I’ve obviously not played a ton of Xbox 360 games, but the ones in my small collection certainly handed out Achievements much more…favorably than Grand Theft Auto IV at this point. The game is just simply stingy over them, and I’ve been playing for a decent amount of hours and have only unlocked14 of 65 Achievements. Three of these are story-based. That’s a pretty small number considering the many missions I’ve gone through already. The rest are a mix of mini-game skills, online multiplayer, and miscellaneous tasks done within Liberty City.
I guess I’m just surprised there’s not more random-based Achievements. I mean, it’s a sandbox game. The sky’s the limit. Here’s some I thought of that I’d have totally unlocked already:
Busybody (15G): Ignored 50 phone calls from your friends.
Bombs Away (20G): Blew yourself up with a grenade. Try throwing it next time.
Good Samaritan (50G): Obeyed all traffic laws for ten straight blocks. Red lights have nothing on you.
Bump That Ride (30G): Accidentally bump into 30 cop cars, wasting time losing your wanted level immediately after.
StairMaster (10G): Knock someone down a set of stairs and into someone else.
The Shocker (15G): Steal a car with a female driver and immediately switch the radio to ElectroShock.
Ha. Rockstar, if you’re reading, I’m available for freelancing!
Yeah, those kind of Achievements would be right up my alley. Silly, but doable. Most you wouldn’t even have to think about. One of the big reasons I’m not unlocking a lot of Achievements in GTA IV at the moment is because I’m actively going after Liberty City Minute (30G, Complete the story missions in less than 30 hours.), which is probably not going to happen since I’ve failed missions a lot and didn’t reload. Plus, I’m watching all the cutscenes. After that I’ll go after some of the, um, easier (?) Achievements. Like surviving a six-star wanted level for five minutes. Oh boy.
I guess, in the end, these Achievements really do earn their namesake, but I dunno…the game doesn’t need to be so stringent over ’em. Give a few more out for playing the game and less for being hardcore insane over it, I say.