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A couple weeks ago I started a series in which I take a look at all of the games I've added to my 1000 Club. I discussed how I learned of achievements, as well as how my perception of them changed as time went on. Today I will continue this list. As before, all games are listed in the order of which I completed them, beginning with the earliest. Shall we begin?
Ever since the beginning, the LEGO games have been an anomaly. In a world where licensed games are usually a hastily thrown together mess, and family games aren’t much better, developer Traveler’s Tales has managed to combine the two into something pretty great. The LEGO games are fun for persons of any age, and LEGO Batman is no exception.
In LEGO Batman, achievement are earned for finding all of the collectibles and secrets, collecting large amounts of studs, and completing all of the game’s bonus levels. There is nothing too difficult in the game, especially once you’ve got a few minikits, items that give the player certain bonuses like stud multipliers or item-locators, under your belt. There are a few one-off achievements, such as to throw 50 police officers using Bane, or to build a secret crocodile in a level. These will likely come naturally as you progress toward 100% completion. Overall, an easy and enjoyable game to 100%.
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption is one of the few games I’ve bought based on the name of the developer alone. It quickly became one of my favorite games of the seventh generation. With a beautiful art direction, captivating story, and excellent gameplay, it is easy to see why it is often hailed as the best Western game ever made.
The game’s achievement list is an example of achievements done right. They are creative, fun, and challenging, often tasking the player with doing things he or she wouldn‘t do under normal circumstances. One achievement requires riding from one corner of the map before sundown. Others require you survive with a $1000 bounty on your head for ten minutes and then escape, or to evade a $5000 bounty with the use of a pardon letter. The game’s list isn’t without fault, though. One achievement in particular, ‘How the West Was Won’ has the player achieve the highest rank in multi-player. The best way to do this is to complete the various gang hideouts in the game, but even with friends it is a very slow and arduous process.
There's also an achievement for hog-tying a woman to a rail-road track, so there's that.
Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty: Grenades- err, World at War took the series back to the second World War for Treyarch’s second outing in the main series. Designed to more closely be like Infinity Ward’s fantastic Modern Warfare, it was actually a pretty good, if almost identical, game. It is also the second most frustrated I’ve been trying to get an achievement.
Remember when I said in Part 1 that the enemies in Modern Warfare found a bottomless supply of grenades? Well the enemies in WaW found 10. And they also grew extra arms to better throw them at you. The game features the same infinitely-spawning enemies as previous iterations,. Automatic weapons are uncommon, and often their poor accuracy makes them ineffective in most situations. These factors easily make this the most difficult Call of Duty game on the market.
Most of WaW’s list consists of completing the game on veteran, finding all of collectibles, and taking part in the game’s co-op mode. All I really remember about my time with the game are the swarms of grenades… so many grenades. Once I even had to restart a level because the game gave me a checkpoint while I was standing on about 5 grenades. If you can survive the onslaught of grenades, the rest of the achievements will be no problem. Then again, if you can survive the onslaught of grenades, you’re probably Superman.
Assassin’s Creed II
After being disappointed with the first Assassin's Creed, the series fell off my radar. AC II and Brotherhood came and went, and I didn't care. Then one day I was in a BestBuy and happened to notice that AC II was on sale for $10. I figured for ten bucks I would give the series another chance. I was pleasantly surprised to learn most of my grievances had been fixed. Objectives were more varied, I preferred the Italian renaissance setting to that of the third crusade, and there weren't ten million flags to collect. The game also added features, including Assassin's tombs, platforming levels that remind me of Ubisoft's earlier Sands of Time games, and a series of puzzles that delve deeper into the game's sci-fi story.
Completing the aforementioned tombs and puzzles will net you most of the achievements of the game. The rest can be earned for playing through the story mode and collecting the 100 feathers hidden throughout the game. With the aid of a guide to find the feathers, none of the achievements in the game are too difficult, and any fan of the series would enjoy collecting them all.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
What is there to say about Call of Duty at this point? The campaign is a fun and exciting, if very scripted, thrill ride. The difficulty has been toned down this time around with the removal of respawning enemies and less over-zealous grenade spamming. The biggest notable addition in this installment is the addition of 'SpecOps' mode; a series of 2-player co-op challenges designed to be in the vein of CoD 4's Mile High Club.
Like previous entries on the list, there are no competitive multi-player achievements, and most achievements are earned for completing the campaign on veteran, as well as finding the collectibles hidden throughout. To earn the rest, you will have to finish all SpecOps missions on veteran. None of these challenges really compare to Mile High Club, so as long as you have a decent partner, they should be relatively easy. Overall, MW2 proves to be the easiest game in the series to 100%, but it still fun and worth checking out if you haven't already.
So that's 2 parts down! I tried to post this shortly after Part 1, but GI's website kept eating it. If you haven't read part 1 yet, you can do so here. To keep these a good size, I'll try to limit each article to about 5 or so games. This way I can discuss each game without the article being too long or too short. I've got many more games to get to, so keep an eye out for a new one of these every 3-4 days.
What games are you most proud of completing? Have any suggestions for future blogs? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and I'll see you next time!