Wednesday Feb 04, 2009
Stubborn and rooted in my Old Ways as I am, I recall being moderately offended when XBox first unveiled their Achievements system a few years ago. The strange, obsessive things I always tried to do in games (like make it as far as I could through Streets of Rage 2 without taking damage—which, by the way, requires absolute mastery of Axel’s uppercut technique) seemed like a mark of pride: there are certain things gamers did because they love their games, not because they wanted to be rewarded.
Like a tantalizing piece of moist, delicious cake left on the counter, however, Gamers will not refuse a reward—particularly if it’s something that proves their dominance over other Gamers. I can’t say I’m any different, and if you present me with a list of difficult things to do in a game I enjoy, I will exhaust myself doing it.
Achievements and Trophies are a built-in part of any console game today, so why even raise the topic? Well, as classic games are re-archived and brought out for the new systems, there’s an interesting opportunity—to turn obsessive pleasures (and frustrations) from our youth into shiny Trophies and Achievements. Who am I to resist?
To wit: The Achievements/Trophies have been released for Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, which is due to hit stores on February 10th. The complete list is at the end of the post here.
Many of the achievements are reminders of what’s fun about these games in the first place: Talking to another dolphin in Ecco the Dolphin, for example, earns you “Communication is Key”. Ecco was one of those games that seemed otherworldly the first time I played it; gorgeous and eerie in a way that games are seldom allowed to be. Using sonar to get cryptic floating messages from your podmates was a part of this, and it does bring a smile to see that small act rewarded. Less connected to the eerie beauty of Ecco: an achievement/trophy that’s earned for eating 200 fish (“Tastes Like Tuna”). Now we’re talking!
Lastly: There is also a Golden Axe achievement for collecting 20 blue potions. In the Golden Axe games, one does not simply find potions lying around on the ground—one must take them from the gnomes who carry them. As I covered in a previous post, beating up gnomes and stealing their treasure is awesome.
I applaud the sensible game design that creates an official structure to acknowledge this noble pastime.
P.S. : Check back tomorrow for a look at the unlockable games and features available in Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection!
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection: Achievements & Trophies
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