How Microsoft Can Unlock The Full Potential Of Xbox One Achievements

#1Dev445Posted 12/18/2013 9:15:25 PM
by Andrew Reiner

One quick glance at Xbox Oneís achievement format may not reveal much of a change over what was offered on Xbox 360. Most people see that they look nicer, and track the progress of reaching an achievement goal with a small bar at the bottom of each achievement. These are nice improvements over what came before, but the true potential of achievements becoming something new and exciting again rests with the challenges.

Iím sure youíve unlocked a few of these while playing games. When you open up the achievement menu, youíll see two featured challenge achievements for various games listed for the day or week. These achievements wonít reward you with gamerscore points, but are equipped with the potential to give you something even better.

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Take a look at the image above. If you spill over 10,000 gallons of zombie blood before Christmas day, youíll earn a challenge achievement. Do you see that tiny, white present icon in the top right corner of the image? When you unlock this achievement, that present rewards you with a reindeer mask that can be worn in-game.

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Itís a small reward, but one that points to a potential future in which achievements carry content that enhances the game experience. The infrastructure is in place for developers to add challenges (and unlockable content) to their games at any time. If the development community truly embraces it, consumers might find the Xbox One version of multi-system releases more desirable.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2013/12/18/how-microsoft-can-unlock-the-full-potential-of-xbox-one-achievements.aspx
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#2Skellington87Posted 12/18/2013 9:43:55 PM
It sucks that I won't have my Xbox one till Christmas but I like that reideer mask hope they release it again next year
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#3PutHaggarInSFPosted 12/18/2013 9:46:32 PM
Not sure if it works but you might be able to have someone drop it for you in co-op and have it added to your wardrobe once you pick it up.
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#4Lerp85Posted 12/18/2013 9:49:14 PM
PutHaggarInSF posted...
Not sure if it works but you might be able to have someone drop it for you in co-op and have it added to your wardrobe once you pick it up.


Can't drop clothing.
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#5PutHaggarInSFPosted 12/18/2013 9:49:50 PM
Oh yeah, duh. Didn't even think of that.
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#6SorbetowulfPosted 12/18/2013 11:52:43 PM
The problem I've already found is that at least one of the games, I can't remember whether it was Ryse, Forza, or Dead Rising 3, as those were the three I played at launch, one of them had an Achievement specifically built in that could only be unlocked in a given time frame. I really want to say it was an achievement for killing a certain number of things.

This absolutely sucks for people that get their consoles for Christmas, or later, because time-sensitive achievements really hinder future gamers.

Not all people are completionists by any stretch, but especially with a non-competitive game like Ryse or Dead Rising, 100%ing achievements is absolutely possible.

I like these trophy ideas though. It's a neat sort of challenge that one can either ignore or not.
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#7Lerp85Posted 12/18/2013 11:55:19 PM
Sorbetowulf posted...
The problem I've already found is that at least one of the games, I can't remember whether it was Ryse, Forza, or Dead Rising 3, as those were the three I played at launch, one of them had an Achievement specifically built in that could only be unlocked in a given time frame. I really want to say it was an achievement for killing a certain number of things.

This absolutely sucks for people that get their consoles for Christmas, or later, because time-sensitive achievements really hinder future gamers.

Not all people are completionists by any stretch, but especially with a non-competitive game like Ryse or Dead Rising, 100%ing achievements is absolutely possible.

I like these trophy ideas though. It's a neat sort of challenge that one can either ignore or not.


Achievements aren't limited, challenges are.
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#8InjusticeRebornPosted 12/19/2013 12:05:28 AM
I didn't click the links, but from what I can gather, these are just like... something similar to the Rewards thing back on the 360, but instead of unlocking things like gamerpic's or avatar clothing items, they can be in-game items also?

A nice little bonus I suppose.

As a grumpy negative gamer however, I can easily see a warped ideal that would abuse this to possibly 'lock' content out of a game to fill this feature. But I'll keep those thoughts inside my head, and really only complain if it comes to. :P
#9POPSHU_FRUITCHUPosted 12/19/2013 12:19:28 AM
InjusticeReborn posted...
I didn't click the links, but from what I can gather, these are just like... something similar to the Rewards thing back on the 360, but instead of unlocking things like gamerpic's or avatar clothing items, they can be in-game items also?

A nice little bonus I suppose.

As a grumpy negative gamer however, I can easily see a warped ideal that would abuse this to possibly 'lock' content out of a game to fill this feature. But I'll keep those thoughts inside my head, and really only complain if it comes to. :P


Careful, you might start to sound like one of those mong's who think that dlc means a game is incomplete =P
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#10Lerp85Posted 12/19/2013 12:21:11 AM
InjusticeReborn posted...
I didn't click the links, but from what I can gather, these are just like... something similar to the Rewards thing back on the 360, but instead of unlocking things like gamerpic's or avatar clothing items, they can be in-game items also?

A nice little bonus I suppose.

As a grumpy negative gamer however, I can easily see a warped ideal that would abuse this to possibly 'lock' content out of a game to fill this feature. But I'll keep those thoughts inside my head, and really only complain if it comes to. :P


LOL, says he won't talk about something while talking about said thing. Nice one there.
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