Achievement History is Made: First PC-Exclusive [Update]

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Alan Pettit

I meant to post this yesterday, but I had to run out and meet some friends right after posting the achievements. I'm sure many people here don't know what Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II is or even that there was a first one. That is of course because it is a PC only title. The first was a very popular RTS game on the PC, and this sequel will be the first PC-exclusive game with achievements. There have of course been other PC games with achievements until now, but this will be the first to not have a 360 counterpart. This can only mean good things for fans of PC gaming. Here's hoping the newly formed Activision Blizzard, Inc. take note and Starcraft II may have some hope of getting its own list.

To read more about how to earn achievements on the PC and which games are available, check here.

Update: There is a lot of discussion on this which is awesome, but I feel I need to clarify a few things. First of all, people are suggesting things like Halo 2 and World of Warcraft. Halo 2 was indeed the first game to have achievements only in its PC version, but it was not a PC-exclusive game. It was also released on the Xbox and playable on the 360. So, I suppose its achievement list was PC-exclusive, but not the game itself which is what this article is about. And as for World of Warcraft (or any Steam game), those "achievements" do not collect points for your Gamertag and really have nothing to do with Microsoft's system in general. If you're trying to include those games, you'd even have to include something like Smash Brothers for the Wii which had all kinds of medals to unlock. But, again, those aren't the same thing.

However, it appears there has been a PC-exclusive game already. "Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu aka Legend of the Galactic Heroes" was a PC-exclusive game released exclusively in Japan. So, there you have it, for everyone trying so hard to prove me wrong, someone finally did. Good job, Sangriaz. So, we'll call this the first widely known, widely available PC-exclusive game I suppose.

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  • excellent! didnt get into warhammer to much before this, but im sure that i will now, the achievement whore that i am! first!
  • damn super cats
  • I'm tempted ot get this now
  • i may check this out!!!!!
  • Achievements were soposed to be an xbox thing with all the cheating that can be done on a pc this cant be good news.
  • Er i dont care dont like rts's or Warhammer.
  • Wow....Cant wait to so how many people will get their gamerscore reset in the first week cause of CHEATING!
  • THATS SICK
  • I hope when Diablo 3 drops, it will have achievements!
  • thats cool i might consider this :)
  • uummmmm......no
  • #5: Achievements were created by Microsoft, they can do what they want with the system. A wider fanbase is only a good thing. #7: Companies can allow or disallow the use of cheats in games to unlock achievements. There are tons of 360 games that allow the use of cheat codes while still giving achievements (Lego Batman, etc) and using those is not a breach of the Terms of Service. The same holds true for the PC. If the developer does not put in code to disable achievements when cheats are used, that is not the fault of the player. Just like playing games on "easy" is not wrong, neither is using cheat codes when available.
  • niceeee! i cant wait
  • Warhammer is great with or without achievements, but now it is even better so I can't wait for this game.
  • #11: Well said.
  • Doesn't Halo 2 fit into his statement too? Exclusive achievements and no 360 counterpart...so not really a new thing. Whatever though, looking forward to the game.
  • We need some better Warhammer offerings for the 360 methinks
  • @Alan Pettit : That brings about a question I never thought of with your Blizzard Activision remark. Blizzard has almost always released it's games for PC / Mac both, I wouldn't think you could get a "Games for Windows" header for a game thats a hybrid disk, so wouldn't that mean no achievements possible?
  • #11 - I think you'll find that's not quite what #7 meant. Do you not remember the fuss made by microsoft and developers about the fact that people were save sharing etc as a way to cheat their gamerscore and increase it significantly, very quickly, and without achieving anything. This is a problem on PC because it is so much easier to manipulate the system. Registries can be edited, files can be changed, and if Microsoft monitor the PC achievements in the same way that they monitor Xbox360 achievements, then a fair number of hefty scores will be getting reset pretty quickly I imagine.
  • #11: You do understand the scope of cheating on PCs, right? We aren't talking petty cheat codes here.
  • @20 Dude, GFW Live games work the same as 360 games. Saves are tied to the gamertag. If your gamertag was on my pc (on Universe at War) you wouldn't be able to play any of my saves.
  • Yaaaay! Go Vista, lol. I love PC games.
  • As if cheating is exclusive to PC gaming anyway, why cry and moan over people cheating 1000 in DoW 2 when so many people do the exact same thing on the 360 every single day for dozens of games. Oh woe is us achie-whores who have to compete with people who haxor and get 1000 on Dawn of War 2! We honorable 360 only players NEVER cheat! Ever! What's game-saving I've never even heard of that. This is a non-issue, if this opens the doors to more PC titles getting achievements (Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, etc) then I'm all for it, just gives me more of an reason to play games on my PC again.
