A Little Bit at a Time

It tends to surprise my mates when they look at the Achievements List on my official Xbox Gamer Tag and see that all of the Achievements for certain games have not already been unlocked…  Games that have existed on my account for — in several cases — time periods measured in years.

This is not a case of one of my mates noticing a game like LA Noire and saying “how could you have stopped playing at X number of Achievements unlocked?!” or anything like that, but more a case of — well, let me quote the actual PM:

D00d WTH?!  I get it that you only have half the Chieves for Wolfenstein 3D but you have owned Doom for like three years and you still have not finished Episode 2??!?!?!  And don’t hit me with that lame assed excuse you always use and say you just do not have the time to game for pleasure anymore because we both know that is utter pants!

OK, for the record I have 59 of 60 Achievements unlocked for LA Noire — it would be 60/60 but I loaned the game to a friend six months ago and never had the opportunity to drop by their house, which is at mid-Cape so is not really convenient for me to visit but eventually I will, and then I will loan them another stack of games and get mine back…  Still…

So here is the deal: there are certain games on my Xbox that I play in small, bite-sized and very sincerely savored chunks.  Doom is one of them, so is Wolfenstein — in fact here is the complete list of games that I play (and their Achievements Count since my mates seem to be unnaturally focused upon that odd statistic plus the day I first played them) strictly for pleasure and for which I indulge myself in taking my time:

  • Call of Duty Classic (5/12) 12 February 2010
  • Crackdown 2 (12/70) 1 July 2010
  • Doom (5/12) 27 October 2008
  • Forza Motorsport 2/3/4  (38/44 – 48/50 – 53/58)  10/13/08 – 11/23/09 – 10/11/11
  • Hasbro Family Game Night  (38/91) 30 May 2009
  • Mercury HG (7/18) 27 September 2011
  • Minecraft (16/20) 13 May 2012
  • Naughty Bear (13/66) 8 July 2010
  • Oblivion (19/60) 9 December 2009
  • Snoopy Flying Ace (2/12) 28 July 2010
  • Ticket to Ride  (15/15)  22 September 2008
  • Tony Hawk’s PS HD  (5/16) 21 July 2012
  • Toy Soldiers & TS Cold War   (6/18 & 8/20)  3/9/10 – 2/9/12
  • Wolfenstein 3D  (6/12)  10 August 2012
  • Zuma  (2/12)  14 February 2010

Now to be fair you may look at my games played list and think that for certain titles I just game up on them, but that is not the case…  For instance it was not an unwillingness to play but the actual inability to play the following games that caused me to stop playing them:

  • FIFA 12 (2/45) I am not a big fan of sports games…
  • Fruit Ninja Kinect (0/21) I prefer to watch Autumn play, she is a wizard!
  • Gears of War (11/57) Co-Op Game Peter and I play when we have the time.
  • G.R.A.W. (5/43) Seriously bugged, crashes and cannot be played.
  • Puzzle Quest (1/12) I just do not like this game…
  • Scrap Metal (1/12) Cannot get past the level I am stuck on…
  • The Sims 3 (15/50) Cannot find the disc, it went missing!

So there you have it — the full statistical analysis of my games, game play preferences, and the games that I consider to be treasures that are to be enjoyed in small play sessions so as to squeeze the maximum enjoyment and entertainment out of them!

Now beyond the above lists I shall share with you my Top Ten All Time Favorite Games from my Games Played List on the Xbox 360 (note that this does not represent my All Time Favorite Games of All Time Every since it only includes the games on the Xbox 360 Console, just saying).  These are the Top 10 as I say, with Numero Uno being the most favored, and etc.

  1. Fallout 3 (72/72) First Played on 3 December 2008
  2. Forza Motorsports 4 (53/58) 11 October 2011
  3. Dragon Age: Origins (49/76) 16 December 2009
  4. Hitman: Blood Money (24/24) 13 June 2008
  5. The Godfather (56/58) 24 September 2008
  6. Assassin’s Creed II (48/50) 4 December 2009
  7. Forza Motorsport 2 (38/44) 13 October 2008
  8. Alan Wake (48/67) 29 April 2010
  9. Final Fantasy XIII (31/35) 6 April 2010
  10. Bully: Scholarship Edition (36/38) 6 June 2008

Now that I have shared mine with you, you should share yours with me, so please comment back to me your Top Ten All Time Favorite Games from YOUR Games Played List on YOUR Xbox 360!