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-Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10

-Offline: 12 Achievements - 400 :gsicon:

-Online: 0 Achievements - 0 :gsicon:

-Approximate amount of time to 400 :gsicon:: 15-20 hours

-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1 (2 recommended)

-Number of missable achievements: None

-Do cheat codes disable achievements? No Cheats

-Does difficulty affect achievements? Yes - Iron Man Difficulty

-Glitchy achievements: None

-Unobtainable achievements: None

-Extra equipment needed? A second controller to make Iron Man much easier



How to Survive is a frantic top-down, zombie survival, action RPG game. You can play as one of three characters all with their unique skill enhancements. The game takes place on four relatively small islands, infested with zombies, survivors and quests. You will spend a great deal of time during the game scavenging for supplies around the islands in an effort to help you survive and progress through the story.


The story can be completed in as little as 3-4 hours depending on if you choose to explore, collect plants, do monkey quests etc There are two difficulty levels; Normal & Iron Man. The only difference between the two are that you take slightly more damage from zombies on Iron Man. Although the difficulties stack, and starting on Iron Man will save a considerable amount of time, it will prove harder as you will be learning the basics of the game against a tougher enemy. Therefore, starting on Normal and acquire expedience will make the second playthrough much easier. See Unbreakable for more details on how to make the playthrough even easier.




http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2716/1.jpg Dead...again - 20:gsicon:

Achieve your first instant kill on a zombie.


This will be your first achievement. After hitting a zombie 1-2 times with a melee weapon such as a machete or a wooden stick, you will get a prompt above their heads to press :abut: in order to perform an instant kill. Press the button to unlock the achievement.



http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2716/2.jpg Discoverer I - 20:gsicon:

Enter La Vendida Island


Story related, unmissable. Once you find and return the gas for the boat, after talking to Kovac, you will make your way to the second island.



http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2716/3.jpg Level Up - 20:gsicon:

Unlock your first skill


You unlock skills points by earning XP from killing zombies. After a few minutes of gameplay, you will have enough XP to unlock your first skill. To access your skill tree, press :bbut: to bring up your inventory, then press either :lbbut: or :rbbut: and pick yoru first skill to unlock the achievement.



http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2716/4.jpg Discoverer II - 20:gsicon:

Enter La Sonada Island


Story related, unmissable. Once you return to the first island again, you will have to do a favour for Andrew by catching a deer in exchange for a boat part. Once this mission is complete, you will be able to fix the boat and sail to the third island.



http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2716/5.jpg Discoverer III - 20:gsicon:

Enter Santa Barbara Island


Story related, unmissable. Once you find and return parts for the seaplane, you will take a boat to the opposite end of the island, from here you will talk to Kovac and take his plane to reach the forth and final island.



http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2716/6.jpg Four-handed massacre - 20:gsicon:

Complete a local or online challenge with another player.


You can either play a challenge locally with a second controller or online over Xbox Live. Challenge 3 (The Cleaner) is probably the easiest challenge to complete as it can be done in around 90 seconds with a partner.


Once the challenge starts, one player picks up the spark plug, and the other picks up the weapons. Both players make their way to the south-east area of the map where you will find the crashed plane. Have the player with the spark plug interact with the plane while the other players covers him by taking care of the zombies. The challenge is complete once the plug is installed.



http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2716/8.jpg Easy Survival - 45:gsicon:

Complete the story mode in "Normal" difficulty.


Pick the normal difficulty at the start of the game and complete the story for the achievement. The story will take around 6-8hrs to complete on Normal depending on much you explore/scavenge etc. This difficulty stacks under the Iron man difficulty, but it is recommended you play through the game twice by starting on Normal. This is mainly because the game can be very tough on Iron man difficulty without proper equipment, skills and a levelled up character. Now although stats do no carry over between playthroughs, there is an exploit to be able to bypass this issue. See Unbreakable for more details.



http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2716/9.jpg Perfect run - 45:gsicon:

Complete a challenge with a "S" ranking.


It is not clear what the exact requirements are to earn each of the rankings but the main factors that affect your ranking is time taken, player accuracy, player damage taken and zombies killed. This means completing a level as quick as possible, with a decent accuracy while killing most of the zombies with minimal damage taken is how you will best earn an S rank.


Most of the challenges can be quite difficult to get an S ranking on early on, therefore it is recommended that you attempt this after your preferred character is levelled up, and trying this with a friend may prove much easier as well as both of your scores are combined and you will have twice the chance of survival. Note: The stats between players are balanced, meaning for example if one player performed poorly in accuracy, it will bring the other players stats down a little as well. Different players will find different challenges easier than others, but challenges 1, 3 & 6 generally the easiest of the 8 to get a high ranking on, assuming they're attempted in co-op. Difficulty played on does not factor in the ranking so it is best to play on the Normal difficulty.



http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2716/12.jpg Unbreakable - 80:gsicon:

Complete the story mode in "Iron man" difficulty.


This is the harder difficulty of the game, although the game is still not very challenging on this difficulty compared to Normal. The only differences between the difficulties are that enemies take more hits to kill and they also damage you more when you're hit. The players health is not taken down faster, and there are no decreases of scavenge items on this difficulty.


It is recommended that you first complete the game on Normal before attempting Iron man, so you have a better understanding of the games mechanics and can gain more experience with building weapons, handling zombies and navigating the islands. The second main reason is that once you have completed the game on Normal, you will want to use a small exploit to carry all your upgraded weapons.

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