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I want to know if the achievements can be acquired across multiplayer playthroughs/characters and through singleplayer and co-op.

I'm mostly wondering because the achievement Busy, busy, busy says "Finish 75 quests cumulatively," but the other achievements do not have this caveat.

So for example, for the achievement Cardio, which requires traveling 250 kilometers on foot, will that add up when I'm playing single player as Xian and when playing co-op as Logan, or not? Do all achievements work the same way?

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Yes. Most achievements and challenges are cumulative across all playthroughs and modes. The achievements relating to collectibles (Gotta find 'em all and Nearly there) seem to require using a single character, but you can repeat the campaign with a character in single-player mode, which keeps your skills and inventory intact, including all collectibles you've found, so you can use that game-plus to get the rest of the items you missed the first time through.

Also, the challenge relating to collectibles (My collectibles, let me show you them!) does count total collectibles across all characters, and they do not have to be unique collectibles. (Example: If you get Banoi Herald excerpt #1 with all four characters, that will count 4 toward the total of 140; you do not have to find 140 unique collectibles across all four characters.)

Note that this gives you an easy way to level up a new character: get to 90% or more on a Level 4 challenge with a high-level character, get to a checkpoint to save your progress, then load a low-level character and complete the challenge. Because the experience reward does not scale, a reward that might not change a level-50 character much can boost a level-5 character several levels.

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...I had no idea the collectibles didn't have to be unique. Huh. –  FAE Feb 7 '12 at 11:16
    
yeah, I was pretty much expecting to wait until late in the next game to pop that one ... it was a total surprise to have it hit so early (and to have so many skill points to apply; I didn't understand what happened. I must have applied 3 before I realized). –  Dave DuPlantis Feb 7 '12 at 11:29

Cardio will count across all characters. So will the driving one.

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I'm not sure about all the achievements, but I recently got the Gesundheit! achievement (heal yourself 100 times with medkits) using a newly started character so at least some of them are across different characters.

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