The Achievement Hunter Case #4: The Darkness II

Friday, March 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Life with a baby is hard. Babies do a lot of crazy things, like demand to be fed, poop in their diapers, and cause general mayhem. As a new father, and shameless achievement hunter, I need games that will dole out those sweet, sweet achievements, and dole them out fast. Enter, The Darkness II!

I was a huge fan of the first Darkness game. It was heavy on action, sure, but it also had a great story, including probably one of the most shocking and heartbreaking moments I've ever experienced in a video game. Its big draw, however, was the titular "Darkness," twin tentacle-like demons you toted around that could attack enemies, tear them to pieces, and generally just creep you out. And, the game has some pretty easy achievement points. I never 1K'd the entire thing, but after a single playthrough I was sitting pretty at around 500/1000 achievement points for little more than around 5 hours of gameplay. That's a ratio I can get behind.

So, with the Darkness II hitting recently, I was eager to really see just how they improved on the original. And, you know, stack my Gamerscore with some much needed achievements.

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The Achievement Hunter Case #3: The Lord of the Rings - War in the North

Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

There's just something about The Lord of the Rings that gets my nerd engine revving. As a kid I read the books countless times. As an adult, I watched the movies in the theater, bought the DVDs, bought the Extended Edition DVDs, bought the Blu-Rays, and then bought the Extended Edition Blu-Rays (OK, I may have a problem). I also delved headfirst into the games. The past few years haven't seen too many LOTR games, but the ones that have come out I've spent an embarrassing amount of time with.

So, when Warner Bros. announced The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, my heart palpitated. What was this - a game that combined my obsessive love of LOTR with my OCD tendencies to get completely ruined by hack 'n slash role-playing games? And, it has achievements? I'm happier than Samwise Gamgee stuffing his fat hobbit face with food!

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The Achievement Hunter Case #2: Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters

Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

First, I have to admit that I haven't seen the Green Lantern movie. And, I'm not super familiar with the comic or the character. So, I went into my achievement hunting experienced with Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters with a pretty high degree of curiosity about this green spandex clad dreamboat and his seemingly magical hands of destruction.

But dreamboats aside (I could get lost in Ryan Reynolds' eyes), I was here for achievements and achievements I would have!

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The Achievement Hunter Case #1: Avatar: The Burning Earth

Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 10:00 am

Hi everyone, I'm the new guy! In between getting wedgies and having my lunch stolen by the other guys, I play games - a lot of them. Hey, don't walk away, I'm serious! Most of my time is dedicated to the Xbox 360 and I'll be the first one to admit that I'm a shameless, pathetic achievement whore.

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