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x360a Achievement Awards 06/07

x360a Achievement Awards 06/07

Written Sunday, February 17, 2008 By Dan Webb
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Welcome to the second yearly achievement awards and this time it’s back and bigger than ever. A few changes from last year; due to Microsoft clamping down on the trading of gamesaves, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to lose that category altogether. Fear not folks, this year we have two brand new PREMIUM categories. Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you...

Best Achievement List of the Year
Worst Achievement List of the Year


As usual, the same rules apply. A game list only qualifies if we had it on our site between the 1st November 2006 and 31st October 2007, so before anyone says anything... Avatar does not qualify. The votes came in their tens of thousands this year and the voting was close in many categories.

We’ll start with the “Easiest” categories, then move to the “Hardest” before finishing up on the premium categories that only the best and worst will win. So, let’s not dilly dally anymore and get on with the awards. Enjoy!


 

 

Easiest Action 1000 06/07

 

We kick off the proceedings with the battle of the lightweights, i.e. the action games. These games can all be nailed in a short period of time, ranging from around 3 to 15 hours dependent on skill and whether you can stomach them that long. Nominations included CSI, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and Fusion Frenzy but taking this category by a country mile this year is our green, little, hard backed friends who are left in the 80’s. Yes that's right, the winner is the one and only TMNT title. Cowabunga dudes!

 

Winner: TMNT

 

 

 


Easiest Sports 1000 06/07

Ah, the sports titles, if last year was anything to go by, then this could be over before it’s started. Fortunately for us, the developers on the whole have caught on a little and there are no more 40 minute 1000 point prizes for our gamerscore, instead, you’re looking anywhere between 4 and 40 hours this year. Nominations included Brian Lara Cricket, NBA Homecourt, NBA 2K7 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 [why?], but that was no match for the mighty Madden 08 which could be completed in a measly 4 hours. I’m not sure whether a congrats or a commiserations is in order here.

 

Winner: Madden 08

 

 

 

Easiest Racing 1000 06/07

 

What chance do any racing games have when they come up against a Disney/Pixar game? The answer is none, it happened last year when the opposition fell subject to “Cars” and it happened again this year when they fell subject to its follow-up, “Cars – Mater National”. Dirt, is an easy 975 points and if it wasn’t for that last 1000 miles achievement, this battle for easiest racing 1000 could have been a totally different ball game.

 

Winner: Cars Mater National

 

Easiest RPG 1000 06/07

 

The question for this category should not be who has won it, but more like, who in their right mind nominated Blue Dragon? Well, nevertheless, it was nominated so we digress. The two forerunners for Easiest RPG this year are most definitely Two Worlds and Eternal Sonata, and it would seem that Two Worlds pipped it to the post. Despite the two broken achievements [which are now fixed], the full 1000 points would probably set you back in the region of 15 hours or so whereas its opponent, Eternal Sonata, requires multiple playthroughs totalling around 25-30 hours, so the smart money is on Two Worlds.

 

Winner: Two Worlds

 

Easiest Shooter 1000 06/07

 

The easiest shooter category is a fairly different one this year because a few premium titles managed to slip in to the mix. The customary Cabela title made its appearance, along with Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 and Medal of Honour. But the real battle fell down to two of the biggest titles of last year, Halo 3 and Bioshock. There was disgust shown at the ease of the Halo 3 achievements when the list was announced last June, but that aside, getting a “Two for One” kill with the Spartan Laser is no easy feat which is why we ended up giving the award to Bioshock which despite being a great game has a fairly standard and easy achievement list. Simply playing through the game will net you the vast majority of the achievements and the others are more a matter of scouting around, rather than luck.

 

Winner: Bioshock

Easiest Arcade 200 06/07

Achievement lists for arcade titles since their inception generally fall in to one of two categories, fairly easy and insanely hard. Welcome to the fairly easy category where an hour or so of playing these titles will net you the 200 points they offer without you even breaking a sweat, well all except Worms [those challenges can prove to be quite tricky at times], nevertheless, it was nominated. Track & Field, Sonic the Hedgehog and 3D Mini Golf also made the nominations list but they were no match for SEGA and their mighty reincarnation of Golden Axe. Riding around on a lizard in hot pants and getting 200 easy achievement points is something that will appease a lot of gamers, or is that just me? Either way, it takes home the award for easiest 200 arcade points of last year.

 

Winner: Golden Axe

 

Easiest Individual Achievement 06/07

Ah, the beloved individual easy achievements, you know... The ones that require little or next to no effort at all and where gamers are rewarded, well... for not a lot really. In 2007, we were rewarded for watching game credits [Guitar Hero 2], creating an American Football team [All Pro Football], refusing to leave a plane because we were scared [Medal of Honour: Airborne – Go Go Go] and even for meeting John Woo, mind you, that was not in real life, but the dude that is working in the unlock shop on Stranglehold. They are all supremely easy, but they don’t quite beat the easiness of the Transformers achievement, "Transform and Roll Out", where gamers get “rewarded” [I use that term really, really loosely in this instance] for... Wait for it... For pressing the Y button. Wow! Congrats, you’ve pressed a button, here have an achievement.

 

Winner: Transform & Roll Out - Transformers

 

 

 

Easiest Overall 1000 06/07

Now we move on to the easiest of the easiest titles and it was a close race to the finish line this time around. Failing to make the top two was CSI, Surfs Up and Fusion Frenzy, not because they take a long time to finish by any means whatsoever but because they don’t fall in to the 3 and 4 hour category as Madden 08 and TMNT do. Battle of easiest sports Vs battle of easiest action. TMNT is the first title to take home two awards this year and takes home the gold by a whisker.

