I’ve never understood perfectionism, and I’ve never been a perfectionist when it comes to gaming. I mean, in the real world, I like to get my job done and done well. But there’s a fine line drawn between “good enough to meet my high standards” and “perfect.” I don’t have the time or patience to do much of anything perfectly, and that attitude carries over into gaming. I like getting achievements or trophies in games, and there are some that I specifically seek out for the challenge and so that I can say I have it. Never before, however, have I ever had the desire to obtain all the achievements or trophies in a game… until now.
The thing that drives me away from perfectionism is that most games contain some pretty bizarre challenges. Some of the optional objectives in Assassin’s Creed III, for example, were pretty tough and took a combination of skill and luck. Mess up, and you might have to do some backtracking and restarting to get the extra points. Other games just have that one seemingly impossible objective that is so frustratingly difficult you may as well give up immediately. The 7 Day Survivor Achievement in Dead Rising involves you playing the game for roughly 22 hours in one sitting with no saves allowed. This is in a game where simply beating the 7 or 8 hour campaign is a slog; (in my opinion) sitting through 22 hours at once would be both mentally and physically taxing, and not at all worth it for me. “Bladder of Steel” makes you play all 7 hours’ worth of the Rock Band 2 songs in a row without pausing once. Unless you’re having a lot of friends over, your hands will cramp up trying this one solo.
Of course, it would be pretty amazing to say “yeah, I have that achievement!” It’s not so worth it, however, that I would attempt anything like these all on my own unless the game developer sends me a legitimate trophy in the mail on behalf of my success. Unless I’m rewarded with a physical item, there’s no sense in working toward any insane achievements only for that fleeting moment when I hear a ding and see the message fly across my screen showing just how much of a nerd I truly am by accomplishing such a feat.
Resogun does achievements right, however (called trophies on PSN). None of the trophies are so tough that they can’t be achieved, either solo or with a friend, and since virtually every PS4 owner has this free game, there’s really a slim chance you won’t be able to get some help in these achievements. The run of the mill trophies include beating the game on a certain difficulty, using a certain ship, saving all the humans on a particular level, making it through all levels in arcade mode without losing all lives, and so on. Some trophies are a bit more bizarre, but they’re all doable, and they’re fun!
These include tasks like throwing a human to the safety zone rather than delivering him conventionally. Try completing any level using no bombs, bullets, or overdrives; you can only use your boost to destroy enemies (you become an invincible, unstoppable melee weapon when you boost). Maybe tough objectives are more your style. Try saving two humans within the span of a second. Beat a level on the hardest difficulty. Obtain a multiplier of 15X, which is no small feat. The list goes on, but I won’t explain everything here.
One great thing about these trophies is that although they take a decently skilled player, they’re not impossible, or at least I don’t think. I don’t think I’m an amazing Resogun-er, but I still believe that I can get all the trophies. They offer a challenge, but with none of the trophies being so difficult or bizarre that they’re not worth my time, I actually feel compelled to reach 100% completion in Resogun. It definitely helps that the game is addictive and supremely fun, but that’s beside the point.
I wish that more games would embrace the trophy hunting like Resogun: make some tough, make some funny, but make them all attainable with a decent level of skill. What do you think? Do you like bizarre objectives? Tough ones? Let me know below whether or not you’re a perfectionist and why. Hit the like or follow buttons if you’ve enjoyed, check out the LP channels in my “Links” tab, and have a great day.