Achievements

This week marks the release of Angry Birds Trilogy on 3DS, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, a $39.99 ($29.99 for 3DS) compilation that includes Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio. There's the launch trailer, w...
Last year's most heartwarming game-related story was without a doubt that of Michael John Mamaril, the 22-year-old Borderands fan who lost his life to cancer. His friend Carlo sent an email to Gearbox Software explaining the ...
Back when we collectively still had biweekly debates about the importance of Achievements or lack thereof, conversations frequently drifted toward "Hey, why don't they just give us Microsoft Points in exchange for our climbin...
[Update: Microsoft claims the issue is now resolved, but we've already had users switch on their systems and claiming it hasn't been. If you've been affected, log out and log in, while hoping for the best!] Reports around the...
[Update: No longer a rumor, this news has been confirmed by Microsoft's Major Nelson.] According to everybody's favorite anonymous sources, Microsoft is about to update its policies regarding Xbox Live Arcade achievements.&nb...
It seems like everything is jumping on the success free-to-play is bringing these days, and Microsoft's line of flight simulator titles is the next franchise to test the waters. Out today is Microsoft Flight and, as was promi...
Last month, I reviewed an auto-scrolling runner game for the iPhone called Curio. I wasn't too kind with my judgment, much to the disappointment of the title's main developer Rube Rubenstein. At the end of the day, though, th...
Remember when Sega teased us with a revival of one of their classic franchises? You knew it was Daytona USA, didn't you? The title has yet to be confirmed, but it's Daytona.  It seems that Achievements for the Xbox ...
Red Orchestra 2 had a rough launch. While it is a great game, there were some serious issues to deal with, including bugs. One of those issues was stats not being recorded correctly. Players would sometimes have random and lu...
Do people still get pumped when they see Trophy/Achievement lists ahead of time? That used to be the norm, though I suspect enthusiasm has died down considerably in recent years. If you don't mind quest-name spoilers, the Ach...
Fallout: New Vegas' various downloadable adventures have ranged over a wide variety of settings, but they all share one thing in common: They're all solo experiences that, through one contrivance or another, force player...
Usually, downloadable games on Xbox Live can only offer 200 Gamer Points' worth of Achievements. The HD reissues of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica, however, will offer 1,000 Points each, boasting full-fledge...
New DLC for Dragon Age II is supposed to be announced during Comic Con, according to the game's Twitter account. However, the achievements for the upcoming Legacy DLC have already been listed on Xbox360Achievements.org. While...
Many of us love the choose-your-own-adventure style of Minecraft, because few games tend to offer exploration on such a grand scale. Of course, there are also people who have this desire to be told where to go and what to do;...
The February 2011 special issue of Game Studies, the free web-published international journal of computer game research, focuses on the subject of game reward systems. Four articles in particular may be more interesting than ...
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The achievement hounds over at Xbox 360 Achievements have dug up a full list for Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Given that Capcom has been slowly leaking out information on the game, it's not surprising that the list confirms a few game features, while simply hinting at others.
I'm largely apathetic towards Xbox LIVE Achievements and PS3 Trophies, though I certainly don't mind earning a few for a little extra effort. Just a little (sorry, Dead Rising 2's "Zombie Genocider"). However, it's moments li...
An alleged list of new achievements for Super Street Fighter 4 containing stuff from Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition has hit the internet. The list includes images of Yun and Yang (two characters that have yet to be ann...
Last week, Bungie posted a blurb about installing Halo: Reach to the Xbox 360 hard drive. Inadvertently or not, the studio's instructions included a few screenshots showing an updated Achievement total. Based on these 'shots,...
In desperate need of a delightful time-waster for your workday? Achievement Unlocked 2 is here to rescue you. This sequel sees the return of the little blue elephant with a new selection of rooms for him to explore and a...
In the grand pantheon of games to fall back on when you're waiting at a bus stop or just simply bored at home, Plants vs. Zombies is probably the best there is. Hell, it's probably one of the best games out there in term...
2K Sports included a time-sensitive Achievement/Trophy in Major League Baseball 2K10, and the time to get it is now. Entitled "Mid-Summer Classic," the task -- good for 40 Gamerscore on Xbox Live, and a silver Troph...
Achievements. You want them. You can pretend like you don't, but we all have a little Achievement whore in us. Halo: Reach. You want it. You can pretend like you don't, but we all have a little Halo whore in us. Put your want...
The achievements for Rockstar's upcoming Red Dead Redemption are all at once awesome and and altogether frustrating.On one hand, there's one achievement that you can get for killing and skinning 18 grizzly bears. This is awes...
Not even Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson can pretend this is anything else -- Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Burning Earth is now available on Games on Demand, and it's the simplest way to get 1000 Gamerscore points. Ever. The game...
Wait, seriously? Yes, seriously. Microsoft's Game Room will have 56 Achievements attached to it when it finally launches next week. Hoping to entice players into its virtual arcade like Gary Glitter with a dirty van full of c...
Could rewarding players for playing your game make them appreciate the game less, and play worse? Chris Hecker doesn't know for sure, but his talk, "Achievements Considered Harmful?," explored the possibility. I've tried my best to summarize the talk below, but I can't say I've done it justice -- Hecker gave the headiest and most fast-paced talk I've yet heard at GDC 2010. Hit the jump for that.
The first piece of Assassin's Creed II DLC "Sequence 12: Battle of Forli" won't have Achievements or Trophies associated with it. A spokesman for Ubisoft Montreal confirmed the lack of Trophies last afternoon with Web site PS...
Even if you’re not an Achievement whore, you may have heard whispers of a rare online Achievement for EA Sports’ NBA Live 07. One of the game’s 15 Achievements offers a sizable reward -- 100 Gamerscore -- fo...
Last week's Boomshine game did a phenomenal job at keeping things as simple as possible while still being thoroughly enjoyable. This week's game does a great job of taking a similarly simple concept, but instead making it mor...
Mass Effect 2 is almost a month from retail release. If I put on my space visor and squeeze my eyes shut real tight, then I can totally see the box in my hands. As a bonus I suppose, I can also see vibrant stars and neon-blue...
Xbox 360 Achievements has gotten its hands on the achievement list for the Xbox 360 version of BioShock 2, and well...they look a bit familiar.  Sure, there are a slew of "secret achievements" that are tied to BioShock 2...
A new update (noticed by GTA4.Net) for Grand Theft Auto IV on PC all but confirms "The Lost and Damned" add-on will one day be heading beyond the Xbox 360's exclusivity. The patch added Achievements for the first of, uh, two ...
We're really looking forward to Darksiders at Destructoid, and THQ apparently likes that we're looking forward to it. Both of these elements have collided to allow us to be the first ones to show off the Achievements and Trop...
If for whatever reason hours worth of new single-player gameplay and multiplayer additions won't do it for you, Rockstar's added a bit more to Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony -- all new Achievements. Rockstar ha...
Two separate sites are reporting that they have uncovered the Achievements and Trophies for Assassin's Creed 2 and they are all achievable. They also give you gamer cred or whatever and there's probably a few plays on words i...
The Achievement list for Valve's zombie-braining sequel Left 4 Dead 2 has been revealed, bringing with it verification of the yet-to-be-official campaigns, Hard Rain and Dead Center. The Achievements also make mention of bran...
Remember grabbing a copy of NBA 2K6 to tack a painless and extra 1,000 Gamer Points to your overall Gamer Score? You aren’t that weird for doing it. According to Randy Pitchford, significant amounts of people are buying...
The release of Rockstar's much-discussed Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony is coming up this month, and naturally there are achievements for it, as one would expect. If you'd like to see what they are, you can do so...