Friday, 4 November 2016

January- April Catch Up

After beginning a backlog catch-up at the start of the year, 2016 has seen a gigantic lull in blogging updates with gaming suffering the most. The catch up has finally begun and starts with monthly summaries only while the daily/weekly statistics are being collated which has taken a long time with such a backlog.


Continuing from where the opening blog for the year left off, January started 2016 in good form with 152 unlocks to extend the run of 100+ per month.

The platform was 122/30 so a huge domination for the 'current gen'. Just one completed game this month in the form of Cubot -The Complexity of Simplicity.

The other totals saw a haul of 7783 TA with a 7148/635 divide while the gamer score saw a total of 4800 G with a split of 4325/475.

The first gaming goal of the year came on the 22nd as I finally reached 250,000 TA.


February continued the good start to the year with a slight reduction on January with 141 unlocks to extend the run of 100+ per month.

The platform split was 133/8 which saw not only a huge domination from the 'current gen' but a sorry total for the X360 era.

The other totals saw a haul of 6196 TA with a 6027/169 divide while the G achieved was 3535 with a split of 3415/120.

No game completions this month though sadly but there was success in terms of goals with 8000 unlocks reached.


March continued the run of 100+ unlocks for the year but with a slightly lower total of 111 overall.

The platform split was 96/15 meaning another month dominated by the current gen but one which saw the figures for the non X1 platforms improve.

The other totals saw a haul of 6419 TA with a 5539/880 divide while the G achieved was 3600 with a split of 3110/490.

A single completion this month in Lego Marvel Super Heroes. 


April just about continued the run of 100+ unlocks for the year with a slightly lower total of exactly 100 unlocks.

The platform split was 62/38 meaning that the non X1 platforms formed over a third of the total for the first time in 2016.

The other totals saw a haul of 6385 TA with a 3994/2392 divide while the G achieved was 2405 with a split of 1950/455.

A single completion this month in Riptide GP2,

This summary was originally started earlier in the year but after such a backlog of writing and blogging has taken until November to complete.

The next post will see May-August catch-up but the timescale of publishing is unconfirmed at present.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

January Begins In the Past

Back to the Future: The Game - 30th Anniversary Edition achievementsHopefully, the proposed weekly posts I tested in the back end of 2015 will be caught up in time for February but it's been said before so there is no guarantee. January began with a single achievement on the first day as I continued on Back To The Future on the Xbox One for 15 G.

Back to the Future: The Game - 30th Anniversary Edition achievementsChild of Light achievementsThe session continued into the following day with two further achievements on Back To The Future before starting on Child Of Light on the Xbox One which saw two further unlocks taking the total for the day to four and 90 G.

Jetpack Joyride (Win 8) achievements
Goosebumps: The Game achievements Jan 3rd saw a long awaited return from Jetpack Joyride (W8) which produced a single unlock before a huge debut for Goosebumps- The Game (X1) which resulted in ten unlocks making the day's total 11 achievements for a total of 215 G.

Rare Replay achievementsGoosebumps: The Game achievementsThe session on Goosebumps- The Game continued into the 4th with seven further unlocks before the return of Rare Replay (X1) resulted in a single unlock bringing the total to eight for a total of 175 G.

Spectra achievements Jan 5th saw the return of Spectra (X1) which was started back in Nov 15 and the return saw six unlocks for a great total of 200 G. The game has a good balance between point-to-point driving and retro graphics.

DiRT Showdown achievementsThe first backward compatible play of the year came on the 6th as Dirt Showdown (X360) raced in for a debut of nine unlocks for a total of 100 G and what a great game it is to play despite its age!

DiRT Showdown achievementsCompleting the first week of 2016, Dirt Showdown continued from the previous day and for a game that came out back in 2012, I'm puzzled as to how I had never known I owned it as it was a Games With Gold download just unsure as to when. The session resulted five unlocks for 60 G bringing the weekly total to 39 achievements for 795 G.

December/2015 Summaries

After finally getting around to catching up my posts left over from the end of November, the chance to do weekly summaries for December would make them out of date so I'll do the December summary coupled with the overall stats for 2015 before catching up on January itself.


The final month of end of 2015 saw the run of 100+ unlocks per month continue which meant that I had reached a full year of centurion months. The month saw a total of 108 unlocks with a wide split of 89/19 across the platforms.

The other totals saw a haul of 5543 TA with a 4710/833 divide while the gamerscore saw a total of 3165 G with a split of 2785/380.

The final three gaming goals which were within reach for the year were all successful with the goal of  beating 2014's unlock total completed on the 24th. Followed by the achieving on 150 different games goal came on the 27th and the 2-year achievement streak/730 days on the 28th.

Two completions came in the month with Lego Jurassic World (X1) on the 18th followed by Stick It To The Man (X1) on the final day of the year.


The year itself surpassed all records from the previous one to take the title of 'Best Ever Gaming Year' with the primary trio of records coming in the form of 1688 achievements (prev. 1652), 74,954 TA points (prev. 51,932) and 39,743 G (prev. 32,047).

Due to being the best year overall, 2014 featured a total of 35 milestones including...
  • Completed games- 45 (Mar), 50 (Jun) and 55 (Oct)
  • Achievements won- 6,250 (Jan), 6,500 (Mar), 6,750 (Jun), 7,000 (Jul), 7,250 (Sep), 7,500 (Oct) and 7,750 (Dec)
  • TA score- 170,000, 175,000 (Jan), 180,000 (Feb),185,000 (Mar), 190,000,195,000 (Apr), 200,000 (May), 210,000 (Jul) 220,000 (Aug), 230,000 (Oct) and 240,000 (Dec).
  • Gamerscore- 115,000 (Jan), 120,000 (Mar), 125,000 (Apr), 130,000 (May), 135,000 (Jul),  140,000 (Sep), 145,000 (Oct) and 150,000 (Nov).
So overall a great 20145 with plans and goals already in place to try and equal the success in 2016.


