To celebrate hitting 6 figures I’m going to take a look back at the games I’ve played and pick out some best/worst of’s in various categories:

Most Satisfying Game Completion

Sometimes hitting 100% can be a right slog, other times it can be a cake walk, and some rare times it can be a genuinely rewarding achievement!

3rd place:  Lost Planet: This was a bit of a slow burner for me, but by the time I had decided to go for Master Pioneer and Extreme Soldier this game really had it’s hooks into me.  If it wasn’t for growing a little tired of the online towards the end of my journey to rank 50 this may have featured higher up the list.  Very little has come close to the satisfaction of beating this game on Extreme and collecting all the tokens across all difficulties, and a lot of credit must go to the survival mechanic built into the game for that satisfaction, “Survival horror” games could learn a lot from Lost Planet, I was on edge the entire time on Extreme mode.

2nd place:  Batman Arkham Asylum: Mastering the combat system in this game was one of the highlights of my entire life gaming.  When it finally clicked I really felt like the Batman I grew up watching in Batman: The Animated Series on Saturday mornings back in the 90s.  None of the other achievements were particularly challenging truth be told, but I must have spent as much time trying to beat the last few expert challenges as I did the entire rest of the game!

Winner:  Earth Defence Force 2017: The game may look like more like a Playstation 1 game than a current gen title, but what EDF lacks in the graphics department it more than makes up in pure unadultered fun!  But why was the game so satisfying to complete?  Because it was so devilishly hard on Inferno, a difficulty tailor made for local co-op, yet without a co-op partner there I was jumping between controller 1 and 2 and at times dual wielding both controllers – the missus thought I was mad[smile]. The TA ratios for this game would be sky high if it weren’t for the fact that less than 5’000 people have even played the game.  A crime in itself.

Honourable mentions

The Orange Box: There was just so much to do for the 100% on this one, and the Portal achievements required more thought than I’ve put into every other game on the 360 combined I suspect.

Call of Duty 2: Beating the game on Veteran was probably the first game completion that felt really satisfying.  I still remember fighting my way up that bloody hill!