My Gaming Goals of 2011: Retrospective.

So, as you may or may not remember, I set a bunch of goals for myself last year to accomplish in the realm of gaming. And, since the year ended, I can report on whether I succeeded or not.

100% LA Noire and 5 star every case.

Progress: Completed! This one was fairly challenging. 5 Starring each case wasn't hard, but some of the other Trophies were. There was one for one of the DLC cases where I had to shoot four dudes whilst they were driving cars. And finding all those film reels was a long process. Now, if only GB would allow connecting to PSN accounts for cheap-o members like me. I understand having things that are only for paying members, but come on!

Upload at least one good LittleBigPlanet 2 level.

Progress: I did upload a level last summer, and it's certainly playable, and goofy. Whether that makes it good is questionable, but I'm counting it!

Become skilled at Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Progress: One time a guy rage quit on me, and another time someone sent me a profane/racist message after a match. I think that counts.

Acquire a copy of ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman

Progress: I did this pretty early last year. ZHP is a pretty neat game, at least if you like things that are very Japanese and very crazy. Definitely worth playing if you have a PSP.

S-Rank Deadly Premonition

Progress: Go check my Achievements. You will see that it has been done. It's not very hard, just time intensive.

Finish Alpha Protocol (with my friend).

Progress: We did it! A while ago, of course, but we did it nonetheless. I would even say that game was my favorite non-2011 game of 2011.

Beat Deus Ex: Human Revolution with zero kills.

Progress: Not only zero kills, but zero kills AND zero alerts, on hard no less! And I S-Ranked it! (Not counting DLC.) Again, if only I could connect my PSN account to GB!

Try once again to beat Dead Rising (and probably not succeed).

Progress: Did not beat it, but I tried. This was the one I knew I couldn't do, so I built a fail-safe in.

Don't buy this year's Call of Duty.

Progress: I didn't buy it! Too bad 25 million other people did.

Don't buy anything at GameStop.

Progress: I did not buy a single thing there!

Buy at least one Wii game.

Progress: I bought three! Three! Of course, two of them were from previous years (Red Steel 2 and Metroid Other M), but Skyward Sword was pretty rad.

Beat Yakuza 3, then buy/beat Yakuza 4.

Progress: Not only did I beat both of them, I thought they were both great. Can't wait for Yakuza: Dead Souls.

Buy the new Mortal Kombat game, and memorize some fatalities.

Progress: Do you know what back foward back forward square does? It's one of Smoke's fatalities.

Resist buying Portal 2 (or any other Valve product) until Valve gives some solid details on the next Half-Life game.

Progress: Did not buy it. I went to ridiculous lengths to play it without Valve finding out, but I didn't buy it.

Never Give up on the other long rumored games I've been waiting for.

Progress: The DREAM has not died!

Get back my S-Rank in ME2.

Progress: Did that AGES ago. Though I fear for my S-Ranking streak in ME games, because I just know there's going to be some multiplayer ones in ME3, and I refuse to pay for Xbox Live, and I can't just abandon my 360 saves.

See every hidden Calendar Man conversation in Batman Arkham City

Progress: It took me a good 40-45 minutes to exit out to the main menu and change the time setting a bunch of times, but I did it.

So, as you can see, I accomplished all of my goals! I'll try and think of some goals for this year and post them soon. Hopefully, unlike last year, events beyond my control won't stop me from completing any (like ME3 being pushed back, making any ME3 goals that I had set earlier last year impossible).

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Posted by MooseyMcMan

So, as you may or may not remember, I set a bunch of goals for myself last year to accomplish in the realm of gaming. And, since the year ended, I can report on whether I succeeded or not.

100% LA Noire and 5 star every case.

Progress: Completed! This one was fairly challenging. 5 Starring each case wasn't hard, but some of the other Trophies were. There was one for one of the DLC cases where I had to shoot four dudes whilst they were driving cars. And finding all those film reels was a long process. Now, if only GB would allow connecting to PSN accounts for cheap-o members like me. I understand having things that are only for paying members, but come on!

Upload at least one good LittleBigPlanet 2 level.

Progress: I did upload a level last summer, and it's certainly playable, and goofy. Whether that makes it good is questionable, but I'm counting it!

Become skilled at Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Progress: One time a guy rage quit on me, and another time someone sent me a profane/racist message after a match. I think that counts.

Acquire a copy of ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman

Progress: I did this pretty early last year. ZHP is a pretty neat game, at least if you like things that are very Japanese and very crazy. Definitely worth playing if you have a PSP.

S-Rank Deadly Premonition

Progress: Go check my Achievements. You will see that it has been done. It's not very hard, just time intensive.

Finish Alpha Protocol (with my friend).

Progress: We did it! A while ago, of course, but we did it nonetheless. I would even say that game was my favorite non-2011 game of 2011.

Beat Deus Ex: Human Revolution with zero kills.

Progress: Not only zero kills, but zero kills AND zero alerts, on hard no less! And I S-Ranked it! (Not counting DLC.) Again, if only I could connect my PSN account to GB!

Try once again to beat Dead Rising (and probably not succeed).

Progress: Did not beat it, but I tried. This was the one I knew I couldn't do, so I built a fail-safe in.

Don't buy this year's Call of Duty.

Progress: I didn't buy it! Too bad 25 million other people did.

Don't buy anything at GameStop.

Progress: I did not buy a single thing there!

Buy at least one Wii game.

Progress: I bought three! Three! Of course, two of them were from previous years (Red Steel 2 and Metroid Other M), but Skyward Sword was pretty rad.

Beat Yakuza 3, then buy/beat Yakuza 4.

