Original Roadmap by Tyger7
. Updated to include DLC.
-Estimated achievement difficulty:
-Approximate amount of time to 1250:
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed:
1 (Though possibly will have to play every chapter again, if you don't collect everything in each).
-Number of missable achievements:
A few, but there is chapter select.
-Do cheat codes disable achievements?
-Does difficulty affect achievements?
Yes (Hard mode required, other difficulties stack)
-Extra equipment needed?
The achievements in this game are easy for the most part, though for finding all Tech Orbs in a single playthrough of each level would be highly unlikely. Because of this, it's suggested you do a playthrough on easy and then on hard. You'd probably have to replay most of the game anyways finding the rest of the orbs. Your upgrades will carry over since you can level select. The game will not tell you what levels you have beaten on hard difficulty, so you will want to beat the game on easy, then use chapter select and pick hard mode (must unlock the ability to play hard mode on those levels by beating the previous level on same mode). You can also choose to start a new journey from the start and pick hard as well and all of your stats still carry over. It will be good to note how the auto save in this game works. If you reload your last checkpoint, it will most likely erase all of your stats (orbs you've picked up, kills you've made, etc). The saving seems random at times, where you die you might restart right before that specific scene, and reloading in the same spot you died in might cause you to be much further back in progress. Buying an upgrade or collecting a mask will keep all data up to that point as well.
Step 1: Easy Playthrough (Suggested)
Since the difficulties stack, you can skip this playthrough if you want. To make it easier on yourself, you should play through and purchase all upgrades and get most orbs and all other achievements here. That way when you play on hard mode, you'll be fully upgraded and not have to worry about the various random achievements. Instead you can focus on finding the last orbs and just playing through the game.
Step 2: Hard Playthrough
Remember, when starting your hard playthrough, do it using chapter select or starting a new story from the main menu). From here on out, you can just continue the story. If you've already played the game, to make this go faster, hold
to skip cutscenes. If you decided this to be your first run through of the game, it will be pretty hard at first, but as you upgrade you should be able to tolerate it a little more. Having a fully upgraded character makes hard mode a lot easier to manage.
Step 3: DLC: Pigsy's Perfect 10
The DLC is a bit different than the game. There is no difficulty selection and you will concentrate more on being stealthy than fighting as you will be playing as Pigsy. You don't have a shield and usually one or two hits will kill you. So take your time and look for ways around mechs. When you are introduced to a new skill chances are you will be using it throughout the remainder of that level and from there on out. It would be a good idea to follow the collectables guide HERE
from the start (credit goes to thegingerfat1). Unlike the game, each chapter won't tell you what you're missing from the level select screen. It only tells you the total number of pin-up girls and food you've gotten out of the total found in the DLC. So if you've missed any and don't remember where, you'll have to play through each level again until you find which ones you've missed.
Step 4: Mop Up
If you have any other collectibles to get, or miscellaneous achievements to obtain, go ahead and do them with chapter select on easy. Your character will be completely maxed out and you've beaten the game twice, so you'll know this game very well. You can view your Tech Orb percentage in level select, as well as how many masks you have. You should do this on hard mode, so if you are faced with grinding an achievement in one spot, you can just die on purpose so your stats save (as reloading will usually erase all of your hard work).
Most of the achievements are very straight forward, and the only one that may cause you any concern is getting all of the Tech Orbs for every chapter. The game is fairly short, so you could complete the game in just a few days of dedicated play time. You'll be gaining very few achievements at first, but as you play you'll start gaining more and more at a faster pace. The faster you find the Tech Orbs at 100% per level, the faster you will finish this game. It's the only thing that really throws off the time to finish, by many hours if unlucky.