-Estimated achievement difficulty: 3/10
-Offline: 50 (1000)
-Approximate amount of time to 1000: 9-10 Hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1+ (some mission replays and challenges)
-Number of missable achievements: None (missions select)
-Do cheat codes disable achievements? No cheats (Costume unlock codes are okay)
-Does difficulty affect achievements? Yes, but difficulty achievements stack and on new game plus you can pick hardest difficulty, and just replay last mission for achievement).
-Glitchy achievements? Some achievements may take a while longer to unlock, specifically kill based ones.
-Unobtainable achievements? None
-Extra equipment needed? No
You get to pick 1 of the 3 characters available from the start of the game. You can pick any one you want, none have specific achievements related to them. You can pick any power you want, again no specific achievements related. The difficulty can be whatever you want as well, though there are achievements related to difficulty. You can play through on the hardest and all difficulty achievements will stack. You can, however, just start a new game+ from an easy playthrough(continue after beating game) and select the hardest difficulty. Replay the last mission, and the achievements will unlock for the harder difficulties. There are collectibles in this game in the form of challenges, posters, dossiers, and X-Genes. Follow the Collectible Guide HERE to reference where they are at. Just to point out, you do not need 100% of the suits and X-Genes for any achievements. You only need one entire set for an achievement.
Step 1: Brotherhood playthrough on easiest difficulty
This game has a system set like many other games, where your choices make you on one side or another (good/bad, light/dark, etc). The actual status bar has literally no effect on any achievements, so do no pay attention to it. Pick the easiest difficulty and as you play through, always side/choose anything to do with the Brotherhood. The characters in the Brotherhood include Magneto, Mystique, Toad, Pyro, Quicksilver, and Juggernaut. Make sure to always side with them. There is no need to ever dashboard to pick an alternate side for an achievement, it is not worth it.
You will get all collectible based achievements as well as 14/15 challenges. You will be missing Northstar's challenge. When you speak with him in the game, he will talk about his challenge but it will never trigger. Ignore this and move on.
Step 2: Replay specific missions for alternate achievements and challenge
Now you need to replay the specific missions below. They will allow you to get the remainder story based achievements as well as the last challenge. Go to load game in order to replay a level.
Mission 2: Pick to help Nightcrawler. Later on in the level, pick to Go with Cyclops. After you get both achievements associated with those choices, you may quit back to the main menu.
Mission 5: This mission sets you up for getting Northstar's challenge. You must get to the end of the level where Nightcrawler is. He will ask you where you want him to teleport. This time, choose the X-Men.
Mission 6: Now play until you get to to Northstar and you can finally do his challenge, which is the last one you need. Continue on with the mission and fight Magneto and Juggernaut again. When asked who you want to go with, pick Cyclops and the X-Men. This will give you an achievement as well as set you up for another achievement in Mission 7.
Mission 7: Last but not least, play until you have to destroy the 4 devices to save Northstar from mind control. Once done, you will get your last story based achievement.
Step 3: Replay Challenges/Mop Up
Note: The reason this is not the last step, is because once you start a new game on the hardest difficulty you will be playing the challenges on that difficulty. It's true you can change your difficulty in game, but you would have to do this every challenge.
Pick the various challenges that you failed to complete. Once they are done, get your kill achievements. Refer to "The Goon Squad" achievement description in the guide for more details and help. You can also replay levels to grab any collectibles you may need.
Step 4: X-treme and X-Man difficulty achievements
From the main menu, choose continue. The game will tell you about how you will keep your stats but your non-important status with X-Men and Brotherhood will be cleared. Accept the terms, and this time choose X-treme difficulty. Once the game starts, quit out to the main menu. Go to load and pick your character. Choose to play on Mission 8. This will be the hardest part of the game, you may look at the associated difficulty achievements for more info. After beating the last boss, you will get both achievements since they stack. Now you can reload the mission and let yourself die up to 100 times to get your 0 pointer.
This is a pretty short game in general and very easy on the achievements. Not being able to skip cutscenes makes this game longer than it normally would have been. Also, with 3 characters, 3 different power type trees, and 3 different power choices, you could still put a lot more time into this game. If they had achievements based on playing as every character and every power type, this game would have been twice as long at minimum. Seems they give you 1000 points and you only get to experience 1/3 of the game.
[x360a would like to thank Tyger7 for this Roadmap]
At the end of Mission 6, you will fight Juggernaut and Magneto. After the fight, you are given a choice on which side to join. Either X-Men or Brotherhood. If you pick X-Men, you will get this achievement.
Also see "Magneto Is Right" achievement description on alternate choice.
Note: If you choose this option, you will be able to get the "Fist of the..." achievement early on in the next level.
At the end of Mission 6, you will fight Juggernaut and Magneto. After the fight, you are given a choice on which side to join. Either X-Men or Brotherhood. If you pick Brotherhood, you will get this achievement.