Progress: Not only did I beat both of them, I thought they were both great. Can't wait for Yakuza: Dead Souls.

Buy the new Mortal Kombat game, and memorize some fatalities.

Progress: Do you know what back foward back forward square does? It's one of Smoke's fatalities.

Resist buying Portal 2 (or any other Valve product) until Valve gives some solid details on the next Half-Life game.

Progress: Did not buy it. I went to ridiculous lengths to play it without Valve finding out, but I didn't buy it.

Never Give up on the other long rumored games I've been waiting for.

Progress: The DREAM has not died!

Get back my S-Rank in ME2.

Progress: Did that AGES ago. Though I fear for my S-Ranking streak in ME games, because I just know there's going to be some multiplayer ones in ME3, and I refuse to pay for Xbox Live, and I can't just abandon my 360 saves.

See every hidden Calendar Man conversation in Batman Arkham City

Progress: It took me a good 40-45 minutes to exit out to the main menu and change the time setting a bunch of times, but I did it.

So, as you can see, I accomplished all of my goals! I'll try and think of some goals for this year and post them soon. Hopefully, unlike last year, events beyond my control won't stop me from completing any (like ME3 being pushed back, making any ME3 goals that I had set earlier last year impossible).

Posted by Claude

The Deus Ex: Human Revolution achievement seems pretty cool. Congrats! I almost picked that game up today. So close...had it my hands. How is Red Steel 2? Does it suck?

Posted by Management

You are a madman, I shelf my games after completing them once, or if I really like them and there is a new game+, after that.

I admire people who can stick with one game that long, I used to be able to, but not anymore.

Posted by AjayRaz

Yakuza respect yo

Posted by MooseyMcMan

@Claude said:

The Deus Ex: Human Revolution achievement seems pretty cool. Congrats! I almost picked that game up today. So close...had it my hands. How is Red Steel 2? Does it suck?

Red Steel 2 is as good as Red Steel 1 is bad. It makes great use of WiiMotion Plus, and it's really satisfying to launch a dude into the air, and then do an air combo. Definitely the best first person melee combat in any game I've ever played (which isn't saying much, but I still think the game was pretty good).

Posted by Claude
@MooseyMcMan: I remember watching a few videos of Red Steal 2. The air combo reminded me of the first time I played Devil May Cry but in first person.
Posted by weegieanawrench

I envy you for that Deus Ex cheevo. I tried to get it to, but had no idea that the prologue counted. Needless to say, I was super fucking pissed when the credits rolled.

Edited by mandude

I share the first two goals with you, but sadly, I failed in them. I simply have too many games to catch up with. :(

Posted by Djstyles92

Is that fatality the one where he sticks his fingers into the dudes head and makes his skin melt off?

Posted by dankempster

Congratulations on finishing pretty much every single thing on your list, Moosey. Some of those are seriously huge personal gaming achievements, so you should be proud. Major kudos to you, man.

I remember putting together something similar to this around September of last year. I was thinking about revisiting it and writing something about how much I achieved, but after re-reading that particular blog I instantly gave up on that idea. I achieved quite a bit over the last few months of 2011, but pretty much none of it was what I put on that list. In that respect, I admire your achievements even more.

Posted by NonDragonfly

Those are some pretty big accomplishments, well done mate :)

What did you think on Yakuza 4 compared to 3? I personally found 3 better, the story and character development seemed greater. I can see what they tried to do with 4, having multiple characters and all, but I don't think it paid off as well as they would like.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

@Djstyles92 said:

Is that fatality the one where he sticks his fingers into the dudes head and makes his skin melt off?

Yes.

@NonDragonfly: I liked 4 better, but I can see how switching from one character to another could impact one's view on the characters.

Posted by BeachThunder

Wait, so you pirated Portal 2 (and intend to pirate other Valve games too) in order to not fail your own completely unreasonable goal?

Posted by IkariNoTekken

Nice job getting them done.

I thought about doing something similar but I really can't afford to spend extra time with a game unnecessarily. I recently went through and catalogued my backlog and it totals 161 games.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

@BeachThunder said:

Wait, so you pirated Portal 2 (and intend to pirate other Valve games too) in order to not fail your own completely unreasonable goal?

No, I borrowed my friend's copy of the PS3 version of the game. I don't have a PC that can run that game, and even if I did, no amount of hate toward Valve would lead to me pirating something they made.

And the last time I checked, borrowing a game is not pirating. I gave it back.

Posted by BeachThunder

Alright, fair enough, just the way you phrased it sounded kind of devious D:

Anyway, well done on doing Deus Ex without setting off any alarms, that must have taken a lot of patience.

Posted by ssj4raditz

Some hefty accomplishments!

Although I fail to see how not buying a game counts, but you obviously have your reasons.

Edited by PrivateIronTFU

@Claude said:

@MooseyMcMan: I remember watching a few videos of Red Steal 2. The air combo reminded me of the first time I played Devil May Cry but in first person.

I enjoyed what I played of Red Steel 2, pretty sure I got 3/4 of the way through. But if you're some sort of 'loading screen' door fetishist, the game is an absolute must buy.

Also to OP, awesome job on Deus Ex with no kills AND no alarms. I only got the no kills one. I'm pretty sure I triggered half the alarms. I'm not so sneaky.

Posted by Claude
@PrivateIronTFU said:

@Claude said:

@MooseyMcMan: I remember watching a few videos of Red Steal 2. The air combo reminded me of the first time I played Devil May Cry but in first person.

I enjoyed what I played of Red Steel 2, pretty sure I got 3/4 of the way through. But if you're some sort of 'loading screen' door fetishist, the game is an absolute must buy.

Haha, I remember those doors from the Giant Bomb Quick Look.