  • I thought of Halo 2, but I see comment 15 has alerady brought up my point.
  • I will put this another way for the retards who dont know what i mean by cheating.Its very easy to HACK a game on the pc and mess around with anything they want.Its bad news for people online and people who like to get achievemennts in general. What will be next games on your cell phones with achievements?These what made the xbox stand out from the crowd.I for one am not happy about this but thats just my opinion. Just dont think cheating ends at up,down,left,left,right,a.Ow great ive unlocked a extra health pack!
  • The Killer- that's a good statement, but note that it can still be played on an Xbox 360. For this reason, it was built as a port to the PC, so it doesn't count. Dawn of War II is the first game BUILT FOR the PC that can support achievements, so it is first.
  • halo 2 is pc exclusive and has achievements?? if your guna say you can play halo 2 on your xbox360, you still wont get achievements!!!! alot of other people have brought this up already. lol
  • #15 (and others): I suppose that works, but Halo 2 was technically a dual-platform game, just only had achievements on one of them. This is the first PC-exclusive game to have achievements. #17 (and others): The act of "gamesaving" is now extinct and impossible. There are newer ways of cheating to unlock achievements, but trading saved games is not possible anymore. Still shouldn't be possible on the PC, but we'll see. #18: Didn't even think of that... damn!
  • #24: I suppose I am the "retard" you're referring to, and I see what you're saying (misunderstood at first). There is a way to cheat already to edit files for Halo 2 and get all the single player done without actually playing it. I'm sure people will find other ways to cheat things. I hope Microsoft does look out for that and act against it, but enough people cheat on the 360 as it is that they have not acted on, so who knows.
  • #22 ummm whats game saving? And no im not taking the piss i really dont know but have a friend (The Jaw) who just jumped 20,000pts in a few months by getting his friends achievements or something
  • Sweet. I'm a big fan of Warhammer and I achievements, so I might check this out. The 360 could use a good Warhammer game too.
  • I dont mean to sound like a dick but Halo 2 was the first, there is no 360 counterpart and that is that.
  • @Pants : Unless the merger changed how Blizzard operates, which is possible since Activision Blizzard now acts more like EA than EA does =P I was surprised to hear that they were still bring out any of the Diablo/Starcraft/etc due to the CEO stating the reason all the Vivendi titles that were dropped were dropped due to it not being feasible to bring out a sequel on a yearly basis... maybe we'll see at least yearly expansions in that case.
  • :( pc only
  • #32: Was Halo 2 a PC-exclusive game? No. My point here is that this is the first PC-exclusive game with achievements and that holds true no matter how you try to argue it. #33: I actually hope we don't get expansions. Brood Wars was awful, in my opinion. I am a little bit worried about Blizzard's future though. They have been one of the best companies around for a long time, and Activision has, well, not been so good. Hopefully the two parts of the comapny can exist without Blizzard being pushed under the rug and bullied. They have been notable for delays, but their end products are always worth the wait.
  • For Pants Party about comment #35. I think Blizzard will be allowed to be autonomous and allowed to do what they wish. Activision mainly wanted the extra cash flow that World of Warcraft brings, along with the great games Blizzard is usually known for. Oh, and I think if Blizzard wanted achievements in a hybrid game, Microsoft would probably allow it because of who they are, but its hard to say if Mac owners would be able to get access to their gamertag or if they'll just have to settle for in game achievements without a score. Also, this may not stay PC exclusive long. Relic has said they've wanted to bring their games to consoles, most notable 360 and this may be there way of showing they are leaning further into it. I'm sure they just want to get the PC version out first and then giv
  • Blast, went too long. As I was saying, they'll give us something later after they've got it working perfect and can commit to it. Sorry for the double post. I need to keep my statements shorter lol
  • Wasn't Halo 2 the first game to have PC only achievements?
  • #36 Again, although halo 2 wasn't Exclusive, it still was a pc only achievement list. Thus making it an Exclusive achievement list. I'm sure Activision has learned of EA's mistakes in buying a company. If not, we will see.
  • Definitely getting DOW2... Love space marinesa and warhammer! *and achievements
  • Picking this game up. Have every Games for Windows LIVE games to date.
  • whatever
  • Starcraft 2 is going to have achievements, but they will be Blizzard achievements to go along collectively with WoW and Dialbo 3.