Also see "Got My Eye on You" achievement description on alternate choice.
Note: If you choose this option, you will be able to get the "Another Shrimp on the Barbie" achievement early on in the next level.
You will eventually get suits in the game. You start out with your normal outfit which doesn't count as a suit for the achievement. To equip a suit once obtained, press and go to X-Genes & Suits. It should automatically be on suits. Press and highlight a suit and press .
Note: You can obtain this by using codes to get suits. You must enter these codes at the start menu. This at the very first screen you see. You will hear a confirmation noise.
Emma Frost Suit Hold and and press Juggernaut Suit Hold and and press
There are a total of 5 mutant powers. You will not be able to get this achievement until very late into the game, if not after. Each power has a 4 circles. Depending on the power, there might be 3 or 4 levels. Hold to fill it up once selected. You must upgrade in numerical order. If you were lucky enough to pick up Gambit's Defensive X-Gene, you will get an XP boost to help out.
Note: If you replay levels that give you a choice on your powers again, don't pick the alternate power until you have fully upgraded it. If you switch it, the only way to switch it back is to replay that level again. If you do have it fully upgraded and switch it, don't panic when you see the new power at level 1. The achievement will still unlock as long as one out of each row has been upgraded at some point.
A combo starts building as you get attacks in without taking damage yourself. You can get this a lot of ways. The best way is to use an ultra power which you will get late on in the game. Then you can replay challenges that have many enemies. The best challenge to get this on is challenge 9 which is given by Quicksilver in Mission 4. Build up your power and then use it when there are lots of enemies. Great is the first you will get, and Insane is the 5th (but not last) combo you will get.
Example Character: Aimi
Use Shadow Phase. Press to swoop a group of enemies. Keep doing so and you'll easily get an Insane combo. You cannot be damaged in this state. Remember to have it upgraded to max so that you can fly around for 45 seconds.
To trigger X-Mode, you must have a matching suit and X-Gene set. Hit and equip them all to match a specific Marvel character. Once you do so, you then must have at least 4 bars of M-Power. This is the blue bar located below your health. Once you have these specific things met, you can trigger the power. Just press to do so.
Suit: This is the piece that shows what the X-Mode power will do. Offensive X-Gene: This piece will usually add status effects to attacks, among other things. Defensive X-Gene: Usually associated with dodge or M-Power bar being filled for extra defense buffs. Utility X-Gene: Gains more M-Power quickly, adds an extra bar of M-Power, or gives you a way to move faster in the game (by holding and ).
Note: You may not get this for a long time depending on your luck. All of the X-Genes and Suits are random, so it's completely based on chance.
While fighting enemies, there will be a text pop up telling you how many you have left. This will appear very obviously while you are fighting in big letters, on the screen. Just attack around or at it for it to shatter. Depending on your character and moves, you may have to use a combo or jump attack.
Your ultra power will be available to you during Mission 7 after talking to Gambit. If you have at least 4 M-Power bars (the blue ones below your health) you will be able to use it. Hold and press to use it. Now attack enemies, and you should be able to defeat 10 of them while your power is active. You will now be able to use this in challenges as well.
There are 15 challenges found in the game. You can get 14 of them in one playthrough. Play the game picking all Brotherhood based choices.
Brotherhood Includes: Magneto, Mystique, Quicksilver, Juggernaut, Pyro, and Toad.
You will have all but 1 challenge in the game as long as you found all of the hidden ones in the levels. To get the locations for those, refer to this guide HERE. The challenges are all extremely easy and you should be able to complete most of them in one try. You can always replay them by choosing load and then selecting challenge. The key to getting the last one is to reload Mission 5: Uncovered. Make sure you have Nightcrawler teleport you to Cyclops. Now, load up Mission 6: Priorities. You just have to get to Northstar and talk to him. Because of choosing to teleport to Cyclops, he will now let you do his mission.
Note: Challenges are the perfect way to get your kill based achievements.
Propaganda is in the form of posters found on walls throughout the game. The posters are red. You must touch it with your character and it will rip apart. To check your status in each level, hit and then for statistics. You will see how many you need for that mission. Also, you can go to load from the start menu, go to select mission, and it will show a list of your progress. There are 36 posters in the game, meaning more than needed for the achievement. If you miss a few, you will not have to worry. Each one also gives you XP.
Dossiers are a form of collectible in the game. They are little hologram looking devices that give you information on characters. To check your status in each level, hit and then for statistics. You will see how many you need for that mission. Also, you can go to load from the start menu, go to select mission, and it will show a list of your progress There are 24 dossiers in the game, meaning more than needed for the achievement. You only need 15 of them. Also, if you press , you will see "collectibles". Choose that and it will show you the various characters in the game.
To check your status on how many you defeated, hit and then for statistics. It will show how many you have done. You can replay levels and challenges. This must be done on one character and cannot be split in different save files.
The following below will describe the various enemies you need to kill to get the "defeat X amount" achievements.
