Now that I've had the 360 for a few months, I started thinking about the achievements I've unlocked that have been the most personally satisfying. Here are five moments in gaming that remind me just how much fun it really is.
#5) Perfection - Time Pilot : Make it to level five without dying. This one was so nice because there were many times I died on level four. To take down the boss and realize you're still soaring is a great feeling. What is also cool is that the world's #1 GamerScorer does not have this achievement.
#4) War Hardened - Call of Duty 2 : Completed the game on Veteran difficulty. This achievement was so great because it was the culmination of several months of gameplay. I would play a level at a time and because of the difficulty of some of the levels, I had to creep through them, praying to get to the next checkpoint, taking at times over an hour to finish the level. After about 20 levels of this, it was great to finally see the 1000/1000.
#3) Complete Level 5 - Frogger : Similar to the Perfection achievement, it takes a while to get to levels 4 and 5, and once there the difficulty is very high until you've practiced enough to learn the patterns needed to survive.
#2) Bulletproof - Contra : Beat Contra without continuing. I was soooo close so many times that I got hooked on getting this achievement. If I just avoid that one mistake here or that one mistake there is the attitude I had. Finally at 1:30 AM on a weeknight :o I took down the heart while seemingly holding my breath hanging on to my last life for what seemed like eternity. The explosions added to the satisfaction.
#1) Survived 1,000,000 - Geometry Wars Evolved : This was my first completed game and so that added to the splendor. All good Geometry Wars players know their the ones who evolve from not being able to score 250K to being able to score 1 MIL without breaking a sweat. As I reached the 800K mark and hadn't yet died, I entered the zone and entered survival mode. Seing the score roll over to 7 digits was oh so sweet.
Hopefully many more satisfying achievements to come ;)