  • Doesn't bother me any
  • Umm...I thought Halo 2 for the PC had achievements...and the Xbox counterpart does not. Therefore wouldn't this game not be the ONLY PC game with its own achievements. Not trying to make fun or anything, just pointing that out.
  • @#45 - Uh... that's not the point. Halo 2 is a port of a original Xbox game. The initial game was not designed to be a PC game first where and, because of this, is not a PC-Exclusive. Yeah, Halo 2 got Achievements but you can still play it on another system. Dawn of War 2, however, is only on the PC with no sign of an announcement of it going multi-platform.
  • Well I was already going to get this game and play it for like 500 hours so the fact that there are achievements in it make me smile. :) This game will be awesome!
  • love the game, but considering the hacking you can do on PC, the achievements will be useless.
  • Actually, there is a Japanese PC only game with achievements called Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu (Galaxy Heroes Legend) which is the first one not to have any 360 counterpart. :) Anyway, now I might have to go back to PC gaming haha.
  • Looks like I may need to get a PC that's up to snuff.
  • pcachievements.org.....u know where to find me ;)
  • I like this idea, but you might also think that there may be an Xbox360 version in the making for this game - not sure if it would work well on an Xbox though :(
  • lol PC's are just a massive headache when it comes to gaming, also RTS's where fun about 10 years ago they just bore me now
  • @Pants. I think what the guy meant by cheating didnt mean ingame cheats such as codes but rather modding which most people can do easily and like I learnt to do on football manager and fifa for the pc.
  • lol you guys are weong. Halo 2 (PC) was the first. That was a different game than Halo 2 and it didn't have a X360 counterpart. Unless I'm reading your post wrong, that is the 2nd exclusive-PC game to have achieveo's.
  • wait, nevermind.
  • Hmmmmmm... I might have to check it out.
  • When they say exclusive, do they really mean for only a few months? :p But if they start to include achievements on PC only games, it will certainly help the "Games for Windows" brand, and make more money. I'd buy it.
  • Finally a RTS with achievements!
  • #7, you are the biggest, stupidest douche in this big, stupid, douchey world -_-
  • not a big fan of games on the pc but its a great idea
  • And for #58, games for windows isn't in trouble, actually, you may not believe this, but the 360 isn't the most popular gaming system on earth (the pc is)
  • People always claim it's easy as hell to hack into the PC games. BULL EFFING CRAP! "Change Registry" GFW Live has checks and balances in its system. It will prevent most if not all issues with registry or file problems. If anyone can modify a file on the local machine to edit the game, that's an oversight that the developers should patch, or they aren't good devs. Simple as that. Any smart company wouldn't allow this. Anyone remember CoD4 hacks? They did away with that on CoD5 because it now has a local file AND a server file on Activision's servers. Same with America's Army for the PC. So if you change one, it won't work. And any good developer will continue to use systems like that.
  • I hate to pop every ones bubble but world of warcraft does Have achievements and it is not connected to the xbox 360
  • queer, i was hoping they would port this to 360 ;_;
  • didn't halo 2 for PC have achievments, i am pretty sure that wasn't on 360.
  • hi X FirePuppet X
  • I was an xbox game still and it was already able to play on the 360 when the system came out
  • ok fine pants, you got me on that one, I was wrong. that aside I have to ask- why do you wear the detriot lions gamerpic? they are on the verge of going 0-16 tomorrow. you must be some kind of rabid superfan and I suppose I give you props for that. I really ask because I am morbidly curious and not to give you crap.
  • and yes, that was offtopic, my apologies, after watching ufc 92 I am drunk.
  • I'm not really an RTS or guy, but this makes my chances of getting it better.
  • the first one was a masterpiece. i'm gonna get this for sure.
  • To the people complaining that other PC games have achievements and are not on the 360, such as WoW, Spore, etc etc... Those are not Microsoft Games for Windows LIVE/Xbox LIVE achievements, these are. Which means? Just two things really, they count towards your gamerscore, and the article is most definately accurate. Should be good, loved the first one if I can get 500+ pointa added to my gamerscore while I enjoy this then awesome.
  • Just a note to the whole Blizzard discussion; they've already announced way back that they want to make a Blizzard account thing, which would collect scores from achievements across all their games. So...warhammer rocks!
