Questions tagged [achievements]

Badges, medals, trophies, records, distinctions, skill points or achievements, they provide players milestones to work towards, goals to complete, and can instill a sense of accomplishment for completing them. Use this tag if your question is about earning a particular achievement.

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How do I lick a plane?

A friend of mine told me that I would get an Achievement if I managed to lick the plane that's flying around in the world but, he won't tell me how to get close to it. I tried many different things. ...
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How do I earn SC2's “Hurry up, it's raid night” achievement?

The "Hurry up, it's raid night" achievement in Starcraft 2 involves "beating Wings of Liberty, on normal, in 8 hours or less." Is there a recommended mission path to take? Which mission should I take ...
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How do I take the companion cube with me after the level “Cold Boot” in Portal 2?

In "Cold Boot", on GLaDOS 7 -- the first time I encounter a companion cube -- the Material Emancipation grid is broken. GLaDOS makes a point of pointing this out, and saying don't take anything with ...
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How do I restore the glory of the Thieves Guild?

One of the achievements for the Thieves Guild says "Restore the Thieves Guild to its former glory." Brynjolf doesn't say anything to me, I can't seem to find Karliah, and as far as I can tell, I am ...
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Origin of achievements

Achievements have become pretty standard in games (and other gamified content, like Stack Exchange) these days. However, they definitely weren’t part of “classic” gaming, in the arcade/8-bit/16-bit ...
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What bonuses does a “deity” level AI get and how do I deal with them?

The "Deity" difficulty level of Civilization V says that "the AI receives heavy advantages". In Civ IV this meant that the AI started with more units, 2 settlers, etc. So my question is two-fold: a) ...
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Is there an achievement for getting the basketball in the hoop?

In the warm up area, you are able to hit around a couple of basketballs. I constantly try to get the basketballs in the hoop, but I end up having to start the game before I make any real progress. Is ...
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Where can I find vomiting people?

I've heard that Watch Dogs 2 features an achievement for photographing a person who's in the middle of vomiting, but I've traveled pretty widely across the map and haven't noticed any NPCs who fit ...
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Do the deaths in the tutorial lock me out of “The Untouchables”?

Despite having already played a lot of XCOM 2, when I decided to start playing again, I was forced to do the tutorial (as the game was still installing at the time). During the tutorial, two squad ...
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What are the two 'hidden' achievements, and how do I get them?

In BrowserQuest, the achievements list includes 2 that are denoted only as ??? / ??? I've already defeated the 'final boss' and completed all of the other achievements (Ignore the 16/20 there, the 2 ...
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How can I find out the rarest Steam achievement?

Having completed the most difficult achievements for a couple of games, I started wondering how difficult the worst achievements can be. One well-defined measure for difficulty of an achievement is ...
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Is it possible to achieve the “Unachievable” achievement in “The Stanley Parable”?

I know that according to the text it should be impossible, but global achievement statistics suggest otherwise. Is there a legitimate way to get this achievement?
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What gives Steam XP?

From the faq I know that the following give XP: Crafting a badge ("most badges give 100 XP") Upgrading a badge (it looks the same as crafting a badge: mostly 100 XP) Years of Service badge (the faq ...
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Do console commands affect Steam achievements?

I've painted myself into a corner and am forced to choose between abandoning a couple hours' progress or cheating my way out of it. Unfortunately, I can't find hard data on if/how the use of console ...
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Can steam create an overview of all my achievements?

I play several games on Steam and I love the achievement system. It would be great to get an overview of all the achievements ever gained in Steam games. Does Steam support this? I haven't found such ...
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How can I find the House of Curios?

... and what other secrets and achievement goodies are located in the zone? The House of Curios is one of the dungeons for the No Stone Unturned achievement, and also (according to DiabloWiki) the ...
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What are the locations of the traveling merchants for the Market Research achievement?

The "Market Research" achievement requires that you meet the following traveling merchants: Wandering Tinker Rodger the Alchemist Vendel the Armorsmith Adenath the Curio Vendor Kyr the ...
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Who's in charge? I want to fart on some authority figures to speak truth to power

Working on rounding out my accumulation of achievements, it seems that I may have been insufficiently diligent in my quest to fart on everyone in South Park. I say this because I've finished the game, ...
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Where do I find Leah's journal?

I found Part 1 of Leah's journal in her room of the Slaughtered Calf Inn. Where do I find the remaining parts? And how many parts are there?
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How to unlock the achievements related to hidden areas in Portal 2?

Portal 2 features a number of achievements that are related to "hidden" areas: Door Prize Final Transmission Ship Overboard Portrait of a Lady Party of Three How can I unlock them?
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Can I unlock any badges on the Stack Exchange network by playing Unikong?

Are there any badges on the Stack Exchange network that are unlocked by playing, or are otherwise related to, Unikong?
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Where are the Act 1 lore books?

What are the locations of the Act I lore books needed for the achievements A Quick Study, Taking Notes and Historian of Tristram?
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How do I achieve “Smash TV”?

Which eleven monitors do I have to break to obtain the Smash TV achievement? I'm assuming it's the monitors that appear throughout Chapter 8? But, having just run through Chapter 8 and trying to get ...
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Where is Michael Mamaril?

In tribute to a Borderlands fan by the real name of Michael Mamaril who died from cancer at a young age, Gearbox immortalized him as an NPC vault hunter who offers you guns to help you out (source). ...
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What is a strategy to earn the best defense achievement in StarCraft 2?