 

 

Winner: TMNT

 

Hardest Action 1000 06/07

Out with the easy and in with the hard but I warn you now, the majority of games we’re about to discuss over the next few awards are enough to scare the spots off a leopard, so beware. First up is the much contested action category and it’s a mixed bunch here. Assassin’s Creed gets its first mention of this year's awards, namely because those flags are a real pain... Just like the 800 orbs that you had to collect in Crackdown which also makes the list [wow, looks like people REALLY don’t like those collecting achievements]. Other honourable mentions go to Earth Defence Force 2017 and Stranglehold which make the nominations list, but they are no match for the retail version of our little blue friend Sonic. The general consensus was that the list was hard because the game is so close to being unplayable with its impossible camera angles and poor gameplay that makes getting achievements that much more difficult. Not a good victory for Sonic this time round. So speed along my little blue friend, you’ve never been quite able to grasp the 3D world.

 

Winner: Sonic The Hedgehog

 

 

Hardest Sports 1000 06/07

The hardest sports category always makes me shudder a little. Last year, Table Tennis & Tiger Woods 06 ran the show, this year however, we can breathe a little easier. Tiger Woods is back but the list is a mere shadow of its former list which is a good thing and it only takes a fraction of the time to get the full 1000. Also making the shortlist this year was FIFA 07, SKATE and Def Jam Icon... Hmmm, so that’s 4 EA titles... Anyone notice a pattern? Funnily enough, with all the EA titles being nominated you'd have thought that an EA title would have won... Well in actual fact, the winner of this year’s hardest sports title actually goes to Activision and Tony Hawk’s Project 8. Damn that number 1 rank achievement, it took the difficulty of the Tony Hawks achievements to a new level.

 

 

Winner: Tony Hawk's Project 8

 

Hardest Arcade 200 06/07

Welcome to the other end of the scale in the arcade titles, the hardest 200 arcade game category, otherwise known as the insanely difficult. Honourable mentions this time around go to Luxor 2, Root Beer Tapper, Space Giraffe and the glitchy TMNT Arcade title, but they were no match for Hexic 2. After Hexic HD got pipped at the posts last year by Bejeweled 2, it’s back with vengeance this year and not letting anyone get in its path. A game that is primarily luck based with loads of skill still needed to be thrown on top, it’s been described as Tetris on acid and getting points in this bad boy is just as hard. The hard portion of the achievements in this game are most definitely the Black Pearl achievements, making one alone is hard enough but making a “cluster, line or flower” of black pearls is going to make you want to pull your hair out!!!

 

 

Winner: Hexic 2

 

 

 

Hardest Racer 1000 06/07

Ahhh, the battle of the hardest racers, gone is the easy Pixar title, hello to the hardcore [I use that term loosely] racing titles, it’s a pity the competition wasn’t fierce in it though. Winning this award this year with 70% of the votes is Forza 2, beating off weak competition from Moto GP and Nascar 08. The inane and mind numbing racing was too much for most people this year and was probably put forward by so many because in order to get the full 1000 points, it's going to take you 100+ hours.

 

Winner: Forza 2

 

 

 

 

Hardest RPG 1000 06/07

Pretty much one of the easiest categories this year as it was last year actually. It was either Blue Dragon weighing it at like 100 hours worth of play time or Eternal Sonata & Two Worlds which both come in at around 15-30 hours. The smart money is on Blue Dragon and of course, it takes home the candy this year.

 

Winner: Blue Dragon

 

Hardest Shooter 1000 06/07

This is one of the most closely fought categories of this year where all five games nominated could have won and not only needed a certain degree of skill to get through them, but also needed you to put in a ridiculous amount of time. The five in question are Lost Planet, Rainbow Six Vegas, Call of Duty 3, FEAR and of course, Gears of War. In each of the titles, there is that one elusive achievement that takes a ridiculous amount of time and effort. So the final decision rode on this last achievement, being Extreme Soldier, Elite, General, MP 1000 and Seriously respectively. After countless back and forth rebuttals, the award finally ended up with Call of Duty 3 because of the ridiculous amount of time and dedication it takes to attain your General rank, especially with the poor lobby system. So congrats Treyarch and Call of Duty 3, you have officially the hardest 1000 shooter points of last year.

 

Winner: Call of Duty 3





Hardest Indiviudal Achievement 06/07

Otherwise known as The Pulling Teeth award, where we choose one single achievement that is strictly for those with the patience of a saint and persistence of a trooper, huge amounts of skill is also required! The achievements up for nomination here are some of the hardest we have ever come across. Guitar Hero 3’s Enlightened Guitarist requires the gamer to gold star 20 songs on expert, so not only is a vast amount of skill needed, but you also need to be able to perform under pressure. On a similar note, Guitar Hero 2’s Start a Band Already gets an honourable mention as not only do you need the skills, but you need to find a mate who has similar skills and then you need to 5 star every song on Expert. Apocalyptic Cleared [Dance Dance Revolution] and Extreme Soldier [Lost Planet] were also in the running because of the sheer difficulty of them, but out in front by a country mile was no other than the Mile High Club from Call of Duty 4 which required the gamer to take out a small unit of terrorists on a plane, rescue a VIP, on veteran difficulty and with a really harsh time limit. Ouch! Nearly 40% of the voters voted for this alone and it should be noted, that not only is it incredibly hard but severe amounts of luck are required as well. So for that reason alone, Mile High Club, takes home the silverware this year.

 

Winner: Mile High Club - Call of Duty 4



Hardest Overall 1000 06/07

You’ve seen the easiest 1000, now welcome to hell. That’s right, the award for the hardest 1000 points of last year is now upon us. 6 games nominated in this hugely popular category. Special mentions go out to the shooters this year for being insanely hard but the winner did not come from that genre. Call of Duty 3, Lost Planet, FEAR and Gears of War all came close, but no cigar for them this time around. Instead, the hardest 1000 award was between two ridiculous lists; Rayman Raving Rabbids and Guitar Hero 3. Now this could have gone either way, but the majority of the people tended to lean towards Guitar Hero 3. Why? Maybe it was the Enlightened Guitarist achievement or the 5 star expert on co-op. Maybe it was because it asked ridiculous things like left handed career completion or controller career completion which are terrible in their own right. We’re not sure, but that’s the way the masses went. Why did Rayman not win it when no one to date has got a legitimate 1000 in this? We’d say that popularity and disappointment set in with everyone here. A popular franchise such as Guitar Hero disappointed a lot of fans with such a poor list whereas Rayman only has the fraction of users so it won't have the same impact. Shame on you Neversoft!

