Time spent: Two hours
This is the easiest 1000 Gamer Points you will ever earn. All the Achievements can be picked up in a single game if you play it well enough, although, if you follow our instructions, even the worst ballers will clean up in a handful of matches.
First off, head to the Rosters menu and then to the Create a Character screen. From here you need to make a full basketball team. That means one PG (Point Guard), one SG (Shooting Guard), one SF (Small Forward), one C (Centre), and one PF (Power Forward). Make them all tall, and importantly, give each one a recognizable/stupid name. If it helps, name them after friends or work colleagues. Why? Because once you’re on the court, you’ll need to identify each player’s pecialty. When you get to the stats screen, here are the skills you should bump up for each character:
Point Guard: Max out his three-point shooting, lay-ups, distribution, stealing, offensive awareness, ball handling, speed and stamina.
Shooting Guard: Make him balanced, but max out his mid-range shooting, speed and stamina.
Power Forward: Max out his dunks, short and mid-range shooting, lay-ups, speed, offensive and defensive awareness, power, speed and stamina.
Small Forward: Another balanced one. Max out his mid-range shooting, dunking, lay-ups, speed and stamina. It might be an idea to bump up his Free-throws too.
Centre: Max out rebounding disciplines, blocking, dunks, lay-ups, defensive awareness, speed, power and stamina.
Time spent: Five hours
This is another one of those games that you just have to work at and get lucky with. We recommend getting these Achievements in two stages. First off, play your games on the Pro difficulty setting, which will help you build up your skill at the game. At Pro, aim to complete the following scenarios:
Score a Goal on a Breakaway (50 points)
Score a Goal when you’re 2 men down (200 points)
Score a Goal with a Defenseman (150 points)
The easiest way to make these things happen is to play long games, with the best team versus the worst team. Remember, the longer you’re on the ice, the more chance you have of creating the specific scenario you need.
Once you’ve bagged these awards, switch the game to All Star setting and do the following:
Score a Goal in the first minute (350 points)
Score from a Penalty (250 points)
Now, instead of going for long games, you’re better off having short matches to give you more chances at getting that important first-minute goal. We’re not going to lie, these last two Achievements are tough to snatch, but as they’re 600 points combined, it’s worth the effort.