-Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10
-Offline: 50 (1000 )
-Online: 0 (0 )
-Approximate amount of time to 1000: 10-15 hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1 (However two are recommended)
-Number of missable achievements: None!
-Glitched achievements: None!
-Do cheat codes disable achievements?: No Cheats
-Does difficulty affect achievements?: Yes
Iron Man 2 is the game that is loosely based on the blockbuster movie of the same name. Like many movie games, it is plagued with bad graphics, bad camera angles, and bad controls. The achievements are generic and the story is short. If you played the Iron Man game based on the first movie you will notice the achievement list is almost identical. It features the same type of difficulties with the same type of enemies. The only real differences to note are that there are now two playable characters and the controls. You once again have Iron Man but you also have access to War Machine now. Iron Man is more of an agility character while War Machine is more a brute. The controls have also been altered in a small sense. They took out the ability to boost while flying which can make dodging missiles and other powerful slow moving projectiles a bit more challenging in this game.
First Play Through on Easy
You’ll want to pummel through easy mode first. The reason why I suggest that is because you are nearly invincible on easy. You’ll want to use easy mode to get acquainted to the controls and the levels. You’ll also have the chance to make all the field research you need in order to fully upgrade all components of both Iron Man and War Machine’s suits. That will make your play through on Formidable a whole lot easier. The game also features tasks for achievements that involve doing optional objectives during each mission. It is very similar to the hero tasks from the other Iron Man. You’ll want to do those tasks during easy because they tend to force you to go out of the way on some. The story is very short (about five hours or so) so I would recommend just ignoring the achievement list and plowing through the entire thing as fast as possible and then checking your achievements after you have completed the game to see what you have unlocked and haven’t unlocked.
Mopping Up on Easy
Once you have beat the story, you will still most likely have an assortment of those optional tasks along with upgrades to buy left to do. I would recommend mopping up the optional tasks, beating certain levels with both characters, and unlockable armors first. After you complete that, you should move onto the weapon related achievements. For those, my recommendation would be to head to the third mission with whatever character you need the weapon achievement for and simply clearing the entire level of enemies being as its rather straight forward and easy. If you still need the Omega & Invincibility achievements load that same level and activate the respective power of your player and clear the entire room of enemies. Once you are done with that, you will overload a circuit board to unlock a door. You gain a checkpoint after that. Press and in the menu click on save checkpoint then return to the headquarters. By saving the checkpoint you have saved all the stats before you got to the checkpoint. That means you can merely just do the beginning of that level over and over saving at the first checkpoint until you get the special power achievement that you need. If you still need field data after all that for the Technical Genius achievement head to Level 6 and wipe out the boss for an easy 3-4 million points.
By now you should have every single achievement except for the Normal and Formidable difficulty achievements. With only those two achievements left, you can concentrate on keeping yourself alive and making sure you clear each level. If you beat the first Iron Man on Formidable, this version’s will be a cakewalk for you. Make sure that all your weapons for both characters have ultimate modules and whatever the most powerful ammo type is for them (lightning & armor piercing). I would recommend using War Machine with the machine gun and missiles for all the levels which allow you to choose a character. If any of the levels are giving you a hard time, establish a Call of Duty Veteran mentality for them; your shields are completely rechargeable so just hide behind cover and pop out every time you have full health and do a little bit of damage at a time until you’ve destroyed everything and move on.