 

Winner: Guitar Hero 3

 

Most Glitched Achievements Category

The dreaded glitch category which has put many a gamer through moment or two of discomfort. That moment when you think you've fulfilled the criteria for an achievement, but shock and horror sets in as the achievement is not rewarded. Oh the humanity!! Whether it be the horrible Seriously glitch [Gears of War] or the unreliable online counters for The Darkness that seemed to make the online achievements a nightmare. But the three that made more of an impact on the masses were; Call of Juarez which not only had glitched achievements but they were secret as well, Two Worlds and its glitchy visit location achievements which are bad enough even if they aren’t glitched and last but by no means least, SKATE and its “give you all the achievements by accident” glitch which spoilt a good game for some. But as always, we can only have one winner and Two Worlds gets this gong for the glitching of a collection achievement which surely drove some people mad... “Why oh why can’t I get in this mine!?” Fear not, it’s fixed now, so better late than never... Hear that EA? *cough* Tiger 2006 *cough*.

Winner: Two Worlds

 


Most Time Consuming Achievement 06/07

Welcome to battle of the beasts, where we reward the achievement that requires the most dedication of all. We are talking time here and not difficulty factors, so although Rayman was nominated, we thought it would be unfair to reward a game that not only takes hours to complete, but actually requires a certain level of perfection, beyond anything human. So on to the nominations; Blue Dragon’s Max Out All Characters was no 5 minute job and could set you back a good 100 hours or so, but that is no match for our 3 big boys this year. Yes, that’s right, Elite [Rainbow Six Vegas], Seriously [Gears of War] and General [Call of Duty 3] were all in the running for this award. Three achievements of epic proportions but only one can win. After hours of deliberation, we decided to give the award to Call of Duty 3, because not only was it a huge ask of gamers to rack up 40,000 online points, but the lobby and loading times added to the agony ten-fold. So congrats go to Treyarch and any gamer that has put the hours in to having this little trophy on their card.

Winner: General - Call of Duty 3

Most Original Achievement 06/07

One of the premium categories of the awards and in al honesty, my favourite, where originality is rewarded. We as gamers like nothing more than a little thought and originality thrown in to our achievement hunting and what better than to reward developers for that by picking up this award. We have 5 fantastic achievements on offer this year and they have come leaps and bounds from last year's nominations. Bioshock and Irony were amongst the nominees, where the gamer was rewarded for taking a photo of the dead body of madman photographer Sander Cohen. We couldn’t have an originality award without mentioning Shadowrun's Shadowrun Fever achievement where tea bagging an opponent’s dead body was the right way to go if you wanted this achievement. And of course, there is also the Body Armour achievement in Crackdown where using the beloved harpoon gun, gamers were asked to turn a vehicle in to a human billboard by pinning 5 enemies against it. All 3 great achievements in their own right but a huge honourable mention must be given to The Darkness & the Romantic achievement. An achievement which is unlike any other and actually creates a powerful in game moment rewarding Jackie for spending some quality time with his girlfriend Jenny by sitting down and watching a movie. Against the norm and one that has had a positive reaction across the board, unfortunately for them this year, they had to come up against Valve and their Little Rocket Man achievement from the Orange Box. For pure comedy genius and originality this time around, they will be taking home the prize. It’s not very often in a game where you will get rewarded for dragging a small gnome across an alien ridden planet and sticking it on a rocket and sending it out to space. Comedy gold! Kudos goes to the folk at Valve for the Most Original achievement in this year’s awards.

Winner: Little Rocket Man - The Orange Box





Worst Achievement Tile 06/07

The Nominations

Ahhh, the worst achievement tile category, the battle of the non artists, battle of unoriginality and repetitiveness. The 5 on show this time were all worthy of winning this award and it went down to the wire as expected. Honourable [or dishonourable may be more appropriate] goes to CSI and their unoriginal magnifying glasses over a finger print, what makes this worse is that there was only 5 for the whole game and they were the same over and over and over again. Of course, we have to mention the horrible and unoriginal tiles for Virtual Tennis 3, Fatal Inertia and Eternal Sonata as well and we encourage them to put a little effort in to their tiles in future. Winning this category this year however is going to be EA’s NCAA 08 and their shameless Old Spice promotion tile. If I never see anything Old Spice for the rest of my life, I will die a happy man. Shame on you EA, here, take a slapped wrist, write 100 lines and go stand in the corner and think about what you’ve just done.
Winner: NCAA 08 - Old Spice Tile

 



Best Achievement Tile 06/07

The Nominations...

A category that proved very popular last year makes its welcome return this year with some fantastic nominations but there seemed to be a clear winner throughout. Honourable mentions go out to Bioshock and their two tiles nominated and of course Halo 3’s classical sad face smiley in the middle of a cross hair is an absolute classic, and who can forget the Be The Master tile from Stranglehold? They all seemed to be left in the shadow of the legendary Seriously tile this year though and quite rightly too. The powerful image of Marcus Fenix stood in front of a flaming backdrop has become very symbolic this year and takes home the award. Ten out of ten Epic and congrats.

