Recently my internet has been down, so instead of Livestreaming, I’ve been silently working away on some comics and playing my Xbox 360.
I know grabbing Achievements aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I think I’ve made quite a bit of progress and I am pretty proud of some of the feats I have conquered during these last couple of weeks;
The hardest of these achievements were the challenges and collecting online titles. Luckily, hardly anyone plays this anymore, so a lot of hardcore players had left, leaving me to clean up some casuals as Sakura.
Next up, some Space Channel 5! I already knew where all the secrets were from playing the Dreamcast version non-stop, but only in Japanese. I had never played the English version until now, so my timing was really off with all the different speech cues and singing patterns!
After some literal grinding, I finally got all JET ratings! Funnily enough, that wasn’t the hardest achievement to get. I actually had trouble trying to get some of the Graffiti Souls because I had no idea how many I actually had already. Still, it’s JSR, another game I played to death on Dreamcast. Challenge accepted and conquered.
Now we’re in the big leagues. All emblems were fairly easy to obtain on Dreamcast, but much more difficult to get in the Gamecube version due to stricter scoring on the Hard stages. Since each version is technically sold separately on XBLA (with the Gamecube’s “Battle” adjustments being DLC), I tried to get as many as I could before buying the expansion, which is eventually needed to get all the achievements. Raising Chao was the best part, naturally.
Lastly, we conclude with one of the most difficult and obnoxiously tedious game I have ever played, known to the world as Sonic ’06. While there are people who love this game, I am not one of them. If you are one of them and are upset at my opinion or think I never “gave this game a chance”, just look at the score above. I gave it more chances than it deserves.
In my opinion, you have to throw everything you know about playing 3D platformers out of the window and get used to Sonic ’06′s shitty cameras, shitty controls, and trial and error glitches. Once you have all that down and you are fully attuned to how the game (barely) works, you have to play it, instead of letting it play you.
Getting medals is easy with a guide and by turning down the in-game music (as you can hear where some of them are), but getting S Ranks on Hard missions, and clearing Town missions while not throwing your controller through the telly during loading screens every time you mess up is half the battle.
If there are two things that this game has taught me, it’s that patience really is a virtue, and Mach Speed sections can eat a dick.
Thanks for reading!