Confessions of an Achievement Addict: Episode 2: Diamond in the Rough

Confessions of an Achievement Addict: Episode 2: Diamond in the Rough

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Episode 2 – Diamond in the Rough

Last episode can be found here:

As an achievement addict, I seem to be attracted to odd games that are often overlooked by normal gamers.  Most of these games are just terrible, but some actually turn out to be treasures, “diamonds in the rough” if you will.

In 2010, we were fortunate enough to get one of those treasures in a strange game called Deadly Premonition. It came out in the 1st quarter of 2010 as a budget title, selling for just $20, but the impact it left on me as a gamer was priceless.  Words can not describe the game enough to give it justice, but I will try my best.

In Deadly Premonition, you play as an FBI detective investigating a strange murder in a small town in North America.  Sound familiar? Well, if you’re thinking that it sounds a lot like the T.V. show Twin Peaks, you hit the nail on the head.  Deadly Premonition takes a lot of its inspiration from that show, so much so that it can almost be called a Twin Peaks video game.  If you are a fan of that groundbreaking show, you’ll feel right at home with Deadly Premonition.

At first glance, the game appears to be one of the worst games in this current generation which has caused a lot of people to give it terrible reviews. Everything about the game screams “bad:” the graphics are ugly, the controls suck, and the music is just plain weird, but for some reason, when you’re about to turn it off and never play it again, something in you clicks and it all starts to make sense.  The game is not about the graphics, controls, or music. In fact, it’s almost as if the game knows it’s bad which seems to encourage itself to get weirder and more obscene which draws the player deeper and deeper into the twisted story.  It’s this magic that makes Deadly Premonition unlike any game I have played before.  I recommend this game to everyone looking for something a little different.  The game may be hard to find these days and I have a feeling it’s only going to get worse as this niche title grows in popularity as a cult classic.

Although Deadly Premonition was great, the achievements were a pain in the butt. It’s not that the achievements are hard to acquire, but the game requires you to do some annoying tasks such as finding a bunch of collectibles and play through the game multiple times.  As an achievement addict, I loath achievements like this and I have to say that they almost ruined this awesome game for me, but as an addict, achievements must come first.  In the end, Deadly Premonition still holds a special place in my heart, that is the true test of how good a game this “diamond in the rough” is.

Unfortunately, this last couple weeks in gaming for me held no hidden treasures, rather it had some nightmares.  I started out the week with one of the worst games I have ever come across in my life, Attack of the Movies 3D.

At first glance, the game seemed like a very simple/quick 1000 gamerscore, but holy crap! Was I wrong.  This game has to be one of the most frustrating games for the 360 and it should only be attempted with 3 or 4 friends (local) or you might just loose your cool and flip out into rage mode.  With the help of 1 friend, I was able to get all but 1 achievement, beating it on hard, but once I recruited my other friend, we were able to finish this monstrosity in just a few hours.

After that craziness, I moved on to Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood and boosted all the online achievements.  I haven’t started the campaign yet, but from what I’ve played, the game seems very fun and I can’t wait to get around to it. As an achievement addict, I cant say “no” to a boosting session so on top of boosting Bound in Blood, I also started to boost for Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. This game is going to take a long time to boost, multiple days even.  Our group made a pretty good dent in it, but unfortunately, I have many more hours to go to get all the online achievements.  Why do game developers put in these stupid online achievements? I swear they’ll be the death of me.

Overall, since the last episode, I was able to complete a few games; Transformers: The Game, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, Battlefield 1943, X-men(arcade), Karaoke Revolution: American Idol Encore and the free XBLA game, Doritos Crash Course.  Its always a relief to complete a game and finishing these titles made these last couple weeks a success.

Overall, my achievement gain from last episode is about 4,900 gs, I don’t know how that happened, but right now I stand at 223,909 gs.  The achievement quest for 300,000 gs is underway and off to a good start.

So until next time: happy achievement hunting everyone!

Next episode: Achievements on the go

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Author: Miles Messenger View all posts by

I’m a 28 year old guy who enjoys all things gaming. I am married to a wonderful woman who is working on a career as a published author and I’m so proud of her for all that she’s accomplished. For my day job, I am a supervisor at a Home Warranty company. It’s not the greatest job, but it brings in the bacon.

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