Winner: Gears of Wars - Seriously

Worst Company for Achievements

One of the dreaded wooden spoon categories for this year’s awards and one that no one wants to take away. The publishers on show here are generally those that have shown no originality in their lists on the whole, shown a distinct lack of effort and generally failed to grasp the meaning of the achievement craze like the majority of us have done. It was a closely fought two horse race this year and it went right down to the wire. Ahead of the pack was both 2K and EA. It was the battle of 2K, basically for lack of effort on the whole, against EA, the sell outs. 2K on the one hand have rehashed the same achievements from last year for some of their sports titles and if it wasn’t for Bioshock and The Darkness, 2K would have been taking home this award. But out in front at the finish line, by a nose length is EA. They’ve not done much right this year as far as their achievements go; from the glitched achievements in SKATE to the selling their souls for cash by actually getting companies to sponsor achievements. I mean seriously, while everyone else in the industry is looking at ingenious ways to make effective and original lists, EA as usual are selling their souls to the highest bidder. Not cool.

Winner: EA

 

 

Best Company for Achievements 06/07

 

The best company for achievements proved to be a closely fought category this year with the publisher who has the best balance of lists coming out on top. The two main runners in this category were no other than industry top dogs, Ubisoft and Microsoft. In the one corner, we had Microsoft with the likes of Crackdown, Gears of War, Halo 3 and Shadowrun and they were standing toe to toe with Ubisoft who had Assassin’s Creed, Rainbow Six Vegas and Splinter Cell Double Agent under their belt. But unfortunately for them we have to take the rough with the smooth and because they were carrying the likes of TMNT and CSI, we decided to give the award to Microsoft.

 

Winner: Microsoft Game Studios



Worst Achievement List 06/07

Possibly the one category that no-one wants to take home this year, this is the ULTIMATE wooden spoon category. Up for nomination were 5 games that each had something unique about them. CSI was nominated purely for lack of originality, NHL 2K8 was put forward for the sheer lack of effort, did they think no one would notice it was pretty much the same list as last year? Madden 08 was nominated for ease, trying to get some cheap easy sales? Maybe, but from Madden 07 which was not a bad list to Madden 08, we are wondering what went wrong on the way? And of course, who can forget Rayman which is nominated for the outrageous difficulty of it. They all still failed to live up to... Guitar Hero 3, purely because of some of the stuff that Neversoft asked you to do. This list has everything and that's not in a good way this time... The insane [Gold Star 20 Songs on Expert] to the damn right stupid [complete the career on a controller and left handed]. If asking the gamer to complete a game called Guitar Hero on a controller isn’t the most ridiculous thing I ever heard, then I’ll be damned... So for pretty much the worst list we’ve ever seen, congrats [or should that be commiserations] goes out to Neversoft, Activision, Red Octane and Guitar Hero 3... In other news, look out for Controller Hero in 2009 [/sarcasm]

Winner: Guitar Hero 3

 

Best Achievement List 06/07

 

The pinnacle of anyone’s achievement designing career should be to take home this prize. We have 5 hugely impressive lists on show here; they are as follows...

Call of Duty 4 - An all single player list which to the majority is a great thing. But this list is notable for a few things. Firstly, we have a great spread of achievements over different difficulty levels. For those that want to just play the game, you have the normal mission achievements. For those that want to be tested, we have the testing veteran achievements and for those that want to show off, they have the "Mile High Club". As well as these well balanced achievements, we have some more amusing ones, like smashing all the TV's in the TV station showing the speech or the satisfying "All Ghillied Up" as you stealth through hostile territories. All in all, great list.

Crackdown - What can we say here? Collection achievements made easier (good old ping), juggling people and cars, bowling landmarks over enemies or stunts galore, to name but a few. A great list where originality runs deep.

Gears of War - A great balance of achievements here again. Whether it be the challenging Insane mode or the more than time consuming Seriously. We at x360a don't mind multiplayer achievements, so long as the multiplayer mode is worthy of them. Gears is! As well as the great balance, the thought that went in to the names has been unrivalled to date, so touché to Epic there.

The Orange Box - The first game here to break the 50 achievement mark and they certainly don't sacrifice quality for quantity. Varying difficulty levels here again and with more than enough humour and imagination thrown in, whether it be throwing a can at the local law enforcement, shooting 2 points with the Grav gun out on the court or amusingly shooting a gnome in to space. A great list for a great box of games.

Bioshock - Great set here. Good balance again seems to be key, whether it be the collecting achievements, the RPG style upgrading achievements or the morally charged "Do I slay the little sister or don't I?" achievements. Add in to that some original genius (Irony) and a great set of tiles and they've won over x360a and we're huge fans of this list.

This was by far the toughest category to decide and in all honesty, any of them could have taken home the prize, but the game for us that will be remembered at the end of the day is... The Orange Box. There was just something about the list that made it stand out from all the others and the effort that was put in was simply fantastic. There are so many achievements that stand out in the game that make the list the greatest list to date. Originality... Check... Wide range... Check, Great balance... Check... Humour... Check. A big kudos to the guys at Valve.

Winner: The Orange Box

 

 

Most Potential for 2008

Last but by no means least we have the "potential" category, as it’s always great to look towards the future and see what might be and we love doing it as much as anyone else. The winner this year is in actual fact the exact same winner that won it last year [damn release date push backs!!] and is no other than, possible game of the decade, GTA IV. With such an endless possibility of achievements that could come from the game and with the wild writers that Rockstar North has, the public voted for this to pick up this award again. Of course games, nominated like Saints Row 2, Fable 2, Silent Hill 5 and Ninja Gaiden 2 will have great lists we're sure and are worthy nominations, but they couldn’t compete with the new GTA this year. Next year, I can guarantee, GTA IV will not win this category... Well, let's hope anyway.

 

Winner: GTA IV

 


That about wraps us this year's Achievement Awards... We've had tears of joy and tears of sorrow. We've had some shock winners and some expected winners but all in all it has been a great journey this year. In the past 12 months, the achievement system has come on leaps and bounds with more and more developers truly realising the potential of this great system. I for one will look forward to next year as I expect it to be bigger and better. Happy achievement hunting folk!




