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.




Not a Valentine’s Day Special unfortunately…

Saint’s Row IV is definitely not the most relevant game of choice, but ILLESTRADER and I recently got the weekly game nights running again, which has been nice. It’s given us the chance to re-visit co-op games we hadn’t completed while we wait for some new ones to come out (Dying Light).

One of the games that we have re-visited is Saint Row IV, since we haven’t completed it yet. After Saints Row The Third, being as spectacular as it was, I had high hopes for IV. But for me it was very disappointing. They took the one zany portion from III where you have super powers and turned it into a full game. Same city, just everything is a simulation, with hacking, and glitches. It just felt like they took all the bugs, texture popping and left over ideas, and added them as features. The game does have its notable moments, and some of the missions are very unique in design. It’s a breath of fresh air over some other co-op games, and I guess that’s what they were actually going for.

We’ve been playing on the Xbox 360, and may end up getting the Xbox One Re-elected version with Gat Out of Hell expansion afterwards.

The achievement I’m choosing was just a coincidence, and played nicely into the re-grouping of friends for game night.


Achievement of the Week – Saints Row IV

5+f6J6DOAbout Time – 30G
Completed “Welcome Back” and got the gang back together at last.

This achievement is story related, and can’t be missed. The beginning half of the game is about infiltrating the simulation city and extracting your friends from their respective predicaments, and getting them back to the ship. Kinda like The Matrix.


Last week I finished Rise of the Tomb Raider, and will be writing a review for that, and over this past week, I also tried out Styx: Master of Shadows, started and finished Beyond Good & Evil HD, and have been playing EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA Tour religiously, or at least until the EA Access trial runs out.

Sunday Feb 7 – Saturday Feb 13: 635G

Saints Row IV

  • About Time (Completed “Welcome Back” and got the gang back together) – 30G
  • Maximum Stopping Power (Completely upgraded one of your weapons) – 20G

Beyond Good and Evil HD

  • Hovercraft (Power up the hovercraft) – 5G
  • Gamble King 2 (Win 3 times in the pellet game against Francis) – 15G
  • Gamble King 1 (Win 3 times in the coconut shell game against Peepers) – 5G
  • Kicking *** (Kill 10 Alpha Section guards) – 15G
  • Bounty Hunter (Chase down all 4 looters) – 20G
  • Racing Champion (Score 1st in all 4 hovercraft races) – 20G
  • Big Heart (Get 10 hearts for Jade’s HP) – 15G
  • Moneybags (Discover 80 pearls) – 20G
  • Project Apollo (Pilot the spaceship to the moon) – 10G
  • Beyond Good and Evil (Complete the game) – 40G

Styx: Master of Shadows

  • Born in the shadows (Extinguish 30 torches) – 15G
  • Reminiscences (Finish the introduction) – 15G


  • Graduation (Earn your PGA TOUR card) – 10G
  • Pin Seeker (Hit the flag stick) – 15G
  • Ace Andrews Special (Get a hole in one) – 75G
  • Nothing But Cup (Hole a shot from over 100 yards) – 50G
  • Daily Competition (Play in a Daily Online Tournament) – 30G
  • Weekly Competition (Play in a Weekly Online Tournament) – 30G
  • The FIX is in (Win the U.S. Open with Rory vs Martin Kaymer) – 15G
  • Seeing Stars (Earn 3 stars in a challenge) – 10G
  • Feeling Boosted (unlock your first boost) – 10G
  • Now you’re golfing with Portals (Hit through a portal for the first time) – 15G
  • Battle Begins (Unlocked Parcel Storm Challenges) – 25G
  • Playing For Rank (Play in a Ranked Online H2H Game) – 30G
  • Playing For Fun (Play in a Unranked Online H2H Game) – 30G
  • All I Do Is Win (Win a PGA TOUR event) – 15G
  • Invitation Only (Win the EA SPORTS Spring Invitational) 30G


Back to news and new games on Tuesday, and a review lined up for Thursday. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day.

-iRogan ❤