – 30G

Monday, Feb 29 – Sunday, March 6: 920G

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • A Short Introduction (Begin a new hunt with Torvin) – 10G
  • Jaws of Shadow (Complete 25 Stealth Caragath Kills) – 30G
  • Wretched Retch (Use a Wretched Gruag’s Projectile Vomit on a Uruk Captain or Warchief) – 20G
  • Nom Nom Nom! (Eat a Captain with a Wretched Gruag) – 30G

Saints Row IV

  • Betrayed (Completed “All Hands on Deck” as if you needed another to want to perforate Zinyak) – 30G

World of Tanks

  • American Connoisseur (You’ve got the itch! You have successfully started your american tank collection) – 10G
  • Elite Status (You’ve completely researched a tank!) – 5G
  • Light Recruit (You’ve played 10 matches as a light tank) – 5G
  • Victory (You’ve won your first battle and survived!) – 10G
  • New Toy (You’ve acquired your first upgrade) – 5G
  • Driver’s Ed (You’ve completed the training) – 10G
  • Junior (You’ve researched a tier III tank) – 10G
  • I Am Super Man (You’ve blocked more damage than 2x the hitpoints of your tank) – 30G
  • This is World of Tanks (Was the last tank to be destroyed on your team) – 5G
  • MVP (Had the highest XP of your team) – 10G
  • Silent Assassin (You have destroyed an enemy tank while not detected) – 10G
  • Top Operative (Completed 8 new operations) – 15G
  • Boom Goes the Dynamite (You’ve destroyed a tank with full health in one shot) – 20G

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

  • Helpful Laundryman (Push all the laundry bags) – 25G
  • Revenge never meant happiness (Defeat the Baron Von Dorf) – 15G
  • So close yet so far! (Escape the French army with Anna and Karl) – 20G
  • Brothers’ Keeper (Save your entire platoon during the battle of Somme) – 70G
  • King of the Hill 145 (Shoot the German flag with the cannon at Vimy’s ridge) – 55G
  • Knowledge is power (Read 30 historical facts) – 45G
  • Healing Hero (Save Karl for the third time without making any mistakes) – 60G
  • Some will survive… (Save Karl) – 35G
  • …Some will not (Finish the game) – 90G
  • Ypres’ Wake-up call (Ring the bell 3 times in Ypres) – 40G
  • Taxi racer (Complete 1 taxi mission without damaging the car) – 50G

Rayman Legends

  • Challenger! (Unlock all the Challenge paintings) – 20G
  • Everywhere! (Take part at least once in the 4 different Challenges) – 10G
  • Shoot them up! (Get rid of 100 enemies with the Flying Punch) – 10G
  • Axe skater (With Barbara or Elysia, slide on your axe for 30 meters) – 10G
  • Splash! (Complete the “Gloo Gloo” painting) – 10G
  • Teensies’ hero (Rescue 300 Teensies) – 30G
  • Princess savior! (Rescue the 10 princesses) – 20G
  • Strike! (Kill 5 enemies using turnips) – 10G
  • We could be heroes (Unlock 10 Heroes paintings in the Heroes Gallery) – 20G
  • Let him do the job (While the Luchador chases you, let him kill 10 enemies) – 10G

 

More news for the upcoming week, the big, big release is Tom Clancy’s The Division. I’ll have a review up for Thursday in Valiant Hearts, but otherwise this week will be pretty quite as I’m in the early stages of moving. More on that later.

Laters…

-iRogan

Gamenight, Twitch, and Today’s Updates

Game nights are fun, and sometimes necessary. They help get friends together, to settle differences, and to remind us what gaming once was, and how it continues to keep us together, even if we’re miles, or countries away.

Game night is usually quite the event at my place. Usually involving 4 large flat screen TV’s, 4 Xbox’s (360 and now the One), and two handfuls of people. Quite the epic Friday night filled with Pepsi and drinks.

