Gone are the days where you and your buddies boot up GoldenEye and play 4 player split-screen just for fun and not earning or accomplishing anything other than guns. Gone are the days when you play through an entire game and clear it on hard difficulty and then boast about it too your friends only for them to tell you that you didn’t beat it. We now have these things, you might have heard of them there called achievements. OK so everyone knows what they are and what they do, but is there any point to them?
Some will say YES and some will say NO but if you say you don’t care then you must be kidding me and I will tell you why. Achievement collecting can be an addictive affair, when your desperately trying to get that one achievement on a game so you can eventually showboat and then move onto another game. Obviously some gamers don’t just go hunting for that perfect 1000G on every game instead we play through the game for the storyline, gameplay etc but then what happens after you beat it, should you move on? and forget about all the extra stuff you could be doing in that game that you wouldn’t be doing on a normal playthrough. What achievements are actually good for is they make you replay a game once or even twice and provide goals that you normally would not go for, things like killing so many enemies with a certain weapon, collecting a certain amount of stuff & clearing a mission in a certain time all these things add an extra incentive to playing games and having some fun in the mean time.
But where I draw the line is when achievements become impossible to obtain, one example was the Marathon achievement on Trials HD. It required you to complete a tournament without any faults, now if you have played Trials HD you know that it is impossible not to crash on the harder stages. I can’t tell you how many times I tried to get that achievement and failed, now I know there has been an update which made the tournament shorter, but it’s still way too hard and requires a serious amount of skill which obviously I don’t have. There was a similar experience with Modern Warfare 2, my buddy and I where helping each other on Spec Ops, we argued and got pissed off at each other but when we got the 69 Stars and the achievement popped up I got a sense of accomplishment that I never got from simply just beating a game, this is why I think the idea of bringing achievements to games was brilliant. They don’t just add a magical and ever rising number to your gamertag instead I it adds another dimension to games allowing to branch away from the storyline and have some fun. So my answer is yes achievements do have a point. They have a crucial part to play in games, they enhance the gameplay add an extra incentive to play games repeatedly. Do you care about achievements or not? Leave a comment below telling me so.