Zone of the Enders Achievement Guide
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+ Estimated achievement difficulty: 6/10
+ Offline: 25 (500)
+ Online: 0 (0)
+ Approximate time: 5-15 hours (Highly depending on skill and previous knowledge)
+ Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1 (2 recommended)
+ Missable achievements: 10 (Collectables, Ranking, Miscellaneous)
+ Does difficulty affect Achievements? Yes (You need to play on hard to get an overall grade of A)
+ Unobtainable achievements: 0
+ Extra equipment needed?: None
+ Cheats: No Cheats
The first Zone of the Enders belongs to the early area of PlayStation 2 games and therfore has a few problems that are easily outweight by the great atmosphere, design and overall gameplay. If you've played the game before, you can dive right into hard mode and grab every achievement in one go. New players can do this too, though I advise to do a quick playthrough on Normal or Easy to learn the combat and game progression.
Step 1 (Normal or Hard playthrough)
Before you start the game decide if want to play it once on hard or twice and start on Normal (or Easy) first to get a feel for the game and so you know the path of progression. This will make the second one easier. Since the game isn't very long an extra playthrough won't take up much time. For new players I suggest a Normal playthrough first.
Look in the guide to find a list of all sub-weapons. You will also get the passcodes with them. Look out for the miscellaneous achievements. I wrote them down in the order you'll unlock them. Keep in mind that you only can die up to four times, if you want the A-Rank on this playthrough. You also need all the A-Ranks on every of the five rescue missions.
Step 2 (Hard Playthrough if you picked Normal first):
If your first playthrough was not on hard, you should start a second one on this difficulty now. It is the lowest barrier for the overall A-Rank. If you've missed any achievement on the first playthrough, you can do it now. Focus on getting all five A-Ranks and don't die more than four times. This will net you the A-Rank on the overall evaluation.
Step 3 (Mop-Up
After you've gotten your A-Rank, reload the last save, die five times and beat the game again. This will unlock the B-Rank and also Zombie Neith, if this was your only playthrough.
You should now have 500
in Zone of the Enders HD and every achievement in the first Zone of the Enders. Now it's time for The 2nd Runner.