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2:26 PM on 07.27.2008  

Achievement Hell - Top Spin 2

I was thinking about what kind of achievement related column I could do often. I have been playing Top Spin 2 now for over 14 days for a single achievement, so Achievement Hell was the first thing that popped into my head. Achievement Hell columns will contain my frustrations with a single achievement in a single game, though sometimes I might branch out and do more than one achievement from that game for the column. This week will contain 2 achievements from Top Spin 2.

Reach #1 World Rank in career 100
Reach the top of the World Rankings while playing Career Mode to receive this achievement.

End career with 1 000 points 250
Finish an entire career and score more than 1 000 career points to receive this achievement.

The thing that makes Top Spin 2 horrible is that it is a very quick game to get the full 1000 achievement points in if you don't suck at it. If you do suck, it is an agonizing hell of attempting to sim matches in Career and having to go back to the dashboard to re-sim it when you lose because of the autosave feature that you can't turn off. YAY! for forced autosaves. It is very unlikely that you can sim a win against the computers that are in the top 10 and damn near impossible against the ones in the top 3. The #1 in the World achievement becomes a game of not actually beating your opponents but trying to make sure you do better than the top players so you advance above them.

As I said, the #1 achievement is do-able with time because you don't have to win the tournaments. So with a solid week, you can get 750 points out of 1000 for this game. The kicker achievement is the 1000 Career points. For this achievement, you actually have to win tournaments! Oh noes! When I ended my Career the first time, I had only 842 out of the 1000 needed. Luckily I had a back-up save, and I am now currently reworking my way through the last of the 5 seasons. If I don't have the 1000 points after this season, I am going to have to create a new character and start all over again and at that point I think a bullet into the brainpan (squish) is a good idea.   read

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