 
 

User Comments

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Comment #1 by Mullock94
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 05:41:16 PM
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Cool i agree with most of the choices.


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Comment #2 by l.maciver
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 05:58:45 PM
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I agree with most of them, well, atlease 90%
But all good and reasonable choises


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Comment #3 by Blake
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 06:03:50 PM
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Pretty good.

I know why Halo 3 isn't there for sure lol.


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Comment #4 by Mr Arrow
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 06:17:21 PM
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Very nice work Web. Well written and fun to read.


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Comment #5 by J O 12 D
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 06:33:07 PM
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Great work on getting these up and I agree with all of them :)


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Comment #6 by o0EVIL0o x360a
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 06:34:53 PM
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I read every word, very well done. I think the FEAR pointman pic is cooler than Seriously though. ;)


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Comment #7 by newbsicle
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 06:41:24 PM
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I'm sure some of you read xbox magazines game of the year rewards this month. Well, I compared the two and it seems despite that nobody on this site was paid to vote, we have put together a list 2x better than theirs. Thanks everyone who actually plays the games and helped put this list together.


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Comment #8 by Andrew x360a
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 06:58:01 PM
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Great job on the writing Webb. It was fun to read and about a thousand times better than just reading a list of categories and winners.


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Comment #9 by alex4283
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 07:18:50 PM
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I thoroughly enjoyed this write up. As for the most potential for 2008, I would have voted to have Too Human in the running.


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Comment #10 by Bax x360a
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 07:33:32 PM
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Terrific stuff, very well wrote. All of the winners seem just about right to me aswell :)


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Comment #11 by LTSP4RTAN
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 07:38:37 PM
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Well wrote. I agree with most of the decisions besides that fact that Tony Hawks Project 8 won hardest achievement list for sports game. But that last mission was a tuffy ;)


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Comment #12 by dark fear 420
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 07:45:31 PM
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i certianly agree


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Comment #13 by Powerman1469
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 08:14:58 PM
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sweet


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Comment #14 by Kung Fu Jams
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 08:31:42 PM
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nice work guys, god damn gh3!!!


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Comment #15 by Khaos86
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 08:34:33 PM
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Another well done ceremony


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Comment #16 by kevsch
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 08:52:47 PM
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EXCELLENT REVIEW!!


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Comment #17 by calzord
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 08:53:29 PM
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So is TMNT or The Orange Box now going to be sold with
"Winner of TWO X360A awards"
on the cover.


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Comment #18 by Greenfire11
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 08:57:19 PM
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Nice review guys!


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Comment #19 by itsmeFAMOUS
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 09:02:02 PM
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x360a Achievement Awards, Sounds like it should be on G4! Good going guys, great list!


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Comment #20 by Callidus171
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 09:05:25 PM
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WellI believe you were mistaken on the Easiest 1000, which would have to come from Avatar TLATBA


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Comment #21 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 09:13:53 PM
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Callidus... I believe YOU are mistaken... Read the introduction ;)


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Comment #22 by Axe Argonian
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 09:23:44 PM
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I think that you are wrong about BioShock as the easiest shooter. All of the achievements are easy with the exception of one: Brass Balls. My gosh,that is harder than killing two enemies with one Spartan laser blast!


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Comment #23 by Axe Argonian
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 09:36:03 PM
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Wait a minute! Assassin's Creed CAN'T qualify! Its achievement list came out in November.


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Comment #24 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 09:38:58 PM
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Brass Balls? Isn't that the additional achievement though? This is the Easiest 1000 Shooter. Not 1100 :P


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Comment #25 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 09:45:19 PM
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Assassin's Creed - http://www.xbox360achievements.org/news.php?id=501


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Comment #26 by ShinobiSteve81
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 09:53:01 PM
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Aside from easiest individual achievement, the list looks good. You have to press more buttons to get to be able to transform in Transformers than you do to get the 'press start to play' one in Simpsons. Hence why the description is 'easiest achievement ever.'


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Comment #27 by Fonkey Monkey
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 09:54:23 PM
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good job guys, that was a great read. i pretty much agree with everything, but i strongly disagree with the hardest 200. luxor shouldve won it hands down. just look at how many people have 200 in luxor(41) and hexic 2(451). plus beating luxor just once takes ages.


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Comment #28 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 10:02:58 PM
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Simpsons didn't qualify ;)


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Comment #29 by eXiled Killah
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 10:03:50 PM
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I have a hard time with Forza winning the 'hardest' racer. Time consuming does NOT equal hard. I'm willing to bet that the majority of the people that voted in this category didn't play the other games in question. Forza won this award because of its popularity - not because it outright earned it. Actually play Moto, play Nascar and play Forza and I bet that you'll find Forza the easiest of the 3.


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Comment #30 by Parkerktm
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 10:06:22 PM
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Great awards this year, For the most part the ones who should have won, won. Whoever designed all the designs and stuff on the left side, great job, I'm guessing it was one of the sites excellent Graphic Team members who are beasts at photoshop.

P.S. Fonkey there could have been so many others who could have won hardest 200, alot of them are hard


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Comment #31 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 10:18:50 PM
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I knew you were going to say that Killah after reading through the votes :P he he


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Comment #32 by ShinobiSteve81
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 10:19:33 PM
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Oh, figgred Simpsons would qualify since in the forums, achievements were revealed and up 10/08, and it said games had 'til the 31st to qualify. Looked it up there first before I made that post just to make sure of the dates so I wouldn't look like a goon bringing up a game that wouldn't make the list. Oh well, I get a big FAIL.


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Comment #33 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 10:19:38 PM
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Kudos to Ash3n and Thunderstorm for the awesome graphics :)


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Comment #34 by Bolt
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 10:34:03 PM
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I disagree with only one how the HELL do you say mile high club is harder than extreme soldier? If you've played both (which most of the voters haven't) you can tell extreme soldier is about 30 times harder


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Comment #35 by eXiled Killah
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 10:35:06 PM
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@Webb: at least I'm consistant :)

Keep up the great work guys!


