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What are your greatest videogame achievements?

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
The problem I have with this thread is that when I accomplish something, I feel like "well if I can do it, it must not be that hard" lol
 

Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
Moderator
The problem I have with this thread is that when I accomplish something, I feel like "well if I can do it, it must not be that hard" lol
Same! But then someone mentions something I did, and I'm like, "You know, that actually was really hard, wasn't it"
 

FelixSH

(He/Him)
The problem I have with this thread is that when I accomplish something, I feel like "well if I can do it, it must not be that hard" lol

I mentioned it in the first post, I think - it doesn't matter how hard something is viewed in general. If it was challenging for you, it's worth mentioning here. This thread is about personal accomplishments that you are proud of, not about beating the hardest games ever. 😉

If you feel good about beating level 1-1 of Super Mario Brothers, you are in the right thread.
 
Some of my different playthroughs of Ocarina of Time 3D I'm pretty proud of. The reverse dungeon order one. The one where I only got the shadow and spirit medallions. 100% completion of Majora's Mask 3D in "under" 3 cycles.

I think maybe the one I spent the most sweat and tears on was totally completing Shovel Knight with every achievement when it first launched. The no death and break all checkpoints was brutal and fun.
 

SabreCat

Sabe, Inattentive Type
(he "Sabe" / she "Kali")
Super Meat Boy. No especially impressive completion time, or Dark World percentage, or anything... just getting there.
Nethack. That first ascension was celebration-worthy, ha. And then I got several more in the years after! Some with at least modest challenges, like vegetarian, wish-free, etc.
Dark Souls, without following any guides on how to build the character, and thereby chancing into a playstyle that isn't the easiest (ENORMOUS HAMMER SMOOSH).
 

MCBanjoMike

Infamous third lava dolphin
(He/him)
Dark Souls, without following any guides on how to build the character, and thereby chancing into a playstyle that isn't the easiest (ENORMOUS HAMMER SMOOSH).
Not the easiest, but certainly the best (though I prefer ENORMOUS SWORD SMOOSH myself)
 

SabreCat

Sabe, Inattentive Type
(he "Sabe" / she "Kali")
Oh, DDR! Dance Dance Revolution overall is a gaming thing I did that I'm proud of. I was never tournament-tier, but could pass most "Catastrophic" difficulty songs with a bit of practice and warmup, which represents a level of dedication and physical fitness I haven't equaled since.
 

aturtledoesbite

earthquake ace
(any/all)
I can't remember if I did that as a kid or not

i know i got all 121 as Mario, but I don't remember if I had the patience to do it all as Luigi too
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I can't remember if I did that as a kid or not

i know i got all 121 as Mario, but I don't remember if I had the patience to do it all as Luigi too

If you're talking about Galaxy 1, if you got 121 stars as Mario, you definitely did it with Luigi, since you only unlock the 121st star if you get all 120 with Luigi. My image is from Galaxy 2.
 

muteKi

As charming as a grinch
I did that one after the final levels in 3D Land (Crown-Crown IIRC) and World (Champion's Road) and it was significantly easier than either one I think. That said I think I beat both of those multiple times (for each-character completion) where I didn't do that for Champion's Road -- I rarely played as Luigi in SMG2 except for many of the green stars.
 

Droewyn

Smol Monster
(She/her, they/them)
Beat Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!! and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid. I choose to believe I could do so again at any time.

Ascended 5 classes in Nethack so far.
 

aturtledoesbite

earthquake ace
(any/all)
If you're talking about Galaxy 1, if you got 121 stars as Mario, you definitely did it with Luigi, since you only unlock the 121st star if you get all 120 with Luigi. My image is from Galaxy 2.
ah, okay! that does sound vaguely familiar...
anyway, congrats!
 

muteKi

As charming as a grinch
Yeah star 121 is specifially the purple coin collection mission that happens in the area from the game's opening, as in the courtyard of the castle. It was a cute way to close out the game that I really enjoyed.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Yeah star 121 is specifially the purple coin collection mission that happens in the area from the game's opening, as in the courtyard of the castle. It was a cute way to close out the game that I really enjoyed.

And also not infuriating!
 

nataeryn

Discovered Construction
(he/him)
As a kid, my brother and I had an NES and we had Mario 3 and we had Megaman 3.

We had picked away at Megaman 3 levels and written down codes to the point we'd beaten all the robot masters except Shadow Man. We did not know how to use Top Spin. My brother who was around 8 or 9 i'd guess, beat Shadow Man. We were so happy and he holds it over my head to this day as proof that he's better at games than me. I remember seeing the screen transitions and 4 more robot masters show up in the corners and realizing we had even more challenges to overcome and being totally blown away with surprise.
 