We typically dabble in Halo, as it’s the easiest game to organize a large group of people, over multiple boxes and TVs, into one online lobby. Alternatively we’ll play some arcade style games. This past Friday saw us playing in The Master Chief Collection, Riptide GP2, #IDARB, and Rayman Legends.


Lately I’ve also been playing around with my streaming capabilities, and Twitch.Tv. This started when I first got the Xbox One when it was released. Streaming through the Xbox is great, especially since it has the Kinect functionality with the camera and microphone. Less great is when you want to switch games, or stream from another console entirely. This problem was apparent to me around the time of the Extra Life charity marathon last October. I was going to be playing a full play-through of Half-Life 2 through the Xbox 360 Orange Box. I had my Xbox 360 plugged into the One, but Twitch only supports XBone games.

My fix was to pick up a capture card. The Elgato Game Capture HD, and a couple webcams. This allowed me to record and broadcast through my TV, game, audio, and the surrounding room, through the webcams.

Ready to Broadcast

Ready to Broadcast

I use Open Broadcast Software to record and stream. It supports multiple inputs, and allows for text overlays. So with my 24 Hour stream, I had the game, the name of the game, 2 webcams, a tinyURL to my charity page, my webpage, and a 24 hr countdown clock.

Lately I’ve been streaming my game nights, or just the random nightly session. I’m not pro yet, mind you. But one day I might start doing game-play videos. We’ll see.

Moving on to some newsworthy stuff….


GTA V – Online Heists

New info started coming out today about the GTA V Online Heists content patch, for those lucky few that started seeing it already, patch is reportedly sitting around 4.8GB in size, on the Xbox One. I have the re-mastered XOne version. However, as I’m writing this, none of my friends do, so I don’t have anyone local to test out these heists with. We’ll have to wait and see, or maybe try on the 360.

Halo Master Chief Xbox One Bundle

Microsoft is launching a Master Chief Collection XBox One bundle to help boost their numbers. The no-frills bundle is available without a Kinect, and a digital copy of the Master Chief Collection. No custom box, no custom controller, standard 500Gb HDD. Kind of a letdown.

Borderlands Aplenty

At Pax East this weekend, Gearbox announced both, the next installment to the Tales From The Borderlands, and the next DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

Tales From the Borderlands, Telltale’s game, will have episode 2 released March 17th, 2015. I’ve been sitting on the TellTale Collection for the XOne for some time now, and I haven’t gotten the chance to start these games. But will soon.

Also announced was the next DLC to Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – Claptastic Voyage. The DLC takes place inside Claptrap’s head, and is supposed to help bridge the gap between the Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2. Release March 24th, 2015.

Also released that week is the Handsome Jack Collection, which I’ll be picking up. I was uneasy about the idea of the Pre-Sequel being released on the Xbox 360 and figured that it might be re-released on the One, and lo, here we are. Combo of the Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2 re-mastered. The Pre-Sequel also includes the Season pass for DLC.

“”I wonder if i plant you in the ground, if you will grow taller?” -Psycho”

Destiny News

A new interesting tidbit from Destiny this week is the Inferno game-play mode in the Crucible:

From the Grimoire:

“A modified variant of multiple Crucible match types, Inferno tests your Light against the darkest of conditions.

Darkness prevails, leaving Guardians to rely on their weaponry and combat skills alone. The enemy can only be found by sight and sound alone. Rely on your teammates and keen tracking to stalk your enemies and shut them down without the trust in your most powerful abilities.

True skill put to the ultimate test. No trackers. No Supers. No bonuses. Only kills earn points.

I’ve been meaning to do a follow-up to December’s review, as I did continue to play, and made it through the DLC, completed the Raid, and made it to level 30. I also quit cold turkey one day, and haven’t really looked back.

Maybe I’ll do a quick play through of the first DLC and write up a follow up/2nd opinion piece. Title it “Change of Heart”, as its both applicable, and the name of an achievement from the game.

Change of Heart (Reverse a decision you made in the upgrade grid) – 20G.

So witty.

Out!