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Has Capcom found a workaround to Microsoft's stingy achievement rules? To date, all retail games are awarded 1,000 achievement points, and all Arcade games, no matter their size, only 200. Capcom's upcoming Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD and Resident Evil 4 games will both offer 1,000 achievement points, despite being download only. The reason for the higher points is that both games fall under Xbox Live's Games on Demand, not Arcade.
These games will have a retail presence in Japan, but stateside gamers will have to download them. This is a strange precedent for Microsoft. The only other similar case we know of is Death Smiles 2X, a shoot-em-up that was not localized for North America but was released via Games on Demand nonetheless.
So if you're a developer of an Xbox Live Arcade game, and want your title to have 1,000 achievement points, release at least one retail copy on Xbox 360 in a region somewhere in the world, and then tell Microsoft it should be listed under Games on Demand.
Here are the achievements for Code Veronica via Xbox360Achievements.org:
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Even though it did get 1,000 possible points, it still has far less actual achievements than the average retail title. I mean 150G for a weapon pick-up? That Rocket Launcher better be hidden behind a legion of zombies and a few hundred puzzles.
So far it looks like things you should accomplish just by finishing the game. That may have come off as negative, but I really enjoy achievements like this. I'm not sure if I'm going to pick this one up (still play the DC version yearly), but if I do, i know I won't have to knife 100 zombies just to get some points. Slightly off topic: Does anyone think that there were even 100 zombies in the game? This is old school RE, so the ammo/zombie ratio was pretty bad, you needed to run from kost encounters.
Perhaps Microsoft would allow you to release a Games on Demand game by simply paying a licencing premium if you really wanted to get a game out with 1,000 Gamerscore.
i only want RE4. i was expecting a makeover on veronica based off RE4 as fixed cameras are gay.
wow thats pretty cool ^^
I am definitely going to get both of these games. I haven't played Code Veronica since the Dreamcast days and Resident Evil 4 since the Gamecube days. Cannot wait to get them! :D