At the start of this year I wrote an article about 10 achievements that I was most proud to have obtained. I figured it would be interesting to reflect on certain achievements that I had gained that I don’t remember so fondly or ones that required some kind of grind. You know, those games that have really straight forward achievement lists and then for whatever reason the developers thought it would be fun to add in a single achievement that takes more time to unlock then all the rest. If you’re any type of completionist then you’ll understand the frustration that can be involved in seeing a game that only requires a single achievement left before its 100% complete. So, let’s have a look at 10 achievements that may or may not have taken the most time to obtain but more than likely required the least amount of skill.
10 – Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (Xbox 360) – Rookie Award
“Complete the game’s first Mission”
As of right now this is the only achievement that I have unlocked in this game and that was just under 5 years ago. I still have the game but for whatever reason have no desire whatsoever to play the damn thing. It’s not the worst game ever made or anything but it’s got to be up there for one of the worst games of the last generation. It’s ugly to look at, the controls are clunky and you’ll find yourself fighting the camera most of the time. It has a few interesting ideas but they’re executed so poorly that it’s just plain boring.
09 – Rayman Jungle Run (WP) – Lums Survival!
“NO, this is NOT true! You DID NOT JUST DO THAT! I can’t believe it. The cake is a lie!!”
I’m kind of cheating with this one as it easily could and probably should have made my list of achievements I was proudest of. It requires you to go through the entire game, collect almost every lum and you have to do it all in a single life. I was the second person to unlock this achievement on the True Achievements website; it requires a great deal of skill. The reason I’ve decided to add it to this list is because it was extremely stressful to obtain, took many hours and involved lots of failed attempts. Unless you feel like losing some hair, I do not recommend even attempting this.
08 – Crackdown (Xbox 360) – Orb Hunter
“Collect 300 Hidden Orbs”
As the description states, collect 300 orbs hidden around a massive sandbox. Now, this is one of those that I cannot imagine gaining without a guide or checklist. The worst part was that I managed to screw up that somewhere along the way and ended up with 299 and no idea which one I had missed. Eventually I figured it out which it was but it was pretty annoying.
07 – Forza Motorsport 3 (Xbox 360) – Solid Gold
“Achieve a gold trophy in every single race in the Event List in Season Play mode.”
I’m honestly not sure how much credit I get for even having this achievement. You have to complete over 1000 races; the negative is that some of these races can last up to 30 minutes long. The positive is that you can hire a virtual driver to complete the races for you one by one while you go off and watch a movie or something. It can take up to 100 hours to get this achievement with the virtual driver doing all work!
06 – WWE 13 (Xbox 360) – King Of The World
“Achieve the maximum rank on Xbox LIVE.”
I’m not 100% certain but this is one of those achievements that is likely impossible to obtain legitimately. Me and The Disc had to play match after match until we finally got this one just before 2K closed down the servers making it unobtainable.
05 – Tomb Raider (Xbox 360) – True Commitment
“Multiplayer level 60 attained”
This is one of those grindy achievements that I was talking about in the introduction. I’m still trying to understand the logic behind Tomb Raider having a multiplayer mode and yet the biggest joke is that I was actually really good at it. The not so funny part was that the online community was almost non-existent from the very start so if you wanted to get all the way to level 60 for the achievement it meant one thing. There is a pretty solid way to grind/boost experience to work up to maximum level but it’s extremely repetitive and takes far too many hours.
04 – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Xbox 360) – Time To Kill
“Watch credits to the end”
I’ll definitely never skip another games end credits after missing out on this achievement during my first play-through of the game. Having only a single save file meant that I had to replay the entire game for this one achievement, nice one Rockstar.
03 – Connect 4 (WP) – Legendary Connector
“Play 1000 Matches”
Anyone that has a Windows Phone for gaining achievements on the go will have learned that it’s not as clear cut as it seems. The vast majority of the games in the Windows store have one or more extremely grindy achievements that do nothing but force you to complete mind numbingly boring tasks. It has to be some kind of sick joke to ask a person to play 1000 Connect 4 games, it has to be.
02 – The Simpsons Game (Xbox 360) – Press START to Play
The name of the achievement says it all, you press start at the title screen and you get an achievement.
01 – Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Burning Earth (Xbox 360) – All Five achievements
This game only has five achievements and all of them can be gained and unlocked in less than two minutes, not too proud of that one. The game has become quite rare and even sells for quite a lot more than it’s worth due to this fact.