Mission achievable

Following up on my XCOM post yesterday, I think it’s safe to say have a thing for achievement hunting and it’s not necessarily that I want to 100% a game, my main weakness can be found in Steam’s global list versus my own achievements for particular game.

Once I have completed a game I often find myself browsing the achievement list to find either those I can obtain quickly or the more obscure achievements. You often find that games will place a number of achievements that can only be obtained by playing a certain Multiplayer campaign, I may try these but generally if it’s not my cup of tea I’ll ignore those and proceed with some other task.

My Rarest

More often and not there tends to be an obscure achievement that has only been unlocked by <0.4% of players. Those are my favourite as they usually mean playing the game in manner that isn’t completely within my comfort zone, yet rewarding me for doing so and I often discover better ways of playing. I have been known on occasion to have restarted a game once it’s apparent that I have missed out on a reward I was hunting for.

Defense Grid has always been a good go to game for tricky achievements that require some thought and planning in order to obtain them, I recently went back to it to complete some of the DLC that I hadn’t completed. The game is fun and getting gold on the level requires a fine balancing act as you try to avoid spending too much so you can build interest on the cash you have.

My Steam profile pages as one showcase with the rarest achievements I have collected and another that is a selection of achievements, I usually pick the strangest/fun looking ones to show off here.

My Favourites

I fondly remember the Fable 2 achievement The Black Knight with a massive nod to Monty Python, it asked you to shoot  the weapons, arms and then head off a skeleton, I must have tried it a hundred times at least before getting this one.

What’s your favourite achievement?
And do you intentionally hunt certain ones down?

#Achievements #Blaugust #Steam

Achievement End Game

Leala Turkey over at EpicDolls raised a very interesting question in their latest podcast, are achievements the new endgame hardcore?

I remember when the Planetside merits arrived and how they cause sudden shift in the games dynamic. In other games, it may not be such a bad thing, but in a PvP based game it caused terrible problem when you’d find yourself in a team with mostly supporting powers and very little fire power

I think that modern MMOs introduce these types of schemes as a type of end game content, things to do with your character in-between other endgame content. I’ve recently undertaking some tricky and grindy tasks in City of Villains to gain more badges, alot of them need certain enemies killed other need time spent  in certain areas.

Many will argue that achievements are a complete waste of time, but as introductions into games like EVE, WOW, Guild Wars and Warhammer’s Tome of Knowledge have proved they are becoming a stable part to any online game.

The introduction of more achievements with each release ensures you pick up that top level character once in a while.