Zef

Find Your Reason
(He/Him)
Final Fantasy IV: Discovered the Crystal Room Warp Trick that lets you skip the entire Sealed Cave (by WARPing back into the Dark Crystal room after the Calbrena fight and snagging the items the devs forgot to remove).
 

aturtledoesbite

earthquake ace
(any/all)
snagging the items the devs forgot to remove
<nitpick voice>
it's not that they forgot to remove it, it's that they attempted to save space by using the same crystal room for there and for the sealed cave

for places like dwarf castle where you can go in circles, the game takes a less connected way of tracking where exits lead; the exit in the crystal room simply returns you to the last area transition you entered from. that's why it can point to both the dwarf throne and the evilwall room
 

Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
Moderator
That's also, at a basic level, why the stairs overflow glitch works.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
I don't typically go too hard on trying to do difficult things in games, but 100%ing 1001 Spikes felt pretty great
Nice! I didn't 100% it, but I beat the main and Antarctica levels, and that felt like quite the achievement all by itself. It's such a great game, too.
 

jcole459

Blip blip blip blip blip blip blip blip
(he/him)
That's also, at a basic level, why the stairs overflow glitch works.

Sidebar, but I remember signing up for Square's "Ogopogo Examiner" newsletter as a kid and the first issue explaining this glitch away as Zeromus finding and exterminating you if you're too nosy. It freaked me out because my first save file was 80+ hours of exploration and grinding everyone in the final party to 99, and 13-year-old me really didn't want to lose that file.

I had a lot of time on my hands back then so I started another file and was able to get it to work in a Tower of Bab-Il save room. Imagine my disappointment when Zeromus decided to just stick me in a random wall in the tower upon leaving the room, rather than appearing in a special dramatic cutscene, banishing me to the netherworld with an evil chuckle.
 

Yimothy

Red Plane
(he/him)
I used to play Worms Armageddon with my brother pretty often. In my team of worms, I had one named “Inigo Montoya” and another called “My Father”. After like a zillion games which didn’t give me the setup, eventually one of my brother’s worms killed My Father and Inigo Montoya was able to reach the killer afterwards. I announced “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”, and then dropped my banana bomb or baseball batted the worm into the sea or whatever, finally getting my payoff.

At the time my brother was not familiar with The Princess Bride.
 
The problem I have with this thread is that when I accomplish something, I feel like "well if I can do it, it must not be that hard" lol
same here, but I think it's also the case that most games don't really ask of anything that isn't achievable with enough work. a lot of big accomplishments are as much acts of persistence as innate skill or whatever. It's a reasonable thing to think that once you have the muscle memory and dexterity for whatever it is that it's not that hard of a thing. but nothing wrong with feeling proud of it all the same!

I think most of my proudest moments are about the KO times I set in Super Punch Out! Also a handful of moments in Ghost Recon 1 multiplayer. and Lost Planet MP i was something like top 50 in the world at one point (that might be mixing up with Ghost Recon, because I can't really remember lost planet's ranking system all that well. I was really good at those games for some reason tho)

As for like, beating a thing, I think God Hand on hard is the hardest thing I've done probably.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
I think most of my proudest moments are about the KO times I set in Super Punch Out!

That you've beaten it all is pretty impressive. It took me a bit to take down the Bruiser brothers, although strangely the penultimate fight was actually harder for me because of all the off-speed stuff.

As for like, beating a thing, I think God Hand on hard is the hardest thing I've done probably.
Have you played Urban Reign? If so, how does that stack up? I really need to play through God Hand, although I doubt I'd go Hard mode to start.
 
That you've beaten it all is pretty impressive. It took me a bit to take down the Bruiser brothers, although strangely the penultimate fight was actually harder for me because of all the off-speed stuff.


Have you played Urban Reign? If so, how does that stack up? I really need to play through God Hand, although I doubt I'd go Hard mode to start.
I have not. Also you have to unlock hard more from beating normal difficulty, so that decision is out of your hands. God Hand does adaptive difficulty on normal anyway, so if you really groove into it you can just rest at level die the entire time and that's hard mode (in hard mode you're locked into it).

I think Rick Bruiser was harder for me too. Nick's stuff is mostly just twitch reaction rather than weird mixups, so as long as you can recognize it fast enough you're able to deal with it in a pretty smooth rhythm. I'm pretty sure I had more trouble with Hoy Quarlow when I first played it just because the amount of moves to deal with.
 

JBear

Internet's foremost Bertolli cosplayer
(He/Him)
I used to play Worms Armageddon with my brother pretty often. In my team of worms, I had one named “Inigo Montoya” and another called “My Father”. After like a zillion games which didn’t give me the setup, eventually one of my brother’s worms killed My Father and Inigo Montoya was able to reach the killer afterwards. I announced “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”, and then dropped my banana bomb or baseball batted the worm into the sea or whatever, finally getting my payoff.

At the time my brother was not familiar with The Princess Bride.
This is the best post in this thread.
 
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