Monday, 28 December 2015

November Summary

After playing catch-up with the blog updates for November, here is the summary of the month as a whole...


The end of 2015 is just  a month away and after this month, just the annual achievement record is on the to-do list.

November saw a reasonable total of 131 achievements which continues the streak of 100+ in every month so far this year.

The biggest positive of month was reaching my all-time goal of 150,000 G (11th) which was coupled with just one completion in the form of Costume Quest 2 (X360).

In terms of numbers, November had a spread of 79 on Xbox One and a decent total of 52 on the Xbox 360/Windows platforms.

The other totals saw a haul of 4336 G split at 2739 (X1) and 1897 (X360/Win) coupled with 6317 TA split at 3262 (X1) and 3055 (X360/Win).

Lego Jurassic World Dominates November Finale

This post focuses on the final week of November from the 23rd-30th with the monthly summary to follow in the next post.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection achievementsThe 23rd saw Halo-The Master Chief Collection continue from the previous day with two further achievements for a total of 20 G.

Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series achievements

The following day saw the return of Minecraft-Story Mode with Episode 2 being the focus with the outcome of six achievements for a nice haul of 200 G. The next episode came into play the following day with five achievements unlocked for 135 G. The third episode was completed on the 26th with the last two achievements unlocked for 65 G.

LEGO Jurassic World achievements

The 27th saw Lego Jurassic World return with a long session across the story mode and hub worlds resulting in eight achievements for a reasonable 130 G.  The session continued into the next day resulting in a further two achievements for 40 G. Another two unlocks came the following day for just 30G as the game began to dominate the week.

Frozen Free Fall: Snowball Fight (Xbox 360) achievementsThe month ended with the debut of the Xbox 360 version of Frozen Freefall - Snowball Fight which saw four achievements unlocked for a total of 220 G.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

150,000G Reached In A Bumper Cross-Platform Fortnight

After the initial test of a weekly summary, a neglect in blogging began but with the end of 2015 just a few days away, I need to be up to date going into the new year starting with the remaining weeks of November. This post covers the period of the 8th-22nd November finishing with the two year anniversary statistics for the Xbox One.

Zoo Tycoon achievementsSpectra achievementsNovember 8 saw a session split between two games on the Xbox One in the form of Spectra and Zoo Tycoon with a total of three achievements and 45G split in favour of Spectra. 

EA SPORTS Active 2 achievements Costume Quest 2 (Xbox 360) achievementsA World of Keflings (Win 8) achievementsJames Cameron's Avatar achievements

The ninth saw a huge effort in the Achievement Chase with four games featuring - Avatar, EA Active 2, A World of Keflings (Win 8) and Costume Quest 2 which was a completion. The quartet combined for a huge total of 24 achievement and a massive haul of 1,167G.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas achievementsA shorter session followed on the 10th as GTA-San Andreas took centre stage with five achievements for 120G. The pursuit of reaching 150,000 G was within reach with just 185 G left to claim.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas achievements
Vancouver 2010 achievementsHalo: The Master Chief Collection achievements

November 11 is written as Armistice Day and in this context also as the day when I reached my all-time goal of 150,000 G.The plan had been to do a perfect split of 100,000 G on the X360/Windows platforms and 50,000 G on the Xbox One but a date stamped unlock meant a slight difference of 10 G overall. On the Xbox One was a Halo-The Master Chief Collection and on the '360- GTA-San Andreas and Vancouver 2010 with the latter being the historic game used for the milestone.  The trio of games combined for five achievements and 185 G.

Feeding Frenzy achievements      
 The 12th saw a début for backward compatible Xbox 360 game Feeding Frenzy which saw a reasonable three achievements for 30G. The following day saw Feeding Frenzy continue but with only two achievements for 40 G.

Gems of War achievementsThe 14th saw a tiny bit of play time as Gems of War was started on the Xbox One with just a single achievement being unlocked for just 5 G. The session continued into the next day with three further achievements unlocked for 45 G and the next day was the only game played for one more achievement for 50 G.

Q achievementsAfter débuting earlier in the month, Xbox One Indie game Q had a lengthy play session on the 17th with a total of 11 achievements unlocked for a very low 60 G but given the game's total is 99 achievements for 1000G, it was a small drop in the Q ocean.

Hexic HD achievementsJoy Ride Turbo achievementsNovember 18th saw two backward compatible '360 titles combine as Hexic and Joyride Turbo resulted in a total of seven achievements for 90 G.

Golden Axe achievementsAnother backward compatible from the Xbox 360 was given a début in the form of retro classic title Golden Axe which in a session of about an hour resulted in three achievements for 55 G.

Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series achievementsA new game came on the Xbox One as Minecraft -Story Mode received it's first play which saw four achievements for a total of 95 G

LEGO Jurassic World achievementsMinecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series achievementsThe following day saw the Minecraft-Story Mode session continue with a début for Lego Jurassic World also on the Xbox One coming later in the day, the two combined for four achievements and 125 G.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection achievementsNovember 22 marked two years since the launch of the Xbox One so it was apt that Xbox One title Halo-The Master Chief Collection was played on which saw two achievements for 15 G. However for the Xbox One itself, my statistics across the two years make for good reading with a total of 2172 achievements, 90,033 TA points and a huge haul of 50,405 G.