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Comment #36 by xtremegamer113
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 10:39:20 PM
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avatar falls into the 4 to 5 minute category...how is that not easiet overall?


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Comment #37 by UNDERWALLY
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 10:46:10 PM
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GREAT!! The Orange Box!! Best achievement list!! well deserved


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Comment #38 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 11:02:38 PM
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Seriously... READ THE INTRO AND YOU WILL SEE WHY AVATAR IS NOT THE EASIEST!! JEEZ!


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Comment #39 by benbam87
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 11:13:04 PM
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Yes I am happy with all of them even though some I did not vote for but they were still deserving


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Comment #40 by hansen578
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 11:22:15 PM
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i hate portal in the orange box and guitar hero has good achievements i only played GHII for a month but GHIII has so many achievements i am willing to play it over and over again and i thought the teabag achievement from shadowrun was great but i have to be honest i havent got that far in the halflife 2


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Comment #41 by B Rad8908
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 11:46:34 PM
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I agree with all selections. It's cool to know I got the hardest individual achievement, Mile High Club.


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Comment #42 by n00b1sh m4n
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 11:58:19 PM
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I agree with most of them but certainly not all of them.


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Comment #43 by Gimpygoat
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 01:22:45 AM
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Why did Gears win anything? It came out in 2006.


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Comment #44 by keshp
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 01:43:50 AM
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Perfect!


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Comment #45 by N00B EATA
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 04:03:15 AM
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THEY FORGOT ABOUT AVATAR THE BURNING EARTH!!! IT ONLY TAKES 2 MINUTES TO GET 1000 GAMERSCORE IN THAT GAME...ALSO...THE SIMPSONS GAME ACHIEVEMENT...PRESS START TO PLAY SHOULD'VE BEEN THE EASIEST ONE LOL


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Comment #46 by HoodMod
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 05:55:40 AM
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Wow for someone who claims to be a Noob Eata, you're basically noobing up the whole room. READ THE INTRO NEITHER OF THOSE GAMES QUALIFY.


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Comment #47 by LukeP91
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 07:37:20 AM
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nice read, and i agree strongly on some titles!


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Comment #48 by xfrearsx
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 08:31:19 AM
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I agree again with most of the winners. From the good to the realy poor. But the most glitched achievement list? Shouldn,t Rapala tournament fishing have gotten a look in. 300 achievement ponts glitched


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Comment #49 by The Danielnator
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 08:44:06 AM
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I don't agree with most of them and the way the achievements are voted in isn't exactly fair, how many people have a certain achievement should be a bigger factor in determining how hard an achievement is it is to get than who thinks whats hard... some people who voted might not have even had some of these... Its like determining who's stronger by taking some random voting as opposed to having an actual contest..


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Comment #50 by The Danielnator
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 08:56:14 AM
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Also how much an achievement is worth not just how hard/easy it is to get... effort to point ratio...


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Comment #51 by killerc0P
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 09:15:18 AM
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I dont think bioshock was the easiest 1000 what about medal of honour airbourne


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Comment #52 by Asholay
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 11:06:23 AM
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Yeah - disagree with the Bioshock one... just like my excellently avatared friend above...

Everytime I see the box art for GTA4 I get a touch too excited for my own good. Am I sad - no way.


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Comment #53 by matta
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 12:36:58 PM
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Call of Duty 4 I enjoyed very much especially the achievements. I like a challenge, but some are retarded. *cough* Robotron 100 wave achievment.


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Comment #54 by rdrunr89
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 12:56:24 PM
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how about NHL 2k8? It had the same achievements as the 2k7 including the ever popular "Revenge" glitch.


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Comment #55 by Chorley
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 02:27:36 PM
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Bioshock is no way the easiest 1000, collecting all the tonics, audio tapes, completing it by saving little sisters AND killing little sisters... I found halo 3 much much easier.

GTA: IV should be a good game, not too bothered about the achievements for it, although i can predict there will be a lot of collection ones, like steal one of every car, find all hidden items, collect all weapons, all clothing etc. may be annoying but the game will hopefully be too fun to pass up


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Comment #56 by Ritchie Goodall
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 02:35:43 PM
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the simpsons: press start to play.
that should have won the individual achievement award if it was released in 07


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Comment #57 by Ritchie Goodall
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 02:40:23 PM
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s*@t just realised the release date, last comment retracted lol


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Comment #58 by WrottenSandwich
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 03:15:45 PM
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I have to say I agree with most of the choices - It was a good gaming year but I am really looking forward to 2008.


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Comment #59 by o0EVIL0o x360a
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 03:37:34 PM
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Really, Lost Planet is way tougher than COD4. It's one of the few games I don't have maxed out. lol Especially Extreme Soldier > Mile High Club. Makes Mile High look like a slice of cake. ;)


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Comment #60 by Marsman
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 03:52:58 PM
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Great list.. But why is their not a "Best Multiplayer Online" catagory??


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Comment #61 by Setobou
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 04:45:00 PM
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I agree with most choices, I still say Fable 2 for potenial but other than that a great list.


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Comment #62 by superfro
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 05:38:30 PM
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Great list...it's always good to know that I wasn't the only one who had problems with certain achievements. Very well thought out and written, thanks for taking the time to put it all together!


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Comment #63 by TheWings977
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 06:16:18 PM
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I basically agree with everything you just said, Madden is to easy to get especially 08 and Guitar Hero III is merely impossible for MANY people, I have only 8 achievements and 1 of them is deny a boss battle. Dumb achievement but yea, and The Orange Box is A great game and deserved them awards, thanks guys!


