ByRob Harris, writer at
Sometimes I play video games.
Rob Harris

Though they've now lost much of their once held clout, achievements and trophies continue to function as the yard stick by which every gamer's abilities are measured. As players became more and more consumed with chasing points, developers began upping the ante by creating some truly cruel achievements I've long since given up on.

If you, on some masochistic whim, commit to earning one of the following achievements, you won't have any fun — but you will have the honor of joining gaming's most elite ranks.

6. The Bladder Of Steel

Game: Rock Band 2

Achievement: Complete ‘Endless Setlist 2’

We begin with the easiest challenge this list has to offer, though nevertheless it requires almost superhuman endurance levels. You'll have to get through 7 hours of continuous rippin', playing every song in the game with no breaks or fails. For those about to rock non-stop, we salute you.

5. Mr. Perfect

Game: Mega Man 10

Achievement: Clear the game without getting damaged.

Retro platformer Mega Man 10 is a game that's notoriously difficult beat, but to beat without taking a single hit? That's imply absurd.

4. LASO Master

Game: Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Achievement: Complete the LASO playlist for every Halo game.

In order to nab this one you'll have to complete Halo 1, 2, 3, and 4 on Legendary, with all high difficulty skulls turned on. That means surviving the Covenant hordes while contending with no radar, hardier enemies and stingy ammunition drops. Good luck, Spartan.

3. 7 Day Survivor

Game: Dead Rising

Achievement: 1 Play REQ: Survive for at least 7 days.

An unforgiving game at the best of times, Dead Rising's most prestigious achievement demands the player survive a week (14 real time hours) inside its zombie infested mall, without the ability to save.

2. Seriously 3.0

Game: Gears Of War 3

Achievement: Reach level 100 and earn every Onyx medal.

Seriously? No, seriously?! I played a lot of Gears Of War 3 when it first came out and I was still unable to earn a single Onyx medal, let alone every single one. Here are just a few of the quite frankly insane requirements: 6,000 kills with the Lancer, 6,000 with the Hammerburst, 6,000 with the Retro Lancer, 6,000 with the Gnasher Shotgun, 6,000 with explosives, 6,000 with weapons found on the battlefield, 12,000 spots, 3,000 kills with fire and 7.5 million multiplayer points. Should I go on?

1. Impossible Boy

Game: Super Meat Boy

Achievement: Complete Cotton Alley Dark World without dying.

Whereas Seriously 3.0 can be bested though sheer brute force, Impossible Boy — the golden monkey of video game achievements — requires pure skill. Beating this rock hard, trial-no-error platformer without dying a single time is beyond my conception of what's possible. Godspeed to anyone who tries to prove different.

Which achievement are you most proud of earning?


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