(I know this is being posted on a Sunday, but I didn’t want to wait another week before posting an article)
A few weeks ago, I cleared the 40,000 mark on my Xbox Gamerscore, and thought that now was as good a time as any to reflect on the games that I earned those achievements from, since 10K marks just bring that out in people. I must, however, firstly apologise to those who do not own an Xbox 360, as you probably don’t share my enthusiasm for the system (actually, you probably don’t even if you do own one). I’ve never really rated the trophy system on the PS3, and I think Jak has conclusively proved that Nintendo couldn’t pull such a system off.
I find it quite nostalgic to look back through my accumulated Gamerscore, as it reminds me about some of the best gaming experiences I’ve had over the last few years. I remember quite vividly that the first game I got every achievement on was good ol’ “Bioshock”, which felt like a big achievement at the time, and for which I was desperate to show off about. Since then, I’ve managed to get all the achievements on a further 12 games, those being:
- Rayman Origins
- - Assassin’s Creed II
- - Shadows of the Damned
- - Plants vs Zombies
- - Bayonetta
- - Bastion
- - Ninety-Nine Nights
- - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
- - Fallout: New Vegas
- - Brink
- - Fallout 3
- - Deathspank
Also, honourable mentions go to “Dragon Age II” and “Resident Evil 5”, whom I cleared save for the DLC. Dishonourable mentions go to “BulletWitch”, “The Last Remnant”, “Worms 2: Armageddon”, “Dungeon Defenders”, “Enslaved”, “Guitar Hero World Tour” and “Beyond Good & Evil” for all appearing on my played list and not yet yielding a single achievement.
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As I think we can all agree, that’s a bit of a mixed bag, although generally I’ve found that if I enjoy a game I make the effort to get the achievements on it. A lot of people often see achievement hunting as a bit of a waste of time, and whilst I can’t really disprove something so subjective, I find achievements often motivate me to see aspects of a game I might never do. Now, this may well lead to something horrible and repetitive (I challenge anyone to get all the achievements in “Ninety-Nine Nights” and enjoy it), but it can also lead to some cool stuff I may never have seen before. “Portal 2” invites the player to use the most devious ways of playing the game to discover some great Easter Eggs. “XCOM: Enemy Unknown” sets up some great tactical challenges, such as clearing maps with one soldier or psychically possessing one of the powerful Ethereals.
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So that’s why I love achievements. Since this is a bit of a retrospective, I thought it would be nice to reflect on some of the more memorable achievements I’ve seen, and give awards accordingly. Here we go:
Hardest Achievement- Although there are numerous achievements that are glitched or rely on long-dead multiplayer servers, I’m going to give this to the “Mr Perfect” achievement on “Mega Man 10”. You have to beat THE WHOLE GAME without getting hit. Yeah.
Easiest Achievement- “The Birth of an Assassin” from “Assassin’s Creed II”. I may be misremembering here, but I swear you get this 20G achievement for starting a new game and pressing no buttons. Runners up include achievements for watching the credits, appearing in both “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” and “Duke Nukem Forever”.
Best Name- Again from “Deus Ex: Human Revolution”, we have “Balls”, with the rather brilliant description of “Seems you like playing with balls, eh?”. For a game that strives to be mature, something this childish is brilliant.
Most dickish- I think this is going to have to be a tie between “Dastardly” and “Manifest Destiny”, both from “Red Dead Redemption”. One involves hogtying a woman and watching her get run over by a train, the other involves wiping out the buffaloes. Wow.
Best Image- By which I mean the icon used to represent the achievement. I’m going to go for “Episode 1 cleared!” from “Deadly Premonition”. I mean, just look at it.
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Biggest Achievement- There are 2 achievements in “Ninety-Nine Nights” that are worth 200G. Are they worth getting? No.
Worst Achievement- “Seriously 2.0” from “Gears of War 2”. Involves killing 100,000 enemies which, by my maths, would require you to play the game for 3 hours a day, every day, for about 3 months. Fuck. That.
Best Achievement- I’m going to go for “Against All Odds” from “Mass Effect 2”. Without spoiling anything, this achievement, whilst not too difficult to get, just makes you feel awesome.
Oh, and finally, I would like to apologise to Warhammer Fans, as this article has nothing to do with Warhammer 40k. I probably should have said that sooner.