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Comment #64 by chiefgonebad
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 08:31:24 PM
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i completely agree with those excpet maybe easiest individual(the simpsons game achievement press start) and most potential(could be any number of games)


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Comment #65 by xLCDx
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 10:51:40 PM
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GTA SUCKS BALLS!!! who wants to get in and out of cards and kill people? its gets repeditive and boarding. JUST DIE GTA.


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Comment #66 by xLCDx
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 10:54:22 PM
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cars*


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Comment #67 by heepyjeep49
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 @ 12:01:56 AM
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well i thought the easiest achievements was the "press start to play" on the simpsons game but i agreee with the choices


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Comment #68 by nightmare975
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 @ 12:07:55 AM
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GoW wins best tile? bullshit, irony looks better than that turd.


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Comment #69 by Ecks UK
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 @ 01:07:11 AM
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I agree with about 95%, but seriously? Bah.


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Comment #70 by Chrome30
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 @ 01:29:35 AM
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I think it's cool that the awards are even thought about. I like to hear what everyone has to say about the games we love or hate so much =) Have a good one all and keep playing!!


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Comment #71 by bnazty22
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 @ 05:58:42 AM
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I agree with the vast majority of the list, but hardest achievement of the year should go to Bioshock for brass balls I think. I mean you have to download the achievement in the first place, and then beat the entire game on hard and not die once. Hey here is an idea for next year, stupidest achievement and/or stupidest achievement list, like maybe TMNT for giving me 4 and 7 pts for random crap.


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Comment #72 by Eurion
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 @ 07:05:12 AM
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I agree with the list. Interesting to finally see the result of all games slugging it out against each other and I definitively think Valve did good with the Orange Box achievements. Nice!


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Comment #73 by Momenot
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @ 11:08:35 AM
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Well thought good job. I bet I could take a good guess at what some of the winners next year will be...


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Comment #74 by boofarama
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @ 02:39:17 PM
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nice guys well put together


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Comment #75 by antnie
Friday, February 15, 2008 @ 03:43:53 AM
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*cough* tiger woods06 *cough*


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Comment #76 by FreaKyDeaKy
Friday, February 15, 2008 @ 04:15:42 AM
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wish i knew I could have voted :(
nice article though. cheeers


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Comment #77 by AOSKINS
Friday, February 15, 2008 @ 03:34:57 PM
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Good article, what a great year for acheivement whores!


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Comment #78 by Bobaloo
Friday, February 15, 2008 @ 06:45:33 PM
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i agree


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Comment #79 by yuyanami
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 09:08:33 AM
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i would have nominated 'Now That's Impressive' (Score 750,000 on a song) on GH3 for the Hardest Individual Achievement and Worst Achievement Tile.

COD4 is infuriatingly difficult but can be cleared with a bit of luck whereas for GH3 beating TFAF requires a whole new level of gaming skill, let alone getting 750k for it.

and the tile for it says '1M' instead of 750k.


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Comment #80 by MEA7HOOK
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 10:17:53 AM
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Definitely enjoyed reading through this. Mile High Club is still giving me hell, so it tops the list of hardest achievements in my book. Glad to see EA get ripped on - I can't believe they are as big as they are, continually putting out great games, but STILL blowing the achievements. Get it together EA.


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Comment #81 by bloodWizzard
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 08:09:59 PM
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very nice


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Comment #82 by xpectsthexpctd
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @ 05:01:27 PM
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Always a pleasure to read these, I agree with all except a couple. Nice work, can't wait for '08!


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Comment #83 by JC
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @ 05:03:22 PM
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Neato!


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Comment #84 by mjc0961
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @ 05:52:33 PM
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Heh, GTA4 gets the honor of winning the same award two years in a row. Let's hope Rockstar doesn't decide to try for three.


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Comment #85 by MR NOVAK
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @ 05:52:38 PM
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avatar def has way easier achievements.


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Comment #86 by greggles
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @ 06:27:04 PM
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Really good write up and most awards were just. In my opinion there was no easier single achievement last year than the one that came with 'The Simpsons Game' where you get rewarded for pressing the start button.


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Comment #87 by tmthomsen
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @ 06:41:26 PM
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Hope you'll tell the developers. Else this is kinda a waste of time. I speacially want you to contect Neversoft so they won't destroy Tony Hawk 10 and Guitar Hero 4.


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Comment #88 by hellomynameisjosh
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @ 07:48:08 PM
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i actually read it all and i agree =]


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Comment #89 by SandyMVP
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @ 08:29:47 PM
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how is finial fantasy not the hardest rpg to 1000!!!!!!!!


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Comment #90 by SandyMVP
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @ 08:53:18 PM
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i mean level 99 in practically everthing!!!!


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Comment #91 by Punka100
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @ 09:26:44 PM
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Great list. Agree with the majority of them if not all.


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Comment #92 by IAmTsquared
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @ 10:44:47 PM
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Haha I Like The Most Glitchy Award Cause ALl Two Worlds Did Was Glitch.


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Comment #93 by LeiChat
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @ 11:21:30 PM
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Just had a thought for the left handed guitar achievement, could you try laying upside down off your chair / sofa?

Guess that might make it easier to play, but you've got to get used to the thing scrolling the wrong way, unless you've got a projector you can turn upside down too. ha ha!!

Any tough multiplayer achievements you're chasing? Please check out http://www.GamerScoreWhore.com


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Comment #94 by simonromano2007
Monday, February 18, 2008 @ 03:00:23 AM
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i only dissagree in the esiest achievment id say its the simpsons press start to play achievement and for hardest shooter id have said fear or fear files


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Comment #95 by Colby
Monday, February 18, 2008 @ 06:00:21 AM
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i agree with everything.


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Comment #96 by machII
Monday, February 18, 2008 @ 07:32:13 PM
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I know the votes have already ended, but "Mile high Club" shouldnt have the "hardest achievement award" i've seen more people with mile high club than ultimate soldier..

