Well, that was quite a week.
First, Britain voted to leave the European Union, then the England players also decided they wanted out from the continent by way of a limp performance against Iceland in Euro 2016.
I don’t know about you, but after all that I could do with getting back to some semblance of normality, preferably by talking about games.
“I just pulled a worm out of a pig's arse - 10/10!
Imagine the lovely wallpaper you could have if there was an accompanying achievement!
Speaking of achievements, Chris had a few things to say about some of his least favourite ones this week. It seems everyone has their own take on what makes a bad achievement; whether they are ridiculously difficult, unnecessarily grindy, or even a source of regret – much like Douthy’s choice:
PTC Bezza and Sam are loathe to partake in collectable achievements that don’t improve gameplay, while Fifa 09 took the brunt of BAMozzy’s anger:
“Least favourite is easy - having to play 50hours (yes HOURS) of Fifa 09 for 1 gamerscore!!! All that just to get a gamerscore divisible by 5 after scoring in the 89th minute (19 gamerscore)”
TippiestRook found issue with ‘Ultimate Spiderman’ in The Amazing Spiderman 2, DE4N MUFC’s blood pressure got dangerously high as he tackled Goat Simulator’s ‘The Flapmaster’, and both Metalrodent and crippyd were united in their frustration at Halo Reach’s ‘If They Came to Hear Me Beg…’ achievement. You know, the one which required you to survive a deadly fall by assassinating an Elite? Yep, I couldn’t do it either, and crippyd even had to outsource to unlock it:
“I had to get my mate to log on as me and get it for me. I tried hundreds of times and never managed it. 2 minutes after my friend had logged in it popped!”
My own choice was Titanfall’s campaign achievements, but I also share in Plasma wing’s annoyance at lazy achievement artwork. Over on our Facebook page, Jaime Rodriguez shared what it would take to for him to even begin to care:
I think we’d all become avid achievement hunters if Microsoft actually made this a thing. Go on Nadella, you’ve got billions in the bank!
Away from achievements, Max set up a vote so people can help him chose what to play over the summer. See the main image above for the choice of games on offer and have your say here.
Personally I voted for Overwatch and Rise of the Tomb Raider (twice), but Metalrodent reckons Max should pick up Metro Redux and Fallout 4 in aid of “spending your summer playing gloomy atmospheric post-apocalypse games.” How cheery.
At the time of writing there isn’t a clear frontrunner, so it’s probably best just to buy them all, Max.
There was news this week that Mass Effect will be getting another four books set between the events of ME 3 and Andromeda.
Sam will be avoiding them, but hopes the story of the game will still make sense, while the choice based multiple endings from the original trilogy led Metalrodent to beg the question - “which ending will it choose to continue things from?”
Is it just me or would these games be the perfect fit for a Choose Your Own Adventure book? Let’s make this happen, BioWare (for a percentage, of course).
Heavyarms_Kai kept up his and Rodent’s dominance of the Models thread with this latest acquisition:
One day I’ll actually get around to building the Guardian statue I got from my Halo 5 Xbox and break up the monopoly you two have on this thread.
Metalrodent also had a clip from Fallout 4 to share, proving that you really don’t want to mess with the Brotherhood of Steel:
I like how Dogmeat is completely unperturbed by the horrific battle engulfing him, that’s a well-trained hound!
I also had a ‘record that’ worthy moment in Warzone Firefight when it launched on Wednesday:
I’d like to think the Jackal who made that shot would have uploaded it as part of a kill montage to the Covenant’s own version of YouTube. #Kig-YarFTW #SpartanGetsPwned
Lastly, I have no idea what a Golden Kappa is, but Sam managed to pick one up during a Twitch stream. Not being an avid Twitch viewer…I think this is a good thing?
That’s it from the Community Round-up and me this week, but as always, if you’d like to feature in one yourself, or just want to chat games with some lovely people, then join the discussion in our forums or leave a comment below.