  • #74 : The article is accurate only for the Western gaming world. As I said above, there is a Games for Windows game only released in Japan that has achievements but is not available for X360. Not sure why that list never made it to the website here as I've seen all Japanese Xbox 360 games make it here. :)
  • World of Warcraft has had achievements since 3.01, the patch right before the Wrath expansion
  • I still think it's retarded that so many people all of a sudden care about playing this just because it has achievements now. /fail
  • never played an RTS but achievements always seem to make me want to try new things.
  • this is a good thing!
  • Thing is, it's not there have been many PC exclusive games that have achievments. Day of Defeat Source and Audio Surf are two.
  • That sucks. Microsoft will get carried away and give achievements to more PC games and just kill off the love. For me anyway as I dont play PC games :D Except possibly Sims and Age of the Empires but thats it
  • Too bad they won't make a 360 version, I was a huge fan of the first one and have it for PC. The only problem is that my computer busted and it doesn't work on my new one. If I had a computer that DOW worked on, I would probably get the second one.
  • I loved the first one and i can not wait to get this one!!!
  • Pro-Tip, WoW has achievements. True, it's not tied to a Gamertag like games for windows, but it's tied to an account name and Blizzard is going to make it cross-game. http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2008/08/01/blizzard-accounts-achievements/ I'm just saying.
  • Dawn of War was very excellent, I wish my current PC could run DoW2 well enough to be worth playing and grabbing 1000G
  • lol @ "Achievement History"
  • im with the "arent acheevs supposed 2 be for xbox"because they are the first to start the whole acheevs thing,i think acheevs on dow2 is wak,espescially cause it doesnt have 360 counterpart,and because i hate rts games,and i never could figure out why people cheat,i can see in game cheats that give you full health,etc, but cheating by hack is totally GAY!!!
  • Umm, World of Warcraft doesn't fit into this? It's PC exclusive with no 360 counterparts and it has achievements.
  • Halo 2
  • I just can't believe how many people posted on the topic of Halo2's achievement list. Did none of them actually read any of the 4-ish posts by The Pants Party? Astounding.
  • Im tempted to get this now *inb4cl0z3
  • Beta should be startin soon too!
  • Nice, I might get it
  • well technically halo 2 was the first game on pc to have achievements. Since xbox version didn't have achievements.
  • Never a big RTS or Warhammer guy so this will go on my "No" list though this PC exclusive acheivements thing will be interesting.
  • Are you sure there won't be an Xbox 360 version afterwards?
  • Halo 2s system had to have you logged into LIVE to earn the achivments. If you played the campain offline it would make you reset where you were if you wanted achivements. Or at least it does now, I remember Youtube videos of ways to replace some files to get all mission achivements but those don't work anymore. I am guessing it will use the same system to stop most cheating from happening, but then again I have only played Halo 2 for PC and nothing else so I could be blowing smoke...
  • Why note make a totaly different total for pc games,then the games that are multiplatform use the same list? ..if you get what i mean.
  • I guess I dont see the advantage of achievements on a PC. Personally I stopped PC gaming in favor of consoles as I know the game will work and for the most part the games are less buggy. Then again they may be tossing them in right now so they are ready to port it down the road. THey may claim its Windows only but there were plenty of Xbox only also till they ported.
  • Didn't Warhammer Online, WotLK and perhaps some more games already infuse achievements?
  • Ain't that important.
  • oooooh aaaaahh, achievement history is made, is this REALLY something that needs an article?
  • I am open to the idea of achievements on a PC game. There are certain games I would enjoy more on the PC. FPS and RTS are good examples of types of games I would enjoy more on a computer. Mainly because mouse and keyboard are > two d-sticks. Some would say get better, I'm workin on it, 1k on WaW
  • Dawn of War is pretty sweet. Although not a big fan of RTS achievements it should be alright cause I'll be putting triple digit hours into this game for sure.
  • The first one was awesome!!! And this one has tyranids AND achievements... You all have a PC unless you hate RTS then you should buy this game =D IMO console RTS games suck so this is amazing news =D
  • ...this game is gay
  • i agree with harvinator2000, but i do like tha game, but it could be bad news....
  • Down of war 2 will rock hard, Dawn of War was great
  • yay!!! I'm going to buy this game just cause it's a pc exclusive w/ achievements.(i know it's a dumb reason but w/e) never even played it b4. I downloaded the mp beta and got pwned but it's all good. I've got halo 2 also but i don't play cause it's outdated (graphics). I rather turn on my xbox and play halo 3. Wish crysis had achievements!!!!! that would be delicious!!!
  • i got it i love warhammer and with achievements bonus
  • Halo 2 isn't a PC exclusive.... "Achievement History is Made: First PC-Exclusive"
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