Purifiers (Challenge 9): These are the more common enemy in the game. If you need more, you can replay challenge 9. There are 100 enemies as well as a Stalker. Stalkers (Challenge 8 or 11): This enemy is a mech that stomps and shoots guns. You must attack it's legs, then attack it when it falls. The best challenge for this is challenge 8 or 11. Challenge 8 has a U-Man as well, so it is the better choice. Enforcers (Challenge 9): This enemy is a mech with a force field around it. You must destroy the force field before it's health can be depleted. The only challenge these appear on is 9. U-Men (Challenge 7 or 8): This enemy can be normal or giant. There are a good amount to kill on challenge 7, but you can get some while you go for stalker kills on challenge 8. MRD (Challenge 15): This is an enemy you see more during the final stages in the game. Play challenge 15 to get these kills. An alternate method is when you are fighting a lot of MRD with The Brotherhood, do not continue on. The enemy will keep respawning and you will be able to use your ultra power often to rack up fast kills.
Note: Sometimes you may have to wait a long time before your achievement will unlock for enemies defeated. Example would be defeating 2388 purists before the achievement finally unlocks. Another is defeating 22 enforcers, then the achievement unlocks 15 minutes later while you are fighting normal enemies.
These difficulty achievements will stack! You can start at this difficulty right away if you want, but it would likely cause you to play more hours in the game than needed. You can if you want, but instead, there is luckily a trick like in many other games where you only need to play the last level on the hardest setting.
Step 1: Beat game on easy
Step 2: Continue from menu. Select hardest difficulty.
Step 3: Exit back to menu after game starts. Load up Mission 8.
Step 4: Beat the last level
Hints for X-treme (Mission 8)
Do not use your powers, save it. It's best to have Wolverine's defense X-gene to give you one more health bar as well as health regen. You will need to level it up.
Groups of Enemies: You will want to use attacks and dodge when things get shot at you. Be careful, one or two hits can put you in a really bad situation. Focus on enemies that use projectiles.
Sentinel: This was the hardest part in my opinion. It's somewhat of a struggle up the building, but there's no real trick but to keep jumping and watching your timing. As far as the boss goes, it's best to have your power bar full if you can. If you have it, equip Quicksilver's X-gene set. When the sentinel's chest opens, press and start attacking. You may also choose to use Wolverine's set. This will let you heal quicker and do more damage, so you would want to wait for when you needed it. You will probably die a whole lot here, but you'll start to get used to the attacks. They are the same every time you play. When the sentinel puts the energy bombs on the ground, you can still attack his chest on the side when he puts one in front of him. You will very much want Wolverine's defensive gene for this fight!
Tip: People have found you can hit the sentinel's arm when he tries to hit you to help with the fight.
Bastion: Not as tough as a fight once you get the hang of the attack patterns. If you have Quicksilver's Utility gene and have maxed out all levels, you will be in extremely good shape! It will allow you to make short work of the teleporting. If not, most other utilities will work for speed. Once you get him to his 3rd time for repairing shield, you'll hopefully have 4 bars of power. Activate your ultra power and finish him off.
To die, your health must be depleted to zero. Falling does not count as a death. You should not die 100 times through normal playthrough, unless you are struggling through on the hardest difficulty.
To get it easy, load up Mission 8 (last level) on the hardest difficulty. You can also pause your game and change it manually. Let the enemies kill you, it only takes them a few hits. The game will reload you right in harm's way again.
You will follow Wolverine and you will meet enemies. As you fight them, it will show that you are ahead of Wolverine. Maintain killing more enemies than him. After the fight is over, you must wait around 30 or more seconds for the achievement to unlock. It may not unlock right away.
This is located near the end of Mission 3: Chinatown. Gambit will show up to help you, and you'll fight two bigger enemies with flame throwers along with many enemies. Once you defeat them, you will have to ground pound to an area below, which is the secret lab.
Cameron Hodge is a boss at the end of Mission 5. After depleting his shield, you will then be able to have your attacks count against his health. The game will ask you if you want to let him surrender or if you'd like to finish him off. Either choice will get you the achievement.
At the end of Mission 6, you will encounter Juggernaut and Magneto. Cyclops is trapped and you must break open his prison. Afterwards, you will fight Juggernaut. Evade his charges and attack when he falls or is facing a different direction. Afterwards, you will fight Magneto. Make your way to him, dodging the obstacles he throws at you. Get to Cyclops and break open his prison. While he distracts Magneto, attack him.
Sublime is the boss on Mission 4. He has 3 phases. The first phase is just attacking him normally. He will then go into his second phase. You will have to dodge him and attack him and he will jump up in the middle on a machine to heal himself. You must go to the various control computers around the room and press to electrocute him. In phase 3, you will have to dodge his attacks. He will then punch the ground and rest. Jump up the structure and attack his face. You will have to do this a few times. If you die on any phase, you will have to start the whole fight over again.