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10 Hard Xbox 360 Achievements

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Posted by: Stefanie Fogel

Achievements have changed the way we play games as they have helped increase the replay value of a title. How often have you played through a game a second or third time. on multiple difficulties mind you, simply to see that "Achievement Unlocked" message pop up on your screen? They encourage you to explore your virtual environment and experiment, whether it's by killing someone with a toilet in Half-Life 2 or by punting a chicken in Fable 2. Sometimes they reward you just for playing (see The Simpsons "Press Start To Play" achievement). Every once in a while, however, an achievement comes along that makes you think, "They want me to do what?!" Here is a list of 10 of the most ridiculously lengthy and/or challenging Xbox 360 achievements dreamed up by game developers. Try tackling any of them and you might wind up forsaking friends, family and even your sanity in the quest for higher Gamerscore. BioShock Brass Balls - BioShock "Complete the game on Hard difficulty without using a Vita-Chamber" In order to get this secret achievement, you cannot die. Which would be simple if you were playing, say, Farmville. But this is BioShock. You're stuck in an underwater city full of crazed, homicidal splicers. The heavily armored Big Daddies have giant drill arms and rivet guns, and the security system is stuck on the "shoot on sight" setting. Nabbing this achievement requires a lot of ammo, a lot of luck and liberal use of the Save Game button.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Mile High Club - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare "Sky dive to safety on Veteran difficulty" Jump out of an airplane. How hard can it be, right? In reality, though, this is one tough achievement. In the game's epilogue, you play an anonymous member of the SAS who is tasked with rescuing a VIP from an airplane full of terrorists. Armed with only a gun and flash bangs, you have to navigate the cramped aircraft and take out the bad guys without being killed (watch out for the one in the toilet!), kill the terrorist that is using the VIP as a human shield without harming the VIP, then sky dive to safety. All on the game's highest difficulty... and in 60 seconds. Good luck! Portal Aperture Scientist - Portal "Earn gold medals on all Portal challenges" Earning a gold medal on all six of Portal's challenge maps involves solving each one by taking the least amount of steps and using the least amount of portals in the least amount of time. Making the attempt might cause you to curl up in the fetal position while hugging your Companion Cube and eating a piece of cake. You've been warned. Rock Band 2 The Bladder of Steel Award - Rock Band 2 "Completed the Endless Setlist 2 without pausing or failing" Play through 84 songs, over a span of six hours with no pausing, disconnecting your controller or hitting the Xbox button. Not to mention, you cannot fail either. By creating The Bladder of Steel Award, Harmonix could be responsible for creating a whole new generation of carpal tunnel sufferers.

Dead Rising Zombie Genocider - Dead Rising "Defeat at least 53,594 zombies" 53,594 is a lot of zombies. Killing all of them is an enormous, hours-long grindfest normally reserved for Japanese RPGs and MMOs. So why put yourself through such torment? Because getting this achievement, plus the "official" ending, unlocks Megaman's Mega Blaster. There are a number of outfits Frank West can change into in Dead Rising, but Megaman's requires the most legwork and zombie slaying.

Lost Planet Master Pioneer - Lost Planet "Found all of the target marks in every mission" It's not that Master Pioneer is a very hard achievement. It's that it tests your endurance. Finding every target mark requires that the player beat the game on every difficulty, and there are four difficulty settings total. Perhaps adding insult to injury is the fact that this achievement is only worth 50 Gamerscore, while Lost Planet's Extreme Soldier achievement - awarded for completing the game on Extreme difficulty - gives you 150.

Mass Effect Extreme Power Gamer - Mass Effect "Reach 60th level with one character" Mass Effect is a fun and absorbing game with great dialogue and voice acting. But by the time you're on your 3rd playthrough in your quest to unlock this achievement, you'll wish you could make Commander Shepard take a flying leap off the Citadel. Gears of War Seriously... - Gears of War "Kill 10,000 people in versus ranked match total" The count of 10,000 might not sound like a lot of these days, with multiplayer games like Team Fortress 2 allowing up to 16 players on a server. But Gears of War's Ranked multiplayer mode is 4 vs 4, and there's no guarantee you'll have a full eight players during a match. Anyone who tries to tackle this achievement is in for the long-haul. Gears of War 2's "Seriously 2.0" ups the kill count to 100,000 enemies in any mode, making it a less punishing achievement despite the larger number. Final Fantasy XI Level 75 (insert job here) - Final Fantasy XI "Reach level 75 as a (insert job here)" Anyone who has ever spent time in a MMO knows that it can be an enormous long-term investment of both time and money. It only makes sense, then, that a MMO achievement would be equally lengthy. Spend enough time in the world of Vana'diel trying to unlock this achievement and your loved ones might organize an intervention. Ghost Recon:Advanced Warfighter World Champion - Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter "Climb to the top of the universal leaderboard" Possibly the most time-consuming, soul crushing achievement ever created, Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter's World Champion is proof that game developers secretly hate you.

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