Underachiever

By: Craig Lager

Published: November 26, 2008 Posted in: PC Gaming Nonsense

I am a complete achievement hoar, and for the life of me I don’t know why. Left 4 Dead has loads of achievements and something in the back of my head is telling me to get them all, but why? What does it matter? I don’t know…but it does.

So far I have got 25/51 of the achievements, and the rest are really giving me food for thought. There are a few easyish ones left of course. Field Medic (Heal 25 survivors with a Med Kit) will come in time, as will Pharm-Assist (Give pain pills to 10 survivors), Helping Hand (revive 50 incapacitated survivors) and Zombie Genocide (kill 53,595 infected), though that last one is going to take a while I think. Then there are the ones that will come from just more play; Clean Kill (Shove a Boomer and then kill him without him splashing on anyone), Witch Hunter (Kill a Witch without any Survivor taking damage from her), Back 2 Help (Leave a safe room to save an incapacitated teammate and bring them back safely) and a couple more.



Left 4 dead: taunt achievement



Then we come to the two that I can only respond with “eh?”

Untouchables (No Survivors take damage after contacting the rescue vehicle) You what now? How the fuck are we supposed to do that?! We generally have one person die never mind come out unscathed on the end sections. Ridiculous. If any team manage this without cheating, I doff my hat to them.

Nothing Special (Survive a campaign with no Survivors taking damage from Special Infected) Again…you what? I honestly don’t know how we would manage this. It’s like trying to go canoing without getting wet. Physically possible, but come on!



Left 4 dead: canoe achievement



What I have managed though, which I’m quite proud of is Akimbo Assassin (Survive an entire campaign using only pistols) We (me, Arazmus, 3ll3tron and a newbie) loaded up No Mercy to do this. 3ll3tron got disconnected for a while so lost his chance, but me and Arazmus persevered and unlocked it. Yay for us. I nearly almost got Unbreakable (Finish a campaign without ever using a first aid kit on yourself) but it went out of the window when someone dropped out of game and the AI took upon itself to heal me…I proceeded to shoot him a great deal out of frustration.



Left 4 dead: leeroy deadkins achievement



Why I feel the need to get these achievements I dont know. I suppose they do give me some sense of achievement, but I think mostly it’s because it gives me something to aim for, even if it is ridiculous. Another 26 to go anyway…best get on with it.

Craig Lager
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