For all these people moaning about the simpsons having the easiest achievement, "It came out after the 31st of october so it couldnt qualify..


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Comment #97 by RavenBlackthorn
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 @ 04:02:42 PM
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Great write up. Thanks to everyone who voted. I'd have to agree with just about all of these awards. They were all for the most part spot on. Good job!


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Comment #98 by DrMuffinStuffer
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 @ 05:40:44 PM
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Who else thinks that the sales and rentals of TMNT will go up a lot this year?


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Comment #99 by HighQuality
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 @ 04:27:51 AM
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Easiest achievement should have went to the simpsons for pressing the start button.
Easiest overall should have been the avatar game.
Hardest RPG should have went to FFXI.


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Comment #100 by Rodni Demental
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 @ 09:05:19 AM
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Well, I do wonder how they came up with some of these. You only need to look at the numbers who have the 200s/1000s to see how hard people are really finding them.

Hexic 2 stands out, because it really isn't that hard of a 200 compared to what there is/was last year. Look at the numbers, there are heaps of people with it (including myself).

I also find the Guitar Hero 3 reasons for it to be a bad list, a little contradictive. Apparently we all want originality and things outside the box, which is exactly what you got. It's just not want you wanted for that game, because it made it hard...

I could probably pick at more things, but it won't change anything. :) Good read though, I do enjoy reading this each year.

Well done.


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Comment #101 by devildawg24
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 @ 08:21:30 PM
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Totally agree...Seriously may have deserved a little more recognition, especially with the glitch, but overall great article


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Comment #102 by xdropshot
Thursday, February 21, 2008 @ 03:05:52 AM
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I read through this very interesting editorial, and I can see how many of the catagories could be argued, but there is one glaring omission from the nominee list - Easiest achievement game. I played TMNT and agree that it is the easiest of your named nominees. But for any true achievement hound, Avatar, the Last Airbender, is the absolute easiest 1000 achievement points, period. In the tutorial, instead of doing as the instructor says, press the b button repeatedly from a distance in both exercises. It is that simple; I got 1000 achievement points in 45 seconds! I challenge anyone to find a game that is easier than that.


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Comment #103 by WorseThanBad
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 07:02:28 PM
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Is it too ealry to start voting for Avatar for easiest achievements of next year??


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Comment #104 by ezekiel 08
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 07:31:17 PM
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@ HighQuality: FF XI was 2006, this is 2007.

And I thought that the Collection achievement in Naruto should have won the Glitched achievement. It's been fixed now but you had to get like 900 coins and people weren't getting the achievement. This was worse than Two Worlds IMO.

Good list though. I'm surprised everyone didn't vote for Gears 2 for the Most Potential. Everyone loves Gears but me. I say GTAIV all the way! I hope there's some achievements that take forever to get so not everyone in the world has the 1K GS.


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Comment #105 by aston158
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 08:26:37 PM
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Mile high club is not the hardest achievement i have done that 6 times just for fun and not found to hard. GH3 has the most hardest and worst achievements and that COD3 general is the bigggest joke of them all 40,000 points in ranked matches like thats more than 30k kills what a joke considering the poor lobby system.


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Comment #106 by Damnation
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 @ 10:50:55 AM
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Wicked results people so glad I voted and took part. Thank you to all the people behind this and there time spent. Comment #45 by N00B EATA

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 04:03:15 AM

THEY FORGOT ABOUT AVATAR THE BURNING EARTH!!! IT ONLY TAKES 2 MINUTES TO GET 1000 GAMERSCORE IN THAT GAME...ALSO...THE SIMPSONS GAME ACHIEVEMENT...PRESS START TO PLAY SHOULD'VE BEEN THE EASIEST ONE LOL Dear Noob Eata I fancy myself a bit of a noob so hopfuly we have some off the same games I love playing people like you let me know if you want a challange.....But


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Comment #107 by towns
Friday, February 29, 2008 @ 10:29:11 PM
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AVATAR YOU IDIOTS!!!! It takes about 3 minutes to get all 1000 points. CMON


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Comment #108 by aboruch23
Tuesday, March 04, 2008 @ 04:32:38 PM
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Is there any way to see the achievement awards from last year. I found the page linking to it on this site but it only sends me to an error page.


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Comment #109 by Spartanninja
Wednesday, March 05, 2008 @ 02:54:39 AM
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Avatar . Felt kinda dirty after it though !


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Comment #110 by doosey_74
Friday, March 07, 2008 @ 09:22:02 AM
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i didnt think the Mile High Club achievement for CoD4 was that difficult...i mean granted it took me about an hour and overviewing about 3 different Youtube videos for completion...but it was like impossible as say...oh i dont know, Kick The Bucket about 2 years ago.


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Comment #111 by cacique730
Saturday, March 08, 2008 @ 07:41:11 PM
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i thought i had a good score with almost 15000 until i saw the rest of uz


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Comment #112 by MikeDeW
Sunday, April 06, 2008 @ 06:00:37 AM
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hi


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Comment #113 by Godge
Saturday, May 17, 2008 @ 09:21:11 PM
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I knew Mile High Club from CoD4 would win a hardest achievement award! I'm thinking of buying TMNT now, lol.


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Comment #114 by KING_KOLD
Sunday, September 28, 2008 @ 11:28:50 PM
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What about Avatar: The Burning Earth?
1000/1000 for pressing B a lot...


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Comment #115 by Jappe XBA
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 12:43:20 PM
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GTA4 FTW :D Yeeah!!


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Comment #116 by master_shake_350
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 12:21:51 PM
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Worst gamertile IMO should have gone to Monopoly! Dam EA


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Comment #117 by M4573RxB0x
Monday, December 29, 2008 @ 03:43:17 PM
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Cool. I don't agree with Guitar Hero 3 winning the worst achievement list but I do agree with most of the other winners.


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