Neither this question nor this question covered this. I have not yet played any Portal 2 co-op (online or offline), and neither has someone else.

Will the achievement unlock for:

  • Both of us?
  • One of us?
  • Neither of us?

4 Answers 4


I can confirm (as others have stated) that the answer is "neither of you." I played the entire campaign on the Xbox 360 with a partner, including the Calibration Course. We did not get the achievement during this playthrough. It requires that one player be finished with co-op and the other have never played it.

If you're on the Xbox 360, you can "cheat" the system. If you and your friend both finish the co-op campaign, you can each create a new profile on the console, and then each of you can use your new profile to play with your partner's old profile. Note that I tried this in split screen mode on the Xbox 360 and it did not work - I had to do it via Live with another Xbox 360.

Since this requires XBL Gold on the Xbox, if you only have one Gold-enabled account on your Xbox, you can use a 24-hour code (that comes with many online-enabled games, I have a stack of 4 or 5 personally) to get your second account online. Also, if you create a new Xbox Live Silver account on your new profile, you'll be offered a 1-month Gold trial. You can use this trial to create your "dummy" account, but note that this trial feature is limited to 3 trials total per console.

On the PS3, this might be easier, as there's no additional cost for playing online. This won't work on the PC, where the game is attached to your Steam account.

  • The game is attached to your steam account on the PS3 as well. Commented Jan 14, 2012 at 16:48
  • @BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft, you can only play the PS3 version with one PSN account? You have to purchase a new copy of the disc per PSN account due to the Steam integration? If so, bleh!
    – agent86
    Commented Jan 14, 2012 at 17:19
  • Oh I see, you were talking about PSN achievements. I forgot those exist - no one cares about those, it's all about steam achievements :P Commented Jan 14, 2012 at 17:41
  • Most of this doesn't apply to me as I'm playing the PC version, but this is the most complete answer so I'm accepting this one.
    – FAE
    Commented Jan 15, 2012 at 20:32
  • @FallenAngelEyes, aww, that's unfortunate. It's a much easier achievement on consoles, IMHO. Good luck finding new players after you've finished, and enjoy the co-op campaign; it's excellent :)
    – agent86
    Commented Jan 15, 2012 at 20:35

The achievement is triggered for you if:

  1. You have completed co-op mode.
  2. You start a game with an online friend who has not played co-op previously.
  3. You complete the Calibration Course together.

I'm afraid not, you need to have finished the co-op mode yourself and then complete the calibration course with someone who hasn't played at all in order to unlock it.


I think the achievement's description itself contains the answer, doesn't it ? :)

After completing co-op, complete Calibration Course online with a friend who hasn’t played before

So it'd rather be neither of you. You'll have to find another new player once you'll have completed the co-op !

  • And I'd like to add: have fun with this co-op mode ! Definitely a great (but too short) multiplayer experience :)
    – Anto
    Commented Jan 14, 2012 at 16:46

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