Thursday, July 31, 2008

This Week In Ch33v0z, The Kane and Lost: Geometry Wars 2 Edition

The ch33v0 harvest is in full effect. I've been lucky enough to finish off Lost, and walk away with the full 1000 points. I also played two new games this week! The first is Kane and Lynch: Dead Men, the controversial game from Eidos. The second is a sequel to one of my most beloved games(and it's difficult as hell), Geometry Wars 2. Prepare yourself for the breakdown o' ch33vz.

Kane And Lynch: Dead Men

Revenge Part V-Glad it got personal-30G

Revenge Part IV-Shouldn't have gotten personal-20G

Have Gun, Will Travel Part III-The Beginning of the End-20G

Revenge Part II & III-Who's the old timer now?-20G

Frag Out-5 with one fragmentation grenade-20G

Hindsight-Get that bird out of the sky-10G

Have Gun, Will Travel Part II-Counter-revolution-20G

Behemoth-Stop the roaring beast-10G

Revenge Part I-Silencing the silent one-20G

Bulletproof-Avoid using adrenaline on a level-10G

Have Gun, Will Travel Part I-Travel into the Rising Sun-20G

Headmaster-47 headshots-10G

Impact-Escape from death row-20G

With all the controversy surrounding this game, I've been wanting to play it for a while. I even had it on my "must buy" list, until I found out that online co-op didn't exist. Truth is, it's not that bad. The story is interesting, while flawed. The characters are fun, and the violence level is just were I like it. However, the controls are awful and the AI (enemies and allies) are horrible. Not only did they forgo the addition of online co-op, but they added cheevos into the mix that require local co-op. That is NOT acceptable. It's a definite rent but by all means do not buy... unless you can get it on the cheap.

Most of the cheevz I've unlocked are story driven and will unlock with time. Some of the levels prove to be rather difficult, and your idiotic AI partners don't make it much easier. Here are a few of the mentionable ch33v0z.
Headmaster is a nod to the classic game Hitman, also produced by Eidos. Just get 47 headshots, easy as pie.

Bulletproof should be easy enough, basically keep yourself and your crew from getting downed (to the point of requiring an adrenaline shot). Do this cheevo on a level were it's just you and Lynch, that way there are less teammates to handle. If you do the level on easy, you can guarantee this one.

Frag Out can be done on many levels, it just requires that you get a group of 5 or more enemies bunched up together(which should be easy, because the AI is too stupid to do anything else). The frag mechanics are a little squirrely, so it may take some practice to get the grenade to land where you want it.

Behemoth is unlocked when you complete your first "boss battle". Basically, you have to headshot the driver of an enormous dump truck. The trick is that you need to hit one of the other enemies that are hitching a ride on the front of the vehicle, before you can take the driver out. Doesn't make much sense, but that's the trick.
Hindsight is a tad annoying as well. The tick is to lead the chopper with the rocket launcher as it passes and tag it, or you can wait for it to hover alongside the building and risk getting machine gunned. Hit the chopper with 3 RPG rounds and you will take it down.

Lost Via Domus *100% Ch33v0 Completion*

The way home-Finish the game-200G

Hero's hero-Save Jack-25G

Through the Flame-Complete Episode 6-125G

Showdown-Successfully confront Beady Eyes-10G

Mapping the Island-Photograph: 1- Blast door map 2- Blast door map for the hidden entrance 3- Sayid's cable map-10G

Pearl Station-Photograph Pearl Station emblem-20G

Whatever it takes-Discover all the memories in Flashback 6-30G

Behind the wall-Complete Episode 5-100G

Boom boom-Open the secret door-10G

Slave-Photograph skeleton in Black Rock-15G

Dharma Ride-Photograph Dharma van-15G

This game is just awful. If you read last weeks post you would know how I feel about it. I did go ahead and snag all of the cheevoz, making a jump of 1000 points in about 5 hours. I sent this thing back asap, and I'm glad it's gone. That's all I want to say about this game, here is the guide if you feel like torturing yourself and playing this game.

Geometry Wars 2

Wax On-Rub your ship along all four arena walls in Pacifism-15G

Unlocked All Modes-Unlock all game modes-25G

Magpie-Collect 500 geoms in a single game-15G

Oh Geometry Wars! How I love your beautiful graphics, fun and challenging gameplay, and the ability to play for 5 minutes without getting tied up in the trappings of a normal game. With that said, I HATE you Geometry Wars... you are too hard! Ok, I'm whining, but it's good times. 6 different modes, and local co-op (if that's your thing).

So the cheevoz this game represents are different from the first in that they require specific actions, but they remain the same in that they are quite difficult to accomplish. You must be zen and one with the world, you must be "the shit" as the kids say.
Unlocked All Modes is the easieast, just play the first game mode enough to unlock the second mode... play the second enough to unlock the third, so on and so forth. There are 6 modes to unlock for this cheev.

Wax On is a nerve racking cheev. You'll unlock this in the "Pacifist" game mode. This mode is a game of cat and mouse, you are the mouse. No guns are allowed... just guile, cunning, and quick thinking. You have to rub your ship along every part of each of the 4 walls. The walls will light up to indicate parts you've already rubbed. No hints here, other than being good.

So that's pretty much it for this week! I'll be racking my brain trying to figure out how to snag some more Geometry Wars 2 ch33v0z. Hopefully finishing up Kane and Lynch, and sending that back to Gamefly. Speaking of Gamefly, a new game is currently on it's way! Battlefield: Bad Company has shipped. Look for some new cheevz in that, and maybe a new arcade game or two! Until next week cheev-whores.

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