- Estimated achievement difficulty: 4-5/10
- Offline: 39 (1000)
- Online: 0 (0)
- Approximate time: 25 hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 2 (Alternate endings)
- Missable achievements: 27 (See explanation below)
- Does difficulty affect Achievements? No
- Unobtainable achievements: 0
- Extra equipment needed?: None
- Avatar Awards: 0
- Cheats: 0
- Is there DLC? Yes
- Achievement Difficulty: 4/10
- Amount to 240: 10-20 hours (Depending on playthroughs)
- Glitchy/Missable/Unobtainable: None
The world of metro is a rather odd but interesting place. You play as Artyom, a survivor of a post-apocalyptic world event who lives in Moscow's metro system. You will encounter all sorts of weird creatures and hostile soldiers as you make your way through the metro. This may be a first person shooter, but it plays very differently compared to most games. You will have to think very carefully how you approach some areas and how you deal with certain enemies.
Most of the achievements will require you to complete certain events. There are several which will unlock through story progression.
1st Playthrough: (Easy/Medium/Hard)
Your first playthrough will earn you most of the achievements if you know which weapons to change over to, what to collect and what objectives need to be completed. Difficulty doesn't affect the way you play the game, though if you want a more authentic experience the harder difficulties may be more to your liking.
On your first playthrough you should be aiming to complete the following achievements:
Weapons: ("Ka-Boom!", "Pyro", "Old school", "Air gunner", "Cowboy", "Ninja", "Slice & Dice", "Heavy Metal")
Most weapon based achievements will come with just playing through the game, if you use one weapon more than another you will either need to play from a previous level or start over. are the achievements you should be aiming for.
Objectives: ("Rescue Ranger", "Raider", "DJ Artyom", "Merciful", "Quick Draw", "Soft Touch", "Invisible man", "Hedge-hopper", "Metro dweller", "Explorer", "Generous", "Realist", "Quick-witted")
Your objectives will be made of interactions with NPCs or completing small misc tasks. They're fairly easy but you will need to reload several chapters to earn them all on one go. You cannot reload chapter to earn "Soft Touch" or "Explorer".
Collectibles: ("Ranger", "Scrooge", "Sherlock")
These are mostly ammo based, if you pay attention to your surroundings and follow the guides you shouldn't have any trouble finding each locations.
Dead City Cache & Soldier Locations
Sherlock Military Grade Ammo Locations Guide
Military Grade Ammo: ("Wheeler-Dealer", "Metro Trader")
You will find Military Grade ammo all through the metro, you will need to use it to buy other items so be sure not to waste it. You will also need to use it as ammo from time-to-time.
Though this ammo is used for currency you can also use it as ammunition for your machine gun. If you are working towards the military grade achievements make sure you use other weapons that don't require Military Grade ammo. See "Scrooge" for a list of weapons that do. You can use these weapons, just make sure you have dirty rounds and don't change over to the military grade unless you have to.
Kills: ("Nosalis hunter", "Fire in the hole", "Heavy Reader", "Inquisitor", "Pathoanatomist", "Sniper")
These achievements should come from natural progression through the game. Some of them stack others don't, if you keep track of what weapons you need to use this shouldn't be too difficult.
Endings: ("Enlightened", "If it's hostile, you kill it.")
If you manage to earn the "Enlightened" ending you will be able to earn both achievements in one go. If you missed this alternative ending you will have to replay the game a second time. See "Enlightened".
2nd Playthrough: (Easy/Medium/Hard)
If you missed the alternative ending to the game where you help the Dark Ones you will need to play through and trigger the alternative good ending. You may also want to use this playthrough to earn other achievements you may have missed out on.
If you are lucky enough to trigger the alternative ending you won't need to play through a second time. If you are still missing certain achievements you can reload the level you need achievements for. If you missed "Explorer"
It's important to note that the two difficulty based achievements do not stack, however it is possible to complete the game on Ranger Easy and only the last part of the game on Ranger Hardcore for credit toward both using a workaround found HERE.
NOTE: You can also do the workaround for the normal difficulties to save even more time.
There are multiple kill achievements based on the new weapons in this DLC (the Volt Driver and the Heavy Auto Shotgun), sticky grenades, pneumatic weapons, and the knife. You will most likely want to finish up all of the Volt Driver primary (50 kills) and secondary kills (25 kills), as well as the knife kills (50 kills), at the top of the infinite-spawning escalator enemy spawn outside of Cursed Station (See "Stunning" for a more detailed description). Doing so will free your inventory slot up for the Heavy Auto Shotgun you get in Armory Station, which you'll need to get 50 kills with. Over the duration of the game you will also need to get 30 human kills with pneumatic weapons (Helsing/Tihar), which you can get with relative ease in the stealth portions of the game, and you can also work your way toward the 15 stick grenade kills when you want to go loud in these areas for some easy sticky kills after sneaking up on an enemy.
Overall the game isn't too difficult, there are several tough enemies and several achievements require concentration. If you have managed to follow the guide and earn all the achievements and alternative endings you should be well on your way to completing this title.
[XBA would like to thank Fizzmatix for this Road Map]
[XBA would like to thank Shiftie for the DLC addition]