There are few if any achievements in video games that can be considered truly unique. However there is a small selection of feats that only those with the supplest thumbs, the swiftest of fingers and eons of spare time can master. If the tropes about video gamers are to be continued (not that we believe any of them) it’s time to say goodbye to a social life, any interpersonal skills and personal hygiene as you attempt to attain god-like status by ‘pwning’ the toughest of the tough in the world of console entertainment.
Be A Killionaire
Although this sounds like you need to kill a million, which would impressive. That is not the case though. Being a ‘Killionaire’ is about doing a lot in a short space of time on Halo 3. And in ‘doing’ we’re talking obliterating you’re opponents, specifically 10 within four seconds. The medal awarded for completing such a successful annihilation of your peers is the highest of its kind, up there with an OBE…
Battletoads is arguably the most difficult game ever created. ‘Crippling’ is how this game that launched on the NES late in its life span is described in terms of a challenge. While the loss of use of ones legs has not been reported during attempts to succeed as anthropomorphic space toads in an intergalactic setting, sanity hasn’t fared so well. Notorious levels that have left even the most hardcore of gamers weeping their brains out through their ears come in the form of races. This is where the user has to avoid lethal obstacles that approach at face melting speeds. To succeed nothing less than reflexes of a bionic cat and a memory like Proust are required.
Passing Level 1 On Silver Surfer
Another NES title that ruined many a reputation, especially when experienced gamers couldn’t even make their way past level 1. Due to its relentless difficulty Silver Surfer is a stalwart of toughest title lists and with a Learning curve steeper than the north face of the Eiger it’s not surprising.
Perfect Through The Fire And The Flames On Expert
The Dragon Force track Through The Fire And The Flames is the toughest of all the songs featured on Guitar Hero. Attempting it on expert is ludicrous. Anyone who has attempted this will understand the levels of difficulty involved here. It’s quick, like scolded cheetah quick, it lasts around the seven minute mark and contains 3722 notes that must be played precisely. There are videos out there, notably from iamchris4life… the man is a legend. Sadly despite his guitar prowess, the fact that it’s hooked up to a games console, is miniature, made of plastic and features only five buttons limits his appeal to groupies. However, computer game nerds adore him!
If you haven’t got aching digits from just reading this then you’re a tougher man than me, though I did complete Operation Wolf on the Spectrum +3 aged eight. Can you say that? Oh you can. Well, err… good work.
Luke Silva is a dedicated gamer by night and an expert on gifts for geeks by day for Find Me A Gift, the online gift retailer.