I have been attempting to earn the Best Defense achievement in StarCraft 2. The Best Defense is an achievement earned during the third mission of the Wings of Liberty campaign: Zero Hour. The goal of ...
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Where can I see my perfect games in steam?

In my achievement showcase there is an item which says that I have 1 perfect game (which means 100% of the achievements gathered). So I browsed my games game by game and was still unable to find that ...
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Giving Claptrap a high five

How do I give Claptrap a high five for the "Up High, Down Low" achievement? I found Claptrap in Sanctuary after Roland's house and it had a "high five" dialogue option after I finished its mission, ...
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How can I clear Steam achievements for Portal 2?

My brother has played Portal 2 on my account and got a decent chunk of the achievements without specifically trying for them. Shamefully, I haven't yet played it, but I want to of course. I really ...
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What is the significance of 88.7?

I have just completed Mirror's Edge and I am now going back through to locate all the courier drops. I've noticed that next to a lot of them is some graffiti. Several of the graffiti marks have ...
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Does adrenaline cause the in-game clock to slow down in Alien Swarm?

I'm currently gunning for the speed-run achievements in Alien Swarm, and as a result every second counts for the level completion time. It occured to me that it might be helpful to get through the ...
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What are the secret achievements in Cave Story+ (PC/Steam), and how do I get them?

I found Curly's panties in Cave Story+, and got a secret achievement. Checking the global achievements page, I discovered there are a lot of other hidden achievements (the ones that have no ...
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How do Goliath enemies work?

There is an Achievement for "Goliath, Meet David - Allowed a Goliath to level up four times before killing him" but I don't know how Goliaths work to figure out how to do this. When I've come across ...
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Easiest way to get the “ride a pig off a cliff” achievement?

I'm having some difficulty getting this achievement - currently I am placing my saddle on a pig close to a cliff, but as soon as I jump on the pig always turns around and walks back towards safety.. ...
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When can I get Covetous Shen's conversations for the Everybody Loves Shen achievement?

The achievement says to "Listen to all of the Jeweler's conversations." Because Shen's conversations seem to change quite frequently, it seems like it would be easy to miss a lot of these, so I'd ...
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What are the secret achievements in Super Meat Boy?

Super Meat Boy has just been updated with new achievements, and though they are listed on the steam achievements page, they have no accompanying text on how to unlock them.\ The original secret ...
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What is an effective way of acquiring the Demolition Derby achievement?

This challenge requires you to get a chain of destroying 50 breakable objects. So far in the game, I have not been able to find any area that has that many objects close together. Is there a ...
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How do you get the Custom Game Novice achievement in Starcraft 2?

The Achievement is Exploration > Custom Game Novice. It reads Win 3 solo evenly matched Custom Games against any A.I. opponents. I have gone Single Player > Versus A.I > Play versus A.I. and beat ...
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What are the precise requirements of the “Model of a Modern Major-General” achievement in Civilisation 5?

Model of a Modern Major-General Train all Units, across any number of playthrough. Is it known what the precise requirements are for this achievement? Do you actually need to train all units, ...
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Can I earn Steam achievements while offline?

If I play, for example, Plants vs Zombies or Toki Tori on Steam when I am offline, can I earn achievements? Are these re-synchronized when Steam returns online?
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What's the quickest, most easily repeatable way to die 100 times?

I'm trying to earn the achievement 'Number 100 Dad' in Octodad: Dadliest Catch: Dying 100 times is a lot of death, so I'd like to make it as quick and painless as possible. What's the quickest, ...
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How do I get the “Sniper Duel” achievement in Minecraft?

The "Sniper Duel" achievement in Minecraft requires me to kill a skeleton from 50 meters away. Is this equivalent to 50 blocks? What is the easiest way to do this? I've recently located a skeleton ...
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What are all the Vigor combos?

There's an achievement called Combination Shock for 'Performing all 8 of the Vigor combinations'. I did find a couple myself, e.g. Murder of Crows + Devil's Kiss. I'm also assuming that Murder of ...
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Where's the Secret Sector?

One of the rockman ship achievements is "Find the Secret Sector". There doesn't seem to be room on the map for a secret sector. What's the secret sector?
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How can I find the ancient device with less searching?

I have found the ancient device maybe 7 times and seen 5 of the outcomes. To see all 10 for the Wheel of Misfortune achievement and to find all the locations for the Nooks and Crannies achievement, ...
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What are and how do I earn Feats of Strength in StarCraft 2

On the bottom of the achievements menu is an option for Feats of Strength. When I click this option, the window it brings up is entirely blank, but does have a drop down filter at the top. Are Feats ...
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Where do the enemies for the unique enemy achievements spawn?

For the achievement Never Seen That Before, you need to kill one of the listed unique enemies. For the achievement Special Snowflakes, you need to kill 15 of these same listed unique enemies. For the ...
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In what zone does each event occur in?

There are numerous achievements about completing special events (which are small side quests you can do without impeding on your current quest progress). Also, most if not all include some kind of XP/...
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What do the Xbox 360 achievement points (or “gamerscore”) do?

So, I have been playing Xbox 360 for a while now, and have collected quite a few points towards my Gamerscore. It seems like each player has their own points, and they are cumulative across all games. ...
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General strategy for limited steps Portal levels

One of the challenges in Portal was to try to complete certain levels while taking a minimum number of steps. Obviously this requires good use of portal placement, but I was never able to get ...
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What is the fastest way to complete “The Art of Conversation” achievement?

I know from reading this question how to finish up the follower conversations, however to get "The Art of Conversation" I need to complete almost all conversations in the game (I believe there are a ...