November 9, 2007
The full list of achievement points for BioWare's epic RPG Mass Effect are finally in - but boy, is it a slavedriver! There's no way you can pick up all the achievement points on your first play-through. Yet spending another 80 hours or so on finishing it again on the same difficulty will only get you a measly 25 gamer points. Yup, Two-Five.
And then there's the difficulty challenges. Finish the game again on Hardcore and you get another 25. Finish it on Insanity difficulty and you get 50. Theoretically, of course, you could secure all four of these achievements by playing once on Hardcore and then once on Insanity, but that's still the equivalent of about 23 days of full-time employment.
And surely, surely the Ally achievements which require you to complete the 'majority of the game' with certain characters don't require separate play-throughs. Otherwise that's six adventures, each at around 80 hours... our heads hurt thinking about it. Maybe that's the 'Mass Effect' the title speaks of - a new brain condition brought on by the mathematical boggling of all those hours lost in search of 25 measly gamer points. We hope not.
See below for the list in full, then get clearing your diary for the game's 23 November release in the UK - November 20 in the US.
Full list of achievement points for Mass Effect on Xbox 360:
Charismatic (10): Use Charm or Intimidate to resolve an impossible situation
Search and Rescue (10): Locate Dr. T’soni in the Artemis Tau cluster
Paramour (10): Complete any romance subplot
Pistol Expert (10): Register 150 Pistol kills
Shotgun Expert (15): Register 150 shotgun kills
Assault Rifle Expert (15): Register 150 Assault Rifle skills
Sniper Expert (15): Register 150 Sniper kills
Lift Mastery (15): Use biotic Lift 75 times
Throw Mastery (15): Use biotic Throw 75 times
Warp Mastery (15): Use biotic Warp 75 times
Singularity Mastery (15): Use biotic Singularity 75 times
Barrier Mastery (15): Use biotic Barrier 75 times
Stasis Mastery (15): Use biotic Stasis 75 times
Damping Specialist (15): Use Damping Field 75 times
AI Hacking Specialist (15): Use AI Hacking 75 times
Overload Specialst (15): Use Shield Overload 75 times
Sabotage Specialist (15): Use Sabotage 75 times
First Aid Specialist (15): Use medi-gel 150 times
Neural Shock Specialist (15): Use Neural Shock 75 times
Spectre Inductee (15): Become a Spectre
Paragon (15): Accumulate 75% of total Paragon points
Renegade (15): Accumulate 75% of total Renegade points
Power Gamer (20): Reach 50th level with one character
Asari Ally (20): Complete the majority of the game with the Asari squad member
Quarian Ally (20): Complete the majority of the game with the Quarian squad member
Turian Ally (20): Complete the majority of the game with the Turian squad member
Krogan Ally (20): Complete the majority of the game with the Krogan squad member
Sentinel Ally (20): Complete the majority of the game with the Sentinel squad member
Soldier Ally (20): Complete the majority of the game with the Alliance soldier squad member
Geth Hunter (25): Register 250 synthetic enemy kills
Dog of War (25): Register 150 organic enemy kills
Rich (25): Exceed 1,000,000 credits
Tactician (25): Complete playthrough with shield damage greater than health damage
Completionist (25): Complete the majority of the game
Scholar (25): Find all primary Alien: Council Races, Extinct Races and Non-Council Races codex entries
Distinguished Combat Medal (25): Complete 1 Mass Effect playthrough on the Hardcore difficulty setting. Do not change the setting.
Long Service Medal (25): Complete 2 Mass Effect playthroughs on any setting
Honorarium of Corporate Service (25): Complete Noveria
Council Legion of Merit (25): Complete Virmire
Distinguished Service Medal (25): Complete Eden Prime
Medal of Feros (25): Complete Feros
Medal of Valor (50): Complete 1 Mass Effect playthrough on the Insanity difficulty setting. Do not change the setting.
Medal of Exploration (50): Land on an uncharted world
Extreme Power Gamer (50): Reach 60th level with one character
Medal of Honor (100): Complete 1 Mass Effect playthrough on any setting
There are 250 gamerscore points left to use in future downloadable content. Which will add more hours to the game too. You love it really.